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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814801/strain-dependence-of-the-angelman-syndrome-phenotypes-in-ube3a-maternal-deficiency-mice
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Heather A Born, An T Dao, Amber T Levine, Wai Ling Lee, Natasha M Mehta, Shubhangi Mehra, Edwin J Weeber, Anne E Anderson
Angelman syndrome (AS) is a genetic neurodevelopmental disorder, most commonly caused by deletion or mutation of the maternal allele of the UBE3A gene, with behavioral phenotypes and seizures as key features. Currently no treatment is available, and therapeutics are often ineffective in controlling AS-associated seizures. Previous publications using the Ube3a maternal deletion model have shown behavioral and seizure susceptibility phenotypes, however findings have been variable and merit characterization of electroencephalographic (EEG) activity...
August 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811254/parsing-the-neural-signatures-of-reduced-error-detection-in-older-age
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Siobhán Harty, Peter R Murphy, Ian H Robertson, Redmond G O'Connell
Recent work has demonstrated that explicit error detection relies on a neural evidence accumulation process that can be traced in the human electroencephalogram (EEG). Here, we sought to establish the impact of natural aging on this process by recording EEG from young (18-35 years) and older adults (65-88 years) during the performance of a Go/No-Go paradigm in which participants were required to overtly signal their errors. Despite performing the task with equivalent accuracy, older adults reported substantially fewer errors, and the timing of their reports were both slower and more variable...
August 12, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808023/prefrontal-cortex-modulates-posterior-alpha-oscillations-during-top-down-guided-visual-perception
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Randolph F Helfrich, Melody Huang, Guy Wilson, Robert T Knight
Conscious visual perception is proposed to arise from the selective synchronization of functionally specialized but widely distributed cortical areas. It has been suggested that different frequency bands index distinct canonical computations. Here, we probed visual perception on a fine-grained temporal scale to study the oscillatory dynamics supporting prefrontal-dependent sensory processing. We tested whether a predictive context that was embedded in a rapid visual stream modulated the perception of a subsequent near-threshold target...
August 14, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805896/the-composition-of-dietary-fat-alters-the-transcriptional-profile-of-pathways-associated-with-lipid-metabolism-in-the-liver-and-adipose-tissue-in-the-pig
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T A Kellner, N K Gabler, J F Patience
The objective was to investigate the of effect chemical composition of dietary fat on transcription of genes involved in lipid metabolism in adipose tissue and the liver via transcriptional profiling in growing pigs. A total of 48 Genetiporc 6.0 × Genetiporc F25 (PIC, Inc., Hendersonville, TN) barrows (initial BW of 44.1 ± 1.2 kg) were randomly allotted to 1 of 6 dietary treatments. Each experimental diet included 95% of a corn-soybean meal basal diet and 5% cornstarch (control; CNTR), animal-vegetable blend (AV), coconut oil (COCO), corn oil (COIL), fish oil (FO), or tallow (TAL)...
August 2017: Journal of Animal Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28764122/depth-distribution-possible-sources-and-toxic-risk-assessment-of-organochlorine-pesticides-ocps-in-different-river-sediment-cores-affected-by-urbanization-and-reclamation-in-a-chinese-delta
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Wei Wang, Junhong Bai, Guangliang Zhang, Xin Wang, Jia Jia, Baoshan Cui, Xinhui Liu
Sediment cores were collected in urban (0-50 cm), rural (0-40 cm) and reclamation-affected river (0-40 cm) environments in the Pearl River Delta. Concentrations of 16 organochlorine pesticides (OCPs) were determined in all collected samples to identify the depth-distribution, possible sources and ecotoxicological risks of OCPs in river sediments affected by urbanization and reclamation in a Chinese delta. The results showed that the top 10 cm of rural river sediments had slightly lower concentrations of the 16 OCPs compared to urban and reclamation-affected rivers, whereas the 30-40 cm sediment layers in the rural river showed higher levels of the 16 OCPs...
July 27, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722246/delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol-decreases-masticatory-muscle-sensitization-in-female-rats-through-peripheral-cannabinoid-receptor-activation
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H Wong, S Hossain, B E Cairns
BACKGROUND: This study investigated whether intramuscular injection of delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), by acting on peripheral cannabinoid (CB) receptors, could decrease nerve growth factor (NGF)-induced sensitization in female rat masseter muscle; a model which mimics the symptoms of myofascial temporomandibular disorders. METHODS: Immunohistochemistry was used to explore the peripheral expression of cannabinoid receptors in the masseter muscle while behavioural and electrophysiology experiments were employed to assess the functional effects of intramuscular injection of THC...
July 18, 2017: European Journal of Pain: EJP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28699350/analgesic-properties-of-opioid-nk1-multitarget-ligands-with-distinct-in-vitro-profiles-in-naive-and-chronic-constriction-injury-mice
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Joanna Starnowska, Roberto Costante, Karel Guillemyn, Katarzyna Popiolek-Barczyk, Nga N Chung, Carole Lemieux, Attila Keresztes, Joost Van Duppen, Adriano Mollica, John Streicher, Jozef Vanden Broeck, Peter W Schiller, Dirk Tourwé, Joanna Mika, Steven Ballet, Barbara Przewlocka
The lower efficacy of opioids in neuropathic pain may be due to the increased activity of pronociceptive systems such as substance P. We present evidence to support this hypothesis in this work from the spinal cord in a neuropathic pain model in mice. Biochemical analysis confirmed the elevated mRNA and protein level of pronociceptive substance P, the major endogenous ligand of the neurokinin-1 (NK1) receptor, in the lumbar spinal cord of chronic constriction injury (CCI)-mice. To improve opioid efficacy in neuropathic pain, novel compounds containing opioid agonist and neurokinin 1 (NK1) receptor antagonist pharmacophores were designed...
July 26, 2017: ACS Chemical Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28685341/assessment-of-the-potential-health-risks-of-heavy-metals-in-soils-in-a-coastal-industrial-region-of-the-yangtze-river-delta
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Bifeng Hu, Jiayu Wang, Bin Jin, Yan Li, Zhou Shi
Soil heavy metal contamination is a serious environmental problem. Human beings may be directly exposed to heavy metals in soils through the inhalation of soil particles, dermal contact, and oral ingestion, which can seriously threaten health. This study assesses the health risks associated with heavy metals in soils by determining the concentrations of eight heavy metals (Cr, Pb, Cd, Hg, As, Cu, Zn, and Ni) based on 2051 surface-soil samples collected from the southern Yangtze River Delta of China. The mean concentrations were higher than the corresponding background values in Zhejiang Province and China as a whole, indicating an accumulation of heavy metals...
July 7, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28664769/raised-compartment-pressures-are-frequently-observed-with-tibial-shaft-fractures-despite-the-absence-of-compartment-syndrome-a-prospective-cohort-study
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Kelvin Lor Kah Ho, Nicholas Yeoh Ching Sing, Khai Phang Wong, Andy Wee Teck Huat
PURPOSE: To measure the intracompartmental pressures surrounding tibial fractures not exhibiting any clinical evidence of compartment syndrome. Our hypothesis was that pressures often exceed the recommended threshold of fasciotomy despite the absence of compartment syndrome, and hence diagnosis based on pressure measurements alone is unreliable. METHODS: Thirteen consecutive patients with closed tibial shaft fractures without clinical suspicion of compartment syndrome, and who were planned for intramedullary nailing, were prospectively enrolled...
May 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28601605/rapid-focal-cooling-attenuates-cortical-seizures-in-a-primate-epilepsy-model
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Guoping Ren, Jiaqing Yan, Guoxian Tao, Yunmeng Gan, Donghong Li, Xi Yan, Yongjuan Fu, Leiming Wang, Weimin Wang, Zhiming Zhang, Feng Yue, Xiaofeng Yang
Rapid focal cooling is an attractive nondestructive strategy to control and possibly prevent focal seizures. However, the temperature threshold necessary to abort seizures in primates is still unknown. Here, we explored this issue in a primate epilepsy model and observed the effect of rapid cooling on different electroencephalogram frequency bands, aiming at providing necessary experimental data for future clinical translational studies and exploring the mechanism of focal cooling in terminating seizures. We induced focal neocortical seizures using microinjection of 4-aminopyridine into premotor cortex in five anesthetized cynomolgus monkeys...
September 2017: Experimental Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28585300/investigation-of-error-detection-capabilities-of-phantom-epid-and-mlc-log-file-based-imrt-qa-methods
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Dewayne L Defoor, Sotirios Stathakis, Joseph E Roring, Neil A Kirby, Panayiotis Mavroidis, Mohammad Obeidat, Nikos Papanikolaou
A patient specific quality assurance (QA) should detect errors that originate anywhere in the treatment planning process. However, the increasing complexity of treatment plans has increased the need for improvements in the accuracy of the patient specific pretreatment verification process. This has led to the utilization of higher resolution QA methods such as the electronic portal imaging device (EPID) as well as MLC log files and it is important to know the types of errors that can be detected with these methods...
June 6, 2017: Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28579945/lfp-oscillations-in-the-mesencephalic-locomotor-region-during-voluntary-locomotion
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Brian R Noga, Francisco J Sanchez, Luz M Villamil, Christopher O'Toole, Stefan Kasicki, Maciej Olszewski, Anna M Cabaj, Henryk Majczyński, Urszula Sławińska, Larry M Jordan
Oscillatory rhythms in local field potentials (LFPs) are thought to coherently bind cooperating neuronal ensembles to produce behaviors, including locomotion. LFPs recorded from sites that trigger locomotion have been used as a basis for identification of appropriate targets for deep brain stimulation (DBS) to enhance locomotor recovery in patients with gait disorders. Theta band activity (6-12 Hz) is associated with locomotor activity in locomotion-inducing sites in the hypothalamus and in the hippocampus, but the LFPs that occur in the functionally defined mesencephalic locomotor region (MLR) during locomotion have not been determined...
2017: Frontiers in Neural Circuits
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28559462/expression-of-five-neuroblastoma-genes-in-bone-marrow-or-blood-of-patients-with-relapsed-refractory-neuroblastoma-provides-a-new-biomarker-for-disease-and-prognosis
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Araz Marachelian, Judith G Villablanca, Cathy W Y Liu, Betty Liu, Fariba Goodarzian, Hollie A Lai, Hiroyuki Shimada, Hung C Tran, Jaime A Parra, Richard Gallego, Nora Bedrossian, Sabrina Young, Scarlett Czarnecki, Rebekah Kennedy, Brian Weiss, Kelly C Goldsmith, Meaghan Granger, Katherine K Matthay, Susan Groshen, Shahab Asgharzadeh, Richard Sposto, Robert C Seeger
We determined if quantifying neuroblastoma (NB)-associated mRNAs (NB-mRNA) in bone marrow (BM) and blood improves assessment of disease and prediction of disease progression in patients with relapsed/refractory NB. <br /><br />Patients and Methods: mRNA for CHGA, DCX, DDC, PHOX2B, and TH was quantified in BM and blood from 101 patients concurrently with clinical disease evaluations. Correlation between NB-mRNA (delta cycle threshold [ΔCt] for the geometric mean of genes from the TaqMan® Low Density Array NB5 assay) and morphologically-defined tumor cell percentage in BM, (123)I-meta-iodobenzylguanidine (MIBG) Curie score, and CT/MRI-defined tumor longest diameter was determined...
May 30, 2017: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535551/angiotensin-converting-enzyme-inhibitors-and-angiotensin-receptor-blockers-modulate-the-function-of-myelinated-fibers-after-chemotherapy-a-quantitative-sensory-testing-study
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Carlos J Roldan, Juhee Song, Mitchell P Engle, Patrick M Dougherty
BACKGROUND: Angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors (ACEI) and angiotensin receptor blockers (ARB) have sufficient scientific support for their use as tissue protectors. Preliminary studies suggest that their angiotensin-II type 2 receptor (AT2R)-blocking properties have a beneficial profile in the treatment of neuropathic pain. OBJECTIVES: The purpose of the current study was to quantify the extent of the somatosensory effects of ACEI and ARB in cancer patients with chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy...
May 2017: Pain Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523004/selection-of-suitable-reference-genes-for-quantitative-real-time-pcr-in-sapium-sebiferum
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Xue Chen, Yingji Mao, Shengwei Huang, Jun Ni, Weili Lu, Jinyan Hou, Yuting Wang, Weiwei Zhao, Minghao Li, Qiaojian Wang, Lifang Wu
Chinese tallow (Sapium sebiferum L.) is a promising landscape and bioenergy plant. Measuring gene expression by quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction (qRT-PCR) can provide valuable information on gene function. Stably expressed reference genes for normalization are a prerequisite for ensuring the accuracy of the target gene expression level among different samples. However, the reference genes in Chinese tallow have not been systematically validated. In this study, 12 candidate reference genes (18S, GAPDH, UBQ, RPS15, SAND, TIP41, 60S, ACT7, PDF2, APT, TBP, and TUB) were investigated with qRT-PCR in 18 samples, including those from different tissues, from plants treated with sucrose and cold stresses...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28466144/comparative-analysis-of-background-eeg-activity-in-childhood-absence-epilepsy-during-valproate-treatment-a-standardized-low-resolution-brain-electromagnetic-tomography-sloreta-study
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Jung-Hyun Shin, Tae-Hoon Eom, Young-Hoon Kim, Seung-Yun Chung, In-Goo Lee, Jung-Min Kim
Valproate (VPA) is an antiepileptic drug (AED) used for initial monotherapy in treating childhood absence epilepsy (CAE). EEG might be an alternative approach to explore the effects of AEDs on the central nervous system. We performed a comparative analysis of background EEG activity during VPA treatment by using standardized, low-resolution, brain electromagnetic tomography (sLORETA) to explore the effect of VPA in patients with CAE. In 17 children with CAE, non-parametric statistical analyses using sLORETA were performed to compare the current density distribution of four frequency bands (delta, theta, alpha, and beta) between the untreated and treated condition...
May 2, 2017: Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454651/clinical-evaluation-of-the-abbott-realtime-mtb-assay-for-direct-detection-of-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-complex-from-respiratory-and-non-respiratory-samples
#17
Vladimira Hinić, Kinga Feuz, Selda Turan, Andrea Berini, Reno Frei, Karin Pfeifer, Daniel Goldenberger
Rapid and reliable diagnosis is crucial for correct management of tuberculosis. The Abbott RealTime MTB Assay represents a novel qualitative real-time PCR assay for direct detection of M. tuberculosis-complex (MTB) DNA from respiratory samples. The test targets two highly conserved sequences, the multi-copy insertion element IS6110 and the protein antigen B (PAB) gene of MTB, allowing even the detection of IS6610-deficient strains. We evaluated this commercial diagnostic test by analyzing 200 respiratory and, for the first time, 87 non-respiratory clinical specimens from our tertiary care institution and compared its results to our IS6110-based in-house real-time PCR for MTB as well as MTB culture...
May 2017: Tuberculosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342940/high-test-retest-reliability-of-pain-related-evoked-potentials-prep-in-healthy-subjects
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Özüm Simal Özgül, Christoph Maier, Elena K Enax-Krumova, Jan Vollert, Marc Fischer, Martin Tegenthoff, Oliver Höffken
Pain-related evoked potentials (PREP) is an established electrophysiological method to evaluate the signal transmission of electrically stimulated A-delta fibres. Although prerequisite for its clinical use, test-retest-reliability and side-to-side differences of bilateral stimulation in healthy subjects have not been examined yet. We performed PREP twice within 3-14days in 33 healthy subjects bilaterally by stimulating the dorsal hand. Detection (DT) and pain thresholds (PT) after electrical stimulation, the corresponding pain ratings, latencies of P0, N1, P1 and N2 components and the corresponding amplitudes were assessed...
March 22, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323447/injury-mitigation-estimates-for-an-intersection-driver-assistance-system-in-straight-crossing-path-crashes-in-the-united-states
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John M Scanlon, Rini Sherony, Hampton C Gabler
OBJECTIVE: Accounting for one fifth of all crashes and one sixth of all fatal crashes in the United States, intersection crashes are among the most frequent and fatal crash modes. Intersection advanced driver assistance systems (I-ADAS) are emerging vehicle-based active safety systems that aim to help drivers safely navigate intersections. The objective of this study was to estimate the number of crashes and number of vehicles with a seriously injured driver (Maximum Abbreviated Injury Scale [MAIS] 3+) that could be prevented or reduced if, for every straight crossing path (SCP) intersection crash, one of the vehicles had been equipped with an I-ADAS...
May 29, 2017: Traffic Injury Prevention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28267532/r2-relaxometry-of-the-pancreas-in-patients-with-human-hemochromatosis-protein-associated-hereditary-hemochromatosis
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B Henninger, S Rauch, H Zoller, M Plaikner, W Jaschke, C Kremser
PURPOSE: To evaluate pancreatic iron in patients with human hemochromatosis protein associated hereditary hemochromatosis (HHC) using R2* relaxometry. MATERIALS AND METHODS: 81 patients (58 male, 23 female; median age 49.5, range 10-81 years) with HHC were retrospectively studied. All underwent 1.5T magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the abdomen. A fat-saturated multi-gradient echo sequence with 12 echoes (TR=200ms; TE-initial 0.99ms; Delta-TE 1.41ms; 12 echoes; flip-angle: 20°) was used for the R2* quantification of the liver and the pancreas...
April 2017: European Journal of Radiology
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