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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231395/functional-connectivity-in-amygdalar-sensory-pre-motor-networks-at-rest-new-evidence-from-the-human-connectome-project
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Nicola Toschi, Andrea Duggento, Luca Passamonti
The word "e-motion" derives from the Latin word "ex-moveo" which literally means "moving away from something / somebody". Emotions are thus fundamental to prime action and goal-directed behavior with obvious implications for individual's survival. However, the brain mechanisms underlying the interactions between emotional and motor cortical systems remain poorly understood. A recent diffusion tensor imaging study in humans has reported the existence of direct anatomical connections between the amygdala and sensory/(pre)motor cortices, corroborating an initial observation in animal research...
February 23, 2017: European Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231260/effects-of-the-skills4genius-sports-based-training-program-in-creative-behavior
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Sara Santos, Sergio Jiménez, Jaime Sampaio, Nuno Leite
Team Sports has been suggested as a suitable environment to investigate creative behavior. This study's purpose was two-fold: first, it intended to identify the effects of the Skills4Genius sports-bases training program in thinking, motor, and in-game creative behavior in team sports. Second, it aimed to investigate the relationship between creative thinking and in-game creativity. Forty children from primary school were allocated into control (n = 18, age: 9.2±0.4) and experimental (n = 22, age: 9.5±0.7) groups...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230659/sulfonylurea-blockade-of-k-atp-channels-unmasks-a-distinct-type-of-glucose-induced-ca-2-decrease-in-pancreatic-%C3%AE-cells
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Bo Hellman, Heléne Dansk, Eva Grapengiesser
OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to explore how sulfonylurea blockade of KATP channels affects the early Ca signals for glucose generation of insulin release. METHODS: Cytoplasmic Ca was measured with ratiometric microfluorometry in isolated mouse islets loaded with Fura-PE3. RESULTS: After sulfonylurea blockade of the KATP channels (50 μM-1 mM tolbutamide or 1 μM-1 mM gliclazide), increase of glucose from 3 to 20 mM resulted in suppression of elevated Ca during a 3- to 5-minute period...
February 23, 2017: Pancreas
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230386/does-the-cerebellum-contribute-to-human-navigation-by-processing-sequential-information
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Anna M Tedesco, Filippo Bianchini, Laura Piccardi, Silvia Clausi, Alain Berthoz, Marco Molinari, Cecilia Guariglia, Maria Leggio
OBJECTIVE: Several authors have proposed that the cerebellum has an important role in functions of higher order as a general mode of sequence detection, independently from the nature of the information. The aim of this study was to verify whether the cerebellum mediates the processing of navigational sequential information and to determine whether it is influenced by the modality of the stimuli presentation. METHOD: We tested 12 cerebellar patients and 12 healthy age-matched participants in 2 comparable navigational tasks (Walking Corsi Test and the Magic Carpet) requiring to memorizing a sequence of spatial locations...
February 23, 2017: Neuropsychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230062/triple-combination-therapy-in-the-treatment-of-hypertension-a-review-of-the-evidence
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REVIEW
R Düsing, B Waeber, M Destro, C Santos Maia, P Brunel
Hypertension is a serious public health concern with inadequate control of blood pressure (BP) worldwide. Contributing factors include low efficacy of drugs, underuse of combination therapies, irrational combinations, physicians' therapeutic inertia and poor adherence to treatment. Current guidelines recommend the use of initial (dual) combination therapy in high-risk patients for immediate BP response, better short- and long-term BP control, and continued/improved patient adherence. This article aims to review the existing evidence of triple-combination therapies with respect to efficacy, safety and adherence to treatment...
February 23, 2017: Journal of Human Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229920/in-vitro-wound-healing-and-cytotoxic-activity-of-the-gel-and-whole-leaf-materials-from-selected-aloe-species
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Lizelle T Fox, Anisha Mazumder, Anupma Dwivedi, Minja Gerber, Jeanetta du Plessis, Josias H Hamman
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Aloe vera is one of the most important medicinal plants in the world with applications in the cosmetic industry and also in the tonic or health drink product market. Different parts of Aloe ferox and Aloe marlothii are used as traditional medicines for different applications. Although wound healing has been shown for certain aloe gel materials (e.g. A. vera) previously, there are conflicting reports on this medicinal application of aloe leaf gel materials...
February 13, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229893/safety-and-efficacy-of-natalizumab-in-patients-with-acute-ischaemic-stroke-action-a-randomised-placebo-controlled-double-blind-phase-2-trial
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Jacob Elkins, Roland Veltkamp, Joan Montaner, S Claiborne Johnston, Aneesh B Singhal, Kyra Becker, Maarten G Lansberg, Weihua Tang, Ih Chang, Kumar Muralidharan, Sarah Gheuens, Lahar Mehta, Mitchell S V Elkind
BACKGROUND: In animal models of acute ischaemic stroke, blocking of the leukocyte-endothelium adhesion by antagonism of α4 integrin reduces infarct volumes and improves outcomes. We assessed the effect of one dose of natalizumab, an antibody against the leukocyte adhesion molecule α4 integrin, in patients with acute ischaemic stroke. METHODS: In this double-blind, phase 2 study, patients with acute ischaemic stroke (aged 18-85 years) from 30 US and European clinical sites were randomly assigned (1:1) to 300 mg intravenous natalizumab or placebo with stratification by treatment window and baseline infarct size...
March 2017: Lancet Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229851/-skeletal-anchorage-in-the-past-today-and-tomorrow
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Birte Melsen, Michel Dalstra
INTRODUCTION: Skeletal anchorage was not introduced as an alternative to conventional anchorage modalities. The first skeletal anchorage was a ligature through a hole in the infrazygomatic crest. This was replaced by surgical screws and finally the TADs, which were optimized with respect to the material and morphology, were developed. A bracket-like head allows for the use of the mini-implant as indirect anchorage, but should not be a tool for lost control resulting from badly planned biomechanics or failing compliance...
March 2017: L' Orthodontie Française
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229237/different-recoveries-of-the-first-and-second-phases-of-the-m-wave-after-intermittent-maximal-voluntary-contractions
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Javier Rodriguez-Falces, Nicolas Place
PURPOSE: We investigated the recovery of muscle electrical properties after intermittent intense exercise by examining separately the first and second phases of the muscle compound action potential (M-wave). METHODS: M-waves and mechanical twitches were obtained using femoral nerve stimulation throughout the 30-min recovery period following 48 successive intermittent 3-s MVCs. The amplitude, duration, and area of the M-wave first and second phases, and the peak twitch force were measured from the knee extensors...
February 22, 2017: European Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229113/social-stress-models-in-rodents-towards-enhanced-validity
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REVIEW
J M Koolhaas, S F de Boer, B Buwalda, P Meerlo
Understanding the role of the social environment in the development of stress related diseases requires a more fundamental understanding of stress. Stress includes not only the stimulus and the response but also the individual appraisal of the situation. The social environment is not only essential for survival it is at the same time an important source of stressors. This review discusses the social stress concept, how it has been studied in rodents in the course of time and some more recent insights into the appraisal process...
February 2017: Neurobiology of Stress
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229104/prenatal-stressors-in-rodents-effects-on-behavior
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REVIEW
Marta Weinstock
The current review focuses on studies in rodents published since 2008 and explores possible reasons for any differences they report in the effects of gestational stress on various types of behavior in the offspring. An abundance of experimental data shows that different maternal stressors in rodents can replicate some of the abnormalities in offspring behavior observed in humans. These include, anxiety, in juvenile and adult rats and mice, assessed in the elevated plus maze and open field tests and depression, detected in the forced swim and sucrose-preference tests...
February 2017: Neurobiology of Stress
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228771/petal-loss-and-roxy1-interact-to-limit-growth-within-and-between-sepals-but-to-promote-petal-initiation-in-arabidopsis-thaliana
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Tezz Quon, Edwin R Lampugnani, David R Smyth
The activity of genes controlling organ development may be associated with the redox state of subregions within the meristem. Glutaredoxins react to the level of oxidative potential and can reduce cysteine dithiols, in some cases to activate specific transcription factors. In Arabidopsis, loss of function of the glutaredoxin ROXY1 or the trihelix transcription factor PETAL LOSS (PTL) each results in reduced numbers of petals. Here, genetic studies have revealed that loss of petals in ptl mutant plants depends on ROXY1 function...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228740/why-do-people-act-like-the-proverbial-ostrich-investigating-the-reasons-that-people-provide-for-not-monitoring-their-goal-progress
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Betty P I Chang, Thomas L Webb, Yael Benn
Two studies examined peoples' reasons for not monitoring their progress toward their personal goals-a phenomenon that has been termed "the ostrich problem" (Webb et al., 2013). Study 1 used factor analysis to organize the reasons that people gave for not monitoring their goal progress, resulting in 10 factors. The most strongly endorsed reasons were: (a) that information on goal progress would demand a change in beliefs, or (b) undesired action; (c) that progress was poor, and (d) that thinking about and/or working on the goal was associated with negative emotions...
2017: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228611/anti-diabetic-action-of-all-trans-retinoic-acid-and-the-orphan-g-protein-coupled-receptor-gprc5c-in-pancreatic-%C3%AE-cells
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Stefan Amisten, Israa Mohammad Al-Amily, Arvind Soni, Ross Hawkes, Patricio Atanes, Shanta Jean Persaud, Patrik Rorsman, Albert Salehi
Pancreatic islets express high levels of the orphan G-protein coupled receptor C5C (GPRC5C), the function of which remains to be established. Here we have examined the role of GPRC5C in the regulation of insulin secretion and β-cell survival and proliferation using human and mouse pancreatic islets. The expression of GPRC5C was analysed by RNA-sequencing, qPCR, western blotting and confocal microscopy. Insulin secretion and cell viability were determined by RIA and MTS assays, respectively. GPRC5C mRNA expression and protein level were reduced in the islets from type-2 diabetic donors...
February 22, 2017: Endocrine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228534/topbp1-dpb11-plays-a-conserved-role-in-homologous-recombination-dna-repair-through-the-coordinated-recruitment-of-53bp1-rad9
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Yi Liu, José Renato Cussiol, Diego Dibitetto, Jennie Rae Sims, Shyam Twayana, Robert Samuel Weiss, Raimundo Freire, Federica Marini, Achille Pellicioli, Marcus Bustamante Smolka
Genome maintenance and cancer suppression require homologous recombination (HR) DNA repair. In yeast and mammals, the scaffold protein TOPBP1(Dpb11) has been implicated in HR, although its precise function and mechanism of action remain elusive. In this study, we show that yeast Dpb11 plays an antagonistic role in recombination control through regulated protein interactions. Dpb11 mediates opposing roles in DNA end resection by coordinating both the stabilization and exclusion of Rad9 from DNA lesions. The Mec1 kinase promotes the pro-resection function of Dpb11 by mediating its interaction with the Slx4 scaffold...
February 22, 2017: Journal of Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228474/changes-in-ambient-temperature-elicit-divergent-control-of-metabolic-and-cardiovascular-actions-by-leptin
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Jussara M do Carmo, Alexandre A da Silva, Damian G Romero, John E Hall
Interactions of hypothalamic signaling pathways that control body temperature (BT), blood pressure (BP), and energy balance are poorly understood. We investigated whether the chronic BP and metabolic actions of leptin are differentially modulated by changes in ambient temperature (TA ). Mean arterial pressure (MAP), heart rate (HR), BT, motor activity (MA), and oxygen consumption (Vo2) were measured 24 h/d at normal laboratory TA (23°C), at thermoneutral zone (TNZ, 30°C) for mice or during cold exposure (15°C) in male wild-type mice...
February 22, 2017: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228097/alkaloid-extracts-from-combretum-zeyheri-inhibit-the-growth-of-mycobacterium-smegmatis
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Tafadzwa Nyambuya, Ruvimbo Mautsa, Stanley Mukanganyama
BACKGROUND: Current tuberculosis regimens have failed to combat the issue of drug resistance and ethno medicines may represent a possible source of antimycobacterial agents. Combretum species are well known in African traditional medicines and used for various ailments including pneumonia, venereal diseases like syphilis, mental problems, relief of sore throats and colds, fever, and chest coughs associated with tuberculosis. Alkaloids function as either hydrogen-acceptor or hydrogen-donor in hydrogen bonding critical for the interaction between targets thus, potentiating effects of curative agents on diseases...
February 23, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227603/data-fusion-of-multiple-kinect-sensors-for-a-rehabilitation-system
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Huibin Du, Yiwen Zhao, Jianda Han, Zheng Wang, Guoli Song, Huibin Du, Yiwen Zhao, Jianda Han, Zheng Wang, Guoli Song, Guoli Song, Yiwen Zhao, Huibin Du, Jianda Han, Zheng Wang
Kinect-like depth sensors have been widely used in rehabilitation systems. However, single depth sensor processes limb-blocking, data loss or data error poorly, making it less reliable. This paper focus on using two Kinect sensors and data fusion method to solve these problems. First, two Kinect sensors capture the motion data of the healthy arm of the hemiplegic patient; Second, merge the data using the method of Set-Membership-Filter (SMF); Then, mirror this motion data by the Middle-Plane; In the end, control the wearable robotic arm driving the patient's paralytic arm so that the patient can interactively and initiatively complete a variety of recovery actions prompted by computer with 3D animation games...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226780/modeling-of-coupled-differential-equations-for-cellular-chemical-signaling-pathways-implications-for-assay-protocols-utilized-in-cellular-engineering
#19
George D O'Clock, George D O'Clock, George D O'Clock
Cellular engineering involves modification and control of cell properties, and requires an understanding of fundamentals and mechanisms of action for cellular derived product development. One of the keys to success in cellular engineering involves the quality and validity of results obtained from cell chemical signaling pathway assays. The accuracy of the assay data cannot be verified or assured if the effect of positive feedback, nonlinearities, and interrelationships between cell chemical signaling pathway elements are not understood, modeled, and simulated...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226566/quantifying-the-human-robot-interaction-forces-between-a-lower-limb-exoskeleton-and-healthy-users
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Ashish Rathore, Matthew Wilcox, Dafne Zuleima Morgado Ramirez, Rui Loureiro, Tom Carlson, Ashish Rathore, Matthew Wilcox, Dafne Zuleima Morgado Ramirez, Rui Loureiro, Tom Carlson, Rui Loureiro, Matthew Wilcox, Ashish Rathore, Tom Carlson, Dafne Zuleima Morgado Ramirez
To counter the many disadvantages of prolonged wheelchair use, patients with spinal cord injuries (SCI) are beginning to turn towards robotic exoskeletons. However, we are currently unaware of the magnitude and distribution of forces acting between the user and the exoskeleton. This is a critical issue, as SCI patients have an increased susceptibility to skin lesions and pressure ulcer development. Therefore, we developed a real-time force measuring apparatus, which was placed at the physical human-robot interface (pHRI) of a lower limb robotic exoskeleton...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
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