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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223940/reconsideration-of-serial-visual-reversal-learning-in-octopus-octopus-vulgaris-from-a-methodological-perspective
#1
Alexander Bublitz, Severine R Weinhold, Sophia Strobel, Guido Dehnhardt, Frederike D Hanke
Octopuses (Octopus vulgaris) are generally considered to possess extraordinary cognitive abilities including the ability to successfully perform in a serial reversal learning task. During reversal learning, an animal is presented with a discrimination problem and after reaching a learning criterion, the signs of the stimuli are reversed: the former positive becomes the negative stimulus and vice versa. If an animal improves its performance over reversals, it is ascribed advanced cognitive abilities. Reversal learning has been tested in octopus in a number of studies...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208072/identification-of-triosephosphate-isomerase-as-a-novel-allergen-in-octopus-fangsiao
#2
Yang Yang, Zhong-Wei Chen, Barry K Hurlburt, Gui-Ling Li, Yong-Xia Zhang, Dan-Xia Fei, Hai-Wang Shen, Min-Jie Cao, Guang-Ming Liu
Octopus is an important mollusk in human dietary for its nutritional value, however it also causes allergic reactions in humans. Major allergens from octopus have been identified, while the knowledge of novel allergens remains poor. In the present study, a novel allergen with molecular weight of 28kDa protein was purified from octopus (Octopus fangsiao) and identified as triosephosphate isomerase (TIM) by mass spectrometry. TIM aggregated beyond 45°C, and its IgE-binding activity was affected under extreme pH conditions due to the altered secondary structure...
February 13, 2017: Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207707/fossil-octopus-is-a-jurassic-jewel
#3
Brian Switek
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 14, 2017: Scientific American
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205342/functional-benefits-and-patient-satisfaction-with-upper-blepharoplasty-evaluated-by-objective-and-subjective-outcome-measures
#4
Agnes Galbo Jacobsen, Brian Brost, Henrik Vorum, Janos Hargitai
PURPOSE: To investigate the functional benefits and patient satisfaction with upper blepharoplasty in patients meeting the Danish visitation guidelines for upper blepharoplasty from the Danish Health and Medicines Authority (Sundhedsstyrelsen). METHODS: Before and 3 months after upper blepharoplasty, the following investigations were made: (i) a standard eye examination, (ii) photographic documentation with a normal camera and the infrared camera of a Spectralis Optical Coherence Tomograph and (iii) measurements of the upper visual fields using the blepharoptosis test of Octopus 900...
February 15, 2017: Acta Ophthalmologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28169920/relationship-between-oct-angiography-temporal-peripapillary-vessel-density-and-octopus-perimeter-paracentral-cluster-mean-defect
#5
Gábor Holló
PURPOSE OF THE STUDY: The purpose of the study was to investigate the relationship between optical coherence tomography angiography angioflow vessel-density (PAFD) measured in the retinal nerve fiber layer in the temporal peripapillary sector and the average of the spatially corresponding superior and inferior paracentral cluster mean defect values (mean paracentral MD) measured with Octopus perimetry. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Spaerman's correlation between temporal peripapillary PAFD acquired with the Angiovue OCT and mean paracentral MD measured with the Normal and tendency-oriented perimetry strategy of Octopus G2 perimetry, respectively, was determined on 1 eye of 13 healthy participants, 22 medically controlled ocular hypertensive, and 27 stable early to moderate glaucoma patients...
February 6, 2017: Journal of Glaucoma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28152106/relationship-between-optical-coherence-tomography-sector-peripapillary-angioflow-density-and-octopus-visual-field-cluster-mean-defect-values
#6
Gábor Holló
PURPOSE: To compare the relationship of Octopus perimeter cluster mean-defect (cluster MD) values with the spatially corresponding optical coherence tomography (OCT) sector peripapillary angioflow vessel-density (PAFD) and sector retinal nerve fiber layer thickness (RNFLT) values. METHODS: High quality PAFD and RNFLT images acquired on the same day with the Angiovue/RTVue-XR Avanti OCT (Optovue Inc., Fremont, USA) on 1 eye of 27 stable early-to-moderate glaucoma, 22 medically controlled ocular hypertensive and 13 healthy participants were analyzed...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28140363/hybrid-parameter-identification-of-a-multi-modal-underwater-soft-robot
#7
Francesco Giorgio-Serchi, Andrea Arienti, Francesco Corucci, Michele Giorelli, Cecilia Laschi
We introduce an octopus-inspired, underwater, soft-bodied robot capable of performing waterborne pulsed-jet propulsion and benthic legged-locomotion. This vehicle consists for as much as 80\% of its volume of rubber-like materials so that structural flexibility is exploited as a key element during both modes of locomotion. The high bodily softness, the unconventional morphology and the non-stationary nature of its propulsion mechanisms require dynamic characterization of this robot to be dealt with by \textit{ad-hoc} techniques...
January 31, 2017: Bioinspiration & Biomimetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28117076/oct-angiography-of-acute-non-arteritic-anterior-ischemic-optic-neuropathy
#8
M-B Rougier, M-N Delyfer, J-F Korobelnik
PURPOSE: To describe changes of the retinal peripapillary microvasculature on optical coherence tomography angiography (OCT-A) in non-arteritic anterior ischemic optic (NAION) neuropathy. METHODS: Observational study of 10 patients at the acute phase of NAION. OCT-A was performed using a 3mm×3mm square centered on the optic disc (Cirrus HD-OCT with Angioplex, Carl Zeiss Meditec, Dublin, CA). A qualitative comparison was made with the healthy fellow eye of each patient...
January 20, 2017: Journal Français D'ophtalmologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28114587/transcorneal-electrical-stimulation-for-patients-with-retinitis-pigmentosa-a-prospective-randomized-sham-controlled-follow-up-study-over-1-year
#9
Andreas Schatz, Johanna Pach, Mariya Gosheva, Lubka Naycheva, Gabriel Willmann, Barbara Wilhelm, Tobias Peters, Karl Ulrich Bartz-Schmidt, Eberhart Zrenner, André Messias, Florian Gekeler
Purpose: After promising results of an exploratory study, this study was designed to assess the safety and efficacy of transcorneal electrical stimulation (TES) over 1 year in patients with retinitis pigmentosa (RP). Methods: We included 52 RP patients in this prospective, randomized, partially-masked study which was done in accordance with rules of good clinical practice. Transcorneal electrical stimulation by Okustim was applied monocularly for 30 minutes per week for 52 consecutive weeks...
January 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108174/experimental-infection-of-octopus-vulgaris-cuvier-1797-with-photobacterium-damsela-subsp-piscicida-immunohistochemical-tracking-of-antigen-and-tissue-responses
#10
Vasileios Bakopoulos, Daniella White, Michail-Aggelos Valsamidis, Feli Vasilaki
Adult common octopus individuals were intramuscularly infected with Photobacterium damsela subsp. piscicida in order to investigate if this species is sensitive to this common and important fish pathogen. The fate of the bacterial antigens and the tissue responses of Octopus vulgaris were studied employing immunohistochemical techniques. Strong reaction at the site of injection was evident from day 2 post-infection that continued until day 14. Great numbers of hemocytes that were attracted at the site of infection were involved in phagocytosis of bacteria...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Invertebrate Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087073/abnormal-mortality-of-octopus-after-a-storm-water-event-accumulated-lead-and-lead-isotopes-as-fingerprints
#11
J Raimundo, F Ruano, J Pereira, M Mil-Homens, P Brito, C Vale, M Caetano
Octopus vulgaris is a sedentary organism that inhabits coastal waters being exposed to anthropogenic compounds. Lead concentration in coastal environments reflects many processes and activities namely weathering, industrial and domestic discharges, and atmospheric deposition. Since lead isotopic composition is little affected by kinetic processes occurring between source and sink, its signature has been used to identify different Pb sources. After a short-term heavy rainfall, hundreds of octopus appeared dead in two Portuguese coastal areas...
January 10, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065805/genetic-perturbations-suggest-a-role-of-the-resting-potential-in-regulating-the-expression-of-the-ion-channels-of-the-kcna-and-hcn-families-in-octopus-cells-of-the-ventral-cochlear-nucleus
#12
Xiao-Jie Cao, Donata Oertel
Low-voltage-activated K(+) (gKL) and hyperpolarization-activated mixed cation conductances (gh) mediate currents, IKL and Ih, through channels of the Kv1 (KCNA) and HCN families respectively and give auditory neurons the temporal precision required for signaling information about the onset, fine structure, and time of arrival of sounds. Being partially activated at rest, gKL and gh contribute to the resting potential and shape responses to even small subthreshold synaptic currents. Resting gKL and gh also affect the coupling of somatic depolarization with the generation of action potentials...
March 2017: Hearing Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28064377/octopus-a-platform-for-the-virtual-high-throughput-screening-of-a-pool-of-compounds-against-a-set-of-molecular-targets
#13
Eduardo Habib Bechelane Maia, Vinícius Alves Campos, Bianca Dos Reis Santos, Marina Santos Costa, Iann Gabriel Lima, Sandro J Greco, Rosy I M A Ribeiro, Felipe M Munayer, Alisson Marques da Silva, Alex Gutterres Taranto
Octopus is an automated workflow management tool that is scalable for virtual high-throughput screening (vHTS). It integrates MOPAC2016, MGLTools, PyMOL, and AutoDock Vina. In contrast to other platforms, Octopus can perform docking simulations of an unlimited number of compounds into a set of molecular targets. After generating the ligands in a drawing package in the Protein Data Bank (PDB) format, Octopus can carry out geometry refinement using the semi-empirical method PM7 implemented in MOPAC2016. Docking simulations can be performed using AutoDock Vina and can utilize the Our Own Molecular Targets (OOMT) databank...
January 2017: Journal of Molecular Modeling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28042769/discovery-of-an-unexplored-protein-structural-scaffold-of-serine-protease-from-big-blue-octopus-octopus-cyanea-a-new-prospective-lead-molecule
#14
Subhamay Panda, Leena Kumari
BACKGROUND: Serine proteases are a group of enzymes that hydrolyses the peptide bonds in proteins. In mammals, these enzymes help in the regulation of several major physiological functions such as digestion, blood clotting, responses of immune system, reproductive functions and the complement system. OBJECTIVE: Serine proteases obtained from the venom of Octopodidae family is a relatively unexplored area of research. In the present work, we tried to effectively utilize comparative composite molecular modeling technique...
January 2, 2017: Current Drug Discovery Technologies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27992549/molecular-characterization-and-functional-analysis-of-a-putative-octopamine-tyramine-receptor-during-the-developmental-stages-of-the-pacific-oyster-crassostrea-gigas
#15
Peng Ji, Fei Xu, Baoyu Huang, Yingxiang Li, Li Li, Guofan Zhang
Octopamine (OA) and its precursor, tyramine (TA), participate in invertebrate development such as growth, maturation, and reproduction by activating their corresponding G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs). Although OA was first discovered in mollusks (octopus), subsequent studies on OA, TA and related receptors have primarily been conducted in Ecdysozoa, especially in insects. Accordingly, only limited reports on OA/TA receptors in mollusks are available and their physiological roles remain unclear. Here, a full-length cDNA encoding a putative 524 amino acid OA/TA receptor (CgGPR1) was isolated from the Pacific oyster Crassostrea gigas...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27984163/risk-assessment-of-methylmercury-in-five-european-countries-considering-the-national-seafood-consumption-patterns
#16
Silke Jacobs, Isabelle Sioen, Liesbeth Jacxsens, José L Domingo, Jens J Sloth, António Marques, Wim Verbeke
Although seafood is a nutritious protein source, due to marine environmental pollution, seafood may also be a source of contaminants. The results obtained within the FP7-ECsafeSEAFOOD-project show that among the range of studied environmental contaminants certainly methylmercury (MeHg) requires deeper investigation. This paper presents the results of a probabilistic risk assessment for MeHg based on: (1) primary concentration data, as well as secondary data from published papers, and (2) primary species-specific consumption data collected in five European countries (Belgium, Ireland, Italy, Portugal and Spain)...
October 27, 2016: Food and Chemical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27973245/project-octo-pills-management-of-polypharmacy-and-drug-related-problems-from-hospital-to-community-pharmacies-an-octopus-initiative-for-the-silver-tsunami
#17
Y T Low, Z Y Neo, B K Chong, K Y Ong, K W Lim, G E Heng, M Chan, W L Chung, Z N Lim, D Teo, J A Wong, M C Tan, M C Kong, K Mamun, L L Chen
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
November 2016: Value in Health: the Journal of the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27864460/use-of-the-octopus-endograft-technique-to-reconstruct-renovisceral-arteries-arising-from-the-false-lumen-of-a-rapidly-expanding-type-b-aortic-dissection-after-endovascular-repair
#18
Jiang Xiong, Yangyang Ge, Xiaoping Liu, Lijun Wang, Wei Guo
PURPOSE: To describe the use and 6-month outcomes of the octopus endograft technique to reconstruct renovisceral arteries arising from the false lumen (FL) of a type B aortic dissection after thoracic endovascular aortic repair (TEVAR). CASE REPORT: A 46-year-old man post TEVAR for type B aortic dissection was admitted with persistent back pain and a rapidly expanding residual dissection. The celiac and left renal arteries arose from the FL and the superior mesenteric artery from both lumens, with the FL as its main supply...
February 2017: Journal of Endovascular Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27858208/a-cable-driven-soft-robot-surgical-system-for-cardiothoracic-endoscopic-surgery-preclinical-tests-in-animals
#19
Hesheng Wang, Runxi Zhang, Weidong Chen, Xiaozhou Wang, Rolf Pfeifer
BACKGROUND: Minimally invasive surgery attracts more and more attention because of the advantages of minimal trauma, less bleeding and pain and low complication rate. However, minimally invasive surgery for beating hearts is still a challenge. Our goal is to develop a soft robot surgical system for single-port minimally invasive surgery on a beating heart. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The soft robot described in this paper is inspired by the octopus arm. Although the octopus arm is soft and has more degrees of freedom (DOFs), it can be controlled flexibly...
November 17, 2016: Surgical Endoscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27857487/macular-thickness-assessment-in-patients-with-glaucoma-and-its-correlation-with-visual-fields
#20
Mafalda Mota, Fernando T Vaz, Mário Ramalho, Catarina Pedrosa, Maria Lisboa, Paulo Kaku, Florindo Esperancinha
AIM: To determine the relationship between macular thickness (MT) and visual field (VF) parameters, as well as with changes in the retinal nerve fiber layer (RNFL) thickness in patients with glaucoma and ocular hypertension (OH). MATERIALS AND METHODS: Cross-sectional statistical analysis of spectral domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT) compared with several VF parameters (mean defect - MD and loss variance - LV), in a nonrandom sample of 70 eyes from patients with glaucoma or OH...
September 2016: Journal of Current Glaucoma Practice
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