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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728677/dynamically-timed-stimulation-of-corticolimbic-circuitry-activates-a-stress-compensatory-pathway
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David Carlson, Lisa K David, Neil M Gallagher, Mai-Anh T Vu, Matthew Shirley, Rainbo Hultman, Joyce Wang, Caley Burrus, Colleen A McClung, Sunil Kumar, Lawrence Carin, Stephen D Mague, Kafui Dzirasa
BACKGROUND: The prefrontal cortex plays a critical role in regulating emotional behaviors, and dysfunction of prefrontal cortex-dependent networks has been broadly implicated in mediating stress-induced behavioral disorders including major depressive disorder. METHODS: Here we acquired multicircuit in vivo activity from eight cortical and limbic brain regions as mice were subjected to the tail suspension test (TST) and an open field test. We used a linear decoder to determine whether cellular responses across each of the cortical and limbic areas signal movement during the TST and open field test...
June 15, 2017: Biological Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28696338/black-holes-in-loop-quantum-gravity
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Alejandro Perez
This is a review of the results on black hole physics in the framework of loop quantum gravity. The key feature underlying the results is the discreteness of geometric quantities at the Planck scale predicted by this approach to quantum gravity. Quantum discreteness follows directly from the canonical quantization prescription when applied to the action of general relativity that is suitable for the coupling of gravity with gauge fields and specially with fermions. Planckian discreteness and causal considerations provide the basic structure for the understanding of the thermal properties of black holes close to equilibrium...
July 11, 2017: Reports on Progress in Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28689981/thalamic-spindles-promote-memory-formation-during-sleep-through-triple-phase-locking-of-cortical-thalamic-and-hippocampal-rhythms
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Charles-Francois V Latchoumane, Hong-Viet V Ngo, Jan Born, Hee-Sup Shin
While the interaction of the cardinal rhythms of non-rapid-eye-movement (NREM) sleep-the thalamo-cortical spindles, hippocampal ripples, and the cortical slow oscillations-is thought to be critical for memory consolidation during sleep, the role spindles play in this interaction is elusive. Combining optogenetics with a closed-loop stimulation approach in mice, we show here that only thalamic spindles induced in-phase with cortical slow oscillation up-states, but not out-of-phase-induced spindles, improve consolidation of hippocampus-dependent memory during sleep...
July 19, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28677747/mesp1-loss%C3%A2-of%C3%A2-function-mutation-contributes-to-double-outlet-right-ventricle
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Min Zhang, Fu-Xing Li, Xing-Yuan Liu, Ri-Tai Huang, Song Xue, Xiao-Xiao Yang, Yan-Jie Li, Hua Liu, Hong-Yu Shi, Xin Pan, Xing-Biao Qiu, Yi-Qing Yang
Congenital heart disease (CHD) is the most common form of birth defect in humans, and remains a leading non‑infectious cause of infant mortality worldwide. An increasing number of studies have demonstrated that genetic defects serve a pivotal role in the pathogenesis of CHD, and mutations in >60 genes have been causally associated with CHD. CHD is a heterogeneous disease and the genetic basis of CHD in the majority of patients remains poorly understood. In the present study, the coding exons and flanking introns of the mesoderm posterior 1 (MESP1) gene, which encodes a basic helix‑loop‑helix transcription factor required for normal cardiovascular development, were sequenced in 178 unrelated patients with CHD...
June 29, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28666445/challenges-for-gatekeeping-a-qualitative-systems-analysis-of-a-pilot-in-rural-china
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Jin Xu, Anne Mills
BACKGROUND: Gatekeeping involves a generalist doctor who controls patients' access to specialist care, and has been discussed as an important policy option to rebalance the primary care and hospital sectors in low- and middle-income countries, despite thin evidence. A gatekeeping pilot in a Chinese rural setting launched in 2013 has offered an opportunity to study the functioning of gatekeeping under such conditions. METHODS: In this qualitative study within a mixed-method evaluation of the gatekeeping pilot, we developed an innovative systems analysis method, combining the World Health Organisation categorisation of health system building blocks, the "Framework" approach of policy analysis and causal loop analysis...
July 1, 2017: International Journal for Equity in Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649287/regulating-role-of-fetal-thyroid-hormones-on-placental-mitochondrial-dna-methylation-epidemiological-evidence-from-the-environage-birth-cohort-study
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Bram G Janssen, Hyang-Min Byun, Harry A Roels, Wilfried Gyselaers, Joris Penders, Andrea A Baccarelli, Tim S Nawrot
BACKGROUND: Fetal development largely depends on thyroid hormone availability and proper placental function with an important role played by placental mitochondria. The biological mechanisms by which thyroid hormones exert their effects on mitochondrial function are not well understood. We investigated the role of fetal thyroid hormones on placental mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) content and mtDNA methylation. We collected placental tissue and cord blood from 305 mother-child pairs that were enrolled between February 2010 and June 2014 in the ENVIRONAGE (ENVIRonmental influence ON early AGEing) birth cohort (province of Limburg, Belgium)...
2017: Clinical Epigenetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646149/crucial-role-of-4-deoxy-l-erythro-5-hexoseulose-uronate-reductase-for-alginate-utilization-revealed-by-adaptive-evolution-in-engineered-saccharomyces-cerevisiae
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Fumiya Matsuoka, Makoto Hirayama, Takayuki Kashihara, Hideki Tanaka, Wataru Hashimoto, Kousaku Murata, Shigeyuki Kawai
In brown macroalgae, alginate and D-mannitol are promising carbohydrates for biorefinery. Saccharomyces cerevisiae is widely used as a microbial cell factory, but this budding yeast is unable to utilize either alginate or D-mannitol. Alginate can be depolymerized by both endo-type and exo-type alginate lyases, yielding a monouronate, 4-deoxy-L-erythro-5-hexoseulose uronate (DEH), a key intermediate in the metabolism of alginate. Here, we constructed engineered two S. cerevisiae strains that are able to utilize both DEH and D-mannitol on two different strain backgrounds, and we also improved their aerobic growth in a DEH liquid medium through adaptive evolution...
June 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622530/brain-network-dynamics-in-the-human-articulatory-loop
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Masaaki Nishida, Anna Korzeniewska, Nathan E Crone, Goichiro Toyoda, Yasuo Nakai, Noa Ofen, Erik C Brown, Eishi Asano
OBJECTIVE: The articulatory loop is a fundamental component of language function, involved in the short-term buffer of auditory information followed by its vocal reproduction. We characterized the network dynamics of the human articulatory loop, using invasive recording and stimulation. METHODS: We measured high-gamma activity70-110 Hz recorded intracranially when patients with epilepsy either only listened to, or listened to and then reproduced two successive tones by humming...
August 2017: Clinical Neurophysiology: Official Journal of the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619664/nailfold-capillaroscopic-changes-in-patients-with-idiopathic-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension-and-systemic-sclerosis-related-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension
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A Corrado, M Correale, N Mansueto, I Monaco, A Carriero, A Mele, R Colia, M Di Biase, F P Cantatore
Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) represents one of the main clinical expressions of the vascular changes in systemic sclerosis (SSc). Lung microvascular changes can play a role in the pathogenesis of idiopathic PAH (IPAH) also. The aim of this study is to investigate the presence of capillaroscopic abnormalities in patients with IPAH and to evaluate the differences in capillary nailfold changes between patients with IPAH and patients with SSc with and without PAH. METHODS: 39 SSc patients (19 with PAH - SSc-PAH and 20 without - SSc-noPAH), 21 subjects with IPAH and 20 healthy subjects were recruited...
June 12, 2017: Microvascular Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28605971/impaired-baroreflex-function-during-orthostatic-challenge-in-patients-after-spinal-cord-injury
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Katarina Ondrusova, Jana Svacinova, Michal Javorka, Jan Novak, Marie Novakova, Zuzana Novakova
The level of spinal cord injury (SCI) affects baroreflex regulation of blood pressure (BP). While a parasympathetic cardiac chronotropic effect is preserved, baroreflex response could be impaired by sympathetic dysfunction under the SCI level. This study was aimed to evaluate the baroreflex function in SCI patients by the analysis of causal interaction between systolic blood pressure (SBP) and inter-beat intervals (IBI). BP was continuously recorded in 13 cervical SCI patients (CSCI), 9 thoracic SCI (ThSCI) and 13 able-bodied controls (Con) during two phases: sitting (PS) and orthostatic challenge (PO)...
June 12, 2017: Journal of Neurotrauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28593374/chromatin-loops-and-causality-loops-the-influence-of-rna-upon-spatial-nuclear-architecture
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Iain A Sawyer, Miroslav Dundr
An intrinsic and essential trait exhibited by cells is the properly coordinated and integrated regulation of an astoundingly large number of simultaneous molecular decisions and reactions to maintain biochemical homeostasis. This is especially true inside the cell nucleus, where the recognition of DNA and RNA by a vast range of nucleic acid-interacting proteins organizes gene expression patterns. However, this dynamic system is not regulated by simple "on" or "off" signals. Instead, transcription factor and RNA polymerase recruitment to DNA are influenced by the local chromatin and epigenetic environment, a gene's relative position within the nucleus and the action of noncoding RNAs...
June 7, 2017: Chromosoma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28578130/optimal-use-of-eeg-recordings-to-target-active-brain-areas-with-transcranial-electrical-stimulation
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Jacek P Dmochowski, Laurent Koessler, Anthony M Norcia, Marom Bikson, Lucas C Parra
To demonstrate causal relationships between brain and behavior, investigators would like to guide brain stimulation using measurements of neural activity. Particularly promising in this context are electroencephalography (EEG) and transcranial electrical stimulation (TES), as they are linked by a reciprocity principle which, despite being known for decades, has not led to a formalism for relating EEG recordings to optimal stimulation parameters. Here we derive a closed-form expression for the TES configuration that optimally stimulates (i...
May 31, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504021/the-theory-of-dyadic-morality-reinventing-moral-judgment-by-redefining-harm
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Chelsea Schein, Kurt Gray
The nature of harm-and therefore moral judgment-may be misunderstood. Rather than an objective matter of reason, we argue that harm should be redefined as an intuitively perceived continuum. This redefinition provides a new understanding of moral content and mechanism-the constructionist Theory of Dyadic Morality (TDM). TDM suggests that acts are condemned proportional to three elements: norm violations, negative affect, and-importantly-perceived harm. This harm is dyadic, involving an intentional agent causing damage to a vulnerable patient (A→P)...
May 1, 2017: Personality and Social Psychology Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28402698/hypervirulence-and-hypermucoviscosity-two-different-but-complementary-klebsiella-spp-phenotypes
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Juan Carlos Catalán-Nájera, Ulises Garza-Ramos, Humberto Barrios-Camacho
Since the hypermucoviscous variants of Klebsiella pneumoniae were first reported, many cases of primary liver abscesses and other invasive infections caused by this pathogen have been described worldwide. Hypermucoviscosity is a phenotypic feature characterized by the formation of a viscous filament ≥5 mm when a bacterial colony is stretched by a bacteriological loop; this is the so-called positive string test. Hypermucoviscosity appears to be associated with this unusual and aggressive type of infection, and therefore, the causal strains are considered hypervirulent...
April 12, 2017: Virulence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28371798/mutual-regulation-of-tumour-vessel-normalization-and-immunostimulatory-reprogramming
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Lin Tian, Amit Goldstein, Hai Wang, Hin Ching Lo, Ik Sun Kim, Thomas Welte, Kuanwei Sheng, Lacey E Dobrolecki, Xiaomei Zhang, Nagireddy Putluri, Thuy L Phung, Sendurai A Mani, Fabio Stossi, Arun Sreekumar, Michael A Mancini, William K Decker, Chenghang Zong, Michael T Lewis, Xiang H-F Zhang
Blockade of angiogenesis can retard tumour growth, but may also paradoxically increase metastasis. This paradox may be resolved by vessel normalization, which involves increased pericyte coverage, improved tumour vessel perfusion, reduced vascular permeability, and consequently mitigated hypoxia. Although these processes alter tumour progression, their regulation is poorly understood. Here we show that type 1 T helper (TH1) cells play a crucial role in vessel normalization. Bioinformatic analyses revealed that gene expression features related to vessel normalization correlate with immunostimulatory pathways, especially T lymphocyte infiltration or activity...
April 13, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28351488/investigating-the-effect-of-external-trauma-through-a-dynamic-system-modeling-approach-for-clustering-causality-in-diabetic-foot-ulcer-development
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Parisa Salimi, Mohsen Hamedi, Nima Jamshidi, Milad Vismeh
Diabetes and its associated complications are realized as one of the most challenging medical conditions threatening more than 29 million people only in the USA. The forecasts suggest a suffering of more than half a billion worldwide by 2030. Amid all diabetic complications, diabetic foot ulcer (DFU) has attracted much scientific investigations to lead to a better management of this disease. In this paper, a system thinking methodology is adopted to investigate the dynamic nature of the ulceration. The causal loop diagram as a tool is utilized to illustrate the well-researched relations and interrelations between causes of the DFU...
April 2017: Medical Hypotheses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350043/hand1-loss-of-function-mutation-contributes-to-congenital-double-outlet-right-ventricle
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Li Li, Juan Wang, Xing-Yuan Liu, Hua Liu, Hong-Yu Shi, Xiao-Xiao Yang, Ning Li, Yan-Jie Li, Ri-Tai Huang, Song Xue, Xing-Biao Qiu, Yi-Qing Yang
Congenital heart defects (CHDs), a wide variety of developmental abnormalities in the structures of the heart and the great thoracic blood vessels, are the most common form of birth defect in humans worldwide. CHDs are accountable for substantial morbidity and are still the leading cause of birth defect‑related deaths. Recent studies have demonstrated the pivotal roles of genetic defects in the pathogenesis of CHDs, and a great number of genetic mutations have been associated with CHDs. Nevertheless, CHDs are a genetically heterogeneous disorder and the genetic basis underlying CHDs in an overwhelming majority of cases remains unclear...
January 20, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345674/skeletal-muscle-pump-drives-control-of-cardiovascular-and-postural-systems
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Ajay K Verma, Amanmeet Garg, Da Xu, Michelle Bruner, Reza Fazel-Rezai, Andrew P Blaber, Kouhyar Tavakolian
The causal interaction between cardio-postural-musculoskeletal systems is critical in maintaining postural stability under orthostatic challenge. The absence or reduction of such interactions could lead to fainting and falls often experienced by elderly individuals. The causal relationship between systolic blood pressure (SBP), calf electromyography (EMG), and resultant center of pressure (COPr) can quantify the behavior of cardio-postural control loop. Convergent cross mapping (CCM) is a non-linear approach to establish causality, thus, expected to decipher nonlinear causal cardio-postural-musculoskeletal interactions...
March 27, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327421/adult-intussusceptions-clinical-presentation-diagnosis-and-therapeutic-management
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H Maghrebi, A Makni, R Rhaiem, S Atri, M Ayadi, M Jrad, M Jouini, M Kacem, Z Bensafta
BACKGROUND: Adult intussusception is a rare clinical entity. It is an uncommon cause of intestinal obstruction in adult. It often presents with nonspecific symptoms and preoperative diagnosis remains difficult. The purpose of this study was to determine the clinical entity and surgical approach of adult intussusception. METHODS: We have conducted a retrospective descriptive study starting from 2006 until 2014. We reviewed data for all patients that had been admitted to our department for intestinal intussusception...
February 20, 2017: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28258544/effect-of-loss-of-heart-rate-variability-on-t-wave-heterogeneity-and-qt-variability-in-heart-failure-patients-implications-in-ventricular-arrhythmogenesis
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Sachin Nayyar, Muhammad A Hasan, Kurt C Roberts-Thomson, Thomas Sullivan, Mathias Baumert
Heart rate variability (HRV) modulates dynamics of ventricular repolarization. A diminishing value of HRV is associated with increased vulnerability to life-threatening ventricular arrhythmias, however the causal relationship is not well-defined. We evaluated if fixed-rate atrial pacing that abolishes the effect of physiological HRV, will alter ventricular repolarization wavefronts and is relevant to ventricular arrhythmogenesis. The study was performed in 16 subjects: 8 heart failure patients with spontaneous ventricular tachycardia [HFVT], and 8 subjects with structurally normal hearts (H Norm)...
June 2017: Cardiovascular Engineering and Technology
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