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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528380/the-rat-corticospinal-system-is-functionally-and-anatomically-segregated
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Rafael Olivares-Moreno, Yunuen Moreno-Lopez, Luis Concha, Guadalupe Martínez-Lorenzana, Miguel Condés-Lara, Matilde Cordero-Erausquin, Gerardo Rojas-Piloni
The descending corticospinal (CS) projection has been considered a key element for motor control, which results from direct and indirect modulation of spinal cord pre-motor interneurons in the intermediate gray matter of the spinal cord, which, in turn, influences motoneurons in the ventral horn. The CS tract (CST) is also involved in a selective and complex modulation of sensory information in the dorsal horn. However, little is known about the spinal network engaged by the CST and the organization of CS projections that may encode different cortical outputs to the spinal cord...
May 20, 2017: Brain Structure & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524017/effect-of-homogenisation-in-formation-of-thermally-induced-aggregates-in-a-non-and-low-fat-milk-model-system-with-microparticulated-whey-proteins
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Isabel Celigueta Torres, Gema Nieto, Tommy Nylander, Adam Cohen Simonsen, Alexander Tolkach, Richard Ipsen
The objective of the research presented in this paper was to investigate how different characteristics of whey protein microparticles (MWP) added to milk as fat replacers influence intermolecular interactions occurring with other milk proteins during homogenisation and heating. These interactions are responsible for the formation of heat-induced aggregates that influence the texture and sensory characteristics of the final product. The formation of heat-induced complexes was studied in non- and low-fat milk model systems, where microparticulated whey protein (MWP) was used as fat replacer...
May 2017: Journal of Dairy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522734/voluntary-control-of-epileptiform-spike-wave-discharges-in-awake-rats
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Jeremy A Taylor, Krista M Rodgers, Florencia M Bercum, Carmen J Booth, F Edward Dudek, Daniel S Barth
Genetically inherited absence epilepsy in humans is typically characterized by brief (seconds) spontaneous seizures, which involve spike-wave discharges (SWDs) in the EEG and interruption of consciousness and ongoing behavior. Genetic (inbred) models of this disorder in rats have been used to examine mechanisms, comorbidities and anti-absence drugs. SWDs have also been proposed as models of complex partial seizures (CPSs) following traumatic brain injury (post-traumatic epilepsy; PTE). However, the ictal characteristics of these rat models, including SWDs and associated immobility, are also prevalent in healthy outbred laboratory rats...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520897/alpha-linolenic-acid-protects-the-developmental-capacity-of-bovine-cumulus-oocyte-complexes-matured-under-lipotoxic-conditions-in-vitro
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W F A Marei, J De Bie, O Mohey-Elsaeed, E Wydooghe, P E J Bols, J L M R Leroy
Elevated concentrations of free fatty acids (FFAs), predominantly palmitic, stearic and oleic acids (PSO), exert detrimental effects on oocyte developmental competence. This study examined the effects of omega-3 alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) during in vitro oocyte maturation (IVM) in the presence of PSO on subsequent embryo development and quality, and the cellular mechanisms that might be involved. Bovine cumulus oocyte complexes (COCs) were supplemented during IVM with ALA (50 μM), PSO (425 μM), or PSO+ALA...
May 18, 2017: Biology of Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513284/best-practices-for-population-genetic-analyses
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Niklaus J Grünwald, Sydney Everhart, Brian J Knaus, Zhian N Kamvar
Population genetic analysis is a powerful tool to understand how pathogens emerge and adapt. However, determining the genetic structure of populations requires complex knowledge on a range of subtle skills that are often not explicitly stated in book chapters or review articles on population genetics. What is a good sampling strategy? How many isolates should I sample? How do I include positive and negative controls in my molecular assays? What marker system should I use? This review will attempt to address many of these practical questions that are often not readily answered from reading books or reviews on the topic, but emerge from discussions with colleagues and from practical experience...
May 17, 2017: Phytopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512107/divergent-requirements-for-ezh1-in-heart-development-versus-regeneration
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Shanshan Ai, Xianhong Yu, Yumei Li, Yong Peng, Chen Li, Yanzhu Yue, Ge Tao, Chuan-Yun Li, William T Pu, Aibin He
Rationale: Polycomb repressive complex 2 (PRC2) is a major epigenetic repressor that deposits methylation on histone H3 on lysine 27 (H3K27me) and controls differentiation and function of many cells, including cardiac myocytes. EZH1 and EZH2 are two alternative catalytic subunits with partial functional redundancy. The relative roles of EZH1 and EZH2 in heart development and regeneration are unknown. Objective: We compared the roles of EZH1 versus EZH2 in heart development and neonatal heart regeneration. Methods and Results: Heart development was normal in Ezh1(-/-) (E1KO) and Ezh2(f/f)::cTNT(-Cre) (E2KO) embryos...
May 16, 2017: Circulation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507786/application-of-hyperosmotic-nanoemulsions-in-wound-healing-partial-thickness-injury-model-in-swine
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Sean Connell, Jianming Li, Abigail Durkes, Lynetta Freeman
Objective: In this work, we introduce a novel hyperosmotic nanoemulsion (HNE) topical agent for use in wound healing. These topical emulsion complexes combine a lipophilic thymol nanoemulsion with a hyperosmotic saccharide matrix. This combination has been previously shown to possess synergistic antimicrobial activity against a host of common and drug-resistant pathogens in vitro. Approach: In this study, we present additional data to assess the safety and efficacy of these emulsions in a partial thickness injury model in swine...
May 1, 2017: Advances in Wound Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506826/an-x-chromosome-linked-mouse-model-ndufa1-s55a-for-systemic-partial-complex-i-deficiency-for-studying-predisposition-to-neurodegeneration-and-other-diseases
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Chul Kim, Prasanth Potluri, Ahmed Khalil, Daria Gaut, Meagan McManus, Shannon Compton, Douglas C Wallace, Nagendra Yadava
The respiratory chain Complex I deficiencies are the most common cause of mitochondrial diseases. Complex I biogenesis is controlled by 58 genes and at least 47 of these cause mitochondrial disease in humans. Two of these are X-chromosome linked nuclear (nDNA) genes (NDUFA1 and NDUFB11), and 7 are mitochondrial (mtDNA, MT-ND1-6, 4L) genes, which may be responsible for sex-dependent variation in the presentation of mitochondrial diseases. In this study, we describe an X-chromosome linked mouse model (Ndufa1(S55A)) for systemic partial Complex I deficiency...
May 12, 2017: Neurochemistry International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506707/complex-mismatch-negativity-to-tone-pair-deviants-in-long-term-schizophrenia-and-in-the-first-episode-schizophrenia-spectrum
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Dean F Salisbury, Alexis G McCathern, Brian A Coffman, Timothy K Murphy, Sarah M Haigh
Mismatch negativity (MMN) is an event-related potential to stimulus change. MMN to infrequent deviant tones that differs in a simple physical parameter from repetitive standard tones is reduced in patients with long-term schizophrenia (Sz; d=~1). However, this simple MMN is not uniformly reduced at the first-episode of schizophrenia-spectrum psychosis (FESz; d<0.1 for pitch; <0.4 for duration). Deviant stimuli that violate pattern rules also evoke MMN. This complex MMN is evoked by deviations in the relation of sounds to each other...
May 12, 2017: Schizophrenia Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28503228/network-meta-analysis-a-technique-to-gather-evidence-from-direct-and-indirect-comparisons
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Fernanda S Tonin, Inajara Rotta, Antonio M Mendes, Roberto Pontarolo
Systematic reviews and pairwise meta-analyses of randomized controlled trials, at the intersection of clinical medicine, epidemiology and statistics, are positioned at the top of evidence-based practice hierarchy. These are important tools to base drugs approval, clinical protocols and guidelines formulation and for decision-making. However, this traditional technique only partially yield information that clinicians, patients and policy-makers need to make informed decisions, since it usually compares only two interventions at the time...
January 2017: Pharmacy Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28502800/microrna-211-regulates-oxidative-phosphorylation-and-energy-metabolism-in-human-vitiligo
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Anupama Sahoo, Bongyong Lee, Katia Boniface, Julien Seneschal, Sanjaya K Sahoo, Tatsuya Seki, Chunyan Wang, Soumen Das, Xianlin Han, Michael Steppie, Sudipta Seal, Alain Taieb, Ranjan J Perera
Vitiligo is a common, chronic skin disorder characterized by loss of epidermal melanocytes and progressive depigmentation. Vitiligo has complex immune, genetic, environmental, and biochemical etiology, but the exact molecular mechanisms of vitiligo development and progression, particularly those related to metabolic control, are poorly understood. Here we characterized the human vitiligo cell line PIG3V and the normal human melanocytes, HEM-l by RNA-sequencing (RNA-seq), targeted metabolomics, and shotgun lipidomics...
May 11, 2017: Journal of Investigative Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500527/ftsz-ring-architecture-and-its-control-by-mincd
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Piotr Szwedziak, Debnath Ghosal
In bacteria and archaea, the most widespread cell division system is based on the tubulin homologue FtsZ protein, whose filaments form the cytokinetic Z-ring. FtsZ filaments are tethered to the membrane by anchors such as FtsA and SepF and are regulated by accessory proteins. One such set of proteins is responsible for Z-ring's spatiotemporal regulation, essential for the production of two equal-sized daughter cells. Here, we describe how our still partial understanding of the FtsZ-based cell division process has been progressed by visualising near-atomic structures of Z-rings and complexes that control Z-ring positioning in cells, most notably the MinCDE and Noc systems that act by negatively regulating FtsZ filaments...
2017: Sub-cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28489859/an-r2r3-type-myb-transcription-factor-gmmyb29-regulates-isoflavone-biosynthesis-in-soybean
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Shanshan Chu, Jiao Wang, Ying Zhu, Shulin Liu, Xiaoqiong Zhou, Huairen Zhang, Chun-E Wang, Wenming Yang, Zhixi Tian, Hao Cheng, Deyue Yu
Isoflavones comprise a group of secondary metabolites produced almost exclusively by plants in the legume family, including soybean [Glycine max (L.) Merr.]. They play vital roles in plant defense and have many beneficial effects on human health. Isoflavone content is a complex quantitative trait controlled by multiple genes, and the genetic mechanisms underlying isoflavone biosynthesis remain largely unknown. Via a genome-wide association study (GWAS), we identified 28 single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) that are significantly associated with isoflavone concentrations in soybean...
May 10, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28484046/exploring-the-%C3%AE-ctd-amino-acid-residue-requirements-for-productive-interaction-between-spx-and-rna-polymerase-of-bacillus-subtilis
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Cierra Birch, Madison Davis, Lea Mbengi, Peter Zuber
Bacillus subtilis Spx is a global transcriptional regulator that is conserved among gram-positive bacteria, in which Spx is required for preventing oxidatively induced proteotoxicity. Upon stress induction, Spx engages RNA polymerase (RNAP) through interaction with the C-terminal domain of the rpoA-encoded RNAP α subunit (αCTD). Previous mutational analysis of rpoA revealed that substitutions of Y263 in αCTD severely impaired Spx-activated transcription. Attempts to substitute alanine for αCTD R261, R268, R289, E255, E298 and K294 were unsuccessful, suggesting that these residues are essential...
May 8, 2017: Journal of Bacteriology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28483165/variability-in-outcomes-after-gastroschisis-closure-across-u-s-children-s-hospitals
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Dani O Gonzalez, Jennifer N Cooper, Shawn D St Peter, Peter C Minneci, Katherine J Deans
BACKGROUND: In patients undergoing gastroschisis closure, the effects of timing of closure and patient and hospital-level characteristics on length of stay (LOS) and time to enteral autonomy are unknown. STUDY DESIGN: Using the Pediatric Health Information System, we compared neonates who underwent early (within 1day of birth) versus delayed (>1day after birth) gastroschisis closure from 2005 to 2013. We evaluated the relationship between time to closure and both LOS and days on total parenteral nutrition (TPN)...
April 27, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28477057/real-time-prediction-of-temperature-elevation-during-robotic-bone-drilling-using-the-torque-signal
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Arne Feldmann, Kate Gavaghan, Manuel Stebinger, Tom Williamson, Stefan Weber, Philippe Zysset
Bone drilling is a surgical procedure commonly required in many surgical fields, particularly orthopedics, dentistry and head and neck surgeries. While the long-term effects of thermal bone necrosis are unknown, the thermal damage to nerves in spinal or otolaryngological surgeries might lead to partial paralysis. Previous models to predict the temperature elevation have been suggested, but were not validated or have the disadvantages of computation time and complexity which does not allow real time predictions...
May 5, 2017: Annals of Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28464976/patterns-of-white-matter-microstructure-in-individuals-at-ultra-high-risk-for-psychosis-associations-to-level-of-functioning-and-clinical-symptoms
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K Krakauer, B H Ebdrup, B Y Glenthøj, J M Raghava, D Nordholm, L Randers, E Rostrup, M Nordentoft
BACKGROUND: Individuals at ultra-high-risk (UHR) for psychosis present with emerging symptoms and decline in functioning. Previous univariate analyses have indicated widespread white matter (WM) aberrations in multiple brain regions in UHR individuals and patients with schizophrenia. Using multivariate statistics, we investigated whole brain WM microstructure and associations between WM, clinical symptoms, and level of functioning in UHR individuals. METHODS: Forty-five UHR individuals and 45 matched healthy controls (HCs) underwent magnetic resonance diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) at 3 Tesla...
May 3, 2017: Psychological Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28464637/the-effect-of-tone-vocoding-on-spatial-release-from-masking-for-old-hearing-impaired-listeners
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Andrew King, Kathryn Hopkins, Christopher J Plack, Niels Henrik Pontoppidan, Lars Bramsløw, Renskje K Hietkamp, Marianna Vatti, Atefeh Hafez
Old, hearing-impaired listeners generally benefit little from lateral separation of multiple talkers when listening to one of them. This study aimed to determine how spatial release from masking (SRM) in such listeners is affected when the interaural time differences (ITDs) in the temporal fine structure (TFS) are manipulated by tone-vocoding (TVC) at the ears by a master hearing aid system. Word recall was compared, with and without TVC, when target and masker sentences from a closed set were played simultaneously from the front loudspeaker (co-located) and when the maskers were played 45° to the left and right of the listener (separated)...
April 2017: Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28463252/ray-mapping-approach-in-double-freeform-surface-design-for-collimated-beam-shaping-beyond-the-paraxial-approximation
#19
Christoph Bösel, Norman G Worku, Herbert Gross
Numerous applications require the simultaneous redistribution of the irradiance and phase of a laser beam. The beam shape is thereby determined by the respective application. An elegant way to control the irradiance and phase at the same time is from double freeform surfaces. In this work, the numerical design of continuous double freeform surfaces from ray-mapping methods for collimated beam shaping with arbitrary irradiances is considered. These methods consist of the calculation of a proper ray mapping between the source and the target irradiance and the subsequent construction of the freeform surfaces...
May 1, 2017: Applied Optics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28463240/incorrect-dosage-of-iqsec2-a-known-intellectual-disability-and-epilepsy-gene-disrupts-dendritic-spine-morphogenesis
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S J Hinze, M R Jackson, S Lie, L Jolly, M Field, S C Barry, R J Harvey, C Shoubridge
There is considerable genetic and phenotypic heterogeneity associated with intellectual disability (ID), specific learning disabilities, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, autism and epilepsy. The intelligence quotient (IQ) motif and SEC7 domain containing protein 2 gene (IQSEC2) is located on the X-chromosome and harbors mutations that contribute to non-syndromic ID with and without early-onset seizure phenotypes in both sexes. Although IQ and Sec7 domain mutations lead to partial loss of IQSEC2 enzymatic activity, the in vivo pathogenesis resulting from these mutations is not known...
May 2, 2017: Translational Psychiatry
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