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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28823125/the-importance-of-post-thaw-subculture-for-standardizing-cellular-activity-of-fresh-or-cryopreserved-mouse-embryonic-stem-cells
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Dong Woo Ko, Jung Ki Yoon, Jong Il Ahn, Myungook Lee, Woo Sub Yang, Ji Yeon Ahn, Jeong Mook Lim
Objective: Much difference in cellular activity was detected between early and late subpassaged embryonic stem cell (ESCs) lines, which can be created by subtle changes in cell manipulation protocol. This study was subsequently examined whether post-thaw subculture of early subpassaged ESC lines could further affect their cellular activity, which results can contribute to standardizing ESC manipulation protocol for minimizing batch difference or data fluctuation. Methods: Fresh (as a control treatment) or cryopreserved F1 hybrid (B6CBAF1) early ESC lines (C57BL/6xCBA) of the 4 (P4) or the 19 passage (P19) were subcultured once, twice or six times under the same condition...
August 16, 2017: Asian-Australasian Journal of Animal Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822834/automatic-detection-of-orientation-variance
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Szonya Durant, István Sulykos, István Czigler
Rapid extraction of the overall statistics of the visual scene is crucial for the human ability to rapidly perceive the general 'gist'. The aim of this work was to investigate if there exists neural evidence for such a process i.e. automatic, unattended detection of overall statistical differences between scenes. In order to do this, Visual Mismatch Negativity (vMMN), an early evoked neural response component, was measured. We presented a sequence of sets of oriented patterns of a given (random) mean orientation and varied the variance of the orientations of the patterns, so that some sets contained similar orientations (ordered) or the orientations were random (disordered)...
August 16, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822820/utility-of-3d-reconstruction-of-2d-liver-computed-tomography-magnetic-resonance-images-as-a-surgical-planning-tool-for-residents-in-liver-resection-surgery
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Caitlin T Yeo, Andrew MacDonald, Tamas Ungi, Andras Lasso, Diederick Jalink, Boris Zevin, Gabor Fichtinger, Sulaiman Nanji
OBJECTIVE: A fundamental aspect of surgical planning in liver resections is the identification of key vessel tributaries to preserve healthy liver tissue while fully resecting the tumor(s). Current surgical planning relies primarily on the surgeon's ability to mentally reconstruct 2D computed tomography/magnetic resonance (CT/MR) images into 3D and plan resection margins. This creates significant cognitive load, especially for trainees, as it relies on image interpretation, anatomical and surgical knowledge, experience, and spatial sense...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Surgical Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822538/smooth-muscle-nitric-oxide-responsiveness-and-clinical-maturation-of-hemodialysis-arteriovenous-fistulae
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Xiaoyong Tong, Xiuyun Hou, Christopher Wason, Tal Kopel, Richard A Cohen, Laura M Dember
The arteriovenous fistula is the preferred type of hemodialysis vascular access for patients with end-stage renal disease, but a high proportion of newly created fistulas fail to mature for use. Stenosis caused by neointimal hyperplasia often is present in fistulas with maturation failure, suggesting that local mechanisms controlling vascular smooth muscle cell (SMC) migration and proliferation are important contributors to maturation failure. SMCs cultured from explants of vein tissue obtained at the time of fistula creation from 19 patients with end-stage renal disease were studied to determine whether smooth muscle responsiveness to nitric oxide is associated with fistula maturation outcomes...
August 16, 2017: American Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822477/spinal-manipulative-therapy-for-adolescent-idiopathic-scoliosis-a-systematic-review
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Jean Théroux, Norman Stomski, Christine Dominique Losco, Christelle Khadra, Hubert Labelle, Sylvie Le May
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to perform a systematic review of clinical trials of spinal manipulative therapy for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis. METHODS: Search strategies were developed for PubMed, CINHAL, and CENTRAL databases. Studies were included through June 2016 if they were prospective trials that evaluated spinal manipulative therapy (eg, chiropractic, osteopathic, physical therapy) for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis. Data were extracted and assessed by 2 independent reviewers...
July 2017: Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822474/the-effect-of-augmented-feedback-and-expertise-on-spinal-manipulation-skills-an-experimental-study
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Mégane Pasquier, Charlène Cheron, Claude Dugas, Arnaud Lardon, Martin Descarreaux
OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to investigate the combined effect of augmented feedback and expertise on the performance and retention of basic motor learning spinal manipulation skills. METHODS: A total of 103 chiropractic students with various training expertise were recruited for the study. Participants were evaluated at baseline, immediately after trials of augmented feedback practice and 1 week later. During all 3 assessments, students were asked to perform several trials of the same spinal manipulation, for which the maximum preload force, onset of thrust, thrust duration, force and peak force, thrust duration, rate of force application, and any drop in preload force were calculated...
July 2017: Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822473/influence-of-spinal-manipulative-therapy-force-magnitude-and-application-site-on-spinal-tissue-loading-a-biomechanical-robotic-serial-dissection-study-in-porcine-motion-segments
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Martha Funabashi, François Nougarou, Martin Descarreaux, Narasimha Prasad, Greg Kawchuk
OBJECTIVE: In order to define the relation between spinal manipulative therapy (SMT) input parameters and the distribution of load within spinal tissues, the aim of this study was to determine the influence of force magnitude and application site when SMT is applied to cadaveric spines. METHODS: In 10 porcine cadavers, a servo-controlled linear actuator motor provided a standardized SMT simulation using 3 different force magnitudes (100N, 300N, and 500N) to 2 different cutaneous locations: L3/L4 facet joint (FJ), and L4 transverse processes (TVP)...
July 2017: Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822134/genome-scale-modeling-of-photorespiratory-pathway-manipulation
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Anika Küken, Zoran Nikoloski
Quantifying the redistribution of metabolic reaction fluxes under experimental scenarios that affect the photorespiratory pathway can provide insights about the coupling of this pathway with other parts of metabolism. However, differential flux profiling on a genome-scale level remains the biggest challenge in modern systems biology. Here we present a protocol for applying a constraint-based approach, termed iReMet-Flux, that integrates data about relative metabolite levels in a stoichiometric metabolic model to predict differential fluxes at a genome-scale level under mild modeling assumptions...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821843/broadband-polarization-conversion-with-anisotropic-plasmonic-metasurfaces
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Wei Cao, Xiaodong Yang, Jie Gao
Metasurfaces offer exciting opportunities that enable precise control of light propagation, optical intensity, phase and polarization. Plasmonic metasurface based quarter-wave plates have been recently studied to realize the conversion between linear polarization and circular polarization. However, it is still quite challenging to directly measure the birefringent phase retardation introduced by metasurface wave plates with a reliable technique. Here, we report a high-performance broadband metasurface quarter-wave plate made of anisotropic T-shaped plasmonic antennas in near-infrared wavelength range, where the achromatic nearly 90° transmitted phase retardation through the metasurface is precisely characterized with an optical vortex based interferometric approach...
August 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821829/neuromodulatory-circuit-effects-on-drosophila-feeding-behaviour-and-metabolism
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Anders Eriksson, Marlena Raczkowska, Rapeechai Navawongse, Deepak Choudhury, James C Stewart, Yi Ling Tang, Zhiping Wang, Adam Claridge-Chang
Animals have evolved to maintain homeostasis in a changing external environment by adapting their internal metabolism and feeding behaviour. Metabolism and behaviour are coordinated by neuromodulation; a number of the implicated neuromodulatory systems are homologous between mammals and the vinegar fly, an important neurogenetic model. We investigated whether silencing fly neuromodulatory networks would elicit coordinated changes in feeding, behavioural activity and metabolism. We employed transgenic lines that allowed us to inhibit broad cellular sets of the dopaminergic, serotonergic, octopaminergic, tyraminergic and neuropeptide F systems...
August 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821812/crows-rival-monkeys-in-cognitive-capacity
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Dmitry Balakhonov, Jonas Rose
The present study compares the 'bandwidth of cognition' between crows and primates. Working memory is the ability to maintain and manipulate information over short periods of time - a core component of cognition. The capacity of working memory is tightly limited, in humans correlated with individual intelligence and commonly used synonymously with cognitive capacity. Crows have remarkable cognitive skills and while birds and mammals share neural principles of working memory, its capacity has not been tested in crows...
August 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821808/repetition-suppression-to-objects-is-modulated-by-stimulus-specific-expectations
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Christian Utzerath, Elexa St John-Saaltink, Jan Buitelaar, Floris P de Lange
Repeated exposure to the same stimulus results in an attenuated brain response in cortical regions that are activated during the processing of that stimulus. This phenomenon, called repetition suppression (RS), has been shown to be modulated by expectation. Typically, this is achieved by varying the probability of stimulus repetitions (Prep) between blocks of an experiment, generating an abstract expectation that 'things will repeat'. Here, we examined whether stimulus-specific expectations also modulate RS...
August 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821733/three-recombinantly-expressed-apple-tyrosinases-suggest-the-amino-acids-responsible-for-mono-versus-diphenolase-activity-in-plant-polyphenol-oxidases
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Ioannis Kampatsikas, Aleksandar Bijelic, Matthias Pretzler, Annette Rompel
Tyrosinases and catechol oxidases belong to the polyphenol oxidase (PPO) enzyme family, which is mainly responsible for the browning of fruits. Three cDNAs encoding PPO pro-enzymes have been cloned from leaves of Malus domestica (apple, MdPPO). The three pro-enzymes MdPPO1-3 were heterologously expressed in E. coli yielding substantial amounts of protein and have been characterized with regard to their optimum of activity resulting from SDS, acidic and proteolytic activation. Significant differences were found in the kinetic characterization of MdPPO1-3 when applying different mono- and diphenolic substrates...
August 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821719/neural-physiological-and-behavioral-correlates-of-visuomotor-cognitive-load
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S M Hadi Hosseini, Jennifer L Bruno, Joseph M Baker, Andrew Gundran, Lene K Harbott, J Christian Gerdes, Allan L Reiss
Visuomotor ability is quite crucial for everyday functioning, particularly in driving and sports. While there is accumulating evidence regarding neural correlates of visuomotor transformation, less is known about the brain regions that accommodate visuomotor mapping under different cognitive demands. We concurrently measured cortical activity and pupillary response, using functional near infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) and eye-tracking glasses, to examine the neural systems linked to pupil dilation under varying cognitive demands...
August 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821655/goal-directed-visual-processing-differentially-impacts-human-ventral-and-dorsal-visual-representations
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Maryam Vaziri-Pashkam, Yaoda Xu
Recent studies have challenged the ventral/"what" and dorsal/"where" two-visual-processing-pathway view by showing the existence of "what" and "where" information in both pathways. Is the two-pathway distinction still valid? Here, we examined how goal-directed visual information processing may differentially impact visual representations in these two pathways. Using fMRI and MVPA, in three experiments on human participants (57% females), by manipulating whether color or shape were task relevant and how they were conjoined, we examined shape-based object category decoding in occipito-temporal and parietal regions...
August 14, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821654/wnt9a-can-influence-cell-fates-and-neural-connectivity-across-the-radial-axis-of-the-developing-cochlea
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Vidhya Munnamalai, Ulrike J Sienknecht, R Keith Duncan, M Katie Scott, Ankita Thawani, Kristen N Fantetti, Nadia M Atallah, Deborah J Biesemeier, Kuhn H Song, Kirsten Luethy, Eric Traub, Donna M Fekete
Vertebrate hearing organs manifest cellular asymmetries across the radial axis that underlie afferent versus efferent circuits between the inner ear and the brain. Thus, understanding the molecular control of patterning across this axis has important functional implications. Radial axis patterning begins before the cells become postmitotic, and is likely linked to the onset of asymmetric expression of secreted factors adjacent to the sensory primordium. This study explores one such asymmetrically-expressed gene, Wnt9a, that becomes restricted to the neural edge of the avian auditory organ, the basilar papilla, by embryonic day (E) 5...
August 14, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821650/feedback-signal-from-motoneurons-influences-a-rhythmic-pattern-generator
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Horacio G Rotstein, Elisa Schneider, Lidia Szczupak
Motoneurons are not mere output units of neuronal circuits that control motor behavior, but participate in pattern generation. Research on the circuit that controls the crawling motor behavior in leeches indicated that motoneurons participate as modulators of this rhythmic motor pattern. Crawling results from successive bouts of elongation and contraction of the whole leech body. In the isolated segmental ganglia dopamine can induce a rhythmic antiphasic activity of the motoneurons that control contraction (DE-3 motoneurons) and elongation (CV motoneurons)...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821645/mutant-huntingtin-is-secreted-via-a-late-endosomal-lysosomal-unconventional-secretory-pathway
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Katarina Trajkovic, Hyunkyong Jeong, Dimitri Krainc
Huntington's disease (HD) is an autosomal dominant neurodegenerative disorder caused by the expansion of a CAG triplet in the gene encoding for huntingtin. The resulting mutant protein huntingtin (mHtt) with extended polyglutamine (polyQ) sequence at the N-terminus leads to neuronal degeneration both in cell-autonomous and non-cell-autonomous manners. Recent studies identified mHtt in the extracellular environment and suggested that its spreading contributes to toxicity, but the mechanism of mHtt release from the cell of origin remains unknown...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821462/ferritin-nanocage-with-intrinsically-disordered-proteins-and-affibody-a-platform-for-tumor-targeting-with-extended-pharmacokinetics
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Na Kyeong Lee, Eun Jung Lee, Soyoun Kim, Gi-Hoon Nam, Minwoo Kih, Yeonsun Hong, Cherlhyun Jeong, Yoosoo Yang, Youngro Byun, In-San Kim
Ferritin nanocages are of particular interest as a novel platform for drug and vaccine delivery, diagnosis, biomineralization scaffold and more, due to their perfect and complex symmetry, ideal physical properties, high biocompatibility, low toxicity profiles as well as easy manipulation by genetic or chemical strategies. However, a short half-life is still a hurdle for the translation of ferritin-based nanomedicines into the clinic. Here, we developed a series of rationally designed long circulating ferritin nanocages (LCFNs) with 'Intrinsically Disordered Proteins (IDP)' as a stealth layer for extending the half-life of ferritin nanocages...
August 15, 2017: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821399/timed-knickkopf-function-is-essential-for-wing-cuticle-formation-in-drosophila-melanogaster
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Kaixia Li, Xubo Zhang, Ying Zuo, Weimin Liu, Jianzhen Zhang, Bernard Moussian
The insect cuticle is an extracellular matrix that consists of the polysaccharide chitin, proteins, lipids and organic molecules that are arranged in distinct horizontal layers. In Drosophila melanogaster, these layers are not formed sequentially, but, at least partially, at the same time. Timing of the underlying molecular mechanisms is conceivably crucial for cuticle formation. To study this issue, we determined the time period during which the function of Knickkopf (Knk), a key factor of chitin organization, is required for wing cuticle differentiation in D...
August 15, 2017: Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
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