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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144737/infant-and-adult-inhalation-exposure-to-resuspended-biological-particulate-matter
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Tianren Wu, Martin Taubel, Rauno Holopainen, Anna-Kaisa Viitanen, Sinikka Vainiotalo, Timo Tuomi, Jorma Keskinen, Anne Hyvärinen, Kaarle Hämeri, Sampo Saari, Brandon Boor
Human-induced resuspension of floor dust is a dynamic process that can serve as a major indoor source of biological particulate matter (bioPM). Inhalation exposure to the microbial content of indoor dust is associated with adverse and protective health effects. This study evaluates infant and adult inhalation exposures and respiratory tract deposited dose rates of resuspended bioPM from carpets. Chamber experiments were conducted with a robotic crawling infant and an adult performing a walking sequence. Breathing zone (BZ) size distributions of resuspended fluorescent biological aerosol particles (FBAPs), a bioPM proxy, were monitored in real-time...
November 16, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143128/the-evolution-of-androgen-receptor-expression-and-behavior-in-anolis-lizard-forelimb-muscles
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Michele A Johnson, Bonnie K Kircher, Diego J Castro
The motor systems that produce behavioral movements are among the primary targets for the action of steroid hormones, including androgens. Androgens such as testosterone bind to androgen receptors (AR) to induce physiological changes in the size, strength, and energetic capacity of skeletal muscles, which can directly influence the performance of behaviors in which those muscles are used. Because tissues differentially express AR, resulting in tissue-specific sensitivity to androgens, AR expression may be a major target of selection for the evolution of behavior...
November 15, 2017: Journal of Comparative Physiology. A, Neuroethology, Sensory, Neural, and Behavioral Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142272/individuals-of-the-common-namib-day-gecko-vary-in-how-adaptive-simplification-alters-sprint-biomechanics
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Clint E Collins, Timothy E Higham
Locomotion inextricably links biomechanics to ecology as animals maneuver through mechanically challenging environments. Faster individuals are more likely to escape predators, surviving to produce more offspring. Fast sprint speed evolved several times in lizards, including geckos. However, the underlying mechanisms determining performance await discovery in many clades. Novel morphological structures influence these mechanisms by adding complexity to the government of locomotion. Gecko adhesion coevolves with modified muscles, tendons, and reflexes...
November 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141181/axon-pathfinding-for-locomotion
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REVIEW
Dario Bonanomi
Motor neurons of the spinal cord are responsible for the assembly of neuromuscular connections indispensable for basic locomotion and skilled movements. A precise spatial relationship exists between the position of motor neuron cell bodies in the spinal cord and the course of their axonal projections to peripheral muscle targets. Motor neuron innervation of the vertebrate limb is a prime example of this topographic organization and by virtue of its accessibility and predictability has provided access to fundamental principles of motor system development and neuronal guidance...
November 12, 2017: Seminars in Cell & Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140780/full-body-animation-of-human-locomotion-in-reduced-gravity-using-physics-based-control
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Yun-Hyeong Kim, Taesoo Kwon, Daeun Song, Young J Kim
The proposed physics-based approach can generate stable and robust full-body animation of various gaits under different gravitational conditions. As input, this method takes motion-captured human motions in the Earth's gravity and builds an inverted-pendulum on cart (IPC) control model, which is analyzed using the motion-captured data. The authors use a pre-estimation model based on the Froude number to predict the desired velocity and stride frequency of a character model in hypogravity and then generate full-body animation using a pendulum trajectory generator, motion planner, and tracking...
November 2017: IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140736/extremely-low-frequency-magnetic-field-protects-injured-spinal-cord-from-the-microglia-and-iron-induced-tissue-damage
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Soumil Dey, Samrat Bose, Suneel Kumar, Ravinder Rathore, Rashmi Mathur, Suman Jain
Spinal cord injury (SCI) is insult to the spinal cord, which results in loss of sensory and motor function below the level of injury. SCI results in both immediate mechanical damage and secondary tissue degeneration. Following traumatic insult, activated microglia release proinflammatory cytokines and excess iron due to hemorrhage, initiating oxidative stress that contributes to secondary degeneration. Literature suggests that benefits are visible with the reduction in concentration of iron and activated microglia in SCI...
November 15, 2017: Electromagnetic Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138697/following-spinal-cord-injury-transected-reticulospinal-tract-axons-develop-new-collateral-inputs-to-spinal-interneurons-in-parallel-with-locomotor-recovery
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Zacnicte May, Keith K Fenrich, Julia Dahlby, Nicholas J Batty, Abel Torres-Espín, Karim Fouad
The reticulospinal tract (RtST) descends from the reticular formation and terminates in the spinal cord. The RtST drives the initiation of locomotion and postural control. RtST axons form new contacts with propriospinal interneurons (PrINs) after incomplete spinal cord injury (SCI); however, it is unclear if injured or uninjured axons make these connections. We completely transected all traced RtST axons in rats using a staggered model, where a hemisection SCI at vertebra T10 is followed by a contralateral hemisection at vertebra T7...
2017: Neural Plasticity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29134419/acute-administration-of-the-nonpathogenic-saprophytic-bacterium-mycobacterium-vaccae-induces-activation-of-serotonergic-neurons-in-the-dorsal-raphe-nucleus-and-antidepressant-like-behavior-in-association-with-mild-hypothermia
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Philip H Siebler, Jared D Heinze, Drake M Kienzle, Matthew W Hale, Jodi L Lukkes, Nina C Donner, Jared M Kopelman, Orlando A Rodriguez, Christopher A Lowry
Peripheral immune activation can have profound physiologic and behavioral effects. One mechanism through which immune activation may affect physiology and behavior is through actions on brainstem neuromodulatory systems, such as serotonergic systems. To test this hypothesis, in Experiment 1, adult male BALB/c mice were implanted with telemetric recording devices and then immunized with Mycobacterium vaccae NCTC 11659 (0.1 mg, s.c.; Days - 28, - 14; N = 36). On Day 1, mice received an acute challenge with M...
November 13, 2017: Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29132143/a-jurassic-gliding-euharamiyidan-mammal-with-an-ear-of-five-auditory-bones
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Gang Han, Fangyuan Mao, Shundong Bi, Yuanqing Wang, Jin Meng
Gliding is a distinctive locomotion type that has been identified in only three mammal species from the Mesozoic era. Here we describe another Jurassic glider that belongs to the euharamiyidan mammals and shows hair details on its gliding membrane that are highly similar to those of extant gliding mammals. This species possesses a five-boned auditory apparatus consisting of the stapes, incus, malleus, ectotympanic and surangular, representing, to our knowledge, the earliest known definitive mammalian middle ear...
November 13, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29128305/methamphetamine-induced-impulsivity-during-chronic-methamphetamine-treatment-in-rats-effects-of-the-taar-1-agonist-ro5263397
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Zhaoxia Xue, Justin N Siemian, Bernard N Johnson, Yanan Zhang, Jun-Xu Li
Impulsivity is an important personality trait associated with several clinical syndromes including drug abuse. While repeated drug exposure is known to increase certain behavioral responses, such as locomotion, to subsequent drug exposure, few studies have examined whether such sensitization develops for impulsive behavior. In the current study we tested the effects of methamphetamine acutely, during the course of, and upon discontinuation of chronic methamphetamine treatment on impulsive behavior in two models, the 5-choice serial reaction time task (5-CSRTT) and the delay-discounting task which measure impulsive action and impulsive choice, respectively...
November 8, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29127070/an-early-experience-of-mild-adversity-involving-temporary-denial-of-maternal-contact-affects-the-serotonergic-system-of-adult-male-rats-and-leads-to-a-depressive-like-phenotype-and-inability-to-adapt-to-a-chronic-social-stress
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Anastasia Diamantopoulou, Theodora Kalpachidou, Georgios Aspiotis, Ioannis Gampierakis, Fotini Stylianopoulou, Antonios Stamatakis
Adverse early life experiences can affect adaptability to chronic stressors and lead to depressive-like behaviors in animal models. We employed an early experience model in which rat pups during postnatal days 10-13 are exposed to a T-maze in which they learn the location of their mother motivated by the rewarding stimulus of maternal contact; one group of rats receives the expected reward, by being allowed contact with the mother upon finding her, while the other group is temporarily denied this contact (Denied Expected Reward, DER), thus experiencing mild adversity...
November 7, 2017: Physiology & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29126166/fabrication-of-circular-assemblies-with-dna-tetrahedrons-from-static-structures-to-a-dynamic-rotary-motor
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Liying Wang, Zhenyu Meng, Felicia Martina, Huilin Shao, Fangwei Shao
DNA tetrahedron as the simplest 3D DNA nanostructure has been applied widely in biomedicine and biosensing. Herein, we design and fabricate a series of circular assemblies of DNA tetrahedron with high purity and decent yields. These circular nanostructures are confirmed by endonuclease digestion, gel electrophoresis and atomic force microscopy. Inspired by rotary protein motor, we demonstrate these circular architectures can serve as a stator for a rotary DNA motor to achieve the circular rotation. The DNA motor can rotate on the stators for several cycles, and the locomotion of the motor is monitored by the real-time fluorescent measurements...
November 6, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29125896/an-in-situ-dynamic-continuum-of-supramolecular-phosphoglycopeptides-enables-formation-of-3d-cell-spheroids
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Huaimin Wang, Junfeng Shi, Zhaoqianqi Feng, Rong Zhou, Shiyu Wang, Avital A Rodal, Bing Xu
Higher-order assemblies of proteins, with a structural and dynamic continuum, is a new paradigm in biology, but these insights have yet to be applied in designing biomaterials. Dynamic assemblies of supramolecular phosphoglycopeptides (sPGPs) transform a 2D cell sheet to 3D cell spheroids. A ligand-receptor interaction between a glycopeptide and a phosphopeptide produces sPGPs that form nanoparticles, which transform to nanofibrils upon partially enzymatic dephosphorylation. The assemblies form dynamically and hierarchically in situ on the cell surface, and interact with extracellular matrix molecules and effectively abolish contact inhibition of locomotion (CIL) of the cells...
November 10, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29125534/full-body-locomotion-reconstruction-of-virtual-characters-using-a-single-inertial-measurement-unit
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Christos Mousas
This paper presents a method of reconstructing full-body locomotion sequences for virtual characters in real-time, using data from a single inertial measurement unit (IMU). This process can be characterized by its difficulty because of the need to reconstruct a high number of degrees of freedom (DOFs) from a very low number of DOFs. To solve such a complex problem, the presented method is divided into several steps. The user's full-body locomotion and the IMU's data are recorded simultaneously. Then, the data is preprocessed in such a way that would be handled more efficiently...
November 10, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29123189/a-common-neonicotinoid-pesticide-thiamethoxam-alters-honey-bee-activity-motor-functions-and-movement-to-light
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S Tosi, J C Nieh
Honey bees provide key ecosystem services. To pollinate and to sustain the colony, workers must walk, climb, and use phototaxis as they move inside and outside the nest. Phototaxis, orientation to light, is linked to sucrose responsiveness and the transition of work from inside to outside the nest, and is also a key component of division of labour. However, the sublethal effects of pesticides on locomotion and movement to light are relatively poorly understood. Thiamethoxam (TMX) is a common neonicotinoid pesticide that bees can consume in nectar and pollen...
November 9, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29121506/what-factors-determine-the-preferred-gait-transition-speed-in-humans-a-review-of-the-triggering-mechanisms
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Stacey M Kung, Philip W Fink, Stephen J Legg, Ajmol Ali, Sarah P Shultz
Human locomotion is a fundamental skill that is required for daily living, yet it is not completely known how human gait is regulated in a manner that seems so effortless. Gait transitions have been analyzed to gain insight into the control mechanisms of human locomotion since there is a known change that occurs as the speed of locomotion changes. Specifically, as gait speed changes, there is a spontaneous transition between walking and running that occurs at a particular speed. Despite the growing body of research on the determinants of this preferred transition speed and thus the triggering mechanisms of human gait transitions, a clear consensus regarding the control mechanisms of gait is still lacking...
November 6, 2017: Human Movement Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29121424/numerical-time-domain-modelling-of-hoof-ground-interaction-during-the-stance-phase
#17
R Behnke
BACKGROUND: Hoof-ground interaction impacts on the health and performance characteristics of horses. Due to complex interactions between hoof and ground during the stance phase, previous experimentally dominated studies concentrated on subproblems of the phenomena observed. A multidisciplinary methodology with mathematical modelling, material testing and in-vivo experimental measurements seems promising. OBJECTIVES: With the help of a mathematical approach, this contribution aims to explain from a biomechanical point of view the phenomena observed during experimental investigations (hoof acceleration, interacting forces) and aims to contribute to an overall experimental-mathematical multidisciplinary approach...
November 9, 2017: Equine Veterinary Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29121095/the-pedunculopontine-tegmentum-controls-renal-sympathetic-nerve-activity-and-cardiorespiratory-activities-in-nembutal-anesthetized-rats
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Anne M Fink, Caron Dean, Mariann R Piano, David W Carley
Elevated renal sympathetic nerve activity (RSNA) accompanies a variety of complex disorders, including obstructive sleep apnea, heart failure, and chronic kidney disease. Understanding pathophysiologic renal mechanisms is important for determining why hypertension is both a common sequelae and a predisposing factor of these disorders. The role of the brainstem in regulating RSNA remains incompletely understood. The pedunculopontine tegmentum (PPT) is known for regulating behaviors including alertness, locomotion, and rapid eye movement sleep...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29120695/hypoxia-and-sprint-swimming-performance-of-juvenile-striped-bass-morone-saxatilis
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Krista Kraskura, Jay A Nelson
Annual hypoxia in the Chesapeake Bay has expanded to the point where Darwinian fitness of juvenile striped bass (Morone saxatilis) may depend on their ability to perform in low-oxygen environments. The locomotion they use in predator/prey dynamics relies primarily on white (type II) muscle that is powered by anaerobic metabolic pathways and has generally been thought to be immune to aquatic hypoxia. We tested the sprint performance of 15 juvenile striped bass twice under acute hypoxia (20% air saturation [AS]) 5 wk apart and once under normoxia (>85% AS) in between...
January 2018: Physiological and Biochemical Zoology: PBZ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29120414/genetic-variation-in-glia-neuron-signalling-modulates-ageing-rate
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Jiang-An Yin, Ge Gao, Xi-Juan Liu, Zi-Qian Hao, Kai Li, Xin-Lei Kang, Hong Li, Yuan-Hong Shan, Wen-Li Hu, Hai-Peng Li, Shi-Qing Cai
The rate of behavioural decline in the ageing population is remarkably variable among individuals. Despite the considerable interest in studying natural variation in ageing rate to identify factors that control healthy ageing, no such factor has yet been found. Here we report a genetic basis for variation in ageing rates in Caenorhabditis elegans. We find that C. elegans isolates show diverse lifespan and age-related declines in virility, pharyngeal pumping, and locomotion. DNA polymorphisms in a novel peptide-coding gene, named regulatory-gene-for-behavioural-ageing-1 (rgba-1), and the neuropeptide receptor gene npr-28 influence the rate of age-related decline of worm mating behaviour; these two genes might have been subjected to recent selective sweeps...
November 8, 2017: Nature
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