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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918832/the-effect-of-ambient-titanium-dioxide-microparticle-exposure-to-the-ocular-surface-on-the-expression-of-inflammatory-cytokines-in-the-eye-and-cervical-lymph-nodes
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Youngsub Eom, Jong Suk Song, Hyun Kyu Lee, Boram Kang, Hyeon Chang Kim, Hyung Keun Lee, Hyo Myung Kim
Purpose: To investigate the ocular immune response following exposure to airborne titanium dioxide (TiO2) microparticles. Methods: Rats in the TiO2-exposed group (n = 10) were exposed to TiO2 particles for 2 hours twice daily for 5 days, while the controls (n = 10) were not. Corneal staining score and tear lactic dehydrogenase (LDH) activity were measured to evaluate ocular surface damage, serum immunoglobulin (Ig) G and E were assayed by using enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay, and the size of cervical lymph nodes was measured...
December 1, 2016: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27861878/sequence-and-localization-of-an-ultraviolet-sws1-opsin-in-the-retina-of-the-japanese-sardine-sardinops-melanostictus-teleostei-clupeiformes
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T Miyazaki, S L Kondrashev, S Kasagi, K Mizusawa, A Takahashi
A full-length complementary (c)DNA encoding ultraviolet (UV)-sensitive opsin (sws1) was isolated from the retina of the Japanese sardine Sardinops melanostictus. The sws1 phylogenetic tree showed a sister group relationship with the Cypriniformes, following the ray-finned fish phylogeny. By expressing reconstituted opsin in vitro, it was determined that the maximum absorbance spectrum (λmax ) of sws1 is around 382 nm, being intermediate in position between two subtypes of sws1 pigment that are UV sensitive (λmax  = 355-380 nm) and violet sensitive (λmax  = 388-455 nm), which have been reported to date...
November 16, 2016: Journal of Fish Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27845253/exploration-of-human-visual-cortex-using-high-spatial-resolution-functional-magnetic-resonance-imaging
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Kang Cheng
In this review focusing primarily on the work conducted in my group at RIKEN Brain Science Institute, I will first briefly summarize what we have achieved in mapping columnar organizations in human primary visual cortex using blood oxygenation-level dependent (BOLD) functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), including ocular dominance columns, temporal frequency dependent domains, and orientation selective columns. I will then touch upon a couple of recent successful attempts in the field in mapping functional architectures in human extrastriate cortices, including human middle temporal complex and secondary and tertiary visual areas (V2 and V3), and discuss what we have learned regarding the spatial specificity of BOLD fMRI...
November 11, 2016: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27843908/anterior-chamber-pathology-in-alagille-syndrome
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Derek K Ho, Alex V Levin, William V Anninger, David A Piccoli, Ralph C Eagle
BACKGROUND: Alagille syndrome is an autosomal dominant disorder characterized by neonatal cholestasis, characteristic facies, and cardiac abnormalities. Ocular abnormalities include posterior embryotoxon, mosaic pattern of iris stromal hypoplasia, microcornea, optic disc drusen, and pigmentary retinopathy. We present the second report of ocular pathology in two cases of Alagille syndrome. METHODS: Gross and histologic preparations of four eyes of two patients. RESULTS: Posterior embryotoxon is seen in both cases, with iris processes extending to the embryotoxon in case 1...
October 2016: Ocular Oncology and Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27824897/functional-plasticity-after-unilateral-vestibular-midbrain-infarction-in-human-positron-emission-tomography
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Sandra Becker-Bense, Hans-Georg Buchholz, Bernhard Baier, Mathias Schreckenberger, Peter Bartenstein, Andreas Zwergal, Thomas Brandt, Marianne Dieterich
The aim of the study was to uncover mechanisms of central compensation of vestibular function at brainstem, cerebellar, and cortical levels in patients with acute unilateral midbrain infarctions presenting with an acute vestibular tone imbalance. Eight out of 17 patients with unilateral midbrain infarctions were selected on the basis of signs of a vestibular tone imbalance, e.g., graviceptive (tilts of perceived verticality) and oculomotor dysfunction (skew deviation, ocular torsion) in F18-fluordeoxyglucose (FDG)-PET at two time points: A) in the acute stage, and B) after recovery 6 months later...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27799584/association-between-ocular-dominance-and-anisometropic-hyperopia
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Rie Hoshikawa, Misae Ito, Takashi Yano, Kenta Tsutsui, Tomoki Sato, Kimiya Shimizu
INTRODUCTION AND PURPOSE: Anisometropia, a relative difference in the refractive state of the two eyes, is common in hyperopic patients. We investigated the association between ocular dominance (sighting dominance) and refractive asymmetry in patients with hyperopia. METHODS: This retrospective study included 223 hyperopic patients with a mean age of 10.1 ± 3.6 years (range 3 to 21 years). Refractive error was measured with cycloplegic refraction, and axial length was measured with IOLMaster(®) (Carl Zeiss Meditec, Dublin, CA)...
January 2016: American Orthoptic Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27798181/nogo-receptor-1-confines-a-disinhibitory-microcircuit-to-the-critical-period-in-visual-cortex
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Céleste-Élise Stephany, Taruna Ikrar, Collins Nguyen, Xiangmin Xu, Aaron W McGee
: A characteristic of the developing mammalian visual system is a brief interval of plasticity, termed the "critical period," when the circuitry of primary visual cortex is most sensitive to perturbation of visual experience. Depriving one eye of vision (monocular deprivation [MD]) during the critical period alters ocular dominance (OD) by shifting the responsiveness of neurons in visual cortex to favor the nondeprived eye. A disinhibitory microcircuit involving parvalbumin-expressing (PV) interneurons initiates this OD plasticity...
October 26, 2016: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27796360/pollen-tlr4-innate-immunity-signaling-initiates-il-33-st2-th2-pathways-in-allergic-inflammation
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Jin Li, Lili Zhang, Xin Chen, Ding Chen, Xia Hua, Fang Bian, Ruzhi Deng, Fan Lu, Zhijie Li, Stephen C Pflugfelder, De-Quan Li
Innate immunity has been extended to respond environmental pathogen other than microbial components. Here we explore a novel pollen/TLR4 innate immunity in allergic inflammation. In experimental allergic conjunctivitis induced by short ragweed (SRW) pollen, typical allergic signs, stimulated IL-33/ST2 signaling and overproduced Th2 cytokine were observed in ocular surface, cervical lymph nodes and isolated CD4(+) T cells of BALB/c mice. These clinical, cellular and molecular changes were significantly reduced/eliminated in TLR4 deficient (Tlr4-d) or MyD88 knockout (MyD88(-/-)) mice...
October 31, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27779909/early-cross-modal-plasticity-in-adults
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Luca Lo Verde, Maria Concetta Morrone, Claudia Lunghi
It is known that, after a prolonged period of visual deprivation, the adult visual cortex can be recruited for nonvisual processing, reflecting cross-modal plasticity. Here, we investigated whether cross-modal plasticity can occur at short timescales in the typical adult brain by comparing the interaction between vision and touch during binocular rivalry before and after a brief period of monocular deprivation, which strongly alters ocular balance favoring the deprived eye. While viewing dichoptically two gratings of orthogonal orientation, participants were asked to actively explore a haptic grating congruent in orientation to one of the two rivalrous stimuli...
October 25, 2016: Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27770023/expression-of-cataract-linked-%C3%AE-crystallin-variants-in-zebrafish-reveals-a-proteostasis-network-that-senses-protein-stability
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Shu-Yu Wu, Ping Zou, Alexandra W Fuller, Sanjay Mishra, Zhen Wang, Kevin L Schey, Hassane S Mchaourab
The refractivity and transparency of the ocular lens is dependent on the stability and solubility of the crystallins in the fiber cells. A number of mutations of lens crystallins have been associated with dominant cataracts in humans and mice. Of particular interest were γB- and γD-crystallin mutants linked to dominant cataracts in mouse models. Although thermodynamically destabilized and aggregation-prone, these mutants were found to have weak affinity to the resident chaperone α-crystallin in vitro To better understand the mechanism of the cataract phenotype, we transgenically expressed different γD-crystallin mutants in the zebrafish lens and observed a range of lens defects that arise primarily from the aggregation of the mutant proteins...
December 2, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27752542/cell-autonomous-regulation-of-dendritic-spine-density-by-pirb
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George S Vidal, Maja Djurisic, Kiana Brown, Richard W Sapp, Carla J Shatz
Synapse density on cortical pyramidal neurons is modulated by experience. This process is highest during developmental critical periods, when mechanisms of synaptic plasticity are fully engaged. In mouse visual cortex, the critical period for ocular dominance (OD) plasticity coincides with the developmental pruning of synapses. At this time, mice lacking paired Ig-like receptor B (PirB) have excess numbers of dendritic spines on L5 neurons; these spines persist and are thought to underlie the juvenile-like OD plasticity observed in adulthood...
September 2016: ENeuro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27746342/the-temporal-spatial-dynamics-of-feature-maps-during-monocular-deprivation-revealed-by-chronic-imaging-and-self-organization-model-simulation
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Lei Tong, Yang Xie, Hongbo Yu
Experiments on the adult visual cortex of cats, ferrets and monkeys have revealed organized spatial relationships between multiple feature maps which can also be reproduced by the Kohonen and elastic net self-organization models. However, attempts to apply these models to simulate the temporal kinetics of monocular deprivation (MD) during the critical period, and their effects on the spatial arrangement of feature maps, have led to conflicting results. In this study, we performed MD and chronic imaging in the ferret visual cortex during the critical period of ocular dominance (OD) plasticity...
December 17, 2016: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27733873/dental-occlusion-and-ophthalmology-a-literature-review
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Nicola Marchili, Eleonora Ortu, Davide Pietropaoli, Ruggero Cattaneo, Annalisa Monaco
Stomatognathic system is strictly correlated to other anatomical regions; many studies investigated relationship between temporomandibular joint and posture, several articles describe cranio-facial pain from dental causes, such as trigger points. Until now less interest has been given to connections between dental occlusion and ophthalmology, even if they are important and involving. Clinical experience in dental practice claims that mandibular latero-deviation is connected both to eye dominance and to defects of ocular convergence...
2016: Open Dentistry Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27724990/identification-of-fbn1-gene-mutations-in-ukrainian-marfan-syndrome-patients
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Rustam Zhurayev, Dorien Proost, Dmytro Zerbino, Viktor Fedorenko, Josephina A N Meester, Lut VAN Laer, Bart L Loeys
Marfan syndrome is an autosomal dominant connective tissue disorder, predominantly affecting the ocular, skeletal and cardiovascular systems. Here, we present the results of the first genetic testing in 40 Ukrainian Marfan (-like) patients and 10 relatives. We applied a targeted next generation sequencing panel comprising FBN1 and 13 thoracic aortic aneurysm genes. We identified 27 causal mutations in FBN1, obtaining a mutation yield of 67·5%. A significant difference in age at aortic surgery between mutation positive and negative patients was observed...
October 11, 2016: Genetics Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27721997/an-unexpected-airway-complication-in-a-male-patient-with-goltz-syndrome
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Sadie Smith, Kavita Gadhok, Dmitri Guvakov
Goltz syndrome, also known as focal dermal hypoplasia, is a rare X-linked dominant multisystem syndrome presenting with cutaneous, skeletal, dental ocular, central nervous system and soft tissue abnormalities. This case report discusses an adult male patient with Goltz syndrome that was noted to have large, papillomatous, hypopharyngeal lesions upon induction of general anesthesia. We highlight challenges with airway management intraoperatively and postoperatively in patients with Goltz syndrome. Our aim is to increase awareness of the potential airway complications associated with this genetic disorder and to provide suggestions for optimal perioperative management for patients afflicted with Goltz syndrome...
2016: Case Reports in Anesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27714920/familial-gordon-syndrome-associated-with-a-piezo2-mutation
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Franz Alisch, Alexander Weichert, Karim Kalache, Viola Paradiso, Ann Carolin Longardt, Christof Dame, Katrin Hoffmann, Denise Horn
Gordon syndrome or distal arthrogryposis type 3 is a rare autosomal dominant disorder characterized by contractures of upper and lower limbs. It is distinguishable from other forms of distal arthrogryposis by cleft palate and short stature. Recently, Gordon syndrome has been associated to heterozygous mutations in the piezo-type mechanosensitive ion channel component 2 gene (PIEZO2). Different mutations of this gene also cause distal arthrogryposis type 5 and Marden-Walker syndrome. Dysfunction of this ion channel provides pleiotropic effects on joints, ocular muscles, and bone development...
October 7, 2016: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27708575/physical-exercise-preserves-adult-visual-plasticity-in-mice-and-restores-it-after-a-stroke-in-the-somatosensory-cortex
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Evgenia Kalogeraki, Justyna Pielecka-Fortuna, Janika M Hüppe, Siegrid Löwel
The primary visual cortex (V1) is widely used to study brain plasticity, which is not only crucial for normal brain function, such as learning and memory, but also for recovery after brain injuries such as stroke. In standard cage (SC) raised mice, experience-dependent ocular dominance (OD) plasticity in V1 declines with age and is compromised by a lesion in adjacent and distant cortical regions. In contrast, mice raised in an enriched environment (EE), exhibit lifelong OD plasticity and are protected from losing OD plasticity after a stroke-lesion in the somatosensory cortex...
2016: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27707966/neuregulin-dependent-regulation-of-fast-spiking-interneuron-excitability-controls-the-timing-of-the-critical-period
#18
Yu Gu, Trinh Tran, Sachiko Murase, Andrew Borrell, Alfredo Kirkwood, Elizabeth M Quinlan
: Maturation of excitatory drive onto fast-spiking interneurons (FS INs) in the visual cortex has been implicated in the control of the timing of the critical period for ocular dominance plasticity. However, the mechanisms that regulate the strength of these synapses over cortical development are not understood. Here we use a mouse model to show that neuregulin (NRG) and the receptor tyrosine kinase erbB4 regulate the timing of the critical period. NRG1 enhanced the strength of excitatory synapses onto FS INs, which inhibited ocular dominance plasticity during the critical period but rescued plasticity in transgenics with hypoexcitable FS INs...
October 5, 2016: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27699413/on-the-maintenance-of-normal-ocular-dominance-and-a-possible-mechanism-underlying-refractive-adaptation
#19
Jiawei Zhou, Lixia Feng, Huimin Lin, Robert F Hess
Purpose: Do humans with uncorrected anisometropia who have not developed anisometropic amblyopia exhibit a shift in ocular dominance nonetheless, reflecting a more subtle form of deprivation? Also, is such a change in dominance, if it occurs, permanent or could it be rectified by an extended period of optical correction? Methods: A total of 25 normal controls (27.5 ± 2.1 years; mean ± SD); 28 anisometropes (20.7 ± 5.6 years) who were fully corrected for more than 16 weeks prior to this investigation; and 24 anisometropes who had never been corrected (21...
October 1, 2016: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27683074/sdha-mutation-with-dominant-transmission-results-in-complex-ii-deficiency-with-ocular-cardiac-and-neurologic-involvement
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Carolina Courage, Christopher B Jackson, Dagmar Hahn, Liliya Euro, Jean-Marc Nuoffer, Sabina Gallati, André Schaller
Isolated defects of the mitochondrial respiratory complex II (succinate dehydrogenase, SDH) are rare, accounting for approximately 2% of all respiratory chain deficiency diagnoses. Here, we report clinical and molecular investigations of three family members with a heterozygous mutation in the large flavoprotein subunit SDHA previously described to cause complex II deficiency. The index patient presented with bilateral optic atrophy and ocular movement disorder, a progressive polyneuropathy, psychiatric involvement, and cardiomyopathy...
September 28, 2016: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
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