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Manuel E Hernandez, Roee Holtzer, Gioella Chaparro, Kharine Jean, Julia M Balto, Brian M Sandroff, Meltem Izzetoglu, Robert W Motl
Mobility and cognitive impairments are common in persons with multiple sclerosis (MS), and are expected to worsen with increasing age. However, no studies, to date, in part due to limitations of conventional neuroimaging methods, have examined changes in brain activation patterns during active locomotion in older patients with MS. This study used functional Near Infrared Spectroscopy (fNIRS) to evaluate real-time neural activation differences in the pre-frontal cortex (PFC) between middle-aged to older adults with MS and healthy controls during single (Normal Walk; NW) and dual-task (Walking While Talking; WWT) locomotion tasks...
November 15, 2016: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
Noemí León-Roque, Mohamed Abderrahim, Luis Nuñez-Alejos, Silvia M Arribas, Luis Condezo-Hoyos
Several procedures are currently used to assess fermentation index (FI) of cocoa beans (Theobroma cacao L.) for quality control. However, all of them present several drawbacks. The aim of the present work was to develop and validate a simple image based quantitative procedure, using color measurement and artificial neural network (ANNs). ANN models based on color measurements were tested to predict fermentation index (FI) of fermented cocoa beans. The RGB values were measured from surface and center region of fermented beans in images obtained by camera and desktop scanner...
December 1, 2016: Talanta
Yuji Kaneko, Colleen Pappas, Naoki Tajiri, Cesar V Borlongan
Oxytocin protects against ischemia-induced inflammation and oxidative stress, and is associated with GABA (γ-aminobutyric acid, an inhibitory neurotransmitter) signaling transduction in neurons. However, the molecular mechanism by which oxytocin affords neuroprotection, especially the interaction between oxytocin receptor and GABAA receptor (GABAAR), remains to be elucidated. Primary rat neural cells were exposed to oxytocin before induction of experimental acute stroke model via oxygen-glucose deprivation-reperfusion (OGD/R) injury...
October 21, 2016: Scientific Reports
Elisa C K Steinfurth, Manuela G Alius, Julia Wendt, Alfons O Hamm
The current experiments tested neural and physiological correlates of worry and rumination in comparison to thinking about neutral events. According to the avoidance model-stating that worry is a strategy to reduce intense emotions-physiological and neurobiological activity during worried thinking should not differ from activation during neutral thinking. According to the contrast avoidance model-stating that worry is a strategy to reduce abrupt shifts of emotions-activity should be increased. To test these competing models, we induced worry and neutral thinking in healthy participants using personal topics...
October 21, 2016: Psychophysiology
Anand Pandey, Vipin Gupta, Shailendra P Singh, Vijendra Kumar, Rajesh Verma
A trophic ulcer is a pressure ulcer caused by external trauma to a part of the body that is compromised due to disease, vascular insufficiency, or loss of afferent nerve fibers. Spinal dysraphism (ie, neural tube defects [NTD]) such as meningomyelocele is a risk factor for developing these ulcers in adults and pediatric patients. Information regarding the occurrence of trophic ulcers in pediatric patients with NTD is lacking. A review of the English-language literature on skin/neuropathic ulcers in patients with NTDs, irrespective of study design, published between 1975 and 2014, was undertaken using the PubMed database...
December 2015: Ostomy/wound Management
Yi Yang, Juan Wen, Liqiang Guo, Xiang Wan, Peifu Du, Ping Feng, Yi Shi, Qing Wan
Emulating neural behaviors at the synaptic level is of great significance for building neuromorphic computational systems and realizing artificial intelligence. Here, oxide-based electric-double-layer (EDL) thin-film transistors were fabricated by using 3-triethoxysilylpropylamine modified graphene oxide (KH550-GO) electrolyte as the gate dielectrics. Resulting from the EDL effect and electrochemical doping between mobile protons and the indium-zinc-oxide channel layer, long-term synaptic plasticity was emulated in our devices...
October 17, 2016: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Jean-François Nankoo, Christopher R Madan, Marcia L Spetch, Douglas R Wylie
Global motion perception is important for mobile organisms. In laterally eyed birds, global motion appears to be processed in the entopallium, a neural structure that is part of the tectofugal pathway. Electrophysiological research has shown that motion selective cells in the entopallium are most responsive to small dark moving targets. Here, we investigated whether this bias toward dark targets of entopallial cells is mirrored by perceptual performance in a motion detection task in pigeons. We measured the detection thresholds of pigeons using random dot stimuli that consisted of either black or white dots on a gray background...
October 14, 2016: Experimental Brain Research. Experimentelle Hirnforschung. Expérimentation Cérébrale
Q Deeley
In the 19th century it was recognized that neurologic symptoms could be caused by "morbid ideation" as well as organic lesions. The subsequent observation that hysteric (now called "functional") symptoms could be produced and removed by hypnotic suggestion led Charcot to hypothesize that suggestion mediated the effects of ideas on hysteric symptoms through as yet unknown effects on brain activity. The advent of neuroimaging 100 years later revealed strikingly similar neural correlates in experiments matching functional symptoms with clinical analogs created by suggestion...
2017: Handbook of Clinical Neurology
Petra Marsico, Amir Tal-Akabi, Hubertus J A van Hedel
BACKGROUND: In children with cerebral palsy (CP), stiffness, caused by contractile and non-contractile structures, can influence motor performance. This study sought to determine whether the nerve mobility had a relevant impact on motor performance in children with CP. We hypothesized that a positive Straight Leg Raise (SLR) test, as well as smaller SLR hip angle, would relate to lower leg muscle strength, reduced motor capacity and less motor performance in children with CP. METHODS: We applied a cross-sectional analysis on data including SLR, leg muscle strength, Gross Motor Function Measure (GMFM-66) and number of activity counts during daily life from thirty children with CP (6-18 years)...
October 7, 2016: BMC Neurology
Cheng-Chun Wu, I-Fang Wang, Po-Min Chiang, Liang-Chao Wang, Che-Kun James Shen, Kuen-Jer Tsai
Recent studies reported granulocyte colony-stimulating factor (G-CSF) treatment can improve the cognitive function of Alzheimer's disease (AD) mice, and the mobilized hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) or bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells (BM-MSCs) are proposed to be involved in this recovery effect. However, the exact role of mobilized HSC/BM-MSC in G-CSF-based therapeutic effects is still unknown. Here, we report that C-X-C chemokine receptor type 4 (CXCR4)/stromal cell-derived factor 1 (SDF-1) chemotaxis was a key mediator in G-CSF-based therapeutic effects, which was involved in the recruitment of repair-competent cells...
October 5, 2016: Molecular Neurobiology
Wei Zeng, Fenglin Liu, Qinghui Wang, Ying Wang, Limin Ma, Yu Zhang
Gait analysis plays an important role in maintaining the well-being of human mobility and health care, and is a valuable tool for obtaining quantitative information on motor deficits in Parkinson's disease (PD). In this paper, we propose a method to classify (diagnose) patients with PD and healthy control subjects using gait analysis via deterministic learning theory. The classification approach consists of two phases: a training phase and a classification phase. In the training phase, gait characteristics represented by the gait dynamics are derived from the vertical ground reaction forces under the usual and self-selected paces of the subjects...
October 28, 2016: Neuroscience Letters
Kamil Mikulášek, Kamil S Jaroň, Petr Kulhánek, Miroslava Bittová, Jan Havliš
We studied sequence-dependent retention properties of synthetic 5'-terminal phosphate absent trinucleotides containing adenine, guanine and thymine through reversed-phase liquid chromatography (RPLC) and QSRR modelling. We investigated the influence of separation conditions, namely mobile phase composition (ion interaction agent content, pH and organic constituent content), on sequence-dependent separation by means of ion-interaction RPLC (II-RPLC) using two types of models: experimental design-artificial neural networks (ED-ANN), and linear regression based on molecular dynamics data...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Chromatography. A
Sheikh Asad, Idrees Sher, Jens Peters-Willke, Peter Jessup
Neurotropic melanoma (NM) is a rare variant of cutaneous melanomas. Compared with conventional melanoma, NM is more locally aggressive with an increased tendency for local recurrence but less likely for nodal or distant metastases. The often amelanotic, benign appearance may lead to treatment issues such as late presentation, diagnostic delay, misdiagnosis, insufficient surgical margins, and recurrence with resulting poor outcome. To our knowledge, this is the first case report of NM with contiguous spread to the spinal cord...
March 2016: J Spine Surg
Ralph J Mobbs, Kevin Phan, Greg Malham, Kevin Seex, Prashanth J Rao
Degenerative disc and facet joint disease of the lumbar spine is common in the ageing population, and is one of the most frequent causes of disability. Lumbar spondylosis may result in mechanical back pain, radicular and claudicant symptoms, reduced mobility and poor quality of life. Surgical interbody fusion of degenerative levels is an effective treatment option to stabilize the painful motion segment, and may provide indirect decompression of the neural elements, restore lordosis and correct deformity. The surgical options for interbody fusion of the lumbar spine include: posterior lumbar interbody fusion (PLIF), transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (TLIF), minimally invasive transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (MI-TLIF), oblique lumbar interbody fusion/anterior to psoas (OLIF/ATP), lateral lumbar interbody fusion (LLIF) and anterior lumbar interbody fusion (ALIF)...
December 2015: J Spine Surg
Alain Yelnik, Cedric Andriantsifanetra, Peggy Reinert, Mathilde Evrard, Hélène Marneff, Marie Wanepain, Margaux Barbie, Johann Beaudreuil, Jean Pascal Devailly, Eric Vicaut
OBJECTIVE: Active and intensive physical therapy (PT) facilitates motor recovery when provided at a subacute stage after stroke. The efficiency of very early intensive PT (within the 2 first weeks) has been much less investigated. Early intensive rehabilitation might be beneficial for neural plasticity but also detrimental by worsening the cerebral ischemia. The AVERT study (Bernhardt 2015) showed negative effect of high dose of very early mobilisation. MATERIAL/PATIENTS AND METHODS: Patients have been recruited in this multicentre randomized controlled trial (9 stroke units with PRM teams) to compare "soft" (20 min/day apart from respiratory needs) versus "intensive" PT (idem+45 minutes of intensive exercises/day), initiated within the 72 first hours after a first hemispheric stroke...
September 2016: Annals of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
C P Addington, S Dharmawaj, J M Heffernan, R W Sirianni, S E Stabenfeldt
The chemokine SDF-1α plays a critical role in mediating stem cell response to injury and disease and has specifically been shown to mobilize neural progenitor/stem cells (NPSCs) towards sites of neural injury. Current neural transplant paradigms within the brain suffer from low rates of retention and engraftment after injury. Therefore, increasing transplant sensitivity to injury-induced SDF-1α represents a method for increasing neural transplant efficacy. Previously, we have reported on a hyaluronic acid-laminin based hydrogel (HA-Lm gel) that increases NPSC expression of SDF-1α receptor, CXCR4, and subsequently, NPSC chemotactic migration towards a source of SDF-1α in vitro...
September 17, 2016: Matrix Biology: Journal of the International Society for Matrix Biology
Olalekan M Ogundele, Charles C Lee, Joseph Francis
Modifications to neural circuits of the paraventricular hypothalamic nucleus (PVN) have been implicated in sympathoexcitation and systemic cardiovascular dysfunction. However, to date, the role of insulin-like growth factor 1 receptor (IGF-1R) expression on PVN pathophysiology is unknown. Using confocal immunofluorescence quantification and electrophysiological recordings from acute PVN slices, we investigated the mechanism through which age-dependent IGF-1R depletion contributes to the progression of inflammation and sympathoexcitation in the PVN of spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHR)...
September 14, 2016: Journal of Neurochemistry
Alejandro Ferragut-Garcías, Gustavo Plaza-Manzano, Cleofás Rodríguez-Blanco, Olga Velasco-Roldán, Daniel Pecos-Martín, Jesús Oliva-Pascual-Vaca, Bartomeu Llabrés-Bennasar, Ángel Oliva-Pascual-Vaca
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effects of a protocol involving soft tissue techniques and/or Neural Mobilization Techniques in the management of patients with Frequent episodic tension-type headache (FETTH) and Chronic tension-type headache (CTTH). DESIGN: Randomized controlled, double blind, placebo control and before-after trial. SETTING: Rehabilitation area of Son Llatzer Hospital and Fisioplanet Centre PARTICIPANTS: Ninety-seven patients (78 women; 19 men) diagnosed with FETTH or CTTH, were randomly assigned to groups A, B, C or D...
September 10, 2016: Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Benjamin Griffiths, Ali Mazaheri, Stefan Debener, Simon Hanslmayr
Despite the well-known influence of environmental context on episodic memory, little has been done to increase contextual richness within the lab. This leaves a blind spot lingering over the neuronal correlates of episodic memory formation in day-to-day life. To address this, we presented participants with a series of words to memorise along a pre-designated route across campus while a mobile EEG system acquired ongoing neural activity. Replicating lab-based subsequent memory effects (SMEs), we identified significant low to mid frequency power decreases (<30Hz), including beta power decreases over the left inferior frontal gyrus...
September 10, 2016: NeuroImage
Ari Rouhiainen, Xiang Zhao, Päivi Vanttola, Kui Qian, Evgeny Kulesskiy, Juha Kuja-Panula, Kathleen Gransalke, Mikaela Grönholm, Emmanual Unni, Marvin Meistrich, Li Tian, Petri Auvinen, Heikki Rauvala
HMGB4 is a new member in the family of HMGB proteins that has been characterized in sperm cells, but little is known about its functions in somatic cells. Here we show that HMGB4 and the highly similar rat Transition Protein 4 (HMGB4L1) are expressed in neuronal cells. Both proteins had slow mobility in nucleus of living NIH-3T3 cells. They interacted with histones and their differential expression in transformed cells of the nervous system altered the post-translational modification statuses of histones in vitro...
September 9, 2016: Scientific Reports
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