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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719664/predicting-the-protein-half-life-in-tissue-from-its-cellular-properties
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Mahbubur Rahman, Rovshan G Sadygov
Protein half-life is an important feature of protein homeostasis (proteostasis). The increasing number of in vivo and in vitro studies using high throughput proteomics provide estimates of the protein half-lives in tissues and cells. However, protein half-lives in cells and tissues are different. Due to the resource requirements for researching tissues, more data is available from cellular studies than tissues. We have designed a multivariate linear model for predicting protein half-life in tissue from its cellular properties...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719572/neuroimaging-correlates-of-post-stroke-aphasia-rehabilitation-in-a-pilot-randomized-trial-of-constraint-induced-aphasia-therapy
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Rodolphe Nenert, Jane B Allendorfer, Amber M Martin, Christi Banks, Angel Ball, Jennifer Vannest, Aimee R Dietz, Jerzy P Szaflarski
BACKGROUND Recovery from post-stroke aphasia is a long and complex process with an uncertain outcome. Various interventions have been proposed to augment the recovery, including constraint-induced aphasia therapy (CIAT). CIAT has been applied to patients suffering from post-stroke aphasia in several unblinded studies to show mild-to-moderate linguistic gains. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the neuroimaging correlates of CIAT in patients with chronic aphasia related to left middle cerebral artery stroke...
July 18, 2017: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719284/nonacademic-attributes-predict-medical-and-nursing-student-intentions-to-emigrate-or-to-work-rurally-an-eight-country-survey-in-asia-and-africa
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David M Silvestri, Meridith Blevins, Kenneth A Wallston, Arfan R Afzal, Nazmul Alam, Ben Andrews, Miliard Derbew, Simran Kaur, Mwapatsa Mipando, Charles A Mkony, Philip M Mwachaka, Nirju Ranjit, Sten H Vermund
AbstractWe sought to identify independent, nonacademic predictors of medical and nursing student intent to migrate abroad or from rural to urban areas after graduation in low- and middle-income countries (LMIC). This was a cross-sectional survey of 3,199 first- and final-year medical and nursing students at 16 training institutions in eight LMIC. Questionnaires assessed demographics, career intentions, and preferences regarding selected career, location, and work-related attributes. Using principal component analysis, student preferences were reduced into four discrete categories of priorities: 1) work environment resources, 2) location livability, 3) altruistic job values, and 4) individualistic job values...
June 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718955/an-electrochemiluminescent-method-for-glutamate-measurement-in-small-microdialysate-samples-in-asphyxiated-young-rats
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Jorge Ortega-Ibarra, Silvia López-Pérez, Alberto Morales-Villagrán
Glutamate (Glu) quantification has been performed by a combination of intracerebral microdialysis through which the samples are obtained and analyzed by high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC); its measurement requires a large expenditure of time (15-30 min per sample) and special training. Therefore, an alternative method is presented here, based on the electrochemiluminescence produced by the use of an enzymatic reactor, containing glutamate-oxidase, mixed and incubated with microdialysate from dorsal striatum (DS) and prefrontal cortex (PFC) of young rats asphyxiated during the neonatal period, under a global asphyxia model in order to test this method...
July 18, 2017: Luminescence: the Journal of Biological and Chemical Luminescence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718781/latent-variable-method-for-automatic-adaptation-to-background-states-in-motor-imagery-bci
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Nikolay Dagaev, Ksenia Volkova, Alexei Ossadtchi
<i>Objective</i>. Brain-computer interface (BCI) systems are known to be vulnerable to variabilities in background states of a user. Usually, no detailed information on these states is available even during the training stage. Thus there is a need in a method which is capable of taking background states into account in an unsupervised way. <i>Approach</i>. We propose a latent variable method that is based on a probabilistic model with a discrete latent variable. In order to estimate the model's parameters, we suggest to use the expectation maximization (EM) algorithm...
July 18, 2017: Journal of Neural Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716532/multivariate-analyses-of-peripheral-blood-leukocyte-transcripts-distinguish-alzheimer-s-parkinson-s-control-and-those-at-risk-for-developing-alzheimer-s
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Elaine Delvaux, Diego Mastroeni, Jennifer Nolz, Nienwen Chow, Marwan Sabbagh, Richard J Caselli, Eric M Reiman, Frederick J Marshall, Paul D Coleman
The need for a reliable, simple, and inexpensive blood test for Alzheimer's disease (AD) suitable for use in a primary care setting is widely recognized. This has led to a large number of publications describing blood tests for AD, which have, for the most part, not been replicable. We have chosen to examine transcripts expressed by the cellular, leukocyte compartment of blood. We have used hypothesis-based cDNA arrays and quantitative PCR to quantify the expression of selected sets of genes followed by multivariate analyses in multiple independent samples...
June 20, 2017: Neurobiology of Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715593/physical-exercise-improves-total-antioxidant-capacity-and-gene-expression-in-rat-hippocampal-tissue
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F Franzoni, G Federighi, J Fusi, E Cerri, R Banducci, A Petrocchi, A Innocenti, C Pruneti, S Daniele, S Pellegrini, C Martini, R Scuri, F Galetta
Exercise may exert beneficial effects on cognitive functions and play an important role in the prevention of neurodegenerative diseases. Such effects seem to be mediated by changes in anti-oxidative status, but limited information is available on the nature of molecular pathways supporting the antioxidant effects of exercise in the brain. In this study 3-5-month-old male Wistar albino rats were subjected to three times/week moderate intensity exercise on a rodent treadmill for a period of 6 weeks. The tissue antioxidant activity towards various reactive oxygen species (ROS) was determined in the hippocampus...
July 1, 2017: Archives Italiennes de Biologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713263/the-frequency-dependent-aerobic-exercise-effects-of-hypothalamic-gabaergic-expression-and-cardiovascular-functions-in-aged-rats
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Yan Li, Ziqi Zhao, Jiajia Cai, Boya Gu, Yuanyuan Lv, Li Zhao
A decline in cardiovascular modulation is a feature of the normal aging process and associated with cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) such as hypertension and stroke. Exercise training is known to promote cardiovascular adaptation in young animals and positive effects on motor and cognitive capabilities, as well as on brain plasticity for all ages in mice. Here, we examine the question of whether aerobic exercise interventions may impact the GABAergic neurons of the paraventricular nucleus (PVN) in aged rats which have been observed to have a decline in cardiovascular integration function...
2017: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713260/automated-detection-of-epileptic-biomarkers-in-resting-state-interictal-meg-data
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Miguel C Soriano, Guiomar Niso, Jillian Clements, Silvia Ortín, Sira Carrasco, María Gudín, Claudio R Mirasso, Ernesto Pereda
Certain differences between brain networks of healthy and epilectic subjects have been reported even during the interictal activity, in which no epileptic seizures occur. Here, magnetoencephalography (MEG) data recorded in the resting state is used to discriminate between healthy subjects and patients with either idiopathic generalized epilepsy or frontal focal epilepsy. Signal features extracted from interictal periods without any epileptiform activity are used to train a machine learning algorithm to draw a diagnosis...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713238/targeting-cognitive-impairment-in-multiple-sclerosis-the-road-toward-an-imaging-based-biomarker
#10
Jeroen Van Schependom, Guy Nagels
Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a neuro-degenerative and -inflammatory disease leading to physical and cognitive impairment, pathological fatigue and depression, and affecting patients' quality of life and employment status. The combination of inflammation, demyelination, and neurodegeneration leads to the emergence of MS lesions, reduced white and gray matter brain volumes, a reduced conduction velocity and microstructural changes in the so-called Normal Appearing White Matter (NAWM). Currently, there are very limited options to treat cognitive impairment and its origin is only poorly understood...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713235/connecting-the-brain-to-itself-through-an-emulation
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Mijail D Serruya
Pilot clinical trials of human patients implanted with devices that can chronically record and stimulate ensembles of hundreds to thousands of individual neurons offer the possibility of expanding the substrate of cognition. Parallel trains of firing rate activity can be delivered in real-time to an array of intermediate external modules that in turn can trigger parallel trains of stimulation back into the brain. These modules may be built in software, VLSI firmware, or biological tissue as in vitro culture preparations or in vivo ectopic construct organoids...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713233/the-role-of-the-interplay-between-stimulus-type-and-timing-in-explaining-bci-illiteracy-for-visual-p300-based-brain-computer-interfaces
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Roberta Carabalona
Visual P300-based Brain-Computer Interface (BCI) spellers enable communication or interaction with the environment by flashing elements in a matrix and exploiting consequent changes in end-user's brain activity. Despite research efforts, performance variability and BCI-illiteracy still are critical issues for real world applications. Moreover, there is a quite unaddressed kind of BCI-illiteracy, which becomes apparent when the same end-user operates BCI-spellers intended for different applications: our aim is to understand why some well performers can become BCI-illiterate depending on speller type...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708977/relative-cortico-subcortical-shift-in-brain-activity-but-preserved-training-induced-neural-modulation-in-older-adults-during-bimanual-motor-learning
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Thiago Santos Monteiro, Iseult A M Beets, Matthieu P Boisgontier, Jolien Gooijers, Lisa Pauwels, Sima Chalavi, Brad King, Geneviève Albouy, Stephan P Swinnen
To study age-related differences in neural activation during motor learning, functional magnetic resonance imaging scans were acquired from 25 young (mean 21.5-year old) and 18 older adults (mean 68.6-year old) while performing a bimanual coordination task before (pretest) and after (posttest) a 2-week training intervention on the task. We studied whether task-related brain activity and training-induced brain activation changes differed between age groups, particularly with respect to the hyperactivation typically observed in older adults...
June 19, 2017: Neurobiology of Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28706546/the-impact-of-a-neonatal-sleep-care-training-program-on-nurses-knowledge-and-performance-in-neonatal-intensive-care-units
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Marzieh Hasanpour, Fatemeh Farashi, Majid Mohammadizadeh, Zahra Abdeyazdan
BACKGROUND: Sleep is essential for organizing and maturation of the brain in premature infants; it also plays a role in maintaining the natural balance between different nervous centers. Given the role of nurses in neonatal sleep care, this study aimed at assessing the impact of a training program on the nurses' knowledge and performance in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). MATERIALS AND METHODS: In this quasi-experimental study which structured into three stages, 35 nurses working in an NICU in Isfahan, Iran, were included...
May 2017: Iranian Journal of Nursing and Midwifery Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28706473/short-term-internet-search-training-is-associated-with-increased-fractional-anisotropy-in-the-superior-longitudinal-fasciculus-in-the-parietal-lobe
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Guangheng Dong, Hui Li, Marc N Potenza
The Internet search engine has become an indispensable tool for many people, yet the ways in which Internet searching may alter brain structure and function is poorly understood. In this study, we investigated the influence of short-term Internet-search "training" on white matter microstructure using diffusion tensor imaging (DTI). Fifty-nine valid subjects (Experimental group, 43; Control group, 16) completed the whole procedure: pre- DTI scan, 6-day's training and post- DTI scan. Using track-based spatial statistics, we found increased fractional anisotropy in the right superior longitudinal fasciculus at post-test as compared to pre-test in experimental group...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705401/-are-general-practitioners-in-paris-and-surrounding-areas-reticent-about-direct-oral-anticoagulants
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C Caucanas, D Sfeir, C Blas-Châtelain, P Priollet
OBJECTIVE: Determine how familiar general practitioners (GPs) working in Paris and surrounding areas are with prescriptions for direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs). MATERIAL AND METHOD: A questionnaire sent to 189 GP working in Paris and surrounding areas yielded 100 responses. Data collected included a brief summary of sociodemographic items, comparative knowledge about DOACs and vitamin K antagonists (VKAs), and responses to two clinical situations for DOAC prescriptions (renewal of a first prescription)...
May 2017: J Med Vasc
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28704562/cerebral-18f-fdg-pet-in-macrophagic-myofasciitis-an-individual-svm-based-approach
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Paul Blanc-Durand, Axel Van Der Gucht, Eric Guedj, Mukedaisi Abulizi, Mehdi Aoun-Sebaiti, Lionel Lerman, Antoine Verger, François-Jérôme Authier, Emmanuel Itti
INTRODUCTION: Macrophagic myofasciitis (MMF) is an emerging condition with highly specific myopathological alterations. A peculiar spatial pattern of a cerebral glucose hypometabolism involving occipito-temporal cortex and cerebellum have been reported in patients with MMF; however, the full pattern is not systematically present in routine interpretation of scans, and with varying degrees of severity depending on the cognitive profile of patients. Aim was to generate and evaluate a support vector machine (SVM) procedure to classify patients between healthy or MMF 18F-FDG brain profiles...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28701956/administration-of-a-histone-deacetylase-inhibitor-into-the-basolateral-amygdala-enhances-memory-consolidation-delays-extinction-and-increases-hippocampal-bdnf-levels
#18
Fernanda E Valiati, Mailton Vasconcelos, Martina Lichtenfels, Fernanda S Petry, Rosa M M de Almeida, Gilberto Schwartsmann, Nadja Schröder, Caroline B de Farias, Rafael Roesler
Gene expression related to the formation and modification of memories is regulated epigenetically by chromatin remodeling through histone acetylation. Memory formation and extinction can be enhanced by treatment with inhibitors of histone deacetylases (HDACs). The basolateral amygdala (BLA) is a brain area critically involved in regulating memory for inhibitory avoidance (IA). However, previous studies have not examined the effects of HDAC inhibition in the amygdala on memory for IA. Here we show that infusion of an HDAC inhibitor (HDACi), trichostatin A (TSA), into the BLA, enhanced consolidation of IA memory in rats when given at 1...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28701943/aberrant-long-range-temporal-correlations-in-depression-are-attenuated-after-psychological-treatment
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Matti Gärtner, Mona Irrmischer, Emilia Winnebeck, Maria Fissler, Julia M Huntenburg, Titus A Schroeter, Malek Bajbouj, Klaus Linkenkaer-Hansen, Vadim V Nikulin, Thorsten Barnhofer
The spontaneous oscillatory activity in the human brain shows long-range temporal correlations (LRTC) that extend over time scales of seconds to minutes. Previous research has demonstrated aberrant LRTC in depressed patients; however, it is unknown whether the neuronal dynamics normalize after psychological treatment. In this study, we recorded EEG during eyes-closed rest in depressed patients (N = 71) and healthy controls (N = 25), and investigated the temporal dynamics in depressed patients at baseline, and after attending either a brief mindfulness training or a stress reduction training...
2017: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28701915/web-camera-based-eye-tracking-to-assess-visual-memory-on-a-visual-paired-comparison-task
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Nicholas T Bott, Alex Lange, Dorene Rentz, Elizabeth Buffalo, Paul Clopton, Stuart Zola
Background: Web cameras are increasingly part of the standard hardware of most smart devices. Eye movements can often provide a noninvasive "window on the brain," and the recording of eye movements using web cameras is a burgeoning area of research. Objective: This study investigated a novel methodology for administering a visual paired comparison (VPC) decisional task using a web camera.To further assess this method, we examined the correlation between a standard eye-tracking camera automated scoring procedure [obtaining images at 60 frames per second (FPS)] and a manually scored procedure using a built-in laptop web camera (obtaining images at 3 FPS)...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
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