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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920873/migratory-stroke-like-lesions-in-a-case-of-adult-onset-mitochondrial-encephalomyopathy-lactic-acidosis-and-stroke-like-episodes-melas-syndrome-and-a-review-of-imaging-findings
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Stephen S Cai, Rainer von Coelln, Theresa J Kouo
Imaging findings of adult-onset mitochondrial encephalomyopathy, lactic acidosis, and stroke-like episodes (MELAS) syndrome is poorly documented. The authors present a 48-year-old woman with subacute onset of word-finding difficulties and right arm stiffness. Magnetic resonance imaging performed 2 weeks prior revealed left temporal lobe diffusion and fluid-attenuated inversion recovery hyperintensity predominantly involving the cortex. The apparent diffusion coefficient map showed preserved signal in the temporal cortex...
December 2016: Radiology case reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920665/multiple-single-unit-long-term-tracking-on-organotypic-hippocampal-slices-using-high-density-microelectrode-arrays
#2
Wei Gong, Jure Senčar, Douglas J Bakkum, David Jäckel, Marie Engelene J Obien, Milos Radivojevic, Andreas R Hierlemann
A novel system to cultivate and record from organotypic brain slices directly on high-density microelectrode arrays (HD-MEA) was developed. This system allows for continuous recording of electrical activity of specific individual neurons at high spatial resolution while monitoring at the same time, neuronal network activity. For the first time, the electrical activity patterns of single neurons and the corresponding neuronal network in an organotypic hippocampal slice culture were studied during several consecutive weeks at daily intervals...
2016: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918962/source-localization-of-epileptiform-discharges-in-juvenile-myoclonic-epilepsy-jme-using-magnetoencephalography-meg
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Veeranna Gadad, Sanjib Sinha, Narayanan Mariyappa, Ganne Chaithanya, Velmurugan Jayabal, Jitender Saini, Kandivel Thennarasu, Parthasarathy Satishchandra
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study is to localize the sources of epileptiform discharges (EDs), in juvenile myoclonic epilepsy (JME) using Magnetoencephalography (MEG), at three different time instances and analyze the propagation of EDs, from onset to offset, for inferring the cortical and subcortical region of involvement. METHODS: Twenty patients (age 23.5±6.3years old) with JME were recruited in this prospective study. MEG source analysis was performed on the independently collected EDs of each patient...
November 29, 2016: Epilepsy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918945/constructed-wetlands-for-the-removal-of-metals-from-livestock-wastewater-can-the-presence-of-veterinary-antibiotics-affect-removals
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C Marisa R Almeida, Filipa Santos, A Catarina F Ferreira, Carlos Rocha Gomes, M Clara P Basto, Ana P Mucha
The presence of emergent antibiotics, in livestock wastewater may affect constructed wetlands (CWs) performance in the removal of other pollutants. The main objective of this study was to evaluate the influence of two antibiotics commonly used in livestock industry, enrofloxacin and ceftiofur, on metal removal by CWs. Microcosms (0.4m×0.3m×0.3m), simulating CWs, were constructed with Phragmites australis to treat livestock wastewater spiked or not with 100µg/L of enrofloxacin or ceftiofur (individually or in mixture)...
December 2, 2016: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918628/phenotypic-and-genome-wide-association-analysis-of-spike-ethylene-in-diverse-wheat-genotypes-under-heat-stress
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Ravi Valluru, Matthew P Reynolds, William J Davies, Sivakumar Sukumaran
The gaseous phytohormone ethylene plays an important role in spike development in wheat (Triticum aestivum). However, the genotypic variation and the genomic regions governing spike ethylene (SET) production in wheat under long-term heat stress remain unexplored. We investigated genotypic variation in the production of SET and its relationship with spike dry weight (SDW) in 130 diverse wheat elite lines and landraces under heat-stressed field conditions. We employed an Illumina iSelect 90K single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) genotyping array to identify the genetic loci for SET and SDW through a genome-wide association study (GWAS) in a subset of the Wheat Association Mapping Initiative (WAMI) panel...
December 5, 2016: New Phytologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918076/genome-wide-association-analyses-of-54-traits-identified-multiple-loci-for-the-determination-of-floret-fertility-in-wheat
#6
Zifeng Guo, Dijun Chen, Ahmad M Alqudah, Marion S Röder, Martin W Ganal, Thorsten Schnurbusch
Increasing grain yield is still the main target of wheat breeding; yet today's wheat plants utilize less than half of their yield potential. Owing to the difficulty of determining grain yield potential in a large population, few genetic factors regulating floret fertility (i.e. the difference between grain yield potential and grain number) have been reported to date. In this study, we conducted a genome-wide association study (GWAS) by quantifying 54 traits (16 floret fertility traits and 38 traits for assimilate partitioning and spike morphology) in 210 European winter wheat accessions...
December 5, 2016: New Phytologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918061/serotonin-modifies-the-spontaneous-spiking-activity-of-gracile-nucleus-neurons-in-rats-role-of-5-ht1a-and-5-ht2-receptors
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C Grasso, G Li Volsi, M Barresi
We tested the effects of microiontophoretic application of serotonin (5-HT) on the firing rate of neurons located in the gracile nucleus (GN) of rats. Application of 5-HT1A and 5-HT2 agonists and antagonists respectively mimicked/ modulated and blocked the effects produced by the amine, respectively. Among the tested neurons, 88.2% modified their background firing activity in the presence of 5-HT. Responsive neurons decreased their mean firing activity (MFA) in 56.7% of cases and increased it in the remaining 43...
June 1, 2016: Archives Italiennes de Biologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917225/abdominal-epilepsy-as-an-unusual-cause-of-abdominal-pain-a-case-report
#8
Yilmaz Yunus, Ustebay Sefer, Ulker Ustebay Dondu, Ozanli Ismail, Ehi Yusuf
INTRODUCTION: Abdominal pain, in etiology sometimes difficult to be defined, is a frequent complaint in childhood. Abdominal epilepsy is a rare cause of abdominal pain. OBJECTIVES: In this article, we report on 5 year old girl patient with abdominal epilepsy. METHODS: Some investigations (stool investigation, routine blood tests, ultrasonography (USG), electrocardiogram (ECHO) and electrocardiograpy (ECG), holter for 24hr.) were done to understand the origin of these complaints; but no abnormalities were found...
September 2016: African Health Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917192/mining-centuries-old-in-situ-conserved-turkish-wheat-landraces-for-grain-yield-and-stripe-rust-resistance-genes
#9
Deepmala Sehgal, Susanne Dreisigacker, Savaş Belen, Ümran Küçüközdemir, Zafer Mert, Emel Özer, Alexey Morgounov
Wheat landraces in Turkey are an important genetic resource for wheat improvement. An exhaustive 5-year (2009-2014) effort made by the International Winter Wheat Improvement Programme (IWWIP), a cooperative program between the Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Livestock of Turkey, the International Center for Maize and Wheat Improvement (CIMMYT) and the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA), led to the collection and documentation of around 2000 landrace populations from 55 provinces throughout Turkey...
2016: Frontiers in Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917120/analysis-of-nociceptive-information-encoded-in-the-temporal-discharge-patterns-of-cutaneous-c-fibers
#10
Kyeongwon Cho, Jun Ho Jang, Sung-Phil Kim, Sang Hoon Lee, Soon-Cheol Chung, In Young Kim, Dong Pyo Jang, Sung Jun Jung
The generation of pain signals from primary afferent neurons is explained by a labeled-line code. However, this notion cannot apply in a simple way to cutaneous C-fibers, which carry signals from a variety of receptors that respond to various stimuli including agonist chemicals. To represent the discharge patterns of C-fibers according to different agonist chemicals, we have developed a quantitative approach using three consecutive spikes. By using this method, the generation of pain in response to chemical stimuli is shown to be dependent on the temporal aspect of the spike trains...
2016: Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916963/neuron-stimulation-device-integrated-with-silicon-nanowire-based-photodetection-circuit-on-a-flexible-substrate
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Suk Won Jung, Jong Yoon Shin, Kilwha Pi, Yong Sook Goo, Dong-Il Dan Cho
This paper proposes a neural stimulation device integrated with a silicon nanowire (SiNW)-based photodetection circuit for the activation of neurons with light. The proposed device is comprised of a voltage divider and a current driver in which SiNWs are used as photodetector and field-effect transistors; it has the functions of detecting light, generating a stimulation signal in proportion to the light intensity, and transmitting the signal to a micro electrode. To show the applicability of the proposed neural stimulation device as a high-resolution retinal prosthesis system, a high-density neural stimulation device with a unit cell size of 110 × 110 μ m and a resolution of 32 × 32 was fabricated on a flexible film with a thickness of approximately 50 μm...
December 1, 2016: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916536/a-new-lateral-flow-strip-assay-lfsa-using-a-pair-of-aptamers-for-the-detection-of-vaspin
#12
Nurul Hanun Ahmad Raston, Van-Thuan Nguyen, Man Bock Gu
A new lateral flow strip assay (LFSA) using a pair of aptamers has been designed and successfully developed using a pair of aptamers-functionalized with gold nanoparticles (AuNPs). This new LFSA biosensor system utilizes a cognate aptamer duo binding to vaspin, a target protein, at the two different binding sites, and exhibited a sensitive and highly selective response to vaspin. A sandwich-type format in LFSA was developed based on biotin-labeled primary V1 aptamer immobilized on streptavidin coated membrane as a capturing probe and secondary V49 aptamer conjugated with AuNPs as a signaling probe...
November 28, 2016: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916435/analytical-validation-of-androgen-receptor-splice-variant-7-detection-in-a-clinical-laboratory-improvement-amendments-clia-laboratory-setting
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Parvez M Lokhandwala, Stacy L Riel, Lisa Haley, Changxue Lu, Yan Chen, John Silberstein, Yezi Zhu, Gang Zheng, Ming-Tseh Lin, Christopher D Gocke, Alan W Partin, Emmanuel S Antonarakis, Jun Luo, James R Eshleman
Patients with castration-resistant prostate cancer (CRPC) often are treated with drugs that target the androgen receptor (AR) ligand-binding domain. Constitutively active AR splice variant 7 (AR-V7) lacks the ligand-binding domain and, if detected in circulating tumor cells, may be associated with resistance to these agents. We validated an AR-V7 assay in a Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA)-certified laboratory. Circulating tumor cells were isolated, and mRNA was reverse-transcribed into cDNA...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Molecular Diagnostics: JMD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916298/uncertainty-of-current-understanding-regarding-obt-formation-in-plants
#14
A Melintescu, D Galeriu
Radiological impact models are important tools that support nuclear safety. For tritium, a special radionuclide that readily enters the life cycle, the processes involved in its transport into the environment are complex and inadequately understood. For example, tritiated water (HTO) enters plants by leaf and root uptake and is converted to organically bound tritium (OBT) in exchangeable and non-exchangeable forms; however, the observed OBT/HTO ratios in crops exhibit large variability and contradict the current models for routine releases...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Environmental Radioactivity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916131/synthesis-of-nano-hydroxyapatite-sorbent-for-microextraction-in-packed-syringe-of-phthalate-esters-in-water-samples
#15
Amirhassan Amiri, Mohammad Chahkandi, Azadeh Targhoo
An easy alkoxide-based sol-gel method using Ca(NO3)2·4H2O and tri-ethyl phosphate (PO(OC2H5)3; TEP) precursors employed to synthesize nano-hydroxyapatite (HAP). The structural characterization of samples was studied using XRD, TEM and elemental analysis of SEM. Scherrer and Williamson-Hall equations were applied to measurement of the crystallite size distributions and micro-strain of the synthesized HAP powder. The synthesized HAP nanoparticles were applied as an efficient sorbent for the microextraction in packed syringe (MEPS) of phthalate esters (PAEs) from water samples...
January 15, 2017: Analytica Chimica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916124/alkaline-phosphatase-fused-repebody-as-a-new-format-of-immuno-reagent-for-an-immunoassay
#16
Hyo-Deok Seo, Joong-Jae Lee, Yu Jung Kim, Oliver Hantschel, Seung-Goo Lee, Hak-Sung Kim
Enzyme-linked immunoassays based on an antibody-antigen interaction are widely used in biological and medical sciences. However, the conjugation of an enzyme to antibodies needs an additional chemical process, usually resulting in randomly cross-linked molecules and a loss of the binding affinity and enzyme activity. Herein, we present the development of an alkaline phosphatase-fused repebody as a new format of immuno-reagent for immunoassays. A repebody specifically binding to human TNF-α (hTNF-α) was selected through a phage display, and its binding affinity was increased up to 49 nM using a modular engineering approach...
January 15, 2017: Analytica Chimica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914882/representation-of-the-body-in-the-lateral-striatum-of-the-freely-moving-rat-fast-spiking-interneurons-respond-to-stimulation-of-individual-body-parts
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Julianna Kulik, Anthony Pawlak, Manraj Kalkat, Kevin Coffey, Mark O West
: Numerous studies have shown that certain types of striatal interneurons play a crucial role in selection and regulation of striatal output. Striatal Fast-Spiking Interneurons (FSIs) are parvalbumin positive, GABAergic interneurons that constitute less than 1% of the total striatal population. It is becoming increasingly evident that these sparsely distributed neurons exert a strong inhibitory effect on Medium Spiny projection Neurons (MSNs). MSNs in lateral striatum receive direct synaptic input from regions of cortex representing discrete body parts, and show phasic increases in activity during touch or movement of specific body parts...
November 30, 2016: Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914609/determination-of-diamondoids-in-crude-oils-using-gas-purge-microsyringe-extraction-with-comprehensive-two-dimensional-gas-chromatography-time-of-flight-mass-spectrometry
#18
Wanfeng Zhang, Shukui Zhu, Liling Pang, Xuanbo Gao, Gang-Tian Zhu, Donghao Li
Based on a homemade device, gas purge microsyringe extraction (GP-MSE) of crude oil samples was developed for the first time. As a simple, fast, low-cost, sensitive and solvent-saving technique, GP-MSE provides some outstanding advantages over the widely used sample preparation methods for crude oils such as column chromatography (ASTM D2549). Several parameters affecting extraction efficiency were optimized, including extraction temperature, extraction time, extraction solvent, condensing temperature and purge gas flow rate...
November 27, 2016: Journal of Chromatography. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913679/modelling-gtpase-dynamics-to-understand-rhoa-driven-cancer-cell-invasion
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REVIEW
Joseph H R Hetmanski, Jean-Marc Schwartz, Patrick T Caswell
Metastasis, initially driven by cells migrating and invading through the local environment, leads to most cancer-associated deaths. Cells can use a variety of modes to move in vitro, all of which depend on Rho GTPases at some level. While traditionally it was thought that Rac1 activity drives protrusive lamellipodia at the leading edge of a polarised cell while RhoA drives rear retraction, more recent work in 3D microenvironments has revealed a much more complicated picture of GTPase dynamics. In particular, RhoA activity can dominate the leading edge polymerisation of actin to form filopodial actin-spike protrusions that drive more invasive cell migration...
December 15, 2016: Biochemical Society Transactions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913590/control-of-spike-transfer-at-hippocampal-mossy-fiber-synapses-in-vivo-by-gabaa-and-gabab-receptor-mediated-inhibition
#20
Stefano Zucca, Marilena Griguoli, Meryl Malézieux, Noëlle Grosjean, Mario Carta, Christophe Mulle
: Despite extensive studies in hippocampal slices and incentive from computational theories, the synaptic mechanisms underlying information transfer at mossy fiber (mf) connections between the dentate gyrus (DG) and CA3 neurons in vivo are still elusive. Here we used an optogenetic approach in mice to selectively target and control the activity of DG granule cells (GCs) while performing whole cell and juxtacellular recordings of CA3 neurons in vivo In CA3 pyramidal cells (PCs), mf-CA3 synaptic responses consisted predominantly of an inhibitory postsynaptic potential (IPSP) at low stimulation frequency (0...
December 2, 2016: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
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