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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344151/enhancing-oligodendrocyte-differentiation-by-transient-transcription-activation-via-dna-nanoparticle-mediated-transfection
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Xiaowei Li, Stephany Y Tzeng, Camila Gadens Zamboni, Vassilis E Koliatsos, Guo-Li Ming, Jordan J Green, Hai-Quan Mao
Current approaches to derive oligodendrocytes from human pluripotent stem cells (hPSCs) need extended exposure of hPSCs to growth factors and small molecules, which limits their clinical application because of the lengthy culture time required and low generation efficiency of myelinating oligodendrocytes. Compared to extrinsic growth factors and molecules, oligodendrocyte differentiation and maturation can be more effectively modulated by regulation of the cell transcription network. In the developing central nervous system (CNS), two basic helix-loop-helix transcription factors, Olig1 and Olig2, are decisive in oligodendrocyte differentiation and maturation...
March 23, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343168/potential-skin-involvement-in-als-revisiting-charcot-s-observation-a-review-of-skin-abnormalities-in-als
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Bastien Paré, François Gros-Louis
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a neurodegenerative disease affecting motor neurons of the brain and spinal cord, leading to progressive paralysis and death. Interestingly, many skin changes have been reported in ALS patients, but never as yet fully explained. These observations could be due to the common embryonic origin of the skin and neural tissue known as the ectodermal germ layer. Following the first observation in ALS patients' skin by Dr Charcot in the 19th century, in the absence of bedsores unlike other bedridden patients, other morphological and molecular changes have been observed...
March 25, 2017: Reviews in the Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339747/deep-learning-for-pharmacovigilance-recurrent-neural-network-architectures-for-labeling-adverse-drug-reactions-in-twitter-posts
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Anne Cocos, Alexander G Fiks, Aaron J Masino
Objective: Social media is an important pharmacovigilance data source for adverse drug reaction (ADR) identification. Human review of social media data is infeasible due to data quantity, thus natural language processing techniques are necessary. Social media includes informal vocabulary and irregular grammar, which challenge natural language processing methods. Our objective is to develop a scalable, deep-learning approach that exceeds state-of-the-art ADR detection performance in social media...
February 22, 2017: Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association: JAMIA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336360/gain-a-graph-based-method-to-automatically-analyze-neurite-outgrowth-in-cell-cultures
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B L Long, H Li, A Mahadevan, T Tang, K Balotin, N Grandel, J Soto, S Y Wong, A Abrego, S Li, A A Qutub
BACKGROUND: Neurite outgrowth is a metric widely used to assess the success of in vitro neural stem cell differentiation or neuron reprogramming protocols and of high-content screening assays for neural regenerative drug discovery. However, neurite measurements are tedious to perform manually, and there is a paucity of freely available, fully automated software to determine neurite measurements and neuron counting. To provide such a tool to the neurobiology, stem cell, cell engineering, and neuroregenerative communities, we developed an algorithm for performing high-throughput neurite analysis in immunofluorescence images...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335352/nano-biosensor-for-monitoring-the-neural-differentiation-of-stem-cells
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REVIEW
Jin-Ho Lee, Taek Lee, Jeong-Woo Choi
In tissue engineering and regenerative medicine, monitoring the status of stem cell differentiation is crucial to verify therapeutic efficacy and optimize treatment procedures. However, traditional methods, such as cell staining and sorting, are labor-intensive and may damage the cells. Therefore, the development of noninvasive methods to monitor the differentiation status in situ is highly desirable and can be of great benefit to stem cell-based therapies. Toward this end, nanotechnology has been applied to develop highly-sensitive biosensors to noninvasively monitor the neural differentiation of stem cells...
November 28, 2016: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334019/cell-survival-and-differentiation-with-nanocrystalline-glass-like-carbon-using-substantia-nigra-dopaminergic-cells-derived-from-transgenic-mouse-embryos
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Noela Rodriguez-Losada, Pablo Romero, Guillermo Estivill-Torrús, Roberto Guzmán de Villoria, Jose A Aguirre
Regenerative medicine requires, in many cases, physical supports to facilitate appropriate cellular architecture, cell polarization and the improvement of the correct differentiation processes of embryonic stem cells, induced pluripotent cells or adult cells. Because the interest in carbon nanomaterials has grown within the last decade in light of a wide variety of applications, the aim of this study was to test and evaluate the suitability and cytocompatibility of a particular nanometer-thin nanocrystalline glass-like carbon film (NGLC) composed of curved graphene flakes joined by an amorphous carbon matrix...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333621/reconstructing-evolving-tree-structures-in-time-lapse-sequences-by-enforcing-time-consistency
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Przemyslaw Glowacki, Miguel Amavel Pinheiro, Agata Mosinska, Engin Turetken, Daniel Lebrecht, Anthony Holtmaat, Raphael Sznitman, Jan Kybic, Pascal Fua
We propose a novel approach to reconstructing curvilinear tree structures evolving over time, such as road networks in 2D aerial images or neural structures in 3D microscopy stacks acquired in vivo. To enforce temporal consistency, we simultaneously process all images in a sequence, as opposed to reconstructing structures of interest in each image independently. We formulate the problem as a Quadratic Mixed Integer Program and demonstrate the additional robustness that comes from using all available visual clues at once, instead of working frame by frame...
March 10, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322793/temporal-relation-between-neural-activity-and-neurite-pruning-on-a-numerical-model-and-a-microchannel-device-with-micro-electrode-array
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Yohei Kondo, Yuichiro Yada, Tatsuya Haga, Yuzo Takayama, Takuya Isomura, Yasuhiko Jimbo, Osamu Fukayama, Takayuki Hoshino, Kunihiko Mabuchi
Synapse elimination and neurite pruning are essential processes for the formation of neuronal circuits. These regressive events depend on neural activity and occur in the early postnatal days known as the critical period, but what makes this temporal specificity is not well understood. One possibility is that the neural activities during the developmentally regulated shift of action of GABA inhibitory transmission lead to the critical period. Moreover, it has been reported that the shifting action of the inhibitory transmission on immature neurons overlaps with synapse elimination and neurite pruning and that increased inhibitory transmission by drug treatment could induce temporal shift of the critical period...
March 18, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321182/sparse-and-specific-coding-during-information-transmission-between-co-cultured-dentate-gyrus-and-ca3-hippocampal-networks
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Daniele Poli, Srikanth Thiagarajan, Thomas B DeMarse, Bruce C Wheeler, Gregory J Brewer
To better understand encoding and decoding of stimulus information in two specific hippocampal sub-regions, we isolated and co-cultured rat primary dentate gyrus (DG) and CA3 neurons within a two-chamber device with axonal connectivity via micro-tunnels. We tested the hypothesis that, in these engineered networks, decoding performance of stimulus site information would be more accurate when stimuli and information flow occur in anatomically correct feed-forward DG to CA3 vs. CA3 back to DG. In particular, we characterized the neural code of these sub-regions by measuring sparseness and uniqueness of the responses evoked by specific paired-pulse stimuli...
2017: Frontiers in Neural Circuits
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303935/multiscale-microenvironmental-perturbation-of-pluripotent-stem-cell-fate-and-self-organization
#10
Yoji Tabata, Matthias P Lutolf
The combination of microfluidics with engineered three-dimensional (3D) matrices can bring new insights into the fate regulation of stem cells and their self-organization into organoids. Although there has been progress in 3D stem cell culturing, most existing in vitro methodologies do not allow for mimicking of the spatiotemporal heterogeneity of stimuli that drive morphogenetic processes in vivo. To address this, we present a perfusion-free microchip concept for the in vitro 3D perturbation of stem cell fate...
March 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303738/neural-stem-cell-transplantation-in-ischemic-stroke-a-role-for-preconditioning-and-cellular-engineering
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Joshua D Bernstock, Luca Peruzzotti-Jametti, Daniel Ye, Florian A Gessler, Dragan Maric, Nunzio Vicario, Yang-Ja Lee, Stefano Pluchino, John M Hallenbeck
Ischemic stroke continues to be a leading cause of morbidity and mortality throughout the world. To protect and/or repair the ischemic brain, a multitiered approach may be centered on neural stem cell (NSC) transplantation. Transplanted NSCs exert beneficial effects not only via structural replacement, but also via immunomodulatory and/or neurotrophic actions. Unfortunately, the clinical translation of such promising therapies remains elusive, in part due to their limited persistence/survivability within the hostile ischemic microenvironment...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28292179/cross-linking-approaches-to-tuning-the-mechanical-properties-of-peptide-%C3%AF-electron-hydrogels
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Wathsala Liyanage, Herdeline Ann M Ardoña, Hai-Quan Mao, John D Tovar
Self-assembling peptides are extensively exploited as bioactive materials in applications such as regenerative medicine and drug delivery despite the fact that their relatively weak noncovalent interactions often render them susceptible to mechanical destruction and solvent erosion. Herein, we describe how covalent cross-linking enhances the mechanical stability of self-assembling π-conjugated peptide hydrogels. We designed short peptide-chromophore-peptide sequences displaying different reactive functional groups that can form cross-links with appropriately modified bifunctional polyethylene glycol (PEG)-based small guest molecules...
March 15, 2017: Bioconjugate Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289601/3d-scattering-transforms-for-disease-classification-in-neuroimaging
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Tameem Adel, Taco Cohen, Matthan Caan, Max Welling
Classifying neurodegenerative brain diseases in MRI aims at correctly assigning discrete labels to MRI scans. Such labels usually refer to a diagnostic decision a learner infers based on what it has learned from a training sample of MRI scans. Classification from MRI voxels separately typically does not provide independent evidence towards or against a class; the information relevant for classification is only present in the form of complicated multivariate patterns (or "features"). Deep learning solves this problem by learning a sequence of non-linear transformations that result in feature representations that are better suited to classification...
2017: NeuroImage: Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28287966/deep-learning-segmentation-of-optical-microscopy-images-improves-3d-neuron-reconstruction
#14
Rongjian Li, Tao Zeng, Hanchuan Peng, Shuiwang Ji
Digital reconstruction, or tracing, of 3-dimensional (3D) neuron structure from microscopy images is a critical step toward reversing engineering the wiring and anatomy of a brain. Despite a number of prior attempts, this task remains very challenging, especially when images are contaminated by noises or have discontinued segments of neurite patterns. An approach for addressing such problems is to identify the locations of neuronal voxels using image segmentation methods prior to applying tracing or reconstruction techniques...
March 8, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28287262/synthetic-glycopolymers-for-highly-efficient-differentiation-of-embryonic-stem-cells-into-neurons-lipo-or-not
#15
Qi Liu, Zhonglin Lyu, You Yu, Zhen-Ao Zhao, Shijun Hu, Lin Yuan, Gaojian Chen, Hong Chen
To realize the potential application of embryonic stem cells (ESCs) for the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases, it is a prerequisite to develop an effective strategy for the neural differentiation of ESCs so as to obtain adequate amount of neurons. Considering the efficacy of glycosaminoglycans (GAG) and their disadvantages (e.g., structure heterogeneity and impurity), GAG-mimicking glycopolymers (designed polymers containing functional units similar to natural GAG) with or without phospholipid groups were synthesized in the present work and their ability to promote neural differentiation of mouse ESCs (mESCs) was investigated...
March 24, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28287080/three-dimensional-tissues-using-human-pluripotent-stem-cell-spheroids-as-biofabrication-building-blocks
#16
Haishuang Lin, Qiang Li, Yuguo Lei
A recently emerged approach for tissue engineering is to biofabricate tissues using cellular spheroids as building blocks. Human pluripotent stem cells (hPSCs), including human embryonic stem cells (hESCs) and induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs), can be cultured to generate large numbers of cells and presumably be differentiated into all the cell types of human body in vitro, thus are ideal cell source for biofabrication. We previously developed a hydrogel-based cell culture system that can economically produce large numbers of hPSC spheroids...
March 13, 2017: Biofabrication
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28285903/prc2-facilitates-the-regulatory-topology-required-for-poised-enhancer-function-during-pluripotent-stem-cell-differentiation
#17
Sara Cruz-Molina, Patricia Respuela, Christina Tebartz, Petros Kolovos, Milos Nikolic, Raquel Fueyo, Wilfred F J van Ijcken, Frank Grosveld, Peter Frommolt, Hisham Bazzi, Alvaro Rada-Iglesias
Poised enhancers marked by H3K27me3 in pluripotent stem cells have been implicated in the establishment of somatic expression programs during embryonic stem cell (ESC) differentiation. However, the functional relevance and mechanism of action of poised enhancers remain unknown. Using CRISPR/Cas9 technology to engineer precise genetic deletions, we demonstrate that poised enhancers are necessary for the induction of major anterior neural regulators. Interestingly, circularized chromosome conformation capture sequencing (4C-seq) shows that poised enhancers already establish physical interactions with their target genes in ESCs in a polycomb repressive complex 2 (PRC2)-dependent manner...
February 28, 2017: Cell Stem Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28280264/in-vitro-generation-of-mature-midbrain-type-dopamine-neurons-by-adjusting-exogenous-nurr1-and-foxa2-expressions-to-their-physiologic-patterns
#18
Taeho Kim, Jae-Jin Song, Lesly Puspita, Parvin Valiulahi, Jae-Won Shim, Sang-Hun Lee
Developmental information aids stem cell biologists in producing tissue-specific cells. Recapitulation of the developmental profile of a specific cell type in an in vitro stem cell system provides a strategy for manipulating cell-fate choice during the differentiation process. Nurr1 and Foxa2 are potential candidates for genetic engineering to generate midbrain-type dopamine (DA) neurons for experimental and therapeutic applications in Parkinson's disease (PD), as forced expression of these genes in neural stem/precursor cells (NPCs) yields cells with a complete battery of midbrain DA neuron-specific genes...
March 10, 2017: Experimental & Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28278483/a-400-mhz-wireless-neural-signal-processing-ic-with-625-%C3%A3-on-chip-data-reduction-and-reconfigurable-bfsk-qpsk-transmitter-based-on-sequential-injection-locking
#19
Kok-Hin Teng, Tong Wu, Xiayun Liu, Zhi Yang, Chun-Huat Heng
An 8-channel wireless neural signal processing IC, which can perform real-time spike detection, alignment, and feature extraction, and wireless data transmission is proposed. A reconfigurable BFSK/QPSK transmitter (TX) at MICS/MedRadio band is incorporated to support different data rate requirement. By using an Exponential Component-Polynomial Component (EC-PC) spike processing unit with an incremental principal component analysis (IPCA) engine, the detection of neural spikes with poor SNR is possible while achieving 625× data reduction...
March 3, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Circuits and Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28275048/brain-machine-interfaces-from-basic-science-to-neuroprostheses-and-neurorehabilitation
#20
REVIEW
Mikhail A Lebedev, Miguel A L Nicolelis
Brain-machine interfaces (BMIs) combine methods, approaches, and concepts derived from neurophysiology, computer science, and engineering in an effort to establish real-time bidirectional links between living brains and artificial actuators. Although theoretical propositions and some proof of concept experiments on directly linking the brains with machines date back to the early 1960s, BMI research only took off in earnest at the end of the 1990s, when this approach became intimately linked to new neurophysiological methods for sampling large-scale brain activity...
April 2017: Physiological Reviews
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