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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633321/places-in-the-brain-bridging-layout-and-object-geometry-in-scene-selective-cortex
#1
Moira R Dillon, Andrew S Persichetti, Elizabeth S Spelke, Daniel D Dilks
Diverse animal species primarily rely on sense (left-right) and egocentric distance (proximal-distal) when navigating the environment. Recent neuroimaging studies with human adults show that this information is represented in 2 scene-selective cortical regions-the occipital place area (OPA) and retrosplenial complex (RSC)-but not in a third scene-selective region-the parahippocampal place area (PPA). What geometric properties, then, does the PPA represent, and what is its role in scene processing? Here we hypothesize that the PPA represents relative length and angle, the geometric properties classically associated with object recognition, but only in the context of large extended surfaces that compose the layout of a scene...
June 13, 2017: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624827/qualitative-assessment-of-verbal-fluency-performance-in-frontotemporal-dementia
#2
Esther van den Berg, Lize C Jiskoot, Mariëlle J H Grosveld, John C van Swieten, Janne M Papma
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Verbal fluency is impaired in patients with frontotemporal dementia (FTD) and primary progressive aphasia (PPA). This study explored qualitative differences in verbal fluency (clustering of words, switching between strategies) between FTD and PPA variants. METHODS: Twenty-nine patients with behavioral variant FTD (bvFTD) and 50 with PPA (13 nonfluent/agrammatic, 14 semantic, and 23 logopenic) performed a semantic and letter fluency task. Clustering (number of multiword strings) and switching (number of transitions between clustered and nonclustered words) were recorded by two independent raters...
June 17, 2017: Dementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622594/the-role-of-apitoxin-in-alleviating-propionic-acid-induced-neurobehavioral-impairments-in-rat-pups-the-expression-pattern-of-reelin-gene
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Maha H Daghestani, Manar E Selim, Yasmina M Abd-Elhakim, Enas N Said, Noura E Abd El-Hameed, Samah R Khalil, Osama S El-Tawil
The efficacy of apitoxin (bee venom; BV) in ameliorating propionic acid (PPA) -induced neurobehavioral impacts was studied. Sixty rat pups were enrolled in a split litter design to six groups: a control group, a PPA-treated group, a BV-treated group, a BV/PPA protective group, a PPA/BV therapeutic group, and a BV/PPA/BV protective and therapeutic group. Exploratory, social, locomotor, and repetitive/stereotype-like activities were assessed and prosocial, empathy, and acquired behavior were evaluated. Levels of neurotransmitter including serotonin, dopamine, and gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) were determined and a quantitative analysis of Reelin gene expression was performed...
June 13, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620238/a-data-driven-approach-to-understanding-the-organization-of-high-level-visual-cortex
#4
David M Watson, Timothy J Andrews, Tom Hartley
The neural representation in scene-selective regions of human visual cortex, such as the PPA, has been linked to the semantic and categorical properties of the images. However, the extent to which patterns of neural response in these regions reflect more fundamental organizing principles is not yet clear. Existing studies generally employ stimulus conditions chosen by the experimenter, potentially obscuring the contribution of more basic stimulus dimensions. To address this issue, we used a data-driven approach to describe a large database of scenes (>100,000 images) in terms of their visual properties (orientation, spatial frequency, spatial location)...
June 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28618328/preparation-of-a-polylactic-acid-knitting-mesh-for-pelvic-floor-repair-and-in-vivo-evaluation
#5
Yao Lu, Shengnan Dong, Peihua Zhang, Xin Liu, Xungai Wang
The health warning report by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2011 has drawn attention to the need for developing a suitable bio-scaffold for repairing female pelvic from disease. This work prepared a pure polylactic acid knitting mesh (PPA) and compared its structure and properties with a commercial mesh - Surgimesh® Prolapse (SP; Aspide Medical, France). Mechanical tests showed that the PPA mesh was stronger than SP with higher breaking strength and bursting strength. The in vivo property of PPA was evaluated with an animal model...
June 1, 2017: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28618113/the-mechanism-of-interactions-between-tea-polyphenols-and-porcine-pancreatic-alpha-amylase-analysis-by-inhibition-kinetics-fluorescence-quenching-differential-scanning-calorimetry-and-isothermal-titration-calorimetry
#6
Lijun Sun, Michael J Gidley, Fredrick J Warren
SCOPE: This study aims to use a combination of biochemical and biophysical methods to derive greater mechanistic understanding of the interactions between tea polyphenols and porcine pancreatic α-amylase (PPA). METHODS AND RESULTS: The interaction mechanism was studied through fluorescence quenching (FQ), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and isothermal titration calorimetry (ITC) and compared with inhibition kinetics. The results showed that a higher quenching effect of polyphenols corresponded to a stronger inhibitory activity against PPA...
June 15, 2017: Molecular Nutrition & Food Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611820/white-matter-disruption-and-connected-speech-in-non-fluent-and-semantic-variants-of-primary-progressive-aphasia
#7
Karine Marcotte, Naida L Graham, Kathleen C Fraser, Jed A Meltzer, David F Tang-Wai, Tiffany W Chow, Morris Freedman, Carol Leonard, Sandra E Black, Elizabeth Rochon
Differential patterns of white matter disruption have recently been reported in the non-fluent (nfvPPA) and semantic (svPPA) variants of primary progressive aphasia (PPA). No single measure is sufficient to distinguish between the PPA variants, but connected speech allows for the quantification of multiple measures. The aim of the present study was to further investigate the white matter correlates associated with connected speech features in PPA. We examined the relationship between white matter metrics and connected speech deficits using an automated analysis of transcriptions of connected speech and diffusion tensor imaging in language-related tracts...
January 2017: Dementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders Extra
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28593829/communication-behaviors-associated-with-successful-conversation-in-semantic-variant-primary-progressive-aphasia
#8
Cathleen Taylor-Rubin, Karen Croot, Emma Power, Sharon A Savage, John R Hodges, Leanne Togher
BACKGROUND: Primary progressive aphasia (PPA) affects a range of language and cognitive domains that impact on conversation. Little is known about conversation breakdown in the semantic variant of PPA (svPPA, also known as semantic dementia). This study investigates conversation of people with svPPA. METHODS: Dyadic conversations about everyday activities between seven individuals with svPPA and their partners, and seven control pairs were video recorded and transcribed...
June 8, 2017: International Psychogeriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28579383/clinical-and-biological-phenotypes-of-frontotemporal-dementia-perspectives-for-disease-modifying-therapies
#9
S Gazzina, M A Manes, A Padovani, B Borroni
Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD) is a progressive neurodegenerative condition which encompasses a group of clinically, neuropathologically and genetically heterogeneous disorders characterized by selective involvement of the frontal and temporal lobes. FTD is characterized by changes in behaviour and personality, frontal executive deficits and language dysfunction. Different phenotypes have been defined on the basis of presenting clinical symptoms, behavioural variants of FTD (bvFTD) and primary progressive aphasia (PPA), which includes nonfluent/agrammatic variant PPA (avPPA) and semantic variant PPA (svPPA)...
June 1, 2017: European Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28578483/sand-a-screening-for-aphasia-in-neurodegeneration-development-and-normative-data
#10
Eleonora Catricalà, Elena Gobbi, Petronilla Battista, Antonio Miozzo, Cristina Polito, Veronica Boschi, Valentina Esposito, Sofia Cuoco, Paolo Barone, Sandro Sorbi, Stefano F Cappa, Peter Garrard
Language assessment has a critical role in the clinical diagnosis of neurodegenerative diseases, in particular, in the case of Primary Progressive Aphasia (PPA). The current diagnostic criteria (Gorno-Tempini et al., 2011) identify three main variants on the basis of clinical features and patterns of brain atrophy. Widely accepted tools to diagnose, clinically classify, and follow up the heterogeneous language profiles of PPA are still lacking. In this study, we develop a screening battery, composed of nine tests (picture naming, word and sentence comprehension, word and sentence repetition, reading, semantic association, writing and picture description), following the recommendations of current diagnostic guidelines and taking into account recent research on the topic...
June 4, 2017: Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28569519/concurrent-varenicline-and-prolonged-exposure-for-patients-with-nicotine-dependence-and-ptsd-a-randomized-controlled-trial
#11
Edna B Foa, Anu Asnaani, David Rosenfield, Laurie J Zandberg, Peter Gariti, Patricia Imms
BACKGROUND: Prevalence of smoking among individuals with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is disproportionately high, and PTSD is associated with especially poor response to smoking cessation treatment. OBJECTIVE: The current study examined whether integrating treatments for smoking cessation (varenicline plus smoking cessation counseling; VARCC) and PTSD (prolonged exposure therapy; PE) enhances smoking outcomes among smokers diagnosed with PTSD. METHOD: 142 adults with nicotine dependence (ND) and PTSD were randomized to a treatment program consisting of varenicline, smoking cessation counseling, and PE (VARCC + PE) or to VARCC only...
June 1, 2017: Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28564702/associations-between-%C3%AE-peripapillary-atrophy-and-reticular-pseudodrusen-in-early-age-related-macular-degeneration
#12
Aakriti Garg, Dana M Blumberg, Lama A Al-Aswad, Maris Oll, Suzanne Yzer, Max Forbes, Rando L Allikmets, Srilaxmi Bearelly
Purpose: Choroidal thinning has been associated with reticular pseudodrusen (RPD) and β-peripapillary atrophy (β-PPA), which have been linked to normal-tension glaucoma (NTG). This analysis sought to determine whether RPD are independently associated with β-PPA in early AMD patients. Secondary outcomes included the association of RPD and preexisting diagnosis of glaucoma, cup-to-disc ratio (CDR), subfoveal choroidal thickness (SFCT), and IOP. Methods: This prospective cross-sectional study examined 78 age- and sex-matched early AMD patients: 43 RPD patients (63 eyes) and 35 non-RPD patients (64 eyes)...
May 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28557535/peripapillary-atrophy-in-high-myopia
#13
Weifeng Liu, Liping Gong, Yingjie Li, Xuan Zhu, Jay M Stewart, Changyun Wang
PURPOSE: To evaluate peripapillary atrophy (PPA) in high myopia (HM) as a function of extent of myopia, axial length (AL), and age. METHODS: Medical records from patients (n = 88) seen in the Ophthalmology Department of the Third Affiliated Hospital of Nanchang University, Nanchang, Jiangxi, China, and diagnosed with high myopia (HM)-defined as spherical equivalent (SE) of >6.00 diopters (D) of myopia in either eye-were included in this study. Eyes were classified according to SE and age...
May 30, 2017: Current Eye Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549937/is-learning-episodic-memory-distinct-cognitive-and-neuroanatomic-correlates-of-immediate-recall-during-learning-trials-in-neurologically-normal-aging-and-neurodegenerative-cohorts
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K B Casaletto, G Marx, S Dutt, J Neuhaus, R Saloner, L Kritikos, B Miller, J H Kramer
Although commonly interpreted as a marker of episodic memory during neuropsychological exams, relatively little is known regarding the neurobehavior of "total learning" immediate recall scores. Medial temporal lobes are clearly associated with delayed recall performances, yet immediate recall may necessitate networks beyond traditional episodic memory. We aimed to operationalize cognitive and neuroanatomic correlates of total immediate recall in several aging syndromes. Demographically-matched neurologically normal adults (n=91), individuals with Alzheimer's disease (n=566), logopenic variant primary progressive aphasia (PPA) (n=34), behavioral variant frontotemporal dementia (n=97), semantic variant PPA (n=71), or nonfluent/agrammatic variant PPA (n=39) completed a neurocognitive battery, including the CVLT-Short Form trials 1-4 Total Immediate Recall; a majority subset also completed a brain MRI...
May 23, 2017: Neuropsychologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538978/the-characteristics-of-deep-optic-nerve-head-morphology-in-myopic-normal-tension-glaucoma
#15
Jong Chul Han, Eun Jung Lee, Si Bum Kim, Changwon Kee
Purpose: To investigate the relationship between axial length (AL) and deep optic nerve head (ONH) structure and to evaluate the characteristics of deep ONH structures in myopic normal tension glaucoma (NTG). Methods: The following parameters were assessed using spectral-domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT): externally oblique border tissue (EOBT) length, ONH tilt angle, optic canal (OC) obliqueness, and β-zone peripapillary atrophy (PPA). In addition, the angular location of the maximal value of each parameter and retinal nerve fiber layer (RNFL) defect were measured using infrared and red-free photos...
May 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532703/reading-difficulties-in-primary-progressive-aphasia-in-a-regular-language-speaking-cohort-of-patients
#16
Jordi A Matías-Guiu, Fernando Cuetos, María Nieves Cabrera-Martín, María Valles-Salgado, Teresa Moreno-Ramos, José Luis Carreras, Jorge Matías-Guiu
Reading impairment is an important feature in Primary Progressive Aphasia (PPA). The Spanish orthography entails completely regular spelling to sound correspondences, so reading disorders may be different to English. In the current study, reading, phonological and semantic abilities of 35 patients with the three variants of PPA, and 13 healthy volunteers were assessed. Brain metabolism was concomitantly obtained from each participant using (18)F-fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography imaging. Two main patterns of impairment were identified: difficulties in nonwords reading with preservation of exception words in agrammatic and logopenic aphasia, and the inverse pattern in semantic dementia...
May 19, 2017: Neuropsychologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532421/glutamate-excitotoxicity-induced-by-orally-administered-propionic-acid-a-short-chain-fatty-acid-can-be-ameliorated-by-bee-pollen
#17
Afaf El-Ansary, Huda S Al-Salem, Alqahtani Asma, Abeer Al-Dbass
BACKGROUND: Rodent models may guide investigations towards identifying either environmental neuro-toxicants or drugs with neuro-therapeutic effects. This work aims to study the therapeutic effects of bee pollen on brain glutamate excitotoxicity and the impaired glutamine-glutamate- gamma amino butyric acid (GABA) circuit induced by propionic acid (PPA), a short chain fatty acid, in rat pups. METHODS: Twenty-four young male Western Albino rats 3-4 weeks of age, and 45-60 g body weight were enrolled in the present study...
May 22, 2017: Lipids in Health and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530792/phosphonated-pillar-5-arene-valved-mesoporous-silica-drug-delivery-systems
#18
Xuan Huang, Shanshan Wu, Xiaokang Ke, Xueyuan Li, Xuezhong Du
To explore the diversity and promising applications of pillararene-based molecular machines, phosphonated pillar[5]arenes (PPA[5]) were synthesized to construct novel supramolecular nanovalves for the first time, based on mesoporous silica nanoparticles (MSNs) functionalized with choline and pyridinium moieties, respectively. PPA[5] encircled the choline or pyridinium stalks to construct supramolecular nanovalves for encapsulation of drugs within the MSN pores. PPA[5] showed a high binding affinity for the quaternary ammonium stalks through the host-guest interactions primarily via ion pairing between the phosphonate and quaternary ammonium moieties, in comparison with carboxylated pillar[5]arene (CPA[5]), to minimize premature drug release...
May 31, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529565/prodelphinidins-isolated-from-chinese-bayberry-leaves-induces-apoptosis-via-the-p53-dependent-signaling-pathways-in-ovcar-3-human-ovarian-cancer-cells
#19
Yu Fu, Xingqian Ye, Malcolm Lee, Gary Rankin, Yi Charlie Chen
Chinese bayberry leaves are rich in prodelphinidins. Since the isolation and purification of prodelphinidins is difficult, the association between the degree of prodelphinidin polymerization and their anti-carcinogenic activity remains ambiguous. The cytotoxic and apoptotic activities of prodelphinidin Chinese bayberry leaf extracts (PCBLs), oligomeric proanthocyanidins (OPAs) and polymeric proanthocyanidins (PPAs), isolated by normal-phase preparative high-performance liquid chromatography were investigated in OVCAR-3 human ovarian cancer cells...
May 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527899/egfr-mutation-analysis-for-prospective-patient-selection-in-two-phase-ii-registration-studies-of-osimertinib
#20
Suzanne Jenkins, James Chih-Hsin Yang, Pasi A Jänne, Kenneth S Thress, Karen Yu, Rachel Hodge, Susie Weston, Simon Dearden, Sabina Patel, Mireille Cantarini, Frances A Shepherd
INTRODUCTION: Osimertinib is an oral, CNS active, epidermal growth factor receptor tyrosine kinase inhibitor (EGFR-TKI) for the treatment of EGFR T790M-positive advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Here we evaluate EGFR mutation frequencies in two Phase II studies of osimertinib (AURA extension and AURA2). METHODS: Patients with EGFR mutation-positive advanced NSCLC provided tumor samples following progression on their latest line of therapy for mandatory central T790M testing for study selection criteria...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Thoracic Oncology
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