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Wei Liu, Guanghui Han, Yalin Yin, Shuai Jiang, Guojun Yu, Qing Yang, Wenhui Yu, Xiangdong Ye, Yanting Su, Yajun Yang, Gerald W Hart, Hui Sun
O-linked N-acetylglucosamine (O-GlcNAcylation) is an important post-translational modification on serine or threonine of proteins, mainly observed in nucleus or cytoplasm. O-GlcNAcylation regulates many cell processes, including transcription, cell cycle, neural development, and nascent polypeptide chains stabilization. However, the facile identification of O-GlcNAc is a major bottleneck in O-GlcNAcylation research. Herein, we report that a lectin, AANL (Agrocybe aegerita GlcNAc specific lectin), also reported as AAL2, can be used as a powerful probe for O-GlcNAc identification...
March 19, 2018: Glycobiology
Elena Boto, Niall Holmes, James Leggett, Gillian Roberts, Vishal Shah, Sofie S Meyer, Leonardo Duque Muñoz, Karen J Mullinger, Tim M Tierney, Sven Bestmann, Gareth R Barnes, Richard Bowtell, Matthew J Brookes
Imaging human brain function with techniques such as magnetoencephalography typically requires a subject to perform tasks while their head remains still within a restrictive scanner. This artificial environment makes the technique inaccessible to many people, and limits the experimental questions that can be addressed. For example, it has been difficult to apply neuroimaging to investigation of the neural substrates of cognitive development in babies and children, or to study processes in adults that require unconstrained head movement (such as spatial navigation)...
March 21, 2018: Nature
Marcelo A Queiroz, Felipe de Galiza Barbosa, Carlos Alberto Buchpiguel, Giovanni Guido Cerri
The new technology of PET/MRI is a prototype of hybrid imaging, allowing for the combination of molecular data from PET scanning and morphofunctional information derived from MRI scanning. Recent advances regarding the technical aspects of this device, especially after the development of MRI-compatible silicon photomultipliers of PET, permitted an increase in the diagnostic performance of PET/MRI translated into dose reduction and higher imaging quality. Among several clinical applications, PET/MRI gains ground initially in oncology, where MRI per se plays an essential role in the assessment of primary tumors (which is limited in the case of PET/CT), including prostate, rectal and gynecological tumors...
January 2018: Revista da Associação Médica Brasileira
Carlos A Gómez, Jason Sutin, Weicheng Wu, Buyin Fu, Hana Uhlirova, Anna Devor, David A Boas, Sava Sakadžić, Mohammad A Yaseen
Investigating cerebral metabolism in vivo at a microscopic level is essential for understanding brain function and its pathological alterations. The intricate signaling and metabolic dynamics between neurons, glia, and microvasculature requires much more detailed understanding to better comprehend the mechanisms governing brain function and its disease-related changes. We recently demonstrated that pharmacologically-induced alterations to different steps of cerebral metabolism can be distinguished utilizing 2-photon fluorescence lifetime imaging of endogenous reduced nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NADH) fluorescence in vivo...
2018: PloS One
Claudiu T Supuran
Although the role of carbonic anhydrases (CAs, EC in metabolism is well-established, pharmacological applications of this phenomenon started to be considered only recently. In organisms all over the phylogenetic tree, the seven CA genetic families known to date are involved in biosynthetic processes and pH modulation, which may influence metabolism in multiple ways, with both processes being amenable to pharmacologic intervention. CA inhibitors possess antiobesity action directly by inhibiting lipogenesis, whereas the hypoxic tumor metabolism is highly controlled by the transmembrane isoforms CA IX and XII, which contribute to the acidic extracellular environment of tumors and supply bicarbonate for their high proliferation rates...
March 21, 2018: Metabolites
Dean A VanNasdale, Ann E Elsner, Victor E Malinovsky, Todd D Peabody, Kimberly D Kohne, Bryan P Haggerty, Christopher A Clark
SIGNIFICANCE: Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a leading cause of irreversible vision loss. Complementary imaging techniques can be used to better characterize and quantify pathological changes associated with AMD. By assessing specific light-tissue interactions, polarization-sensitive imaging can be used to detect tissue disruption early in the disease process. PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to compare variability in central macular polarization properties in patients with nonexudative AMD and age-matched control subjects...
March 21, 2018: Optometry and Vision Science: Official Publication of the American Academy of Optometry
Talia Brandman, Marius V Peelen
We internally represent the structure of our surroundings even when there is little layout information available in the visual image, such as when walking through fog or darkness. One way in which we disambiguate such scenes is through object cues; for example, seeing a boat supports the inference that the foggy scene is a lake. Recent studies have investigated the neural mechanisms by which object and scene processing interact to support object perception. The current study examines the reverse interaction by which objects facilitate the neural representation of scene layout...
March 21, 2018: Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience
David A Ross, Benjamin J Tamber-Rosenau, Thomas J Palmeri, JieDong Zhang, Yaoda Xu, Isabel Gauthier
Visual object expertise correlates with neural selectivity in the fusiform face area (FFA). Although behavioral studies suggest that visual expertise is associated with increased use of holistic and configural information, little is known about the nature of the supporting neural representations. Using high-resolution 7-T functional magnetic resonance imaging, we recorded the multivoxel activation patterns elicited by whole cars, configurally disrupted cars, and car parts in individuals with a wide range of car expertise...
March 21, 2018: Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience
G V Ponomarev, T V Lalayan, S A Dambinova, A A Skoromets
The study aimed at assessing the level of glutamate receptors antibodies (Abs) in blood serum and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) of patients with spinal cord ischemia along with traditional diagnostic approaches. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Forty patients with spinal cord ischemia (10 with spinal stroke and 30 with subacute and chronic course of the disease) were enrolled. After exclusion of some participants, 27 patients continued the study. Comparison groups included 30 patients with ischemic stroke and 30 patients with radiculopathy...
2018: Zhurnal Nevrologii i Psikhiatrii Imeni S.S. Korsakova
Daphne Everaerd, Floris Klumpers, Richard Oude Voshaar, Guillén Fernández, Indira Tendolkar
BACKGROUND: Healthy aging has been associated with stable emotional well-being and attenuated brain responses to negative stimuli. At the same time, depressive symptoms are common in older adults. The neural mechanisms behind this paradox remain to be clarified. We hypothesized that acute stress could alter emotion processing in healthy aging brain and constitute a pathway to vulnerability. METHODS: Using a randomized, controlled crossover design, we explored the influence of acute stress on brain responses to happy and fearful facial expressions in 25 older adults (60-75 years of age) and 25 young (18-30 years of age) control subjects...
October 2017: Biological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging
Alexander Heiss, Daesung Park, Anna-Christin Joel
Spiders are natural specialists in fiber processing. In particular, cribellate spiders manifest this ability as they produce a wool of nanofibers to capture prey. During its production they deploy a sophisticated movement of their spinnerets to darn in the fibers as well as a comb-like row of setae, termed calamistrum, on the metatarsus which plays a key role in nanofiber processing. In comparison to the elaborate nanofiber extraction and handling process by the spider's calamistrum, the human endeavors of spinning and handling of artificial nanofibers is still a primitive technical process...
March 21, 2018: Microscopy and Microanalysis
Maria Del Mar Amador, Marion Masingue, Rabab Debs, Foudil Lamari, Vincent Perlbarg, Emmanuel Roze, Bertrand Degos, Fanny Mochel
BACKGROUND: Cerebrotendinous xanthomatosis (CTX) is a rare neurodegenerative disease related to sterols metabolism. It affects both central and peripheral nervous systems but treatment with chenodeoxycholic acid (CDCA) has been reported to stabilize clinical scores and improve nerve conduction parameters. Few quantitative brain structural studies have been conducted to assess the effect of CDCA in CTX. METHODS AND RESULTS: We collected retrospectively clinical, neurophysiological, and quantitative brain structural data in a cohort of 14 patients with CTX treated by CDCA over a mean period of 5 years...
March 20, 2018: Journal of Inherited Metabolic Disease
Zheyuan Wang, S Abdollah Mirbozorgi, Maysam Ghovanloo
A rodent behavior analysis system is presented, capable of automated tracking, pose estimation, and recognition of nine behaviors in freely moving animals. The system tracks three key points on the rodent body (nose, center of body, and base of tail) to estimate its pose and head rotation angle in real time. A support vector machine (SVM)-based model, including label optimization steps, is trained to classify on a frame-by-frame basis: resting, walking, bending, grooming, sniffing, rearing supported, rearing unsupported, micro-movements, and "other" behaviors...
March 21, 2018: Medical & Biological Engineering & Computing
Hakan Bulu, Dorothy A Sippo, Janie M Lee, Elizabeth S Burnside, Daniel L Rubin
After years of development, the RadLex terminology contains a large set of controlled terms for the radiology domain, but gaps still exist. We developed a data-driven approach to discover new terms for RadLex by mining a large corpus of radiology reports using natural language processing (NLP) methods. Our system, developed for mammography, discovers new candidate terms by analyzing noun phrases in free-text reports to extend the mammography part of RadLex. Our NLP system extracts noun phrases from free-text mammography reports and classifies these noun phrases as "Has Candidate RadLex Term" or "Does Not Have Candidate RadLex Term...
March 20, 2018: Journal of Digital Imaging: the Official Journal of the Society for Computer Applications in Radiology
Chao Sang, Spandan Maiti, Ronald Fortunato, Julia Kofler, Anne M Robertson
Although uniaxial tensile testing is commonly used to evaluate failure properties of vascular tissue, there is no established protocol for specimen shape or gripping method. Large percentages of specimens are reported to fail near the clamp and can potentially confound the studies, or, if discarded will result in sample waste. The objective of this study is to identify sample geometry and clamping conditions that can achieve consistent failure in the mid-region of small arterial specimens, even for vessels from older individuals...
March 12, 2018: Journal of Biomechanical Engineering
Bowen Ke, Hui Chen, Lin Ma, Sarah Zingales, Deying Gong, Die Hu, Lupei Du, Minyong Li
Mercury is a highly toxic environmental pollutant that negatively affects human health. Thus, an in vivo method for noninvasive imaging of mercury(ii) and visualization of its accumulation within living systems would be advantageous. Herein, we describe a reaction-based bioluminescent probe for detection of mercury(ii) in vitro and accumulation in vivo. The application of this probe would help to shed light on the intricate contributions of mercury(ii) to various physiological and pathological processes.
March 21, 2018: Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry
Michael Kroeger, Horst Karl, Bernhard Simmler, Peter Singer
Up to now the visual inspection of mobility of isolated anisakid larvae serves as a measure of viability and possible risk of infection. This paper presents a new method to rule out unreliability - caused by the temporary immobility of the larvae and by the human uncertainty factor of visual observation. By means of a Near infrared (NIR) imaging method, elastic curvature energies and geometric shape parameters were determined from contours, and used as a measure of viability. It was based on the modelling of larvae as a cylindrical membrane system...
March 2018: Heliyon
Jing-Li Yue, Peng Li, Le Shi, Xiao Lin, Hong-Qiang Sun, Lin Lu
Background: The "dysconnectivity hypothesis" was proposed 20 years ago. It characterized schizophrenia as a disorder with dysfunctional connectivity across a large range of distributed brain areas. Resting-state functional magnetic resonance imaging (rsfMRI) data have supported this theory. Previous studies revealed that the amygdala might be responsible for the emotion regulation-related symptoms of schizophrenia. However, conventional methods oversimplified brain activities by assuming that it remained static throughout the entire scan duration, which may explain why inconsistent results have been reported for the same brain region...
2018: NeuroImage: Clinical
Nannan Pan, Yongxin Yang, Xin Du, Xin Qi, Guijin Du, Yang Zhang, Xiaodong Li, Quan Zhang
With the development of the Internet, an increasing number of adolescents play online game excessively, which leads to adverse effects on individuals and society. Previous studies have demonstrated altered gray-matter volume (GMV) in individuals with Internet gaming disorder (IGD), but the relationship between the tendency to IGD and the GMV across whole brain is still unclear in adolescents. In the present study, anatomical imaging with high resolution was performed on 67 male adolescents who played online game; and Young's Internet addiction test (IAT) was conducted to test the tendency to IGD...
2018: Frontiers in Psychiatry
Yang Dong, Dan Yang, Yuchi Han, Wei Cheng, Jiayu Sun, Ke Wan, Hong Liu, Andreas Greiser, Xiaoyue Zhou, Yucheng Chen
Background: Diffuse myocardial fibrosis is a common pathological process in many cardiovascular diseases. In order to determine disease, we must have standard normal imaging values. We investigated myocardial interstitial fibrosis of the left ventricle (LV) in a healthy population of Chinese adults and explored the impact of gender, age, and other physiological factors using a T1 mapping technique of cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (CMR). Materials and Methods: We recruited 69 healthy adult Chinese subjects (35 males; age 18-76)...
2018: Frontiers in Physiology
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