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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813949/monitoring-brain-potentials-to-guide-neurorehabilitation-of-tracking-impairments
#1
Boris Yazmir, Miriam Reiner
Motor impairments come in different forms. One class of motor impairments, relates to accuracy of tracking a moving object, as, for instance, when chasing in an attempt to catch it. Here we look at neural signals associated with errors in tracking, and the implications for brain-computer-interfaces that target impairment-tailored rehabilitation. As a starting point, we characterized EEG signals evoked by tracking errors during continuous natural motion, in healthy participants. Participants played a virtual 3D, ecologically valid haptic tennis game, and had to track a moving tennis ball in order to hit and send the ball towards the opponent's court...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813840/a-novel-protocol-to-evaluate-ankle-movements-during-reaching-tasks-using-pedianklebot
#2
Francesca Martelli, Eduardo Palermo, Stefano Rossi
The aim of the study is to design a novel protocol to characterize the ankle movements during dorsal and plantar flexion reaching tasks using the pediAnklebot. Five healthy children were instructed to control a pointer and hit targets appearing on the monitor, by moving their ankle alternatively up and down. The protocol consisted of 60 targets, 30 up and 30 down, reachable via dorsiflexion and plantarflexion movements, respectively. Ankle angular displacements and torques were gathered by encoders and load cells embedded in the robot...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813663/a-crispr-activation-screen-identifies-a-pan-avian-influenza-virus-inhibitory-host-factor
#3
Brook E Heaton, Edward M Kennedy, Rebekah E Dumm, Alfred T Harding, Matthew T Sacco, David Sachs, Nicholas S Heaton
Influenza A virus (IAV) is a pathogen that poses significant risks to human health. It is therefore critical to develop strategies to prevent influenza disease. Many loss-of-function screens have been performed to identify the host proteins required for viral infection. However, there has been no systematic screen to identify the host factors that, when overexpressed, are sufficient to prevent infection. In this study, we used CRISPR/dCas9 activation technology to perform a genome-wide overexpression screen to identify IAV restriction factors...
August 15, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813403/quick-hits
#4
Leslie Nemo
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
August 15, 2017: Scientific American
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813151/the-medicinal-and-biological-chemistry-mbc-library-an-efficient-source-on-new-hits
#5
Víctor Sebastián Pérez, Carlos Roca, Mahendra Awale, Jean-Louis Reymond, Ana Martínez, Carmen Gil, Nuria E Campillo
Identification of new hits is one of the biggest challenges in drug discovery. Creating a library of well-characterized drug-like compounds is a key step in this process. Our group has developed an in-house chemical library called Medicinal and Biological Chemistry (MBC) library. This collection has been successfully used to start several medicinal chemistry programs and developed in an accumulation of more than thirty years of experience in drug design and discovery of new drugs for unmet diseases. It contains over 1,000 compounds, mainly heterocyclic scaffolds...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811887/lessons-from-the-t%C3%A5-hoku-tsunami-a-model-for-island-avifauna-conservation-prioritization
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Michelle H Reynolds, Paul Berkowitz, John L Klavitter, Karen N Courtot
Earthquake-generated tsunamis threaten coastal areas and low-lying islands with sudden flooding. Although human hazards and infrastructure damage have been well documented for tsunamis in recent decades, the effects on wildlife communities rarely have been quantified. We describe a tsunami that hit the world's largest remaining tropical seabird rookery and estimate the effects of sudden flooding on 23 bird species nesting on Pacific islands more than 3,800 km from the epicenter. We used global positioning systems, tide gauge data, and satellite imagery to quantify characteristics of the Tōhoku earthquake-generated tsunami (11 March 2011) and its inundation extent across four Hawaiian Islands...
August 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811070/evaluation-of-sequence-variability-in-hiv-1-gp41-c-peptide-helix-grafted-proteins
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Rachel L Tennyson, Susanne N Walker, Terumasa Ikeda, Reuben S Harris, Brian R McNaughton
Many therapeutically-relevant protein-protein interactions (PPIs) have been reported that feature a helix and helix-binding cleft at the interface. Given this, different approaches to disrupting such PPIs have been developed. While short peptides (<15 amino acids) typically do not fold into a stable helix, researchers have reported chemical approaches to constraining helix structure. However, these approaches rely on laborious, and often expensive, chemical synthesis and purification. Our premise is that protein-based solutions that stabilize a therapeutically-relevant helix offer a number of advantages...
August 1, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810930/sex-differences-in-microrna-mrna-networks-examination-of-novel-epigenetic-programming-mechanisms-in-the-sexually-dimorphic-neonatal-hypothalamus
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Christopher P Morgan, Tracy L Bale
BACKGROUND: Sexual differentiation of the male brain, and specifically the stress circuitry in the hypothalamus, is primarily driven by estrogen exposure during the perinatal period. Surprisingly, this single hormone promotes diverse programs of sex-specific development that vary widely between different cell types and across the developing male brain. The complexity of this phenomenon suggests that additional layers of gene regulation, including microRNAs (miRNAs), must act downstream of estrogen to mediate this specificity...
August 15, 2017: Biology of Sex Differences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809439/in-silico-profiling-of-the-biological-activities-of-amaryllidaceae-alkaloids
#9
Eman Shawky
OBJECTIVES: The large number of publications about Amaryllidaceae alkaloids reflects the abundance and variety in biological activity of these alkaloids. An in-silico approach was implemented in this work to rationalize the individual alkaloids to molecular biological activity. METHODS: A database was generated containing 313 Amaryllidaceae alkaloids which were then subjected to in-silico-validated structure-based virtual screening using extra precision (XP) approach of Glide docking program...
August 15, 2017: Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809196/health-informatics-and-technology-for-integrated-elderly-care-in-the-context-of-hong-kong-a-case-study
#10
Cheuk Wing Chau, Eman Leung
The aging population creates tremendous pressure to healthcare. To resolve, scholars recognized the solution to this challenge is integrated care. To facilitate integrated care, health information technologies (HIT) is a critical enabler. This paper will first review how technology enhanced integrated care, and review on the existing literatures in system effective use and the three key external factors that enable HIT implementation. Applying Burton-Jones and Volkoff's contextualized theories of effective use of HIT to understand the role of health informatics and technology in the unique context of Hong Kong, we have conducted a case study research to identify the levers for improving HK integration of care through HIT...
2017: Studies in Health Technology and Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809185/a-quality-benefit-cost-and-financial-framework-for-health-information-technology-e-prescribing-a-delphi-study
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Paul R DeMuro, Joan Ash, Blackford Middleton, Justin Fletcher, Cecelia J Madison
BACKGROUND: Little research has been conducted about the quality, benefits, costs, and financial considerations associated with health information technology (HIT), particularly informatics technologies, such as e-prescribing, from the perspective of all its stakeholders. OBJECTIVES: This research effort sought to identify the stakeholders involved in e-prescribing and to identify and rank-order the positives and the negatives from the perspective of the stakeholders to create a framework to assist in the development of incentives and payment mechanisms which result in better managed care...
2017: Studies in Health Technology and Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809009/docking-and-virtual-screening-in-drug-discovery
#12
Maria Kontoyianni
Stages in a typical drug discovery organization include target selection, hit identification, lead optimization, preclinical and clinical studies. Hit identification and lead optimization are very much intertwined with computational modeling. Structure-based virtual screening (VS) has been a staple for more than a decade now in drug discovery with its underlying computational technique, docking, extensively studied. Depending on the objective, the parameters for VS may change, but the overall protocol is very straightforward...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808780/non-cns-pathogenic-origin-of-parkinson-s-disease
#13
Humdoon Choudhry, Lawrence C Perlmuter
The gut with its variety of microbiota may serve as an etiological origin of diseases. Gut microbes may also play a role in the pathogenesis of diseases beyond their simple nutritional maintenance and support. For example, gut protein aggregation, possibly aided by microbes as well as nasal influences, might be linked to disease that may move to the brain through the vagus nerve. To this end, Braak has offered a "dual-hit" hypothesis that proposes a novel etiology for Parkinson's disease (PD). The hypothesis places the initial origin of the disease in the nose and the gastrointestinal tract (GI) after infection by an unknown pathogen that could aggregate in the gut and then eventually spread to the brain via the autonomic plexuses...
August 14, 2017: Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808492/assessment-of-anti-factor-xa-activity-of-enoxaparin-for-venous-thromboembolism-prophylaxis-in-morbidly-obese-surgical-patients
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Nouf Al Otaib, Zohour Bootah, Maha A Al Ammari, Tariq M Aldebasi, Abdulmalik M Alkatheri, Shmeylan A Al Harbi, Salah M AbuRuz, Abdulkareem M AlBekairy
BACKGROUND: Venous thromboembolism (VTE) can be encountered by 60% of hospitalized patients. Anticoagulants have been recommended to reduce the risk of VTE in patients with risk factors. However, no specific dosing recommendations for obese patients are provided in the current practice guidelines. The purpose of this study was to determine the efficacy and safety of weight-based dosing of enoxaparin for VTE prophylaxis among morbidly obese patients undergoing surgery. METHODS: Adult patients were enrolled if they have a body mass index (BMI) of ≥35 kg/m(2) and were scheduled for surgery...
July 2017: Annals of Thoracic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808272/a-combinatorial-approach-for-the-discovery-of-cytochrome-p450-2d6-inhibitors-from-nature
#15
Johannes Hochleitner, Muhammad Akram, Martina Ueberall, Rohan A Davis, Birgit Waltenberger, Hermann Stuppner, Sonja Sturm, Florian Ueberall, Johanna M Gostner, Daniela Schuster
The human cytochrome P450 2D6 (CYP2D6) enzyme is part of phase-I metabolism and metabolizes at least 20% of all clinically relevant drugs. Therefore, it is an important target for drug-drug interaction (DDI) studies. High-throughput screening (HTS) assays are commonly used tools to examine DDI, but show certain drawbacks with regard to their applicability to natural products. We propose an in silico - in vitro workflow for the reliable identification of natural products with CYP2D6 inhibitory potential. In order to identify candidates from natural product-based databases that share similar structural features with established inhibitors, a pharmacophore model was applied...
August 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806931/draft-de-novo-transcriptome-assembly-and-proteome-characterization-of-the-electric-lobe-of-tetronarce-californica-a-molecular-tool-for-the-study-of-cholinergic-neurotransmission-in-the-electric-organ
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Maria Stavrianakou, Ricardo Perez, Cheng Wu, Matthew S Sachs, Rodolfo Aramayo, Mark Harlow
BACKGROUND: The electric organ of Tetronarce californica (an electric ray formerly known as Torpedo californica) is a classic preparation for biochemical studies of cholinergic neurotransmission. To broaden the usefulness of this preparation, we have performed a transcriptome assembly of the presynaptic component of the electric organ (the electric lobe). We combined our assembled transcriptome with a previous transcriptome of the postsynaptic electric organ, to define a MetaProteome containing pre- and post-synaptic components of the electric organ...
August 14, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806777/a-synthetic-sickness-screen-for-senescence-re-engagement-targets-in-mutant-cancer-backgrounds
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Claire J Cairney, Lauren S Godwin, Alan E Bilsland, Sharon Burns, Katrina H Stevenson, Lynn McGarry, John Revie, Jon D Moore, Ceri M Wiggins, Rebecca S Collinson, Clare Mudd, Elpida Tsonou, Mahito Sadaie, Dorothy C Bennett, Masashi Narita, Christopher J Torrance, W Nicol Keith
Senescence is a universal barrier to immortalisation and tumorigenesis. As such, interest in the use of senescence-induction in a therapeutic context has been gaining momentum in the past few years; however, senescence and immortalisation remain underserved areas for drug discovery owing to a lack of robust senescence inducing agents and an incomplete understanding of the signalling events underlying this complex process. In order to address this issue we undertook a large-scale morphological siRNA screen for inducers of senescence phenotypes in the human melanoma cell line A375P...
August 14, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805827/transcriptional-risk-scores-link-gwas-to-eqtls-and-predict-complications-in-crohn-s-disease
#18
Urko M Marigorta, Lee A Denson, Jeffrey S Hyams, Kajari Mondal, Jarod Prince, Thomas D Walters, Anne Griffiths, Joshua D Noe, Wallace V Crandall, Joel R Rosh, David R Mack, Richard Kellermayer, Melvin B Heyman, Susan S Baker, Michael C Stephens, Robert N Baldassano, James F Markowitz, Mi-Ok Kim, Marla C Dubinsky, Judy Cho, Bruce J Aronow, Subra Kugathasan, Greg Gibson
Gene expression profiling can be used to uncover the mechanisms by which loci identified through genome-wide association studies (GWAS) contribute to pathology. Given that most GWAS hits are in putative regulatory regions and transcript abundance is physiologically closer to the phenotype of interest, we hypothesized that summation of risk-allele-associated gene expression, namely a transcriptional risk score (TRS), should provide accurate estimates of disease risk. We integrate summary-level GWAS and expression quantitative trait locus (eQTL) data with RNA-seq data from the RISK study, an inception cohort of pediatric Crohn's disease...
August 14, 2017: Nature Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805801/small-molecule-studies-identify-cdk8-as-a-regulator-of-il-10-in-myeloid-cells
#19
Liv Johannessen, Thomas B Sundberg, Daniel J O'Connell, Raivo Kolde, James Berstler, Katelyn J Billings, Bernard Khor, Brinton Seashore-Ludlow, Anne Fassl, Caitlin N Russell, Isabel J Latorre, Baishan Jiang, Daniel B Graham, Jose R Perez, Piotr Sicinski, Andrew J Phillips, Stuart L Schreiber, Nathanael S Gray, Alykhan F Shamji, Ramnik J Xavier
Enhancing production of the anti-inflammatory cytokine interleukin-10 (IL-10) is a promising strategy to suppress pathogenic inflammation. To identify new mechanisms regulating IL-10 production, we conducted a phenotypic screen for small molecules that enhance IL-10 secretion from activated dendritic cells. Mechanism-of-action studies using a prioritized hit from the screen, BRD6989, identified the Mediator-associated kinase CDK8, and its paralog CDK19, as negative regulators of IL-10 production during innate immune activation...
August 14, 2017: Nature Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805758/-preventive-treatment-of-tension-headache-in-children-and-adolescents
#20
E M Shypilova, N N Zavadenko, Yu E Nesterovskiy
AIM: To assess the efficacy of noophen (γ-amino-β-phenylbutyric acid hydrochloride) in the preventive treatment of tension-type headache (TTH) in children and adolescents. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The study included 30 patients with TTH, aged from 8 to 16 years, treated with noophen in dose of 15-20 mg/kg per day (2-3 times perorally) during 2 month. Before and during the treatment characteristics of headache, its influence on daily activities were assessed with HIT-6 and PedMIDAS, anxiety disorders were assessed with SCAS, the dynamics of sleep disturbances in children were evaluated...
2017: Zhurnal Nevrologii i Psikhiatrii Imeni S.S. Korsakova
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