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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786967/developmental-chromatin-restriction-of-pro-growth-gene-networks-acts-as-an-epigenetic-barrier-to-axon-regeneration-in-cortical-neurons
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Ishwariya Venkatesh, Vatsal Mehra, Zimei Wang, Ben Califf, Murray G Blackmore
Axon regeneration in the central nervous system is prevented in part by a developmental decline in the intrinsic regenerative ability of maturing neurons. This loss of axon growth ability likely reflects widespread changes in gene expression, but the mechanisms that drive this shift remain unclear. Chromatin accessibility has emerged as a key regulatory mechanism in other cellular contexts, raising the possibility that chromatin structure may contribute to the age-dependent loss of regenerative potential. Here we establish an integrated bioinformatic pipeline that combines analysis of developmentally dynamic gene networks with transcription factor regulation and genome-wide maps of chromatin accessibility...
May 22, 2018: Developmental Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786835/bilateral-asymmetry-of-the-humerus-in-neandertals-australian-aborigines-and-medieval-humans
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Anna Maria Kubicka, Wioletta Nowaczewska, Antoine Balzeau, Janusz Piontek
OBJECTIVES: Bilateral asymmetry of diaphyseal shape and size may be a reflection of relative activity levels and patterns of habitual biomechanical stress in the upper arms of Neandertals and Homo sapiens. The main purpose of our study was to assess the level of directional asymmetry of humeral cross sections in Neandertals, recent Australian aborigines, and medieval farmers. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Indices of directional and absolute asymmetry (%DA and %AA) of humeral cross-sectional properties in Neandertals and recent Homo sapiens were calculated...
May 22, 2018: American Journal of Physical Anthropology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786653/role-for-cystathionine-%C3%AE-lyase-cse-in-an-ethanol-e-induced-lesion-in-fetal-brain-gsh-homeostasis
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Dhyanesh Patel, Marylatha Rathinam, Courtney Jarvis, Lenin Mahimainathan, George Henderson, Madhusudhanan Narasimhan
Earlier, we reported that gestational ethanol (E) can dysregulate neuron glutathione (GSH) homeostasis partially via impairing the EAAC1-mediated inward transport of Cysteine (Cys) and this can affect fetal brain development. In this study, we investigated if there is a role for the transulfuration pathway (TSP), a critical bio-synthetic point to supply Cys in E-induced dysregulation of GSH homeostasis. These studies utilized an in utero E binge model where the pregnant Sprague⁻Dawley (SD) rat dams received five doses of E at 3...
May 22, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786639/chemogenetic-enhancement-of-axon-regeneration-following-peripheral-nerve-injury-in-the-slick-a-mouse
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Poonam B Jaiswal, Olivia C Mistretta, Patricia J Ward, Arthur W English
The effects of chemogenetics on axon regeneration following peripheral nerve transection and repair were studied in mice expressing a Cre-dependent excitatory designer receptor exclusively activated by designer drugs (DREADD) and Cre-recombinase/yellow fluorescent protein (YFP) in a subset of motor and sensory neurons and cortical motoneurons (SLICK-A). Sciatic nerves were cut and repaired and mice were treated either once, at the time of injury, or five days per week for two weeks with clozapine N-oxide (CNO) (1 mg/kg, i...
May 22, 2018: Brain Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786489/determinants-of-cognitive-impairment-in-patients-with-multiple-sclerosis-with-and-without-atrophy
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Anand J C Eijlers, Kim A Meijer, Quinten van Geest, Jeroen J G Geurts, Menno M Schoonheim
Purpose To investigate the discrepancy between patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) without atrophy who have already developed cognitive impairment and patients with MS with atrophy who have preserved cognitive function. Materials and Methods This retrospective imaging study, with imaging acquired between 2008 and 2012, included 332 patients with MS (106 men and 226 women; mean age, 48.1 years; range, 23.0-72.5 years) and 96 healthy control participants. Cognitive impairment was defined as cognitive performance of z less than -1...
May 18, 2018: Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786470/direct-cortical-stimulation-of-inferior-frontal-cortex-disrupts-both-speech-and-music-production-in-highly-trained-musicians
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Matthew K Leonard, Maansi Desai, Dylan Hungate, Ruofan Cai, Nilika S Singhal, Robert C Knowlton, Edward F Chang
Music and speech are human-specific behaviours that share numerous properties, including the fine motor skills required to produce them. Given these similarities, previous work has suggested that music and speech may at least partially share neural substrates. To date, much of this work has focused on perception, and has not investigated the neural basis of production, particularly in trained musicians. Here, we report two rare cases of musicians undergoing neurosurgical procedures, where it was possible to directly stimulate the left hemisphere cortex during speech and piano/guitar music production tasks...
May 22, 2018: Cognitive Neuropsychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786081/distinct-learning-induced-changes-in-stimulus-selectivity-and-interactions-of-gabaergic-interneuron-classes-in-visual-cortex
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Adil G Khan, Jasper Poort, Angus Chadwick, Antonin Blot, Maneesh Sahani, Thomas D Mrsic-Flogel, Sonja B Hofer
How learning enhances neural representations for behaviorally relevant stimuli via activity changes of cortical cell types remains unclear. We simultaneously imaged responses of pyramidal cells (PYR) along with parvalbumin (PV), somatostatin (SOM), and vasoactive intestinal peptide (VIP) inhibitory interneurons in primary visual cortex while mice learned to discriminate visual patterns. Learning increased selectivity for task-relevant stimuli of PYR, PV and SOM subsets but not VIP cells. Strikingly, PV neurons became as selective as PYR cells, and their functional interactions reorganized, leading to the emergence of stimulus-selective PYR-PV ensembles...
May 21, 2018: Nature Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785947/-n-wasp-regulates-cortical-neuron-migration-through-its-polypro-and-vca-domains
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Xiu Lian Shen, Yi Chao Lu, Zhi Lian Jia, Qiang Wu
Cortical neuron migration in the developing mouse forebrain is a complex process, which contains several steps related to cytoskeleton dynamics and remodeling. Neural Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome protein (N-WASP), a member of the WASP-WAVE family, regulates actin cytoskeleton reorganization through the binding of its VCA domain to the Arp2/3 complex. Here we report expression patterns of N-WASP gene in the mouse developing embryonic cortex (E12.5~ E18.5) and find its expression levels are decreased during embryonic development...
May 20, 2018: Yi Chuan, Hereditas
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785932/cortical-thickness-correlates-of-minor-neurological-signs-in-patients-with-first-episode-psychosis
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Simone Ciufolini, Maria Francesca Ponteduro, Tiago Reis-Marques, Heather Taylor, Valeria Mondelli, Carmine M Pariante, Stefania Bonaccorso, Raymond Chan, Andy Simmons, Anthony David, Marta Di Forti, Robin M Murray, Paola Dazzan
Neurological soft signs (NSS) are subtle abnormalities of motor and sensory function that are present in the absence of localized brain pathological lesions. In psychoses they have been consistently associated with a distinct pattern of cortical and subcortical brain structural alterations at the level of the heteromodal cortex and basal ganglia. However, a more specific and accurate evaluation of the cytoarchitecture of the cortical mantle could further advance our understanding of the neurobiological substrate of psychosis...
May 18, 2018: Schizophrenia Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785841/effects-of-antipsychotic-drugs-on-neurites-relevant-to-schizophrenia-treatment
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Xu-Feng Huang, Xueqin Song
Although antipsychotic drugs are mainly used for treating schizophrenia, they are widely used for treating various psychiatric diseases in adults, the elderly, adolescents and even children. Today, about 1.2% of the worldwide population suffers from psychosis and related disorders, which translates to about 7.5 million subjects potentially targeted by antipsychotic drugs. Neurites project from the cell body of neurons and connect neurons to each other to form neural networks. Deficits in neurite outgrowth and integrity are implicated in psychiatric diseases including schizophrenia...
May 22, 2018: Medicinal Research Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785677/analysis-of-the-frequency-of-visualization-of-morphological-variations-in-anatomical-bone-features-in-the-mandibular-interforaminal-region-through-cone-beam-computed-tomography
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Marilza do Carmo Oliveira, Tamara Kerber Tedesco, Thais Gimenez, Sergio Allegrini
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to analyze the frequency of visualization of anatomical bone features and their possible variations in the mandibular interforaminal region through cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT). METHODS: This is a cross-sectional study that evaluated CBCT scans of the mandible of 141 women and 61 men, obtained by imaging archives from two private clinics of dental radiology. The study analyzed the frequency of visualization of: lingual symphyseal foramen (LSF), additional mental foramen (AdMF), absence of mental foramen (AbMF), mandibular incisive canal (MIC), and anterior loop (AL)...
May 21, 2018: Surgical and Radiologic Anatomy: SRA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785447/posterior-cortical-breakage-leads-to-posterior-tibial-slope-change-in-lateral-hinge-fracture-following-opening-wedge-high-tibial-osteotomy
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Sung-Sahn Lee, Kyung-Wook Nha, Dae-Hee Lee
PURPOSE: This study was designed to analyze the relationship between changes in posterior tibial slope and the absence or presence of lateral hinge fracture, diagnosed in the sagittal and axial planes, as well as the coronal plane, by computed tomography (CT) following opening wedge high tibial osteotomy (HTO). METHODS: This study involved 55 patients (55 knees) undergoing opening wedge HTO for primary medial osteoarthritis. Lateral hinge fractures were evaluated on CT scans according to the Takeuchi classification and were also classified as subtypes A, B, and C, depending on anterior, posterior, and both anterior and posterior cortical disruptions, respectively, as determined by the sagittal and axial planes of CT scans which corresponded to the fracture line visible on coronal CT scans...
May 21, 2018: Knee Surgery, Sports Traumatology, Arthroscopy: Official Journal of the ESSKA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785226/progressive-assessment-of-ischemic-injury-to-white-matter-using-diffusion-tensor-imaging-a-preliminary-study-of-a-macaque-model-of-stroke
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Xiaodong Zhang, Yumei Yan, Frank Tong, Chun-Xia Li, Benjamin Jones, Silun Wang, Yuguang Meng, E Chris Muly, Doty Kempf, Leonard Howell
Background: Previous Diffusion Tensor Imaging (DTI) studies have demonstrated the temporal evolution of stroke injury in grey matter and white matter can be characterized by DTI indices. However, it still remains not fully understood how the DTI indices of white matter are altered progressively during the hyperacute (first 6 hours) and acute stage of stroke (≤ 1 week). In the present study, DTI was employed to characterize the temporal evolution of infarction and white matter injury after stroke insult using a macaque model with permanent ischemic occlusion...
2018: Open Neuroimaging Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785222/proximal-femoral-bone-regeneration-after-an-uncemented-hydroxyapatite-coated-long-stem-in-revision-hip-surgery
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José Cordero-Ampuero, Eduardo Garcia-Rey, Eduardo Garcia-Cimbrelo
Background: Bone remodelling with lateral femoral cortex thinning is a major concern after extensively porous-coated long-stem in revision surgery. Extensive hydroxyapatite coated long-stems were introduced to improve osseointegration, but bone remodelling changes have not been quantified. Objective: The question of whether bone remodelling changes from extensive hydroxyapatite-coated long stems influence the durability of femoral revision, clinical outcome is assessed in follow-up radiographs...
2018: Open Orthopaedics Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785185/morphometric-analysis-of-the-mental-foramen-using-cone-beam-computed-tomography
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Rudyard Dos Santos Oliveira, Maria Rodrigues Coutinho, Francine Kühl Panzarella
This study evaluated the effects of age and sex on the location and size of the mental foramen (MF). A total of 104 cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) scans from patients' aged 18-80 years were selected. Images were evaluated using the following parameters: position and size of the MF, and Distances A (distance from the upper limit of the MF to the apex of the first lower premolar), B (distance from the upper cortical border of the MF to the alveolar crest), and C (distance from the border of the MF to the base of the mandible)...
2018: International Journal of Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785047/rationally-designed-aav2-and-aavrh8r-capsids-provide-improved-transduction-in-the-retina-and-brain
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Jennifer A Sullivan, Lisa M Stanek, Michael J Lukason, Jie Bu, Shayla R Osmond, Elizabeth A Barry, Catherine R O'Riordan, Lamya S Shihabuddin, Seng H Cheng, Abraham Scaria
The successful application of adeno-associated virus (AAV) gene delivery vectors as a therapeutic paradigm will require efficient gene delivery to the appropriate cells in affected organs. In this study, we utilized a rational design approach to introduce modifications to the AAV2 and AAVrh8R capsids and the resulting variants were evaluated for transduction activity in the retina and brain. The modifications disrupted either capsid/receptor binding or altered capsid surface charge. Specifically, we mutated AAV2 amino acids R585A and R588A, which are required for binding to its receptor, heparan sulfate proteoglycans, to generate a variant referred to as AAV2-HBKO...
May 22, 2018: Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784971/normalized-spatial-complexity-analysis-of-neural-signals
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Huibin Jia, Yanwei Li, Dongchuan Yu
The spatial complexity of neural signals, which was traditionally quantified by omega complexity, varies inversely with the global functional connectivity level across distinct region-of-interests, thus provides a novel approach in functional connectivity analysis. However, the measures in omega complexity are sensitive to the number of neural time-series. Here, normalized spatial complexity was suggested to overcome the above limitation, and was verified by the functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) data from a previous published autism spectrum disorder (ASD) research...
May 21, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784932/molecular-size-modulates-pharmacokinetics-biodistribution-and-renal-deposition-of-the-drug-delivery-biopolymer-elastin-like-polypeptide
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Marija Kuna, Fakhri Mahdi, Alejandro R Chade, Gene L Bidwell
Elastin-like polypeptides (ELP) are engineered proteins that consist of repetitions of a five amino acid motif, and their composition is easily modified to adjust their physical properties and attach therapeutics. Because of the repetitive nature of the ELP sequence, polymer size is particularly amenable to manipulation. ELP fusion proteins are being actively developed as therapeutics for many disease applications, and how the ELP size and shape affects its pharmacokinetics and biodistribution is a critical question for the general field of ELP drug delivery...
May 21, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784588/brain-stimulation-patterns-emulating-endogenous-thalamocortical-input-to-parvalbumin-expressing-interneurons-reduce-nociception-in-mice
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Yeowool Huh, Dahee Jung, Taeyoon Seo, Sukkyu Sun, Su Hyun Kim, Hyewhon Rhim, Sooyoung Chung, Chong-Hyun Kim, Youngwoo Kwon, Marom Bikson, Yong-An Chung, Jeansok J Kim, Jeiwon Cho
BACKGROUND: The bursting pattern of thalamocortical (TC) pathway dampens nociception. Whether brain stimulation mimicking endogenous patterns can engage similar sensory gating processes in the cortex and reduce nociceptive behaviors remains uninvestigated. OBJECTIVE: We investigated the role of cortical parvalbumin expressing (PV) interneurons within the TC circuit in gating nociception and their selective response to TC burst patterns. We then tested if transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) patterned on endogenous nociceptive TC bursting modulate nociceptive behaviors...
May 18, 2018: Brain Stimulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784557/case-series-investigating-the-cortical-silent-period-after-burns-using-transcranial-magnetic-stimulation
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Tessa Garside, Fiona M Wood, Ann-Maree Vallence
OBJECTIVE: The study aimed to investigate intracortical inhibition following a burn injury, and to establish transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) as a useful and sensitive tool to investigate the cortical response to a burn injury. METHODS: Thirteen burn injured patients and 12 uninjured subjects underwent TMS to measure the cortical silent period (cSP), a marker of intracortical inhibition. RESULTS: In burn injury patients, cSP was similar in the burn-injured and less-injured arm (133 and 132ms respectively; p=0...
May 18, 2018: Burns: Journal of the International Society for Burn Injuries
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