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Ekaterina M Savelieva, Vladimir E Oslovsky, Dmitry S Karlov, Nikolay N Kurochkin, Irina A Getman, Sergey N Lomin, Georgy V Sidorov, Sergey N Mikhailov, Dmitry I Osolodkin, Georgy A Romanov
Biological effects of hormones in both plants and animals are based on high-affinity interaction with cognate receptors resulting in their activation. The signal of cytokinins, classical plant hormones, is perceived in Arabidopsis by three homologous membrane receptors: AHK2, AHK3, and CRE1/AHK4. To study the cytokinin-receptor interaction, we used 25 derivatives of potent cytokinin N6 -benzyladenine (BA) with substituents in the purine heterocycle and/or in the side chain. The study was focused primarily on individual cytokinin receptors from Arabidopsis...
March 12, 2018: Phytochemistry
Thomas Krøigård, Martin Wirenfeldt, Toke K Svendsen, Søren H Sindrup
Background: Cold-induced peripheral neuropathy has been described in individuals exposed to severe cold resulting in pain, hypersensitivity to cold, hyperhidrosis, numbness, and skin changes. Nerve conduction studies and thermal detection thresholds are abnormal in symptomatic patients, and intraepidermal nerve fiber density (IENFD) in skin biopsies is reduced. Case presentation: A 41-year-old male was included as a healthy subject in a study of the spontaneous variability of quantitative sensory testing (QST), nerve conduction studies (NCS), and IENFD...
March 2018: Brain and Behavior
Catherine E Ferland, Diana-Luk Ye, Jean A Ouellet
This case report illustrates the value of a comprehensive perioperative pain assessment composed of quantitative sensory testing and self-reported measures that highlight the impact of pain experienced by a 14-year-old boy suffering from chronic low back pain and sciatica. Before surgery, the pain assessment revealed inefficient endogenous inhibitory pain control with presence of temporal summation of pain. The severe pain was constant and lasted for 18 months. The patient was in a high-anxiety state, and reported significant functional disability and poor sleep quality...
March 12, 2018: Journal of Pediatric Health Care
Irina I Ignatova, Andrew S French, Roman V Frolov
Natural visual scenes are rarely random. Instead, intensity and wavelength change slowly in time and space over many regions of the scene, so that neighboring temporal and spatial visual inputs are more correlated, and contain less information than truly random signals. It has been suggested that sensory optimization to match these higher order correlations (HOC) occurs at the earliest visual stages, and that photoreceptors can process temporal natural signals more efficiently than random signals. We tested this early stage hypothesis by comparing the information content of Calliphora vicina photoreceptor responses to naturalistic inputs before and after removing HOC by randomizing phase...
March 14, 2018: Journal of Neurophysiology
Kieran N Kilcawley, Hope Faulkner, Holly J Clarke, Maurice G O'Sullivan, Joseph P Kerry
There has been a surge in interest in relation to differentiating dairy products derived from pasture versus confined systems. The impact of different forage types on the sensory properties of milk and cheese is complex due to the wide range of on farm and production factors that are potentially involved. The main effect of pasture diet on the sensory properties of bovine milk and cheese is increased yellow intensity correlated to β-carotene content, which is a possible biomarker for pasture derived dairy products...
March 13, 2018: Foods (Basel, Switzerland)
Victoria Moriconi, Melanie Binkert, María Cecilia Costigliolo Rojas, Romina Sellaro, Roman Ulm, Jorge Jose Casal
Sunflecks, transient patches of light that penetrate through gaps in the canopy and transiently interrupt shade, are eco-physiologically and agriculturally important sources of energy for carbon gain, but our molecular understanding of how plant organs perceive and respond to sunflecks remains limited. The UV-B photoreceptor UV RESISTANCE LOCUS 8 (UVR8) is a recent addition to the list of plant photo-sensory receptors and, we have made considerable advances in our understanding of the physiology and molecular mechanisms of action of UVR8 and its signalling pathway...
March 12, 2018: Plant Physiology
Zachary L McCormick, Andrew Hendrix, David Dayanim, Bryan Clay, Amy Kirsling, Norman Harden
Objective: We present a technical protocol for rigorous assessment of patient-reported outcomes and psychophysical testing relevant to lumbar sympathetic blocks for the treatment of postamputation pain (PAP). This description is intended to inform future prospective investigation. Design: Series of four participants from a blinded randomized sham-controlled trial. Setting: Tertiary, urban, academic pain medicine center. Subjects: Four participants with a single lower limb amputation and associated chronic PAP...
March 8, 2018: Pain Medicine: the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pain Medicine
Brigitte Tampin, Jan Vollert, Annina B Schmid
OBJECTIVE: Distal and proximal entrapment neuropathies such as carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) and cervical radiculopathy (CR) share similar etiologies. Experimental models suggest that despite comparable etiology, pathomechanisms associated with injuries of the peripheral and central axon branches are distinct. This study therefore compared self-reported and elicited sensory profiles in patients with distal and proximal entrapment neuropathies. METHODS: Patients with electrodiagnostically confirmed CTS (n = 103) and patients with CR (n = 23) were included in this study...
March 10, 2018: Current Medical Research and Opinion
Kathleen N Zimmerman, James E Pustejovsky, Jennifer R Ledford, Erin E Barton, Katherine E Severini, Blair P Lloyd
Varying methods for evaluating the outcomes of single case research designs (SCD) are currently used in reviews and meta-analyses of interventions. Quantitative effect size measures are often presented alongside visual analysis conclusions. Six measures across two classes-overlap measures (percentage non-overlapping data, improvement rate difference, and Tau) and parametric within-case effect sizes (standardized mean difference and log response ratio [increasing and decreasing])-were compared to determine if choice of synthesis method within and across classes impacts conclusions regarding effectiveness...
March 7, 2018: Research in Developmental Disabilities
Christopher R Abrecht, Marise Cornelius, Albert Wu, Robert N Jamison, David Janfaza, Richard D Urman, Claudia Campbell, Michael Smith, Jennifer Haythornthwaite, Robert R Edwards, Kristin L Schreiber
Objective: To identify factors associated with pain severity and opioid consumption in the early perioperative period. Design: Prospective observational cohort study. Setting: Tertiary academic medical center. Subjects: Patients with osteoarthritis older than age 45 years undergoing primary total knee replacement at Brigham and Women's Hospital. A total of 126 patients enrolled. Methods: Preoperatively, pain questionnaires and quantitative sensory testing were performed on patients to develop a psychosocial and psychophysical profile...
March 7, 2018: Pain Medicine: the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pain Medicine
Gabriel Ziegler, Patrick Grabher, Alan Thompson, Daniel Altmann, Markus Hupp, John Ashburner, Karl Friston, Nikolaus Weiskopf, Armin Curt, Patrick Freund
OBJECTIVE: To quantify atrophy, demyelination, and iron accumulation over 2 years following acute spinal cord injury and to identify MRI predictors of clinical outcomes and determine their suitability as surrogate markers of therapeutic intervention. METHODS: We assessed 156 quantitative MRI datasets from 15 patients with spinal cord injury and 18 controls at baseline and 2, 6, 12, and 24 months after injury. Clinical recovery (including neuropathic pain) was assessed at each time point...
March 7, 2018: Neurology
Christoph Boettcher, Andrea Krähmer, Melanie Stürtz, Sabine Widder, Hartwig Schulz
This study investigated the variation of metabolite profiles of onion bulbs ( Allium cepa L.) depending on genetic and environmental factors. Nine onion cultivars (´Corrado´, ´Cupido´, ´Forum´, ´Hytech´, ´Picador´, ´Redlight´, ´Snowpack´, ´Stardust´, ´Sturon´) with different scale color and dry matter content were grown in a two-year field trial. Using a recently established metabolite profiling approach based on liquid chromatography-coupled electrospray ionization quadrupole time-of-flight mass spectrometry 106 polar and semi-polar metabolites which belong to compound classes determining nutritional, sensory and technological quality of onion bulbs such as saccharides, flavonoids, S-substitued cysteine conjugates, amino acids and derived γ-glutamyl peptides were relatively quantitated in parallel...
March 8, 2018: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
Priyanka Chauhan, Wen S Sheng, Shuxian Hu, Sujata Prasad, James R Lokensgard
BACKGROUND: Peripheral neuropathy is currently the most common neurological complication in HIV-infected individuals, occurring in 35-50% of patients undergoing combination anti-retroviral therapy. Data have shown that distal symmetric polyneuropathy develops in mice by 6 weeks following infection with the LP-BM5 retrovirus mixture. Previous work from our laboratory has demonstrated that glial cells modulate antiviral T-cell effector responses through the programmed death (PD)-1: PD-L1 pathway, thereby limiting the deleterious consequences of unrestrained neuroinflammation...
March 5, 2018: Journal of Neuroinflammation
Nitya Bakshi, Ines Lukombo, Inna Belfer, Lakshmanan Krishnamurti
Introduction: Sickle cell disease (SCD) is an inherited blood disorder characterized by abnormally shaped sickle cells. The hallmark of this disease is intermittent, painful vaso-occlusive episodes (VOE), but a subset of individuals with SCD experience chronic pain. The mechanism of transition to chronic pain is not well understood in SCD, but there is evidence of altered pain processing in individuals with SCD. The impact of VOE on pain sensitivity is not established. The objective of this study was to determine the feasibility and tolerability of quantitative sensory testing (QST) in SCD following a VOE to better understand the contribution of VOE to the development of chronic pain...
2018: Journal of Pain Research
Yanqing Fu, Laura N Kloepper
Echolocating bats can rapidly modify frequency modulation (FM) curvatures of their calls when facing challenging echolocation tasks. Frequency parameters, such as start/end/peak frequency, have often been extracted from the time-frequency domain to study the call variation. Even though this kind of signal investigation method reveals important findings, these approaches to analyze bat echolocation calls use bulk parameters, which hide subtleties in the call structure that may be important to the bat. In some cases, calls can have the same start and end frequencies but have different FM curvatures, and subsequently may influence the sensory task performance...
February 2018: Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
Talal H Salame, Antony Blinkhorn, Zahra Karami
Background: Quantitative Sensory Testing (QST) has been used in clinical and experimental settings to establish sensory assessment for different types of pains, and may be a useful tool for the assessment of orofacial pain, but this premise needs to be tested. Objective: The aim of the study was to evaluate responses to thermal stimuli between painful and non-painful facial sites in subjects with orofacial pain using QST. Methods: A total of 60 participants (5o females: 28-83 years; 10 males: 44-81 years) with unilateral orofacial pain were recruited from the Orofacial Pain Clinic at the Pain Management and Research Centre, Royal North Shore Hospital, Sydney, Australia...
2018: Open Dentistry Journal
Matthias Eder, Isabelle Sanchez, Claire Brice, Carole Camarasa, Jean-Luc Legras, Sylvie Dequin
BACKGROUND: The volatile metabolites produced by Saccharomyces cerevisiae during alcoholic fermentation, which are mainly esters, higher alcohols and organic acids, play a vital role in the quality and perception of fermented beverages, such as wine. Although the metabolic pathways and genes behind yeast fermentative aroma formation are well described, little is known about the genetic mechanisms underlying variations between strains in the production of these aroma compounds. To increase our knowledge about the links between genetic variation and volatile production, we performed quantitative trait locus (QTL) mapping using 130 F2-meiotic segregants from two S...
March 1, 2018: BMC Genomics
Shijie Zhao, Junwei Han, Xi Jiang, Heng Huang, Huan Liu, Jinglei Lv, Lei Guo, Tianming Liu
In recent years, natural stimuli such as audio excerpts or video streams have received increasing attention in neuroimaging studies. Compared with conventional simple, idealized and repeated artificial stimuli, natural stimuli contain more unrepeated, dynamic and complex information that are more close to real-life. However, there is no direct correspondence between the stimuli and any sensory or cognitive functions of the brain, which makes it difficult to apply traditional hypothesis-driven analysis methods (e...
February 27, 2018: Neuroinformatics
Jason A Bleedorn, Troy A Hornberger, Craig A Goodman, Zhengling Hao, Susannah J Sample, Ermias Amene, Mark D Markel, Mary Behan, Peter Muir
Mechanical signals play an integral role in the regulation of bone mass and functional adaptation to bone loading. The osteocyte has long been considered the principle mechanosensory cell type in bone, although recent evidence suggests the sensory nervous system may play a role in mechanosensing. The specific signaling pathways responsible for functional adaptation of the skeleton through modeling and remodeling are not clearly defined. In vitro studies suggest involvement of intracellular signaling through mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK), phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase (PI3K)/protein kinase B (Akt), and mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR)...
2018: PloS One
Samia Ben Brahim, Asghar Amanpour, Fatma Chtourou, Hasim Kelebek, Serkan Selli, Mohamed Bouaziz
Gas chromatography-mass spectrometry-olfactometry (GC-MS-O) was used for the analysis of volatile compounds and key-odorants of three less studied Tunisian olive oil cultivars for the first time. A total of 42 aroma compounds were identified and quantified in extra-virgin olive oils. The present study revealed that the most dominant volatiles in olive oil samples qualitatively and quantitatively were aldehydes and alcohols followed by terpenes and esters. Indeed, chemometric analysis has shown a correlation between chemical compounds and sensory properties...
February 27, 2018: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
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