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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530568/characterization-of-the-key-aroma-compounds-in-different-light-aroma-type-chinese-liquors-by-gc-olfactometry-gc-fpd-quantitative-measurements-and-aroma-recombination
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Yunwei Niu, Zhengmin Yao, Qing Xiao, Zuobing Xiao, Ning Ma, Jiancai Zhu
The aroma profiles of five Chinese light aroma-type liquors were investigated in this study. Gas chromatography-olfactometry (GC-O) and GC-flame photometric detection (FPD) were employed to investigate aroma-active compounds. A total of 80 odorants were identified, including ten sulfur compounds. In addition, aroma-active compounds (FD≥16) were determined, according to quantitative study and odor activity values (OAVs). Finally 27 key aroma compounds, mainly possessing fruity and floral notes, were successfully used to simulate the aromas of Chinese light aroma-type liquors by dissolving them in 53% (v/v) hydroalcoholic solution in their natural concentrations...
October 15, 2017: Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528759/replicate-effects-and-test-retest-reliability-of-quantitative-sensory-threshold-testing-in-dogs-with-and-without-chronic-pain
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David Knazovicky, Erika S Helgeson, Beth Case, Andrea Thomson, Margaret E Gruen, William Maixner, B Duncan X Lascelles
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate replicate effects and test-retest reliability of mechanical and thermal quantitative sensory testing (QST) in normal dogs and dogs with osteoarthritis (OA)-associated pain. STUDY DESIGN: A prospective clinical study. ANIMALS: A total of 54 client owned dogs (OA, n=31; controls, n=23). METHODS: Mechanical [electronic von Frey (EVF) and blunt pressure] and thermal (hot and cold) sensory thresholds were obtained in dogs with OA-associated pain and control dogs at two visits, 7 days apart, to assess test-retest reliability...
January 10, 2017: Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516967/body-worn-triaxial-accelerometer-coherence-and-reliability-related-to-static-posturography-in-unilateral-vestibular-failure
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M Alessandrini, A Micarelli, A Viziano, I Pavone, G Costantini, D Casali, F Paolizzo, G Saggio
Since changes in vestibular function may be one cause of disequilibrium, major advances in measuring postural control and sensory integration in vestibular impairments have been achieved by using posturography. However, in order to overcome problems related to this type of technology, body-worn accelerometers (ACC) have been proposed as a portable, low-cost alternative to posturography for measurements of postural sway in a friendly and ecologic environment. Due to the fact that no study to date has shown the experimental validity of ACC-based measures of body sway with respect to posturography for subjects with vestibular deficits, the aim of the present study was: i) to develop and validate a practical tool that can allow clinicians to measure postural sway derangements in an otoneurological setting by ACC, and ii) to provide reliable, sensitive and accurate automatic analysis of sway that could help in discriminating unilateral vestibular failure (UVF) patients...
June 2017: Acta Otorhinolaryngologica Italica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28514231/preoperative-pain-neuroscience-education-combined-with-knee-joint-mobilization-for-knee-osteoarthritis-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Enrique Lluch, Lirios Dueñas, Deborah Falla, Isabel Baert, Mira Meeus, Jose Sánchez-Frutos, Jo Nijs
OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to first compare the effects of a preoperative treatment combining pain neuroscience education (PNE) with knee joint mobilization versus biomedical education with knee joint mobilization on central sensitization (CS) in patients with knee osteoarthritis, both before and after surgery. Second, we wanted to compare the effects of both interventions on knee pain, disability, and psychosocial variables. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Forty-four patients with knee osteoarthritis were allocated to receive 4 sessions of either PNE combined with knee joint mobilization or biomedical education with knee joint mobilization before surgery...
May 16, 2017: Clinical Journal of Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512761/deconstructing-white-matter-connectivity-of-human-amygdala-nuclei-with-thalamus-and-cortex-subdivisions-in-vivo
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Aslan Abivardi, Dominik R Bach
Structural alterations in long-range amygdala connections are proposed to crucially underlie several neuropsychiatric disorders. While progress has been made in elucidating the function of these connections, our understanding of their structure in humans remains sparse and non-systematic. Harnessing diffusion-weighted imaging and probabilistic tractography in humans, we investigate connections between two main amygdala nucleus groups, thalamic nuclei, and cortex. We first parcellated amygdala into deep (basolateral) and superficial (centrocortical) nucleus groups, and thalamus into six subregions, using previously established protocols based on connectivity...
May 17, 2017: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507594/pain-threshold-reflects-psychological-traits-in-patients-with-chronic-pain-a-cross-sectional-study
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Fumie Kato, Tetsuya Abe, Kenji Kanbara, Ikumi Ban, Tadashi Kiba, Sadanobu Kawashima, Yukie Saka, Yasuyuki Mizuno, Mikihiko Fukunaga
BACKGROUND: Chronic pain enhances sensory sensitivity and induces the biased development of psychological traits such as depression and pain catastrophizing, leading to the formation of heterogeneous conditions. Fluctuations in the sensory-related thresholds of non-injured sites (with normal peripheral tissue) in patients with chronic pain are thought to be related to central sensitization. The objectives of this study were to analyze the association between pain tolerance thresholds (PTTs) in non-injured sites and the psychological traits of patients with chronic pain and to evaluate the usefulness of PTT measures in assessments of pathological conditions related to chronic pain...
2017: BioPsychoSocial Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28502878/the-relationship-between-sensory-loss-and-persistent-pain-1-year-after-breast-cancer-surgery
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Kenneth Geving Andersen, Helle Molter Duriaud, Henrik Kehlet, Eske Kvanner Aasvang
Moderate-to-severe persistent pain after breast cancer surgery (PPBCS) affects 10-20% of the patients. Sensory dysfunction is often concomitantly present suggesting a neuropathic pain state. The relationship between various postoperative pain states and sensory dysfunction has been examined by quantitative sensory testing (QST), but only 2 smaller studies have examined PPBCS and sensory dysfunction in the surgical area. The purpose of this prospective study was to assess the relative importance of sensory function and PPBCS...
May 11, 2017: Journal of Pain: Official Journal of the American Pain Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28499299/-current-diagnostic-procedures-for-diagnosing-vertigo-and-dizziness
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Leif Erik Walther
Modern diagnostic methods such as video head impulse test and cervical and ocular vestibular evoked myogenic potentials allow to measure canal and otolith function quantitatively and objectively. These methods contribute to a complex assessment of the functional integrity of all 5 sensory elements of the vestibular organ for the first time. Moreover, in combination with additional vestibular tests frequency specific and time depended changes of impairments of vestibular sensors and their pathways can be assessed...
April 2017: Laryngo- Rhino- Otologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28493519/neurotransmitters-behind-pain-relief-with-transcranial-magnetic-stimulation-positron-emission-tomography-evidence-for-release-of-endogenous-opioids
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S Lamusuo, J Hirvonen, P Lindholm, I K Martikainen, N Hagelberg, R Parkkola, T Taiminen, J Hietala, S Helin, A Virtanen, A Pertovaara, S K Jääskeläinen
BACKGROUND: Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) at M1/S1 cortex has been shown to alleviate neuropathic pain. OBJECTIVES: To investigate the possible neurobiological correlates of cortical neurostimulation for the pain relief. METHODS: We studied the effects of M1/S1 rTMS on nociception, brain dopamine D2 and μ-opioid receptors using a randomized, sham-controlled, double-blinded crossover study design and 3D-positron emission tomography (PET)...
May 11, 2017: European Journal of Pain: EJP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28488333/afferent-thermosensory-function-in-relapsing-remitting-multiple-sclerosis-following-exercise-induced-increases-in-body-temperature
#10
Davide Filingeri, Georgia Chaseling, Phu Hoang, Michael Barnett, Scott L Davis, Ollie Jay
In multiple sclerosis (MS), increases in body temperature result in transient worsening of clinical symptoms (heat-sensitivity/Uhthoff's phenomenon). While the impact of heat-sensitivity on efferent physiological function has been investigated, the effects of heat stress on afferent sensory function in MS are unknown. Hence, we quantified afferent thermosensory function in MS following exercise-induced increases in body temperature with a novel quantitative sensory test. Eight relapsing-remitting MS patients (3M/5F; 51...
May 10, 2017: Experimental Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28481838/contribution-of-endocannabinoid-gene-expression-and-genotype-on-low-back-pain-susceptibility-and-chronicity
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Divya Ramesh, Amy D'Agata, Angela Starkweather, Erin Young
A major research emphasis has been focused on defining the molecular changes that occur from acute to chronic pain in order to identify potential therapeutic targets for chronic pain. As the endocannabinoid system is dynamically involved in pain signaling, a plausible mechanism that may contribute to chronic pain vulnerability involves alterations in the amount of circulating endocannabinoids. Therefore, this study sought to examine cannabinoid type-1 (CNR1), type-2 (CNR2) receptors, fatty acid amide hydrolase (FAAH) and the vanilloid receptor (TRPV1) gene expression profiles among individuals with acute and chronic LBP at their baseline visit...
May 5, 2017: Clinical Journal of Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28478727/local-upregulation-of-transient-receptor-potential-ankyrin-1-and-transient-receptor-potential-vanilloid-1-ion-channels-in-rectosigmoid-deep-infiltrating-endometriosis
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Noémi Bohonyi, Krisztina Pohóczky, Bálint Szalontai, Anikó Perkecz, Krisztina Kovács, Béla Kajtár, Lajos Orbán, Tamás Varga, Sarolta Szegedi, József Bódis, Zsuzsanna Helyes, Miklós Koppán
Transient Receptor Potential Vanilloid 1 (TRPV1) and Transient Receptor Potential Ankyrin 1 (TRPA1) expressed mainly by primary sensory neurons function as major nociceptive integrators. They are also present on the rat endometrium in an oestrogen-regulated manner. TRPV1 is upregulated in peritoneal and ovarian endometriosis patients, but there is no information about TRPA1 and their pathophysiological significances. In this study, patients undergoing laparoscopic surgery were investigated: severe dysmenorrhoea due to rectosigmoid deep infiltrating endometriosis ( n = 15), uterine fibroid-induced moderate dysmenorrhoea ( n = 7) and tubal infertility with no pain ( n = 6)...
January 2017: Molecular Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28478690/assessment-of-texture-discrimination-ability-at-the-sole-of-the-foot-in-subjects-with-chronic-stroke-compared-with-young-and-elderly-subjects-with-no-neurological-deficits-a-reliability-and-validity-study
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Hadas Ofek, Mordechai Alperin, Tsipi Knoll, Daphna Livne, Yocheved Laufer
PURPOSE: To examine validity and test-retest reliability of a sensory test developed to evaluate ability of elderly subjects with/out a stroke to discriminate between textures with the sole of their foot. METHODS: Subjects poststroke, old adults and young subjects were tested twice. Twelve materials relevant to foot function (e.g., gravel, sand) were used. Blindfolded subjects were requested to discriminate with the sole of each foot one outstanding texture among three textures presented in each of 12 subtests...
May 8, 2017: Disability and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28478679/structure-odor-correlations-in-homologous-series-of-mercaptoalkanols
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Johannes Polster, Peter Schieberle
To study the influence of the molecular structure on sensory properties of mercapto alkanols, homologous series of 1-mercaptoalkan-3-ols, 3-mercaptoalkan-1-ols, 2-mercaptoalkan-1-ols, 4-mercaptoalkan-2-ols, 3-mercapto-3-methylalkan-1-ols, 1-mercapto-2-methylalkan-3-ols, 3-mercapto-2-methylalkan-1-ols and 2-ethyl-3-mercaptoalkan-1-ols were synthesized. Odor thresholds in air and odor qualities were determined and the results obtained were correlated to the chemical structures. Sensory properties were strongly influenced by steric effects: All homologous series revealed a minimum in odor thresholds between five to seven carbon atoms, and increasing the length of the carbon chain led to an exponential increase in odor thresholds...
May 8, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28476920/clinically-styled-vagus-nerve-stimulation-augments-spontaneous-discharge-in-second-and-higher-order-sensory-neurons-in-rat-nucleus-of-the-solitary-tract
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Eric Beaumont, Regenia B Phillips Campbell, Michael C Andresen, Stephanie Lc Scofield, Krishna Singh, Imad Libbus, Bruce H KenKnight, Logan Snyder, Nathan Cantrell
Vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) currently treats patients with drug resistant epilepsy, depression and heart failure. The mild intensities used in chronic VNS suggest that primary visceral afferents and central nervous system activation are involved. Here we measured the activity of neurons in the nucleus of the solitary tract (NTS) in anesthetized rats using clinically-styled VNS. Our chief findings indicate that VNS at threshold bradycardic intensity activated NTS neuron discharge in one third of NTS neurons...
May 5, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28472857/c-fos-and-arc-arg3-1-expression-in-auditory-and-visual-cortices-after-hearing-loss-evidence-of-sensory-crossmodal-reorganization-in-adult-rats
#16
M Pernia, S Estevez, C Poveda, I Plaza, J Carro, M Juiz, M A Merchan
Cross-modal reorganization in the auditory and visual cortices has been reported after hearing and visual deficits mostly during the developmental period, possibly underlying sensory compensation mechanisms. However, there are very few data on the existence or nature and timeline of such reorganization events during sensory deficits in adulthood. In this study, we assessed long-term changes in activity-dependent immediate early genes c-Fos and Arc/Arg3.1 in auditory and neighboring visual cortical areas after bilateral deafness in young adult rats...
May 4, 2017: Journal of Comparative Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28468842/novel-mutations-in-dystonin-provide-clues-to-the-pathomechanisms-of-hsan-vi
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Fiore Manganelli, Silvia Parisi, Maria Nolano, Feifei Tao, Simona Paladino, Chiara Pisciotta, Stefano Tozza, Claudia Nesti, Adriana P Rebelo, Vincenzo Provitera, Filippo M Santorelli, Michael E Shy, Tommaso Russo, Stephan Zuchner, Lucio Santoro
OBJECTIVE: To describe a second hereditary sensory autonomic neuropathy type VI (HSAN-VI) family harboring 2 novel heterozygous mutations in the dystonin (DST) gene and to evaluate their effect on neurons derived from induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSC). METHODS: The family consisted of 3 affected siblings from nonconsanguineous healthy parents. All members underwent clinical and electrophysiologic evaluation and genetic analysis. Two patients underwent quantitative sensory testing (QST), cardiovascular reflexes, dynamic sweat test, and skin biopsy to evaluate somatic and autonomic cutaneous innervation and to get fibroblast cultures for developing iPSC-derived neurons...
May 3, 2017: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28465506/the-pathogenic-exon-1-htt-protein-is-produced-by-incomplete-splicing-in-huntington-s-disease-patients
#18
Andreas Neueder, Christian Landles, Rhia Ghosh, David Howland, Richard H Myers, Richard L M Faull, Sarah J Tabrizi, Gillian P Bates
We have previously shown that exon 1 of the huntingtin gene does not always splice to exon 2 resulting in the production of a small polyadenylated mRNA (HTTexon1) that encodes the highly pathogenic exon 1 HTT protein. The level of this read-through product is proportional to CAG repeat length and is present in all knock-in mouse models of Huntington's disease (HD) with CAG lengths of 50 and above and in the YAC128 and BACHD mouse models, both of which express a copy of the human HTT gene. We have now developed specific protocols for the quantitative analysis of the transcript levels of HTTexon1 in human tissue and applied these to a series of fibroblast lines and post-mortem brain samples from individuals with either adult-onset or juvenile-onset HD...
May 2, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28461136/olfactory-ensheathing-cell-transplantation-inhibits-p2x4-receptor-overexpression-in-spinal-cord-injury-rats-with-neuropathic-pain
#19
Zuncheng Zheng, Xiaojing Du, Kaigang Zhang, Xiaoyu Wang, Yuexia Chen, Naifeng Kuang, Tao Fan, Baoliang Sun
Cell-based therapy is a promising strategy to alleviate neuropathic pain caused by spinal cord injury (SCI). We transplanted olfactory ensheathing cells (OECs) into SCI rats with neuropathic pain and quantitatively detected the sensory nerve function. The expression levels of P2X4 receptor (P2X4R), 200kD neurofilament heavy polypeptide (NF200), and glial fiber acidic protein (GFAP) were measured by immunofluorescence and Western blot analyses. Results showed that NF200 expression significantly increased, GFAP expression decreased, and sensory nerve function improved...
April 28, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28457228/differences-in-gut-microbial-composition-correlate-with-regional-brain-volumes-in-irritable-bowel-syndrome
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Jennifer S Labus, Emily B Hollister, Jonathan Jacobs, Kyleigh Kirbach, Numan Oezguen, Arpana Gupta, Jonathan Acosta, Ruth Ann Luna, Kjersti Aagaard, James Versalovic, Tor Savidge, Elaine Hsiao, Kirsten Tillisch, Emeran A Mayer
BACKGROUND: Preclinical and clinical evidence supports the concept of bidirectional brain-gut microbiome interactions. We aimed to determine if subgroups of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) subjects can be identified based on differences in gut microbial composition, and if there are correlations between gut microbial measures and structural brain signatures in IBS. METHODS: Behavioral measures, stool samples, and structural brain images were collected from 29 adult IBS and 23 healthy control subjects (HCs)...
May 1, 2017: Microbiome
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