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Thomas Burwick, Alexandros Bouras
The communication-through-coherence (CTC) hypothesis states that a sending group of neurons will have a particularly strong effect on a receiving group if both groups oscillate in a phase-locked ("coherent") manner (Fries, 2005, 2015). Here, we consider a situation with two visual stimuli, one in the focus of attention and the other distracting, resulting in two sites of excitation at an early cortical area that project to a common site in a next area. Taking a modeler's perspective, we confirm the workings of a mechanism that was proposed by Bosman et al...
October 20, 2016: Neural Computation
Jangjin Kim, Mary E Goldsberry, Thomas C Harmon, John H Freeman
Hippocampal development is thought to play a crucial role in the emergence of many forms of learning and memory, but ontogenetic changes in hippocampal activity during learning have not been examined thoroughly. We examined the ontogeny of hippocampal function by recording theta and single neuron activity from the dorsal hippocampal CA1 area while rat pups were trained in associative learning. Three different age groups [postnatal days (P)17-19, P21-23, and P24-26] were trained over six sessions using a tone conditioned stimulus (CS) and a periorbital stimulation unconditioned stimulus (US)...
2016: PloS One
Harish Kempegowda, Raveesh Richard, Amrut Borade, Akhil Tawari, Abby M Howenstein, Erik N Kubiak, Michael Suk, Daniel S Horwitz
OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the role and the necessity of radiographs and office visits obtained during follow-up of intertrochanteric hip injuries. DESIGN: Retrospective study SETTING:: Two level I trauma centers. PATIENTS: 465 elderly patients who were surgically treated for an intertrochanteric fracture of the femur at two level I trauma centers between January 2009 and August 2014 were retrospectively identified from orthopaedic trauma databases...
August 16, 2016: Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma
Qiangbing Guo, Meixi Ji, Yunhua Yao, Meng Liu, Zhi-Chao Luo, Shian Zhang, Xiaofeng Liu, Jianrong Qiu
Here, we show that solution-processed Cu-Sn-S semiconductor nanocrystals (NCs) demonstrate a tunable localized surface plasmon resonance band in the near infrared region, where strong saturable absorption occurs. A saturable absorber based on these plasmonic NCs enables the construction of a stable mode-locked femtosecond fiber laser operating at the telecommunication band.
October 20, 2016: Nanoscale
Mingxiong Huang, Deborah L Harrington, Ashley Robb, Annemarie Angeles, Sharon Nichols, Angela I Drake, Tao Song, Mithun Diwakar, Charles W Huang, Victoria Risbrough, Anders M Dale, Hauke Bartsch, Scott Matthews, Jeffrey W Huang, Roland R Lee, Dewleen G Baker
Blast mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) is a leading cause of sustained impairment in military service members and Veterans. However, the mechanism of persistent disability is not fully understood. The present study investigated disturbances in brain functioning in mTBI participants using a source-imaging-based approach to analyze functional connectivity (FC) from resting-state magnetoencephalography (rs-MEG). Study participants included 26 active-duty service members or Veterans who had blast mTBI with persistent post-concussive symptoms and 22 healthy control active-duty service members or Veterans...
October 20, 2016: Journal of Neurotrauma
David S Freedman, Joseph B Schroeder, Gregory I Telian, Zhengyang Zhang, Smrithi Sunil, Jason T Ritt
OBJECTIVE: Behavioral neuroscience studies in freely moving rodents require small, light-weight implants to facilitate neural recording and stimulation. Our goal was to develop an integrated package of 3D printed parts and assembly aids for labs to rapidly fabricate, with minimal training, an implant that combines individually positionable microelectrodes, an optical fiber, zero insertion force (ZIF-clip) headstage connection, and secondary recording electrodes, e.g. for electromyography (EMG)...
October 20, 2016: Journal of Neural Engineering
Karina Di Gregoli, Nur Najmi Mohamad Anuar, Rosaria Bianco, Stephen J White, Andrew C Newby, Sarah J George, Jason L Johnson
RATIONALE: Atherosclerosis and aneurysms are leading causes of mortality worldwide. MicroRNAs (miRs) are key determinants of gene and protein expression, and atypical miR expression has been associated with a number of cardiovascular diseases; although their contributory role to atherosclerotic plaque and abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) stability are poorly understood. OBJECTIVE: To investigate whether miR-181b regulates TIMP-3 expression and affects atherosclerosis and aneurysms Methods and Results: Here, we demonstrate that miR-181b was over-expressed in symptomatic human atherosclerotic plaques and abdominal aortic aneurysms, and correlated with decreased expression of predicted miR-181b targets, TIMP-3 and elastin...
October 18, 2016: Circulation Research
Lawrence Szewciw, Francois Barthelat
Teleost fish skin is a multifunctional natural material with high penetration resistance owing to specialized puncture mechanisms of both the individual scale and the intact scaled integument. In this paper, we explore the possible additional role of the skin in fish undulatory locomotion by examining the structural and mechanical properties of the dermal stratum (s.) compactum layer of striped bass (Morone saxatilis) skin. The structure, mechanical response and function of s. compactum was investigated by combining several methods: optical microscopy and histology, tensile tests on descaled skin specimens in different anatomical locations and orientations, puncture tests, and flexural tests on whole fish with disruption of the s...
September 28, 2016: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
Inês Mares, Marie L Smith, Mark H Johnson, Atsushi Senju
Direct gaze is a crucial signal in human social communication, which is known to attract visual attention and modulate a wide range of behaviours. The present study investigated whether direct gaze facilitates rapid orienting to faces, which is important for adaptive on-line communication, and its neural correlates. Fifteen participants performed a rapid orienting task, in which they were instructed to saccade to peripherally presented buildings or faces containing direct or averted gaze as quickly as possible...
October 15, 2016: Biological Psychology
Brad Meulenkamp, C Ryan Martin, Nicholas Desy, Paul Duffy, Rob Korley, Shannon Puloski, Richard Buckley
OBJECTIVES: To define the incidence, risk factors and anatomic location of articular malreductions in operatively treated lateral tibial plateau fractures DESIGN:: Prospective Cohort Study SETTING:: Academic Level 1 Trauma CentrePatients/Participants: Study subjects were patients entered into a prospective cohort study of tibial plateau fractures. INTERVENTIONS: Surgical Fixation of tibial plateau fractures and post-operative computed tomography (CT) scans. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: The primary outcome was incidence of articular malreduction...
October 7, 2016: Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma
Utku Kandemir, Safa Herfat, Mary Herzog, Paul Viscogliosi, Murat Pekmezci
OBJECTIVES: The goal of this study is to compare the fatigue strength of a locking intramedullary nail (LN) construct to a double locking plate (DLP) construct in comminuted proximal extra-articular tibia fractures. METHODS: Eight pairs of fresh frozen cadaveric tibias with low bone mineral density (Age: 80 ± 7 (SD) years, T-score: -2.3 ± 1.2) were used. One tibia from each pair was fixed with LN while the contralateral side was fixed with DLP for complex extra-articular multifragmentary, metaphyseal fractures (simulating OTA41-A3...
October 7, 2016: Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma
Casey O Diekman, Amitabha Bose
Circadian oscillators found across a variety of species are subject to periodic external light-dark forcing. Entrainment to light-dark cycles enables the circadian system to align biological functions with appropriate times of day or night. Phase response curves (PRCs) have been used for decades to gain valuable insights into entrainment; however, PRCs may not accurately describe entrainment to photoperiods with substantial amounts of both light and dark due to their reliance on a single limit cycle attractor...
October 17, 2016: Journal of Biological Rhythms
Abdelaziz Boulesbaa, Kai Wang, Masoud Mahjouri-Samani, Mengkun Tian, Alexander A Puretzky, Ilia Ivanov, Christopher M Rouleau, Kai Xiao, Bobby G Sumpter, David B Geohegan
Photoinduced interfacial charge transfer is at the heart of many applications, including photovoltaics, photocatalysis, and photodetection. With the emergence of a new class of semiconductors such as monolayer two-dimensional transition metal dichalcogenides (2D-TMDs), charge transfer at the 2D/2D heterojunctions attracted several efforts due to the remarkable optical and electrical properties of 2D-TMDs. Unfortunately, in 2D/2D heterojunctions, for a given combination of two materials, the relative energy band alignment and the charge transfer efficiency are locked...
October 18, 2016: Journal of the American Chemical Society
Curtis D von Gunten, Bruce D Bartholow, Laura D Scherer
The construct validity of the affect misattribution procedure (AMP) has been challenged by theories proposing that the task does not actually measure affect misattribution. The current study tested the validity of the AMP as a measure of affect misattribution by examining three components of the ERP known to be associated with the allocation of motivated attention. Results revealed that ERP amplitudes varied in response to affectively ambiguous targets as a function of the valence of preceding primes. Furthermore, differences in ERP responses to the targets were largely similar to differences in ERPs elicited by the primes...
October 18, 2016: Psychophysiology
L Brulikova, Y Okorochenkova, J Hlavac
An efficient methodology using the Fukuyama-Mitsunobu reaction was successfully applied to prepare various Rhodamine B-based amides with the locked possibility to form a lactam ring. The procedure was developed for solid-phase synthesis, which can be advantageously applied to the synthesis of chemical libraries in a combinatorial fashion. A series of derivatives including aliphatic as well as aromatic rhodamine amides alkylated via a reaction with various alcohols were synthesized, and their spectral properties were investigated...
October 18, 2016: Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry
Vasily M Studitsky, Ekaterina V Nizovtseva, Alexey K Shaytan, Donal S Luse
Packaging of DNA into chromatin affects all processes on DNA. Nucleosomes present a strong barrier to transcription, raising important questions about the nature and the mechanisms of overcoming the barrier. Recently it was shown that DNA sequence, DNA-histone interactions and backtracking by RNA polymerase II (Pol II) all contribute to formation of the barrier. After partial uncoiling of nucleosomal DNA from histone octamer by Pol II and backtracking of the enzyme, nucleosomal DNA recoils on the octamer, locking Pol II in the arrested state...
2016: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Journal
Pavel Hanč, Oliver Schulz, Hanna Fischbach, Stephen R Martin, Svend Kjær, Caetano Reis E Sousa
DNGR-1 is receptor expressed by certain dendritic cell (DC) subsets and by DC precursors in mouse. It possesses a C-type lectin-like domain (CTLD) followed by a poorly characterized neck region coupled to a transmembrane region and short intracellular tail. The CTLD of DNGR-1 binds F-actin exposed by dead cell corpses and causes the receptor to signal and potentiate cross-presentation of dead cell-associated antigens by DCs. Here, we describe a conformational change that occurs in the neck region of DNGR-1 in a pH- and ionic strength-dependent manner and that controls cross-presentation of dead cell-associated antigens...
October 17, 2016: EMBO Journal
Thomas Sannicolo, David Muñoz-Rojas, Ngoc Duy Nguyen, Stéphane Moreau, Caroline Celle, Jean-Pierre Simonato, Yves Bréchet, Daniel Bellet
Advancement in the science and technology of random metallic nanowire (MNW) networks is crucial for their appropriate integration in many applications, including transparent electrodes for optoelectronics and transparent film heaters. We have recently highlighted the discontinuous activation of efficient percolating pathways (EPPs) for networks having densities slightly above the percolation threshold. Such networks exhibit abrupt drops of electrical resistance when thermal or electrical annealing is performed, giving rise to a "geometrically quantized percolation"...
October 18, 2016: Nano Letters
Satoshi Kushida, Natsuko Kakudo, Kenji Kusumoto
INTRODUCTION: In patients with habitual dislocation of the temporomandibular joint, anterior dislocation readily occurs with mouth opening in the normal range. METHODS: This short paper describes our novel procedure, modified zygomatic arch osteotomy reported by LeClerc et al., with oblique osteotomy to create a V-shaped notch at the tip for more accurate locking. CONCLUSION: The technique obtained favorable results without the recurrence of TMJ dislocation...
September 2016: Journal of Maxillofacial and Oral Surgery
K Rajkumar, P Mukhopadhyay, Ramen Sinha
PURPOSE: The study assessed the efficacy of orthopedic suture anchor as a modified suture anchor for disc repositioning in case of a closed lock of TMJ. PATIENT AND METHODS: Disc repositioning was undertaken via a mini preauricular approach. The disc was repositioned on the surface of the condyle and stabilized using an orthopedic suture anchor. Postoperatively functional outcomes were assessed in terms of reduction in pain, joint movement and absence of joint noise and clicking sounds...
September 2016: Journal of Maxillofacial and Oral Surgery
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