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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913428/migration-pathways-of-thalamic-neurons-and-development-of-thalamocortical-connections-in-humans-revealed-by-diffusion-mr-tractography
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Molly Wilkinson, Tara Kane, Rongpin Wang, Emi Takahashi
The thalamus plays an important role in signal relays in the brain, with thalamocortical (TC) neuronal pathways linked to various sensory/cognitive functions. In this study, we aimed to see fetal and postnatal development of the thalamus including neuronal migration to the thalamus and the emergence/maturation of the TC pathways. Pathways from/to the thalami of human postmortem fetuses and in vivo subjects ranging from newborns to adults with no neurological histories were studied using high angular resolution diffusion MR imaging (HARDI) tractography...
December 2, 2016: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911312/increased-transforming-growth-factor-%C3%AE-2-in-the-neocortex-of-alzheimer-s-disease-and-dementia-with-lewy-bodies-is%C3%A2-correlated-with-disease-severity-and%C3%A2-soluble-a%C3%AE-42-load
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Joyce R Chong, Yuek Ling Chai, Jasinda H Lee, David Howlett, Johannes Attems, Clive G Ballard, Dag Aarsland, Paul T Francis, Christopher P Chen, Mitchell K P Lai
BACKGROUND: Of the three transforming growth factor (TGF)-β isoforms known, TGFβ1 deficits have been widely reported in Alzheimer's disease (AD) and studied as a potential therapeutic target. In contrast, the status of TGFβ2, which has been shown to mediate amyloid-β (Aβ)-mediated neuronal death, are unclear both in AD and in Lewy body dementias (LBD) with differential neuritic plaque and neurofibrillary tangle burden. OBJECTIVE: To measure neocortical TGFβ2 levels and their correlations with neuropathological and clinical markers of disease severity in a well-characterized cohort of AD as well as two clinical subtypes of LBD, dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB) and Parkinson's disease dementia (PDD), known to manifest relatively high and low Aβ plaque burden, respectively...
November 28, 2016: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911008/comparison-of-neuropathology-in-parkinson-s-disease-subjects-with-and-without-deep-brain-stimulation
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Gian D Pal, Bichun Ouyang, Geidy Serrano, Holly A Shill, Christopher Goetz, Glenn Stebbins, Leo Verhagen Metman, Erika Driver-Dunckley, Shyamal H Mehta, John N Caviness, Marwan N Sabbagh, Charles H Adler, Thomas G Beach
BACKGROUND: The aim of this postmortem study was to compare, in Parkinson's disease subjects with and without bilateral subthalamic nucleus deep brain stimulation (STN-DBS), the loss of pigmented neurons within the substantia nigra and pathological alpha-synuclein density within the SN and other brain regions. METHODS: PD subjects were identified from the Arizona Study of Aging and Neurodegenerative Disorders database (STN-DBS = 11, non-DBS = 156). Pigmented neuron loss scores within the substantia nigra as well as alpha-synuclein density scores within the substantia nigra and 9 other brain regions were compared, the latter individually and in summary as the Lewy body brain load score...
December 2, 2016: Movement Disorders: Official Journal of the Movement Disorder Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911006/lrrk2-levels-and-phosphorylation-in-parkinson-s-disease-brain-and-cases-with-restricted-lewy-bodies
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Nicolas Dzamko, Amanda M Gysbers, Rina Bandopadhyay, Marc F Bolliger, Akiko Uchino, Ye Zhao, Masaki Takao, Sandrine Wauters, Wilma D J van de Berg, Junko Takahashi-Fujigasaki, R Jeremy Nichols, Janice L Holton, Shigeo Murayama, Glenda M Halliday
BACKGROUND: Leucine rich repeat kinase 2 (LRRK2) is a promising target for the treatment of Parkinson's disease; however, little is known about the expression of LRRK2 in human brain and if/how LRRK2 protein levels are altered in Parkinson's disease. OBJECTIVES: We measured the protein levels of LRRK2 as well as its phosphorylation on serines 910, 935, and 973 in the postmortem brain tissue of Parkinson's disease patients and aged controls with and without Lewy bodies...
December 2, 2016: Movement Disorders: Official Journal of the Movement Disorder Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907228/measurement-of-postmortem-pupil-size-a-new-method-with-excellent-reliability-and-its-application-to-pupil-changes-in-the-early-postmortem-period
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Luise Fleischer, Susanne Sehner, Axel Gehl, Martin Riemer, Tobias Raupach, Sven Anders
Measurement of postmortem pupil width is a potential component of death time estimation. However, no standardized measurement method has been described. We analyzed a total of 71 digital images for pupil-iris ratio using the software ImageJ. Images were analyzed three times by four different examiners. In addition, serial images from 10 cases were taken between 2 and 50 h postmortem to detect spontaneous pupil changes. Intra- and inter-rater reliability of the method was excellent (ICC > 0.95). The method is observer independent and yields consistent results, and images can be digitally stored and re-evaluated...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Forensic Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907057/the-effects-of-irreversible-electroporation-on-the-colon-in-a-porcine-model
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Xiaomei Luo, Xianjun Liang, Jiannan Li, Jian Shi, Wenlong Zhang, Wei Chai, Jiuping Wu, Shuai Guo, Gang Fang, Xulong Zhou, Jianhua Zhang, Kecheng Xu, Jianying Zeng, Lizhi Niu
BACKGROUND AND AIM: Irreversible electroporation (IRE) is a method of targeted cell ablation which has been suggested as a potential cancer therapy as it leaves structures such as blood vessels and the extracellular matrix intact, thereby allowing the rapid recovery of healthy tissue. Here, we investigated the effects of IRE on the colon in vivo in a porcine model. METHODS: IRE ablation was performed on the colon walls of 12 female Tibet mini-pigs, creating a total of 24 lesions...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906040/identity-of-fasciola-spp-in-sheep-in-egypt
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Said Amer, Ahmed ElKhatam, Shereif Zidan, Yaoyu Feng, Lihua Xiao
BACKGROUND: In Egypt, liver flukes, Fasciola spp. (Digenea: Fasciolidae), have a serious impact on the farming industry and public health. Both Fasciola hepatica and Fasciola gigantica are known to occur in cattle, providing the opportunity for genetic recombination. Little is known on the identity and genetic variability of Fasciola populations in sheep. METHODS: This study was performed to determine the prevalence of liver flukes in sheep in Menofia Province as a representative area of the delta region in Egypt, as measured by postmortem examination of slaughtered animals at three abattoirs...
December 1, 2016: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905030/involvement-of-the-coronary-bed-in-patients-with-coronary-heart-disease-against-the-background-of-primarily-coronary-and-generalized-atherosclerosis
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M A Bakarev, A A Karpova, V I Pichigin, D B Nikityuk, E L Lushnikova
Significant associations between clinical history factors, lipid metabolism parameters, and type of atherosclerotic process (area of vascular lesions and severity of clinical manifestations) were detected. The predominance of generalized atherosclerosis in chronic coronary heart disease group was associated with patients' age, more incident excessive body weight and type 2 diabetes mellitus, and more severe course of arterial hypertension. Increased lipid spectrum atherogenicity was significantly more often observed in generalized atherosclerosis in the myocardial infarction group...
December 1, 2016: Bulletin of Experimental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905002/disseminated-candidiasis-in-a-young-previously-healthy-dog-and-review-of-literature
#9
Nicole Willems, Dirk J Houwers, Yvette M Schlotter, Bart Theelen, Teun Boekhout
BACKGROUND: The reports on disseminated candidiasis in dogs so far describe at least one predisposing factor. This case report, however, highlights candidiasis in a dog without any known predisposition. PATIENT: A 1.5-year-old intact female Hovawart dog was presented with subcutaneous nodules and polyuria/polydipsia. An excisional biopsy revealed a chronic pyogranulomatous and necrotizing inflammation with mycotic structures. The patient became febrile and lethargic, and developed lameness...
November 30, 2016: Mycopathologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903866/nigral-dopaminergic-pak4-prevents-neurodegeneration-in-rat-models-of-parkinson-s-disease
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So-Yoon Won, Mee-Hee Park, Soon-Tae You, Seung-Won Choi, Hyong-Kyu Kim, Catriona McLean, Suk-Chul Bae, Sang Ryong Kim, Byung Kwan Jin, Kun Ho Lee, Eun-Young Shin, Eung-Gook Kim
Parkinson's disease (PD) is characterized by progressive loss of dopaminergic (DA) neurons in the substantia nigra. No neuroprotective treatments have successfully prevented the progression of this disease. We report that p21-activated kinase 4 (PAK4) is a key survival factor for DA neurons. We observed PAK4 immunoreactivity in rat and human DA neurons in brain tissue, but not in microglia or astrocytes. PAK4 activity was markedly decreased in postmortem brain tissue from PD patients and in rodent models of PD...
November 30, 2016: Science Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900507/-why-throw-away-something-useful-attitudes-and-opinions-of-people-treated-for-bipolar-disorder-and-their-relatives-on-organ-and-tissue-donation
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Carolina S Padoan, Lucas F Garcia, Aline A Rodrigues, Lucas M Patusco, Mariana V Atz, Flavio Kapczinski, José R Goldim, Pedro V S Magalhães
In regard to mental illness, brain donation is essential for the biological investigation of central pathology. Nevertheless, little is known about the thoughts of people with mental disorders on tissue donation for research. Here, our objective was to understand the attitudes and opinions of people treated for bipolar disorder and their relatives regarding donation in general, and particularly donation for research. This is a qualitative study that used in-depth interviews to determine the thoughts of participants regarding tissue donation for research...
November 29, 2016: Cell and Tissue Banking
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900191/deaths-in-triathletes-immersion-pulmonary-oedema-as-a-possible-cause
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Richard E Moon, Stefanie D Martina, Dionne F Peacher, William E Kraus
BACKGROUND/AIM: To address the question as to whether immersion pulmonary oedema (IPO) may be a common cause of death in triathlons, markers of swimming-induced pulmonary oedema (SIPO) susceptibility were sought in triathletes' postmortem examinations. METHODS: Deaths while training for or during triathlon events in the USA and Canada from October 2008 to November 2015 were identified, and postmortem reports requested. We assessed obvious causes of death; the prevalence of left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH); comparison with healthy triathletes...
2016: BMJ Open Sport & Exercise Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899306/molecular-characterization-of-chicken-anemia-virus-outbreaks-in-nagpur-province-india-from-2012-2015
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Ketan Ganar, Manisha Shah, Bhupesh P Kamdi, Nitin Vasantrao Kurkure, Sachin Kumar
Chicken anemia virus (CAV) is one of the important poultry pathogen. CAV infection can cause immunosuppression, aggravation of co-infections, vaccination failures and mortality. We are reporting the CAV outbreaks from the Nagpur province of India, between the years 2012-2015. The breed included cockerel and Black Australorp of age varying from 29 to 50 days. The mortality rate observed among poultry was from 20% to 62.5%. Clinical symptoms like anemia, subcutaneous hemorrhages, growth retardation, abnormal feathers and hind limb paralysis suggested CAV infection...
November 26, 2016: Microbial Pathogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898928/predicting-pork-loin-chop-yield-using-carcass-and-loin-characteristics
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K B Wilson, M F Overholt, E K Hogan, C Schwab, C M Shull, M Ellis, N S Grohmann, A C Dilger, D D Boler
The objective was to determine the predictive ability of carcass length for the number of equal-thickness chops obtained from a boneless pork loin. Longer pork carcasses are assumed to yield longer loins and, therefore, an increased number of chops. Loins were collected from pigs (1,238 total) raised under commercial conditions and marketed when the mean pig weight in a pen reached 138 kg. Pigs were slaughtered over 7 wk in a commercial facility. Carcass length was measured at 1 d postmortem on the left side of each carcass from the anterior edge of the symphysis pubis bone to the anterior edge of the first rib...
November 2016: Journal of Animal Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898910/feeding-microalgae-meal-all-g-rich-ccap-4067-2-to-beef-heifers-ii-effects-on-ground-beef-color-and-palatability
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K J Phelps, J S Drouillard, T G O'Quinn, D D Burnett, T L Blackmon, J E Axman, C L Van Bibber-Krueger, J M Gonzalez
The objective of this study was to examine the effects of feeding microalgae meal (All-G Rich, CCAP 4087/2; Alltech Inc., Nicholasville, KY) to finishing heifers on 85% lean and 15% fat (85/15) ground beef PUFA content, palatability, and color stability. Crossbred heifers ( = 288; 452 ± 23 kg initial BW) were allocated to pens (36 pens and 8 heifers/pen), stratified by initial pen BW (3,612 ± 177 kg), and randomly assigned within strata to 1 of 4 treatments: 0, 50, 100, and 150 g·heifer·d of microalgae meal...
September 2016: Journal of Animal Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898882/genome-scan-for-postmortem-carcass-traits-in-nellore-cattle
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G A Fernandes Júnior, R B Costa, G M F de Camargo, R Carvalheiro, G J M Rosa, F Baldi, D A Garcia, D G M Gordo, R Espigolan, L Takada, A F B Magalhães, T Bresolin, F L B Feitosa, L A L Chardulo, H N de Oliveira, L G de Albuquerque
Carcass traits measured after slaughter are economically relevant traits in beef cattle. In general, the slaughter house payment system is based on HCW. Ribeye area (REA) is associated with the amount of the meat in the carcass, and a minimum of backfat thickness (BFT) is necessary to protect the carcass during cooling. The aim of this study was to identify potential genomic regions harboring candidate genes affecting those traits in Nellore cattle. The data set used in the present study consisted of 1,756 Nellore males with phenotype records...
October 2016: Journal of Animal Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27896260/a-case-of-prenatally-diagnosed-extrapulmonary-arteriovenous-malformation-associated-with-a-complex-heart-defect
#17
Ba-Da Jeong, Hye-Sung Won, Suah An, Ji Yeon Kim, Mi-Young Lee, Eun Na Kim, Jung-Sun Kim, Chong Jai Kim
Pulmonary arteriovenous malformations are rare vascular anomalies of the lung, only a few cases of which have been diagnosed prenatally. The diagnostic clue for prenatal diagnosis was cardiomegaly with a particularly enlarged left atrium. All previous cases of pulmonary arteriovenous malformations diagnosed prenatally have been reported as an isolated anomaly or in association with simple heart defects. We here describe the first case of a pulmonary arteriovenous malformation with a complex heart defect that was diagnosed prenatally at 21...
November 2016: Obstetrics & Gynecology Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895995/photoreceptor-disc-shedding-in-the-living-human-eye
#18
Omer P Kocaoglu, Zhuolin Liu, Furu Zhang, Kazuhiro Kurokawa, Ravi S Jonnal, Donald T Miller
Cone photoreceptors undergo a daily cycle of renewal and shedding of membranous discs in their outer segments (OS), the portion responsible for light capture. These physiological processes are fundamental to maintaining photoreceptor health, and their dysfunction is associated with numerous retinal diseases. While both processes have been extensively studied in animal models and postmortem eyes, little is known about them in the living eye, in particular human. In this study, we report discovery of the optical signature associated with disc shedding using a method based on adaptive optics optical coherence tomography (AO-OCT) in conjunction with post-processing methods to track and monitor individual cone cells in 4D...
November 1, 2016: Biomedical Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895978/cytokines-and-cytokine-receptors-involved-in-the-pathogenesis-of-alzheimer-s-disease
#19
Tomone Nagae, Kiho Araki, Yuki Shimoda, Lucia I Sue, Thomas G Beach, Yoshihiro Konishi
Inflammatory mechanisms are implicated in the pathology of Alzheimer's disease (AD). However, it is unclear whether inflammatory alterations are a cause or consequence of neurodegeneration leading to dementia. Clarifying this issue would provide valuable insight into the early diagnosis and therapeutic management of AD. To address this, we compared the mRNA expression profiles of cytokines in the brains of AD patients with "non-demented individuals with AD pathology" and non-demented healthy control (ND) individuals...
August 2016: Journal of Clinical & Cellular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893874/association-of-perivascular-localization-of-aquaporin-4-with-cognition-and-alzheimer-disease-in-aging-brains
#20
Douglas M Zeppenfeld, Matthew Simon, J Douglas Haswell, Daryl D'Abreo, Charles Murchison, Joseph F Quinn, Marjorie R Grafe, Randall L Woltjer, Jeffrey Kaye, Jeffrey J Iliff
Importance: Cognitive impairment and dementia, including Alzheimer disease (AD), are common within the aging population, yet the factors that render the aging brain vulnerable to these processes are unknown. Perivascular localization of aquaporin-4 (AQP4) facilitates the clearance of interstitial solutes, including amyloid-β, through the brainwide network of perivascular pathways termed the glymphatic system, which may be compromised in the aging brain. Objectives: To determine whether alterations in AQP4 expression or loss of perivascular AQP4 localization are features of the aging human brain and to define their association with AD pathology...
November 28, 2016: JAMA Neurology
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