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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648888/benchmarking-laminar-fmri-neuronal-spiking-and-synaptic-activity-during-top-down-and-bottom-up-processing-in-the-different-layers-of-cortex
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Matthew W Self, Timo van Kerkoerle, Rainer Goebel, Pieter R Roelfsema
High resolution laminar fMRI is beginning to probe responses in the different layers of cortex. What can we expect this exciting new technique to discover about cortical processing and how can we verify that it is producing an accurate picture of the underlying laminar differences in neural processing? This review will address our knowledge of laminar cortical circuitry gained from electrophysiological studies in macaque monkeys with a focus on the primary visual cortex, as this area has been most often targeted in both laminar electrophysiological and fMRI studies...
June 22, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633164/ann-prediction-of-ligament-stiffnesses-for-the-enhanced-predictive-ability-of-a-patient-specific-computational-foot-ankle-model
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Ruchi Chande, Jennifer S Wayne
Computational models of diarthrodial joints serve to inform the biomechanical function of these structures, and as such, must be supplied appropriate inputs for performance that is representative of actual joint function. Inputs for these models are sourced from both imaging modalities as well as literature. The latter is often the source of mechanical properties for soft tissues, like ligament stiffnesses; however, such data is not always available for all soft tissues nor is it known for patient specific work...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Biomechanical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629202/a-novel-extreme-learning-machine-classification-model-for-e-nose-application-based-on-the-multiple-kernel-approach
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Yulin Jian, Daoyu Huang, Jia Yan, Kun Lu, Ying Huang, Tailai Wen, Tanyue Zeng, Shijie Zhong, Qilong Xie
A novel classification model, named the quantum-behaved particle swarm optimization (QPSO)-based weighted multiple kernel extreme learning machine (QWMK-ELM), is proposed in this paper. Experimental validation is carried out with two different electronic nose (e-nose) datasets. Being different from the existing multiple kernel extreme learning machine (MK-ELM) algorithms, the combination coefficients of base kernels are regarded as external parameters of single-hidden layer feedforward neural networks (SLFNs)...
June 19, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625487/distinct-feedforward-and-feedback-effects-of-microstimulation-in-visual-cortex-reveal-neural-mechanisms-of-texture-segregation
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P Christiaan Klink, Bruno Dagnino, Marie-Alice Gariel-Mathis, Pieter R Roelfsema
The visual cortex is hierarchically organized, with low-level areas coding for simple features and higher areas for complex ones. Feedforward and feedback connections propagate information between areas in opposite directions, but their functional roles are only partially understood. We used electrical microstimulation to perturb the propagation of neuronal activity between areas V1 and V4 in monkeys performing a texture-segregation task. In both areas, microstimulation locally caused a brief phase of excitation, followed by inhibition...
June 9, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624113/pi-controller-design-for-indirect-vector-controlled-induction-motor-a-decoupling-approach
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Jitendra Kr Jain, Sandip Ghosh, Somnath Maity, Pawel Dworak
Decoupling of the stator currents is important for smoother torque response of indirect vector controlled induction motors. Typically, feedforward decoupling is used to take care of current coupling that requires exact knowledge of motor parameters, additional circuitry and signal processing. In this paper, a method is proposed to design the regulating proportional-integral gains that minimize coupling without any requirement of the additional decoupler. The variation of the coupling terms for change in load torque is considered as the performance measure...
June 14, 2017: ISA Transactions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28618263/relish-the-thought-and-channel-your-chloride-for-bacterial-clearance-depends-on-it
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Amanda J Monahan, Neal Silverman
Macrophage-mediated bacterial clearance relies on phagocytic uptake of the pathogen, subsequent phagolysosomal maturation, and microbial degradation. In this issue of Cell Host & Microbe, Wong et al. (2017) report that a chloride transporter couples phagocytosis and bacterial clearance in an NF-κB-mediated feedforward loop, which is required for sustained pathogen uptake.
June 14, 2017: Cell Host & Microbe
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28617826/cf2-transcription-factor-is-involved-in-the-regulation-of-mef2-rna-levels-nuclei-number-and-muscle-fiber-size
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Juan J Arredondo, Jorge Vivar, Sara Laine-Menéndez, Leticia Martínez-Morentin, Margarita Cervera
CF2 and Mef2 influence a variety of developmental muscle processes at distinct stages of development. Nevertheless, the exact nature of the CF2-Mef2 relationship and its effects on muscle building remain yet to be resolved. Here, we explored the regulatory role of CF2 in the Drosophila embryo muscle formation. To address this question and not having proper null CF2 mutants we exploited loss or gain of function strategies to study the contribution of CF2 to Mef2 transcription regulation and to muscle formation...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28617659/inhibitory-interneurons-in-the-retina-types-circuitry-and-function
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Jeffrey S Diamond
Visual signals in the vertebrate retina are shaped by feedback and feedforward inhibition in two synaptic layers. In one, horizontal cells establish fundamental center-surround receptive-field properties via morphologically and physiologically complex synapses with photoreceptors and bipolar cells. In the other, a panoply of amacrine cells imbue ganglion cell responses with spatiotemporally complex information about the visual world. Here, I review current ideas about horizontal cell signaling, considering the evidence for and against the leading, competing theories...
June 15, 2017: Annual Review of Vision Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611619/hammering-does-not-fit-fitts-law
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Tadej Petrič, Cole S Simpson, Aleš Ude, Auke J Ijspeert
While movement is essential to human wellbeing, we are still unable to reproduce the deftness and robustness of human movement in automatons or completely restore function to individuals with many types of motor impairment. To better understand how the human nervous system plans and controls movements, neuromechanists employ simple tasks such as upper extremity reaches and isometric force tasks. However, these simple tasks rarely consider impacts and may not capture aspects of motor control that arise from real-world complexity...
2017: Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28609657/ack1-tnk2-regulates-histone-h4-tyr88-phosphorylation-and-ar-gene-expression-in-castration-resistant-prostate-cancer
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Kiran Mahajan, Pavani Malla, Harshani R Lawrence, Zhihua Chen, Chandan Kumar-Sinha, Rohit Malik, Sudhanshu Shukla, Jongphil Kim, Domenico Coppola, Nicholas J Lawrence, Nupam P Mahajan
The androgen receptor (AR) is critical for the progression of prostate cancer to a castration-resistant (CRPC) state. AR antagonists are ineffective due to their inability to repress the expression of AR or its splice variant, AR-V7. Here, we report that the tyrosine kinase ACK1 (TNK2) phosphorylates histone H4 at tyrosine 88 upstream of the AR transcription start site. The WDR5/MLL2 complex reads the H4-Y88-phosphorylation marks and deposits the transcriptionally activating H3K4-trimethyl marks promoting AR transcription...
June 12, 2017: Cancer Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28600254/short-and-long-term-learning-of-feedforward-control-of-a-myoelectric-prosthesis-with-sensory-feedback-by-amputees
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Matija Strbac, Milica Isakovic, Minja Belic, Igor Popovic, Igor Simanic, Dario Farina, Thierry Keller, Strahinja Dosen
Human motor control relies on a combination of feedback and feedforward strategies. The aim of this study was to longitudinally investigate artificial somatosensory feedback and feedforward control in the context of grasping with myoelectric prosthesis. Nine amputee subjects performed routine grasping trials, with the aim to produce four levels of force during four blocks of 60 trials across five days. The electrotactile force feedback was provided in the second and third block using multipad electrode and spatial coding...
June 6, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28599115/recurrent-information-optimization-with-local-metaplastic-synaptic-dynamics
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Sensen Liu, ShiNung Ching
We consider the problem of optimizing information-theoretic quantities in recurrent networks via synaptic learning. In contrast to feedforward networks, the recurrence presents a key challenge insofar as an optimal learning rule must aggregate the joint distribution of the whole network. This challenge, in particular, makes a local policy (i.e., one that depends on only pairwise interactions) difficult. Here, we report a local metaplastic learning rule that performs approximate optimization by estimating whole-network statistics through the use of several slow, nested dynamical variables...
June 9, 2017: Neural Computation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28598717/inhibitory-plasticity-balance-control-and-codependence
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Guillaume Hennequin, Everton J Agnes, Tim P Vogels
Inhibitory neurons, although relatively few in number, exert powerful control over brain circuits. They stabilize network activity in the face of strong feedback excitation and actively engage in computations. Recent studies reveal the importance of a precise balance of excitation and inhibition in neural circuits, which often requires exquisite fine-tuning of inhibitory connections. Wereview inhibitory synaptic plasticity and its roles in shaping both feedforward and feedback control. We discuss the necessity of complex, codependent plasticity mechanisms to build nontrivial, functioning networks, and we end by summarizing experimental evidence of such interactions...
June 9, 2017: Annual Review of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28592697/top-down-beta-enhances-bottom-up-gamma
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Craig G Richter, William H Thompson, Conrado A Bosman, Pascal Fries
Several recent studies have demonstrated that the bottom-up signaling of a visual stimulus is subserved by interareal gamma-band synchronization, whereas top-down influences are mediated by alpha-beta band synchronization. These processes may implement top-down control of stimulus processing if top-down and bottom-up mediating rhythms are coupled via cross-frequency interaction. To test this possibility, we investigated Granger-causal influences among awake male macaque primary visual area V1, higher visual area V4 and parietal control area 7a during attentional task performance...
June 7, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28591219/mechanisms-underlying-a-thalamocortical-transformation-during-active-tactile-sensation
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Diego Adrian Gutnisky, Jianing Yu, Samuel Andrew Hires, Minh-Son To, Michael Ross Bale, Karel Svoboda, David Golomb
During active somatosensation, neural signals expected from movement of the sensors are suppressed in the cortex, whereas information related to touch is enhanced. This tactile suppression underlies low-noise encoding of relevant tactile features and the brain's ability to make fine tactile discriminations. Layer (L) 4 excitatory neurons in the barrel cortex, the major target of the somatosensory thalamus (VPM), respond to touch, but have low spike rates and low sensitivity to the movement of whiskers. Most neurons in VPM respond to touch and also show an increase in spike rate with whisker movement...
June 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28584956/natural-scenes-can-be-identified-as-rapidly-as-individual-features
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Piers D L Howe
Can observers determine the gist of a natural scene in a purely feedforward manner, or does this process require deliberation and feedback? Observers can recognise images that are presented for very brief periods of time before being masked. It is unclear whether this recognition process occurs in a purely feedforward manner or whether feedback from higher cortical areas to lower cortical areas is necessary. The current study revealed that the minimum presentation time required to identify or to determine the gist of a natural scene was no different from that required to determine the orientation or colour of an isolated line...
June 5, 2017: Attention, Perception & Psychophysics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28584110/assessing-regulatory-information-in-developmental-gene-regulatory-networks
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Isabelle S Peter, Eric H Davidson
Gene regulatory networks (GRNs) provide a transformation function between the static genomic sequence and the primary spatial specification processes operating development. The regulatory information encompassed in developmental GRNs thus goes far beyond the control of individual genes. We here address regulatory information at different levels of network organization, from single node to subcircuit to large-scale GRNs and discuss how regulatory design features such as network architecture, hierarchical organization, and cis-regulatory logic contribute to the developmental function of network circuits...
June 6, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28582397/reduction-of-multiscale-stochastic-biochemical-reaction-networks-using-exact-moment-derivation
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Jae Kyoung Kim, Eduardo D Sontag
Biochemical reaction networks (BRNs) in a cell frequently consist of reactions with disparate timescales. The stochastic simulations of such multiscale BRNs are prohibitively slow due to high computational cost for the simulations of fast reactions. One way to resolve this problem uses the fact that fast species regulated by fast reactions quickly equilibrate to their stationary distribution while slow species are unlikely to be changed. Thus, on a slow timescale, fast species can be replaced by their quasi-steady state (QSS): their stationary conditional expectation values for given slow species...
June 5, 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28580693/changes-in-brain-activity-following-intensive-voice-treatment-in-children-with-cerebral-palsy
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Reyhaneh Bakhtiari, Jacqueline Cummine, Alesha Reed, Cynthia M Fox, Brea Chouinard, Ivor Cribben, Carol A Boliek
Eight children (3 females; 8-16 years) with motor speech disorders secondary to cerebral palsy underwent 4 weeks of an intensive neuroplasticity-principled voice treatment protocol, LSVT LOUD(®) , followed by a structured 12-week maintenance program. Children were asked to overtly produce phonation (ah) at conversational loudness, cued-phonation at perceived twice-conversational loudness, a series of single words, and a prosodic imitation task while being scanned using fMRI, immediately pre- and post-treatment and 12 weeks following a maintenance program...
June 5, 2017: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28566506/the-balanced-and-introspective-brain
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P A Robinson
Transfers of large-scale neural activity into, within and between corticothalamic neural populations and brain hemispheres are analysed using time-integrated transfer functions and state parameters obtained from neural field theory for a variety of arousal states. It is shown that the great majority of activity results from feedbacks within the corticothalamic system, including significant transfer between hemispheres, but only a small minority arises via net input from the external world, with the brain thus in a near-critical, highly introspective state...
May 2017: Journal of the Royal Society, Interface
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