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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454295/synthetic-and-genetically-encoded-fluorescent-neural-activity-indicators
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Claire Deo, Luke D Lavis
The ultimate goal of neuroscience is to relate the complex activity of cells and cell-networks to behavior and cognition. This requires tools and techniques to visualize neuronal activity. Fluorescence microscopy is an ideal tool to measure activity of cells in the brain due to the high sensitivity of the technique and the growing portfolio of optical hardware and fluorescent sensors. Here, we give a chemist's perspective on the recent progress of fluorescent activity indicators that enable the measurement of cellular events in the living brain...
February 14, 2018: Current Opinion in Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454254/exploration-research-on-synthesis-and-application-of-a-new-dye-containing-di-2-picolyamine
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Huihui Zhang, Zeyue Wei, Ying Xia, Min Fang, Weiju Zhu, Xingyuan Yang, Fei Li, Yupeng Tian, Xuanjun Zhang, Hongping Zhou
A newly designed fluorescence dye L based on di-2-picolyamine (DPA) moiety as a chelator was obtained under the protection of N 2 at 120°C, and KI as catalyst with relatively better yield. More interestingly, L not only could selectively and sensitively detect Cu 2+ ions in aqueous medium but also examine the Cu 2+ ions of the actual water samples. Nevertheless, L could be visual in Hela cells with excellent cell permeability, viz, monitoring exogenous Cu 2+ ions as well as realizing an "on-off-on" process...
February 9, 2018: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454231/influence-of-heading-perception-in-the-control-of-posture
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Alessandro Piras, Milena Raffi, Monica Perazzolo, Salvatore Squatrito
The optic flow visual input directly influences the postural control. The aim of the present study was to examine the relationship between visually induced heading perception and postural stability, using optic flow stimulation. The dots were accelerated to simulate a heading direction to the left or to the right of the vertical midline. The participants were instructed to indicate the perceived optic flow direction by making a saccade to the simulated heading direction. We simultaneously acquired electromyographyc and center of pressure (COP) signals...
February 10, 2018: Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454224/the-consonant-vowel-pattern-determines-the-structure-of-orthographic-representations-in-the-left-fusiform-gyrus
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Fabienne Chetail, Mariagrazia Ranzini, Xavier De Tiège, Vincent Wens, Alain Content
Recent findings demonstrated readers' sensitivity to the distinction between consonant and vowel letters. Especially, the way consonants and vowels are organised within written words determines their perceptual structure. The present work attempted to overcome two limitations of previous studies by examining the neurophysiological correlates of this perceptual structure through magnetoencephalography (MEG). One aim was to establish that the extraction of vowel-centred units takes place during early stages of processing...
February 2, 2018: Cortex; a Journal Devoted to the Study of the Nervous System and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454223/attention-as-the-glue-for-object-integration-in-parietal-extinction
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Markus Conci, Julia Groß, Ingo Keller, Hermann J Müller, Kathrin Finke
Patients with unilateral, parietal brain damage frequently show visual extinction, which manifests in a failure to identify contralesional stimuli when presented simultaneously with other, ipsilesional stimuli (but full awareness for single stimulus presentations). Extinction reflects an impairment of spatial selective attention, leaving basic preattentive processing unaffected. For instance, access to bilaterally grouped objects is usually spared in extinction, suggesting that grouping occurs at a stage preceding (in the patients: abnormally biased) spatial-attentional selection...
January 31, 2018: Cortex; a Journal Devoted to the Study of the Nervous System and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454219/reading-skill-related-to-left-ventral-occipitotemporal-cortex-during-a-phonological-awareness-task-in-5-6-year-old-children
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Jin Wang, Marc F Joanisse, James R Booth
The left ventral occipitotemporal cortex (vOT) is important in visual word recognition. Studies have shown that the left vOT is generally observed to be involved in spoken language processing in skilled readers, suggesting automatic access to corresponding orthographic information. However, little is known about where and how the left vOT is involved in the spoken language processing of young children with emerging reading ability. In order to answer this question, we examined the relation of reading ability in 5-6-year-old kindergarteners to the activation of vOT during an auditory phonological awareness task...
February 14, 2018: Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454128/preoperative-3-dimensional-angiography-data-and-intraoperative-real-time-vascular-data-integrated-in-microscope-based-navigation-by-automatic-patient-registration-applying-intraoperative-computed-tomography
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Barbara Carl, Miriam Bopp, Somar Chehab, Siegfried Bien, Christopher Nimsky
OBJECTIVE: To establish a workflow integrating preoperative 3-D angiography data, as well as intraoperative real-time vascular information in microscope-based navigation for aneurysm and arteriovenous malformation surgery. PATIENTS & METHODS: In 7 patients (3 arteriovenous malformations, 4 aneurysms) preoperative 3-D rotational angiography or computed tomography (CT) or magnetic resonance angiography data were navigated applying a 32-slice movable CT scanner for low-dose registration scanning...
February 14, 2018: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454120/optic-nerve-atrophy-due-to-long-standing-compression-by-planum-sphenoidale-meningioma
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Alberto Di Somma, Ariel Matias Kaen, Eugenio Cárdenas Ruiz-Valdepeñas, Luigi Maria Cavallo
In this study we report an uncommon endoscopic endonasal image of an atrophic optic nerve as seen after surgical removal of a suprasellar meningioma. The peculiarity of this case is the long-lasting underestimated ocular symptomatology of the patient who reported a 15-year history of impairment of vision on her left eye. After making serendipitously the diagnosis of a suprasellar mass, an endoscopic endonasal surgery was performed and, at the end of tumor removal, the impressive left optic nerve atrophy due to enduring local compression was visualized...
February 14, 2018: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454106/binocular-vision-adaptively-suppresses-delayed-monocular-signals
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Bruno Richard, Eva Chadnova, Daniel H Baker
A neutral density filter placed before one eye will produce a dichoptic imbalance in luminance, which attenuates responses to visual stimuli and lags neural signals from retina to cortex in the filtered eye. When stimuli are presented to both the filtered and unfiltered eye (i.e., binocularly), neural responses show little attenuation and no lag compared with their baseline counterpart. This suggests that binocular visual mechanisms must suppress the attenuated and delayed input from the filtered eye; however, the mechanisms involved remain unclear...
February 14, 2018: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454085/effects-of-orientation-and-differential-reinforcement-ii-transitivity-and-transfer-across-five-member-sets
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Micah Amd, Marlon A de Oliveira, Denise A Passarelli, Livia C Balog, Julio C de Rose
A recent report by Amd and colleagues (2017) demonstrated that orienting towards successively presented stimulus-stimulus pairs yielded significantly more transitive relations then when those same pairs were differentially reinforced following training for three, 3-member stimulus sets. We build on that work in four important ways. First, transitivity yields produced by Pavlovian and instrumental procedures were compared following training for three 5-member sets (A1-B1-C1-D1-E1, A2-B2-C2-D2-E2, A3-B3-C3-D3-E3), where the 'A' stimuli were emotional faces and all remaining stimuli were nonsense words...
February 14, 2018: Behavioural Processes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454079/a-novel-metric-that-quantifies-risk-stratification-for-evaluating-diagnostic-tests-the-example-of-evaluating-cervical-cancer-screening-tests-across-populations
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Hormuzd A Katki, Mark Schiffman
Our work involves assessing whether new biomarkers might be useful for cervical-cancer screening across populations with different disease prevalences and biomarker distributions. When comparing across populations, we show that standard diagnostic accuracy statistics (predictive values, risk-differences, Youden's index and Area Under the Curve (AUC)) can easily be misinterpreted. We introduce an intuitively simple statistic for a 2 × 2 table, Mean Risk Stratification (MRS): the average change in risk (pre-test vs...
February 14, 2018: Preventive Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454047/renal-perivascular-adipose-tissue-form-and-function
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Carolina Baraldi A Restini, Alex Ismail, Ramya K Kumar, Robert Burnett, Hannah Garver, Gregory D Fink, Stephanie W Watts
Renal sympathetic activity affects blood pressure in part by increasing renovascular resistance via release of norepinephrine (NE) from sympathetic nerves onto renal arteries. Here we test the idea that adipose tissue adjacent to renal blood vessels, i.e. renal perivascular adipose tissue (RPVAT), contains a pool of NE which can be released to alter renal vascular function. RPVAT was obtained from around the main renal artery/vein of the male Sprague Dawley rats. Thoracic aortic PVAT and mesenteric PVAT also were studied as brown-like and white fat comparators respectively...
February 14, 2018: Vascular Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454027/selection-of-biomarkers-for-hiv-1-latency-by-integrated-analysis
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Sun Young Lee, Byeong-Sun Choi, Cheol-Hee Yoon, Chun Kang, Kisoon Kim, Kyung-Chang Kim
A major obstacle in the treatment of human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) is its ability to establish latent infection. To find novel biomarkers associated with the mechanism of HIV-1 latent infection, we identified 70 candidate genes in HIV-1 latently infected cells through the integrated analysis in a previous study. It is important to select more effective biomarkers among 70 candidates and to verify the possibility of selected biomarkers for HIV-1 latency. We identified the 24 and 25 genes from 70 candidate genes in significantly enriched categories selected by Database for Annotation, Visualization and Integrated Discovery (DAVID) software and Gene Set Enrichment Analysis (GSEA) software, respectively...
February 14, 2018: Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454014/detecting-structural-and-inflammatory-response-after-in-vivo-stretch-injury-in-the-rat-median-nerve-via-second-harmonic-generation
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Matthew J Gluck, Surabhi Vijayaraghavan, Elaine B Sinclair, Asad Ashraf, Michael R Hausman, Paul J Cagle
BACKGROUND: Second Harmonic Generation (SHG) microscopy is a promising method for visualizing the collagenous structure of peripheral nerves. Assessing collagen continuity and damage after a stretch injury provides inferential insight into the level of axonal damage present. NEW METHODS: This study utilizes SHG microscopy after a calibrated in vivo stretch injury of rat median nerves to evaluate collagen continuity at several time points throughout the recovery process...
February 14, 2018: Journal of Neuroscience Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454005/a-quest-to-find-good-primers-for-gene-expression-analysis-of-candida-albicans-from-clinical-samples
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Gabriela C Alonso, Ana C Pavarina, Tábata V Sousa, Marlise I Klein
Biofilm production contributes to several human diseases, including oral candidiasis. Among the Candida species, Candida albicans is the most prevalent. The expression of virulence genes is implicated in the pathogenic potential of Candida biofilms. However, the evaluation of microbial gene expression from in vivo biofilm samples is not trivial, specifically, assessment via quantitative PCR (qPCR) can be a challenge because of several species present in clinical samples. Hence, the necessity of primers specificity...
February 14, 2018: Journal of Microbiological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453957/automatic-detection-of-the-duration-of-visual-static-and-dynamic-stimuli
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Szonya Durant, István Sulykos, István Czigler
The perception of the passing of time is fundamental to conscious experience. The duration of a sensory stimulus is one of its defining attributes, but it is not clear how this is encoded in the brain. This work explores whether the duration of a visual stimulus is an attribute that the brain can automatically adapt to and use to predict future stimulus durations. Visual mismatch negativity (vMMN) is an ERP component elicited, even when the stimuli are unattended, when an 'unexpected' visual stimulus appears amongst a series of expected stimuli in an 'oddball' paradigm...
February 14, 2018: Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453936/a-new-method-for-the-rapid-characterization-of-root-growth-and-distribution-using-digital-image-correlation
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Tan Bao, Garrett W Melenka, Megan K Ljubotina, Jason P Carey, James F Cahill
Rapidly determining root growth patterns is biologically important and technically challenging. Current methods focus on direct observation of roots and require destructive excavations or time-consuming root tracing. We developed a novel methodology based on analyzing soil particle displacement, rather than direct observation of roots. This inferred root growth method uses digital image correlation (DIC) analysis, an established and high-throughput method used in many engineering and science disciplines. By applying DIC analyses to repeated images of plants grown in clear window boxes, we produced visually intuitive and quantifiable strain maps, indicating the magnitude and direction of soil movement...
February 17, 2018: New Phytologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453903/tracking-the-dynamic-folding-and-unfolding-of-rna-g-quadruplexes-in-live-cells
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Xiu-Cai Chen, Shuo-Bin Chen, Jing Dai, Jia-Hao Yuan, Tian-Miao Ou, Zhi-Shu Huang, Jia-Heng Tan
Due to the absence of methods for tracking RNA G-quadruplex dynamics, especially the folding and unfolding of this attractive structure in live cells, understanding of the biological roles of RNA G-quadruplexes is so far limited. Here we reported a new red-emitting fluorescent probe, QUMA-1, for a selective, continuous and real-time visualization of RNA G-quadruplexes in live cells. The applications of QUMA-1 in several previously intractable applications, including live-cell imaging of the dynamic folding, unfolding and movement of RNA G-quadruplexes and visualizing the unwinding of RNA G-quadruplexes by RNA helicase have been demonstrated...
February 17, 2018: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453846/fabrication-of-miniature-elastomer-lenses-with-programmable-liquid-mold-for-smartphone-microscopy-curing-polydimethylsiloxane-with-in-situ-curvature-control
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Bhuvaneshwari Karunakaran, Joseph Tharion, Arvind Ramrao Dhawangale, Debjani Paul, Soumyo Mukherji
Miniature lenses can transform commercial imaging systems, e.g., smartphones and webcams, into powerful, low-cost, handheld microscopes. To date, the reproducible fabrication of polymer lenses is still a challenge as they require controlled dispensing of viscous liquid. This paper reports a reproducible lens fabrication technique using liquid mold with programmable curvature and off-the-shelf materials. The lens curvature is controlled during fabrication by tuning the curvature of an interface of two immiscible liquids [polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) and glycerol]...
February 2018: Journal of Biomedical Optics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453832/living-donor-liver-transplantation-for-mild-zellweger-spectrum-disorder-up-to-17-years-follow-up
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Tanguy Demaret, Sharat Varma, Xavier Stephenne, Françoise Smets, Isabelle Scheers, Ronald Wanders, Lionel Van Maldergem, Raymond Reding, Etienne Sokal
Mild Zellweger spectrum disorder, also described as Infantile Refsum disease, is attributable to mutations in PEX genes. Its clinical course is characterized by progressive hearing and vision loss, and neurodevelopmental regression. Supportive management is currently considered the standard of care, as no treatment has shown clinical benefits. LT was shown to correct levels of circulating toxic metabolites, partly responsible for chronic neurological impairment. Of three patients having undergone LT for mild ZSD, one died after LT, while the other two displayed significant neurodevelopmental improvement on both the long-term (17 years post-LT) and short-term (9 months post-LT) follow-up...
February 16, 2018: Pediatric Transplantation
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