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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227557/sudden-changes-in-walking-surface-compliance-evoke-contralateral-emg-in-a-hemiparetic-walker-a-case-study-of-inter-leg-coordination-after-neurological-injury
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Jeffrey Skidmore, Panagiotis Artemiadis, Jeffrey Skidmore, Panagiotis Artemiadis, Jeffrey Skidmore, Panagiotis Artemiadis
Gait impairment due to neurological disorders is a significant problem around the world. Despite the growing interest in using robotic devices for gait rehabilitation, their widespread use remains limited as there is no clear evidence that robot-assisted gait therapy is superior to traditional treadmill-based therapy. This work is a case study that focuses on investigating the existence of mechanisms of inter-leg coordination after neurological injury, and based on that, proposing novel methods for gait rehabilitation...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227408/structural-brain-network-analysis-in-schizophrenia-using-minimum-spanning-tree
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Ali Anjomshoa, Mahsa Dolatshahi, Fatemeh Amirkhani, Farzaneh Rahmani, Mehdi M Mirbagheri, Mohammad Hadi Aarabi, Ali Anjomshoa, Mahsa Dolatshahi, Fatemeh Amirkhani, Farzaneh Rahmani, Mehdi M Mirbagheri, Mohammad Hadi Aarabi, Mehdi M Mirbagheri, Mahsa Dolatshahi, Ali Anjomshoa, Farzaneh Rahmani, Fatemeh Amirkhani, Mohammad Hadi Aarabi
Schizophrenia is a mental disorder in which functional and structural brain networks are disrupted. Classical network analysis has been used by many researchers to quantify brain networks and to study the network changes in schizophrenia, but unfortunately metrics used in this classical method highly depend on the networks' density and weight; the comparisons made by this method are biased. The minimum spanning tree (MST) is an alternative method to solve this problem, but its usefulness in studying the schizophrenic brain network has not been examined yet...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226306/task-dependent-modulation-of-amygdala-connectivity-in-social-anxiety-disorder
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Lora Minkova, Ronald Sladky, Georg S Kranz, Michael Woletz, Nicole Geissberger, Christoph Kraus, Rupert Lanzenberger, Christian Windischberger
Increased amygdala activation is consistently found in patients suffering from social anxiety disorder (SAD), a psychiatric condition characterized by an intense fear of social situations and scrutiny. Disruptions in the amygdalar-frontal network in SAD may explain the inability of frontal regions to appropriately down-regulate amygdalar hyper-activation. In this study, we measured 15 SAD patients and 15 healthy controls during an affective counting Stroop task with emotional faces to assess the interaction of affective stimuli with a cognitive task in SAD, as well as to investigate the causal interactions between the amygdala and the medial orbitofrontal cortex (OFC) using dynamic causal modeling (DCM)...
February 9, 2017: Psychiatry Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225747/effect-of-methylphenidate-on-emotional-dysregulation-in-children-with-attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder-oppositional-defiant-disorder-conduct-disorder
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Ayse Kutlu, Ulku Akyol Ardic, Eyup Sabri Ercan
BACKGROUND AND AIM: Emotional dysregulation (ED) is a frequent feature of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). It can be observed as a dysregulation profile or a deficient emotional self-regulation (DESR) profile. Oppositional defiant disorder/conduct disorder (ODD/CD) comorbidity is prevalent in ADHD and known to be related with ED. The first-line treatment of ADHD includes psychostimulants, but their effects on ED are not well studied. This study aimed to evaluate the outcomes of methylphenidate (MPH) treatment on ED in ADHD + ODD/CD cases...
April 2017: Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224183/modelling-depression-in-animals-at-the-interface-of-reward-and-stress-pathways
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REVIEW
D A Slattery, J F Cryan
RATIONALE: Despite substantial research efforts the aetiology of major depressive disorder (MDD) remains poorly understood, which is due in part to the heterogeneity of the disorder and the complexity of designing appropriate animal models. However, in the last few decades, a focus on the development of novel stress-based paradigms and a focus on using hedonic/anhedonic behaviour have led to renewed optimism in the use of animal models to assess aspects of MDD. OBJECTIVES: Therefore, in this review article, dedicated to Athina Markou, we summarise the use of stress-based animal models for studying MDD in rodents and how reward-related readouts can be used to validate/assess the model and/or treatment...
February 22, 2017: Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223982/mouse-model-of-neurological-complications-resulting-from-encephalitic-alphavirus-infection
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Shannon E Ronca, Jeanon Smith, Takaaki Koma, Magda M Miller, Nadezhda Yun, Kelly T Dineley, Slobodan Paessler
Long-term neurological complications, termed sequelae, can result from viral encephalitis, which are not well understood. In human survivors, alphavirus encephalitis can cause severe neurobehavioral changes, in the most extreme cases, a schizophrenic-like syndrome. In the present study, we aimed to adapt an animal model of alphavirus infection survival to study the development of these long-term neurological complications. Upon low-dose infection of wild-type C57B/6 mice, asymptomatic and symptomatic groups were established and compared to mock-infected mice to measure general health and baseline neurological function, including the acoustic startle response and prepulse inhibition paradigm...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223962/molecular-mechanisms-in-mood-regulation-involving-the-circadian-clock
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REVIEW
Urs Albrecht
The circadian system coordinates activities and functions in cells and tissues in order to optimize body functions in anticipation to daily changes in the environment. Disruption of the circadian system, due to irregular lifestyle such as rotating shift work, frequent travel across time-zones, or chronic stress, is correlated with several diseases such as obesity, cancer, and neurological disorders. Molecular mechanisms linking the circadian clock with neurological functions have been uncovered suggesting that disruption of the clock may be critically involved in the development of mood disorders...
2017: Frontiers in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222949/rare-bleeding-disorders-old-diseases-in-the-era-of-novel-options-for-therapy
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Tami Livnat, Assaf Arie Barg, Sarina Levy-Mendelovich, Gili Kenet
Rare diseases are defined as life-threatening or chronically debilitating diseases with a prevalence of less than one per 2000 according to the European Union or one per 1250 according to the USA. Congenital rare bleeding disorders RBD are reported in most populations, with incidence varying from 1 in 5000 (Hemophilia A), 1:30,000 (Hemophilia B) to much rarer (1:500,000 for FVII deficiency, 1-3 million for Prothrombin or FXIII deficiency). Acquired Hemophilia A is also a rare bleeding disorder with estimated frequency of 1 in million...
February 14, 2017: Blood Cells, Molecules & Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222093/active-zone-proteins-are-transported-via-distinct-mechanisms-regulated-by-par-1-kinase
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Kara R Barber, Julia Tanquary, Keegan Bush, Amanda Shaw, Michael Woodson, Michael Sherman, Yogesh P Wairkar
Disruption of synapses underlies a plethora of neurodevelopmental and neurodegenerative disease. Presynaptic specialization called the active zone plays a critical role in the communication with postsynaptic neuron. While the role of many proteins at the active zones in synaptic communication is relatively well studied, very little is known about how these proteins are transported to the synapses. For example, are there distinct mechanisms for the transport of active zone components or are they all transported in the same transport vesicle? Is active zone protein transport regulated? In this report we show that overexpression of Par-1/MARK kinase, a protein whose misregulation has been implicated in Autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) and neurodegenerative disorders, lead to a specific block in the transport of an active zone protein component- Bruchpilot at Drosophila neuromuscular junctions...
February 21, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222009/alzheimer-s-and-danish-dementia-peptides-induce-cataract-and-perturb-retinal-architecture-in-rats
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G Bhanuprakash Reddy, P Yadagiri Reddy, Avadhesha Surolia
Familial Danish dementias (FDDs) are autosomal dominant neurodegenerative disorders that are associated with visual defects. In some aspects, FDD is similar to Alzheimer's disease (AD)- the amyloid deposits in FDD and AD are made of short peptides: amyloid β (Aβ) in AD and ADan in FDD. Previously, we demonstrated an interaction between the dementia peptides and α-crystallin leading to lens opacification in organ culture due to impaired chaperone activity of α-crystallin. Herein, we report the in vivo effects of ADan and Aβ on the eye...
February 21, 2017: Biomolecular Concepts
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221060/outcomes-for-adolescents-who-comply-with-long-term-psychosocial-treatment-for-adhd
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Brandon K Schultz, Steven W Evans, Joshua M Langberg, Alexander M Schoemann
OBJECTIVE: We conducted a large (N = 216) multisite clinical trial of the Challenging Horizons Program (CHP)-a yearlong afterschool program that provides academic and interpersonal skills training for adolescents with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Intent-to-treat analyses suggest that, as predicted, the CHP resulted in significant reductions in problem behaviors and academic impairment when compared to community care. However, attendance in the CHP ranged from zero to 60 sessions, raising questions about optimal dosing...
March 2017: Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219025/mortality-in-individuals-with-disruptive-behavior-disorders-diagnosed-by-specialist-services-a-nationwide-cohort-study
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James G Scott, Marianne Giørtz Pedersen, Holly E Erskine, Aida Bikic, Ditte Demontis, John J McGrath, Søren Dalsgaard
Disruptive behavior disorders (DBDs), inclusive of oppositional defiant disorder (ODD) and conduct disorder (CD), are associated with outcomes likely to increase risk of mortality. Using Danish National Registers, a total of 1.92 million individuals including 9495 individuals with DBDs diagnosed by specialist services were followed from their first birthday to 2013. Those with and without DBDs were compared using mortality rate ratios (MRRs) estimated using Poisson regression and adjusted for calendar period, age, sex, family history of psychiatric disorders, maternal age at time of birth, paternal age at time of birth, parental education status, and parental employment status...
February 13, 2017: Psychiatry Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218919/targeting-casp8-and-fadd-like-apoptosis-regulator-ameliorates-nonalcoholic-steatohepatitis-in-mice-and-nonhuman-primates
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Pi-Xiao Wang, Yan-Xiao Ji, Xiao-Jing Zhang, Ling-Ping Zhao, Zhen-Zhen Yan, Peng Zhang, Li-Jun Shen, Xia Yang, Jing Fang, Song Tian, Xue-Yong Zhu, Jun Gong, Xin Zhang, Qiao-Fang Wei, Yong Wang, Jing Li, Lu Wan, Qingguo Xie, Zhi-Gang She, Zhihua Wang, Zan Huang, Hongliang Li
Nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) is a progressive disease that is often accompanied by metabolic syndrome and poses a high risk of severe liver damage. However, no effective pharmacological treatment is currently available for NASH. Here we report that CASP8 and FADD-like apoptosis regulator (CFLAR) is a key suppressor of steatohepatitis and its metabolic disorders. We provide mechanistic evidence that CFLAR directly targets the kinase MAP3K5 (also known as ASK1) and interrupts its N-terminus-mediated dimerization, thereby blocking signaling involving ASK1 and the kinase MAPK8 (also known as JNK1)...
February 20, 2017: Nature Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218620/endothelial-antigen-assembly-leads-to-thrombotic-complications-in-heparin-induced-thrombocytopenia
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Vincent Hayes, Ian Johnston, Gowthami M Arepally, Steven E McKenzie, Douglas B Cines, Lubica Rauova, Mortimer Poncz
Heparin-induced thrombocytopenia (HIT) is a prothrombotic disorder initiated by antibodies against complexes between human platelet factor 4 (hPF4) and heparin. A better understanding of the events that initiate the prothrombotic state may improve approaches to antithrombotic management. Here, we visualized thrombus formation in an in vivo murine model and an endothelialized microfluidic system that simulate the pathogenesis of HIT. hPF4 released from platelets predominantly bound to peri-injury endothelium and formed HIT antigenic complexes that were dissociated by heparin...
February 20, 2017: Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217760/sleep-in-alzheimer-s-disease-beyond-amyloid
#15
Jerrah Holth, Tirth Patel, David M Holtzman
Sleep disorders are prevalent in Alzheimer's disease (AD) and a major cause of institutionalization. Like AD pathology, sleep abnormalities can appear years before cognitive decline and may be predictive of dementia. A bidirectional relationship between sleep and amyloid β (Aβ) has been well established with disturbed sleep and increased wakefulness leading to increased Aβ production and decreased Aβ clearance; whereas Aβ deposition is associated with increased wakefulness and sleep disturbances. Aβ fluctuates with the sleep wake cycle and is higher during wakefulness and lower during sleep...
January 2017: Neurobiology of Sleep and Circadian Rhythms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217699/the-female-urinary-microbiota-urinary-health-and-common-urinary-disorders
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REVIEW
Linda Brubaker, Alan J Wolfe
This review provides the clinical context and updated information regarding the female urinary microbiota (FUM), a resident microbial community within the female bladder of many adult women. Microbial communities have variability and distinct characteristics in health, as well as during community disruption (dysbiosis). Information concerning characteristics of the FUM in health and disease is emerging. Sufficient data confirms that the microbes that compose the FUM are not contaminants and are cultivatable under appropriate conditions...
January 2017: Annals of Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216230/activation-of-a-cryptic-splice-site-in-the-mitochondrial-elongation-factor-gfm1-causes-combined-oxphos-deficiency
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Mariella T Simon, Bobby G Ng, Marisa W Friederich, Raymond Y Wang, Monica Boyer, Martin Kircher, Renata Collard, Kati J Buckingham, Richard Chang, Jay Shendure, Deborah A Nickerson, Michael J Bamshad, Johan L K Van Hove, Hudson H Freeze, Jose E Abdenur
We report the clinical, biochemical, and molecular findings in two brothers with encephalopathy and multi-systemic disease. Abnormal transferrin glycoforms were suggestive of a type I congenital disorder of glycosylation (CDG). While exome sequencing was negative for CDG related candidate genes, the testing revealed compound heterozygous mutations in the mitochondrial elongation factor G gene (GFM1). One of the mutations had been reported previously while the second, novel variant was found deep in intron 6, activating a cryptic splice site...
February 12, 2017: Mitochondrion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215628/symmetric-multiquadrant-isolated-dentin-dysplasia-smidd-a-unique-presentation-mimicking-dentin-dysplasia-type-1b
#18
Hiba Qari, Harvey Kessler, Nagamani Narayana, Sundaralingam Premaraj
Dentin dysplasia (DD) is a rare developmental dentin disorder that causes root malformation. It is divided into radicular DD type 1 (DD-1) and coronal DD type 2 (DD-2). Recently, a new entity causing localized root malformation of permanent first molars that resembles DD-1b has been described as molar-incisor malformation (MIM). We report and compare 4 new cases that exhibit similar clinical, histologic, and radiographic features to the new entity, MIM. We believe MIM and our 4 cases to be the same entity, which is nonhereditary and, because of the isolated but bilaterally symmetric pattern of involvement, may be caused by a short-duration environmental insult that disrupts normal development/function of Hertwig's epithelial root sheath...
December 7, 2016: Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology and Oral Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215500/environmental-epigenomics-current-approaches-to-assess-epigenetic-effects-of-endocrine-disrupting-compounds-edc-s-on-human-health
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REVIEW
Natalia Tapia-Orozco, Gerardo Santiago-Toledo, Valeria Barrón, Ana María Espinosa-García, José Antonio García-García, Roeb García-Arrazola
Environmental Epigenomics is a developing field to study the epigenetic effect on human health from exposure to environmental factors. Endocrine disrupting chemicals have been detected primarily in pharmaceutical drugs, personal care products, food additives, and food containers. Exposure to endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) has been associated with a high incidence and prevalence of many endocrine-related disorders in humans. Nevertheless, further evidence is needed to establish a correlation between exposure to EDC and human disorders...
February 10, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215259/reduced-afferent-induced-facilitation-of-primary-motor-cortex-excitability-in-restless-legs-syndrome
#20
P Bocquillon, C Charley-Monaca, E Houdayer, A Marques, A Kwiatkowski, P Derambure, H Devanne
Restless legs syndrome (RLS) is characterized by the association of an urge to move, and vesperal or nocturnal sensory symptoms; it is frequently associated with periodic limb movements. Evidence from imaging and electrophysiological studies suggests that RLS is linked to changes in sensorimotor integration. Nevertheless, the underlying mechanisms have not been characterized, and the cortical origin has yet to be confirmed. The objective of the present study was to establish whether or not sensorimotor integration in RLS patients is impaired in the evening...
February 2017: Sleep Medicine
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