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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621417/cell-fate-decisions-during-neural-crest-ontogeny
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Chaya Kalcheim, Deepak Kumar
The neural crest (NC) originates in the central nervous system (CNS) primordium. Born as an epithelium, NC progenitors undergo an epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition that generates cellular movement away from the CNS. Mesenchymal NC progenitors then migrate through stereotypic pathways characteristic of various axial levels until homing to distinct primordia where phenotypic differentiation takes place. Being the source of most of the peripheral nervous system, pigment cells and ectomesenchyme, the embryonic NC is considered to be a multipotent population of precursors...
2017: International Journal of Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28616126/autistic-traits-affect-interpersonal-motor-coordination-by-modulating-strategic-use-of-role-based-behavior
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Arianna Curioni, Ilaria Minio-Paluello, Lucia Maria Sacheli, Matteo Candidi, Salvatore Maria Aglioti
BACKGROUND: Despite the fact that deficits in social communication and interaction are at the core of Autism Spectrum Conditions (ASC), no study has yet tested individuals on a continuum from neurotypical development to autism in an on-line, cooperative, joint action task. In our study, we aimed to assess whether the degree of autistic traits affects participants' ability to modulate their motor behavior while interacting in a Joint Grasping task and according to their given role. METHODS: Sixteen pairs of adult participants played a cooperative social interactive game in which they had to synchronize their reach-to-grasp movements...
2017: Molecular Autism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28610803/catatonia-is-not-schizophrenia-and-it-is-treatable
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Francisco J Appiani, Gonzalo S Castro
Catatonia is a cluster of motor features that appears in many recognized psychiatric illnesses, that according to the DSM-5 it is not linked as a subtype to schizophrenia anymore. The classic signs are mutism, a rigid posture, fixed staring, stereotypic movements, and stupor, which are all part of a broad psychopathology that may be found in affective, thought, neurological, toxic, metabolic and immunological disorders. Despite the many etiologies, catatonia may be a life-threatening condition with a specific treatment...
June 10, 2017: Schizophrenia Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28599653/dynamics-of-transcriptional-re-programming-of-syncytial-nuclei-in-developing-muscles
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Laetitia Bataillé, Hadi Boukhatmi, Jean-Louis Frendo, Alain Vincent
BACKGROUND: A stereotyped array of body wall muscles enables precision and stereotypy of animal movements. In Drosophila, each syncytial muscle forms via fusion of one founder cell (FC) with multiple fusion competent myoblasts (FCMs). The specific morphology of each muscle, i.e. distinctive shape, orientation, size and skeletal attachment sites, reflects the specific combination of identity transcription factors (iTFs) expressed by its FC. Here, we addressed three questions: Are FCM nuclei naive? What is the selectivity and temporal sequence of transcriptional reprogramming of FCMs recruited into growing syncytium? Is transcription of generic myogenic and identity realisation genes coordinated during muscle differentiation? RESULTS: The tracking of nuclei in developing muscles shows that FCM nuclei are competent to be transcriptionally reprogrammed to a given muscle identity, post fusion...
June 9, 2017: BMC Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548707/phenotypes-and-genotypes-in-individuals-with-smc1a-variants
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Sylvia Huisman, Paul A Mulder, Egbert Redeker, Ingrid Bader, Anne-Marie Bisgaard, Alice Brooks, Anna Cereda, Constanza Cinca, Dinah Clark, Valerie Cormier-Daire, Matthew A Deardorff, Karin Diderich, Mariet Elting, Anthonie van Essen, David Fitz Patrick, Cristina Gervasini, Gabriele Gillessen-Kaesbach, Katta M Girisha, Yvonne Hilhorst-Hofstee, Saskia Hopman, Denise Horn, Mala Isrie, Sandra Jansen, Cathrine Jespersgaard, Frank J Kaiser, Maninder Kaur, Tjitske Kleefstra, Ian D Krantz, Phillis Lakeman, Annemiek Landlust, Davor Lessel, Caroline Michot, Jo Moss, Sarah E Noon, Chris Oliver, Ilaria Parenti, Juan Pie, Feliciano J Ramos, Claudine Rieubland, Silvia Russo, Angelo Selicorni, Zeynep Tümer, Rieneke Vorstenbosch, Tara L Wenger, Ingrid van Balkom, Sigrid Piening, Jolanta Wierzba, Raoul C Hennekam
SMC1A encodes one of the proteins of the cohesin complex. SMC1A variants are known to cause a phenotype resembling Cornelia de Lange syndrome (CdLS). Exome sequencing has allowed recognizing SMC1A variants in individuals with encephalopathy with epilepsy who do not resemble CdLS. We performed an international, interdisciplinary study on 51 individuals with SMC1A variants for physical and behavioral characteristics, and compare results to those in 67 individuals with NIPBL variants. For the Netherlands all known individuals with SMC1A variants were studied, both with and without CdLS phenotype...
May 26, 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541901/changes-of-shoulder-elbow-and-wrist-stiffness-matrix-post-stroke
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Li-Qun Zhang, Jongsang Son, Hyung-Soon Park, Sang Hoon Kang, Yunju Lee, Yupeng Ren
Stroke affects multiple joints in the arm with stereotypical patterns of arm deformity involving the shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand and with disrupted coordination of multiple joints in active movements. However, there is a lack of systematic methods to evaluate multi-joints and multi-degree of freedoms (DOF) neuromechanical changes, especially for complex systems with three or more joints/DOFs involved. This study used a novel systematic method to characterize dynamics and control of the shoulder, elbow and wrist of the human arm individually and simultaneously, including the couplings across the multiple joints during controlled movements...
May 23, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28474792/molecular-stretching-modulates-mechanosensing-pathways
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Xian Hu, Felix Martin Margadant, Mingxi Yao, Michael Patrick Sheetz
For individual cells in tissues to create the diverse forms of biological organisms, it is necessary that they must reliably sense and generate the correct forces over the correct distances and directions. There is considerable evidence that the mechanical aspects of the cellular microenvironment provide critical physical parameters to be sensed. How proteins sense forces and cellular geometry to create the correct morphology is not understood in detail but protein unfolding appears to be a major component in force and displacement sensing...
July 2017: Protein Science: a Publication of the Protein Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28472332/the-spectrum-of-rem-sleep-related-episodes-in-children-with-type-1-narcolepsy
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Elena Antelmi, Fabio Pizza, Stefano Vandi, Giulia Neccia, Raffaele Ferri, Oliviero Bruni, Marco Filardi, Gaetano Cantalupo, Rocco Liguori, Giuseppe Plazzi
Type 1 narcolepsy is a central hypersomnia due to the loss of hypocretin-producing neurons and characterized by cataplexy, excessive daytime sleepiness, sleep paralysis, hypnagogic hallucinations and disturbed nocturnal sleep. In children, close to the disease onset, type 1 narcolepsy has peculiar clinical features with severe cataplexy and a complex admixture of movement disorders occurring while awake. Motor dyscontrol during sleep has never been systematically investigated. Suspecting that abnormal motor control might affect also sleep, we systematically analysed motor events recorded by means of video polysomnography in 40 children with type 1 narcolepsy (20 females; mean age 11...
June 1, 2017: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28459979/ocular-congenital-cranial-dysinnervation-disorders-ccdds-insights-into-axon-growth-and-guidance
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Mary C Whitman, Elizabeth C Engle
Unraveling the genetics of the paralytic strabismus syndromes known as congenital cranial dysinnervation disorders (CCDDs) is both informing physicians and their patients and broadening our understanding of development of the ocular motor system. Genetic mutations underlying ocular CCDDs alter either motor neuron specification or motor nerve development, and highlight the importance of modulations of cell signaling, cytoskeletal transport, and microtubule dynamics for axon growth and guidance. Here we review recent advances in our understanding of two CCDDs, congenital fibrosis of the extraocular muscles (CFEOM) and Duane retraction syndrome (DRS), and discuss what they have taught us about mechanisms of axon guidance and selective vulnerability...
April 28, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435999/neonatal-propofol-anesthesia-changes-expression-of-synaptic-plasticity-proteins-and-increases-stereotypic-and-anxyolitic-behavior-in-adult-rats
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Desanka Milanovic, Vesna Pesic, Natasa Loncarevic-Vasiljkovic, Vladimir Avramovic, Vesna Tesic, Vesna Jevtovic-Todorovic, Selma Kanazir, Sabera Ruzdijic
Propofol is a general anesthetic commonly used in pediatric clinical practices. Experimental findings demonstrate that anesthetics induce widespread apoptosis and cognitive decline in a developing brain. Although anesthesia-mediated neurotoxicity is the most prominent during intense period of synaptogenesis, the effects of an early anesthesia exposure on the synapses are not well understood. The aim of this study was to examine the effects of neonatal propofol anesthesia on the expression of key proteins that participate in synaptogenesis and synaptic plasticity and to evaluate long-term neurobehavioral abnormalities in the mature adult brain...
April 24, 2017: Neurotoxicity Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427022/stereotypy-of-psychogenic-nonepileptic-seizures
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Moshe Herskovitz
Psychogenic nonepileptic seizures (PNES) are defined as paroxysmal episodes in which epileptic semiology features are manifested, without the characteristic concomitant electrical discharges seen in epileptic seizures. Although many studies have dealt with semiologic classification of PNES, most of the studies did not raise the question of consistency of PNES in the same patient. The aim of this study was to measure the degree of consistency of PNES among individual patients. We retrospectively reviewed medical records and video- EEG records of all adult patients who underwent monitoring in our center from August 1st 2013 to May 31st 2015...
May 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424291/comparison-of-optomotor-and-optokinetic-reflexes-in-mice
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Friedrich Kretschmer, Momina Tariq, Walid Chatila, Beverly Wu, Tudor Constantin Badea
During animal locomotion or position adjustments, the visual system uses image stabilization reflexes to compensate for global shifts in the visual scene. These reflexes elicit compensatory head movements (Optomotor response - OMR) in unrestrained animals or compensatory eye movements (Optokinetic response - OKR) in head fixed or unrestrained animals, exposed to globally rotating striped patterns. In mice, OMR responses are relatively easy to observe and find broad use in the rapid evaluation of visual function...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415980/the-effects-of-bending-speed-on-the-lumbo-pelvic-kinematics-and-movement-pattern-during-forward-bending-in-people-with-and-without-low-back-pain
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Sharon M H Tsang, Grace P Y Szeto, Linda M K Li, Dim C M Wong, Millie M P Yip, Raymond Y W Lee
BACKGROUND: Impaired lumbo-pelvic movement in people with low back pain during bending task has been reported previously. However, the regional mobility and the pattern of the lumbo-pelvic movement were found to vary across studies. The inconsistency of the findings may partly be related to variations in the speed at which the task was executed. This study examined the effects of bending speeds on the kinematics and the coordination lumbo-pelvic movement during forward bending, and to compare the performance of individuals with and without low back pain...
April 17, 2017: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28406679/gently-does-it-humans-outperform-a-software-classifier-in-recognizing-subtle-nonstereotypical-facial-expressions
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Neta Yitzhak, Nir Giladi, Tanya Gurevich, Daniel S Messinger, Emily B Prince, Katherine Martin, Hillel Aviezer
According to dominant theories of affect, humans innately and universally express a set of emotions using specific configurations of prototypical facial activity. Accordingly, thousands of studies have tested emotion recognition using sets of highly intense and stereotypical facial expressions, yet their incidence in real life is virtually unknown. In fact, a commonplace experience is that emotions are expressed in subtle and nonprototypical forms. Such facial expressions are at the focus of the current study...
April 13, 2017: Emotion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28389307/de-novo-grin1-mutations-an-emerging-cause-of-severe-early-infantile-encephalopathy
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Yoav Zehavi, Hanna Mandel, Arie Zehavi, Muhammad Abu Rashid, Rachel Straussberg, Banan Jabur, Avraham Shaag, Orly Elpeleg, Ronen Spiegel
De novo GRIN1 mutations have recently been shown to cause severe intellectual disability, hypotonia, hyperkinetic and stereotyped movements, and epilepsy. We report two new cases of severe early onset encephalopathy associated with hyperkinetic and oculogyric-like movements, caused by mutations in the GRIN1 gene; both were identified by whole exome sequencing. One of the patients harbored the novel mutation p.Ser688Tyr and the other patient harbored the p.Gly827Arg mutation, which was previously reported in three patients...
June 2017: European Journal of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28373058/individual-differences-in-human-eye-movements-an-oculomotor-signature
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Gary Bargary, Jenny M Bosten, Patrick T Goodbourn, Adam J Lawrance-Owen, Ruth E Hogg, J D Mollon
Human eye movements are stereotyped and repeatable, but how specific to a normal individual are the quantitative properties of his or her eye movements? We recorded saccades, anti-saccades and smooth-pursuit eye movements in a sample of over 1000 healthy young adults. A randomly selected subsample (10%) of participants were re-tested on a second occasion after a median interval of 18.8days, allowing us to estimate reliabilities. Each of several derived measures, including latencies, accuracies, velocities, and left-right asymmetries, proved to be very reliable...
April 12, 2017: Vision Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28366742/heuristic-rules-underlying-dragonfly-prey-selection-and-interception
#17
Huai-Ti Lin, Anthony Leonardo
Animals use rules to initiate behaviors. Such rules are often described as triggers that determine when behavior begins. However, although less explored, these selection rules are also an opportunity to establish sensorimotor constraints that influence how the behavior ends. These constraints may be particularly significant in influencing success in prey capture. Here we explore this in dragonfly prey interception. We found that in the moments leading up to takeoff, perched dragonflies employ a series of sensorimotor rules that determine the time of takeoff and increase the probability of successful capture...
April 24, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28364416/periodic-limb-movements-during-sleep-mimicking-rem-sleep-behavior-disorder-a-new-form-of-periodic-limb-movement-disorder
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Carles Gaig, Alex Iranzo, Montserrat Pujol, Hernando Perez, Joan Santamaria
Study Objectives: To describe a group of patients referred because of abnormal sleep behaviors that were suggestive of rapid eye movement (REM) sleep behavior disorder (RBD) in whom video-polysomnography ruled out RBD and showed the reported behaviors associated with vigorous periodic limb movements during sleep (PLMS). Aims and Methods: Clinical history and video-polysomnography review of patients identified during routine visits in a sleep center. Results: Patients were 15 men and 2 women with a median age of 66 (range: 48-77) years...
March 1, 2017: Sleep
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28357113/identification-of-animal-movement-patterns-using-tri-axial-magnetometry
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Hannah J Williams, Mark D Holton, Emily L C Shepard, Nicola Largey, Brad Norman, Peter G Ryan, Olivier Duriez, Michael Scantlebury, Flavio Quintana, Elizabeth A Magowan, Nikki J Marks, Abdulaziz N Alagaili, Nigel C Bennett, Rory P Wilson
BACKGROUND: Accelerometers are powerful sensors in many bio-logging devices, and are increasingly allowing researchers to investigate the performance, behaviour, energy expenditure and even state, of free-living animals. Another sensor commonly used in animal-attached loggers is the magnetometer, which has been primarily used in dead-reckoning or inertial measurement tags, but little outside that. We examine the potential of magnetometers for helping elucidate the behaviour of animals in a manner analogous to, but very different from, accelerometers...
2017: Movement Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28351866/shh-promotes-direct-interactions-between-epidermal-cells-and-osteoblast-progenitors-to-shape-regenerated-zebrafish-bone
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Benjamin E Armstrong, Astra Henner, Scott Stewart, Kryn Stankunas
Zebrafish innately regenerate amputated fins by mechanisms that expand and precisely position injury-induced progenitor cells to re-form tissue of the original size and pattern. For example, cell signaling networks direct osteoblast progenitors (pObs) to rebuild thin cylindrical bony rays with a stereotypical branched morphology. Hedgehog/Smoothened (Hh/Smo) signaling has been variably proposed to stimulate overall fin regenerative outgrowth or promote ray branching. Using a photoconvertible patched2 reporter, we resolve active Hh/Smo output to a narrow distal regenerate zone comprising pObs and adjacent motile basal epidermal cells...
April 1, 2017: Development
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