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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646743/analysis-of-ictal-magnetoencephalography-using-gradient-magnetic-field-topography-gmft-in-patients-with-neocortical-epilepsy
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Hiroshi Shirozu, Akira Hashizume, Hiroshi Masuda, Yosuke Ito, Yoko Nakayama, Takefumi Higashijima, Masafumi Fukuda, Shigeki Kameyama
OBJECTIVE: We aimed to validate the usefulness of gradient magnetic-field topography (GMFT) for analysis of ictal magnetoencephalography (MEG) in patients with neocortical epilepsy. METHODS: We identified 13 patients presenting with an ictal event during preoperative MEG. We applied equivalent current dipole (ECD) estimation and GMFT to detect and localize the ictal MEG onset, and compared these methods with the ictal onset zone (IOZ) derived from chronic intracranial electroencephalography...
June 7, 2017: Clinical Neurophysiology: Official Journal of the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646502/the-liver-gut-microbiota-axis-modulates-hepatotoxicity-of-tacrine-in-the-rat
#2
Lian Yee Yip, Chiu Cheong Aw, Sze Han Lee, Yi Shuen Hong, Han Chen Ku, Winston Hecheng Xu, Jessalyn Mei Xuan Chan, Eleanor Jing Yi Cheong, Kern Rei Chng, Amanda Hui Qi Ng, Niranjan Nagarajan, Ratha Mahendran, Yuan Kun Lee, Edward R Browne, Eric Chun Yong Chan
The gut microbiota possesses diverse metabolic activities but its contribution towards heterogeneous toxicological responses is poorly understood. Here, we elucidate the role of the liver-gut microbiota axis in underpinning the hepatotoxicity of tacrine. We employed an integrated strategy combining pharmacokinetics, toxicology, metabonomics, genomics and metagenomics to elucidate and validate the mechanism of tacrine-induced hepatotoxicity in Lister hooded rats. Pharmacokinetic studies in rats demonstrated 3...
June 23, 2017: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646421/how-safe-and-effective-is-denosumab-for-bone-giant-cell-tumour
#3
REVIEW
Costantino Errani, Shinji Tsukamoto, Andreas F Mavrogenis
Recent clinical studies have suggested that denosumab is associated with beneficial tumour response, surgical down-staging, and reduced surgical morbidity in patients with giant cell tumour of bone. However, these studies reported results of patients still on denosumab treatment, or patients after denosumab treatment but with a short follow-up. Other studies reported that the new osseous tumour matrix and thickened cortical bone that develop with denosumab treatment does not allow the surgeon to delineate the true extent of the tumour, and probably increases the risk for local recurrence...
June 23, 2017: International Orthopaedics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646364/sinonasal-malignancies-incidence-and-histological-distribution-in-jamaica-1973-2007
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Tracey N Gibson, Dawn P McNaughton, Barrie Hanchard
PURPOSE: To determine the histological distribution and trends in incidence of sinonasal malignancies in Jamaica. METHODS: Cases of all sinonasal malignancies diagnosed between 1973 and 2007 were extracted from the archives of the Jamaica Cancer Registry. Data recorded for each case included age at diagnosis, sex, year of diagnosis, topography, and histology. Data were used to calculate frequencies, age-specific incidence rates, and age-standardized incidence rates (ASRs)...
June 23, 2017: Cancer Causes & Control: CCC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646240/delineating-function-and-connectivity-of-optokinetic-hubs-in-the-cerebellum-and-the-brainstem
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Ria Maxine Ruehl, Carolin Hinkel, Thomas Bauermann, Peter Zu Eulenburg
Optokinetic eye movements are crucial for keeping a stable image on the retina during movements of the head. These eye movements can be differentiated into a cortically generated response (optokinetic look nystagmus) and the highly reflexive optokinetic stare nystagmus, which is controlled by circuits in the brainstem and cerebellum. The contributions of these infratentorial networks and their functional connectivity with the cortical eye fields are still poorly understood in humans. To map ocular motor centres in the cerebellum and brainstem, we studied stare nystagmus using small-field optokinetic stimuli in the horizontal and vertical directions in 22 healthy subjects...
June 23, 2017: Brain Structure & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646227/size-dependent-uptake-and-hemolytic-effect-of-zinc-oxide-nanoparticles-on-erythrocytes-and-biomedical-potential-of-zno-ferulic-acid-conjugates
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E Preedia Babu, A Subastri, A Suyavaran, K Premkumar, V Sujatha, B Aristatile, Ghedeir M Alshammari, V Dharuman, C Thirunavukkarasu
Despite zinc oxide nanoparticles (ZnONPs) being increasingly used as carriers in biomedical fields due to their multifaceted properties and therapeutic importance, better understanding of the mechanisms and cellular consequences resulting from their interaction with cells and cellular components has been warranted. In the present study, we investigate the size-dependent interaction of ZnONPs on RBCs, and its impact on cell viability, DNA damage, ROS generation and morphological changes, employing cellular and analytical methods...
June 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646160/loss-of-g%C3%AE-i-proteins-impairs-thymocyte-development-disrupts-t-cell-trafficking-and-leads-to-an-expanded-population-of-splenic-cd4-pd-1-cxcr5-t-cells
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Il-Young Hwang, Kathleen Harrison, Chung Park, John H Kehrl
Thymocyte and T cell trafficking relies on signals initiated by G-protein coupled receptors. To address the importance of the G-proteins Gαi2 and Gαi3 in thymocyte and T cell function, we developed several mouse models. Gαi2 deficiency in hematopoietic progenitors led to a small thymus, a double negative (DN)1/DN2 thymocyte transition block, and an accumulation of mature single positive (SP) thymocytes. Loss at the double positive (DP) stage of thymocyte development caused an increase in mature cells within the thymus...
June 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645996/treatment-of-suspected-pulmonary-embolism-in-a-morbidly-obese-patient
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Viviene Heitlage, Mary Beth Borgstadt, Lisa Carlson
PURPOSE: A case highlighting challenges with enoxaparin dosage and monitoring in obese patients is presented. SUMMARY: A morbidly obese 22-year-old Caucasian female (height, 168 cm; weight, 322 kg; body mass index [BMI], 114 kg/m(2)) who presented to the emergency department with acute-onset dyspnea and hypoxia was empirically initiated on enoxaparin for suspected pulmonary embolism at the institution's standard maximum dosage (160 mg subcutaneously every 12 hours)...
July 1, 2017: American Journal of Health-system Pharmacy: AJHP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645844/modelling-and-interpreting-mesoscale-network-dynamics
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REVIEW
Ankit N Khambhati, Ann E Sizemore, Richard F Betzel, Danielle S Bassett
Recent advances in brain imaging techniques, measurement approaches, and storage capacities have provided an unprecedented supply of high temporal resolution neural data. These data present a remarkable opportunity to gain a mechanistic understanding not just of circuit structure, but also of circuit dynamics, and its role in cognition and disease. Such understanding necessitates a description of the raw observations, and a delineation of computational models and mathematical theories that accurately capture fundamental principles behind the observations...
June 20, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645799/genotype-phenotype-evaluation-of-med13l-defects-in-the-light-of-a-novel-truncating-and-a-recurrent-missense-mutation
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Reza Asadollahi, Markus Zweier, Laura Gogoll, Raphael Schiffmann, Heinrich Sticht, Katharina Steindl, Anita Rauch
A decade after the designation of MED13L as a gene and its link to intellectual disability (ID) and dextro-looped transposition of great arteries in 2003, we previously described a recognizable syndrome due to MED13L haploinsufficiency. Subsequent reports of 22 further patients diagnosed by genome-wide testing further delineated the syndrome with expansion of the phenotypic spectrum and showed reduced penetrance for congenital heart defects. We now report two novel patients identified by whole exome sequencing, one with a de novo MED13L truncating mutation and the other with a de novo missense mutation...
June 20, 2017: European Journal of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645774/evaluation-of-selected-indian-medicinal-plants-for-antagonistic-potential-against-malassezia-spp-and-the-synergistic-effect-of-embelin-in-combination-with-ketoconazole
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Chandran Sivasankar, Subramanian Gayathri, James Prabhanand Bhaskar, Venkat Krishnan, Shunmugiah Karutha Pandian
The genus Malassezia comprises of extremely lipophilic yeasts secreting lipases as a vital factor for survival. They are emerging as opportunistic pathogens in medical microbiology and dermatology by causing recurring and recalcitrant infection. Combinatorial therapy is a constructive way to combat infectious diseases. In that prospect, totally 16 Indian medicinal plants were screened, among which a maximum degree of antimicrobial activity was ascertained in Embelia ribes. Subsequently embelin was identified as the bioactive principle with antagonistic potential by comparative antimicrobial assay and FTIR analysis...
June 20, 2017: Microbial Pathogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645226/the-fragile-spell-of-desire-a-functional-perspective-on-changes-in-sexual-desire-across-relationship-development
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Gurit E Birnbaum
The sexual behavioral system evolved to motivate reproductive acts by arousing sexual desire. Building on the idea that this system has also been "exploited" by evolutionary processes to promote enduring bonds between romantic partners, the present article introduces an integrative model that delineates the functional significance of sexual desire in relationship formation and maintenance. This model explains why individuals' sexual reaction to their partner is context-dependent, clarifying how changes in the nature of interdependence over the course of relationships alter the ways in which specific predictors of sexual desire tend to promote (or inhibit) desire and thereby affect relationship depth and stability...
June 1, 2017: Personality and Social Psychology Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645025/decreased-functional-connectivity-and-disrupted-neural-network-in-the-prefrontal-cortex-of-affective-disorders-a-resting-state-fnirs-study
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Huilin Zhu, Jie Xu, Jiangxue Li, Hongjun Peng, Tingting Cai, Xinge Li, Shijing Wu, Wei Cao, Sailing He
BACKGROUND: Affective disorders (AD) have been conceptualized as neural network-level diseases. In this study, we utilized functional near infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) to investigate the spontaneous hemodynamic activities in the prefrontal cortex (PFC) of the AD patients with or without medications. METHODS: 42 optical channels were applied to cover the superior frontal gyrus (SFG), middle frontal gyrus (MFG), and inferior frontal gyrus (IFG), which constitute one of the most important affective networks of the brain...
June 17, 2017: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644203/invasive-investigation-of-insular-cortex-epilepsy
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Philippe Ryvlin, Fabienne Picard
Invasive long-term EEG investigations of the insula have been performed since the mid-nineties in an expanding range of focal epilepsies suspected to involve the insular cortex. The various clinical forms of insular epilepsies were delineated during the last 2 decades, and include the following presentations: perisylvian epilepsy, temporal plus epilepsy, sleep hypermotor epilepsy, MRI-negative frontal and parietal lobe epilepsies, and insular lesions. In fact, a majority of complex stereoelectroencephalography procedures will include at least one electrode targeting the insula...
July 2017: Journal of Clinical Neurophysiology: Official Publication of the American Electroencephalographic Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644150/rapid-fluorescence-lifetime-estimation-with-modified-phasor-approach-and-laguerre-deconvolution-a-comparative-study
#15
Farzad Fereidouni, Dimitris Gorpas, Dinglong Ma, Hussain Fatakdawala, Laura Marcu
Fluorescence lifetime imaging has been shown to serve as a valuable tool for interrogating and diagnosis of biological tissue at mesoscopic level. The ability to analyze fluorescence decay curves to extract lifetime values in real-time is crucial for clinical translation and applications such as tumor margin delineation or intracoronary imaging of atherosclerotic plaques. In this work, we compare the performance of two popular non-parametric (fit-free) methods for determining lifetime values from fluorescence decays in real-time -Phasor approach and Laguerre deconvolution...
June 23, 2017: Methods and Applications in Fluorescence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643737/changes-in-pharyngeal-constrictor-volumes-during-head-and-neck-radiation-therapy-implications-for-dose-delivery
#16
Akila Kumarasiri, Chang Liu, Mona Kamal, Correen Fraser, Stephen Brown, Indrin J Chetty, Jinkoo Kim, Farzan Siddiqui
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to evaluate the anatomical changes and associated dosimetric consequences to pharyngeal constrictor muscles (PCMs) that occur during head and neck (H and N) radiotherapy (RT). MATERIALS AND METHODS: A cohort of 13 oropharyngeal cancer patients with daily cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) was retrospectively studied. On every 5th CBCT image, PCM was manually delineated by a radiation oncologist. The anterior-posterior PCM thickness was measured at the midline level of C3 vertebral body...
April 2017: Journal of Cancer Research and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643349/a-qm-mm-study-of-the-catalytic-mechanism-of-sam-methyltransferase-rlmn-from-escherichia-coli
#17
Chenxiao Zhao, Lihua Dong, Yongjun Liu
RlmN is a radical S-adenosylmethionine (SAM) enzyme that catalyzes the C2 methylation of adenosine 2503 (A2503) in 23S rRNA and adenosine 37 (A37) in several Escherichia coli transfer RNAs (tRNA). The catalytic reaction of RlmN is distinctly different from that of typical SAM-dependent methyltransferases that employs an SN 2 mechanism, but follows a ping-pong mechanism which involves the intermediate methylation of a conserved cysteine residue. Recently, the x-ray structure of a key intermediate in the RlmN reaction has been reported, allowing us to perform combined quantum mechanics and molecular mechanics (QM/MM) calculations to delineate the reaction details of RlmN at atomic level...
June 23, 2017: Proteins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640939/global-transcriptome-and-co-expression-network-analyses-reveal-cultivar-specific-molecular-signatures-associated-with-seed-development-and-seed-size-weight-determination-in-chickpea
#18
Rohini Garg, Vikash K Singh, Mohan Singh Rajkumar, Vinay Kumar, Mukesh Jain
Seed development is an intricate process regulated via a complex transcriptional regulatory network. To understand the molecular mechanisms governing seed development and seed size/weight in chickpea, we performed a comprehensive analysis of transcriptome dynamics during seed development in two cultivars with contrasting seed size/weight (small seeded, Himchana 1 and large-seeded, JGK 3). Our analysis identified stage-specific expression for a significant proportion (>13%) of the genes. About one-fourth of total genes exhibited significant differential expression in JGK 3 as compared to Himchana 1...
June 22, 2017: Plant Journal: for Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640699/brain-tumor-imaging
#19
Kevin M Brindle, José L Izquierdo-García, David Y Lewis, Richard J Mair, Alan J Wright
Modern imaging techniques, particularly functional imaging techniques that interrogate some specific aspect of underlying tumor biology, have enormous potential in neuro-oncology for disease detection, grading, and tumor delineation to guide biopsy and resection; monitoring treatment response; and targeting radiotherapy. This brief review considers the role of magnetic resonance imaging and spectroscopy, and positron emission tomography in these areas and discusses the factors that limit translation of new techniques to the clinic, in particular, the cost and difficulties associated with validation in multicenter clinical trials...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640596/drug-target-kinetics-in-drug-discovery
#20
Peter J Tonge
The development of therapies for the treatment of neurological cancer faces a number of major challenges including the synthesis of small molecule agents that can penetrate the blood brain barrier (BBB). Given the likelihood that in many cases drug exposure will be lower in the CNS than in systemic circulation, it follows that strategies should be employed that can sustain target engagement at low drug concentration. Time dependent target occupancy is a function of both the drug and target concentration as well as the thermodynamic and kinetic parameters that describe the binding reaction coordinate, and sustained target occupancy can be achieved through structural modifications that increase target (re)binding and/or that decrease the rate of drug dissociation...
June 22, 2017: ACS Chemical Neuroscience
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