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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079257/a-safe-cheap-and-easy-to-use-isotropic-diffusion-mri-phantom-for-clinical-and-multicenter-studies
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Pim Pullens, Piet Bladt, Jan Sijbers, Andrew I R Maas, Paul M Parizel
PURPOSE: Since Diffusion Weighted Imaging (DWI) data acquisition and processing are not standardized, substantial differences in DWI derived measures such as Apparent Diffusion Coefficient (ADC) may arise which are related to the acquisition or MRI processing method, but not to the sample under study. Quality assurance using a standardized test object, or phantom, is a key factor in standardizing DWI across scanners. METHODS: Current diffusion phantoms are either complex to use, not available in larger quantities, contain substances unwanted in a clinical environment, or are expensive...
January 12, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077329/body-schema-plasticity-after-stroke-subjective-and-neurophysiological-correlates-of-the-rubber-hand-illusion
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Roberto Llorens, Adrián Borrego, Priscila Palomo, Ausiàs Cebolla, Enrique Noé, Sergi Bermúdez I Badia, Rosa Baños
Stroke can lead to motor impairments that can affect the body structure and restraint mobility. We hypothesize that brain lesions and their motor sequelae can distort the body schema, a sensorimotor map of body parts and elements in the peripersonal space through which human beings embody the reachable space and ready the body for forthcoming movements. Two main constructs have been identified in the embodiment mechanism: body-ownership, the sense that the body that one inhabits is his/her own, and agency, the sense that one can move and control his/her body...
January 7, 2017: Neuropsychologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070618/blunted-5-ht1a-receptor-mediated-responses-and-antidepressant-like-behavior-in-mice-lacking-the-gabab1a-but-not-gabab1b-subunit-isoforms
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Laura H Jacobson, Daniel Hoyer, Dominique Fehlmann, Bernhard Bettler, Klemens Kaupmann, John F Cryan
RATIONALE: There is accumulating evidence for a role of GABAB receptors in depression. GABAB receptors are heterodimers of GABAB1 and GABAB2 receptor subunits. The predominant GABAB1 subunit isoforms are GABAB1a and GABAB1b. GABAB1 isoforms in mice differentially influence cognition, conditioned fear, and susceptibility to stress, yet their influence in tests of antidepressant-like activity has not been fully investigated. OBJECTIVES: Given the interactions between GABAB receptors and the serotonergic system and the involvement of 5-HT1A receptors (5-HT1AR) in antidepressant action, we sought to evaluate 5-HT1AR function in GABAB1a(-/-) and GABAB1b(-/-) mice...
January 9, 2017: Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070566/interleukin-37-expression-in-mice-alters-sleep-responses-to-inflammatory-agents-and-influenza-virus-infection
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Christopher J Davis, Mark R Zielinski, Danielle Dunbrasky, Ping Taishi, Charles A Dinarello, James M Krueger
Multiple interactions between the immune system and sleep are known, including the effects of microbial challenge on sleep or the effects of sleep loss on facets of the immune response. Cytokines regulate, in part, sleep and immune responses. Here we examine the role of an anti-inflammatory cytokine, interleukin-37 (IL-37) on sleep in a mouse strain that expresses human IL-37b (IL37tg mice). Constitutive expression of the IL-37 gene in the brains of these mice under resting conditions is low; however, upon an inflammatory stimulus, expression increases dramatically...
June 2017: Neurobiology of Sleep and Circadian Rhythms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28066542/characterization-of-tubular-liquid-crystal-structure-in-embryonic-stem-cell-derived-embryoid-bodies
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MengMeng Xu, Odell D Jones, Liyang Wang, Xin Zhou, Harry G Davis, Joseph L Bryant, Jianjie Ma, Willian B Isaacs, Xuehong Xu
BACKGROUND: Massive liquid crystal droplets have been found during embryonic development in more than twenty different tissues and organs, including the liver, brain and kidney. Liquid crystal deposits have also been identified in multiple human pathologies, including vascular disease, liver dysfunction, age-related macular degeneration, and other chronic illnesses. Despite the involvement of liquid crystals in such a large number of human processes, this phenomenon is poorly understood and there are no in vitro systems to further examine the function of liquid crystals in biology...
2017: Cell & Bioscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063233/establishment-of-a-new-conditionally-immortalized-human-skeletal-muscle-microvascular-endothelial-cell-line
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Hironori Sano, Yasuteru Sano, Eri Ishiguchi, Fumitaka Shimizu, Masatoshi Omoto, Toshihiko Maeda, Hideaki Nishihara, Yukio Takeshita, Shiori Takahashi, Mariko Oishi, Takashi Kanda
In skeletal muscle, the capillaries have tight junctions (TJs) that are structurally similar to those in the blood-brain barrier (BBB) and blood-nerve barrier (BNB). Although many findings have been clarified in the territory of BBB and BNB, few have so far examined the TJs of capillaries in the skeletal muscle. In addition, no in vitro human skeletal muscle microvasculature models have been reported thus far. We newly established a new human skeletal muscle microvascular endothelial cell (HSMMEC) line. HSMMECs were isolated from human skeletal muscle and were infected with retroviruses harboring temperature-sensitive SV40 T antigen and telomerase genes...
January 7, 2017: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063092/was-hawan-designed-to-fight-anxiety-scientific-evidences
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R K Romana, A Sharma, V Gupta, R Kaur, S Kumar, P Bansal
Anxiety is a psychiatric disorder with unknown neurobiology; however, neurotransmitters like gamma-amino butyric acid, norepinephrine and serotonin (5-HT) play crucial roles in mediating anxiety. Present drug modules pose dependence risk to the patient; hence, there is a great need to develop complementary therapies to fight this disorder. Aromatherapy has also been employed in ancient times for a number of mental disorders. Mahamrituanjay Mantra, Om triambkum yajamahe, sughandhim puushtivardhanam, urvarukmev vandhanaat, mrityu mokshay mamritaat!!!!, the part of veda enlightens that aroma gives rise to good health (sughandhim puushtivardhanam)...
January 6, 2017: Journal of Religion and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28060338/a-submerged-filter-paper-sandwich-for-long-term-ex-ovo-time-lapse-imaging-of-early-chick-embryos
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Manuel Schmitz, Ben K A Nelemans, Theodoor H Smit
Due to its availability, low cost, flat geometry, and transparency, the ex ovo chick embryo has become a major vertebrate animal model for the study of morphogenetic events, such as gastrulation(2), neurulation(3)(-)(5), somitogenesis(6), heart bending(7,8), and brain formation(9)(-)(13), during early embryogenesis. Key to understanding morphogenetic processes is to follow them dynamically by time-lapse imaging. The acquisition of time-lapse movies of chick embryogenesis ex ovo has been limited either to short time windows or to the need for an incubator to control temperature and humidity around the embryo(14)...
December 28, 2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28060294/manipulation-of-epileptiform-electrocorticograms-ecogs-and-sleep-in-rats-and-mice-by-acupuncture
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Pei-Lu Yi, Shuo-Bin Jou, Yi-Jou Wu, Fang-Chia Chang
Ancient Chinese literature has documented that acupuncture possesses efficient therapeutic effects on epilepsy and insomnia. There is, however, little research to reveal the possible mechanisms behind these effects. To investigate the effect of acupuncture on epilepsy and sleep, several issues need to be addressed. The first is to identify the acupoints, which correspond between humans, rats, and mice. Furthermore, the depth of insertion of the acupuncture needle, the degree of needle twist in manual needle acupuncture, and the stimulation parameters for electroacupuncture (EA) need to be determined...
December 22, 2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28060200/early-fever-as-a-predictor-of-paroxysmal-sympathetic-hyperactivity-in-traumatic-brain-injury
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Holly E Hinson, Martin A Schreiber, Amber L Laurie, Ian J Baguley, Dennis Bourdette, Geoffrey S F Ling
OBJECTIVE: Paroxysmal sympathetic hyperactivity (PSH) is characterized by episodic, hyperadrenergic alterations in vital signs after traumatic brain injury (TBI). We sought to apply an objective scale to the vital sign alterations of PSH in order to determine whether 1 element might be predictive of developing PSH. SETTING/PARTICIPANTS/DESIGN: We conducted an observational study of consecutive TBI patients (Glasgow Coma Scale score ≤12) and monitored the cohort for clinical evidence of PSH...
January 5, 2017: Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28052921/the-circadian-oscillator-of-the-cerebral-cortex-molecular-biochemical-and-behavioral-effects-of-deleting-the-arntl-clock-gene-in-cortical-neurons
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Tenna Bering, Mikkel Bloss Carstensen, Gitta Wörtwein, Pia Weikop, Martin Fredensborg Rath
A molecular circadian oscillator resides in neurons of the cerebral cortex, but its role is unknown. Using the Cre-LoxP method, we have here abolished the core clock gene Arntl in those neurons. This mouse represents the first model carrying a deletion of a circadian clock component specifically in an extrahypothalamic cell type of the brain. Molecular analyses of clock gene expression in the cerebral cortex of the Arntl conditional knockout mouse revealed disrupted circadian expression profiles, whereas clock gene expression in the suprachiasmatic nucleus was still rhythmic, thus showing that Arntl is required for normal function of the cortical circadian oscillator...
January 3, 2017: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28049450/yawning-reduces-facial-temperature-in-the-high-yawning-subline-of-sprague-dawley-rats
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Jose R Eguibar, Carlos A Uribe, Carmen Cortes, Amando Bautista, Andrew C Gallup
BACKGROUND: Yawning is a stereotyped behavior that enhances blood flow to the skull, and the resulting counterflow has been hypothesized as a mechanism for brain cooling. Studies have shown that yawns are strongly associated with physiological and pathological conditions that increase brain temperature, and that they are followed by equivalent decreases in brain temperature. However, measured reductions in cranial or facial temperatures following yawning have yet to be reported, to our knowledge...
January 3, 2017: BMC Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28048528/we-h-206-01-photoacoustic-tomography-multiscale-imaging-from-organelles-to-patients-by-ultrasonically-beating-the-optical-diffusion-limit
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L Wang
: Lihong V. Wang: Photoacoustic tomography (PAT), combining non-ionizing optical and ultrasonic waves via the photoacoustic effect, provides in vivo multiscale functional, metabolic, and molecular imaging. Broad applications include imaging of the breast, brain, skin, esophagus, colon, vascular system, and lymphatic system in humans or animals. Light offers rich contrast but does not penetrate biological tissue in straight paths as x-rays do. Consequently, high-resolution pure optical imaging (e...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28048042/tu-ab-bra-07-distortion-free-3d-diffusion-mri-on-an-mri-guided-radiotherapy-system-for-longitudinal-tumor-response-assessment
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Y Gao, Y Yang, N Rangwala, M Cao, D Low, P Hu
PURPOSE: To develop a reliable, 3D distortion-free diffusion MRI technique for longitudinal tumor response assessment and MRI-guided adaptive radiotherapy(RT). METHODS: A diffusion prepared 3D turbo spin echo readout (DP-TSE) sequence was developed and compared with the conventional diffusion-weighted single-shot echo-planar-imaging (DW-ssEPI) sequence in a commercially available diffusion phantom, and one head-and-neck and one brain cancer patient on an MRI-guided RT system (ViewRay)...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28047869/we-h-206-02-recent-advances-in-multi-modality-molecular-imaging-of-small-animals
#15
B Tsui
: Lihong V. Wang: Photoacoustic tomography (PAT), combining non-ionizing optical and ultrasonic waves via the photoacoustic effect, provides in vivo multiscale functional, metabolic, and molecular imaging. Broad applications include imaging of the breast, brain, skin, esophagus, colon, vascular system, and lymphatic system in humans or animals. Light offers rich contrast but does not penetrate biological tissue in straight paths as x-rays do. Consequently, high-resolution pure optical imaging (e...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28047205/we-h-206-03-promises-and-challenges-of-benchtop-x-ray-fluorescence-ct-xfct-for-quantitative-in-vivo-imaging
#16
S Cho
: Lihong V. Wang: Photoacoustic tomography (PAT), combining non-ionizing optical and ultrasonic waves via the photoacoustic effect, provides in vivo multiscale functional, metabolic, and molecular imaging. Broad applications include imaging of the breast, brain, skin, esophagus, colon, vascular system, and lymphatic system in humans or animals. Light offers rich contrast but does not penetrate biological tissue in straight paths as x-rays do. Consequently, high-resolution pure optical imaging (e...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28047142/we-ab-bra-04-investigation-of-mri-derived-thermal-dose-models
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C MacLellan, D Fuentes, H Espinoza, S Prabhu, G Rao, J Weinberg, R Stafford
PURPOSE: To develop and investigate a novel thermal dose model methodology using MR temperature imaging (MRTI) and post-treatment MRI changes as a surrogate of tissue damage in clinical laser ablation of the brain. METHODS: Post-treatment contrast enhanced T1-weighted images were registered to MRTI acquired during two MR-guided thermal ablation procedures. The non-enhancing central region and hyperintense ring of vascular disruption characteristic of the thermal lesion were segmented manually and resampled into the 2D geometry of the MRTI...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28046666/su-f-j-03-treatment-planning-for-laser-ablation-therapy-in-presence-of-heterogeneous-tissue-a-retrospective-study
#18
R Madankan, C MacLellan, S Fahrenholtz, J Weinberg, G Rao, J Hazle, R Stafford, D Fuentes
PURPOSE: MR guided Laser Induced Thermal Therapy (MRgLITT) is an effective technique for cancerous tissue destruction in brain. Precise modeling of the thermal ablation procedure is important for treatment planning for MRgLITT. Physical properties of target tissue such as optical attenuation (µ) highly affect the outcome of thermal ablation modeling. Hence to ensure accuracy of modeling scheme, it is crucial to precisely estimate patient specific heterogeneity in these parameters. METHODS: A steady-state Bioheat model is used for simulation of temperature field over the heterogeneous target tissue...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28046461/we-h-206-00-advances-in-preclinical-imaging
#19
Patrick La Riviere
: Lihong V. Wang: Photoacoustic tomography (PAT), combining non-ionizing optical and ultrasonic waves via the photoacoustic effect, provides in vivo multiscale functional, metabolic, and molecular imaging. Broad applications include imaging of the breast, brain, skin, esophagus, colon, vascular system, and lymphatic system in humans or animals. Light offers rich contrast but does not penetrate biological tissue in straight paths as x-rays do. Consequently, high-resolution pure optical imaging (e...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28043732/interactions-between-cannabidiol-and-%C3%AE-9-thc-following-acute-and-repeated-dosing-rebound-hyperactivity-sensorimotor-gating-and-epigenetic-and-neuroadaptive-changes-in-the-mesolimbic-pathway
#20
Stephanie M Todd, Cilla Zhou, David J Clarke, Tariq W Chohan, Dilara Bahceci, Jonathon C Arnold
The evidence base for the use of medical cannabis preparations containing specific ratios of cannabidiol (CBD) and Δ(9)-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is limited. While there is abundant data on acute interactions between CBD and THC, few studies have assessed the impact of their repeated co-administration. We previously reported that CBD inhibited or potentiated the acute effects of THC dependent on the measure being examined at a 1:1 CBD:THC dose ratio. Further, CBD decreased THC effects on brain regions involved in memory, anxiety and body temperature regulation...
December 30, 2016: European Neuropsychopharmacology: the Journal of the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology
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