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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651365/cathepsin-k-inhibitors-for-osteoporosis-biology-potential-clinical-utility-and-lessons-learned
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Matthew T Drake, Bart L Clarke, Merry Jo Oursler, Sundeep Khosla
Cathepsin K is a cysteine protease member of the cathepsin lysosomal protease family. While cathepsin K is highly expressed in osteoclasts, lower levels of cathepsin K are also found in a variety of other tissues. Secretion of cathepsin K from the osteoclast into the sealed osteoclast-bone cell interface results in efficient degradation of type I collagen. The absence of cathepsin K activity in humans results in pycnodysostosis, characterized by increased bone mineral density and fractures. Pharmacological cathepsin K inhibition leads to continuous increases in BMD for up to five years of treatment and improves bone strength at the spine and hip...
June 23, 2017: Endocrine Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651111/the-rise-of-zika-infection-and-microcephaly-what-can-we-learn-from-a-public-health-emergency
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B McCloskey, T Endericks
OBJECTIVES: To consider why Zika was declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC), why it stopped being one and what we can learn from this for the future. STUDY DESIGN: This paper reviews the sequence of events and evidence base for the decision to declare Zika a PHEIC, the global response to this, the challenges in maintaining an evidence-based approach to outbreak response and identifies learning outcomes. METHODS: Evidence review, all published articles in reputable UK and international journals were identified...
June 23, 2017: Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650678/an-integrative-approach-for-identifying-network-biomarkers-of-breast-cancer-subtypes-using-genomic-interactomic-and-transcriptomic-data
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Forough Firoozbakht, Iman Rezaeian, Michele D'agnillo, Lisa Porter, Luis Rueda, Alioune Ngom
Breast cancer is a complex disease that can be classified into at least 10 different molecular subtypes. Appropriate diagnosis of specific subtypes is critical for ensuring the best possible patient treatment and response to therapy. Current computational methods for determining the subtypes are based on identifying differentially expressed genes (i.e., biomarkers) that can best discriminate the subtypes. Such approaches, however, are known to be unreliable since they yield different biomarker sets when applied to data sets from different studies...
June 26, 2017: Journal of Computational Biology: a Journal of Computational Molecular Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650517/adaptive-change-in-chewing-related-brain-activity-while-wearing-a-palatal-plate-an-fmri-study
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Yuka Inamochi, Kenji Fueki, Nobuo Usui, Masato Taira, Noriyuki Wakabayashi
Prosthodontic treatment success depends on patients' ability to adapt to an altered oral environment containing removable prostheses. We investigated adaptive chewing-related brain activity changes in response to a new oral environment. Twenty-eight fully dentate subjects (mean age: 28.6 years) wore experimental denture-base palatal plates (3-mm thick), for 7 days. We measured food mixing ability and cycle time, and assessed brain activity by functional magnetic resonance imaging during chewing at pre-insertion (Day 0), and immediately (Day 1), 3 days (Day 3), and 7 days (Day 7) after insertion...
June 26, 2017: Journal of Oral Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650235/evaluation-of-infrared-thermography-as-a-diagnostic-tool-to-predict-heat-stress-events-in-feedlot-cattle
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Ellen M Unruh, Miles E Theurer, Brad J White, Robert L Larson, James S Drouillard, Nora Schrag
OBJECTIVE To determine whether infrared thermographic images obtained the morning after overnight heat abatement could be used as the basis for diagnostic algorithms to predict subsequent heat stress events in feedlot cattle exposed to high ambient temperatures. ANIMALS 60 crossbred beef heifers (mean ± SD body weight, 385.8 ± 20.3 kg). PROCEDURES Calves were housed in groups of 20 in 3 pens without any shade. During the 6 am and 3 pm hours on each of 10 days during a 14-day period when the daily ambient temperature was forecasted to be > 29...
July 2017: American Journal of Veterinary Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650183/spatial-transposition-tasks-in-indian-sloth-bears-melursus-ursinus-and-bornean-sun-bears-helarctos-malayanus-euryspilus
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Daniela Hartmann, Marina Davila-Ross, Siew Te Wong, Josep Call, Marina Scheumann
Spatial transposition tasks assess individuals' ability to represent nonvisible spatial object displacements. Several nonhuman mammal species have been tested on this task including primates, cats, and dogs, but to date, great apes seem the only taxon that has repeatedly and consistently solved spatial transposition tasks. The authors investigated the ability of captive sloth and sun bears to solve spatial transposition tasks. Both species belong to the same taxonomic group as cats and dogs, but unlike them and similar to apes, they have an omnivorous diet that requires them to keep track of fruit sources in space and time...
June 26, 2017: Journal of Comparative Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649906/a-test-for-a-difference-in-the-associability-of-blocked-and-uninformative-cues-in-human-predictive-learning
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Metin Uengoer, Dominic M Dwyer, Stephan Koenig, John M Pearce
In human predictive learning, blocking, A+AB+, and a simple discrimination, UX+ VX-, result in a stronger response to the blocked, B, than the uninformative cue, X (where letters represent cues, and + and - represent different outcomes). In order to assess if these different treatments result in more attention being paid to blocked than uninformative cues, Stage 1 in each of three experiments generated two blocked cues, B and E, and two uninformative cues, X and Y. In Stage 2, participants received two simple discriminations: either BX+ EX- and BY+ EY-, or BX+ BY- and EX+ EY-...
June 25, 2017: Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology: QJEP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649782/heterozygous-variants-in-actl6a-encoding-a-component-of-the-baf-complex-are-associated-with-intellectual-disability
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Ronit Marom, Mahim Jain, Lindsay C Burrage, I-Wen Song, Brett H Graham, Chester W Brown, Servi J C Stevens, Alexander P A Stegmann, Andrew T Gunter, Julie D Kaplan, Ralitza H Gavrilova, Marwan Shinawi, Jill A Rosenfeld, Yangjin Bae, Alyssa A Tran, Yuqing Chen, James T Lu, Richard A Gibbs, Christine Eng, Yaping Yang, Justine Rousseau, Bert B A de Vries, Philippe M Campeau, Brendan Lee
Pathogenic variants in genes encoding components of the BAF chromatin remodeling complex have been associated with intellectual disability syndromes. We identified heterozygous, novel variants in ACTL6A, a gene encoding a component of the BAF complex, in three subjects with varying degrees of intellectual disability. Two subjects have missense variants affecting highly conserved amino acid residues within the actin-like domain. Missense mutations in the homologous region in yeast actin were previously reported to be dominant lethal and were associated with impaired binding of the human ACTL6A to β-actin and BRG1...
June 25, 2017: Human Mutation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649770/precepting-nurse-practitioner-students-a-new-view-results-of-two-national-surveys-of-nurse-practitioner-preceptors
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Mary Ellen Roberts, Kathy J Wheeler, Diane O Tyler, Diane L Padden
PURPOSE: The aim of two national studies was to identify characteristics of nurse practitioners (NPs) who precept and the benefits, incentives, and barriers associated with the NP preceptor role. METHODS: Stratified randomized sampling was used to invite a representative number of NPs from each state to participate in a 2015 survey and a follow-up survey in 2016. These descriptive, exploratory studies distributed electronic questionnaires to 5000 randomly selected NPs in the 2015 survey and 40,000 NPs in the 2016 survey...
June 26, 2017: Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649193/repeated-low-intensity-blast-exposure-is-associated-with-damaged-endothelial-glycocalyx-and-downstream-behavioral-deficits
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Aaron A Hall, Mirian I Mendoza, Hanbing Zhou, Michael Shaughness, Eric Maudlin-Jeronimo, Richard M McCarron, Stephen T Ahlers
Current clinical research into mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) has focused on white matter changes as identified by advanced MRI based imaging techniques. However, perivascular tau accumulation in the brains of individuals diagnosed with mTBI suggests that the vasculature plays a key role in the pathology. This study used a rat model to examine whether the endothelial glycocalyx, a layer of the vasculature responsible for sensing luminal shear forces, is damaged by exposure to repeated low intensity blast, and whether this layer is associated with observed behavioral deficits...
2017: Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648815/age-dependent-changes-in-autophosphorylation-of-alpha-calcium-calmodulin-dependent-kinase-ii-in-hippocampus-and-amygdala-after-contextual-fear-conditioning
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Ton Fang, Kamillia Kasbi, Stephanie Rothe, Wajeeha Aziz, K Peter Giese
The hippocampus and amygdala are essential brain regions responsible for contextual fear conditioning (CFC). The autophosphorylation of alpha calcium-calmodulin kinase II (αCaMKII) at threonine-286 (T286) is a critical step implicated in long-term potentiation (LTP), learning and memory. However, the changes in αCaMKII levels with aging and training in associated brain regions are not fully understood. Here, we studied how aging and training affect the levels of phosphorylated (T286) and proportion of phosphorylated:total αCaMKII in the hippocampus and amygdala...
June 22, 2017: Brain Research Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648814/modulation-of-gap-junction-associated-cx43-in-neural-stem-progenitor-cells-following-traumatic-brain-injury
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Kisha Greer, Jiang Chen, Thomas Brickler, Robert Gourdie, Michelle H Theus
Restoration of learning and memory deficits following traumatic brain injury (TBI) is attributed, in part, to enhanced neural stem/progenitor cell (NSPCs) function. Recent findings suggest gap junction (GJ)-associated connexin 43 (Cx43) plays a key role in the cell cycle regulation and function of NSPCs and is modulated following TBI. Here, we demonstrate that Cx43 is up-regulated in the dentate gyrus following TBI and is expressed on vimentin-positive cells in the subgranular zone. To test the role of Cx43 on NSPCs, we exposed primary cultures to the α-connexin Carboxyl Terminal (αCT1) peptide which selectively modulates GJ-associated Cx43...
June 22, 2017: Brain Research Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648568/application-of-machine-learning-classification-for-structural-brain-mri-in-mood-disorders-critical-review-from-a-clinical-perspective
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REVIEW
Yong-Ku Kim, Kyoung-Sae Na
Mood disorders are a highly prevalent group of mental disorders causing substantial socioeconomic burden. There are various methodological approaches for identifying the underlying mechanisms of the etiology, symptomatology, and therapeutics of mood disorders; however, neuroimaging studies have provided the most direct evidence for mood disorder neural substrates by visualizing the brains of living individuals. The prefrontal cortex, hippocampus, amygdala, thalamus, ventral striatum, and corpus callosum are associated with depression and bipolar disorder...
June 22, 2017: Progress in Neuro-psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648549/hippocampal-spatial-mechanisms-relate-to-the-development-of-arithmetic-symbol-processing-in-children
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Romain Mathieu, Justine Epinat-Duclos, Jessica Léone, Michel Fayol, Catherine Thevenot, Jérôme Prado
Understanding the meaning of abstract mathematical symbols is a cornerstone of arithmetic learning in children. Studies have long focused on the role of spatial intuitions in the processing of numerals. However, it has been argued that such intuitions may also underlie symbols that convey fundamental arithmetic concepts, such as arithmetic operators. In the present cross-sectional study, we used fMRI to investigate how and when associations between arithmetic operators and brain regions processing spatial information emerge in children from 3(rd) to 10(th) grade...
June 13, 2017: Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648457/enriched-environment-promotes-remyelination-and-motor-function-recovery-through-modulation-of-hdac1-2-in-mice
#15
Jian Zheng, Weijun Ding, Baoming Li, Youjun Yang
Brain structure and functions are significantly affected by enriched environment (EE). Rodent and rhesus monkeys raised in EE will increase myelination in development, and these increase correlate with improved cognitive functions on learning and memory. However, whether and how EE influences remyelination in the adult remained undefined. Here, we used a cuprizone-induced demyelination mouse model demonstrate that EE significantly enhances remyelination. This EE-regulated remyelination is associated with improved motor skills...
June 22, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648301/associations-of-early-kidney-disease-with-brain-magnetic-resonance-imaging-and-cognitive-function-in-african-americans-with-type-2-diabetes-mellitus
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Barry I Freedman, Kaycee M Sink, Christina E Hugenschmidt, Timothy M Hughes, Jeff D Williamson, Christopher T Whitlow, Nicholette D Palmer, Michael E Miller, Laura C Lovato, Jianzhao Xu, S Carrie Smith, Lenore J Launer, Joshua I Barzilay, Robert M Cohen, Mark D Sullivan, R Nick Bryan, Benjamin C Wagner, Donald W Bowden, Joseph A Maldjian, Jasmin Divers
BACKGROUND: Relationships between early kidney disease, neurocognitive function, and brain anatomy are poorly defined in African Americans with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM). STUDY DESIGN: Cross-sectional associations were assessed between cerebral anatomy and cognitive performance with estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) and urine albumin-creatinine ratio (UACR) in African Americans with T2DM. SETTING & PARTICIPANTS: African Americans with cognitive testing and cerebral magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in the African American-Diabetes Heart Study Memory in Diabetes (AA-DHS MIND; n=512; 480 with MRI) and Action to Control Cardiovascular Risk in Diabetes (ACCORD) MIND (n=484; 104 with MRI) studies...
June 22, 2017: American Journal of Kidney Diseases: the Official Journal of the National Kidney Foundation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648285/simultaneous-learning-of-two-languages-from-birth-positively-impacts-intrinsic-functional-connectivity-and-cognitive-control
#17
Shanna Kousaie, Xiaoqian J Chai, Kaija M Sander, Denise Klein
This study explores the effect of individual differences in the age of acquisition of a second language using resting-state functional magnetic resonance imaging (rs-fMRI) to examine functional connectivity and its relation with cognitive control within bilinguals. We compared simultaneous bilinguals, who learned two languages from birth, to sequential bilinguals, who learned a second language following mastery of their first language. Results show an effect of language experience on the strength of anticorrelation between the default mode network and the task-positive attention network and on cognitive control, with simultaneous bilinguals demonstrating stronger anticorrelations between the two networks, as well as superior cognitive control compared to sequential bilinguals...
June 22, 2017: Brain and Cognition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647663/management-of-residual-tumor-after-limited-subtotal-resection-of-large-vestibular-schwannomas-lessons-learned-and-a-rationale-for-specialized-care
#18
William R Copeland, Matthew L Carlson, Brian A Neff, Colin L W Driscoll, Michael J Link
BACKGROUND: In an era where subtotal resection (STR) is increasingly utilized, we have encountered a growing number of patients referred to our institution with limited resection of large vestibular schwannomas (VS), at times associated with grave complications. OBJECTIVE: We highlight lessons learned in the management of large VS and provide a rationale for specialized care. METHODS: A prospectively maintained database of over 2,000 patients with VS evaluated at our institution between 2000 and 2016 was reviewed...
June 21, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647638/evolution-of-practices-in-carotid-surgery-observational-study-in-france-from-2006-to-2015
#19
Lucie Salomon du Mont, Stefan Olteanu, Eric Steinmetz, Benjamin Kretz
INTRODUCTION: The principal objective of this study was to determine the evolution of the surgical management of stenosis of the carotid bifurcation over a period of 10 years in France. The secondary objective was to ascertain the impact of recommendations and of the literature on the evolution of these practices. MATERIALS AND METHODS: From the registry of the 'Agence Technique de l'Information sur l'Hospitalisation (ATIH)', we collected all of the data for carotid surgery procedures carried out in French healthcare establishments between 2006 and 2015...
June 21, 2017: Annals of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647594/chronic-mild-stress-impairs-latent-inhibition-and-induces-region-specific-neural-activation-in-chl1-deficient-mice-a-mouse-model-of-schizophrenia
#20
Mona Buhusi, Daniel Obray, Bret Guercio, Mitchell J Bartlett, Catalin V Buhusi
Schizophrenia is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by abnormal processing of information and attentional deficits. Schizophrenia has a high genetic component but is precipitated by environmental factors, as proposed by the 'two-hit' theory of schizophrenia. Here we compared latent inhibition as a measure of learning and attention, in CHL1-deficient mice, an animal model of schizophrenia, and their wild-type littermates, under no-stress and chronic mild stress conditions. All unstressed mice as well as the stressed wild-type mice showed latent inhibition...
June 21, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
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