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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315465/early-preclinical-evaluation-of-dihydropyrimidin-thi-ones-as-potential-anticonvulsant-drug-candidates
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Mariana Matias, Gonçalo Campos, Samuel Silvestre, Amílcar Falcão, Gilberto Alves
Although significant advances are occurring in epilepsy research, about 30% of epileptic patients are still inadequately controlled by standard drug therapy. For this reason, it continues to be important to develop new chemical entities through which epilepsy could be effectively controlled. In this study, the anticonvulsant activity of forty-two dihydropyrimidin(thi)ones was explored and their efficacy was evaluated in rodents against the maximal electroshock seizure (MES) and subcutaneous pentylenetetrazole tests...
March 14, 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315072/direct-myosin-activation-by-omecamtiv-mecarbil-for-heart-failure-with-reduced-ejection-fraction
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Mitchell A Psotka, John R Teerlink
Myosin is the indispensable molecular motor that utilizes chemical energy to produce force for contraction within the cardiac myocyte. Myosin activity is gated by intracellular calcium levels which are regulated by multiple upstream signaling cascades that can be altered for clinical utility using inotropic medications. In contrast to clinically available cardiac inotropes, omecamtiv mecarbil is a novel direct myosin activator developed to augment left ventricular systolic function without the undesirable secondary effects of altered calcium homeostasis...
March 18, 2017: Handbook of Experimental Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302159/a-data-driven-approach-links-microglia-to-pathology-and-prognosis-in-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis
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Johnathan Cooper-Knock, Claire Green, Gabriel Altschuler, Wenbin Wei, Joanna J Bury, Paul R Heath, Matthew Wyles, Catherine Gelsthorpe, J Robin Highley, Alejandro Lorente-Pons, Tim Beck, Kathryn Doyle, Karel Otero, Bryan Traynor, Janine Kirby, Pamela J Shaw, Winston Hide
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a devastating neurodegenerative disease that lacks a predictive and broadly applicable biomarker. Continued focus on mutation-specific upstream mechanisms has yet to predict disease progression in the clinic. Utilising cellular pathology common to the majority of ALS patients, we implemented an objective transcriptome-driven approach to develop noninvasive prognostic biomarkers for disease progression. Genes expressed in laser captured motor neurons in direct correlation (Spearman rank correlation, p < 0...
March 16, 2017: Acta Neuropathologica Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300959/fine-motor-skills-and-expressive-language-a-study-with-children-with-congenital-hypotyreoidism
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Renata Camargo Frezzato, Denise Castilho Cabrera Santos, Maura Mikie Fukujima Goto, Michelle Prado Cabral do Ouro, Carolina Taddeo Mendes Dos Santos, Vivian Dutra, Maria Cecília Marconi Pinheiro Lima
Purpose: To screen the global development of children with and without congenital hypothyroidism and to investigate the association between fine motor skills and expressive language development in both groups. Methods: This is a prospective study of a cohort of children diagnosed with Congenital Hypothyroidism and monitored in a reference service for congenital hypothyroidism of a public hospital and of children without this disorder. The screening was performed using the Bayley Scales of Infant Development III in the cognitive, gross and fine motor skills, and receptive and expressive language domains...
March 9, 2017: CoDAS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295054/microfluidic-device-enabled-quantitative-time-lapse-microscopic-photography-for-phenotyping-vegetative-and-reproductive-phases-in-fusarium-virguliforme-which-is-pathogenic-to-soybean
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Jill Marshall, Xuan Qiao, Jordan Baumbach, Jingyu Xie, Liang Dong, Madan K Bhattacharyya
Time-lapse microscopic-photography allows in-depth phenotyping of microorganisms. Here we report development of such a system using a microfluidic device, generated from polydimethylsiloxane and glass slide, placed on a motorized stage of a microscope for conducting time-lapse microphotography of multiple observations in 20 channels simultaneously. We have demonstrated the utility of the device in studying growth, germination and sporulation in Fusarium virguliforme that causes sudden death syndrome in soybean...
March 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28276960/effectiveness-of-a-self-regulated-remedial-program-for-handwriting-difficulties
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Hilde Van Waelvelde, Amy De Roubaix, Lien Steppe, Evy Troubleyn, Barbara De Mey, Griet Dewitte, Julie Debrabant, Dominique Van de Velde
BACKGROUND: Handwriting difficulties may have pervasive effects on a child's school performance. I Can! is a remedial handwriting program with a focus on self-regulated learning and applying motor learning principles combined with a behavioural approach. It is developed for typically developing children with handwriting problems. OBJECTIVE: The study aim was to evaluate the program's effectiveness. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Thirty-one children aged 7-8 year participated in a cross-over study...
March 5, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Occupational Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28274800/a-screening-tool-to-detect-clinical-manganese-neurotoxicity
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Brad A Racette, Anat Gross, Susan R Criswell, Harvey Checkoway, Susan Searles Nielsen
Manganese (Mn) over-exposure in occupational settings is associated with basal ganglia toxicity and a movement disorder characterized by parkinsonism (i.e., the signs and symptoms of Parkinson disease). A simple test to help non-neurologists identify workers with clinical Mn neurotoxicity represents an unmet need. In a cohort of Mn-exposed workers from welding worksites, with extensive clinical data, we developed a linear regression model to predict the Unified Parkinson Disease Rating Scale motor subsection part 3 (UPDRS3) score...
March 5, 2017: Neurotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28270618/novel-combinatorial-screening-identifies-neurotrophic-factors-for-selective-classes-of-motor-neurons
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Sébastien Schaller, Dorothée Buttigieg, Alysson Alory, Arnaud Jacquier, Marc Barad, Mark Merchant, David Gentien, Pierre de la Grange, Georg Haase
Numerous neurotrophic factors promote the survival of developing motor neurons but their combinatorial actions remain poorly understood; to address this, we here screened 66 combinations of 12 neurotrophic factors on pure, highly viable, and standardized embryonic mouse motor neurons isolated by a unique FACS technique. We demonstrate potent, strictly additive, survival effects of hepatocyte growth factor (HGF), ciliary neurotrophic factor (CNTF), and Artemin through specific activation of their receptor complexes in distinct subsets of lumbar motor neurons: HGF supports hindlimb motor neurons through c-Met; CNTF supports subsets of axial motor neurons through CNTFRα; and Artemin acts as the first survival factor for parasympathetic preganglionic motor neurons through GFRα3/Syndecan-3 activation...
March 7, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28268613/steady-state-visual-evoked-potential-based-brain-computer-interface-for-cognitive-assessment
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Nicolai Westergren, Rasmus L Bendtsen, Troels W Kjaer, Carsten E Thomsen, S Puthusserypady, Helge B D Sorensen
Cognitive assessment is of growing importance, with the general population getting older and a rapidly growing incidence of dementia, which is a major public health issue. Treatment of dementia must, to be most effective, start early in the disease process. Thus, early detection of cognitive decline is important. Cognitive decline may be detected using fully-automated computerized assessment. Such systems will provide inexpensive and widely available screenings of cognitive ability. The aim of this pilot study is to develop a real time steady state visual evoked potential (SSVEP) based brain-computer interface (BCI) for neurological cognitive assessment...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231269/a-mouse-model-of-paralytic-myelitis-caused-by-enterovirus-d68
#10
Alison M Hixon, Guixia Yu, J Smith Leser, Shigeo Yagi, Penny Clarke, Charles Y Chiu, Kenneth L Tyler
In 2014, the United States experienced an epidemic of acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) cases in children coincident with a nationwide outbreak of enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) respiratory disease. Up to half of the 2014 AFM patients had EV-D68 RNA detected by RT-PCR in their respiratory secretions, although EV-D68 was only detected in cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) from one 2014 AFM patient. Given previously described molecular and epidemiologic associations between EV-D68 and AFM, we sought to develop an animal model by screening seven EV-D68 strains for the ability to induce neurological disease in neonatal mice...
February 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226792/steady-state-visual-evoked-potential-based-brain-computer-interface-for-cognitive-assessment
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Nicolai Westergren, Rasmus L Bendtsen, Troels W Kjaer, Carsten E Thomsen, S Puthusserypady, Helge B D Sorensen, Nicolai Westergren, Rasmus L Bendtsen, Troels W Kjaer, Carsten E Thomsen, S Puthusserypady, Helge B D Sorensen, Troels W Kjaer, Nicolai Westergren, Carsten E Thomsen, Helge B D Sorensen, Rasmus L Bendtsen, S Puthusserypady
Cognitive assessment is of growing importance, with the general population getting older and a rapidly growing incidence of dementia, which is a major public health issue. Treatment of dementia must, to be most effective, start early in the disease process. Thus, early detection of cognitive decline is important. Cognitive decline may be detected using fully-automated computerized assessment. Such systems will provide inexpensive and widely available screenings of cognitive ability. The aim of this pilot study is to develop a real time steady state visual evoked potential (SSVEP) based brain-computer interface (BCI) for neurological cognitive assessment...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209131/support-for-the-feasibility-of-the-ages-and-stages-questionnaire-as-a-developmental-screening-tool-a-cross-sectional-study-of-south-african-and-zambian-children-aged-2-60-months
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Alastair van Heerden, Celia Hsiao, Beatrice Matafwali, Julia Louw, Linda Richter
BACKGROUND: There is a growing global acknowledgement that improving child survival rates is no longer sufficient. Emphasis is shifting to the improvement of health and developmental trajectories in early childhood. Screening and measurement of these trajectories in low and middle income countries is difficult, however, as they currently rely on developmental tests standardised among populations of children growing up in resource rich environments. METHODS: This paper presents a comparison of one such tool adapted for use with children living in Southern Africa to children from the United States, Norway, Korea and Spain...
February 16, 2017: BMC Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208604/reducing-fall-risk-with-combined-motor-and-cognitive-training-in-elderly-fallers
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Francesco Barban, Roberta Annicchiarico, Matteo Melideo, Alessia Federici, Maria Giovanna Lombardi, Simone Giuli, Claudia Ricci, Fulvia Adriano, Ivo Griffini, Manuel Silvestri, Massimo Chiusso, Sergio Neglia, Sergio Ariño-Blasco, Raquel Cuevas Perez, Yannis Dionyssiotis, Georgios Koumanakos, Milo Kovačeić, Nuria Montero-Fernández, Oscar Pino, Niels Boye, Ulises Cortés, Cristian Barrué, Atia Cortés, Peter Levene, Stelios Pantelopoulos, Roberto Rosso, José Antonio Serra-Rexach, Angelo Maria Sabatini, Carlo Caltagirone
BACKGROUND: Falling is a major clinical problem in elderly people, demanding effective solutions. At present, the only effective intervention is motor training of balance and strength. Executive function-based training (EFt) might be effective at preventing falls according to evidence showing a relationship between executive functions and gait abnormalities. The aim was to assess the effectiveness of a motor and a cognitive treatment developed within the EU co-funded project I-DONT-FALL...
February 10, 2017: Brain Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203335/is-the-bayley-scales-of-infant-and-toddler-developmental-screening-test-valid-and-reliable-for-persian-speaking-children
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Farin Soleimani, Nadia Azari, Roshanak Vameghi, Firoozeh Sajedi, Soheila Shahshahani, Hossein Karimi, Adis Kraskian, Amin Shahrokhi, Robab Teymouri, Masoud Gharib
BACKGROUND: Advances in perinatal and neonatal care have substantially improved the survival of at-risk infants over the past two decades. OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to assess the reliability and validity of the Bayley Scales of infant and toddler developmental Screening test in Persian-speaking children. METHODS: This was a cross-sectional prospective study of 403 children aged 1 - 42-months. The Bayley scales screening instrument, which consists of five domains (cognitive, receptive, and expressive communication and fine and gross motor items), was used to measure infants' and toddlers' development...
October 2016: Iranian Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193245/early-disease-progression-of-hurler-syndrome
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Bridget T Kiely, Jennifer L Kohler, Hannah Y Coletti, Michele D Poe, Maria L Escolar
BACKGROUND: Newborn screening for mucopolysaccharidosis type I (MPS I) shows promise to improve outcomes by facilitating early diagnosis and treatment. However, diagnostic tests for MPS I are of limited value in predicting whether a child will develop severe central nervous system disease associated with Hurler syndrome, or minimal or no central nervous system involvement associated with the attenuated phenotypes (Hurler-Scheie and Scheie syndromes). Given that the optimal treatment differs between Hurler syndrome and the attenuated MPS I phenotypes, the absence of a reliable prognostic biomarker complicates clinical decision making for infants diagnosed through newborn screening...
February 14, 2017: Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191758/preclinical-analysis-of-fetal-human-mesencephalic-neural-progenitor-cell-lines-characterization-and-safety-in-vitro-and-in-vivo
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Jisook Moon, Sigrid C Schwarz, Hyun-Seob Lee, Jun Mo Kang, Young-Eun Lee, Bona Kim, Mi-Young Sung, Günter Höglinger, Florian Wegner, Jin Su Kim, Hyung-Min Chung, Sung Woon Chang, Kwang Yul Cha, Kwang-Soo Kim, Johannes Schwarz
We have developed a good manufacturing practice for long-term cultivation of fetal human midbrain-derived neural progenitor cells. The generation of human dopaminergic neurons may serve as a tool of either restorative cell therapies or cellular models, particularly as a reference for phenotyping region-specific human neural stem cell lines such as human embryonic stem cells and human inducible pluripotent stem cells. We cultivated 3 different midbrain neural progenitor lines at 10, 12, and 14 weeks of gestation for more than a year and characterized them in great detail, as well as in comparison with Lund mesencephalic cells...
February 2017: Stem Cells Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28146204/development-skills-of-children-born-premature-with-low-and-very-low-birth-weight
#17
Camila da Costa Ribeiro, Mariane Regina de Oliveira Pachelli, Natalie Camillo de Oliveira Amaral, Dionísia Aparecida Cusin Lamônica
Purpose: To compare the performance of children born premature with low birth weight (LBW) and very low birth-weight (VLBW) with that of children born at term, within the age range of one to three years, regarding child development in the gross motor, fine motor-adaptive, personal-social and language domains. Methods: This is a cross-sectional study in a cohort of 150 infants born premature (experimental group) and at term (control group) divided into eight groups with respect to weight (low birth weight: <2500 grams and very low birth weight: <1500 grams) and age range (aged 12 to 24 and 25 to 36 months)...
January 30, 2017: CoDAS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28141712/significant-sleep-dysregulation-in-a-toddler-with-developmental-delay
#18
Martin T Stein, Judith Owens, Myles Abbott
Derrick's parents made an appointment with a new pediatrician for a second opinion about disordered sleep. Now 22-months old, he was evaluated at 18 months of age for developmental delay when he was found to have "a regulatory disorder associated with delays in language and motor development, hypotonia and significant sleep problems." The parents are now most concerned about his sleeping pattern. Prolonged sleep onset and frequent night awaking occur each night since 6-months of age. These problems are more severe in the past few months when he awakes screaming and cannot be settled...
February 2017: Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics: JDBP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28130472/long-term-functional-outcome-in-patients-with-acquired-infections-after-acute-spinal-cord-injury
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Marcel A Kopp, Ralf Watzlawick, Peter Martus, Vieri Failli, Felix W Finkenstaedt, Yuying Chen, Michael J DeVivo, Ulrich Dirnagl, Jan M Schwab
OBJECTIVE: To investigate whether prevalent hospital-acquired pneumonia and wound infection affect the clinical long-term outcome after acute traumatic spinal cord injury (SCI). METHODS: This was a longitudinal cohort study within the prospective multicenter National Spinal Cord Injury Database (Birmingham, Alabama). We screened datasets of 3,834 patients enrolled in 20 trial centers from 1995 to 2005 followed up until 2016. Eligibility criteria were cervical SCI and American Spinal Cord Injury Association impairment scale A, B, and C...
February 28, 2017: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28129853/analysis-of-myelinated-axon-formation-in-zebrafish
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M D'Rozario, K R Monk, S C Petersen
Myelin is a lipid-rich sheath formed by the spiral wrapping of specialized glial cells around axon segments. Myelinating glia allow for rapid transmission of nerve impulses and metabolic support of axons, and the absence of or disruption to myelin results in debilitating motor, cognitive, and emotional deficits in humans. Because myelin is a jawed vertebrate innovation, zebrafish are one of the simplest vertebrate model systems to study the genetics and development of myelinating glia. The morphogenetic cellular movements and genetic program that drive myelination are conserved between zebrafish and mammals, and myelin develops rapidly in zebrafish larvae, within 3-5days postfertilization...
2017: Methods in Cell Biology
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