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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821665/molecular-and-functional-properties-of-regional-astrocytes-in-the-adult-brain
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Lydie Morel, Ming Sum R Chiang, Haruki Higashimori, Temitope Shoneye, Lakshmanan K Iyer, Julia Yelick, Albert Tai, Yongjie Yang
The molecular signature and functional properties of astroglial subtypes in the adult central nervous system (CNS) remain largely undefined. By employing translational ribosome affinity purification (TRAP) followed by RNA-seq, we profiled astroglial ribosome-associated (presumably translating) mRNAs in major cortical and subcortical brain regions (cortex, hippocampus, caudate putamen, nucleus accumbens, thalamus, and hypothalamus) of BAC aldh1l1-TRAP mice (both sexes). We found that the expression of astroglial translating mRNAs closely follows the dorsoventral axis especially from cortex/hippocampus to thalamus/hypothalamus posteriorly...
August 7, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819793/the-mechanisms-underlying-the-production-of-discontinuous-gas-exchange-cycles-in-insects
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REVIEW
Philip G D Matthews
This review examines the control of gas exchange in insects, specifically examining what mechanisms could explain the emergence of discontinuous gas exchange cycles (DGCs). DGCs are gas exchange patterns consisting of alternating breath-hold periods and bouts of gas exchange. While all insects are capable of displaying a continuous pattern of gas exchange, this episodic pattern is known to occur within only some groups of insects and then only sporadically or during certain phases of their life cycle. Investigations into DGCs have tended to emphasise the role of chemosensory thresholds in triggering spiracle opening as critical for producing these gas exchange patterns...
August 17, 2017: Journal of Comparative Physiology. B, Biochemical, Systemic, and Environmental Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819687/central-not-peripheral-vestibular-processing-impairs-gait-coordination
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Yoav Gimmon, Jennifer Millar, Rebecca Pak, Elizabeth Liu, Michael C Schubert
Gait coordination is generated by neuronal inter-connections between central pattern generators in the spinal cord governed by cortical areas. Malfunction of central vestibular processing areas generates vestibular symptoms in the absence of an identifiable peripheral vestibular system lesion. Walking in the dark enforces a coordinated afference primarily from the vestibular and somatosensory systems. We hypothesized that patients with aberrant central vestibular processing would demonstrate unique gait characteristics, and have impaired gait coordination compared with those patients with abnormal peripheral vestibular function and healthy controls...
August 17, 2017: Experimental Brain Research. Experimentelle Hirnforschung. Expérimentation Cérébrale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818389/common-and-variable-clinical-histological-and-imaging-findings-of-recessive-ryr1-related-centronuclear-myopathy-patients
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Osorio Abath Neto, Cristiane de Araújo Martins Moreno, Edoardo Malfatti, Sandra Donkervoort, Johann Böhm, Júlio Brandão Guimarães, A Reghan Foley, Payam Mohassel, Jahannaz Dastgir, Diana Xerxes Bharucha-Goebel, Soledad Monges, Fabiana Lubieniecki, James Collins, Līvija Medne, Mariarita Santi, Sabrina Yum, Brenda Banwell, Emmanuelle Salort-Campana, John Rendu, Julien Fauré, Uluc Yis, Bruno Eymard, Chrystel Cheraud, Raphaël Schneider, Julie Thompson, Xaviere Lornage, Lilia Mesrob, Doris Lechner, Anne Boland, Jean-François Deleuze, Umbertina Conti Reed, Acary Souza Bulle Oliveira, Valérie Biancalana, Norma B Romero, Carsten G Bönnemann, Jocelyn Laporte, Edmar Zanoteli
Mutations in RYR1 give rise to diverse skeletal muscle phenotypes, ranging from classical central core disease to susceptibility to malignant hyperthermia. Next-generation sequencing has recently shown that RYR1 is implicated in a wide variety of additional myopathies, including centronuclear myopathy. In this work, we established an international cohort of 21 patients from 18 families with autosomal recessive RYR1-related centronuclear myopathy, to better define the clinical, imaging, and histological spectrum of this disorder...
May 30, 2017: Neuromuscular Disorders: NMD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814031/evaluation-of-walking-smoothness-using-wearable-robotic-system-curara%C3%A2-for-spinocerebellar-degeneration-patients
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Atsushi Tsukahara, Kunihiro Yoshida, Akira Matsushima, Kumiko Ajima, Chika Kuroda, Noriaki Mizukami, Minoru Hashimoto
This paper aimed to verify the effectiveness of the wearable robotic system "curara" for patients with spinocerebellar degeneration (SCD) by evaluating walking smoothness. The curara system supports the wearer's gait using a synchronization control method that uses a neural oscillator based on a central pattern generator network. The system reflects the motional intention by adjusting the synchronization gains. This modifies the degree of interactive coordinated motion between the curara and the wearer. As a feasibility study, we evaluated the waking smoothness of 10 patients with SCD using three gain condition settings...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814014/bio-inspired-control-of-joint-torque-and-knee-stiffness-in-a-robotic-lower-limb-exoskeleton-using-a-central-pattern-generator
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Stefan O Sobrade, Yannik Nager, Amy R Wu, Roger Gassert, Auke Ijspeert
Robotic lower limb exoskeletons are becoming increasingly popular in therapy and recreational use. However, most exoskeletons are still rather limited in their locomotion speed and the activities of daily live they can perform. Furthermore, they typically do not allow for a dynamic adaptation to the environment, as they are often controlled with predefined reference trajectories. Inspired by human leg stiffness modulation during walking, variable stiffness actuators increase flexibility without the need for more complex controllers...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813914/data-sample-size-needed-for-analysis-of-kinematic-and-muscle-synergies-in-healthy-and-stroke-populations
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Navid Lambert-Shirzad, H F Machiel Van der Loos
Multiple studies have suggested the central nervous system (CNS) generates motions by using modular control of muscles and joints (synergies). However, the synergies reported by these studies are task dependent and might not reflect the true control strategies adopted by the CNS. Studying exploratory motions (EMs) can reveal biomechanical constraints and motor control strategies in healthy and clinical populations. The first logical step to consider EMs in study of motor synergies is to determine how much data is required to reliably and fully profile the motion patterns of an individual...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813823/a-generalized-framework-to-achieve-coordinated-admittance-control-for-multi-joint-lower-limb-robotic-exoskeleton
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Kai Gui, Honghai Liu, Dingguo Zhang
Traditional joint space admittance controller for N-DOF robotic systems is complexity and easily leads to incongruous movement among all joints. Our study introduces a central pattern generator (CPG) network into one-dimension joint space admittance control for the custom-made lower limb robotic exoskeleton with four DOFs, to guarantee the coordinated movement and security of users. The predefined trajectories for four joints are produced by CPG. Unilateral knee joint torque of subjects is detected based on corresponding muscle EMG signals...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813467/meat-consumption-reduction-in-italian-regions-health-co-benefits-and-decreases-in-ghg-emissions
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Sara Farchi, Manuela De Sario, Enrica Lapucci, Marina Davoli, Paola Michelozzi
INTRODUCTION: Animal agriculture has exponentially grown in recent decades in response to the rise in global demand for meat, even in countries like Italy that traditionally eat a Mediterranean, plant-based diet. Globalization related dietary changes are contributing to the epidemic of non-communicable diseases and to the global climate crisis, and are associated with huge carbon and water footprints. The objective of the study is to assess inequalities in health impacts and in attributable greenhouse gases-GHG emissions in Italy by hypothesizing different scenarios of reduction in red and processed meat consumption towards healthier consumption patterns more compliant with the recommendations of the Mediterranean food pyramid...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812673/craniofacial-diversification-in-the-domestic-pigeon-and-the-evolution-of-the-avian-skull
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Nathan M Young, Marta Linde-Medina, John W Fondon, Benedikt Hallgrímsson, Ralph S Marcucio
A central question in evolutionary developmental biology is how highly conserved developmental systems can generate the remarkable phenotypic diversity observed among distantly related species. In part, this paradox reflects our limited knowledge about the potential for species to both respond to selection and generate novel variation. Consequently, the developmental links between small-scale microevolutionary variations within populations to larger macroevolutionary patterns among species remain unbridged...
March 13, 2017: Nature ecology & evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812119/attention-holding-elicited-by-direct-gaze-faces-is-reflected-in-saccadic-peak-velocity
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Mario Dalmaso, Luigi Castelli, Giovanni Galfano
Manual response times to peripherally presented targets have been reported to be greater in the presence of task-irrelevant pictorial faces at fixation which establish an eye contact with the observer. This effect is interpreted as evidence that direct-gaze faces hold attention. In three experiments, we investigated whether this attention-holding effect is also reflected in saccadic response times. Participants were asked to make a saccade towards a symbolic target that could appear rightwards or leftwards, in the presence of a task-irrelevant centrally placed face with either direct gaze or closed eyes...
August 10, 2017: Experimental Brain Research. Experimentelle Hirnforschung. Expérimentation Cérébrale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808257/stochastic-model-of-contact-inhibition-and-the-proliferation-of-melanoma-in-situ
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Mauro César Cafundó Morais, Izabella Stuhl, Alan U Sabino, Willian W Lautenschlager, Alexandre S Queiroga, Tharcisio Citrangulo Tortelli, Roger Chammas, Yuri Suhov, Alexandre F Ramos
Contact inhibition is a central feature orchestrating cell proliferation in culture experiments; its loss is associated with malignant transformation and tumorigenesis. We performed a co-culture experiment with human metastatic melanoma cell line (SKMEL- 147) and immortalized keratinocyte cells (HaCaT). After 8 days a spatial pattern was detected, characterized by the formation of clusters of melanoma cells surrounded by keratinocytes constraining their proliferation. In addition, we observed that the proportion of melanoma cells within the total population has increased...
August 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808253/species-distribution-models-of-two-critically-endangered-deep-sea-octocorals-reveal-fishing-impacts-on-vulnerable-marine-ecosystems-in-central-mediterranean-sea
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V Lauria, G Garofalo, F Fiorentino, D Massi, G Milisenda, S Piraino, T Russo, M Gristina
Deep-sea coral assemblages are key components of marine ecosystems that generate habitats for fish and invertebrate communities and act as marine biodiversity hot spots. Because of their life history traits, deep-sea corals are highly vulnerable to human impacts such as fishing. They are an indicator of vulnerable marine ecosystems (VMEs), therefore their conservation is essential to preserve marine biodiversity. In the Mediterranean Sea deep-sea coral habitats are associated with commercially important crustaceans, consequently their abundance has dramatically declined due to the effects of trawling...
August 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806716/efficient-hardware-implementation-of-the-subthalamic-nucleus-external-globus-pallidus-oscillation-system-and-its-dynamics-investigation
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Shuangming Yang, Xile Wei, Jiang Wang, Bin Deng, Chen Liu, Haitao Yu, Huiyan Li
Modeling and implementation of the nonlinear neural system with physiologically plausible dynamic behaviors are considerably meaningful in the field of computational neuroscience. This study introduces a novel hardware platform to investigate the dynamical behaviors within the nonlinear subthalamic nucleus-external globus pallidus system. In order to reduce the implementation complexities, a hardware-oriented conductance-based subthalamic nucleus (STN) model is presented, which can reproduce accurately the dynamical characteristics of biological conductance-based STN cells...
July 26, 2017: Neural Networks: the Official Journal of the International Neural Network Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801797/planar-covariance-of-upper-and-lower-limb-elevation-angles-during-hand-foot-crawling-in-healthy-young-adults
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M J MacLellan, G Catavitello, Y P Ivanenko, F Lacquaniti
Habitual quadrupeds have been shown to display a planar covariance of segment elevation angle waveforms in the fore and hind limbs during many forms of locomotion. The purpose of the current study was to determine if humans generate similar patterns in the upper and lower limbs during hand-foot crawling. Nine healthy young adults performed hand-foot crawling on a treadmill at speeds of 1, 2, and 3 km/h. A principal component analysis (PCA) was applied to the segment elevation angle waveforms for the upper (upper arm, lower arm, and hand) and lower (thigh, shank, and foot) limbs separately...
August 11, 2017: Experimental Brain Research. Experimentelle Hirnforschung. Expérimentation Cérébrale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800257/the-inherent-asymmetry-of-dna-replication
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Jonathan Snedeker, Matthew Wooten, Xin Chen
Semiconservative DNA replication has provided an elegant solution to the fundamental problem of how life is able to proliferate in a way that allows cells, organisms, and populations to survive and replicate many times over. Somewhat lost, however, in our admiration for this elegant mechanism is an appreciation for the asymmetries that occur in the process of DNA replication. As we discuss in this review, these asymmetries arise as a consequence of the structure of the DNA molecule and the enzymatic mechanism of DNA synthesis...
August 11, 2017: Annual Review of Cell and Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794190/model-of-rhythmic-ball-bouncing-using-a-visually-controlled-neural-oscillator
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Guillaume Avrin, Isabelle Anne Siegler, Maria Makarov, Pedro Rodriguez-Ayerbe
The present paper investigates the sensory-driven modulations of Central Pattern Generators dynamics that can be expected to reproduce human behavior during rhythmic hybrid tasks. We propose a theoretical model of human sensorimotor behavior able to account for the observed data from the ball-bouncing task. The novel control architecture is composed of a Matsuoka neural oscillator parametrically controlled by a sensorimotor controller and coupled with the environment through visual sensory feedback. The architecture's ability to reproduce human-like performance during the ball-bouncing task in the presence of perturbations is quantified by comparison of simulated and recorded trials...
August 9, 2017: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28793046/influence-of-the-tilt-angle-of-percutaneous-aortic-prosthesis-on-velocity-and-shear-stress-fields
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Bruno Alvares de Azevedo Gomes, Gabriel Cordeiro Camargo, Jorge Roberto Lopes Dos Santos, Luis Fernando Alzuguir Azevedo, Ângela Ourivio Nieckele, Aristarco Gonçalves Siqueira-Filho, Glaucia Maria Moraes de Oliveira
Background: Due to the nature of the percutaneous prosthesis deployment process, a variation in its final position is expected. Prosthetic valve placement will define the spatial location of its effective orifice in relation to the aortic annulus. The blood flow pattern in the ascending aorta is related to the aortic remodeling process, and depends on the spatial location of the effective orifice. The hemodynamic effect of small variations in the angle of inclination of the effective orifice has not been studied in detail...
August 7, 2017: Arquivos Brasileiros de Cardiologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28791705/ascending-pathways-that-mediate-cholinergic-modulation-of-lumbar-motor-activity
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REVIEW
Lili Anglister, Meir Cherniak, Aharon Lev-Tov
Deciphering neuronal pathways that reactivate spinal central pattern generators (CPGs) and modulate the activity of spinal motoneurons in mammals in the absence of supraspinal control is important for understanding of neural control of movement and for developing novel therapeutic approaches to improve the mobility of spinal cord injury patients. Previously, we showed that the sacral and lumbar cholinergic system could potently modulate the locomotor CPGs in newborn rodents. Here, we review these and our more recent studies of sacral relay neurons with lumbar projections to the locomotor CPGs and to lumbar motoneurons and demonstrate that sacral and lumbar cholinergic components have the capacity to control the frequency of the locomotor CPGs and at the same time the motor output of the activated lumbar motoneurons during motor behavior...
August 2017: Journal of Neurochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28764967/ultrasound-imaging-of-muscle-contraction-of-the-tibialis-anterior-in-patients-with-facioscapulohumeral-dystrophy
#20
Kaj Gijsbertse, Rianne Goselink, Saskia Lassche, Maartje Nillesen, André Sprengers, Nico Verdonschot, Nens van Alfen, Chris de Korte
A need exists for biomarkers to diagnose, quantify and longitudinally follow facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy (FSHD) and many other neuromuscular disorders. Furthermore, the pathophysiological mechanisms leading to muscle weakness in most neuromuscular disorders are not completely understood. Dynamic ultrasound imaging (B-mode image sequences) in combination with speckle tracking is an easy, applicable and patient-friendly imaging tool to visualize and quantify muscle deformation. This dynamic information provides insight in the pathophysiological mechanisms and may help to distinguish the various stages of diseased muscle in FSHD...
July 29, 2017: Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology
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