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René Garduño-Gutiérrez, Martha León-Olea, Gabriela Rodríguez-Manzo
Sexual experience modifies brain functioning and copulatory efficiency. Sexual activity, ejaculation in particular, is a rewarding behavior associated with the release of endogenous opioids, which modulate the activity of the mesolimbic dopaminergic system (MLS). In sexually exhausted rats, repeated ejaculation produces μ (MOR) and δ opioid receptor (DOR) internalization in ventral tegmental area (VTA) neurons, as well as long-lasting behavioral changes suggestive of brain plasticity processes. We hypothesized that in sexually naïve rats the endogenous opioids released during sexual experience acquisition, might contribute to brain plasticity processes involved in the generation of the behavioral changes induced by sexual experience...
March 18, 2018: Physiology & Behavior
Adam Reichenthal, Mor Ben-Tov, Ronen Segev
Many studies have yielded valuable knowledge on the early visual system but it is biased since the studies have focused on terrestrial mammals alone. Here, to better account for visual systems in different environments and animal classes, we studied the structure of early visual processing in the archerfish which harnesses its extreme visual ability to hunt by shooting water jets at prey hanging on vegetation above the water. Thus, the archerfish provides a unique opportunity to study visual processing in a vertebrate which is an expert vision-guided predator with a very different brain structure than mammals...
2018: Frontiers in Neural Circuits
Danielle E Mor, Harry Ischiropoulos
In Parkinson's disease (PD), the loss of dopamine-producing neurons in the substantia nigra (SN) leads to severe motor impairment, and pathological inclusions known as Lewy bodies contain aggregated α-synuclein protein. The relationship of α-synuclein aggregation and dopaminergic degeneration is unclear. This commentary highlights a recent study showing that the interaction of α-synuclein with dopamine may be an important mechanism underlying disease. Elevating dopamine levels in mice expressing human α-synuclein with the A53T familial PD mutation recapitulated key features of PD, including progressive neurodegeneration of the SN and decreased ambulation...
2018: Journal of Experimental Neuroscience
I Marzi, T Lustenberger, P Störmann, K Mörs, N Wagner, S Wutzler
BACKGROUND: Every year up to 35,000 people in Germany are severely injured in accidents in traffic, during work or leisure activities. The 24-h availability of the trauma room as well as surgical and intensive care unit capacities are essential to provide optimal acute care. This study analyzed the frequency of utilization of the resource trauma room in a level I trauma center in the past. METHODS: Data of a level I trauma center from 2005 to 2016 including trauma room alerts deployed by the rescue coordination center and the number of patients found to be severely injured (ISS ≥ 16) during trauma room diagnostics were analyzed retrospectively...
March 19, 2018: Der Unfallchirurg
Ane Storch Jakobsen, Helene Speyer, Hans Christian Brix Nørgaard, Mette Karlsen, Carsten Hjorthøj, Jesper Krogh, Ole Mors, Merete Nordentoft, Ulla Toft
OBJECTIVES: People with severe mental disorders die 10-25years earlier than people in the Western background population, mainly due to lifestyle related diseases, with cardiovascular disease (CVD) being the most frequent cause of death. Major contributors to this excess morbidity and mortality are unhealthy lifestyle factors including tobacco smoking, unhealthy eating habits and lower levels of physical activity. The aim of this study was to investigate the dietary habits and levels of physical activity in people with schizophrenia spectrum disorders and overweight and to compare the results with the current recommendations and with results from the general Danish population...
March 16, 2018: Schizophrenia Research
Jun-Bin Yin, Ya-Cheng Lu, Ban Feng, Zhen-Yu Wu, Ying-Biao Chen, Ting Zhang, Zhen-Zhen Kou, Ming-Ming Zhang, Han Zhang, Jin-Lian Li, Hui Li, Tao Chen, Yu-Lin Dong, Yun-Qing Li
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Spinal dorsal horn (SDH) is one of the most important regions for analgesia produced by endomorphin-2 (EM2), which has a higher affinity and specificity for the µ-opioid receptor (MOR) than morphine. Many studies have focused on substantia gelatinosa (SG, lamina II) neurons to elucidate the cellular basis for its antinociceptive effects. However, the complicated types and local circuits of interneurons in the SG make it difficult to understand the real effects of EM2...
March 15, 2018: Neuro-Signals
Hayley B Gershengorn, Carri W Chan, Yunchao Xu, Hanxi Sun, Ronni Levy, Mor Armony, Michelle N Gong
OBJECTIVE: To understand the impact of adding a medical step-down unit (SDU) on patient outcomes and throughput in a medical intensive care unit (ICU). DESIGN: Retrospective cohort study. SETTING: Two academic tertiary care hospitals within the same health-care system. PATIENTS: Adults admitted to the medical ICU at either the control or intervention hospital from October 2013 to March 2014 (preintervention) and October 2014 to March 2015 (postintervention)...
January 1, 2018: Journal of Intensive Care Medicine
Sonia Torres-Sanchez, Gisela Borges, Juan A Mico, Esther Berrocoso
Tapentadol is an analgesic that acts as an agonist of mu-opioid receptors (MOR) and that inhibits noradrenaline reuptake. Data from healthy rats show that tapentadol inhibits neuronal activity in the locus coeruleus (LC), a nucleus regulated by both the noradrenergic and opioid systems. Thus, we set out to investigate the effect of tapentadol on LC activity in streptozotocin (STZ)-induced diabetic rats, a model of diabetic polyneuropathy, by analyzing single-unit extracellular recordings of LC neurons. Four weeks after inducing diabetes, tapentadol dose-response curves were obtained from animals pre-treated with RX821002 or naloxone (alpha2-adrenoceptors and opioid receptors antagonists, respectively)...
March 15, 2018: Neuropharmacology
MacKinsey A Christian, Maureen Samms-Vaughan, MinJae Lee, Jan Bressler, Manouchehr Hessabi, Megan L Grove, Sydonnie Shakespeare-Pellington, Charlene Coore Desai, Jody-Ann Reece, Katherine A Loveland, Eric Boerwinkle, Mohammad H Rahbar
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a complex neurodevelopmental disorder with poorly understood etiology. Many maternal exposures during pregnancy and breastfeeding potentially interfere with neurodevelopment. Using data from two age- and sex-matched case-control studies in Jamaica (n = 298 pairs), results of conditional logistic regression analyses suggest that maternal exposures to fever or infection (matched odds ratio (MOR) = 3.12, 95% CI 1.74-5.60), physical trauma (MOR 2.02, 95% CI 1.01-4.05), and oil-based paints (MOR 1...
March 16, 2018: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Efrat Fleissig, Mor Pavlovksy, Anat Loewenstein, Dinah Zur, Hadas Newman, Shay Keren, Dafna Goldenberg, Efrat Bar-Ilan, Michaella Goldstein
PURPOSE: To investigate ocular manifestations in patients with vitiligo by multimodal imaging, including optical coherence tomography (OCT), color fundus photography, and fundus autofluorescence (FAF). METHODS: In this prospective, observational clinical study, vitiligo patients underwent ophthalmologic and dermatologic clinical assessment and imaging by spectral-domain OCT, FAF, and color fundus imaging. Ocular echography was performed as indicated. Statistical analysis was performed using paired T test and Pearson correlation...
March 16, 2018: Graefe's Archive for Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology
Roberto Raga, Alberto Pivato, Maria Cristina Lavagnolo, Laura Megido, Raffaello Cossu
In this study, a top cover system is investigated as a control for emissions during the aftercare of new landfills and for old landfills where biogas energy production might not be profitable. Different materials were studied as landfill cover system in lab-scale columns: mechanical-biological pretreated municipal solid waste (MBP); mechanical-biological pretreated biowaste (PB); fine (PBSf ) and coarse (PBSc ) mechanical-biological pretreated mixtures of biowaste and sewage sludge, and natural soil (NS). The effectiveness of these materials in removing methane and sulphur compounds from a gas stream was tested, even coupled with activated carbon membranes...
March 2018: Journal of Environmental Sciences (China)
Rita Turnaturi, Carmela Parenti, Orazio Prezzavento, Agostino Marrazzo, Paschalina Pallaki, Zafiroula Georgoussi, Emanuele Amata, Lorella Pasquinucci
The opioid pharmacological profile of cis -(-)- N -normetazocine derivatives is deeply affected by the nature of their N -substituents. Here, our efforts were focused on the synthesis and pharmacological evaluation of novel derivatives of the lead LP1, a multitarget opioid analgesic compound featuring an N -phenylpropanamido substituent. LP1 derivatives 5a - d and 6a - d were characterized by flexible groups at the N -substituent that allow them to reposition themselves relative to cis -(-)- N -normetazocine nucleus, thus producing different pharmacological profiles at the mu, delta and kappa opioid receptors (MOR, DOR and KOR) in in vitro and in vivo assays...
March 16, 2018: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
Kavita M Jeerage, Stephanie L Candelaria, Samuel M Stavis
Electrocatalytic core-shell nanoparticles, such as nickel/iron oxides for the oxygen evolution reaction (OER) in alkaline electrolytes, require rapid synthesis and measurement for practical use. To meet this challenge, we investigated a novel process of adding Ni(II) species to Fe nanoparticles immediately after synthesis, which we expected to yield Ni-rich shells around Fe-rich cores. Cyclic voltammetry showed that the overpotential decreased as the molar ratio of Ni to Fe in the synthesis vessel increased from 0...
March 15, 2018: Scientific Reports
Apostolos Kiaos, Ioannis Tziatzios, Stavros Hadjimiltiades, Charalambos Karvounis, Theodoros D Karamitsos
Stress perfusion cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) has been proposed as an important gatekeeper for invasive coronary angiography (ICA) and percutaneous coronary interventions (PCI) in patients evaluated for possible coronary artery disease (CAD) (Fihn et al., 2012; Montalescot et al., 2013) [1], [2]. Several meta-analyses have evaluated the accuracy of stress perfusion CMR to diagnose CAD at the vessel level (Danad et al., 2017; Dai et al., 2016; Jiang et al., 2016; Takx et al., 2015; Li et al., 2015; Desai and Jha, 2013; Jaarsma et al...
February 2018: Data in Brief
Leron Khalifa, Daniel Gelman, Mor Shlezinger, Axel Lionel Dessal, Shunit Coppenhagen-Glazer, Nurit Beyth, Ronen Hazan
The deteriorating effectiveness of antibiotics is propelling researchers worldwide towards alternative techniques such as phage therapy: curing infectious diseases using viruses of bacteria called bacteriophages. In a previous paper, we isolated phage EFDG1, highly effective against both planktonic and biofilm cultures of one of the most challenging pathogenic species, the vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus (VRE). Thus, it is a promising phage to be used in phage therapy. Further experimentation revealed the emergence of a mutant resistant to EFDG1 phage: EFDG1r ...
2018: Frontiers in Microbiology
Roey Schurr, Mor Nitzan, Ruth Eliahou, Laurent Spinelli, Margitta Seeck, Olaf Blanke, Shahar Arzy
In mental time travel (MTT) one is "traveling" back-and-forth in time, remembering, and imagining events. Despite intensive research regarding memory processes in the hippocampus, it was only recently shown that the hippocampus plays an essential role in encoding the temporal order of events remembered, and therefore plays an important role in MTT. Does it also encode the temporal relations of these events to the remembering self? We asked patients undergoing pre-surgical evaluation with depth electrodes penetrating the temporal lobes bilaterally toward the hippocampus to project themselves in time to a past, future, or present time-point, and then make judgments regarding various events...
2018: Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience
Visesato Mor, Antonella Rella, Amir M Farnoud, Ashutosh Singh, Mansa Munshi, Arielle Bryan, Shamoon Naseem, James B Konopka, Iwao Ojima, Erika Bullesbach, Alan Ashbaugh, Michael J Linke, Melanie Cushion, Margaret Collins, Hari Krishna Ananthula, Larry Sallans, Pankaj B Desai, Nathan P Wiederhold, Annette W Fothergill, William R Kirkpatrick, Thomas Patterson, Lai Hong Wong, Sunita Sinha, Guri Giaever, Corey Nislow, Patrick Flaherty, Xuewen Pan, Gabriele Vargas Cesar, Patricia de Melo Tavares, Susana Frases, Kildare Miranda, Marcio L Rodrigues, Chiara Luberto, Leonardo Nimrichter, Maurizio Del Poeta
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March 13, 2018: MBio
Ellen McCreedy, Lacey Loomer, Jennifer A Palmer, Susan L Mitchell, Angelo Volandes, Vincent Mor
OBJECTIVES: Federally mandated assessments of nursing home (NH) residents drive individualized care planning. Residents with cognitive impairment may not be able to meaningfully communicate their care needs and preferences during this process-a gap that may be partially addressed by involving surrogates. We describe the prevalence of family participation in the care planning process for long-stay NH residents with varying degrees of cognitive impairment. DESIGN: Retrospective study using administrative data made available as part of an ongoing pragmatic cluster randomized controlled trial...
March 10, 2018: Journal of the American Medical Directors Association
Samuel Obeng, Yunyun Yuan, Abdulmajeed Jali, Dana E Selley, Yan Zhang
Evidence has shown that downstream signaling by mu opioid receptor (MOR) agonists that recruit β-arrestin2 may lead to the development of tolerance. Also, it has been suggested that opioid receptor desensitization and cyclic AMP overshoot contributes to the development of tolerance and occurrence of withdrawal, respectively. Therefore, studies were conducted with 17-cyclopropylmethyl-3,14β-dihydroxy-4,5α-epoxy-6α-(isoquinoline-3-carboxamido)morphinan (NAQ), a MOR selective partial agonist discovered in our laboratory, to characterize its effect on β-arrestin2 recruitment and precipitation of a cyclic AMP overshoot...
March 9, 2018: European Journal of Pharmacology
Christian Hendriksz, Saikat Santra, Simon A Jones, Tarekegn Geberhiwot, Lynne Jesaitis, Brian Long, Yulan Qi, Sara M Hawley, Celeste Decker
Elosulfase alfa is an enzyme replacement therapy for Morquio A syndrome (mucopolysaccharidosis IVA), a multisystemic progressive lysosomal storage disorder. This report includes the primary treatment outcomes and immunogenicity profile of elosulfase alfa in patients with Morquio A syndrome from 2 sequential studies, MOR-002 (ClinicalTrials.govNCT00884949) and MOR-100 (NCT01242111), representing >5 years of clinical study data. MOR-002 was an open-label, single-arm phase 1/2 study that evaluated the pharmacokinetics, safety, immunogenicity, and preliminary efficacy of 3 sequential doses of elosulfase alfa (0...
February 19, 2018: Molecular Genetics and Metabolism
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