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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550404/development-of-an-imaging-system-for-in-vivo-real-time-monitoring-of-neuronal-activity-in-deep-brain-of-free-moving-rats
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Norio Iijima, Shinji Miyamoto, Keisuke Matsumoto, Ken Takumi, Yoichi Ueta, Hitoshi Ozawa
We have newly developed a system that allows monitoring of the intensity of fluorescent signals from deep brains of rats transgenically modified to express enhanced green fluorescent protein (eGFP) via an optical fiber. One terminal of the optical fiber was connected to a blue semiconductor laser oscillator/green fluorescence detector. The other terminal was inserted into the vicinity of the eGFP-expressing neurons. Since the optical fiber was vulnerable to twisting stresses caused by animal movement, we also developed a cage in which the floor automatically turns, in response to the turning of the rat's head...
May 26, 2017: Histochemistry and Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550098/contralesional-brain-computer-interface-control-of-a-powered-exoskeleton-for-motor-recovery-in-chronic-stroke-survivors
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David T Bundy, Lauren Souders, Kelly Baranyai, Laura Leonard, Gerwin Schalk, Robert Coker, Daniel W Moran, Thy Huskey, Eric C Leuthardt
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: There are few effective therapies to achieve functional recovery from motor-related disabilities affecting the upper limb after stroke. This feasibility study tested whether a powered exoskeleton driven by a brain-computer interface (BCI), using neural activity from the unaffected cortical hemisphere, could affect motor recovery in chronic hemiparetic stroke survivors. This novel system was designed and configured for a home-based setting to test the feasibility of BCI-driven neurorehabilitation in outpatient environments...
May 26, 2017: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549352/eye-abduction-reduces-but-does-not-eliminate-competition-in-the-oculomotor-system
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Paul J Boon, Jan Theeuwes, Artem V Belopolsky
Although it is well established that there is a tight coupling between covert attention and the eye movement system there is an ongoing controversy whether this relationship is functional. Previous studies demonstrated that disrupting the ability to execute an eye movement interferes with the allocation of covert attention. One technique that prevents the execution of an eye movement involves the abduction of the eye in the orbit while presenting the stimuli outside of the effective oculomotor range (Craighero, Nascimben, & Fadiga, 2004)...
May 1, 2017: Journal of Vision
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548300/first-night-effect-on-cardiac-autonomic-function-in-different-female-reproductive-states
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Irina Virtanen, Nea Kalleinen, Anna S Urrila, Päivi Polo-Kantola
Decreases in heart rate variability, a marker of autonomic nervous system function, are associated with increased cardiovascular mortality. Heart rate variability increases in non-rapid eye movement sleep, peaking in slow-wave sleep. Therefore, decreasing the amount of deep sleep, for example, by introducing patients to a sleep laboratory environment, could decrease heart rate variability, increasing cardiovascular risk. We studied four groups of women with no previous sleep laboratory experience: young [n = 11, 23...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Sleep Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546310/heterozygous-gnal-mice-are-a-novel-animal-model-to-study-dystonia-pathophysiology
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Assunta Pelosi, Fabien Menardy, Daniela Popa, Jean-Antoine Girault, Denis Hervé
Dystonia is a movement disorder characterized by sustained or intermittent muscle contractions. Its pathophysiological mechanisms are still poorly understood. Dominant mutations of the GNAL gene are a cause of isolated dystonia (DYT25) in patients. Some mutations result in a complete loss of function of the encoded protein, Gαolf, an adenylyl-cyclase-stimulatory G protein highly enriched in striatal projection neurons, in which it mediates the actions of dopamine and adenosine. We used male and female heterozygous Gnal knockout mice (Gnal+/-) to study how GNAL haplodeficiency is implicated in dystonia...
May 25, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545123/predictability-of-arousal-in-mouse-slow-wave-sleep-by-accelerometer-data
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Gustavo Zampier Dos Santos Lima, Sergio Roberto Lopes, Thiago Lima Prado, Bruno Lobao-Soares, George C do Nascimento, John Fontenele-Araujo, Gilberto Corso
Arousals can be roughly characterized by punctual intrusions of wakefulness into sleep. In a standard perspective, using human electroencephalography (EEG) data, arousals are associated to slow-wave rhythms and K-complex brain activity. The physiological mechanisms that give rise to arousals during sleep are not yet fully understood. Moreover, subtle body movement patterns, which may characterize arousals both in human and in animals, are usually not detectable by eye perception and are not in general present in sleep studies...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539911/the-use-of-functional-electrical-stimulation-on-the-upper-limb-and-interscapular-muscles-of-patients-with-stroke-for-the-improvement-of-reaching-movements-a-feasibility-study
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Alicia Cuesta-Gómez, Francisco Molina-Rueda, Maria Carratala-Tejada, Eukene Imatz-Ojanguren, Diego Torricelli, Juan Carlos Miangolarra-Page
INTRODUCTION: Reaching movements in stroke patients are characterized by decreased amplitudes at the shoulder and elbow joints and greater displacements of the trunk, compared to healthy subjects. The importance of an appropriate and specific contraction of the interscapular and upper limb (UL) muscles is crucial to achieving proper reaching movements. Functional electrical stimulation (FES) is used to activate the paretic muscles using short-duration electrical pulses. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate whether the application of FES in the UL and interscapular muscles of stroke patients with motor impairments of the UL modifies patients' reaching patterns, measured using instrumental movement analysis systems...
2017: Frontiers in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539892/the-cross-education-phenomenon-brain-and-beyond
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Ashlee M Hendy, Séverine Lamon
Objectives: Unilateral resistance training produces strength gains in the untrained homologous muscle group, an effect termed "cross-education." The observed strength transfer has traditionally been considered a phenomenon of the nervous system, with few studies examining the contribution of factors beyond the brain and spinal cord. In this hypothesis and theory article, we aim to discuss further evidence for structural and functional adaptations occurring within the nervous, muscle, and endocrine systems in response to unilateral resistance training...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536868/caffeine-increases-the-velocity-of-rapid-eye-movements-in-unfatigued-humans
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Charlotte J W Connell, Benjamin Thompson, Jason Turuwhenua, Robert F Hess, Nicholas Gant
BACKGROUND: Caffeine is a widely used dietary stimulant that can reverse the effects of fatigue on cognitive, motor and oculomotor function. However, few studies have examined the effect of caffeine on the oculomotor system when homeostasis has not been disrupted by physical fatigue. This study examined the influence of a moderate dose of caffeine on oculomotor control and visual perception in participants who were not fatigued. METHODS: Within a placebo-controlled crossover design, 13 healthy adults ingested caffeine (5 mg·kg(-1) body mass) and were tested over 3 h...
May 24, 2017: Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536754/movement-amplitude-on-the-functional-re-adaptive-exercise-device-deep-spinal-muscle-activity-and-movement-control
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A Winnard, D Debuse, M Wilkinson, L Samson, T Weber, Nick Caplan
PURPOSE: Lumbar multifidus (LM) and transversus abdominis (TrA) show altered motor control, and LM is atrophied, in people with low-back pain (LBP). The Functional Re-adaptive Exercise Device (FRED) involves cyclical lower-limb movement against minimal resistance in an upright posture. It has been shown to recruit LM and TrA automatically, and may have potential as an intervention for non-specific LBP. However, no studies have yet investigated the effects of changes in FRED movement amplitude on the activity of these muscles...
May 23, 2017: European Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535435/multi-segmental-thoracic-spine-kinematics-measured-dynamically-in-the-young-and-elderly-during-flexion
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Dominika Ignasiak, Andrea Rüeger, Stephen J Ferguson
In contrast to the cervical and lumbar region, the normal kinematics of the thoracic spine have not been thoroughly investigated. The aim of this study was to characterize normal multi-segmental continuous motion of the whole thoracolumbar spine, during a flexion maneuver, in young and elderly subjects. Forty-two healthy volunteers were analyzed: 21 young (age=27.00±3.96) and 21 elderly (age=70.1±3.85). Spinal motion was recorded with a motion-capture system and analyzed using a 3rd order polynomial function to approximate spinal curvature throughout the motion sequence...
May 20, 2017: Human Movement Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532888/biological-effects-of-direct-and-indirect-manipulation-of-the-fascial-system-narrative-review
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Giovanni Parravicini, Andrea Bergna
INTRODUCTION: Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT) is effective in improving function, movement and restoring pain conditions. Despite clinical results, the mechanisms of how OMT achieves its' effects remain unclear. The fascial system is described as a tensional network that envelops the human body. Direct or indirect manipulations of the fascial system are a distinctive part of OMT. OBJECTIVE: This review describes the biological effects of direct and indirect manipulation of the fascial system...
April 2017: Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531650/positioned-substituent-effect-on-self-assembly-behaviors-of-perylene-diimide-derivatives-on-graphite
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Qian Wei, Wei Wang, Erjun Zhou, Xiao-Ping Liu, Ming-Hui Liang, Ke Deng, Jing-Kui Yang, Peng Jiang
Three kinds of π-conjugated perylenetetracarboxylic diimide (PTCDI)-based organic functional derivatives, i.e., N,N'-di(2-ethylhexyl)-3,4,9,10-perylene diimide (molecule 1), N,N'-di(2-ethylhexyl)-1,7-dithien-2-yl-3,4,9,10-perylene diimide (molecule 2), N,N'-di(2-ethylhexyl)-1,7-di(2-bromothien-5-yl)-perylene-3,4,9,10-perylene diimide (molecule 3), have been prepared and investigated by using a scanning tunneling microscopy under ambient conditions. All of them can form long-ranged ordered self-assembled monolayer (SAM) with two different phase structures on highly oriented pyrolitic graphite (HOPG) surface...
May 12, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529473/complete-locked-in-and-locked-in-patients-command-following-assessment-and-communication-with-vibro-tactile-p300-and-motor-imagery-brain-computer-interface-tools
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Christoph Guger, Rossella Spataro, Brendan Z Allison, Alexander Heilinger, Rupert Ortner, Woosang Cho, Vincenzo La Bella
Many patients with locked-in syndrome (LIS) or complete locked-in syndrome (CLIS) also need brain-computer interface (BCI) platforms that do not rely on visual stimuli and are easy to use. We investigate command following and communication functions of mindBEAGLE with 9 LIS, 3 CLIS patients and three healthy controls. This tests were done with vibro-tactile stimulation with 2 or 3 stimulators (VT2 and VT3 mode) and with motor imagery (MI) paradigms. In VT2 the stimulators are fixed on the left and right wrist and the participant has the task to count the stimuli on the target hand in order to elicit a P300 response...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526578/barrel-cortex-what-is-it-good-for
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Maik C Stüttgen, Cornelius Schwarz
The rodent whisker system, with barrel cortex as its most prominent structure, has evolved into a powerful model system to study sensory processing. However, despite the vast amount of data collected on barrel cortex neural activity patterns, as well as its circuitry and plasticity, the precise behavioral and cognitive operations for which this structure is needed are still elusive. Proposed functions of barrel cortex include detection, discrimination, coordination of whisker movements during exploratory locomotion or active touch, and associative learning...
May 16, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524449/technical-feasibility-and-safety-of-image-guided-parieto-occipital-ventricular-catheter-placement-with-the-assistance-of-a-wearable-head-up-display
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Jang W Yoon, Robert E Chen, Karim ReFaey, Roberto J Diaz, Ronald Reimer, Ricardo J Komotar, Alfredo Quinones-Hinojosa, Benjamin L Brown, Robert E Wharen
BACKGROUND: Wearable technology is growing in popularity as a result of its ability to interface with normal human movement and function. METHODS: Using proprietary hardware and software, neuronavigation images were captured and transferred wirelessly via a password-encrypted network to the head-up display. The operating surgeon wore a loupe-mounted wearable head-up display during image-guided parieto-occipital ventriculoperitoneal shunt placement in two patients...
May 19, 2017: International Journal of Medical Robotics + Computer Assisted Surgery: MRCAS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524102/sleep-promoting-effects-and-possible-mechanisms-of-action-associated-with-a-standardized-rice-bran-supplement
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Hyejin Yang, Minseok Yoon, Min Young Um, Jaekwang Lee, Jonghoon Jung, Changho Lee, Yun-Tai Kim, Sangoh Kwon, Boknam Kim, Suengmok Cho
Natural sleep aids are becoming more popular due to the widespread occurrence of sleep disorders. The objective of this study was to assess the sleep-promoting effects of rice bran-a product that is considered as a functional ingredient. To evaluate the sleep-promoting effects of a standardized rice bran supplement (RBS), we employed a pentobarbital-induced sleep test and conducted analyses of sleep architecture. In addition, the effect of RBS on a caffeine-induced sleep disturbance was investigated. Oral administration of RBS (500 and 1000 mg/kg) produced a significant decrease in sleep latency and increase in sleep duration in pentobarbital-induced sleep in mice...
May 18, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522979/spontaneous-facial-actions-map-onto-emotional-experiences-in-a-non-social-context-toward-a-component-based-approach
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Shushi Namba, Russell S Kabir, Makoto Miyatani, Takashi Nakao
While numerous studies have examined the relationships between facial actions and emotions, they have yet to account for the ways that specific spontaneous facial expressions map onto emotional experiences induced without expressive intent. Moreover, previous studies emphasized that a fine-grained investigation of facial components could establish the coherence of facial actions with actual internal states. Therefore, this study aimed to accumulate evidence for the correspondence between spontaneous facial components and emotional experiences...
2017: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520211/aging-and-parkinson-s-disease-different-sides-of-the-same-coin
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REVIEW
Timothy J Collier, Nicholas M Kanaan, Jeffrey H Kordower
Despite abundant epidemiological evidence in support of aging as the primary risk factor for PD, biological correlates of a connection have been elusive. In this article, we address the following question: does aging represent biology accurately characterized as pre-PD? We present evidence from our work on midbrain dopamine neurons of aging nonhuman primates that demonstrates that markers of known correlates of dopamine neuron degeneration in PD, including impaired proteasome/lysosome function, oxidative/nitrative damage, and inflammation, all increase with advancing age and are exaggerated in the ventral tier substantia nigra dopamine neurons most vulnerable to degeneration in PD...
May 18, 2017: Movement Disorders: Official Journal of the Movement Disorder Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516196/coupling-dynamics-in-speech-gestures-amplitude-and-rate-influences
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Pascal H H M van Lieshout
Speech is a complex oral motor function that involves multiple articulators that need to be coordinated in space and time at relatively high movement speeds. How this is accomplished remains an important and largely unresolved empirical question. From a coordination dynamics perspective, coordination involves the assembly of coordinative units that are characterized by inherently stable coupling patterns that act as attractor states for task-specific actions. In the motor control literature, one particular model formulated by Haken et al...
May 17, 2017: Experimental Brain Research. Experimentelle Hirnforschung. Expérimentation Cérébrale
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