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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214992/data-mining-in-hiv-aids-surveillance-system-application-to-portuguese-data
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Alexandra Oliveira, Brígida Mónica Faria, A Rita Gaio, Luís Paulo Reis
The Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) is an infectious agent that attacks the immune system cells. Without a strong immune system, the body becomes very susceptible to serious life threatening opportunistic diseases. In spite of the great progresses on medication and prevention over the last years, HIV infection continues to be a major global public health issue, having claimed more than 36 million lives over the last 35 years since the recognition of the disease. Monitoring, through registries, of HIV-AIDS cases is vital to assess general health care needs and to support long-term health-policy control planning...
April 2017: Journal of Medical Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214981/neural-mechanism-underling-comprehension-of-narrative-speech-and-its-heritability-study-in-a-large-population
#2
Abbas Babajani-Feremi
Comprehension of narratives constitutes a fundamental part of our everyday life experience. Although the neural mechanism of auditory narrative comprehension has been investigated in some studies, the neural correlates underlying this mechanism and its heritability remain poorly understood. We investigated comprehension of naturalistic speech in a large, healthy adult population (n = 429; 176/253 M/F; 22-36 years of age) consisting of 192 twin pairs (49 monozygotic and 47 dizygotic pairs) and 237 of their siblings...
February 18, 2017: Brain Topography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208798/maternal%C3%A2-folic%C3%A2-acid%C3%A2-supplementation%C3%A2-during%C3%A2-pregnancy%C3%A2-and%C3%A2-childhood%C3%A2-allergic%C3%A2-disease%C3%A2-outcomes-%C3%A2-a%C3%A2-question%C3%A2-of%C3%A2-timing
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REVIEW
Catrina L McStay, Susan L Prescott, Carol Bower, Debra J Palmer
Since the early 1990s, maternal folic acid supplementation has been recommended prior  to and during the first trimester of pregnancy, to reduce the risk of infant neural tube defects. In  addition, many countries have also implemented the folic acid fortification of staple foods, in order  to promote sufficient intakes amongst women of a childbearing age, based on concerns surrounding  variable dietary and supplementation practices. As many women continue to take folic acid  supplements beyond the recommended first trimester, there has been an overall increase in folate  intakes, particularly in countries with mandatory fortification...
February 9, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208745/astrocytic-pathological-calcium-homeostasis-and-impaired-vesicle-trafficking-in-neurodegeneration
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REVIEW
Nina Vardjan, Alexej Verkhratsky, Robert Zorec
Although the central nervous system (CNS) consists of highly heterogeneous populations of neurones and glial cells, clustered into diverse anatomical regions with specific functions, there are some conditions, including alertness, awareness and attention that require simultaneous, coordinated and spatially homogeneous activity within a large area of the brain. During such events, the brain, representing only about two percent of body mass, but consuming one fifth of body glucose at rest, needs additional energy to be produced...
February 8, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198704/simultaneous-in-vivo-recording-of-local-brain-temperature-and-electrophysiological-signals-with-a-novel-neural-probe
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Zoltan Fekete, Márton Csernai, Kinga Kocsis, Ágoston Csaba Horváth, Anita Pongrácz, Péter Barthó
Temperature is an important factor for neural function both in normal and pathological states, nevertheless, the simultaneous monitoring of local brain temperature and neuronal activity has not yet been undertaken. In our work, we propose an implantable, calibrated multimodal biosensor that facilitates the complex investigation of thermal changes in both cortical and deep brain regions, while records multiunit activity of neuronal populations in mice. The fabricated neural probe contains four electrical recording sites and a platinum temperature sensor filament integrated on the same probe shaft within a distance of 30 µm from the closest recording site...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Neural Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198109/progenitors-in-peripheral-nerves-launch-heterotopic-ossification
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Elizabeth A Olmsted-Davis, Elizabeth A Salisbury, Diana Hoang, Eleanor L Davis, ZaWaunyka Lazard, Corinne Sonnet, Thomas A Davis, Jonathan A Forsberg, Alan R Davis
Studies presented here, using a murine model of bone morphogenetic protein type 2 (BMP2)-induced heterotopic ossification (HO) show that the protein initiates HO by signaling through progenitors in the endoneurium of peripheral nerves. In the mouse, these cells were identified in the endoneurium one day after BMP2 induction using antibody against phosphoSMAD (PS) 1, 5, and 8. Studies conducted in a tracking mouse that contains a tamoxifen-regulated Wnt1-Cre recombinase crossed with a td Tomato red (TR) reporter (Wnt1(CreErt) :Ai9Tm) confirmed their neural origin...
February 15, 2017: Stem Cells Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197779/colonic-mesenchyme-differentiates-into-smooth-muscle-before-its-colonization-by-vagal-enteric-neural-crest-derived-cells-in-the-chick-embryo
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Annick Bourret, Norbert Chauvet, Pascal de Santa Barbara, Sandrine Faure
During development, the gastrointestinal (GI) tract arises from a primary tube composed of mesoderm and endoderm. The mesoderm gives rise to the digestive mesenchyme, which in turn differentiates into multiple tissues, namely the submucosa, the interstitial cells of Cajal and the smooth muscle cells (SMCs). Concomitant with these early patterning events, the primitive GI tract is colonized by vagal enteric neural crest-derived cells (vENCDCs), a population of cells that gives rise to the enteric nervous system, the intrinsic innervation of the GI tract...
February 15, 2017: Cell and Tissue Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196689/subependymal-zone-derived-oligodendroblasts-respond-to-focal-demyelination-but-fail-to-generate-myelin-in-young-and-aged-mice
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Ilias Kazanis, Kimberley A Evans, Evangelia Andreopoulou, Christina Dimitriou, Christos Koutsakis, Ragnhildur Thora Karadottir, Robin J M Franklin
Two populations of oligodendrogenic progenitors co-exist within the corpus callosum (CC) of the adult mouse. Local, parenchymal oligodendrocyte progenitor cells (pOPCs) and progenitors generated in the subependymal zone (SEZ) cytogenic niche. pOPCs are committed perinatally and retain their numbers through self-renewing divisions, while SEZ-derived cells are relatively "young," being constantly born from neural stem cells. We compared the behavior of these populations, labeling SEZ-derived cells using hGFAP:Cre(Ert2) mice, within the homeostatic and regenerating CC of the young-adult and aging brain...
February 8, 2017: Stem Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195568/military-deployment-correlates-with-smaller-prefrontal-gray-matter-volume-and-psychological-symptoms-in-a-subclinical-population
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O Butler, J Adolf, T Gleich, G Willmund, P Zimmermann, U Lindenberger, J Gallinat, S Kühn
Research investigating the effects of trauma exposure on brain structure and function in adults has mainly focused on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), whereas trauma-exposed individuals without a clinical diagnoses often serve as controls. However, this assumes a dichotomy between clinical and subclinical populations that may not be supported at the neural level. In the current study we investigate whether the effects of repeated or long-term stress exposure on brain structure in a subclinical sample are similar to previous PTSD neuroimaging findings...
February 14, 2017: Translational Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193841/dual-roles-of-akirin2-during-xenopus-neural-development
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Xiaoliang Liu, Yingjie Xia, Jixin Tang, Li Ma, Chaocui Li, Pengcheng Ma, Bingyu Mao
To ensure correct spatial and temporal patterning, embryos must maintain pluripotent cell populations and control when cells undergo commitment. The newly identified nucleoprotein Akirin has been shown to modulate the innate immune response through epigenetic regulation and to play important roles in other physiological processes, but its role in neural development remains unknown. Here, we show that Akirin2 is required for neural development in Xenopus and knockdown of Akirin2 expands the expression of the neural progenitor marker Sox2 and inhibits expression of the differentiated neuronal marker N-tubulin...
February 13, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192762/neural-mass-models-describing-possible-origin-of-the-excessive-beta-oscillations-correlated-with-parkinsonian-state
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Chen Liu, Yulin Zhu, Fei Liu, Jiang Wang, Huiyan Li, Bin Deng, Chris Fietkiewicz, Kenneth A Loparo
In Parkinson's disease, the enhanced beta rhythm is closely associated with akinesia/bradykinesia and rigidity. An increase in beta oscillations (12-35 Hz) within the basal ganglia (BG) nuclei does not proliferate throughout the cortico-basal ganglia loop in uniform fashion; rather it can be subdivided into two distinct frequency bands, i.e. the lower beta (12-20 Hz) and upper beta (21-35 Hz). A computational model of the excitatory and inhibitory neural network that focuses on the population properties is proposed to explore the mechanism underlying the pathological beta oscillations...
January 30, 2017: Neural Networks: the Official Journal of the International Neural Network Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192080/evo-engineering-and-the-cellular-and-molecular-origins-of-the-vertebrate-spinal-cord
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REVIEW
Ben Steventon, Alfonso Martinez Arias
The formation of the spinal cord during early embryonic development in vertebrate embryos is a continuous process that begins at gastrulation and continues through to the completion of somitogenesis. Despite the conserved usage of patterning mechanisms and gene regulatory networks that act to generate specific spinal cord progenitors, there now exists two seemingly disparate models to account for their action. In the first, a posteriorly localized signalling source transforms previously anterior-specified neural plate into the spinal cord...
February 9, 2017: Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28190733/the-evolution-of-lateralization-in-group-hunting-sailfish
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Ralf H J M Kurvers, Stefan Krause, Paul E Viblanc, James E Herbert-Read, Paul Zaslansky, Paolo Domenici, Stefano Marras, John F Steffensen, Morten B S Svendsen, Alexander D M Wilson, Pierre Couillaud, Kevin M Boswell, Jens Krause
Lateralization is widespread throughout the animal kingdom [1-7] and can increase task efficiency via shortening reaction times and saving on neural tissue [8-16]. However, lateralization might be costly because it increases predictability [17-21]. In predator-prey interactions, for example, predators might increase capture success because of specialization in a lateralized attack, but at the cost of increased predictability to their prey, constraining the evolution of lateralization. One unexplored mechanism for evading such costs is group hunting: this would allow individual-level specialization, while still allowing for group-level unpredictability...
February 6, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28190641/emergence-of-coordinated-neural-dynamics-underlies-neuroprosthetic-learning-and-skillful-control
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Vivek R Athalye, Karunesh Ganguly, Rui M Costa, Jose M Carmena
During motor learning, movements and underlying neural activity initially exhibit large trial-to-trial variability that decreases over learning. However, it is unclear how task-relevant neural populations coordinate to explore and consolidate activity patterns. Exploration and consolidation could happen for each neuron independently, across the population jointly, or both. We disambiguated among these possibilities by investigating how subjects learned de novo to control a brain-machine interface using neurons from motor cortex...
February 6, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188912/characterization-of-neural-entrainment-to-speech-with-and-without-slow-spectral-energy-fluctuations-in-laminar-recordings-in-monkey-a1
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Benedikt Zoefel, Jordi Costa-Faidella, Peter Lakatos, Charles E Schroeder, Rufin VanRullen
Neural entrainment, the alignment between neural oscillations and rhythmic stimulation, is omnipresent in current theories of speech processing - nevertheless, the underlying neural mechanisms are still largely unknown. Here, we hypothesized that laminar recordings in non-human primates provide us with important insight into these mechanisms, in particular with respect to processing in cortical layers. We presented one monkey with human everyday speech sounds and recorded neural (as current-source density, CSD) oscillations in primary auditory cortex (A1)...
February 7, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188216/amygdalar-gating-of-early-sensory-processing-through-interactions-with-locus-coeruleus
#16
Cynthia D Fast, John P McGann
Fear- and stress-induced activity in the amygdala has been hypothesized to influence sensory brain regions through the amygdala's influence on neuromodulatory centers. To directly examine this relationship, we used optical imaging to observe odor-evoked activity in populations of olfactory bulb inhibitory interneurons and of synaptic terminals of olfactory sensory neurons (the olfactory system's primary sensory neurons, which provide the initial olfactory input to the brain) during pharmacological inactivation of amygdala and locus coeruleus (LC) in mice...
February 10, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186364/rare-syndromes-of-the-head-and-face-mandibulofacial-and-acrofacial-dysostoses
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REVIEW
Karla Terrazas, Jill Dixon, Paul A Trainor, Michael J Dixon
Craniofacial anomalies account for approximately one-third of all congenital birth defects reflecting the complexity of head and facial development. Craniofacial development is dependent upon a multipotent, migratory population of neural crest cells, which generate most of the bone and cartilage of the head and face. In this review, we discuss advances in our understanding of the pathogenesis of a specific array of craniofacial anomalies, termed facial dysostoses, which can be subdivided into mandibulofacial dysostosis, which present with craniofacial defects only, and acrofacial dysostosis, which encompasses both craniofacial and limb anomalies...
February 10, 2017: Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews. Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185950/can-responses-to-basic-non-numerical-visual-features-explain-neural-numerosity-responses
#18
Ben M Harvey, Serge O Dumoulin
Humans and many animals can distinguish between stimuli that differ in numerosity, the number of objects in a set. Human and macaque parietal lobes contain neurons that respond to changes in stimulus numerosity. However, basic non-numerical visual features can affect neural responses to and perception of numerosity, and visual features often co-vary with numerosity. Therefore, it is debated whether numerosity or co-varying low-level visual features underlie neural and behavioral responses to numerosity. To test the hypothesis that non-numerical visual features underlie neural numerosity responses in a human parietal numerosity map, we analyze responses to a group of numerosity stimulus configurations that have the same numerosity progression but vary considerably in their non-numerical visual features...
February 7, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28182905/cracking-the-neural-code-for-sensory-perception-by-combining-statistics-intervention-and-behavior
#19
REVIEW
Stefano Panzeri, Christopher D Harvey, Eugenio Piasini, Peter E Latham, Tommaso Fellin
The two basic processes underlying perceptual decisions-how neural responses encode stimuli, and how they inform behavioral choices-have mainly been studied separately. Thus, although many spatiotemporal features of neural population activity, or "neural codes," have been shown to carry sensory information, it is often unknown whether the brain uses these features for perception. To address this issue, we propose a new framework centered on redefining the neural code as the neural features that carry sensory information used by the animal to drive appropriate behavior; that is, the features that have an intersection between sensory and choice information...
February 8, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28181876/information-maximization-explains-the-sparseness-of-presynaptic-neural-response
#20
Minjoon Kouh
In a sensory neural network, where a population of presynaptic neurons sends information to a downstream neuron, maximizing information transmission depends on utilizing the full operating range of the output of the postsynaptic neuron. Because the convergence of presynaptic inputs naturally biases higher outputs, a sparse input distribution would counter such bias and optimize information transmission.
February 9, 2017: Neural Computation
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