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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29789381/wt1-expressing-interneurons-regulate-left-right-alternation-during-mammalian-locomotor-activity
#1
Farhia Haque, Vladimir Rancic, Wei Zhang, Robin Clugston, Klaus Ballanyi, Simon Gosgnach
The basic pattern of activity underlying stepping in mammals is generated by a neural network located in the caudal spinal cord. Within this network the specific circuitry coordinating left-right alternation has been shown to involve several groups of molecularly-defined interneurons. Here we characterize a population of spinal neurons that express the Wilms' Tumor 1 (WT1) gene and investigate their role during locomotor activity in mice of both sexes. We demonstrate that WT1-expressing cells are located in the ventromedial region of the spinal cord of mice and are also present in the human spinal cord...
May 22, 2018: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29787709/plasma-membrane-localization-of-apoptotic-caspases-for-non-apoptotic-functions
#2
Alla Amcheslavsky, Shiuan Wang, Caitlin E Fogarty, Jillian L Lindblad, Yun Fan, Andreas Bergmann
Caspases are best characterized for their function in apoptosis. However, they also have non-apoptotic functions such as apoptosis-induced proliferation (AiP), where caspases release mitogens for compensatory proliferation independently of their apoptotic role. Here, we report that the unconventional myosin, Myo1D, which is known for its involvement in left/right development, is an important mediator of AiP in Drosophila. Mechanistically, Myo1D translocates the initiator caspase Dronc to the basal side of the plasma membrane of epithelial cells where Dronc promotes the activation of the NADPH-oxidase Duox for reactive oxygen species generation and AiP in a non-apoptotic manner...
May 21, 2018: Developmental Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29787381/multi-atlas-based-segmentation-should-we-prefer-the-best-atlas-group-over-the-group-of-best-atlases
#3
Paolo Zaffino, Delia Ciardo, Patrik Raudaschl, Karl Fritscher, Rosalinda Ricotti, Daniela Alterio, Giulia Marvaso, Cristiana Fodor, Guido Baroni, Francesco Amato, Roberto Orecchia, Barbara Alicja Jereczek-Fossa, Gregory C Sharp, Maria Francesca Spadea
Multi Atlas Based Segmentation (MABS) uses a database of atlas images, and an atlas selection process is used to choose an atlas subset for registration and voting. In the current state of the art, atlases are chosen according to a similarity criterion between the target subject and each atlas in the database. In this paper, we propose a new concept for atlas selection that relies on selecting the best performing group of atlases rather than the group of highest scoring individual atlases.
 Experiments were performed using CT images of 50 patients, with contours of brainstem and parotid glands...
May 22, 2018: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782817/evolution-of-the-developmental-plasticity-and-a-coupling-between-left-mechanosensory-neuromasts-and-an-adaptive-foraging-behavior
#4
Vânia Filipa Lima Fernandes, Christian Macaspac, Louise Lu, Masato Yoshizawa
Many animal species exhibit laterality in sensation and behavioral responses, namely, the preference for using either the left or right side of the sensory system. For example, some fish use their left eye when observing social stimuli, whereas they use their right eye to observe novel objects. However, it is largely unknown whether such laterality in sensory-behavior coupling evolves during rapid adaptation processes. Here, in the Mexican tetra, Astyanax mexicanus, we investigate the laterality in the relationship between an evolved adaptive behavior, vibration attraction behavior (VAB), and its main sensors, mechanosensory neuromasts...
May 18, 2018: Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775163/methylprednisolone-inhibits-the-proliferation-of-endogenous-neural-stem-cells-in-nonhuman-primates-with-spinal-cord-injury
#5
Jichao Ye, Yi Qin, Yong Tang, Mengjun Ma, Peng Wang, Lin Huang, Rui Yang, Keng Chen, Chaopeng Chai, Yanfeng Wu, Huiyong Shen
OBJECTIVE The aim of this work was to investigate the effects of methylprednisolone on the proliferation of endogenous neural stem cells (ENSCs) in nonhuman primates with spinal cord injury (SCI). METHODS A total of 14 healthy cynomolgus monkeys ( Macaca fascicularis) (4-5 years of age) were randomly divided into 3 groups: the control group (n = 6), SCI group (n = 6), and methylprednisolone therapy group (n = 2). Only laminectomy was performed in the control animals at T-10. SCI was induced in monkeys using Allen's weight-drop method (50 mm × 50 g) to injure the posterior portion of the spinal cord at T-10...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Neurosurgery. Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29769531/myosin1d-is-an-evolutionarily-conserved-regulator-of-animal-left-right-asymmetry
#6
Thomas Juan, Charles Géminard, Jean-Baptiste Coutelis, Delphine Cerezo, Sophie Polès, Stéphane Noselli, Maximilian Fürthauer
The establishment of left-right (LR) asymmetry is fundamental to animal development, but the identification of a unifying mechanism establishing laterality across different phyla has remained elusive. A cilia-driven, directional fluid flow is important for symmetry breaking in numerous vertebrates, including zebrafish. Alternatively, LR asymmetry can be established independently of cilia, notably through the intrinsic chirality of the acto-myosin cytoskeleton. Here, we show that Myosin1D (Myo1D), a previously identified regulator of Drosophila LR asymmetry, is essential for the formation and function of the zebrafish LR organizer (LRO), Kupffer's vesicle (KV)...
May 16, 2018: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29761377/how-different-direct-association-routes-influence-the-indirect-route-in-the-same-simon-like-task
#7
Chunming Luo, Robert W Proctor
The location-, word-, and arrow-based Simon effects are usually attributed to the result of a direct route (the spatially corresponding stimulus-response association, activated automatically) that interferes with an indirect route (the association of task-relevant information and response, activated in accordance with the instructed stimulus-response mapping). We examined whether and how distinct direct routes (stimulus-location-response position and location word-response position or arrow direction-response position associations) affect responding on the basis of the same indirect route (a stimulus color-response association) in a Simon-like task...
May 14, 2018: Psychological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29753490/technical-note-evaluation-of-a-sonographic-overbagging-edema-scoring-system-for-show-cows-comparison-with-visual-inspection
#8
M Balmer, M Alsaaod, M Boesiger, R O'Brien, A Steiner
Overbagged udders are commonly seen at dairy cow shows due to prolonged milking intervals. The aims of this study were to describe the prevalence of udder edema in dairy cows at shows as determined by sonography and to suggest a sonographic scoring system, which was evaluated for reproducibility and repeatability. At 4 highly competitive Swiss dairy cow shows, 319 cows of various breeds were examined. Sonographic scans-1 from each fore quarter and 1 from the rear, representing both hind quarters-were collected by 3 experienced veterinarians at defined positions predisposed to overbagging edema...
May 9, 2018: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29750109/mediastinal-cysts-with-mullerian-differentiation
#9
Hiroyuki Miura, Jun Miura, Hiroshi Hirano
Mediastinal cysts with Mullerian differentiation are characterized by oestrogen receptor and progesterone receptor positive cell linings. We treated four patients with mediastinal cysts with Mullerian differentiation. All patients were female, from 46 to 52 years old, and had BMIs greater than 26 kg/m2 . All but one patient with cough were asymptomatic. The tumours were located in the paravertebral areas around the Th-1-7 vertebrae. There was no left/right difference. All of the preoperative diagnoses were bronchial cysts...
July 2018: Respirology Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29738734/left-right-asymmetry-myosin-1d-at-the-center
#10
Shiaulou Yuan, Martina Brueckner
While a ciliated organizer generates vertebrate left-right asymmetry, most invertebrates lack an organizer and instead utilize a myosin-based mechanism. A recent study now reveals that this myosin mechanism is conserved in the vertebrate organizer and functions to regulate cilia.
May 7, 2018: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29738711/mechanical-strain-determines-cilia-length-motility-and-planar-position-in-the-left-right-organizer
#11
Yuan-Hung Chien, Shyam Srinivasan, Ray Keller, Chris Kintner
The Xenopus left-right organizer (LRO) breaks symmetry along the left-right axis of the early embryo by producing and sensing directed ciliary flow as a patterning cue. To carry out this process, the LRO contains different ciliated cell types that vary in cilia length, whether they are motile or sensory, and how they position their cilia along the anterior-posterior (A-P) planar axis. Here, we show that these different cilia features are specified in the prospective LRO during gastrulation, based on anisotropic mechanical strain that is oriented along the A-P axis, and graded in levels along the medial-lateral axis...
May 7, 2018: Developmental Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29738704/the-power-of-strain-organizing-left-right-cilia
#12
Martin Blum, Tim Ott
Left-right organizers require motile and polarized cilia to break symmetry. In this issue of Developmental Cell, Chien et al. (2018) demonstrate that gastrulation-derived mechanical strain of the precursor tissue orients cilia and is required for cilia lengthening and motility.
May 7, 2018: Developmental Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29736429/cross-modal-cueing-effects-of-visuospatial-attention-on-conscious-somatosensory-perception
#13
Deniz Doruk, Lorena Chanes, Alejandra Malavera, Lotfi B Merabet, Antoni Valero-Cabré, Felipe Fregni
Objective: The impact of visuospatial attention on perception with supraliminal stimuli and stimuli at the threshold of conscious perception has been previously investigated. In this study, we assess the cross-modal effects of visuospatial attention on conscious perception for near-threshold somatosensory stimuli applied to the face. Methods: Fifteen healthy participants completed two sessions of a near-threshold cross-modality cue-target discrimination/conscious detection paradigm...
April 2018: Heliyon
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29733915/origin-and-circuitry-of-spinal-locomotor-interneurons-generating-different-speeds
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REVIEW
Henrik Boije, Klas Kullander
The spinal circuitry governing the undulatory movements of swimming vertebrates consist of excitatory and commissural inhibitory interneurons and motor neurons. This locomotor network generates the rhythmic output, coordinate left/right alternation, and permit communication across segments. Through evolution, more complex movement patterns have emerged, made possible by sub-specialization of neural populations within the spinal cord. Walking tetrapods use a similar basic circuitry, but have added layers of complexity for the coordination of intralimbic flexor and extensor muscles as well as interlimbic coordination between the body halves and fore/hindlimbs...
May 3, 2018: Current Opinion in Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29729845/plan-optimization-for-mediastinal-radiotherapy-estimation-of-coronary-arteries-motion-with-ecg-gated-cardiac-imaging-and-creation-of-compensatory-expansion-margins
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Mario Levis, Viola De Luca, Christian Fiandra, Simona Veglia, Antonella Fava, Marco Gatti, Mauro Giorgi, Sara Bartoncini, Federica Cadoni, Domenica Garabello, Riccardo Ragona, Andrea Riccardo Filippi, Umberto Ricardi
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Inadvertent heart and coronary arteries (CA) irradiation may increase the risk of coronary artery disease (CAD) in patients receiving thoracic irradiation. To date, the entity of cardiac-related CA displacement and the possible margins to be used for planning organs at risk volume (PRV) have been poorly described. Aim of this study was to quantify CA displacement and to estimate PRV through the use of ECG-gated computed tomography (CT) scans. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Eight patients received an ECG-gated intravenous contrast enhanced CT for non-cancer related reasons...
May 2, 2018: Radiotherapy and Oncology: Journal of the European Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29727693/mutations-in-c11orf70-cause-primary-ciliary-dyskinesia-with-randomization-of-left-right-body-asymmetry-due-to-defects-of-outer-and-inner-dynein-arms
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Inga M Höben, Rim Hjeij, Heike Olbrich, Gerard W Dougherty, Tabea Nöthe-Menchen, Isabella Aprea, Diana Frank, Petra Pennekamp, Bernd Dworniczak, Julia Wallmeier, Johanna Raidt, Kim G Nielsen, Maria C Philipsen, Francesca Santamaria, Laura Venditto, Israel Amirav, Huda Mussaffi, Freerk Prenzel, Kaman Wu, Zeineb Bakey, Miriam Schmidts, Niki T Loges, Heymut Omran
Primary ciliary dyskinesia (PCD) is characterized by chronic airway disease, male infertility, and randomization of the left/right body axis as a result of defects of motile cilia and sperm flagella. We identified loss-of-function mutations in the open-reading frame C11orf70 in PCD individuals from five distinct families. Transmission electron microscopy analyses and high-resolution immunofluorescence microscopy demonstrate that loss-of-function mutations in C11orf70 cause immotility of respiratory cilia and sperm flagella, respectively, as a result of the loss of axonemal outer (ODAs) and inner dynein arms (IDAs), indicating that C11orf70 is involved in cytoplasmic assembly of dynein arms...
May 3, 2018: American Journal of Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29727692/c11orf70-mutations-disrupting-the-intraflagellar-transport-dependent-assembly-of-multiple-axonemal-dyneins-cause-primary-ciliary-dyskinesia
#17
Mahmoud R Fassad, Amelia Shoemark, Pierrick le Borgne, France Koll, Mitali Patel, Mellisa Dixon, Jane Hayward, Charlotte Richardson, Emily Frost, Lucy Jenkins, Thomas Cullup, Eddie M K Chung, Michel Lemullois, Anne Aubusson-Fleury, Claire Hogg, David R Mitchell, Anne-Marie Tassin, Hannah M Mitchison
Primary ciliary dyskinesia (PCD) is a genetically and phenotypically heterogeneous disorder characterized by destructive respiratory disease and laterality abnormalities due to randomized left-right body asymmetry. PCD is mostly caused by mutations affecting the core axoneme structure of motile cilia that is essential for movement. Genes that cause PCD when mutated include a group that encode proteins essential for the assembly of the ciliary dynein motors and the active transport process that delivers them from their cytoplasmic assembly site into the axoneme...
May 3, 2018: American Journal of Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29727300/rab23-and-developmental-disorders
#18
Catherine H H Hor, Bor Luen Tang, Eyleen L K Goh
Rab23 is a conserved member of the Rab family of small GTPases that regulates membrane trafficking in eukaryotes. It is unique amongst the Rabs in terms of its implicated role in mammalian development, as originally illustrated by the embryonic lethality and open neural tube phenotype of a spontaneous mouse mutant that carries homozygous mutation of open brain, a gene encoding Rab23. Rab23 was initially identified to act as an antagonist of Sonic hedgehog (Shh) signaling, and has since been implicated in a number of physiological and pathological roles, including oncogenesis...
May 4, 2018: Reviews in the Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29724030/some-isolated-cardiac-malformations-can-be-related-to-laterality-defects
#19
REVIEW
Paolo Versacci, Flaminia Pugnaloni, Maria Cristina Digilio, Carolina Putotto, Marta Unolt, Giulio Calcagni, Anwar Baban, Bruno Marino
Human beings are characterized by a left⁻right asymmetric arrangement of their internal organs, and the heart is the first organ to break symmetry in the developing embryo. Aberrations in normal left⁻right axis determination during embryogenesis lead to a wide spectrum of abnormal internal laterality phenotypes, including situs inversus and heterotaxy . In more than 90% of instances, the latter condition is accompanied by complex and severe cardiovascular malformations. Atrioventricular canal defect and transposition of the great arteries—which are particularly frequent in the setting of heterotaxy —are commonly found in situs solitus with or without genetic syndromes...
May 2, 2018: Journal of Cardiovascular Development and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29722020/atrioventricular-canal-defect-and-genetic-syndromes-the-unifying-role-of-sonic-hedgehog
#20
REVIEW
M C Digilio, F Pugnaloni, A De Luca, G Calcagni, A Baban, M L Dentici, P Versacci, B Dallapiccola, M Tartaglia, B Marino
The atrioventricular canal defect (AVCD) is a congenital heart defect (CHD) frequently associated with extracardiac anomalies (75%). Previous observations from a personal series of patients with AVCD and "polydactyly syndromes" demonstrated that the distinct morphology and combination of AVCD features in some of these syndromes is reminiscent of the cardiac phenotype found in heterotaxy, a malformation complex previously associated with functional cilia abnormalities and aberrant Hedgehog (Hh) signaling...
May 3, 2018: Clinical Genetics
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