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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29458199/alpha-synuclein-oligomers-impair-memory-through-glial-cell-activation-and-via-toll-like-receptor-2
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Pietro La Vitola, Claudia Balducci, Milica Cerovic, Giulia Santamaria, Edoardo Brandi, Federica Grandi, Laura Caldinelli, Laura Colombo, Maria Grazia Morgese, Luigia Trabace, Loredano Pollegioni, Diego Albani, Gianluigi Forloni
Alpha-synuclein oligomers (α-synOs) are emerging as crucial factors in the pathogenesis of synucleinopathies. Although the connection between neuroinflammation and α-syn still remains elusive, increasing evidence suggests that extracellular moieties activate glial cells leading to neuronal damage. Using an acute mouse model, we explored whether α-synOs induce memory impairment in association to neuroinflammation, addressing Toll-like receptors 2 and 4 (TLR2 and TLR4) involvement. We found that α-synOs abolished mouse memory establishment in association to hippocampal glial activation...
February 16, 2018: Brain, Behavior, and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29458075/lateral-inhibition-in-the-autism-spectrum-an-ssvep-study-of-visual-cortical-lateral-interactions
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Abigail Dickinson, Rosanna Gomez, Myles Jones, Vance Zemon, Elizabeth Milne
Circuit level brain dysfunction has been suggested as a common mechanism through which diverse genetic risk factors and neurobiological sequelae lead to the core features of autism spectrum disorder (Geschwind 2009; Port et al. 2014). An important mediator of circuit level brain activity is lateral inhibition, and a number of authors have suggested that lateral inhibition may be atypical in ASD. However, evidence regarding putative atypical lateral connections in ASD is mixed. Here we employed a steady state visual evoked potential (SSVEP) paradigm to further investigate lateral connections within a group of high functioning adults with ASD...
February 16, 2018: Neuropsychologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29458058/lithium-modulates-the-muscarinic-facilitation-of-synaptic-plasticity-and-theta-gamma-coupling-in-the-hippocampal-prefrontal-pathway
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Rafael N Ruggiero, Matheus T Rossignoli, Cleiton Lopes-Aguiar, João P Leite, Lezio S Bueno-Junior, Rodrigo N Romcy-Pereira
Mood disorders are associated to functional unbalance in mesolimbic and frontal cortical circuits. As a commonly used mood stabilizer, lithium acts through multiple biochemical pathways, including those activated by muscarinic cholinergic receptors crucial for hippocampal-prefrontal communication. Therefore, here we investigated the effects of lithium on prefrontal cortex responses under cholinergic drive. Lithium-treated rats were anesthetized with urethane and implanted with a ventricular cannula for muscarinic activation, a recording electrode in the medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC), and a stimulating electrode in the intermediate hippocampal CA1...
February 16, 2018: Experimental Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457852/successful-management-of-living-donor-liver-transplantation-for-biliary-atresia-with-single-ventricle-physiology-from-peri-transplant-through-total-cavopulmonary-connection-a-case-report
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Yohei Yamada, Ken Hoshino, Takayuki Oyanagi, Ryohei Gatayama, Jun Maeda, Nobuyuki Katori, Yasushi Fuchimoto, Taizo Hibi, Masahiro Shinoda, Kentaro Matsubara, Hideaki Obara, Ryo Aeba, Yuko Kitagawa, Hiroyuki Yamagishi, Tatsuo Kuroda
Children with single ventricle physiology have complete mixing of the pulmonary and systemic circulations, requiring staged procedures to achieve a separation of these circulations, or Fontan circulation. The single ventricle physiology significantly increases the risk of mortality in children undergoing non-cardiac surgery. As liver transplantation for patients with single ventricle physiology is particularly challenging, only a few reports have been published. We herein report a case of successful LDLTx for an 8-month-old pediatric patient with biliary atresia, heterotaxy, and complex heart disease of single ventricle physiology...
February 19, 2018: Pediatric Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457657/semaphorin4a-and-h-ferritin-utilize-tim-1-on-human-oligodendrocytes-a-novel-neuro-immune-axis
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Brian Chiou, Elisabeth Lucassen, Michael Sather, Asha Kallianpur, James Connor
Deficiency of trophic factors relating to the survival of oligodendrocytes, combined with direct interactions with the immune system, are favored paradigms that are increasingly implicated in demyelinating diseases of the central nervous system. We and others have previously shown that Sema4A and H-ferritin interact through the T-cell immunoglobulin and mucin domain (Tim-2) receptor in mice. H-ferritin has been identified as the iron delivery protein for oligodendrocytes, whereas Sema4A causes a direct cytotoxic effect...
February 19, 2018: Glia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457314/latent-source-mining-in-fmri-via-restricted-boltzmann-machine
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Xintao Hu, Heng Huang, Bo Peng, Junwei Han, Nian Liu, Jinglei Lv, Lei Guo, Christine Guo, Tianming Liu
Blind source separation (BSS) is commonly used in functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) data analysis. Recently, BSS models based on restricted Boltzmann machine (RBM), one of the building blocks of deep learning models, have been shown to improve brain network identification compared to conventional single matrix factorization models such as independent component analysis (ICA). These models, however, trained RBM on fMRI volumes, and are hence challenged by model complexity and limited training set...
February 18, 2018: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29456581/antenatal-diagnosis-of-total-anomalous-pulmonary-venous-connection-in-functional-single-ventricle-hearts-outcomes-over-13-year-period
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Precylia Fernandes, Lito Mantagou, Ram Ramaraj, Umber Agarwal, Joyce Su Ling Lim
Introduction: A functionally single cardiac ventricle seen on foetal ultrasound scan carries a guarded prognosis. The antenatal diagnosis of anomalous pulmonary venous connection (APVC) remains challenging, if there is no associated structural cardiac abnormality. Antenatally, a combination of complex cardiac anomaly with suspected isomerism should raise the possibility of associated total anomalous pulmonary venous connection (TAPVC). There needs to be a high index of suspicion for TAPVC, in functional single ventricle and suspected isomerism, as this carries a very grim outcome postnatally...
February 2018: Ultrasound: Journal of the British Medical Ultrasound Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29456523/g-protein-coupled-receptors-as-regulators-of-localized-translation-the-forgotten-pathway
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REVIEW
Aurélie Tréfier, Lucie P Pellissier, Astrid Musnier, Eric Reiter, Florian Guillou, Pascale Crépieux
G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) exert their physiological function by transducing a complex signaling network that coordinates gene expression and dictates the phenotype of highly differentiated cells. Much is known about the gene networks they transcriptionally regulate upon ligand exposure in a process that takes hours before a new protein is synthesized. However, far less is known about GPCR impact on the translational machinery and subsequent mRNA translation, although this gene regulation level alters the cell phenotype in a strikingly different timescale...
2018: Frontiers in Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29456485/effect-of-spatial-smoothing-on-task-fmri-ica-and-functional-connectivity
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Zikuan Chen, Vince Calhoun
Spatial smoothing is a widely used preprocessing step in functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) data analysis. In this work, we report on the spatial smoothing effect on task-evoked fMRI brain functional mapping and functional connectivity. Initially, we decomposed the task fMRI data into a collection of components or networks by independent component analysis (ICA). The designed task paradigm helps identify task-modulated ICA components (highly correlated with the task stimuli). For the ICA-extracted primary task component, we then measured the task activation volume at the task response foci...
2018: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29456256/clustering-the-orion-b-giant-molecular-cloud-based-on-its-molecular-emission
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Emeric Bron, Chloé Daudon, Jérôme Pety, François Levrier, Maryvonne Gerin, Pierre Gratier, Jan H Orkisz, Viviana Guzman, Sébastien Bardeau, Javier R Goicoechea, Harvey Liszt, Karin Öberg, Nicolas Peretto, Albrecht Sievers, Pascal Tremblin
Context: Previous attempts at segmenting molecular line maps of molecular clouds have focused on using position-position-velocity data cubes of a single molecular line to separate the spatial components of the cloud. In contrast, wide field spectral imaging over a large spectral bandwidth in the (sub)mm domain now allows one to combine multiple molecular tracers to understand the different physical and chemical phases that constitute giant molecular clouds (GMCs). Aims: We aim at using multiple tracers (sensitive to different physical processes and conditions) to segment a molecular cloud into physically/chemically similar regions (rather than spatially connected components), thus disentangling the different physical/chemical phases present in the cloud...
February 2018: Astronomy and Astrophysics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29456143/neocortical-association-cell-types-in-the-forebrain-of-birds-and-alligators
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Steven D Briscoe, Caroline B Albertin, Joanna J Rowell, Clifton W Ragsdale
The avian dorsal telencephalon has two vast territories, the nidopallium and the mesopallium, both of which have been shown to contribute substantially to higher cognitive functions. From their connections, these territories have been proposed as equivalent to mammalian neocortical layers 2 and 3, various neocortical association areas, or the amygdala, but whether these are analogies or homologies by descent is unknown. We investigated the molecular profiles of the mesopallium and the nidopallium with RNA-seq...
February 14, 2018: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29456134/parietal-control-network-activation-during-memory-tasks-may-be-associated-with-the-co-occurrence-of-externally-and-internally-directed-cognition-a-cross-function-meta-analysis
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Hongkeun Kim
Functional neuroimaging studies on episodic memory retrieval consistently indicated the activation of the precuneus (PCU), mid-cingulate cortex (MCC), and lateral intraparietal sulcus (latIPS) regions. Although studies typically interpreted these activations in terms of memory retrieval processes, resting-state functional connectivity data indicate that these regions are part of the frontoparietal control network, suggesting a more general, cross-functional role. In this regard, this study proposes a novel hypothesis which suggests that the parietal control network plays a strong role in accommodating the co-occurrence of externally directed cognition (EDC) and internally directed cognition (IDC), which are typically antagonistic to each other...
March 15, 2018: Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29455845/single-cell-resolution-of-t-cell-immune-responses
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Veit R Buchholz, Michael Flossdorf
Single antigen-specific B or T lymphocytes are the smallest functional units, into which an adaptive immune response can be dissected. Today, novel high-throughput technologies are providing researches with increasingly complex information on the diverse phenotypic signatures of individual lymphocytes. With a focus on T cells, we summarize here, how computational approaches are becoming increasingly important to identify the relevant developmental boundaries and connections between these high-dimensional lymphocyte states...
2018: Advances in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29455668/function-of-the-c-met-receptor-tyrosine-kinase-in-carcinogenesis-and-associated-therapeutic-opportunities
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REVIEW
Yazhuo Zhang, Mengfang Xia, Ke Jin, Shufei Wang, Hang Wei, Chunmei Fan, Yingfen Wu, Xiaoling Li, Xiayu Li, Guiyuan Li, Zhaoyang Zeng, Wei Xiong
c-Met is a receptor tyrosine kinase belonging to the MET (MNNG HOS transforming gene) family, and is expressed on the surfaces of various cells. Hepatocyte growth factor (HGF) is the ligand for this receptor. The binding of HGF to c-Met initiates a series of intracellular signals that mediate embryogenesis and wound healing in normal cells. However, in cancer cells, aberrant HGF/c-Met axis activation, which is closely related to c-Met gene mutations, overexpression, and amplification, promotes tumor development and progression by stimulating the PI3K/AKT, Ras/MAPK, JAK/STAT, SRC, Wnt/β-catenin, and other signaling pathways...
February 19, 2018: Molecular Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29455466/the-effects-of-il-33-on-airways-collagen-deposition-and-matrix-metalloproteinase-expression-in-a-murine-surrogate-of-asthma
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Gao An, Xin Zhang, Wenjun Wang, Qiong Huang, Yan Li, Shan Shan, Chris J Corrigan, Wei Wang, Sun Ying
It has been suggested that interleukin 33 (IL-33) plays an important role in the pathogenesis of asthma through a variety of pathways, but its role in airways fibrosis in asthma has not been fully elucidated. In the present study we evaluated changes in the expression of extracellular matrix proteins (ECMs) as well as matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) and their inhibitors (TIMPs) in an IL-33-induced, antigen-independent murine surrogate of asthma as well as a conventional surrogate employing per-nasal challenge of mice previously sensitised to produce an IgE response to ovalbumin (OVA)...
February 18, 2018: Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29455414/defining-g-protein-coupled-receptor-peptide-ligand-expressomes-and-signalomes-in-human-and-mouse-islets
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Patricio Atanes, Inmaculada Ruz-Maldonado, Ross Hawkes, Bo Liu, Min Zhao, Guo Cai Huang, Israa Mohammed Al-Amily, Albert Salehi, Stefan Amisten, Shanta J Persaud
INTRODUCTION: Islets synthesise and secrete numerous peptides, some of which are known to be important regulators of islet function and glucose homeostasis. In this study, we quantified mRNAs encoding all peptide ligands of islet G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) in isolated human and mouse islets and carried out in vitro islet hormone secretion studies to provide functional confirmation for the species-specific role of peptide YY (PYY) in mouse islets. MATERIALS AND METHODS: GPCR peptide ligand mRNAs in human and mouse islets were quantified by quantitative real-time PCR relative to the reference genes ACTB, GAPDH, PPIA, TBP and TFRC...
February 17, 2018: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences: CMLS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29455363/predicting-autism-spectrum-disorder-using-domain-adaptive-cross-site-evaluation
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Runa Bhaumik, Ashish Pradhan, Soptik Das, Dulal K Bhaumik
The advances in neuroimaging methods reveal that resting-state functional fMRI (rs-fMRI) connectivity measures can be potential diagnostic biomarkers for autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Recent data sharing projects help us replicating the robustness of these biomarkers in different acquisition conditions or preprocessing steps across larger numbers of individuals or sites. It is necessary to validate the previous results by using data from multiple sites by diminishing the site variations. We investigated partial least square regression (PLS), a domain adaptive method to adjust the effects of multicenter acquisition...
February 17, 2018: Neuroinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29455223/sialidosis-type-i-presenting-with-a-novel-mutation-and-advanced-neuroimaging-features
#18
Murat Gultekin, Ruslan Bayramov, Cagatay Karaca, Niyazi Acer
Sialidosis is a rare lysosomal storage disease caused by neuraminidase gene (NEU1) mutation and a deficiency of the enzyme neuraminidase. The aim of this study was to examine the sialidosis type 1 brain using volumetric magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), diffusion tensor imaging and functional MRI in comparison to 3 controls. The patients gene analysis identified compound heterozygous mutation in the NEU1 that is shown to be associated with the sialidosis type 1. In this very rarely seen case, we found volume changes in different brain structures...
January 2018: Neurosciences: the Official Journal of the Pan Arab Union of Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29455155/newly-designed-11-gene-panel-reveals-first-case-of-hereditary-amyloidosis-captured-by-massive-parallel-sequencing
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Zuzana Chyra Kufova, Tereza Sevcikova, Jaroslav Januska, Petr Vojta, Arpad Boday, Pavla Vanickova, Jana Filipova, Katerina Growkova, Tomas Jelinek, Marian Hajduch, Roman Hajek
AIMS: Amyloidosis is caused by deposition of abnormal protein fibrils, leading to damage of organ function. Hereditary amyloidosis represents a monogenic disease caused by germline mutations in 11 amyloidogenic precursor protein genes. One of the important but non-specific symptoms of amyloidosis is hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Diagnostics of hereditary amyloidosis is complicated and the real cause can remain overlooked. We aimed to design hereditary amyloidosis gene panel and to introduce new next-generation sequencing (NGS) approach to investigate hereditary amyloidosis in a cohort of patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy of unknown significance...
February 17, 2018: Journal of Clinical Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454935/dynamic-resting-state-fmri-analysis-in-mice-reveals-a-set-of-quasi-periodic-patterns-and-illustrates-their-relationship-with-the-global-signal
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REVIEW
Michaël E Belloy, Maarten Naeyaert, Anzar Abbas, Disha Shah, Verdi Vanreusel, Johan van Audekerke, Shella D Keilholz, Georgios A Keliris, Annemie Van der Linden, Marleen Verhoye
Time-resolved 'dynamic' over whole-period 'static' analysis of low frequency (LF) blood-oxygen level dependent (BOLD) fluctuations provides many additional insights into the macroscale organization and dynamics of neural activity. Although there has been considerable advancement in the development of mouse resting state fMRI (rsfMRI), very little remains known about its dynamic repertoire. Here, we report for the first time the detection of a set of recurring spatiotemporal Quasi-Periodic Patterns (QPPs) in mice, which show spatial similarity with known resting state networks...
February 15, 2018: NeuroImage
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