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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107746/induced-differentiation-of-human-gingival-fibroblasts-into-vsmc-like-cells
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Xuqian Liu, Jie Wang, Fusheng Dong, Hexiang Li, Yali Hou
Vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) are major component of the vascular wall, and they play an essential role in maintaining the basic physiological function and stable structure of the vascular wall. In the present study, human gingival fibroblasts (HGFs) were cultured and induced into VSMC-like cells in vitro to confirm that HGFs with properties of stem cells have the potential for differentiation. The epithelium isolated from patients was extracted from normal human gingiva consisting of epithelium and connective tissue...
January 17, 2017: Differentiation; Research in Biological Diversity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107516/liver-amp-activated-protein-kinase-is-unnecessary-for-gluconeogenesis-but-protects-energy-state-during-nutrient-deprivation
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Clinton M Hasenour, D Emerson Ridley, Freyja D James, Curtis C Hughey, E Patrick Donahue, Benoit Viollet, Marc Foretz, Jamey D Young, David H Wasserman
AMPK is an energy sensor that protects cellular energy state by attenuating anabolic and promoting catabolic processes. AMPK signaling is purported to regulate hepatic gluconeogenesis and substrate oxidation; coordination of these processes is vital during nutrient deprivation or pathogenic during overnutrition. Here we directly test hepatic AMPK function in regulating metabolic fluxes that converge to produce glucose and energy in vivo. Flux analysis was applied in mice with a liver-specific deletion of AMPK (L-KO) or floxed control littermates to assess rates of hepatic glucose producing and citric acid cycle (CAC) fluxes...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107446/amygdala-atrophy-and-its-functional-disconnection-with-the-cortico-striatal-pallidal-thalamic-circuit-in-major-depressive-disorder-in-females
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Jie Yang, Yingying Yin, Connie Svob, Jun Long, Xiaofu He, Yuqun Zhang, Zhi Xu, Lei Li, Jie Liu, Jian Dong, Zuping Zhang, Zhishun Wang, Yonggui Yuan
BACKGROUND: Major depressive disorder (MDD) is approximately twice as common in females than males. Furthermore, female patients with MDD tend to manifest comorbid anxiety. Few studies have explored the potential anatomical and functional brain changes associated with MDD in females. Therefore, the purpose of the present study was to investigate the anatomical and functional changes underlying MDD in females, especially within the context of comorbid anxiety. METHODS: In this study, we recruited antidepressant-free females with MDD (N = 35) and healthy female controls (HC; N = 23)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107346/decreased-functional-connectivity-of-insular-cortex-in-drug-na%C3%A3-ve-first-episode-schizophrenia-in-relation-to-symptom-severity
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Lijuan Pang, David Kennedy, Qinling Wei, Luxian Lv, Jinsong Gao, Hong Li, Meina Quan, Xue Li, Yongfeng Yang, Xiaoduo Fan, Xueqin Song
BACKGROUND: This study was to examine the insular cortical functional connectivity in drug naïve patients with first episode schizophrenia and to explore the relationship between the connectivity and the severity of clinical symptoms. METHODS: Thirty-seven drug naïve patients with schizophrenia and 25 healthy controls were enrolled in this study. A seed-based approach was used to analyze the resting-state functional imaging data. Insular cortical connectivity maps were bilaterally extracted for group comparison and validated by voxel-based morphometry (VBM) analysis...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107340/association-of-diabetes-related-complications-with-heart-rate-variability-among-a-diabetic-population-in-the-uae
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Ahsan H Khandoker, Haitham M Al-Angari, Kinda Khalaf, Sungmun Lee, Wael Almahmeed, Habiba S Al Safar, Herbert F Jelinek
Microvascular, macrovascular and neurological complications are the key causes of morbidity and mortality among type II diabetes mellitus (T2DM) patients. The aim of this study was to investigate the alterations of cardiac autonomic function of diabetic patients in relation to three types of diabetes-related complications. ECG recordings were collected and analyzed from 169 T2DM patients in supine position who were diagnosed with nephropathy (n = 55), peripheral neuropathy (n = 64) and retinopathy (n = 106) at two hospitals in the UAE...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106984/pore-space-partition-in-metal-organic-frameworks
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Quan-Guo Zhai, Xianhui Bu, Xiang Zhao, Dong-Sheng Li, Pingyun Feng
Metal-organic framework (MOF) materials have emerged as one of the favorite crystalline porous materials (CPM) because of their compositional and geometric tunability and many possible applications. In efforts to develop better MOFs for gas storage and separation, a number of strategies including creation of open metal sites and implantation of Lewis base sites have been used to tune host-guest interactions. In addition to these chemical factors, the geometric features such as pore size and shape, surface area, and pore volume also play important roles in sorption energetics and uptake capacity...
January 20, 2017: Accounts of Chemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106817/value-based-caching-in-information-centric-wireless-body-area-networks
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Fadi M Al-Turjman, Muhammad Imran, Athanasios V Vasilakos
We propose a resilient cache replacement approach based on a Value of sensed Information (VoI) policy. To resolve and fetch content when the origin is not available due to isolated in-network nodes (fragmentation) and harsh operational conditions, we exploit a content caching approach. Our approach depends on four functional parameters in sensory Wireless Body Area Networks (WBANs). These four parameters are: age of data based on periodic request, popularity of on-demand requests, communication interference cost, and the duration for which the sensor node is required to operate in active mode to capture the sensed readings...
January 19, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106660/different-branching-patterns-of-the-spinal-accessory-nerve-impact-on-neck-dissection-technique-and-postoperative-shoulder-function
#8
Boštjan Lanišnik
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Despite nerve-sparing surgery, postoperative shoulder morbidity remains high and significantly impacts patient's quality of life. This review will focus on recent findings of anatomical nuances of the cranial nerve XI (CN XI) along its course in the neck and possible reasons for postoperative morbidity. RECENT FINDINGS: The most recent studies identified three different branching patterns of the CN XI in the neck. In type 1 (66%), the branch for trapezius muscle exits at the posterior border of the sternocleidomastoid muscle (mSCM)...
January 18, 2017: Current Opinion in Otolaryngology & Head and Neck Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106617/determinants-of-health-knowledge-and-health-perceptions-from-the-perspective-of-health-related-education-of-patients-with-spinal-cord-injury-a-systematic-review
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Piotr Tederko, Tomasz Krasuski, Marek Krasuski, Alicja Długołęcka, Beata Tarnacka
Appropriate health knowledge (HK) and health perceptions (HP) of patients with spinal cord injury (SCI) are linked to health-related behaviors, compliance, the involvement of caregivers and efficacy of prophylaxis, and management of secondary conditions. The significance of factors determining the efficacy of educational interventions in patients with SCI is underestimated. This systematic literature review aims at identification of determinants of HK and HP among patients with SCI. We identified 16 papers with quantitative HK and HP measurements conclusive in the identification of HK and HP determinants in individuals with SCI...
January 18, 2017: International Journal of Rehabilitation Research. Revue Internationale de Recherches de Réadaptation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106569/cerebellar-volume-and-executive-function-in-parkinson-disease-with-and-without-freezing-of-gait
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Peter S Myers, Marie E McNeely, Jonathan M Koller, Gammon M Earhart, Meghan C Campbell
BACKGROUND: Freezing of gait (FOG) affects approximately 50% of people with Parkinson Disease (PD), impacting quality of life and placing financial and emotional strain on the individual and caregivers. People with PD and FOG have similar deficits in motor adaptation and cognition as individuals with cerebellar lesions, indicating the cerebellum may play a role in FOG. OBJECTIVE: To examine potential differences in cerebellar volumes and their relationships with cognition between PD with (FOG+) and without FOG (FOG-)...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Parkinson's Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106534/extrinsic-rashba-spin-orbit-coupling-effect-on-silicene-spin-polarized-field-effect-transistors
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Nezhat Pournaghavi, Mahdi Esmaeilzadeh, Adib Abrishamifar, Somaieh Ahmadi
Regarding the spin field effect transistor (spin FET) challenges such as mismatch effect in spin injection and insufficient spin life time, we propose a silicene based device which can be a promising candidate to overcome some of those problems. Using non-equilibrium Green���s function method, we investigate the spin-dependent conductance in a zigzag silicene nanoribbon connected to two magnetized leads which are supposed to be either in parallel or anti-parallel configurations. For both configurations, a controllable spin current can be obtained when the Rashba effect is present; thus, we can have a spin filter device...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Physics. Condensed Matter: An Institute of Physics Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105853/identification-of-potential-molecular-associations-between-chikungunya-virus-non-structural-protein-2-and-human-host-proteins
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J Rana, S Gulati, S Rajasekharan, A Gupta, V Chaudhary, S Gupta
Chikungunya virus (CHIKV) non-structural protein 2 (nsP2) is considered to be the master regulator of viral RNA replication and host responses generated during viral infection. This protein has two main functional domains: an N-terminal domain which exhibits NTPase, RNA triphosphatase and helicase activities and a C-terminal protease domain. Understanding how CHIKV nsP2 interacts with its host proteins is essential for elucidating all the required processes for viral replication and pathogenesis along with the identification of potential targets for antiviral therapy...
January 19, 2017: Acta Virologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105655/imperfect-de-convolution-may-introduce-spurious-psychophysiological-interactions-and-how-to-avoid-it
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Xin Di, Richard C Reynolds, Bharat B Biswal
Psychophysiological interaction (PPI) is a widely used regression-based method to study connectivity changes in different experimental conditions. A PPI effect is generated by point-by-point multiplication of a psychological variable (experimental design) and a physiological variable (time series of a seed region). If the psychological variable is non-centered with a constant component, the constant component will add a physiological variable to the PPI term. The physiological component would in theory be accounted for by the physiological main effect in the model...
January 20, 2017: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104815/alterations-in-the-balance-of-tubulin-glycylation-and-glutamylation-in-photoreceptors-leads-to-retinal-degeneration
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Montserrat Bosch Grau, Christel Masson, Sudarshan Gadadhar, Cecilia Rocha, Olivia Tort, Patricia Marques Sousa, Sophie Vacher, Ivan Bieche, Carsten Janke
Tubulin is subject to a wide variety of posttranslational modifications, which as part of the tubulin code are involved in the regulation of microtubule functions. Glycylation has so far predominantly been found in motile cilia and flagella, and absence of this modification leads to ciliary disassembly. Here we demonstrate that the connecting cilia of photoreceptors, which are non-motile sensory cilia, are also dependent on glycylation. In contrast to many other tissues, only one glycylase, TTLL3, is expressed in retina...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Cell Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104639/hippocampal-atrophy-is-associated-with-altered-hippocampus-posterior-cingulate-cortex-connectivity-in-mesial-temporal-lobe-epilepsy-with-hippocampal-sclerosis
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Y C Shih, C E Tseng, F-H Lin, H H Liou, W Y I Tseng
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Unilateral mesial temporal lobe epilepsy and hippocampal sclerosis have structural and functional abnormalities in the mesial temporal regions. To gain insight into the pathophysiology of the epileptic network in mesial temporal lobe epilepsy with hippocampal sclerosis, we aimed to clarify the relationships between hippocampal atrophy and the altered connection between the hippocampus and the posterior cingulate cortex in patients with mesial temporal lobe epilepsy with hippocampal sclerosis...
January 19, 2017: AJNR. American Journal of Neuroradiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104575/modulation-of-proteostasis-by-transcription-factor-nrf2-and-impact-in-neurodegenerative-diseases
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REVIEW
Marta Pajares, Antonio Cuadrado, Ana I Rojo
Neurodegenerative diseases are linked to the accumulation of specific protein aggregates, suggesting an intimate connection between injured brain and loss of proteostasis. Proteostasis refers to all the processes by which cells control the abundance and folding of the proteome thanks to a wide network that integrates the regulation of signaling pathways, gene expression and protein degradation systems. This review attempts to summarize the most relevant findings about the transcriptional modulation of proteostasis exerted by the transcription factor NRF2 (nuclear factor (erythroid-derived 2)-like 2)...
January 10, 2017: Redox Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104568/new-insights-into-the-reaction-capabilities-of-his-195-adjacent-to-the-active-site-of-nitrogenase
#17
Ian Dance
The active site of the enzyme nitrogenase is the FeMo-cofactor (FeMo-co), a C-centred Fe7MoS9 cluster, connected to the surrounding MoFe protein via ligands Cys(275) and His(442). Density functional calculations, involving 14 additional surrounding amino acids, focus on His(195) because its mutation causes important reactivity changes, including almost complete loss of ability to reduce N2 to NH3. The Nε side-chain of His(195) is capable of hydrogen bonding to S2B, bridging Fe2 and Fe6 of FeMo-co, believed to be the main reaction domain of nitrogenase...
January 5, 2017: Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104438/safety-of-externally-stimulated-intracranial-electrodes-during-functional-mri-at-1-5t
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Pallab K Bhattacharyya, Jeffery Mullin, Bryan S Lee, Jorge A Gonzalez-Martinez, Stephen E Jones
Surgical resection of the epileptogenic zone (EZ) is a potential cure for medically refractory focal epilepsy. Proper identification of the EZ is essential for such resection. Synergistic application of functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) simultaneously with stimulation of a single externalized intracranial stereotactic EEG (SEEG) electrode has the potential to improve identification of the EZ. While most EEG-fMRI studies use the electrodes passively to record electrical activity, it is possible to stimulate the brain using the electrodes by connecting them with conducting cables to the stimulation hardware...
January 16, 2017: Magnetic Resonance Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104365/mitochondrial-dysfunction-and-mitochondrial-dynamics-the-cancer-connection
#19
REVIEW
Satish Srinivasan, Manti Guha, Anna Kashina, Narayan G Avadhani
Mitochondrial dysfunction is a hallmark of many diseases. The retrograde signaling initiated by dysfunctional mitochondria can bring about global changes in gene expression that alters cell morphology and function. Typically, this is attributed to disruption of important mitochondrial functions, such as ATP production, integration of metabolism, calcium homeostasis and regulation of apoptosis. Recent studies showed that in addition to these factors, mitochondrial dynamics might play an important role in stress signaling...
January 16, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104309/heightened-cortical-excitability-in-aged-rodents-with-memory-impairment
#20
Rebecca P Haberman, Ming Teng Koh, Michela Gallagher
Elevated excitability in the hippocampus has emerged as a key contributor to reduced memory function in aging and in cognitive impairment prodromal to Alzheimer's disease. Here, we investigated the relationship between neural activity and memory in the hippocampus and a connectional cortical network using an aged rat model of individual differences for memory impairment. The expression of cFos was used as a measure of pharmacologically induced neural activity. Aged memory-impaired rats exhibited elevated cFos relative to young adult and aged unimpaired rats in the CA3 subfield of the hippocampus and in several cortical regions including the retrosplenial, parietal, and orbitofrontal cortices...
January 3, 2017: Neurobiology of Aging
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