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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449086/a-coordinated-action-of-blood-borne-and-brain-insulin-like-growth-factor-i-in-the-response-to-traumatic-brain-injury
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A Santi, L Genis, I Torres Aleman
In response to injury, the brain produces different neuroprotective molecules, such as insulin-like growth factor I (IGF-I). However, IGF-I is also taken up by the brain from the circulation in response to physiological stimuli. Herein, we analyzed in mice the relative contribution of circulating and locally produced IGF-I to increased brain IGF-I levels after insult. Traumatic brain injury (TBI) induced by a controlled impact resulted in increased IGF-I levels in the vicinity of the lesion, but mice with low serum IGF-I showed significantly lower increases...
April 26, 2017: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449067/using-high-throughput-barcode-sequencing-to-efficiently-map-connectomes
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Ian D Peikon, Justus M Kebschull, Vasily V Vagin, Diana I Ravens, Yu-Chi Sun, Eric Brouzes, Ivan R Corrêa, Dario Bressan, Anthony M Zador
The function of a neural circuit is determined by the details of its synaptic connections. At present, the only available method for determining a neural wiring diagram with single synapse precision-a 'connectome'-is based on imaging methods that are slow, labor-intensive and expensive. Here, we present SYNseq, a method for converting the connectome into a form that can exploit the speed and low cost of modern high-throughput DNA sequencing. In SYNseq, each neuron is labeled with a unique random nucleotide sequence-an RNA 'barcode'-which is targeted to the synapse using engineered proteins...
April 26, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448806/exostosin-1-is-expressed-in-human-odontoblasts
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Virve Pääkkönen, Stina Saraniemi, Françoise Bleicher, Zvi Nevo, Leo Tjäderhane
OBJECTIVE: Dental pulp is soft connective tissue maintaining the vitality of the tooth, while odontoblasts form the dentin. Our earlier DNA microarray analysis revealed expression of putative tumour suppressor exostosin 1 (EXT-1) in odontoblasts. EXT-1 is essential for heparan sulphate synthesis, which may play a role in the dentin mineralization. Since the absence of the functional EXT-1 causes bone tumours, expression in odontoblasts is interesting. Our aim was to analyse further the EXT-1 expression in human tooth...
April 8, 2017: Archives of Oral Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448737/involvement-of-arhgef10-gef-for-rhoa-in-rab6-rab8-mediating-membrane-traffic
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Satoshi Shibata, Yui Teshima, Kenta Niimi, Shinobu Inagaki
Small GTPases play crucial roles in the maintenance of a homeostatic environment and appropriate movements of the cell. In these processes, the direct or indirect interaction between distinct small GTPases could be required for regulating mutual signaling pathways. In our recent study, ARHGEF10, known as a guanine nucleotide exchange factor (GEF) for RhoA, was indicated to interact with Rab6A and Rab8A, which are known to function in the exocytotic pathway, and colocalized with these Rabs at exocytotic vesicles...
April 27, 2017: Small GTPases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448683/magnetic-resonance-imaging-connectivity-for-the-prediction-of-seizure-outcome-in-temporal-lobe-epilepsy
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Victoria L Morgan, Dario J Englot, Baxter P Rogers, Bennett A Landman, Ahmet Cakir, Bassel W Abou-Khalil, Adam W Anderson
OBJECTIVE: Currently, approximately 60-70% of patients with unilateral temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE) remain seizure-free 3 years after surgery. The goal of this work was to develop a presurgical connectivity-based biomarker to identify those patients who will have an unfavorable seizure outcome 1-year postsurgery. METHODS: Resting-state functional and diffusion-weighted 3T magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) was acquired from 22 unilateral (15 right, 7 left) patients with TLE and 35 healthy controls...
April 27, 2017: Epilepsia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448497/examination-of-an-ehealth-literacy-scale-and-a-health-literacy-scale-in-a-population-with-moderate-to-high-cardiovascular-risk-rasch-analyses
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Sarah S Richtering, Rebecca Morris, Sze-Ee Soh, Anna Barker, Fiona Bampi, Lis Neubeck, Genevieve Coorey, John Mulley, John Chalmers, Tim Usherwood, David Peiris, Clara K Chow, Julie Redfern
INTRODUCTION: Electronic health (eHealth) strategies are evolving making it important to have valid scales to assess eHealth and health literacy. Item response theory methods, such as the Rasch measurement model, are increasingly used for the psychometric evaluation of scales. This paper aims to examine the internal construct validity of an eHealth and health literacy scale using Rasch analysis in a population with moderate to high cardiovascular disease risk. METHODS: The first 397 participants of the CONNECT study completed the electronic health Literacy Scale (eHEALS) and the Health Literacy Questionnaire (HLQ)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448484/tissue-engineered-3d-human-lymphatic-microvascular-network-for-in-vitro-studies-of-lymphangiogenesis
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Laure Gibot, Todd Galbraith, Jennifer Bourland, Anita Rogic, Mihaela Skobe, François A Auger
This protocol describes a unique in vitro method for the generation of a 3D human lymphatic network within native connective tissue devoid of any exogenous material such as scaffolds or growth factors. In this five-stage protocol, human lymphatic endothelial cells (LECs) cocultured with dermal fibroblasts spontaneously organize into a stable 3D lymphatic capillary network. Stage 1 involves the isolation of primary fibroblasts and LECs from human skin. Fibroblasts are then cultured to produce connective tissue rich in extracellular matrix (stage 2), onto which LECs are seeded to form a network (stage 3)...
May 2017: Nature Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448469/distributed-data-service-for-data-management-in-internet-of-things-middleware
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Ruben Cruz Huacarpuma, Rafael Timoteo de Sousa Junior, Maristela Terto de Holanda, Robson de Oliveira Albuquerque, Luis Javier García Villalba, Tai-Hoon Kim
The development of the Internet of Things (IoT) is closely related to a considerable increase in the number and variety of devices connected to the Internet. Sensors have become a regular component of our environment, as well as smart phones and other devices that continuously collect data about our lives even without our intervention. With such connected devices, a broad range of applications has been developed and deployed, including those dealing with massive volumes of data. In this paper, we introduce a Distributed Data Service (DDS) to collect and process data for IoT environments...
April 27, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448272/automated-network-analysis-to-measure-brain-effective-connectivity-estimated-from-eeg-data-of-patients-with-alcoholism
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Youngoh Bae, Byeong Wook Yoo, Jung Chan Lee, Hee Chan Kim
OBJECTIVE: Detection and diagnosis based on extracting features and classification using electroencephalography (EEG) signals are being studied vigorously. A network analysis of time series EEG signal data is one of many techniques that could help study brain functions. In this study, we analyze EEG to diagnose alcoholism. APPROACH: We propose a novel methodology to estimate the differences in the status of the brain based on EEG data of normal subjects and data from alcoholics by computing many parameters stemming from effective network using Granger causality...
April 27, 2017: Physiological Measurement
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448243/the-patient-experience-of-illness-treatment-and-change-during-intensive-community-treatment-for-severe-anorexia-nervosa
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Julia Hannon, Lindsey Eunson, Calum Munro
This study explores experiences of intensive community treatment, illness, and change among patients with severe anorexia nervosa (sAN), particularly seeking to understand the processes involved in change and inability to change. A qualitative design with purposive semi-stratified sampling, using semi-structured interviews and interpretive phenomenological analysis, investigated in detail the experiences of five participants. Participants all had sAN at the start of treatment and represented a spectrum of outcomes from deterioration to full recovery...
April 27, 2017: Eating Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448017/low-density-primary-hippocampal-neuron-culture
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Reiko T Roppongi, Kevin P Champagne-Jorgensen, Tabrez J Siddiqui
The ability to probe the structure and physiology of individual nerve cells in culture is crucial to the study of neurobiology, and allows for flexibility in genetic and chemical manipulation of individual cells or defined networks. Such ease of manipulation is simpler in the reduced culture system when compared to the intact brain tissue. While many methods for the isolation and growth of these primary neurons exist, each has its own limitations. This protocol describes a method for culturing low-density and high-purity rodent embryonic hippocampal neurons on glass coverslips, which are then suspended over a monolayer of glial cells...
April 18, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448012/protocols-for-visualizing-steroidogenic-organs-and-their-interactive-organs-with-immunostaining-in-the-fruit-fly-drosophila-melanogaster
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Eisuke Imura, Yuto Yoshinari, Yuko Shimada-Niwa, Ryusuke Niwa
In multicellular organisms, a small group of cells is endowed with a specialized function in their biogenic activity, inducing a systemic response to growth and reproduction. In insects, the larval prothoracic gland (PG) and the adult female ovary play essential roles in biosynthesizing the principal steroid hormones called ecdysteroids. These ecdysteroidogenic organs are innervated from the nervous system, through which the timing of biosynthesis is affected by environmental cues. Here we describe a protocol for visualizing ecdysteroidogenic organs and their interactive organs in larvae and adults of the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster, which provides a suitable model system for studying steroid hormone biosynthesis and its regulatory mechanism...
April 14, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447851/-understanding-the-role-of-speech-production-in-reading-evidence-for-a-print-to-speech-neural-network-using-graphical-analysis-correction-to-cummine-et-al-2016
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Reports an error in "Understanding the role of speech production in reading: Evidence for a print-to-speech neural network using graphical analysis" by Jacqueline Cummine, Ivor Cribben, Connie Luu, Esther Kim, Reyhaneh Bahktiari, George Georgiou and Carol A. Boliek (Neuropsychology, 2016[May], Vol 30[4], 385-397). In the article, the fifth author's name [Bakhtiari] was misspelled. The online version of this article has been corrected. (The following abstract of the original article appeared in record 2015-49069-001...
May 2017: Neuropsychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447622/modern-clinical-research-on-lsd
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REVIEW
Matthias E Liechti
All modern clinical studies using the classic hallucinogen lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) in healthy subjects or patients in the last 25 years are reviewed herein. There were five recent studies in healthy participants and one in patients. In a controlled setting, LSD acutely induced bliss, audiovisual synesthesia, altered meaning of perceptions, derealization, depersonalization, and mystical experiences. These subjective effects of LSD were mediated by the 5-HT2A receptor. LSD increased feelings of closeness to others, openness, trust, and suggestibility...
April 27, 2017: Neuropsychopharmacology: Official Publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447446/highly-conductive-transparent-and-flexible-electrodes-including-double-stacked-thin-metal-films-for-transparent-flexible-electronics
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Jun Hee Han, Do-Hong Kim, Eun Gyo Jeong, Tae-Woo Lee, Myung Keun Lee, Jeong Woo Park, Hoseung Lee, Kyung Cheol Choi
In order to keep pace with the era of transparent and deformable electronics, the electrode functions should be improved. In this paper, an innovative structure is suggested to overcome the tradeoff between optical and electrical properties that commonly arises with transparent electrodes. The structure of double stacked metal films showed high conductivity (< 3 Ω/sq.) and high transparency (~90 %) simultaneously. A proper space between two metal films led to high transmittance by an optical phenomenon...
April 27, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447220/track-weighted-dynamic-functional-connectivity-tw-dfc-a-new-method-to-study-time-resolved-functional-connectivity
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Fernando Calamante, Robert E Smith, Xiaoyun Liang, Andrew Zalesky, Alan Connelly
Interest in the study of brain connectivity is growing, particularly in understanding the dynamics of the structural/functional connectivity relation. Structural and functional connectivity are most often analysed independently of each other. Track-weighted functional connectivity (TW-FC) was recently proposed as a means to combine structural/functional connectivity information into a single image. We extend here TW-FC in two important ways: first, all the functional data are used without having to define a prior functional network (cf...
April 26, 2017: Brain Structure & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446967/cardiac-fibroblasts-more-than-mechanical-support
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REVIEW
Stefanie A Doppler, Catarina Carvalho, Harald Lahm, Marcus-André Deutsch, Martina Dreßen, Nazan Puluca, Rüdiger Lange, Markus Krane
Fibroblasts are cells with a structural function, synthesizing components of the extracellular matrix. They are accordingly associated with various forms of connective tissue. During cardiac development fibroblasts originate from different sources. Most derive from the epicardium, some derive from the endocardium, and a small population derives from the neural crest. Cardiac fibroblasts have important functions during development, homeostasis, and disease. However, since fibroblasts are a very heterogeneous cell population no truly specific markers exist...
March 2017: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446874/age-related-differences-in-reorganization-of-functional-connectivity-for-a-dual-task-with-increasing-postural-destabilization
#18
Cheng-Ya Huang, Linda L Lin, Ing-Shiou Hwang
The aged brain may not make good use of central resources, so dual task performance may be degraded. From the brain connectome perspective, this study investigated dual task deficits of older adults that lead to task failure of a suprapostural motor task with increasing postural destabilization. Twelve younger (mean age: 25.3 years) and 12 older (mean age: 65.8 years) adults executed a designated force-matching task from a level-surface or a stabilometer board. Force-matching error, stance sway, and event-related potential (ERP) in the preparatory period were measured...
2017: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446702/alteration-of-cerebrovascular-haemodynamic-patterns-due-to-atrial-fibrillation-an-in-silico-investigation
#19
S Scarsoglio, A Saglietto, M Anselmino, F Gaita, L Ridolfi
There has recently been growing evidence that atrial fibrillation (AF), the most common cardiac arrhythmia, is independently associated with the risk of dementia. This represents a very recent frontier with high social impact for the number of individuals involved and for the expected increase in AF incidence in the next 40 years. Although a number of potential haemodynamic processes, such as microembolisms, altered cerebral blood flow, hypoperfusion and microbleeds, arise as connecting links between the two pathologies, the causal mechanisms are far from clear...
April 2017: Journal of the Royal Society, Interface
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446651/how-small-can-the-epileptogenic-region-be-a-case-in-point
#20
Graeme D Jackson, Mangor Pedersen, A Simon Harvey
OBJECTIVE: To present a case that demonstrates that seizures and interictal disturbances can be driven by a small area of functionally abnormal cortex. METHODS: Two novel functional MRI network analysis methods were used to supplement conventional seizure and lesion localization methods: (1) regional homogeneity to quantify local connectivity, or synchrony, with a resolution of less than 1 cm(3) of cortex; and (2) small-worldness to combine information about whole brain network segregation and integration...
April 26, 2017: Neurology
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