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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28823105/understanding-peripartum-depression-through-neuroimaging-a-review-of-structural-and-functional-connectivity-and-molecular-imaging-research
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REVIEW
Christy Duan, Jessica Cosgrove, Kristina M Deligiannidis
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Imaging research has sought to uncover brain structure, function, and metabolism in women with postpartum depression (PPD) as little is known about its underlying pathophysiology. This review discusses the imaging modalities used to date to evaluate postpartum depression and highlights recent findings. RECENT FINDINGS: Altered functional connectivity and activity changes in brain areas implicated in executive functioning and emotion and reward processing have been identified in PPD...
August 19, 2017: Current Psychiatry Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822817/rosiglitazone-promotes-cardiac-hypertrophy-and-alters-chromatin-remodeling-in-isolated-cardiomyocytes
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Lama Fawaz Pharaon, Naglaa Fathi El-Orabi, Muhammad Kunhi, Nadya Al Yacoub, Salma Mahmoud Awad, Coralie Poizat
Rosiglitazone is an anti-diabetic agent that raised a major controversy over its cardiovascular adverse effects. There is in vivo evidence that Rosiglitazone promotes cardiac hypertrophy by PPAR -γ-independent mechanisms. However, whether Rosiglitazone directly alters hypertrophic growth in cardiac cells is unknown. Chromatin remodeling by histone post-translational modifications has emerged as critical for many cardiomyopathies. Based on these observations, this study was initiated to investigate the cardiac hypertrophic effect of Rosiglitazone in a cellular model of primary neonatal rat cardiomyocytes (NRCM)...
August 16, 2017: Toxicology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819259/dendritic-calcium-spikes-are-clearly-detectable-at-the-cortical-surface
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Mototaka Suzuki, Matthew E Larkum
Cortical surface recording techniques such as EEG and ECoG are widely used for measuring brain activity. The prevailing assumption is that surface potentials primarily reflect synaptic activity, although non-synaptic events may also contribute. Here we show that dendritic calcium spikes occurring in pyramidal neurons (that we showed previously are cognitively relevant) are clearly detectable in cortical surface potentials. To show this we developed an optogenetic, non-synaptic approach to evoke dendritic calcium spikes in vivo...
August 17, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819208/extrinsic-mechanical-forces-mediate-retrograde-axon-extension-in-a-developing-neuronal-circuit
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M A Breau, I Bonnet, J Stoufflet, J Xie, S De Castro, S Schneider-Maunoury
To form functional neural circuits, neurons migrate to their final destination and extend axons towards their targets. Whether and how these two processes are coordinated in vivo remains elusive. We use the zebrafish olfactory placode as a system to address the underlying mechanisms. Quantitative live imaging uncovers a choreography of directed cell movements that shapes the placode neuronal cluster: convergence of cells towards the centre of the placodal domain and lateral cell movements away from the brain...
August 17, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818094/radiotoxicity-in-robotic-radiosurgery-proposing-a-new-quality-index-for-optimizing-the-treatment-planning-of-brain-metastases
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Alexandra Hellerbach, Klaus Luyken, Mauritius Hoevels, Andreas Gierich, Daniel Rueß, Wolfgang W Baus, Martin Kocher, Maximilian I Ruge, Harald Treuer
BACKGROUND: As irradiated brain volume at 12 Gy (V12) is a predictor for radionecrosis, the purpose of the study was to develop a model for Cyberknife (CK) plans that is able to predict the lowest achievable V12 at a given tumor size and prescription dose (PD), and to suggest a new quality index regarding V12 for optimizing the treatment planning of brain metastases. METHOD: In our model V12 was approximated as a spherical shell around the tumor volume. The radial distance between tumor surface and the 12 Gy isodose line was calculated using an approximation of the mean dose gradient in that area...
August 17, 2017: Radiation Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817769/a-paper-based-surface-enhanced-raman-scattering-lateral-flow-strip-for-detection-of-neuron-specific-enolase-in-blood-plasma
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Xuefei Gao, Peng Zheng, Sujan Kasani, Steven Wu, Feng Yang, Sara Lewis, Sara Nayeem, Elizabeth Engler-Chiurazzi, Jane Wigginton, James W Simpkins, Nianqiang Wu
An inexpensive and disposable paper-based lateral flow strip (PLFS) has been developed as an immunoassay, in which surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) is utilized for sensing signal transduction. The Au nanostar@Raman Reporter@silica sandwich nanoparticles are developed as the SERS probes, which is the key to high sensitivity of device. Compared with a colorimetric PLFS, the SERS-PLFS exhibits superior performance in terms of sensitivity and limit of detection (LOD) in a blood plasma-containing sample matrix...
August 17, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817283/the-effects-of-a21g-mutation-on-transmembrane-amyloid-beta-11-40-trimer-an-in-silico-study
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Son Tung Ngo, Minh Tung Nguyen, Nguyen Thanh Nguyen, Van V Vu
Familial Alzheimer's disease (FAD) is passed down in family, which account for 2-3% of about 40 million AD cases worldwide. The Flemish (A21G) mutant of amyloid β (Aβ) exhibits unique properties among all hereditary mutants of FAD, including lowest aggregation rate. Recent studies showed that Aβ oligomers play key role in Alzheimer's disease (AD) pathogenesis. They could insert themselves in brain cell membrane, disrupting the membrane integrity and ion homeostasis. However, experimental studies of transmembrane Aβ oligomers have been limited due to their intrinsic heterogeneity...
August 17, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816702/as-above-so-below-towards-understanding-inverse-models-in-bci
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Jussi T Lindgren
In Brain-Computer Interfaces (BCI), measurements of the users brain activity are classified into commands for the computer. With EEG-based BCIs, the origins of the classified phenomena are often considered to be spatially localized in the cortical volume and mixed in the EEG. Does the reconstruction of the source activities in the volume help in building more accurate BCIs? The answer remains inconclusive despite previous work. In this paper, we study the question by contrasting the physiology-driven source reconstruction with data-driven representations obtained by statistical machine learning...
August 17, 2017: Journal of Neural Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814631/face-percept-formation-in-human-ventral-temporal-cortex
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Kai J Miller, Dora Hermes, Franco Pestilli, Gagan S Wig, Jeffrey G Ojemann
Loci in ventral temporal cortex are selectively active while viewing faces and other objects, but it remains unclear whether these areas represent accumulation of simple visual information, or processing of intact percept. We measured broadband electrocorticographic changes from implanted electrodes on the ventral temporal brain surface while showing patients noise-degraded images of faces and houses. In a subset of posterior fusiform gyrus face-selective regions, cortical activity decreased parametrically with noise increase, until the perceptual threshold...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812263/molecular-basis-of-oxytocin-receptor-signalling-in-the-brain-what-we-know-and-what-we-need-to-know
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Marta Busnelli, Bice Chini
Oxytocin (OT), a hypothalamic neuropeptide involved in regulating the social behaviour of all vertebrates, has been proposed as a treatment for a number of neuropsychiatric disorders characterised by deficits in the social domain. Over the last few decades, advances focused on understanding the social effects of OT and its role in physiological conditions and brain diseases, but much less has been done to clarify the molecular cascade of events involved in mediating such effects and in particular the cellular and molecular pharmacology of OT and its target receptor (OTR) in neuronal and glial cells...
August 16, 2017: Current Topics in Behavioral Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811636/mussel-inspired-polynorepinephrine-functionalized-electrospun-polycaprolactone-microfibers-for-muscle-regeneration
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Ying Liu, Guoqiang Zhou, Zhu Liu, Mengyu Guo, Xiumei Jiang, Mehmet Berat Taskin, Zhongyang Zhang, Jing Liu, Jinglong Tang, Ru Bai, Flemming Besenbacher, Menglin Chen, Chunying Chen
Electrospun scaffolds with excellent mechanical properties, high specific surface area and a commendable porous network are widely used in tissue engineering. Improving the hydrophilicity and cell adhesion of hydrophobic substrates is the key point to enhance the effectiveness of electrospun scaffolds. In this study, polycaprolactone (PCL) fibrous membranes with appropriate diameter were selected and coated by mussel-inspired poly norepinephrine (pNE). And norepinephrine is a catecholamine functioning as a hormone and neurotransmitter in the human brain...
August 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811263/the-role-of-escrt-during-development-and-functioning-of-the-nervous-system
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REVIEW
Rémy Sadoul, Marine H Laporte, Romain Chassefeyre, Yves Goldberg, Christine Chatellard, Fiona J Hemming, Sandrine Fraboulet
The endosomal sorting complex required for transport (ESCRT) is made of subcomplexes (ESCRT I-III), crucial to membrane remodelling at endosomes, nuclear envelope and cell surface. ESCRT-III shapes membranes and in most cases cooperates with the ATPase VPS4 to mediate fission of membrane necks from the inside. The first ESCRT complexes mainly serve to catalyse the formation of ESCRT-III but can be bypassed by accessory proteins like the Alg-2 interacting protein-X (ALIX). In the nervous system, ALIX/ESCRT controls the survival of embryonic neural progenitors and later on the outgrowth and pruning of axons and dendrites, all necessary steps to establish a functional brain...
August 12, 2017: Seminars in Cell & Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810663/different-properties-of-polysialic-acids-synthesized-by-the-polysialyltransferases-st8sia2-and-st8sia4
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Airi Mori, Masaya Hane, Yuki Niimi, Ken Kitajima, Chihiro Sato
Polysialic acid (polySia) is mainly found as a modification of neural cell adhesion molecule (NCAM) in whole embryonic brains, as well as restricted areas of adult vertebrate brains, including the hippocampus. PolySia shows not only repulsive effects on NCAM-involved cell-cell interactions due to its bulky and hydrated properties, but also attractive effects on the interaction with neurologically active molecules, which exerts a reservoir function. Two different polysialyltransferases, ST8SIA2 and ST8SIA4, are involved in the synthesis of polySia chains; however, to date, the differences of the properties between polySia chains synthesized by these two enzymes remain unknown...
September 1, 2017: Glycobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810234/electrochemical-aptamer-based-nanosensor-fabricated-on-single-au-nanowire-electrodes-for-adenosine-triphosphate-assay
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Dongmei Wang, Xiaoqing Xiao, Shen Xu, Yong Liu, Yongxin Li
In this work, single Au nanowire electrodes (AuNWEs) were fabricated by laser-assisted pulling/hydrofluoric acid (HF) etching process, which then were characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), electrochemical method and finite-element simulation. The as-prepared single AuNWEs were used to construct electrochemical aptamer-based nanosensors (E-AB nanosensors) based on the formation of Au-S bond that duplex DNA tagged with methylene blue (MB) was modified on the surface of electrode. In the presence of adenosine triphosphate (ATP), the MB-labeled aptamer dissociated from the duplex DNA due to the strong specific affinity between aptamer and target, which lead to the reduction of MB electrochemical signals...
August 9, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805273/neurotoxicosis-in-horses-associated-with-consumption-of-trema-micrantha
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M P Lorenzett, P R Pereira, D M Bassuino, G Konradt, W Panziera, M V Bianchi, F F Argenta, M E Hammerschmitt, R A Caprioli, C S L de Barros, S P Pavarini, D Driemeier
BACKGROUND: Trema micrantha is a tree widely distributed throughout the Americas. The tree produces highly palatable leaves that have been associated with natural poisoning in goats, sheep and horses, in which hepatic necrosis and hepatic encephalopathy have been observed. OBJECTIVES: This study describes malacia and haemorrhage in the central nervous system due to T. micrantha consumption, with minimal to absent hepatic lesions. STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective case series...
August 14, 2017: Equine Veterinary Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804447/activity-dependent-arc-expression-and-homeostatic-synaptic-plasticity-are-altered-in-neurons-from-a-mouse-model-of-angelman-syndrome
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Elissa D Pastuzyn, Jason D Shepherd
Angelman syndrome (AS) is a neurodevelopmental disorder that results from deletions or mutations in chromosome 15, which usually includes the UBE3A gene. Ube3A protein is an E3 ubiquitin ligase that ubiquitinates proteins and targets them for degradation. The immediate-early gene Arc, a master regulator of synaptic plasticity, was identified as a putative substrate of Ube3A, but there have been conflicting reports on whether Arc is a bona fide E3 ligase substrate. Using multiple approaches, we found no evidence for a physical interaction between Arc and Ube3A in vivo...
2017: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803877/face-pareidolia-in-the-rhesus-monkey
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Jessica Taubert, Susan G Wardle, Molly Flessert, David A Leopold, Leslie G Ungerleider
Face perception in humans and nonhuman primates is rapid and accurate [1-4]. In the human brain, a network of visual-processing regions is specialized for faces [5-7]. Although face processing is a priority of the primate visual system, face detection is not infallible. Face pareidolia is the compelling illusion of perceiving facial features on inanimate objects, such as the illusory face on the surface of the moon. Although face pareidolia is commonly experienced by humans, its presence in other species is unknown...
August 4, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803732/reck-and-gpr124-are-essential-receptor-cofactors-for-wnt7a-wnt7b-specific-signaling-in-mammalian-cns-angiogenesis-and-blood-brain-barrier-regulation
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Chris Cho, Philip M Smallwood, Jeremy Nathans
Reck, a GPI-anchored membrane protein, and Gpr124, an orphan GPCR, have been implicated in Wnt7a/Wnt7b signaling in the CNS vasculature. We show here that vascular endothelial cell (EC)-specific reduction in Reck impairs CNS angiogenesis and that EC-specific postnatal loss of Reck, combined with loss of Norrin, impairs blood-brain barrier (BBB) maintenance. The most N-terminal domain of Reck binds to the leucine-rich repeat (LRR) and immunoglobulin (Ig) domains of Gpr124, and weakening this interaction by targeted mutagenesis reduces Reck/Gpr124 stimulation of Wnt7a signaling in cell culture and impairs CNS angiogenesis...
August 7, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801254/the-effect-of-visual-parameters-on-neural-activation-during-nonsymbolic-number-comparison-and-its-relation-to-math-competency
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Eric D Wilkey, Jordan C Barone, Michèle M M Mazzocco, Stephan E Vogel, Gavin R Price
Nonsymbolic numerical comparison task performance (whereby a participant judges which of two groups of objects is numerically larger) is thought to index the efficiency of neural systems supporting numerical magnitude perception, and performance on such tasks has been related to individual differences in math competency. However, a growing body of research suggests task performance is heavily influenced by visual parameters of the stimuli (e.g. surface area and dot size of object sets) such that the correlation with math is driven by performance on trials in which number is incongruent with visual cues...
August 8, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801108/breaching-barriers-in-glioblastoma-part-ii-targeted-drug-delivery-and-lipid-nanoparticles
#20
REVIEW
Ana Miranda, María Blanco-Prieto, João Sousa, Alberto Pais, Carla Vitorino
Tailored nanocarriers have gained huge research focus for brain drug delivery, aimed at combating several neuro-oncological conditions, such as the glioblastoma multiforme (GBM). The progress of knowledge on the pathogenesis of GBM has allowed identifying the major hurdles for efficient treatment, encompassing biological interfaces (blood-brain barrier and blood-brain tumour barrier), specificities of tumour microenvironment, as well as both bulk and glioma stem cell subpopulations. These findings provided new insights into the molecular basis of GBM, being a strong driving force behind development of targeted nanomedicines in this area...
August 8, 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
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