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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812314/self-assembled-chiral-nanostructures-of-amphiphilic-peptide-from-single-molecule-to-aggregate
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Ting Zhou, Zhiqing Zhang, Xuemei Zhang, Chen Wang, Guiying Xu, Yanlian Yang
We report interesting hierarchical self-assembled architectures from a designed amphiphilic peptide. The bisignate cotton effects in circular dichroism spectra show typical peptide aggregation-induced. The observation of peptide assembly structures from initial particles and fibrils to ribbon structures is supported by microscopy (atomic force microscopy and transmission electron microscopy). The visualization of individual peptide at the single molecular level offered insights of the intermolecular interactions responsible for the formation of aggregates, which is investigated by scanning tunneling microscopy...
August 15, 2017: Journal of Peptide Science: An Official Publication of the European Peptide Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811631/development-of-a-primary-human-co-culture-model-of-inflamed-airway-mucosa
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Lael M Yonker, Hongmei Mou, Kengyeh K Chu, Michael A Pazos, Huimin Leung, Dongyao Cui, Jinhyeob Ryu, Rhianna M Hibbler, Alexander D Eaton, Tim N Ford, J R Falck, T Bernard Kinane, Guillermo J Tearney, Jayaraj Rajagopal, Bryan P Hurley
Neutrophil breach of the mucosal surface is a common pathological consequence of infection. We present an advanced co-culture model to explore neutrophil transepithelial migration utilizing airway mucosal barriers differentiated from primary human airway basal cells and examined by advanced imaging. Human airway basal cells were differentiated and cultured at air-liquid interface (ALI) on the underside of 3 µm pore-sized transwells, compatible with the study of transmigrating neutrophils. Inverted ALIs exhibit beating cilia and mucus production, consistent with conventional ALIs, as visualized by micro-optical coherence tomography (µOCT)...
August 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811607/localized-iron-accumulation-precedes-nucleation-and-growth-of-magnetite-crystals-in-magnetotactic-bacteria
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Jacques Werckmann, Jefferson Cypriano, Christopher T Lefèvre, Kassiogé Dembelé, Ovidiu Ersen, Dennis A Bazylinski, Ulysses Lins, Marcos Farina
Many magnetotactic bacteria (MTB) biomineralize magnetite crystals that nucleate and grow inside intracellular membranous vesicles that originate from invaginations of the cytoplasmic membrane. The crystals together with their surrounding membranes are referred to magnetosomes. Magnetosome magnetite crystals nucleate and grow using iron transported inside the vesicle by specific proteins. Here we address the question: can iron transported inside MTB for the production of magnetite crystals be spatially mapped using electron microscopy? Cultured and uncultured MTB from brackish and freshwater lagoons were studied using analytical transmission electron microscopy in an attempt to answer this question...
August 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810171/properties-of-intermodal-transfer-after-dual-visuo-and-auditory-motor-adaptation
#4
Gerd Schmitz, Otmar L Bock
Previous work documented that sensorimotor adaptation transfers between sensory modalities: When subjects adapt with one arm to a visuomotor distortion while responding to visual targets, they also appear to be adapted when they are subsequently tested with auditory targets. Vice versa, when they adapt to an auditory-motor distortion while pointing to auditory targets, they appear to be adapted when they are subsequently tested with visual targets. Therefore, it was concluded that visuomotor as well as auditory-motor adaptation use the same adaptation mechanism...
August 12, 2017: Human Movement Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809843/tuning-in-the-hippocampal-theta-band-in-vitro-methodologies-for-recording-from-the-isolated-rodent-septohippocampal-circuit
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Frédéric Manseau, Sylvain Williams
This protocol outlines the procedures for preparing and recording from the isolated whole hippocampus, of WT and transgenic mice, along with recent improvements in methodologies and applications for the study of theta oscillations. A simple characterization of the isolated hippocampal preparation is presented whereby the relationship between internal hippocampal theta oscillators is examined together with the activity of pyramidal cells, and GABAergic interneurons, of the cornu ammonis-1 (CA1) and subiculum (SUB) areas...
August 2, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809533/in-situ-atomic-force-microscopic-studies-of-single-tin-nanoparticle-sodiation-and-desodiation-in-liquid-electrolyte
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Mo Han, Chenbo Zhu, Qing Zhao, Chengcheng Chen, Zhanliang Tao, Wei Xie, Fangyi Cheng, Jun Chen
Probing electrodes at a nanometer scale is challenging but desirable to reveal the structural evolution of materials in electrochemical reactions. Herein, we present an atomic force microscopic method for an in situ analysis of a single Sn nanoparticle during sodiation and desodiation, which is conducted in an aprotic liquid electrolyte akin to a real electrochemical environment of the Na-ion cells. The morphological evolution of different-sized single Sn nanoparticle is visualized during the charge/discharge cycles by using a homemade planar electrode...
August 15, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808932/visual-attention-and-action-how-cueing-direct-mapping-and-social-interactions-drive-orienting
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Mark A Atkinson, Andrew A Simpson, Geoff G Cole
Despite considerable interest in both action perception and social attention over the last 2 decades, there has been surprisingly little investigation concerning how the manual actions of other humans orient visual attention. The present review draws together studies that have measured the orienting of attention, following observation of another's goal-directed action. Our review proposes that, in line with the literature on eye gaze, action is a particularly strong orienting cue for the visual system. However, we additionally suggest that action may orient visual attention using mechanisms, which gaze direction does not (i...
August 14, 2017: Psychonomic Bulletin & Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808655/multirapid-serial-visual-presentation-framework-for-eeg-based-target-detection
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Zhimin Lin, Ying Zeng, Hui Gao, Li Tong, Chi Zhang, Xiaojuan Wang, Qunjian Wu, Bin Yan
Target image detection based on a rapid serial visual presentation (RSVP) paradigm is a typical brain-computer interface system with various applications, such as image retrieval. In an RSVP paradigm, a P300 component is detected to determine target images. This strategy requires high-precision single-trial P300 detection methods. However, the performance of single-trial detection methods is relatively lower than that of multitrial P300 detection methods. Image retrieval based on multitrial P300 is a new research direction...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808436/ewald-an-extended-wide-angle-laue-diffractometer-for-the-second-target-station-of-the-spallation-neutron-source
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Leighton Coates, Lee Robertson
Visualizing hydrogen atoms in biological materials is one of the biggest remaining challenges in biophysical analysis. While X-ray techniques have unrivaled capacity for high-throughput structure determination, neutron diffraction is uniquely sensitive to hydrogen atom positions in crystals of biological materials and can provide a more complete picture of the atomic and electronic structures of biological macromolecules. This information can be essential in providing predictive understanding and engineering control of key biological processes, for example, in catalysis, ligand binding and light harvesting, and to guide bioengineering of enzymes and drug design...
August 1, 2017: Journal of Applied Crystallography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808016/hydrodynamics-of-microbial-filter-feeding
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Lasse Tor Nielsen, Seyed Saeed Asadzadeh, Julia Dölger, Jens H Walther, Thomas Kiørboe, Anders Andersen
Microbial filter feeders are an important group of grazers, significant to the microbial loop, aquatic food webs, and biogeochemical cycling. Our understanding of microbial filter feeding is poor, and, importantly, it is unknown what force microbial filter feeders must generate to process adequate amounts of water. Also, the trade-off in the filter spacing remains unexplored, despite its simple formulation: A filter too coarse will allow suitably sized prey to pass unintercepted, whereas a filter too fine will cause strong flow resistance...
August 14, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808014/adaptive-benefit-of-cross-modal-plasticity-following-cochlear-implantation-in-deaf-adults
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Carly A Anderson, Ian M Wiggins, Pádraig T Kitterick, Douglas E H Hartley
It has been suggested that visual language is maladaptive for hearing restoration with a cochlear implant (CI) due to cross-modal recruitment of auditory brain regions. Rehabilitative guidelines therefore discourage the use of visual language. However, neuroscientific understanding of cross-modal plasticity following cochlear implantation has been restricted due to incompatibility between established neuroimaging techniques and the surgically implanted electronic and magnetic components of the CI. As a solution to this problem, here we used functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS), a noninvasive optical neuroimaging method that is fully compatible with a CI and safe for repeated testing...
August 14, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807994/a-novel-computational-model-predicts-key-regulators-of-chemokine-gradient-formation-in-lymph-nodes-and-site-specific-roles-for-ccl19-and-ackr4
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Mohammad Jafarnejad, David C Zawieja, Bindi S Brook, Robert J B Nibbs, James E Moore
The chemokine receptor CCR7 drives leukocyte migration into and within lymph nodes (LNs). It is activated by chemokines CCL19 and CCL21, which are scavenged by the atypical chemokine receptor ACKR4. CCR7-dependent navigation is determined by the distribution of extracellular CCL19 and CCL21, which form concentration gradients at specific microanatomical locations. The mechanisms underpinning the establishment and regulation of these gradients are poorly understood. In this article, we have incorporated multiple biochemical processes describing the CCL19-CCL21-CCR7-ACKR4 network into our model of LN fluid flow to establish a computational model to investigate intranodal chemokine gradients...
August 14, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807895/the-mir-124-family-of-micrornas-is-critical-for-regeneration-of-the-brain-and-visual-system-in-the-planarian-schmidtea-mediterranea
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Sasidharan Vidyanand, Srujan Marepally, Sarah A Elliott, Srishti Baid, Vairavan Lakshmanan, Nishtha Nayyar, Dhiru Bansal, Alejandro Sánchez Alvarado, Praveen Kumar Vemula, Dasaradhi Palakodeti
Brain regeneration in planarians is mediated by precise spatiotemporal control of gene expression and is critical for multiple aspects of neurogenesis. However, the mechanisms underpinning the gene regulation essential for brain regeneration are largely unknown. Here, we investigated the role of the miR-124 family of microRNAs in planarian brain regeneration. The miR-124 family (miR-124) is highly conserved in animals and it regulates neurogenesis by facilitating neural differentiation. Yet, its role in neural wiring and brain organization is not known...
August 14, 2017: Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807873/neurophysiologically-informed-markers-of-individual-variability-and-pharmacological-manipulation-of-human-cortical-gamma
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A D Shaw, R J Moran, S D Muthukumaraswamy, J Brealy, D E Linden, K J Friston, K D Singh
The ability to quantify synaptic function at the level of cortical microcircuits from non-invasive data would be enormously useful in the study of neuronal processing in humans and the pathophysiology that attends many neuropsychiatric disorders. Here, we provide proof of principle that one can estimate inter-and intra-laminar interactions among specific neuronal populations using induced gamma responses in the visual cortex of human subjects - using dynamic causal modelling based upon the canonical microcircuit (CMC; a simplistic model of a cortical column)...
August 11, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807648/not-all-visual-symmetry-is-equal-partially-distinct-neural-bases-for-vertical-and-horizontal-symmetry
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Zaira Cattaneo, Silvia Bona, Juha Silvanto
Visual mirror symmetry plays an important role in visual perception in both human and animal vision; its importance is reflected in the fact that it can be extracted automatically during early stages of visual processing. However, how this extraction is implemented at the cortical level remains an open question. Given the importance of symmetry in visual perception, one possibility is that there is a network which extracts all types of symmetry irrespective of axis of orientation; alternatively, symmetry along different axes might be encoded by different brain regions, implying that that there is no single neural mechanism for symmetry processing...
August 11, 2017: Neuropsychologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807647/endogenous-visuospatial-attention-increases-visual-awareness-independent-of-visual-discrimination-sensitivity
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Marine Vernet, Shruti Japee, Savannah Lokey, Sara Ahmed, Valentinos Zachariou, Leslie G Ungerleider
Visuospatial attention often improves task performance by increasing signal gain at attended locations and decreasing noise at unattended locations. Attention is also believed to be the mechanism that allows information to enter awareness. In this experiment, we assessed whether orienting endogenous visuospatial attention with cues differentially affects visual discrimination sensitivity (an objective task performance) and visual awareness (the subjective feeling of perceiving) during the same discrimination task...
August 11, 2017: Neuropsychologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807155/effects-of-lycium-barbarum-on-the-visual-system
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Abby L Manthey, Kin Chiu, Kwok-Fai So
Lycium barbarum (wolfberry, gogi berry, gouqizi, ) is one of the most widely used Chinese herbal medicines (CHMs) and is also one of the most scientifically studied. Indeed, the polysaccharide component of this berry (LBP) has been shown to have antioxidant, antiinflammatory, antiexcitotoxic, and antiapoptotic properties. These properties make it a particularly useful treatment option for the ocular environment. Although there are a handful of studies investigating the use of LBP to treat diseases affecting the lens, the vast majority of the published literature investigating LBP in the visual system focus on the retina...
2017: International Review of Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806928/colour-polymorphic-lures-exploit-innate-preferences-for-spectral-versus-luminance-cues-in-dipteran-prey
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Thomas E White, Darrell J Kemp
BACKGROUND: Theory predicts that colour polymorphism may be favored by variation in the visual context under which signals are perceived. The context encompasses all environmental determinants of light availability and propagation, but also the dynamics of perception in receivers. Color vision involves the neural separation of information into spectral versus luminance channels, which often differentially guide specific tasks. Here we explicitly tested whether this discrete perceptual basis contributes to the maintenance of polymorphism in a prey-luring system...
August 14, 2017: BMC Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805816/selective-attention-within-the-foveola
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Martina Poletti, Michele Rucci, Marisa Carrasco
Efficient control of attentional resources and high-acuity vision are both fundamental for survival. Shifts in visual attention are known to covertly enhance processing at locations away from the center of gaze, where visual resolution is low. It is unknown, however, whether selective spatial attention operates where the observer is already looking-that is, within the high-acuity foveola, the small yet disproportionally important rod-free region of the retina. Using new methods for precisely controlling retinal stimulation, here we show that covert attention flexibly improves and speeds up both detection and discrimination at loci only a fraction of a degree apart within the foveola...
August 14, 2017: Nature Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805133/the-shape-of-things-to-come-in-speech-production-visual-form-interference-during-lexical-access
#20
Greig I de Zubicaray, Mia McLean, Frank Oppermann, Aidan Hegarty, Katie McMahon, Jörg D Jescheniak
Naming a picture is slower in categorically related compared to unrelated contexts, an effect termed semantic interference. This effect has informed the development of all contemporary models of lexical access in speech production. However, category members typically share visual features, so semantic interference might in part reflect this confound. Surprisingly little work has addressed this issue, and the relative absence of evidence for visual form interference has been proposed to be problematic for production models implementing competitive lexical selection mechanisms...
August 13, 2017: Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology: QJEP
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