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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433446/functional-magnetic-resonance-imaging-to-assess-the-neurobehavioral-impact-of-dysphotopsia-with-multifocal-intraocular-lenses
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Andreia M Rosa, Ângela C Miranda, Miguel Patrício, Colm McAlinden, Fátima L Silva, Joaquim N Murta, Miguel Castelo-Branco
PURPOSE: To investigate the association between dysphotopsia and neural responses in visual and higher-level cortical regions in patients who recently received multifocal intraocular lens (IOL) implants. DESIGN: Cross-sectional study. PARTICIPANTS: Thirty patients 3 to 4 weeks after bilateral cataract surgery with diffractive IOL implantation and 15 age- and gender-matched control subjects. METHODS: Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) was performed when participants viewed low-contrast grating stimuli...
April 19, 2017: Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433033/model-for-the-alpha-and-beta-shear-mechanical-properties-of-supercooled-liquids-and-its-comparison-to-squalane-data
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Tina Hecksher, Niels Boye Olsen, Jeppe C Dyre
This paper presents data for supercooled squalane's frequency-dependent shear modulus covering frequencies from 10 mHz to 30 kHz and temperatures from 168 K to 190 K; measurements are also reported for the glass phase down to 146 K. The data reveal a strong mechanical beta process. A model is proposed for the shear response of the metastable equilibrium liquid phase of supercooled liquids. The model is an electrical equivalent-circuit characterized by additivity of the dynamic shear compliances of the alpha and beta processes...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433001/principal-cell-types-of-sleep-wake-regulatory-circuits
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REVIEW
Barbara E Jones
Electrophysiological recordings indicate that neurons which discharge maximally in association with distinct sleep-wake states are distributed through the brain, albeit in differing proportions. As studied using juxtacellular recording and labeling within the basal forebrain, four functional principal cell types are distinguished as: wake/paradoxical sleep (W/PS)-, slow wave sleep (SWS)-, W- and PS-max active. They are each comprised by both GABA and glutamate neurons, in addition to acetylcholine neurons belonging to the W/PS group...
April 19, 2017: Current Opinion in Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432919/synthesis-fluorescence-sensing-and-molecular-logic-of-two-water-soluble-1-8-naphthalimides
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Nikolai I Georgiev, Margarita D Dimitrova, Anelia Ts Mavrova, Vladimir B Bojinov
Two novel highly water-soluble fluorescence sensing 1,8-naphthalimides are synthesized and investigated. The novel compounds are designed on the "fluorophore-receptor1-spacer-receptor2" model as a molecular fluorescence probe for determination of cations and anions in 100% aqueous media. The novel probes comprising N-imide and N-phenylpiperazine or morpholine substituents are capable to operate simultaneously via ICT and PET signaling mechanism as a function of pH and to recognize selectively Cu(2+) and Hg(2+) over the other representative metal ions...
April 18, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432786/the-comprehensive-connectome-of-a-neural-substrate-for-on-motion-detection-in-drosophila
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Shin-Ya Takemura, Aljoscha Nern, Dmitri B Chklovskii, Louis K Scheffer, Gerald M Rubin, Ian A Meinertzhagen
Analysing computations in neural circuits often uses simplified models because the actual neuronal implementation is not known. For example, a problem in vision, how the eye detects image motion, has long been analysed using Hassenstein-Reichardt (HR) detector or Barlow-Levick (BL) models. These both simulate motion detection well, but the exact neuronal circuits undertaking these tasks remain elusive. We reconstructed a comprehensive connectome of the circuits of Drosophila's motion-sensing T4 cells using a novel EM technique...
April 22, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432136/selective-modulation-of-the-pupil-light-reflex-by-prefrontal-cortex-microstimulation
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R Becket Ebitz, Tirin Moore
The prefrontal cortex (PFC) is thought to flexibly regulate sensorimotor responses. One way the PFC regulates sensorimotor transformations is to modulate activity in other circuits. However, the scope of that control remains unknown: it remains unclear whether the prefrontal cortex can modulate basic reflexes. One canonical example of a central reflex is the pupil light reflex (PLR): the automatic constriction of the pupil in response to luminance increments. Unlike pupil size, which depends the interaction of multiple physiological and neuromodulatory influences, the PLR reflects the action of a simple brainstem circuit...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432022/a-crosstalk-between-muscarinic-and-crf2-receptors-regulates-cellular-adhesion-properties-of-human-colon-cancer-cells
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M Pelissier-Rota, N T Chartier, B Bonaz, M R Jacquier-Sarlin
Patients with inflammatory bowel disease often suffer from chronic and relapsing intestinal inflammation that favor the development of colitis associated cancer. An alteration of the epithelial intestinal barrier function observed in IBD is supposed to be a consequence of stress. It has been proposed that corticotrophin-releasing factor receptor (CRF2), one of the two receptors of CRF, the principal neuromediator of stress, acts on cholinergic nerves to induce stress-mediated epithelial barrier dysfunction...
April 18, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431465/photovoltaic-properties-and-ultrafast-plasmon-relaxation-dynamics-of-diamond-like-carbon-nanocomposite-films-with-embedded-ag-nanoparticles
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Šarūnas Meškinis, Domantas Peckus, Andrius Vasiliauskas, Arvydas Čiegis, Rimantas Gudaitis, Tomas Tamulevičius, Iryna Yaremchuk, Sigitas Tamulevičius
Ultrafast relaxation dynamics of diamond-like carbon (DLC) films with embedded Ag nanoparticles (DLC:Ag) and photovoltaic properties of heterojunctions consisting of DLC:Ag and crystalline silicon (DLC:Ag/Si) were investigated by means of transient absorption (TAS) spectroscopy and photovoltaic measurements. The heterojunctions using both p type and n type silicon were studied. It was found that TAS spectra of DLC:Ag films were dependent on the used excitation wavelength. At wavelengths where Ag nanoparticles absorbed light most intensively, only DLC signal was registered...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431369/the-temporal-paradox-of-hebbian-learning-and-homeostatic-plasticity
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REVIEW
Friedemann Zenke, Wulfram Gerstner, Surya Ganguli
Hebbian plasticity, a synaptic mechanism which detects and amplifies co-activity between neurons, is considered a key ingredient underlying learning and memory in the brain. However, Hebbian plasticity alone is unstable, leading to runaway neuronal activity, and therefore requires stabilization by additional compensatory processes. Traditionally, a diversity of homeostatic plasticity phenomena found in neural circuits is thought to play this role. However, recent modelling work suggests that the slow evolution of homeostatic plasticity, as observed in experiments, is insufficient to prevent instabilities originating from Hebbian plasticity...
April 18, 2017: Current Opinion in Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430535/transcranial-focused-ultrasound-a-new-tool-for-non-invasive-neuromodulation
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Maria Fini, William J Tyler
Ultrasound (US) is widely known for its utility as a biomedical imaging modality. An abundance of evidence has recently accumulated showing that US is also useful for non-invasively modulating brain circuit activity. Through a series of studies discussed in this short review, it has recently become recognized that transcranial focused ultrasound can exert mechanical (non-thermal) bioeffects on neurons and cells to produce focal changes in the activity of brain circuits. In addition to highlighting scientific breakthroughs and observations that have driven the development of the field of ultrasonic neuromodulation, this study also provides a discussion of mechanisms of action underlying the ability of ultrasound to physically stimulate and modulate brain circuit activity...
April 21, 2017: International Review of Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430494/quantum-simulation-of-generic-many-body-open-system-dynamics-using-classical-noise
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A Chenu, M Beau, J Cao, A Del Campo
We introduce a scheme for the quantum simulation of many-body decoherence based on the unitary evolution of a stochastic Hamiltonian. Modulating the strength of the interactions with stochastic processes, we show that the noise-averaged density matrix simulates an effectively open dynamics governed by k-body Lindblad operators. Markovian dynamics can be accessed with white-noise fluctuations; non-Markovian dynamics requires colored noise. The time scale governing the fidelity decay under many-body decoherence is shown to scale as N^{-2k} with the system size N...
April 7, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430418/effects-of-small-polar-molecules-ma-and-h2o-on-degradation-processes-of-perovskite-solar-cells
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Chunqing Ma, Dong Shen, Jian Qing, Hrisheekesh Thachoth Chandran, Ming-Fai Lo, Chun-Sing Lee
Degradation mechanisms of methylammonium lead halide perovskite solar cells (PSCs) have drawn much attention recently. Herein, the bulk and surface degradation processes of the perovskite were differentiated for the first time by employing combinational studies using electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS), capacitance frequency (CF), and X-ray diffraction (XRD) studies with particular attention on the roles of small polar molecules (MA(+) and H2O). CF study shows that short-circuit current density of the PSCs is increased by H2O at the beginning of the degradation process coupled with an increased surface capacitance...
April 21, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430408/amplifying-riboswitch-signal-output-using-cellular-wiring
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Michael S Goodson, Annastacia C Bennett, Brenton R Jennewine, Emily Briskin, Svetlana V Harbaugh, Nancy Kelley-Loughnane
If fieldable riboswitch-based biological sensors are to fulfil their potential, it is necessary to increase their signal output. Here we report a novel modular amplification system using a riboswitch to initiate signaling between a sensing strain and a reporter strain of E. coli. A quorum sensing signaling molecule biologically wires the sensing and reporter strains together. The amplification circuit increased the amount of fluorescence generated on ligand binding compared to when the riboswitch controlled fluorescence expression directly...
April 21, 2017: ACS Synthetic Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430194/engineering-genetic-circuit-interactions-within-and-between-synthetic-minimal-cells
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Katarzyna P Adamala, Daniel A Martin-Alarcon, Katriona R Guthrie-Honea, Edward S Boyden
Genetic circuits and reaction cascades are of great importance for synthetic biology, biochemistry and bioengineering. An open question is how to maximize the modularity of their design to enable the integration of different reaction networks and to optimize their scalability and flexibility. One option is encapsulation within liposomes, which enables chemical reactions to proceed in well-isolated environments. Here we adapt liposome encapsulation to enable the modular, controlled compartmentalization of genetic circuits and cascades...
May 2017: Nature Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430101/synthetic-temperature-inducible-lethal-gene-circuits-in-escherichia-coli
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Stephanie C Pearce, Ralph L McWhinnie, Francis E Nano
Temperature sensitivity is often used as a way to attenuate micro-organisms to convert them into live vaccines. In this work, we explore the use of temperature-sensitive (TS) genetic circuits that express lethal genes as a widely applicable approach to TS attenuation. We tested different combinations of TS repressors and cognate promoters controlling the expression of genes encoding restriction endonucleases inserted at four different non-essential sites in the Escherichia coli chromosome. We found that the presence of the restriction endonuclease genes did not affect the viability of the host strains at the permissive temperature, but that expression of the genes at elevated temperatures killed the strains to varying extents...
April 22, 2017: Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430084/the-spo0a-sini-sinr-regulatory-circuit-plays-an-essential-role-in-biofilm-formation-nematicidal-activities-and-plant-protection-in-bacillus-cereus-ar156
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Sunde Xu, Nan Yang, Shiyu Zheng, Fang Yan, Chunhao Jiang, Yiyang Yu, Jianhua Guo, Yunrong Chai, Yun Chen
The rhizosphere bacterium Bacillus cereus AR156 is capable of forming biofilms, killing nematodes, and protecting plants. However, the underlying molecular mechanisms of these processes are not well understood. In this study, we found that the isogenic mutants ΔBcspo0A and ΔBcsinI have significantly reduced colonization and nematicidal activity in vitro and biological control efficacy on the tomato plant under greenhouse conditions. We further investigated the role of the spo0A-sinI-sinR regulatory circuit in biofilm formation, killing against nematodes, and biological control in AR156...
April 21, 2017: Molecular Plant-microbe Interactions: MPMI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430035/noninvasive-neuromodulation-and-thalamic-mapping-with-low-intensity-focused-ultrasound
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Robert F Dallapiazza, Kelsie F Timbie, Stephen Holmberg, Jeremy Gatesman, M Beatriz Lopes, Richard J Price, G Wilson Miller, W Jeffrey Elias
OBJECTIVE Ultrasound can be precisely focused through the intact human skull to target deep regions of the brain for stereotactic ablations. Acoustic energy at much lower intensities is capable of both exciting and inhibiting neural tissues without causing tissue heating or damage. The objective of this study was to demonstrate the effects of low-intensity focused ultrasound (LIFU) for neuromodulation and selective mapping in the thalamus of a large-brain animal. METHODS Ten Yorkshire swine ( Sus scrofa domesticus) were used in this study...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429762/annealing-induced-re-crystallization-in-ch3nh3pbi3-xclx-for-high-performance-perovskite-solar-cells
#18
Yingguo Yang, Shanglei Feng, Meng Li, Weidong Xu, Guangzhi Yin, Zhaokui Wang, Baoquan Sun, Xingyu Gao
Using poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene):polystyrene sulfonate (PEDOT:PSS) as hole conductor, a series of inverted planar CH3NH3PbI3-xClx perovskite solar cells (PSCs) were fabricated based on perovskite annealed by an improved time-temperature dependent (TTD) procedure in a flowing nitrogen atmosphere for different time. Only after an optimum annealing time, an optimized power conversion efficiency of 14.36% could be achieved. To understand their performance dependence on annealing time, an in situ real-time synchrotron-based grazing incidence X-ray diffraction (GIXRD) was used to monitor a step-by-step gradual structure transformation from distinct mainly organic-inorganic hybrid materials into highly ordered CH3NH3PbI3 crystal during annealing...
April 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429684/enhanced-photocathodic-protection-performance-of-ag-graphene-tio2-composite-for-304ss-under-visible-light
#19
Hong Li, Xiutong Wang, Qinyi Wei, Xueqing Liu, Zhouhai Qian, Baorong Hou
Ag and graphene co-sensitized TiO2 composites were successfully fabricated and used as photoanodes for photogenerated cathodic protection of 304 stainless steel (304SS) under visible light. Graphene films was firstly deposited onto the TiO2 nanotube (NT) films via cyclic voltammetric electrodeposition. Ag/graphene/TiO2 films were then fabricated via dipping and photoreduction method. The morphology, composition and optical response of the Ag/graphene/TiO2 NT composites were characterized by scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, UV-vis diffusion reflectance spectroscopy, respectively...
April 21, 2017: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429160/neural-mechanisms-of-risky-decision-making-in-adolescents-reporting-frequent-alcohol-and-or-marijuana-use
#20
Eric D Claus, Sarah W Feldstein Ewing, Renee E Magnan, Erika Montanaro, Kent E Hutchison, Angela D Bryan
Because adolescence is a period of heightened exploration of new behaviors, there is a natural increase in risk taking including initial use of alcohol and marijuana. In order to better understand potential differences in neurocognitive functioning among adolescents who use drugs, the current study aimed to identify the neural substrates of risky decision making that differ among adolescents who are primary users of alcohol or marijuana, primary users of both alcohol and marijuana, and controls who report primary use of neither drug...
April 20, 2017: Brain Imaging and Behavior
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