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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156407/ultrasensitive-detection-of-prostate-specific-antigen-by-electrochemical-aptasensor-using-enzyme-free-recycling-amplification-via-target-induced-catalytic-hairpin-assembly
#1
Juncai Zhao, Zhanfang Ma
Based on the target-induced catalytic hairpin assembly and bimetallic catalyst, the enzyme-free recycling amplification strategy for sensitive detection of prostate specific antigen (PSA) has been designed. The aptamer and its complementary DNA (C-apt) are modified on the magnetic particles. The aptamer-PSA binding event can release the C-apt that triggers the catalytic assembly between hairpin capture DNA and hairpin help DNA. Then the catalytic hairpin assembly leads to cyclic reuse the C-apt and the generation of many opened hairpin capture DNA, which can associate with the prepared Au/Pt-polymethylene blue (PMB) probes to yield electrochemical signal...
November 15, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155296/optogenetic-manipulation-of-ens-the-brain-in-the-gut
#2
REVIEW
Wei Wang
Optogenetics has emerged as an important tool in neuroscience, especially in central nervous system research. It allows for the study of the brain's highly complex network with high temporal and spatial resolution. The enteric nervous system (ENS), the brain in the gut, plays critical roles for life. Although advanced progress has been made, the neural circuits of the ENS remain only partly understood because the appropriate research tools are lacking. In this review, I highlight the potential application of optogenetics in ENS research...
November 16, 2017: Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155180/cell-membrane-dynamics-induction-using-optogenetic-tools
#3
Yoshibumi Ueda, Moritoshi Sato
Structures arising from actin-based cell membrane movements, including ruffles, lamellipodia, and filopodia, play important roles in a broad spectrum of cellular functions, such as cell motility, axon guidance in neurons, wound healing, and micropinocytosis. Previous studies investigating these cell membrane dynamics often relied on pharmacological inhibition, RNA interference, and constitutive active/dominant negative protein expression systems. However, such studies did not allow the modulation of protein activity at specific regions of cells, tissues, and organs in animals with high spatial and temporal precision...
November 16, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154536/caged-naloxone-synthesis-characterization-and-stability-of-3-o-4-5-dimethoxy-2-nitrophenyl-carboxymethyl-naloxone-cnv-nlx
#4
Anita H Lewin, Scott E Fix, Desong Zhong, Louise D Mayer, Jason P Burgess, Samuel Wayne Mascarella, P Anantha Reddy, Herbert H Seltzman, F Ivy Carroll
The photo-labile analog of the broad-spectrum opioid antagonist naloxone, 3-O-(4,5-dimethoxy-2-nitrophenyl)carboxymethyl naloxone (also referred to as "caged naloxone", 3-O-(α-carboxy-6-nitroveratryl)naloxone, CNV-NLX), has been found to be a valuable biochemical probe. While the synthesis of CNV-NLX is simple, its characterization is complicated by the fact that it is produced as a mixture of αR,5R 9R,13S,14S and αS,5R,9R,13S,14S diastereomers. Using long range and heteronuclear NMR correlations, the 1H and 13CNMR resonances of both diastereomers have been fully assigned, confirming the structures...
November 20, 2017: ACS Chemical Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154127/lateral-orbitofrontal-inactivation-dissociates-devaluation-sensitive-behavior-and-economic-choice
#5
Matthew P H Gardner, Jessica S Conroy, Michael H Shaham, Clay V Styer, Geoffrey Schoenbaum
How do we choose between goods that have different subjective values, like apples and oranges? Neuroeconomics proposes that this is done by reducing complex goods to a single unitary value to allow comparison. This value is computed "on the fly" from the underlying model of the goods space, allowing decisions to meet current needs. This is termed "model-based" behavior to distinguish it from pre-determined, habitual, or "model-free" behavior. The lateral orbitofrontal cortex (OFC) supports model-based behavior in rats and primates, but whether the OFC is necessary for economic choice is less clear...
November 15, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153423/uracil-amino-acid-as-a-scaffold-for-%C3%AE-sheet-peptidomimetics-study-of-photophysics-and-interaction-with-bsa-protein
#6
Subhendu Sekhar Bag, Afsana Yashmeen
We report herein the uracil-di-aza-amino acid (U(r)AA) as a new family of molecular scaffold to induce β-hairpin structure with H-bonded β-sheet conformation in a short peptide. This has been demonstrated in two conceptual fluorescent pentapeptides wherein triazolylpyrenyl alanine and/or triazolylmethoxynapthyl alanine ((TPy)AlaDo and/or (TMNap)AlaDo) are embedded into two arms of the uracil-amino acid via an intervening leucine. Conformational analysis by CD, IR, variable temperature and 2D NMR spectroscopy reveals the β-hairpin structures for both the peptides...
November 10, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153087/a-fluorescence-aptasensor-based-on-two-dimensional-sheet-metal-organic-frameworks-for-monitoring-adenosine-triphosphate
#7
Xiao-Man Hai, Nan Li, Ke Wang, Zhi-Qi Zhang, Jing Zhang, Fu-Quan Dang
In the present study, a facile fluorescence aptasensor based on two-dimensional sheet metal-organic frameworks of N,N-bis(2-hydroxyethyl)dithiooxamidato copper(II) (H2dtoaCu) was developed for the sensitive detection of adenosine triphosphate (ATP). The sensing mechanism was based on the noncovalent interaction between FAM-labeled (fluorescein amidite) ATP aptamers and H2dtoaCu. In the absence of ATP, the FAM-labeled aptamer readily adsorbs onto H2dtoaCu, mainly via π-π stacking and hydrogen bond interactions between the nucleotide bases and the H2dtoaCu surface, leading to the reduction of fluorescence intensity of the FAM by photoinduced electron transfer (PET)...
January 15, 2018: Analytica Chimica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29152380/wide-field-three-photon-excitation-in-biological-samples
#8
Christopher J Rowlands, Demian Park, Oliver T Bruns, Kiryl D Piatkevich, Dai Fukumura, Rakesh K Jain, Moungi G Bawendi, Edward S Boyden, Peter Tc So
Three-photon wide-field depth-resolved excitation is used to overcome some of the limitations in conventional point-scanning two- and three-photon microscopy. Excitation of chromophores as diverse as channelrhodopsins and quantum dots is shown, and a penetration depth of more than 700 μm into fixed scattering brain tissue is achieved, approximately twice as deep as that achieved using two-photon wide-field excitation. Compatibility with live animal experiments is confirmed by imaging the cerebral vasculature of an anesthetized mouse; a complete focal stack was obtained without any evidence of photodamage...
May 5, 2017: Light, Science & Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29152306/evaluation-of-two-high-throughput-proteomic-technologies-for-plasma-biomarker-discovery-in-immunotherapy-treated-melanoma-patients
#9
Su Yin Lim, Jenny H Lee, Sarah J Welsh, Seong Beom Ahn, Edmond Breen, Alamgir Khan, Matteo S Carlino, Alexander M Menzies, Richard F Kefford, Richard A Scolyer, Georgina V Long, Helen Rizos
Background: Selective kinase and immune checkpoint inhibitors, and their combinations, have significantly improved the survival of patients with advanced metastatic melanoma. Not all patients will respond to treatment however, and some patients will present with significant toxicities. Hence, the identification of biomarkers is critical for the selection and management of patients receiving treatment. Biomarker discovery often involves proteomic techniques that simultaneously profile multiple proteins but few studies have compared these platforms...
2017: Biomarker Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151886/optogenetic-regulation-of-artificial-microrna-improves-h2-production-in-green-alga-chlamydomonas-reinhardtii
#10
Yuting Wang, Xinqin Jiang, Changxing Hu, Ting Sun, Zhiyong Zeng, Xiaoqi Cai, Hui Li, Zhangli Hu
Background: Chlamydomonas reinhardtii is an ideal model organism not only for the study of basic metabolic processes in both plants and animals but also the production of biofuels including hydrogen. Transgenic analysis of C. reinhardtii is now well established and very convenient, but inducible exogenous gene expression systems remain under-studied. The most commonly used heat shock-inducible system has serious effects on algal cell growth and is difficult and costly to control in large-scale culture...
2017: Biotechnology for Biofuels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151577/orexin-modulates-behavioral-fear-expression-through-the-locus-coeruleus
#11
Shingo Soya, Tohru M Takahashi, Thomas J McHugh, Takashi Maejima, Stefan Herlitze, Manabu Abe, Kenji Sakimura, Takeshi Sakurai
Emotionally salient information activates orexin neurons in the lateral hypothalamus, leading to increase in sympathetic outflow and vigilance level. How this circuit alters animals' behavior remains unknown. Here we report that noradrenergic neurons in the locus coeruleus (NA(LC) neurons) projecting to the lateral amygdala (LA) receive synaptic input from orexin neurons. Pharmacogenetic/optogenetic silencing of this circuit as well as acute blockade of the orexin receptor-1 (OX1R) decreases conditioned fear responses...
November 20, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150620/the-role-of-forelimb-motor-cortex-areas-in-goal-directed-action-in-mice
#12
Karin Morandell, Daniel Huber
Mammalian motor cortex consists of several interconnected subregions thought to play distinct roles in voluntary movements, yet their specific role in decision making and execution is not completely elucidated. Here we used transient optogenetic inactivation of the caudal forelimb area (CFA) and rostral forelimb area (RFA) in mice as they performed a directional joystick task. Based on a vibrotactile cue applied to their forepaw, mice were trained to push or pull a joystick after a delay period. We found that choice and execution are temporally segregated processes...
November 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149606/chronic-stress-alters-striosome-circuit-dynamics-leading-to-aberrant-decision-making
#13
Alexander Friedman, Daigo Homma, Bernard Bloem, Leif G Gibb, Ken-Ichi Amemori, Dan Hu, Sebastien Delcasso, Timothy F Truong, Joyce Yang, Adam S Hood, Katrina A Mikofalvy, Dirk W Beck, Norah Nguyen, Erik D Nelson, Sebastian E Toro Arana, Ruth H Vorder Bruegge, Ki A Goosens, Ann M Graybiel
Effective evaluation of costs and benefits is a core survival capacity that in humans is considered as optimal, "rational" decision-making. This capacity is vulnerable in neuropsychiatric disorders and in the aftermath of chronic stress, in which aberrant choices and high-risk behaviors occur. We report that chronic stress exposure in rodents produces abnormal evaluation of costs and benefits resembling non-optimal decision-making in which choices of high-cost/high-reward options are sharply increased...
November 16, 2017: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149090/computational-methods-for-modeling-aptamers-and-designing-riboswitches
#14
REVIEW
Sha Gong, Yanli Wang, Zhen Wang, Wenbing Zhang
Riboswitches, which are located within certain noncoding RNA region perform functions as genetic "switches", regulating when and where genes are expressed in response to certain ligands. Understanding the numerous functions of riboswitches requires computation models to predict structures and structural changes of the aptamer domains. Although aptamers often form a complex structure, computational approaches, such as RNAComposer and Rosetta, have already been applied to model the tertiary (three-dimensional (3D)) structure for several aptamers...
November 17, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148732/photocontrolled-release-of-doxorubicin-conjugated-through-a-thioacetal-photocage-in-folate-targeted-nanodelivery-systems
#15
Pamela T Wong, Shengzhuang Tang, Jayme Cannon, Dexin Chen, Rachel Sun, Jennifer Lee, James Phan, Ke Tao, Kang Sun, Biqiong Chen, James R Baker, Seok Ki Choi
Despite their proven ability for precise and targeted release, nanoplatform systems for photocontrolled delivery often face formidable synthetic challenges, in part, due to the paucity of advanced linker strategies. Here we report on a novel linker strategy using a thioacetal ortho-nitrobenzaldehyde (TNB) cage, demonstrating its application for delivery of doxorubicin (Dox) in two nanoscale systems. This photocleavable linker, TNB(OH), which presents two identical arms, each terminated with a hydroxyl functionality, was prepared in a single step from 6-nitroverataldehyde...
November 17, 2017: Bioconjugate Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148722/acoustic-wave-driven-functionalized-particles-for-aptamer-based-target-biomolecule-separation
#16
Raheel Ahmad, Ghulam Destgeer, Muhammad Afzal, Jinsoo Park, Husnain Ahmed, Jin Ho Jung, Kwangseok Park, Tae-Sung Yoon, Hyung Jin Sung
We developed a hybrid microfluidic device that utilized acoustic waves to drive functionalized microparticles inside a continuous flow microchannel and to separate particle-conjugated target proteins from a complex fluid. The acoustofluidic device comprised of an interdigitated transducer (IDT) that produced high-frequency surface acoustic waves (SAW) in a polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) microfluidic channel. The SAW interacted with the sample fluid flow inside the microchannel and deflected particles from their original streamlines to achieve separation...
November 17, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147108/muc1-aptamer-targeted-sers-nanoprobes
#17
Suchetan Pal, Stefan Harmsen, Anton Oseledchyk, Hsiao-Ting Hsu, Moritz F Kircher
Recently, surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) nanoprobes (NPs) have shown promise in the field of cancer imaging due to their unparalleled signal specificity and high sensitivity. Here we report the development of a DNA aptamer targeted SERS NP. Recently, aptamers are being investigated as a viable alternative to more traditional antibody targeting due to their low immunogenicity and low cost of production. We developed a strategy to functionalize SERS NPs with DNA aptamers, which target Mucin1 (MUC1) in human breast cancer (BC)...
August 25, 2017: Advanced Functional Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146902/single-molecule-multiplexed-nanopore-protein-screening-in-human-serum-using-aptamer-modified-dna-carriers
#18
Jasmine Y Y Sze, Aleksandar P Ivanov, Anthony E G Cass, Joshua B Edel
The capability to screen a range of proteins at the single-molecule level with enhanced selectivity in biological fluids has been in part a driving force in developing future diagnostic and therapeutic strategies. The combination of nanopore sensing and nucleic acid aptamer recognition comes close to this ideal due to the ease of multiplexing, without the need for expensive labelling methods or extensive sample pre-treatment. Here, we demonstrate a fully flexible, scalable and low-cost detection platform to sense multiple protein targets simultaneously by grafting specific sequences along the backbone of a double-stranded DNA carrier...
November 16, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146880/optogenetic-inhibition-of-striatal-gabaergic-neuronal-activity-improves-outcomes-after-ischemic-brain-injury
#19
Lu Jiang, Wanlu Li, Muyassar Mamtilahun, Yaying Song, Yuanyuan Ma, Meijie Qu, Yifan Lu, Xiaosong He, Jieyu Zheng, Zongjie Fu, Zhijun Zhang, Guo-Yuan Yang, Yongting Wang
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Striatal GABAergic neuron is known as a key regulator in adult neurogenesis. However, the specific role of striatal GABAergic neuronal activity in the promotion of neurological recovery after ischemic stroke remains unknown. Here, we used optogenetic approach to investigate these effects and mechanism. METHODS: Laser stimulation was delivered via an implanted optical fiber to inhibit or activate the striatal GABAergic neurons in Gad2-Arch-GFP or Gad2-ChR2-tdTomato mice (n=80) 1 week after 60-minute transient middle cerebral artery occlusion...
November 16, 2017: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146466/causal-mapping-of-emotion-networks-in-the-human-brain-framework-and-initial-findings
#20
Julien Dubois, Hiroyuki Oya, J Michael Tyszka, Matthew Howard, Frederick Eberhardt, Ralph Adolphs
Emotions involve many cortical and subcortical regions, prominently including the amygdala. It remains unknown how these multiple network components interact, and it remains unknown how they cause the behavioral, autonomic, and experiential effects of emotions. Here we describe a framework for combining a novel technique, concurrent electrical stimulation with fMRI (es-fMRI), together with a novel analysis, inferring causal structure from fMRI data (causal discovery). We outline a research program for investigating human emotion with these new tools, and provide initial findings from two large resting-state datasets as well as case studies in neurosurgical patients with electrical stimulation of the amygdala...
November 13, 2017: Neuropsychologia
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