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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329692/organization-of-functional-long-range-circuits-controlling-the-activity-of-serotonergic-neurons-in-the-dorsal-raphe-nucleus
#1
Li Zhou, Ming-Zhe Liu, Qing Li, Juan Deng, Di Mu, Yan-Gang Sun
Serotonergic neurons play key roles in various biological processes. However, circuit mechanisms underlying tight control of serotonergic neurons remain largely unknown. Here, we systematically investigated the organization of long-range synaptic inputs to serotonergic neurons and GABAergic neurons in the dorsal raphe nucleus (DRN) of mice with a combination of viral tracing, slice electrophysiological, and optogenetic techniques. We found that DRN serotonergic neurons and GABAergic neurons receive largely comparable synaptic inputs from six major upstream brain areas...
March 21, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329204/new-neuroscience-tools-that-are-identifying-the-sleep-wake-circuit
#2
Priyattam J Shiromani, John H Peever
The complexity of the brain is yielding to technology. In the area of sleep neurobiology, conventional neuroscience tools such as lesions, cell recordings, c-Fos, and axon-tracing methodologies have been instrumental in identifying the complex and intermingled populations of sleep- and arousal-promoting neurons that orchestrate and generate wakefulness, NREM, and REM sleep. In the last decade, new technologies such as optogenetics, chemogenetics and the CRISPR-Cas system have begun to transform how biologists understand the finer details associated with sleep-wake regulation...
March 1, 2017: Sleep
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328078/cell-fixation-by-light-triggered-release-of-glutaraldehyde
#3
Korwin M Schelkle, Christopher Schmid, Klaus Yserentant, Markus Bender, Irene Wacker, Martin Petzoldt, Manuel Hamburger, Dirk-Peter Herten, Richard Wombacher, Rasmus R Schröder, Uwe H F Bunz
Chemical fixation of living cells for microscopy is commonly achieved by crosslinking of intracellular proteins with dialdehydes prior to examination. We herein report a photocleavable protecting group for glutaraldehyde that results in a light-triggered and membrane-permeable fixative, which is nontoxic prior to photocleavage. Lipophilic ester groups allow for diffusion across the cell membrane and intracellular accumulation after enzymatic hydrolysis. Irradiation with UV light releases glutaraldehyde. The in situ generated fixative crosslinks intracellular proteins and preserves and stabilizes the cell so that it is ready for microscopy...
March 22, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326665/preparation-and-application-of-solid-salt-stabilized-zinc-amide-enolates-with-enhanced-air-and-moisture-stability
#4
Yi-Hung Chen, Mario Ellwart, Georgios Toupalas, Yusuke Ebe, Paul Knochel
The treatment of various N-morpholino amides with TMPZnCl⋅LiCl (TMP=2,2,6,6-tetramethylpiperidyl) and Mg(OPiv)2 in THF at 25 °C provides solid zinc enolates with enhanced air and moisture stability (t1/2 in air: 1-3 h) after solvent evaporation. These enolates undergo Pd- and Cu-catalyzed cross-couplings with (hetero)aryl bromides as well as allylic and benzylic halides. The arylated N-morpholino amides were converted into various ketones by LaCl3 ⋅2 LiCl mediated acylation with Grignard reagents...
March 22, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326608/dnazyme-aptamer-or-aptamer-dnazyme-paradigm-biochemical-approach-for-aflatoxin-analysis
#5
Marzieh Jafari, Mohsen Rezaei, Heibatullah Kalantari, Maryam Tabarzad, Bahram Daraei
DNAzyme and aptamer conjugations have already been used for sensitive and accurate detection of several molecules. In this study, we tested the relationship between conjugation orientation of DNAzyme and Aflatoxin B1 aptamer and their subsequent peroxidase activity. Circular dichroism (CD) spectroscopy and biochemical analysis were used here to difference between these two conjugation patterns. Results showed that DNAzyme-aptamer has more catalytic activity and efficiency than aptamer-DNAzyme. Thereby, DNAzyme-aptamer with its superior efficiency can be used for design and development of more sensitive Aflatoxin B1 DNA based biosensors...
March 22, 2017: Biotechnology and Applied Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326550/from-neuron-to-behavior-sensory-motor-coordination-of-zebrafish-turning-behavior
#6
REVIEW
Keiko Umeda, Wataru Shoji
Recent development of optogenetics brought non-invasive neural activation in living organisms. Transparent zebrafish larva is one of the suitable animal models for this technique, which enables us to investigate neural circuits for behaviors based on a whole individual nervous system. In this article we review our recent finding that suggests sensory-motor coordination in larval zebrafish escape behavior. When water vibration stimulates mechanosensory Rohon-Beard (RB) neurons, intra-spinal reflex circuit launches contralateral trunk muscle contraction that makes rapid body curvature for turning...
March 21, 2017: Development, Growth & Differentiation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326015/serotonin-regulates-the-firing-of-principal-cells-of-the-subiculum-by-inhibiting-a-t-type-ca-2-current
#7
Anders V Petersen, Camilla S Jensen, Valérie Crépel, Mathias Falkerslev, Jean-François Perrier
The subiculum is the main output of the hippocampal formation. A high proportion of its principal neurons fire action potentials in bursts triggered by the activation of low threshold calcium currents. This firing pattern promotes synaptic release and regulates spike-timing-dependent plasticity. The subiculum receives a high density of fibers originating from the raphe nuclei, suggesting that serotonin (5-HT) modulates subicular neurons. Here we investigated if and how 5-HT modulates the firing pattern of bursting neurons...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325909/nmr-monitoring-of-the-selex-process-to-confirm-enrichment-of-structured-rna
#8
Ryo Amano, Kazuteru Aoki, Shin Miyakawa, Yoshikazu Nakamura, Tomoko Kozu, Gota Kawai, Taiichi Sakamoto
RNA aptamers are RNA molecules that bind to a target molecule with high affinity and specificity using uniquely-folded tertiary structures. RNA aptamers are selected from an RNA pool typically comprising up to 10(15) different sequences generated by iterative steps of selection and amplification known as Systematic Evolution of Ligands by EXponential enrichment (SELEX). Over several rounds of SELEX, the diversity of the RNA pool decreases and the aptamers are enriched. Hence, monitoring of the enrichment of these RNA pools is critical for the successful selection of aptamers, and several methods for monitoring them have been developed...
March 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325839/identification-and-characterization-of-rna-aptamers-a-long-aptamer-blocks-the-ampa-receptor-and-a-short-aptamer-blocks-both-ampa-and-kainate-receptors
#9
William J Jaremko, Zhen Huang, Wei Wen, Andrew Wu, Nicholas Karl, Li Niu
AMPA and kainate receptors, along with NMDA receptors, represent different subtypes of glutamate ion channels. AMPA and kainate receptors share a high degree of sequence and structural similarities, and excessive activity of these receptors has been implicated in neurological diseases such as epilepsy. Therefore, blocking detrimental activity of both receptor types could be therapeutically beneficial. Here, we report the use of an in vitro evolution approach involving systematic evolution of ligands by exponential enrichment with a single AMPA receptor target (i...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325302/aptamer-drug-conjugates-of-active-metabolites-of-nucleoside-analogs-and-cytotoxic-agents-inhibit-pancreatic-tumor-cell-growth
#10
Sorah Yoon, Kai-Wen Huang, Vikash Reebye, Duncan Spalding, Teresa M Przytycka, Yijie Wang, Piotr Swiderski, Lin Li, Brian Armstrong, Isabella Reccia, Dimitris Zacharoulis, Konstantinos Dimas, Tomokazu Kusano, John Shively, Nagy Habib, John J Rossi
Aptamer-drug conjugates (ApDCs) have the potential to improve the therapeutic index of traditional chemotherapeutic agents due to their ability to deliver cytotoxic drugs specifically to cancer cells while sparing normal cells. This study reports on the conjugation of cytotoxic drugs to an aptamer previously described by our group, the pancreatic cancer RNA aptamer P19. To this end, P19 was incorporated with gemcitabine and 5-fluorouracil (5-FU), or conjugated to monomethyl auristatin E (MMAE) and derivative of maytansine 1 (DM1)...
March 17, 2017: Molecular Therapy. Nucleic Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325295/aptamers-for-cd-antigens-from-cell-profiling-to-activity-modulation
#11
REVIEW
Amin Nozari, Maxim V Berezovski
Nucleic acid-based aptamers are considered to be a promising alternative to antibodies because of their strong and specific binding to diverse targets, fast and inexpensive chemical synthesis, and easy labeling with a fluorescent dye or therapeutic agent. Cluster of differentiation (CD) proteins are among the most popular antigens for aptamers on the cell surface. These anti-CD aptamers could be used in cell biology and biomedicine, from simple cell phenotyping by flow cytometry or fluorescent microscopy to diagnosis and treatment of HIV/AIDS to cancer and immune therapies...
March 17, 2017: Molecular Therapy. Nucleic Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325282/dna-aptamers-for-the-characterization-of-histological-structure-of-lung-adenocarcinoma
#12
Galina S Zamay, Tatiana I Ivanchenko, Tatiana N Zamay, Valentina L Grigorieva, Yury E Glazyrin, Olga S Kolovskaya, Irina V Garanzha, Andrey A Barinov, Alexey V Krat, Gleb G Mironov, Ana Gargaun, Dmitry V Veprintsev, Sergey S Bekuzarov, Andrey K Kirichenko, Ruslan A Zukov, Marina M Petrova, Andrey A Modestov, Maxim V Berezovski, Anna S Zamay
Nucleic acid aptamers are becoming popular as molecular probes for identification and imaging pathology and, at the same time, as a convenient platform for targeted therapy. Recent studies have shown that aptamers may be effectively used for tumor characterization and as commercially available monoclonal antibodies. Here we present three DNA aptamers binding to whole transformed lung cancer tissues, including tumor cells, connective tissues, and blood vessels. Protein targets have been revealed using affinity purification followed by mass spectrometry analyses, and they have been validated using a panel of correspondent antibodies and 3D imaging of tumor tissues...
March 17, 2017: Molecular Therapy. Nucleic Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323620/discovery-of-novel-determinants-of-endothelial-lineage-using-chimeric-heterokaryons
#13
Wing Tak Wong, Gianfranco Matrone, XiaoYu Tian, Simion Alin Tomoiaga, Kin Fai Au, Shu Meng, Sayumi Yamazoe, Daniel Sieveking, Kaifu Chen, David M Burns, James K Chen, Helen M Blau, John P Cooke
We wish to identify determinants of endothelial lineage. Murine embryonic stem cells (mESC) were fused with human endothelial cells in stable, non-dividing, heterokaryons. Using RNA-seq it is possible to discriminate between human and mouse transcripts in these chimeric heterokaryons. We observed a temporal pattern of gene expression in the ESCs of the heterokaryons that recapitulated ontogeny, with early mesodermal factors being expressed before mature endothelial genes. A set of transcriptional factors not known to be involved in endothelial development was upregulated, one of which was POU class 3 homeobox 2 (Pou3f2)...
March 21, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323404/electrophoretic-approach-for-the-simultaneous-deposition-and-functionalization-of-reduced-graphene-oxide-nanosheets-with-diazonium-compounds-application-for-sensing-in-serum
#14
Qian Wang, Alina Mihaela Vasilescu, Qi Wang, Yannick Coffinier, Musen Li, Rabah Boukherroub, Sabine Szunerits
Electrophoretic deposition (EPD) of reduced graphene oxide nanosheets (rGO) offers several advantages over other surface coating approaches, including process simplicity, uniformity of the deposited films and good control of the film thickness. The EPD conditions might also be of interest for the reduction of diazonium salts, which upon the release of N2 molecules and generation of radicals, can form covalent bonds with the sp2 hybridized carbon lattice atoms of rGO films. In this work, we report on the coating of gold electrodes in one-step with rGO/polyethyleneimine (PEI) thin films and their simultaneous modification using different phenyl (Ph) diazonium salt precursors bearing various functionalities such as -B(OH)2, -COOH and -C≡CH...
March 21, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321500/aptahistochemistry-in-diagnostic-pathology-technical-scrutiny-and-feasibility
#15
REVIEW
Bakhtiar A Bukari, Marimuthu Citartan, Ewe Seng Ch'ng, Mawethu P Bilibana, Timofey Rozhdestvensky, Thean-Hock Tang
Antibodies have been the workhorse for diagnostic immunohistochemistry to specifically interrogate the expression of certain protein to aid in histopathological diagnosis. This review introduces another dimension of histochemistry that employs aptamers as the core tool, the so-called aptahistochemistry. Aptamers are an emerging class of molecular recognition elements that could recapitulate the roles of antibodies. The many advantageous properties of aptamers suited for this diagnostic platform are scrutinized...
March 20, 2017: Histochemistry and Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320886/optogenetic-module-for-dichromatic-control-of-c-di-gmp-signaling
#16
Min-Hyung Ryu, Anastasia Fomicheva, Oleg V Moskvin, Mark Gomelsky
Many aspects of bacterial physiology and behavior including motility, surface attachment, and cell cycle, are controlled by the c-di-GMP-dependent signaling pathways on the scale of seconds-to-minutes. Interrogation of such processes in real time requires tools for introducing rapid and reversible changes in intracellular c-di-GMP levels. Inducing expression of genes encoding c-di-GMP synthetic (diguanylate cyclases) and degrading (c-di-GMP phosphodiesterase) enzymes by chemicals may not provide adequate temporal control...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Bacteriology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320840/k-channel-kv3-4-is-essential-for-axon-growth-by-limiting-the-influx-of-ca-2-into-growth-cones
#17
Chia-Yi Huang, Cheng-Chang Lien, Chau-Fu Cheng, Ting-Yun Yen, Chieh-Ju Chen, Meei-Ling Tsaur
Membrane excitability in the axonal growth cones of embryonic neurons influences axon growth. Voltage-gated K(+) (Kv) channels are key factors in controlling membrane excitability, but whether they regulate axon growth remains unclear. Here, we report that Kv3.4 is expressed in the axonal growth cones of embryonic spinal commissural neurons, motoneurons, dorsal root ganglion neurons, retinal ganglion cells and callosal projection neurons during axon growth. Our in vitro (cultured dorsal spinal neurons of chick embryos) and in vivo (developing chick spinal commissural axons and rat callosal axons) findings demonstrate that knockdown of Kv3...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320275/optogenetic-stimulation-increases-level-of-antiapoptotic-protein-bcl-xl-in-neurons
#18
D A Lanshakov, U S Drozd, N N Dygalo
The antiapoptotic protein Bcl-xL is associated with several neuroplastic processes such as formation of synapses, regulation of spontaneous and evoked synaptic responses, and release of neurotransmitters. Dependence of expression on activity of neurons is characteristic for many proteins participating in regulation of neuroplasticity. Whether such property is exhibited by the Bcl-xL protein was analyzed using in vivo optogenetic stimulation of hippocampal glutamatergic neurons expressing channelrhodopsin ChR2H134 under CAMKIIa promoter in the adeno-associated viral vector, followed by immunohistochemical determination of the level of Bcl-xL protein in these neurons and surrounding cells...
March 2017: Biochemistry. Biokhimii︠a︡
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319905/a-new-amplified-%C3%AF-shape-electrochemical-aptasensor-for-ultrasensitive-detection-of-aflatoxin-b1
#19
Khalil Abnous, Noor Mohammad Danesh, Mona Alibolandi, Mohammad Ramezani, Ahmad Sarreshtehdar Emrani, Reza Zolfaghari, Seyed Mohammad Taghdisi
There is a prompt need for determination of aflatoxin B1 (AFB1) in food products to avoid distribution and consumption of contaminated food products. In this study, an accurate electrochemical sensing strategy was presented for detection of AFB1 based on aptamer (Apt)-complementary strands of aptamer (CSs) complex which forms a π-shape structure on the surface of electrode and exonuclease I (Exo I). The presence of π-shape structure as a double-layer physical barrier allowed detection of AFB1 with high sensitivity...
March 17, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319903/fe-iii-based-metal-organic-framework-derived-core-shell-nanostructure-sensitive-electrochemical-platform-for-high-trace-determination-of-heavy-metal-ions
#20
Zhihong Zhang, Hongfei Ji, Yingpan Song, Shuai Zhang, Minghua Wang, Changchang Jia, Jia-Yue Tian, Linghao He, Xiaojing Zhang, Chun-Sen Liu
A new core-shell nanostructured composite composed of Fe(III)-based metal-organic framework (Fe-MOF) and mesoporous Fe3O4@C nanocapsules (denoted as Fe-MOF@mFe3O4@mC) was synthesized and developed as a platform for determining trace heavy metal ions in aqueous solution. Herein, the mFe3O4@mC nanocapsules were prepared by calcining the hollow Fe3O4@C that was obtained using the SiO2 nanoparticles as the template, followed by composing the Fe-MOF. The Fe-MOF@mFe3O4@mC nanocomposite demonstrated excellent electrochemical activity, water stability and high specific surface area, consequently resulting in the strong biobinding with heavy-metal-ion-targeted aptamer strands...
March 7, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
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