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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793133/an-ultrasensitive-and-selective-electrochemical-aptasensor-based-on-rgo-mwcnts-chitosan-carbon-quantum-dot-for-the-detection-of-lysozyme
#1
Behzad Rezaei, Hamid Reza Jamei, Ali Asghar Ensafi
An aptamer-based method is described for the electrochemical determination of lysozyme. A glassy carbon electrode was modified with a nanocomposite composed of reduced graphene oxide (rGO), multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs), chitosan (CS), and a synthesized carbon quantum dot (CQD) from CS. The composition of the nanocomposite (rGO-MWCNT/CS/CQD) warrants a high surface-to-volume ratio, high conductivity, high stability, and great electrocatalytic activity. This nanocomposite provides a suitable site for better immobilization of aptamers due to the existence of many amino and carboxyl functional groups, and remaining oxygen-related defects properties in rGO...
May 9, 2018: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792810/optogenetic-inhibition-of-g%C3%AE-q-protein-signaling-reduces-calcium-oscillation-stochasticity
#2
Pimkhuan Hannanta-Anan, Brian Y Chow
As fast terminators of G-protein coupled receptor (GPCR) signaling, regulators of G-protein signaling (RGS) serve critical roles in fine-tuning second messenger levels and, consequently, cellular responses to external stimuli. Here, we report the creation of an optogenetic RGS2 (opto-RGS2) that suppresses agonist-evoked calcium oscillations by the inactivation of Gαq protein. In this system, cryptochrome-mediated hetero-dimerization of the catalytic RGS2-box with its N-terminal amphipathic helix reconstitutes a functional membrane-localized complex that can dynamically suppress store-operated release of calcium...
May 24, 2018: ACS Synthetic Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29791849/activation-of-entorhinal-cortical-projections-to-the-dentate-gyrus-underlies-social-memory-retrieval
#3
Celeste Leung, Feng Cao, Robin Nguyen, Krutika Joshi, Afif J Aqrabawi, Shuting Xia, Miguel A Cortez, O Carter Snead, Jun Chul Kim, Zhengping Jia
Social interactions are essential to our mental health, and a deficit in social interactions is a hallmark characteristic of numerous brain disorders. Various subregions within the medial temporal lobe have been implicated in social memory, but the underlying mechanisms that tune these neural circuits remain unclear. Here, we demonstrate that optical activation of excitatory entorhinal cortical perforant projections to the dentate gyrus (EC-DG) is necessary and sufficient for social memory retrieval. We further show that inducible disruption of p21-activated kinase (PAK) signaling, a key pathway important for cytoskeletal reorganization, in the EC-DG circuit leads to impairments in synaptic function and social recognition memory, and, importantly, optogenetic activation of the EC-DG terminals reverses the social memory deficits in the transgenic mice...
May 22, 2018: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29791835/nicotinic-cholinergic-receptors-in-vta-glutamate-neurons-modulate-excitatory-transmission
#4
Yijin Yan, Can Peng, Matthew C Arvin, Xiao-Tao Jin, Veronica J Kim, Matthew D Ramsey, Yong Wang, Sambashiva Banala, David L Wokosin, J Michael McIntosh, Luke D Lavis, Ryan M Drenan
Ventral tegmental area (VTA) glutamate neurons are important components of reward circuitry, but whether they are subject to cholinergic modulation is unknown. To study this, we used molecular, physiological, and photostimulation techniques to examine nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (nAChRs) in VTA glutamate neurons. Cells in the medial VTA, where glutamate neurons are enriched, are responsive to acetylcholine (ACh) released from cholinergic axons. VTA VGLUT2+ neurons express mRNA and protein subunits known to comprise heteromeric nAChRs...
May 22, 2018: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29790932/selex-screen-for-zona-pellucida-binding-dna-aptamers
#5
Paul S Miller, Janice P Evans
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
May 22, 2018: Biology of Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29790564/caged-cyclopropenes-for-controlling-bioorthogonal-reactivity
#6
Pratik Kumar, Ting Jiang, Sining Li, Omar Zainul, Scott T Laughlin
Bioorthogonal ligations have been designed and optimized to provide new experimental avenues for understanding biological systems. Generally, these optimizations have focused on improving reaction rates and orthogonality to both biology and other members of the bioorthogonal reaction repertoire. Less well explored are reactions that permit control of bioorthogonal reactivity in space and time. Here we describe a strategy that enables modular control of the cyclopropene-tetrazine ligation. We developed 3-N-substituted spirocyclopropenes that are designed to be unreactive towards 1,2,4,5-tetrazines when bulky N-protecting groups sterically prohibit the tetrazine's approach, and reactive once the groups are removed...
May 23, 2018: Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29790232/rapid-photo-actuation-of-a-dna-nanostructure-using-an-internal-photocaged-trigger-strand
#7
Nicholas Stephanopoulos, Minghui Liu, Shuoxing Jiang, Omar Loza, Petr Šulc, Nour Eddine Fahmi
We describe a reconfigurable DNA nano-tweezer that can be switched between a close and open state with a brief pulse of UV light. In its initial state, the tweezer is held shut using a hairpin with a single-stranded poly-A loop. Also incorporated in the structure is a poly-T trigger strand bearing seven photocaged residues. Upon illumination with 365 nm light, the cages are removed and the trigger strand hybridizes to the loop, opening the tweezer and increasing the distance between its arms from 4 to 18 nm...
May 23, 2018: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29789548/deep-2-photon-imaging-and-artifact-free-optogenetics-through-transparent-graphene-microelectrode-arrays
#8
Martin Thunemann, Yichen Lu, Xin Liu, Kıvılcım Kılıç, Michèle Desjardins, Matthieu Vandenberghe, Sanaz Sadegh, Payam A Saisan, Qun Cheng, Kimberly L Weldy, Hongming Lyu, Srdjan Djurovic, Ole A Andreassen, Anders M Dale, Anna Devor, Duygu Kuzum
Recent advances in optical technologies such as multi-photon microscopy and optogenetics have revolutionized our ability to record and manipulate neuronal activity. Combining optical techniques with electrical recordings is of critical importance to connect the large body of neuroscience knowledge obtained from animal models to human studies mainly relying on electrophysiological recordings of brain-scale activity. However, integration of optical modalities with electrical recordings is challenging due to generation of light-induced artifacts...
May 23, 2018: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29789376/optogenetic-activation-of-colon-epithelium-of-the-mouse-produces-high-frequency-bursting-in-extrinsic-colon-afferents-and-engages-visceromotor-responses
#9
Payal A Makadia, Sarah A Najjar, Jami L Saloman, Peter Adelman, Bin Feng, Joseph F Margiotta, Kathryn M Albers, Brian M Davis
Epithelial cells of the colon provide a vital interface between the internal environment (lumen of the colon) and colon parenchyma. To examine epithelial-neuronal signaling at this interface, we analyzed mice in which channelrhodopsin (ChR2) was targeted to either TRPV1-positive afferents or to villin expressing colon epithelial cells. Expression of a ChR2-EYFP fusion protein was directed to either primary sensory neurons or to colon epithelial cells by crossing Ai32 mice with TRPV1-Cre or villin-Cre mice, respectively...
May 22, 2018: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29789374/identification-and-characterization-of-a-novel-spontaneously-active-bursty-gabaergic-interneuron-in-the-mouse-striatum
#10
Maxime Assous, Thomas W Faust, Robert Assini, Fulva Shah, Yacouba Sidibe, James M Tepper
The recent availability of different transgenic mouse lines coupled with other modern molecular techniques has led to the discovery of an unexpectedly large cellular diversity and synaptic specificity in striatal interneuronal circuitry. Prior research has described three spontaneously active interneuron types in mouse striatal slices; the cholinergic interneuron, the neuropeptide Y-low threshold spike interneuron, and the tyrosine hydroxylase interneurons (THINs). Using transgenic Htr3a-Cre mice we now characterize a fourth population of spontaneously active striatal GABAergic interneurons termed spontaneously active bursty interneurons (SABI) because of their unique burst-firing pattern in cell-attached recordings...
May 22, 2018: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29788485/enzymatic-synthesis-of-random-sequences-of-rna-and-rna-analogues-by-dna-polymerase-theta-mutants-for-the-generation-of-aptamer-libraries
#11
Irina Randrianjatovo-Gbalou, Sandrine Rosario, Odile Sismeiro, Hugo Varet, Rachel Legendre, Jean-Yves Coppée, Valérie Huteau, Sylvie Pochet, Marc Delarue
Nucleic acid aptamers, especially RNA, exhibit valuable advantages compared to protein therapeutics in terms of size, affinity and specificity. However, the synthesis of libraries of large random RNAs is still difficult and expensive. The engineering of polymerases able to directly generate these libraries has the potential to replace the chemical synthesis approach. Here, we start with a DNA polymerase that already displays a significant template-free nucleotidyltransferase activity, human DNA polymerase theta, and we mutate it based on the knowledge of its three-dimensional structure as well as previous mutational studies on members of the same polA family...
May 21, 2018: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29787751/the-n-terminal-domain-of-gastrulation-brain-homeobox-2-gbx2-is-required-for-iridophore-specification-in-zebrafish
#12
Shunya Hozumi, Masaki Shirai, Jingxin Wang, Shun Aoki, Yutaka Kikuchi
Although body color pattern formation by pigment cells plays critical roles in animals, pigment cell specification has not yet been fully elucidated. In zebrafish, there are three chromatophores: melanophore, iridophore, and xanthophore, that are derived from neural crest cells (NCCs). A recent study has reported the differentially expressed genes between melanophores and iridophores. Based on transcriptome data, we identified that Gbx2 is required for iridophore specification during development. In support of this, iridophore formation is suppressed by gbx2 knockdown by morpholino antisense oligonucleotide, at 72 h post fertilization (hpf) in zebrafish...
May 19, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29787233/controlling-the-replication-of-a-genomically-recoded-hiv-1-with-a-functional-quadruplet-codon-in-mammalian-cells
#13
Yan Chen, Yanmin Wan, Nanxi Wang, Zhe Yuan, Wei Niu, Qingsheng Li, Jiantao Guo
Large efforts have been devoted to the genetic code engineering in the past decade, aiming for unnatural amino acid mutagenesis. Recently, an increasing number of studies were reported to employ quadruplet codons to encode unnatural amino acids. We and others have demonstrated that the quadruplet decoding efficiency could be significantly enhanced by an extensive engineering of tRNAs bearing an extra nucleotide in their anticodon loops. In this work, we report the identification of tRNA mutants derived from directed evolution to efficiently decode a UAGA quadruplet codon in mammalian cells...
May 22, 2018: ACS Synthetic Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785728/ultrafast-capillary-electrophoresis-method-for-the-simultaneous-determination-of-ammonium-and-diphenhydramine-in-pharmaceutical-samples
#14
Brenda M C Costa, Mariana C Marra, Thiago C Oliveira, Rodrigo A A Munoz, Alex D Batista, Claudimir L do Lago, Eduardo M Richter
Ammonium and diphenhydramine are active ingredients commonly found in the same pharmaceutical preparations. We report for the first time a sub-minute method for the simultaneous determination of ammonium and diphenhydramine. The method is based on capillary electrophoresis with capacitively coupled contactless conductivity detection. Both analytes can be quantified in a single run (∼80 injections h-1 ) using 30 mmol L-1 2-(N-morpholino)ethanesulfonic acid and 15 mmol L-1 lithium hydroxide (pH = 6.0) as a background electrolyte...
May 22, 2018: Journal of Separation Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784942/continuous-addition-of-progenitors-forms-the-cardiac-ventricle-in-zebrafish
#15
Anastasia Felker, Karin D Prummel, Anne M Merks, Michaela Mickoleit, Eline C Brombacher, Jan Huisken, Daniela Panáková, Christian Mosimann
The vertebrate heart develops from several progenitor lineages. After early-differentiating first heart field (FHF) progenitors form the linear heart tube, late-differentiating second heart field (SHF) progenitors extend the atrium and ventricle, and form inflow and outflow tracts (IFT/OFT). However, the position and migration of late-differentiating progenitors during heart formation remains unclear. Here, we track zebrafish heart development using transgenics based on the cardiopharyngeal gene tbx1. Live imaging uncovers a tbx1 reporter-expressing cell sheath that continuously disseminates from the lateral plate mesoderm towards the forming heart tube...
May 21, 2018: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784938/characterization-of-the-rat-cerebrospinal-fluid-proteome-following-acute-cerebral-ischemia-using-an-aptamer-based-proteomic-technology
#16
Alba Simats, Teresa García-Berrocoso, Laura Ramiro, Dolors Giralt, Natalia Gill, Anna Penalba, Alejandro Bustamante, Anna Rosell, Joan Montaner
The limited accessibility to the brain has turned the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) into a valuable source that may contribute to the complete understanding of the stroke pathophysiology. Here we have described the CSF proteome in the hyper-acute phase of cerebral ischemia by performing an aptamer-based proteomic assay (SOMAscan) in CSF samples collected before and 30 min after male Wistar rats had undergone a 90 min Middle Cerebral Artery Occlusion (MCAO) or sham-surgery. Proteomic results indicated that cerebral ischemia acutely increased the CSF levels of 716 proteins, mostly overrepresented in leukocyte chemotaxis and neuronal death processes...
May 21, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784822/%C3%AE-catenin-dependent-mechanotransduction-dates-back-to-the-common-ancestor-of-cnidaria-and-bilateria
#17
Ekaterina Pukhlyakova, Andrew J Aman, Kareem Elsayad, Ulrich Technau
Although the genetic regulation of cellular differentiation processes is well established, recent studies have revealed the role of mechanotransduction on a variety of biological processes, including regulation of gene expression. However, it remains unclear how universal and widespread mechanotransduction is in embryonic development of animals. Here, we investigate mechanosensitive gene expression during gastrulation of the starlet sea anemone Nematostella vectensis , a cnidarian model organism. We show that the blastoporal marker gene brachyury is down-regulated by blocking myosin II-dependent gastrulation movements...
May 21, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784588/brain-stimulation-patterns-emulating-endogenous-thalamocortical-input-to-parvalbumin-expressing-interneurons-reduce-nociception-in-mice
#18
Yeowool Huh, Dahee Jung, Taeyoon Seo, Sukkyu Sun, Su Hyun Kim, Hyewhon Rhim, Sooyoung Chung, Chong-Hyun Kim, Youngwoo Kwon, Marom Bikson, Yong-An Chung, Jeansok J Kim, Jeiwon Cho
BACKGROUND: The bursting pattern of thalamocortical (TC) pathway dampens nociception. Whether brain stimulation mimicking endogenous patterns can engage similar sensory gating processes in the cortex and reduce nociceptive behaviors remains uninvestigated. OBJECTIVE: We investigated the role of cortical parvalbumin expressing (PV) interneurons within the TC circuit in gating nociception and their selective response to TC burst patterns. We then tested if transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) patterned on endogenous nociceptive TC bursting modulate nociceptive behaviors...
May 18, 2018: Brain Stimulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784425/a-novel-bioassay-based-on-aptamer-functionalized-magnetic-nanoparticle-for-the-detection-of-zearalenone-using-time-resolved-fluorescence-nayf-4-ce-tb-nanoparticles-as-signal-probe
#19
Sobia Niazi, Xiaole Wang, Imran Pasha, Imran Mahmood Khan, Sen Zhao, Muhammad Shoaib, Shijia Wu, Zhouping Wang
Zearalenone (ZEN) is a non-steroidal estrogenic mycotoxin produced by fungi on stored grains. The earlier detection methods used for ZEN rely on expensive equipment, time-consuming sample preparation and temperature sensitive antibodies. The current work, proposed a novel strategy based on ZEN aptamer labeled with amine-functionalized magnetic nanoparticle (MNPs) as a capture probe and time-resolved fluorescence (TRFL) nanoparticles labeled with complementary DNA (cDNA) as a signal probe. Under the optimized conditions, TRFL intensity at 544 nm was used to measure ZEN (R2 = 0...
August 15, 2018: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784422/development-of-a-sers-strategy-to-overcome-the-nanoparticle-stabilisation-effect-in-serum-containing-samples-application-to-the-quantification-of-dopamine-in-the-culture-medium-of-pc-12-cells
#20
E Dumont, C De Bleye, J Cailletaud, P-Y Sacré, P-B Van Lerberghe, B Rogister, G A Rance, J W Aylott, Ph Hubert, E Ziemons
The analysis of serum samples by surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) has gained ground over the last few years. However, the stabilisation of colloids by the proteins contained in these samples has restricted their use in common practice, unless antibodies or aptamers are used. Therefore, this work was dedicated to the development of a SERS methodology allowing the analysis of serum samples in a simple and easy-to-implement way. This approach was based on the pre-aggregation of the colloid with a salt solution...
August 15, 2018: Talanta
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