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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820971/ultrasensitive-detection-of-ag-i-based-on-the-conformational-switching-of-a-multifunctional-aptamer-probe-induced-by-silver-i
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Yu-Feng Zhu, Yong-Sheng Wang, Bin Zhou, Yan-Qin Huang, Xue-Jiao Li, Si-Han Chen, Xiao-Feng Wang, Xian Tang
We for the first time confirmed that the low concentrations of Ag(I) could induce a silver specific aptamer probe (SAP) from a random coil sequence form to G-quadruplex structure. Thereby, a novel highly sensitive fluorescence strategy for silver(I) assay was established. The designed multifunctional SAP could act as a recognition element for Ag(I) and a signal reporter. The use of such a SAP can ultrasensitively and selectively detect Ag(I), giving a detection limit down to 0.64nM. This is much lower than those reported by related literatures...
August 10, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819259/dendritic-calcium-spikes-are-clearly-detectable-at-the-cortical-surface
#2
Mototaka Suzuki, Matthew E Larkum
Cortical surface recording techniques such as EEG and ECoG are widely used for measuring brain activity. The prevailing assumption is that surface potentials primarily reflect synaptic activity, although non-synaptic events may also contribute. Here we show that dendritic calcium spikes occurring in pyramidal neurons (that we showed previously are cognitively relevant) are clearly detectable in cortical surface potentials. To show this we developed an optogenetic, non-synaptic approach to evoke dendritic calcium spikes in vivo...
August 17, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819200/periostin-binding-dna-aptamer-treatment-attenuates-renal-fibrosis-under-diabetic-conditions
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Jae Eun Um, Jung Tak Park, Bo Young Nam, Jung Pyo Lee, Jong Ha Jung, Youndong Kim, Seonghun Kim, Jimin Park, Meiyan Wu, Seung Hyeok Han, Tae-Hyun Yoo, Shin-Wook Kang
Diabetic nephropathy, the major cause of chronic kidney disease, is associated with progressive renal fibrosis. Recently, accumulation of periostin, an extracellular matrix protein, was shown to augment renal fibrosis. Aptamers have higher binding affinities without developing the common side effects of antibodies. Thus, we evaluated the effect of periostin inhibition by an aptamer-based inhibitor on renal fibrosis under diabetic conditions. In vitro, transforming growth factor-β1 (TGF-β1) treatment significantly upregulated periostin, fibronectin, and type I collagen mRNA and protein expressions in inner medullary collecting duct (IMCD) cells...
August 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818946/a-central-neural-circuit-for-itch-sensation
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Di Mu, Juan Deng, Ke-Fei Liu, Zhen-Yu Wu, Yu-Feng Shi, Wei-Min Guo, Qun-Quan Mao, Xing-Jun Liu, Hui Li, Yan-Gang Sun
Although itch sensation is an important protective mechanism for animals, chronic itch remains a challenging clinical problem. Itch processing has been studied extensively at the spinal level. However, how itch information is transmitted to the brain and what central circuits underlie the itch-induced scratching behavior remain largely unknown. We found that the spinoparabrachial pathway was activated during itch processing and that optogenetic suppression of this pathway impaired itch-induced scratching behaviors...
August 18, 2017: Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818944/conversion-of-object-identity-to-object-general-semantic-value-in-the-primate-temporal-cortex
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Keita Tamura, Masaki Takeda, Rieko Setsuie, Tadashi Tsubota, Toshiyuki Hirabayashi, Kentaro Miyamoto, Yasushi Miyashita
At the final stage of the ventral visual stream, perirhinal neurons encode the identity of memorized objects through learning. However, it remains elusive whether and how object percepts alone, or concomitantly a nonphysical attribute of the objects ("learned"), are decoded from perirhinal activities. By combining monkey psychophysics with optogenetic and electrical stimulations, we found a focal spot of memory neurons where both stimulations led monkeys to preferentially judge presented objects as "already seen...
August 18, 2017: Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818557/dna-aptamer-identification-and-characterization-for-e-coli-o157-detection-using-cell-based-selex-method
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Masoum Amraee, Mana Oloomi, Afsaneh Yavari, Saeid Bouzari
Escherichia coli (E. coli) O157:H7 is a foodborne pathogen that causes symptoms in humans. Its rapid identification should be considered to avoid toxic effects of the pathogen. In this study, systematic evolution of ligands by exponential enrichment using whole cells (Cell-SELEX) method was used for recognizing E. coli strain, O157 by single-stranded DNA library of aptamer. Nine rounds of cell-selex procedure were applied using O157, as a whole-cell target, with O42, K12, Top10, DH5α E. coli cells, Shigella flexneri and Salmonella typhi as counterparts...
August 14, 2017: Analytical Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817806/specialized-mechanosensory-nociceptors-mediating-rapid-responses-to-hair-pull
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Nima Ghitani, Arnab Barik, Marcin Szczot, James H Thompson, Chia Li, Claire E Le Pichon, Michael J Krashes, Alexander T Chesler
The somatosensory system provides animals with the ability to detect, distinguish, and respond to diverse thermal, mechanical, and irritating stimuli. While there has been progress in defining classes of neurons underlying temperature sensation and gentle touch, less is known about the neurons specific for mechanical pain. Here, we use in vivo functional imaging to identify a class of cutaneous sensory neurons that are selectively activated by high-threshold mechanical stimulation (HTMRs). We show that their optogenetic excitation evokes rapid protective and avoidance behaviors...
August 16, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817770/photoinduced-copper-catalyzed-alkylation-of-amines-a-mechanistic-study-of-the-cross-coupling-of-carbazole-with-alkyl-bromides
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Jun Myun Ahn, Tanvi S Ratani, Kareem Hannoun, Gregory C Fu, Jonas C Peters
We have recently reported that a variety of couplings of nitrogen, sulfur, oxygen, and carbon nucleophiles with organic halides can be achieved under mild conditions (-40 to 30 °C) through the use of light and a copper catalyst. Insight into the various mechanisms by which these reactions proceed may enhance our understanding of chemical reactivity and facilitate the development of new methods. In this report, we apply an array of tools (EPR, NMR, transient absorption, and UV-vis spectroscopy; ESI-MS; X-ray crystallography; DFT calculations; reactivity, stereochemical, and product studies) to investigate the photoinduced, copper-catalyzed coupling of carbazole with alkyl bromides...
August 17, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817257/cation-anion-arrangement-patterns-in-self-assembled-pd2l4-and-pd4l8-coordination-cages
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Guido H Clever, Philip Punt
Compounds featuring one-dimensional regular arrangements of stacked metal complexes and alternating [cation-anion]∞ sequences have raised considerable interest owing to their peculiar electronic and optical properties as well as guest inclusion capabilities. While traditional ways to realize these structural motifs rely on crystalline compounds, exclusively existing in the solid state, recent progress in the area of metal-mediated supramolecular self-assembly allows for the rational synthesis of structurally well-defined short stretches of stacked metal complexes and cation-anion arrangements...
August 17, 2017: Accounts of Chemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816436/integrated-distance-based-origami-paper-analytical-device-id-opad-for-one-step-visualized-analysis
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Tian Tian, Yuan An, Yiping Wu, Yanling Song, Zhi Zhu, Chaoyong James Yang
An integrated distance-based origami paper analytical device (ID-oPAD) is developed for simple, user-friendly and visual detection of targets of interest. The platform enables complete integration of target recognition, signal amplification and visual signal output, based on aptamer/invertase functionalized sepharose beads, cascaded enzymatic reactions and a 3D microfluidic paper-based analytical device with distance-based readout, respectively. The invertase-DNA conjugate is released upon target addition, after which it permeates through the cellulose and flows down into the bottom detection zone, while sepharose beads with larger size are excluded and stay in the upper zone...
August 17, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816318/a-soluble-star-shaped-silsesquioxane-cored-polymer-towards-novel-stabilization-of-ph-dependent-high-internal-phase-emulsions
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Yuxiu Xing, Jun Peng, Kai Xu, Shuxi Gao, Xuefeng Gui, Shengyuan Liang, Longfeng Sun, Mingcai Chen
A well-defined pH-responsive star-shaped polymer containing poly(N,N-dimethylaminoethyl methacrylate) (PDMA) arms and a cage-like methacryloxypropyl silsesquioxane (CMSQ-T10) core was used as an interfacial stabilizer for emulsions consisting of m-xylene and water. We explored the properties of the CMSQ/PDMA star-shaped polymer using the characteristic results of nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy, size exclusion chromatography (SEC), dynamic light scattering (DLS), and zeta potential and conductivity measurements...
August 17, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815539/long-noncoding-rnas-in-plants
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Hsiao-Lin V Wang, Julia A Chekanova
The eukaryotic genomes are pervasively transcribed. In addition to protein-coding RNAs, thousands of long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) modulate key molecular and biological processes. Most lncRNAs are found in the nucleus and associate with chromatin, but lncRNAs can function in both nuclear and cytoplasmic compartments. Emerging work has found that many lncRNAs regulate gene expression and can affect genome stability and nuclear domain organization both in plant and in the animal kingdom. Here, we describe the major plant lncRNAs and how they act, with a focus on research in Arabidopsis thaliana and our emerging understanding of lncRNA functions in serving as molecular sponges and decoys, functioning in regulation of transcription and silencing, particularly in RNA-directed DNA methylation, and in epigenetic regulation of flowering time...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815537/from-heterochromatin-to-long-noncoding-rnas-in-drosophila-expanding-the-arena-of-gene-function-and-regulation
#13
Subhash C Lakhotia
Recent years have witnessed a remarkable interest in exploring the significance of pervasive noncoding transcripts in diverse eukaryotes. Classical cytogenetic studies using the Drosophila model system unraveled the perplexing attributes and "functions" of the "gene"-poor heterochromatin. Recent molecular studies in the fly model are likewise revealing the very diverse and significant roles played by long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) in development, gene regulation, chromatin organization, cell and nuclear architecture, etc...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814525/structure-guided-functional-annotation-of-the-influenza-a-virus-ns1-protein-reveals-dynamic-evolution-of-the-p85%C3%AE-binding-site-during-circulation-in-humans
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Antonio M Lopes, Patricia Domingues, Roland Zell, Benjamin G Hale
Rational characterization of virulence and host-adaptive markers in the multifunctional influenza A virus NS1 protein is hindered by a lack of comprehensive knowledge about NS1-host protein-protein interfaces. Here, we surveyed the impact of amino-acid variation in NS1 at its structurally-defined binding site for host p85β, a regulator of phosphoinositide-3 kinase (PI3K) signaling. Structure-guided alanine-scanning of all viral residues at this interface defined 10 positions contributing to the interaction, with residues 89, 95, 98, 133, 145 and 162 being most important...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814144/-express-intrathecal-administration-of-ayx2-dna-decoy-produces-a-long-term-pain-treatment-in-rat-models-of-chronic-pain-by-inhibiting-the-klf6-klf9-and-klf15-transcription-factors
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Julien Mamet, Michael Klukinov, Scott Harris, Donald C Manning, Simon Xie, Conrado Pascual, Bradley K Taylor, Renee R Donahue, David C Yeomans
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 2017: Molecular Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811331/targeting-a-single-alternative-polyadenylation-site-coordinately-blocks-expression-of-androgen-receptor-mrna-splice-variants-in-prostate%C3%A2-cancer
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Jamie L Van Etten, Michael Nyquist, Yingming Li, Rendong Yang, Yeung Ho, Rachel M Johnson, Olivia Ondigi, Daniel F Voytas, Christine Henzler, Scott M Dehm
Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of male cancer deaths due to disease progression to castration resistant prostate cancer (CRPC). Androgen receptor (AR) splice variants including AR-V7 function as constitutively active transcription factors in CRPC cells, thereby promoting resistance to AR-targeted therapies. To date, there are no AR variant specific treatments for CRPC. Here we report that the splicing of AR variants AR-V7 as well as AR-V1 and AR-V9 is regulated coordinately by a single polyadenylation signal in AR intron 3...
August 15, 2017: Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811024/aptamer-induced-multicoloured-au-ncs-mos2-switch-on-fluorescence-resonance-energy-transfer-biosensor-for-dual-color-simultaneous-detection-of-multiple-tumor-markers-by-single-wavelength-excitation
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Shenghao Xu, Xiuying Feng, Teng Gao, Gufan Liu, Yaning Mao, Jiehua Lin, Xijuan Yu, Xiliang Luo
An aptamer induced "switch on" fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET) biosensor for the simultaneous detection of multiple tumor markers (e.g., AFP and CEA) combining molybdenum disulfide (MoS2) nanosheets with multicolored Au NCs by a single excitation was developed for the first time. Here, AFP aptamer functionalized green colored Au NCs (510 nm) and CEA aptamer functionalized red colored Au NCs (650 nm) are used as energy donors, while MoS2 is used as energy receptor. On the basis of recording the change of the recovered fluorescence intensity at 510 nm and 650 nm upon the addition of targets CEA and AFP, these two tumor markers can be simultaneously quantitatively detected, with detection limits of 0...
August 29, 2017: Analytica Chimica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810234/electrochemical-aptamer-based-nanosensor-fabricated-on-single-au-nanowire-electrodes-for-adenosine-triphosphate-assay
#18
Dongmei Wang, Xiaoqing Xiao, Shen Xu, Yong Liu, Yongxin Li
In this work, single Au nanowire electrodes (AuNWEs) were fabricated by laser-assisted pulling/hydrofluoric acid (HF) etching process, which then were characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), electrochemical method and finite-element simulation. The as-prepared single AuNWEs were used to construct electrochemical aptamer-based nanosensors (E-AB nanosensors) based on the formation of Au-S bond that duplex DNA tagged with methylene blue (MB) was modified on the surface of electrode. In the presence of adenosine triphosphate (ATP), the MB-labeled aptamer dissociated from the duplex DNA due to the strong specific affinity between aptamer and target, which lead to the reduction of MB electrochemical signals...
August 9, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809843/tuning-in-the-hippocampal-theta-band-in-vitro-methodologies-for-recording-from-the-isolated-rodent-septohippocampal-circuit
#19
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/28809797/optogenetic-investigation-of-arousal-circuits
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REVIEW
Susan M Tyree, Luis de Lecea
Modulation between sleep and wake states is controlled by a number of heterogeneous neuron populations. Due to the topological proximity and genetic co-localization of the neurons underlying sleep-wake state modulation optogenetic methods offer a significant improvement in the ability to benefit from both the precision of genetic targeting and millisecond temporal control. Beginning with an overview of the neuron populations mediating arousal, this review outlines the progress that has been made in the investigation of arousal circuits since the incorporation of optogenetic techniques and the first in vivo application of optogenetic stimulation in hypocretin neurons in the lateral hypothalamus...
August 15, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
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