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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650460/a-calcium-and-light-gated-switch-to-induce-gene-expression-in-activated-neurons
#1
Dongmin Lee, Jung Ho Hyun, Kanghoon Jung, Patrick Hannan, Hyung-Bae Kwon
Despite recent advances in optogenetics, it remains challenging to manipulate gene expression in specific populations of neurons. We present a dual-protein switch system, Cal-Light, that translates neuronal-activity-mediated calcium signaling into gene expression in a light-dependent manner. In cultured neurons and brain slices, we show that Cal-Light drives expression of the reporter EGFP with high spatiotemporal resolution only in the presence of both blue light and calcium. Delivery of the Cal-Light components to the motor cortex of mice by viral vectors labels a subset of excitatory and inhibitory neurons related to learned lever-pressing behavior...
June 26, 2017: Nature Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650039/stabilization-vs-destabilization-of-g-quadruplex-superstructures-the-role-of-the-porphyrin-derivative-having-spermine-arms
#2
A D'Urso, R Randazzo, V Rizzo, C M A Gangemi, V Romanucci, A Zarrelli, G Tomaselli, D Milardi, N Borbone, R Purrello, G Piccialli, G Di Fabio, G Oliviero
The interaction of the porphyrin derivative H2TCPPSpm4, having spermine pendants in the four meso positions, with the G-quadruplex (GQ) structure formed by the DNA aptamer TGGGAG has been investigated by means of UV, electronic circular dichroism and PAGE studies. The results reported here demonstrate that the porphyrin derivative is capable of stabilizing or destabilizing the higher-ordered structures of parallel GQs, depending on the method used to reach their relative stoichiometry (titration vs. single addition)...
June 26, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650005/sub-picomolar-label-free-detection-of-thrombin-using-electrochemical-impedance-spectroscopy-of-aptamer-functionalized-mos2
#3
Kai-Chun Lin, Badrinath Jagannath, Sriram Muthukumar, Shalini Prasad
An ultrasensitive aptasensor for the label free non-faradaic detection of thrombin has been demonstrated on molybdenum disulphide (MoS2) nanosheets. These nanosheets were physiochemically immobilized onto a silicon micro-electrode platform. Thrombin detection was achieved through the charge modulation of the electrical double layer due to the specific and dose dependent binding of thrombin to the surface of thiol terminated ssDNA aptamer functionalized MoS2 nanosheets. Electrical double layer charge modulation associated with thrombin binding was characterized using electrochemical impedance spectroscopy...
June 26, 2017: Analyst
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649139/kinetics-and-photochemistry-of-ruthenium-bisbipyridine-diacetonitrile-complexes-an-interdisciplinary-inorganic-and-physical-chemistry-laboratory-exercise
#4
Teresa L Rapp, Susan R Phillips, Ivan J Dmochowski
The study of ruthenium polypyridyl complexes can be widely applied across disciplines in the undergraduate curriculum. Ruthenium photochemistry has advanced many fields including dye-sensitized solar cells, photoredox catalysis, light-driven water oxidation, and biological electron transfer. Equally promising are ruthenium polypyridyl complexes that provide a sterically bulky, photolabile moiety for transiently "caging" biologically active molecules. Photouncaging involves the use of visible (1-photon) or near-IR (2-photon) light to break one or more bonds between ruthenium and coordinated ligand(s), which can occur on short time scales and in high quantum yields...
December 13, 2016: Journal of Chemical Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649024/microfluidic-platform-integrated-with-graphene-gold-nano-composite-aptasensor-for-one-step-detection-of-norovirus
#5
Rohit Chand, Suresh Neethirajan
Noroviruses are a foremost cause of gastroenteritis outbreaks throughout the world. On-site sample processing and detection of the viral clinical samples has always been a problem. This study reports an all-polydimethylsiloxane microfluidic chip integrated with screen-printed carbon electrode for the electrochemical detection of norovirus. The microfluidic chip contained packed silica microbeads zones to filter and enrich the norovirus infected clinical sample. Selective detection of norovirus was accomplished by functionalizing the graphene-gold nanoparticles composite modified carbon electrode with the viral capsid-specific aptamer...
June 17, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648825/differential-control-of-dopaminergic-excitability-and-locomotion-by-cholinergic-inputs-in-mouse-substantia-nigra
#6
Jasem Estakhr, Danya Abazari, Kaitlyn Frisby, J Michael McIntosh, Raad Nashmi
Understanding how dopaminergic (DA) neurons of the substantia nigra pars compacta (SNc) govern movements requires a detailed knowledge of how different neurotransmitter systems modulate DA neuronal excitability. We report a heterogeneity of electrophysiological properties between medial and lateral SNc neurons modulated by cholinergic neurotransmission. Lateral DA neurons received mainly excitatory (nicotinic or glutamatergic) mediated cholinergic neurotransmission. Medial DA neurons received predominantly GABAergic currents mediated by presynaptic nicotinic receptors or biphasic GABAergic and nicotinic neurotransmission conveyed by GABA and ACh corelease, which inhibited DA neurons...
June 20, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648779/natural-rna-polymerase-aptamers-regulate-transcription-in-e-coli
#7
Nadezda Sedlyarova, Philipp Rescheneder, Andrés Magán, Niko Popitsch, Natascha Rziha, Ivana Bilusic, Vitaly Epshtein, Bob Zimmermann, Meghan Lybecker, Vitaly Sedlyarov, Renée Schroeder, Evgeny Nudler
In search for RNA signals that modulate transcription via direct interaction with RNA polymerase (RNAP), we deep sequenced an E. coli genomic library enriched for RNAP-binding RNAs. Many natural RNAP-binding aptamers, termed RAPs, were mapped to the genome. Over 60% of E. coli genes carry RAPs in their mRNA. Combining in vitro and in vivo approaches, we characterized a subset of inhibitory RAPs (iRAPs) that promote Rho-dependent transcription termination. A representative iRAP within the coding region of the essential gene, nadD, greatly reduces its transcriptional output in stationary phase and under oxidative stress, demonstrating that iRAPs control gene expression in response to changing environment...
June 19, 2017: Molecular Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648578/application-of-aptamers-in-treatment-and-diagnosis-of-leukemia
#8
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Rezvan Yazdian-Robati, Atefeh Arab, Mohammad Ramezani, Khalil Abnous, Seyed Mohammad Taghdisi
Leukemia is a cancer of blood cells and bone marrow, leading to death in many patients mainly in children. Over the last several years, aptamers generated by SELEX (Systematic evolution of ligands by exponential enrichment) method, have quickly become a new class of targeting ligands for drug delivery applications and recently have been widely exploited in different biomedical applications, due to several potent properties such as high binding affinity and selectivity, low or no immunogenicity and toxicity, low cost and thermal stability...
June 22, 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648501/depolarized-gabaergic-signaling-in-subicular-microcircuits-mediates-generalized-seizure-in-temporal-lobe-epilepsy
#9
Yi Wang, Cenglin Xu, Zhenghao Xu, Caihong Ji, Jiao Liang, Ying Wang, Bin Chen, Xiaohua Wu, Feng Gao, Shuang Wang, Yi Guo, Xiaoming Li, Jianhong Luo, Shumin Duan, Zhong Chen
Secondary generalized seizure (sGS) is a major source of disability in temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE) with unclear cellular/circuit mechanisms. Here we found that clinical TLE patients with sGS showed reduced volume specifically in the subiculum compared with those without sGS. Further, using optogenetics and extracellular electrophysiological recording in mouse models, we found that photoactivation of subicular GABAergic neurons retarded sGS acquisition by inhibiting the firing of pyramidal neurons. Once sGS had been stably acquired, photoactivation of GABAergic neurons aggravated sGS expression via depolarized GABAergic signaling...
June 14, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648497/selective-optogenetic-control-of-purkinje-cells-in-monkey-cerebellum
#10
Yasmine El-Shamayleh, Yoshiko Kojima, Robijanto Soetedjo, Gregory D Horwitz
Purkinje cells of the primate cerebellum play critical but poorly understood roles in the execution of coordinated, accurate movements. Elucidating these roles has been hampered by a lack of techniques for manipulating spiking activity in these cells selectively-a problem common to most cell types in non-transgenic animals. To overcome this obstacle, we constructed AAV vectors carrying the channelrhodopsin-2 (ChR2) gene under the control of a 1 kb L7/Pcp2 promoter. We injected these vectors into the cerebellar cortex of rhesus macaques and tested vector efficacy in three ways...
June 21, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646719/dna-aptamer-based-colorimetric-detection-platform-for-salmonella-enteritidis
#11
Ceren Bayraç, Füsun Eyidoğan, Hüseyin Avni Öktem
Food safety is a major issue to protect public health and a key challenge is to find detection methods for identification of hazards in food. Food borne infections affects millions of people each year and among pathogens, Salmonella Enteritidis is most widely found bacteria causing food borne diseases. Therefore, simple, rapid, and specific detection methods are needed for food safety. In this study, we demonstrated the selection of DNA aptamers with high affinity and specificity against S. Enteritidis via Cell Systematic Evolution of Ligands by Exponential Enrichment (Cell-SELEX) and development of sandwich type aptamer-based colorimetric platforms for its detection...
June 16, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646718/reduced-graphene-oxide-functionalized-feooh-for-signal-on-photoelectrochemical-sensing-of-prostate-specific-antigen-with-bioresponsive-controlled-release-system
#12
Qian Zhou, Youxiu Lin, Jian Shu, Kangyao Zhang, Zhenzhong Yu, Dianping Tang
A new and signal-on photoelectrochemical (PEC) sensing platform was successfully designed for the sensitive detection of prostate-specific antigen (PSA), using reduced graphene oxide- functionalized iron oxyhydroxide (FeOOH-rGO) as the photoactive material, accompanying target-responsive controlled release system to achieve the signal amplification. Introduction of rGO as electron mediator greatly facilitated the electron transfer from FeOOH to electrode under visible light, which inhibited the electron-hole recombination to enhance the photo-activity of FeOOH-rGO...
June 16, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646204/optogenetic-protein-clustering-through-fluorescent-protein-tagging-and-extension-of-cry2
#13
Hyerim Park, Na Yeon Kim, Sangkyu Lee, Nury Kim, Jihoon Kim, Won Do Heo
Protein homo-oligomerization is an important molecular mechanism in many biological processes. Therefore, the ability to control protein homo-oligomerization allows the manipulation and interrogation of numerous cellular events. To achieve this, cryptochrome 2 (CRY2) from Arabidopsis thaliana has been recently utilized for blue light-dependent spatiotemporal control of protein homo-oligomerization. However, limited knowledge on molecular characteristics of CRY2 obscures its widespread applications. Here, we identify important determinants for efficient cryptochrome 2 clustering and introduce a new CRY2 module, named ''CRY2clust'', to induce rapid and efficient homo-oligomerization of target proteins by employing diverse fluorescent proteins and an extremely short peptide...
June 23, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645756/an-aptamer-based-pcr-method-coupled-with-magnetic-immunoseparation-for-sensitive-detection-of-salmonella-typhimurium-in-ground-turkey
#14
Lijun Wang, Ronghui Wang, Hong Wang, Michael Slavik, Hua Wei, Yanbin Li
Aptamers are single-stranded oligonucleotide ligands that can bind to targets with high affinity and specificity. They have been widely studied in the field of diagnostics as alternatives to antibodies due to their favorable features such as easy labeling, temperature tolerance, lower cost and recognition of a wide variety of targets. In this study, an aptamer-based PCR method coupled with magnetic immunoseparation was developed to detect S. Typhimurium from ground turkey. Firstly, biotinylated polyclonal anti-S...
June 20, 2017: Analytical Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644959/generation-and-characterization-of-aptamers-targeting-factor-xia
#15
R S Woodruff, I Ivanov, I M Verhamme, M-F Sun, D Gailani, B A Sullenger
BACKGROUND: The plasma protease factor XIa (FXIa) has become a target of interest for therapeutics designed to prevent or treat thrombotic disorders. METHODS: We used a solution-based, directed evolution approach called systematic evolution of ligands by exponential enrichment (SELEX) to isolate RNA aptamers that target the FXIa catalytic domain. RESULTS: Two aptamers, designated 11.16 and 12.7, were identified that bound to previously identified anion binding and serpin bindings sites on the FXIa catalytic domain...
June 9, 2017: Thrombosis Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644615/fluoromodules-consisting-of-a-promiscuous-rna-aptamer-and-red-or-blue-fluorogenic-cyanine-dyes-selection-characterization-and-bioimaging
#16
Xiaohong Tan, Tudor P Constantin, Kelly L Sloane, Alan S Waggoner, Marcel P Bruchez, Bruce A Armitage
An RNA aptamer selected for binding to the fluorogenic cyanine dye, dimethylindole red (DIR), also binds and activates another cyanine, oxazole thiazole blue (OTB), giving two well-resolved emission colors. The aptamer binds to each dye with submicromolar KD values, and the resulting fluoromodules exhibit fluorescence quantum yields ranging from 0.17 to 0.51 and excellent photostability. The aptamer was fused to a second aptamer previously selected for binding to the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) to create a bifunctional aptamer that labels cell-surface EGFR on mammalian cells...
June 23, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644005/from-electrochemistry-to-electroluminescence-development-and-application-in-ratiometric-aptasensor-for-aflatoxin-b1
#17
Long Wu, Fan Ding, Wenmin Yin, Jing Ma, Biru Wang, Axiu Nie, Heyou Han
Aflatoxin B1 (AFB1), one of the most toxic chemical carcinogens, has been widely studied. It remains challenging to develop simple, accurate and sensitive analytical methods for the detection of AFB1 in food matrices. In this work, based on dual-signaling strategy, a ratiometric aptasensor was designed and verified for the accurate and sensitive detection of AFB1. The electrochemical method was first used as a model to verify the specific interaction between AFB1 and the aptamer, in which ferrocene (Fc) and methylene blue (MB) anchored DNA sequences were acted as dual signals...
June 23, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643851/fluorescent-competitive-aptasensor-for-detection-of-aflatoxin-b1
#18
Monali Mukherjee, Praveena Bhatt, Manonmani H K
Aflatoxin B1 (AFB1 ) is one of the most commonly found mycotoxins in food commodities, particularly cereals, oilseeds, spices and tree nuts. In the past decade, aptamers have come into limelight and emerged as a new biosensing element replacing antibodies in various detection formats. Herein we report a faster, more sensitive, high throughput method for the detection of AFB1 using AFB1 -specific aptamers. The assay format was based on a competitive reaction of the fluorescent tagged aptamer specific to AFB1 with the aflatoxin conjugate...
June 23, 2017: Journal of Molecular Recognition: JMR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643802/optogenetic-rewiring-of-thalamocortical-circuits-to-restore-function-in-the-stroke-injured-brain
#19
Kelly A Tennant, Stephanie L Taylor, Emily R White, Craig E Brown
To regain sensorimotor functions after stroke, surviving neural circuits must reorganize and form new connections. Although the thalamus is critical for processing and relaying sensory information to the cortex, little is known about how stroke affects the structure and function of these connections, or whether a therapeutic approach targeting these circuits can improve recovery. Here we reveal with in vivo calcium imaging that stroke in somatosensory cortex dampens the excitability of surviving thalamocortical circuits...
June 23, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643463/effect-of-ph-on-dentin-protease-inactivation-by-carbodiimide
#20
Roda Seseogullari-Dirihan, Mustafa M Mutluay, Leo Tjäderhane, Lorenzo Breschi, David H Pashley, Arzu Tezvergil-Mutluay
A water-soluble crosslinking agent, 1-ethyl-3-(3-dimethylaminopropyl)-carbodiimide (EDC), has been used as a pretreatment of acid-etched dentin to inactivate matrix-bound endogenous dentin proteases. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of pH on the inactivation capacity of EDC. Demineralized dentin beams (1 × 2 × 6 mm) were divided into six groups (n = 8 per group). Then, EDC (0.3 M) was solubilized in distilled water with pH of 2, 4, 6, 7, 9, or 11. Control EDC was solubilized in 0.1 M 2-(N-morpholino) ethanesulfonic acid (MES) buffer and its pH was adjusted to 6...
June 23, 2017: European Journal of Oral Sciences
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