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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641240/placing-sites-on-the-edge-of-planar-silicon-microelectrodes-enhances-chronic-recording-functionality
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Heui Chang Lee, Janak Gaire, Badrinath Roysam, Kevin J Otto
OBJECTIVE: This study aims to identify the impact of using edge sites over center sites on a planar silicon microelectrode array. METHODS: We used custom-designed, silicon-substrate multi-site microelectrode arrays with sites on the center, edge, and tip. We compared their single unit recording capability, noise level, impedance, and histology to identify the differences between each site location. Wide and narrow devices were used to evaluate if the differences are consistent and meets theoretical expectations...
June 15, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Bio-medical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641214/motor-system-dysfunction-in-the-schizophrenia-diathesis-neural-systems-to-neurotransmitters
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R Abboud, C Noronha, V A Diwadkar
Motor control is a ubiquitous aspect of human function, and from its earliest origins, abnormal motor control has been proposed as being central to schizophrenia. The neurobiological architecture of the motor system is well understood in primates and involves cortical and sub-cortical components including the primary motor cortex, supplementary motor area, dorsal anterior cingulate cortex, the prefrontal cortex, the basal ganglia, and cerebellum. Notably all of these regions are associated in some manner to the pathophysiology of schizophrenia...
April 25, 2017: European Psychiatry: the Journal of the Association of European Psychiatrists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641117/structural-components-of-nuclear-integrity-with-gene-regulatory-potential
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Kelli D Fenelon, Sevan Hopyan
The nucleus is a mechanosensitive and load-bearing structure. Structural components of the nucleus interact to maintain nuclear integrity and have become subjects of exciting research that is relevant to cell and developmental biology. Here we outline the boundaries of what is known about key architectural elements within the nucleus and highlight their potential structural and transcriptional regulatory functions.
June 19, 2017: Current Opinion in Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641109/rare-copy-number-variants-in-nrxn1-and-cntn6-increase-risk-for-tourette-syndrome
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Alden Y Huang, Dongmei Yu, Lea K Davis, Jae Hoon Sul, Fotis Tsetsos, Vasily Ramensky, Ivette Zelaya, Eliana Marisa Ramos, Lisa Osiecki, Jason A Chen, Lauren M McGrath, Cornelia Illmann, Paul Sandor, Cathy L Barr, Marco Grados, Harvey S Singer, Markus M Nöthen, Johannes Hebebrand, Robert A King, Yves Dion, Guy Rouleau, Cathy L Budman, Christel Depienne, Yulia Worbe, Andreas Hartmann, Kirsten R Müller-Vahl, Manfred Stuhrmann, Harald Aschauer, Mara Stamenkovic, Monika Schloegelhofer, Anastasios Konstantinidis, Gholson J Lyon, William M McMahon, Csaba Barta, Zsanett Tarnok, Peter Nagy, James R Batterson, Renata Rizzo, Danielle C Cath, Tomasz Wolanczyk, Cheston Berlin, Irene A Malaty, Michael S Okun, Douglas W Woods, Elliott Rees, Carlos N Pato, Michele T Pato, James A Knowles, Danielle Posthuma, David L Pauls, Nancy J Cox, Benjamin M Neale, Nelson B Freimer, Peristera Paschou, Carol A Mathews, Jeremiah M Scharf, Giovanni Coppola
Tourette syndrome (TS) is a model neuropsychiatric disorder thought to arise from abnormal development and/or maintenance of cortico-striato-thalamo-cortical circuits. TS is highly heritable, but its underlying genetic causes are still elusive, and no genome-wide significant loci have been discovered to date. We analyzed a European ancestry sample of 2,434 TS cases and 4,093 ancestry-matched controls for rare (< 1% frequency) copy-number variants (CNVs) using SNP microarray data. We observed an enrichment of global CNV burden that was prominent for large (> 1 Mb), singleton events (OR = 2...
June 21, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641101/copy-number-variation-in-tourette-syndrome
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Anne S Bassett, Stephen W Scherer
In the current issue of Neuron, Huang et al. (2017) provide new insights from a consortium study of Tourette syndrome pinpointing copy number variations that are involved in the genomic architecture and implicate genes of interest.
June 21, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640937/dreams-and-creative-problem-solving
#6
Deirdre Barrett
Dreams have produced art, music, novels, films, mathematical proofs, designs for architecture, telescopes, and computers. Dreaming is essentially our brain thinking in another neurophysiologic state-and therefore it is likely to solve some problems on which our waking minds have become stuck. This neurophysiologic state is characterized by high activity in brain areas associated with imagery, so problems requiring vivid visualization are also more likely to get help from dreaming. This article reviews great historical dreams and modern laboratory research to suggest how dreams can aid creativity and problem-solving...
June 22, 2017: Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640922/changes-in-hemp-secondary-fiber-production-related-to-technical-fiber-variability-revealed-by-light-microscopy-and-attenuated-total-reflectance-fourier-transform-infrared-spectroscopy
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Eva Fernandez-Tendero, Arnaud Day, Sandrine Legros, Anouck Habrant, Simon Hawkins, Brigitte Chabbert
Interest in hemp (Cannabis sativa L.) is increasing due to the development of a new range of industrial applications based on bast fibers. However the variability of bast fiber yield and quality represents an important barrier to further exploitation. Primary and secondary fiber content was examined in two commercial hemp varieties (Fedora 17, Santhica 27) grown under contrasted sowing density and irrigation conditions. Both growing conditions and hemp varieties impact stem tissue architecture with a large effect on the proportion of secondary fibers but not primary fibers...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640829/an-exploration-of-collaborative-scientific-production-at-mit-through-spatial-organization-and-institutional-affiliation
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Matthew Claudel, Emanuele Massaro, Paolo Santi, Fiona Murray, Carlo Ratti
Academic research is increasingly cross-disciplinary and collaborative, between and within institutions. In this context, what is the role and relevance of an individual's spatial position on a campus? We examine the collaboration patterns of faculty at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, through their academic output (papers and patents), and their organizational structures (institutional affiliation and spatial configuration) over a 10-year time span. An initial comparison of output types reveals: 1...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640803/brain-network-eigenmodes-provide-a-robust-and-compact-representation-of-the-structural-connectome-in-health-and-disease
#9
Maxwell B Wang, Julia P Owen, Pratik Mukherjee, Ashish Raj
Recent research has demonstrated the use of the structural connectome as a powerful tool to characterize the network architecture of the brain and potentially generate biomarkers for neurologic and psychiatric disorders. In particular, the anatomic embedding of the edges of the cerebral graph have been postulated to elucidate the relative importance of white matter tracts to the overall network connectivity, explaining the varying effects of localized white matter pathology on cognition and behavior. Here, we demonstrate the use of a linear diffusion model to quantify the impact of these perturbations on brain connectivity...
June 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640586/self-supported-bi2moo6-nanowall-for-photoelectrochemical-water-splitting
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Minghong Wu, Yuxi Wang, Yang Xu, Jie Ming, Min Zhou, Rui Xu, Qun Fu, Yong Lei
Nanowall has been regarded as a promising architecture for highly efficient photoelectrochemical (PEC) water splitting due to various superiorities, such as open geometry, highly reactive facets, independent contact with current collector etc. Here, vertically aligned Bi2MoO6 nanosheet array, which is also called nanowall, is first achieved directly on the ITO glass by a facile solvothermal approach. The structural features not only offer multiple superiorities for PEC processes, and also provide the bridge for in-depth insights of intrinsic features of Bi2MoO6 photoanodes...
June 22, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640578/the-insect-analogue-to-the-lotus-leaf-a-planthopper-wing-membrane-incorporating-a-low-adhesion-non-wetting-superhydrophobic-bactericidal-and-biocompatible-surface
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Gregory Shaun Watson, David W Green, Bronwen W Cribb, Christopher Leslie Brown, Christopher Merritt, Mark James Tobin, Jitraporn Vongsvivut, Ming-Xia Sun, Alping Liang, Jolanta Anna Watson
Nature has produced many intriguing and spectacular surfaces at the micro and nanoscales. These small surface decorations act for a singular or, in most cases, a range of functions. The minute landscape found on the lotus leaf is one such example, displaying anti-wetting behaviour and low adhesion with foreign particulate matter. Indeed the lotus leaf has often been considered the 'benchmark' for such properties. One could expect that there are animal counterparts of this self-drying and self-cleaning surface system...
June 22, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637173/crystallographic-analyses-illustrate-significant-plasticity-and-efficient-recoding-of-meganuclease-target-specificity
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Rachel Werther, Jazmine P Hallinan, Abigail R Lambert, Kyle Havens, Mark Pogson, Jordan Jarjour, Roberto Galizi, Nikolai Windbichler, Andrea Crisanti, Tony Nolan, Barry L Stoddard
The retargeting of protein-DNA specificity, outside of extremely modular DNA binding proteins such as TAL effectors, has generally proved to be quite challenging. Here, we describe structural analyses of five different extensively retargeted variants of a single homing endonuclease, that have been shown to function efficiently in ex vivo and in vivo applications. The redesigned proteins harbor mutations at up to 53 residues (18%) of their amino acid sequence, primarily distributed across the DNA binding surface, making them among the most significantly reengineered ligand-binding proteins to date...
June 20, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637044/depressed-patients-hospitalized-in-southeast-facing-rooms-are-discharged-earlier-than-patients-in-northwest-facing-rooms
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Krzysztof Gbyl, Helle Østergaard Madsen, Signe Dunker Svendsen, Paul Michael Petersen, Ida Hageman, Carlo Volf, Klaus Martiny
BACKGROUND AND AIM: Improvement in patients admitted to inpatient wards with severe depression is slow, and such patients are often discharged with residual symptoms which put them at risk for relapse. New treatments that can speed up recovery are highly desired. This naturalistic follow-up study in a specialized affective disorders unit investigated the impact of daylight on the length of hospital stay and improvement of depression. METHODS: For a period of 1 year, we collected data on sociodemographics, length of stay, vitamin D, and depression severity for patients in an inpatient affective disorders unit...
June 22, 2017: Neuropsychobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636938/the-ldb1-complex-co-opts-ctcf-for-erythroid-lineage-specific-long-range-enhancer-interactions
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Jongjoo Lee, Ivan Krivega, Ryan K Dale, Ann Dean
Lineage-specific transcription factors are critical for long-range enhancer interactions, but direct or indirect contributions of architectural proteins such as CCCTC-binding factor (CTCF) to enhancer function remain less clear. The LDB1 complex mediates enhancer-gene interactions at the β-globin locus through LDB1 self-interaction. We find that an LDB1-bound enhancer upstream of carbonic anhydrase 2 (Car2) activates its expression by interacting directly with CTCF at the gene promoter. Both LDB1 and CTCF are required for enhancer-Car2 looping, and the domain of LDB1 contacted by CTCF is necessary to rescue Car2 transcription in LDB1-deficient cells...
June 20, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636926/enhanced-human-bone-marrow-mesenchymal-stromal-cell-adhesion-on-scaffolds-promotes-cell-survival-and-bone-formation
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Miryam Mebarki, Laura Coquelin, Pierre Layrolle, Séverine Battaglia, Marine Tossou, Philippe Hernigou, Hélène Rouard, Nathalie Chevallier
In order to induce an efficient bone formation with human bone marrow mesenchymal stromal cells (hBMSC) associated to a scaffold, it is crucial to determine the key points of the hBMSC action after in vivo transplantation as well as the appropriate features of a scaffold. To this aim we compared the hBMSC behavior when grafted onto two biomaterials allowing different bone potential in vivo. The cancellous devitalized Tutoplast®-processed bone (TPB) and the synthetic hydroxyapatite/β-tricalcium-phosphate (HA/βTCP) which give at 6 weeks 100% and 50% of bone formation respectively...
June 18, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636616/temnothorax-rugatulus-ant-colonies-consistently-vary-in-nest-structure-across-time-and-context
#16
Nicholas DiRienzo, Anna Dornhaus
A host of animals build architectural constructions. Such constructions frequently vary with environmental and individual/colony conditions, and their architecture directly influences behavior and fitness. The nests of ant colonies drive and enable many of their collective behaviors, and as such are part of their 'extended phenotype'. Since ant colonies have been recently shown to differ in behavior and life history strategy, we ask whether colonies differ in another trait: the architecture of the constructions they create...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636601/crystal-structure-of-the-potassium-importing-kdpfabc-membrane-complex
#17
Ching-Shin Huang, Bjørn Panyella Pedersen, David L Stokes
Cellular potassium import systems play a fundamental role in osmoregulation, pH homeostasis and membrane potential in all domains of life. In bacteria, the kdp operon encodes a four-subunit potassium pump that maintains intracellular homeostasis, cell shape and turgor under conditions in which potassium is limiting. This membrane complex, called KdpFABC, has one channel-like subunit (KdpA) belonging to the superfamily of potassium transporters and another pump-like subunit (KdpB) belonging to the superfamily of P-type ATPases...
June 21, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636597/phase-separation-drives-heterochromatin-domain-formation
#18
Amy R Strom, Alexander V Emelyanov, Mustafa Mir, Dmitry V Fyodorov, Xavier Darzacq, Gary H Karpen
Constitutive heterochromatin is an important component of eukaryotic genomes that has essential roles in nuclear architecture, DNA repair and genome stability, and silencing of transposon and gene expression. Heterochromatin is highly enriched for repetitive sequences, and is defined epigenetically by methylation of histone H3 at lysine 9 and recruitment of its binding partner heterochromatin protein 1 (HP1). A prevalent view of heterochromatic silencing is that these and associated factors lead to chromatin compaction, resulting in steric exclusion of regulatory proteins such as RNA polymerase from the underlying DNA...
June 21, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636596/selective-sp-3-c-h-alkylation-via-polarity-match-based-cross-coupling
#19
Chip Le, Yufan Liang, Ryan W Evans, Ximing Li, David W C MacMillan
The functionalization of carbon-hydrogen (C-H) bonds is one of the most attractive strategies for molecular construction in organic chemistry. The hydrogen atom is considered to be an ideal coupling handle, owing to its relative abundance in organic molecules and its availability for functionalization at almost any stage in a synthetic sequence. Although many C-H functionalization reactions involve C(sp(3))-C(sp(2)) coupling, there is a growing demand for C-H alkylation reactions, wherein sp(3) C-H bonds are replaced with sp(3) C-alkyl groups...
June 21, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636392/hybrid-cpu-gpu-integral-engine-for-strong-scaling-ab-initio-methods
#20
Jörg Kussmann, Christian Ochsenfeld
We present a parallel integral algorithm for two-electron contributions occurring in Hartree-Fock and hybrid density functional theory that allows for a strong scaling parallelization on inhomogeneous compute clusters. With a particular focus on graphic processing units, we show that our approach allows an efficient use of CPUs and graphics processing units (GPUs) simultaneously, although the different architectures demand conflictive strategies in order to ensure efficient program execution. Furthermore, we present a general strategy to use large basis sets like quadruple-ζ split valence on GPUs and investigate the balance between CPUs and GPUs depending on l-quantum numbers of the corresponding basis functions...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation
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