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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340280/gap-junctions-in-epilepsy-for-better-or-worse
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EDITORIAL
Bernard Dan
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January 2017: Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339614/integrin-linked-kinase-regulates-syncytialization-of-bewo-trophoblast-cells%C3%A2
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Trina M Butler, Justin A Pater, Daniel J MacPhee
During placental development, mononuclear villous cytotrophoblast cells differentiate and fuse with the overlying syncytiotrophoblast. This process requires the dissolution of E-cadherin (CDH1)-containing adherens junctions in cytotrophoblast. Integrin linked kinase (ILK) can downregulate CDH1 through poly (ADP-ribose) polymerase 1 (PARP1) and Snail-1 (SNAI1) during epithelial-mesenchymal transition. ILK is known to be expressed in cytotrophoblast; thus, the role of a potential ILK-PARP1-SNAI1 pathway in aiding trophoblast syncytialization via the downregulation of CDH1 was examined...
January 27, 2017: Biology of Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339476/transgenic-mice-overexpressing-desmocollin-2-dsc2-develop-cardiomyopathy-associated-with-myocardial-inflammation-and-fibrotic-remodeling
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Andreas Brodehl, Darrell D Belke, Lauren Garnett, Kristina Martens, Nelly Abdelfatah, Marcela Rodriguez, Catherine Diao, Yong-Xiang Chen, Paul M K Gordon, Anders Nygren, Brenda Gerull
BACKGROUND: Arrhythmogenic cardiomyopathy is an inherited heart muscle disorder leading to ventricular arrhythmias and heart failure, mainly as a result of mutations in cardiac desmosomal genes. Desmosomes are cell-cell junctions mediating adhesion of cardiomyocytes; however, the molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying the disease remain widely unknown. Desmocollin-2 is a desmosomal cadherin serving as an anchor molecule required to reconstitute homeostatic intercellular adhesion with desmoglein-2...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339246/impact-of-atomic-scale-contact-geometry-on-andreev-reflection
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J Brand, P Ribeiro, N Néel, S Kirchner, J Kröger
Charge transport has been examined in junctions comprising the normal-metal tip of a low-temperature scanning tunneling microscope, the surface of a conventional superconductor, and adsorbed C_{60} molecules. The Bardeen-Cooper-Schrieffer energy gap gradually evolves into a zero-bias peak with decreasing electrode separation. The peak is assigned to the spectroscopic signature of Andreev reflection. The conductance due to Andreev reflection is determined by the atomic termination of the tip apex and the molecular adsorption orientation...
March 10, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335502/catechins-and-their-therapeutic-benefits-to-inflammatory-bowel-disease
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REVIEW
Fei-Yan Fan, Li-Xuan Sang, Min Jiang
Catechins are natural polyphenolic phytochemicals that exist in food and medicinal plants, such as tea, legume and rubiaceae. An increasing number of studies have associated the intake of catechins-rich foods with the prevention and treatment of chronic diseases in humans, such as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Some studies have demonstrated that catechins could significantly inhibit the excessive oxidative stress through direct or indirect antioxidant effects and promote the activation of the antioxidative substances such as glutathione peroxidases (GPO) and glutathione (GSH), reducing the oxidative damages to the colon...
March 19, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335273/nanostructured-solar-cells
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EDITORIAL
Guanying Chen, Zhijun Ning, Hans Ågren
We are glad to announce the Special Issue "Nanostructured Solar Cells", published in Nanomaterials. This issue consists of eight articles, two communications, and one review paper, covering major important aspects of nanostructured solar cells of varying types. From fundamental physicochemical investigations to technological advances, and from single junction solar cells (silicon solar cell, dye sensitized solar cell, quantum dots sensitized solar cell, and small molecule organic solar cell) to tandem multi-junction solar cells, all aspects are included and discussed in this issue to advance the use of nanotechnology to improve the performance of solar cells with reduced fabrication costs...
August 9, 2016: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335225/enhancing-the-photocurrent-of-top-cell-by-ellipsoidal-silver-nanoparticles-towards-current-matched-gainp-gainas-ge-triple-junction-solar-cells
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Yiming Bai, Lingling Yan, Jun Wang, Lin Su, Zhigang Yin, Nuofu Chen, Yuanyuan Liu
A way to increase the photocurrent of top-cell is crucial for current-matched and highly-efficient GaInP/GaInAs/Ge triple-junction solar cells. Herein, we demonstrate that ellipsoidal silver nanoparticles (Ag NPs) with better extinction performance and lower fabrication temperature can enhance the light harvest of GaInP/GaInAs/Ge solar cells compared with that of spherical Ag NPs. In this method, appropriate thermal treatment parameters for Ag NPs without inducing the dopant diffusion of the tunnel-junction plays a decisive role...
May 25, 2016: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334874/efficient-cnv-breakpoint-analysis-reveals-unexpected-structural-complexity-and-correlation-of-dosage-sensitive-genes-with-clinical-severity-in-genomic-disorders
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Ling Zhang, Jingmin Wang, Cheng Zhang, Dongxiao Li, Claudia M B Carvalho, Haoran Ji, Jianqiu Xiao, Ye Wu, Weichen Zhou, Hongyan Wang, Li Jin, Yang Luo, Xiru Wu, James R Lupski, Feng Zhang, Yuwu Jiang
Genomic disorders are the clinical conditions manifested by submicroscopic genomic rearrangements including copy number variants (CNVs). The CNVs can be identified by array-based comparative genomic hybridization (aCGH), the most commonly used technology for molecular diagnostics of genomic disorders. However, clinical aCGH only informs CNVs in the probe interrogated regions. Neither orientational information nor the resulting genomic rearrangement structure is provided, which is a key to uncovering mutational and pathogenic mechanisms underlying genomic disorders...
March 14, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334782/golgi-retained-cx32-mutants-interfere-with-gene-addition-therapy-for-cmt1x
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Styliana Kyriakoudi, Irene Sargiannidou, Alexia Kagiava, Margarita Olympiou, Kleopas A Kleopa
Numerous GJB1 gene mutations cause the X-linked form of Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease (CMT1X). GJB1 encodes connexin32 (Cx32), which forms trans-myelin gap junctions in Schwann cells. Most GJB1 mutations result in loss-of-function mechanisms, supporting the concept of gene replacement therapy. However, interactions between delivered wild type and endogenously expressed mutant Cx32 may potentially occur in the setting of gene replacement therapy. In order to screen for possible interactions of several representative CMT1X mutants with wild type Cx32 that may interfere with functional gap junction formation, we established an in vitro screening method co-expressing in HeLa cells wild type Cx32 and one of eight different Cx32 mutants including A39P, A39V, T55I, R75W, M93V, L143P, N175D and R183S...
February 21, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334606/gradual-suppression-of-transcytosis-governs-functional-blood-retinal-barrier-formation
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Brian Wai Chow, Chenghua Gu
Blood-central nervous system (CNS) barriers partition neural tissues from the blood, providing a homeostatic environment for proper neural function. The endothelial cells that form blood-CNS barriers have specialized tight junctions and low rates of transcytosis to limit the flux of substances between blood and CNS. However, the relative contributions of these properties to CNS barrier permeability are unknown. Here, by studying functional blood-retinal barrier (BRB) formation in mice, we found that immature vessel leakage occurs entirely through transcytosis, as specialized tight junctions are functional as early as vessel entry into the CNS...
March 22, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334604/the-potential-role-of-gap-junctional-plasticity-in-the-regulation-of-state
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REVIEW
Philippe Coulon, Carole E Landisman
Electrical synapses are the functional correlate of gap junctions and allow transmission of small molecules and electrical current between coupled neurons. Instead of static pores, electrical synapses are actually plastic, similar to chemical synapses. In the thalamocortical system, gap junctions couple inhibitory neurons that are similar in their biochemical profile, morphology, and electrophysiological properties. We postulate that electrical synaptic plasticity among inhibitory neurons directly interacts with the switching between different firing patterns in a state-dependent and type-dependent manner...
March 22, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334547/origin-of-cam-morphology-in-femoroacetabular-impingement
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William Z Morris, Ryan T Li, Raymond W Liu, Michael J Salata, James T Voos
Cam morphology of the proximal femur is an abnormal contour of the femoral head-neck junction present in approximately 15% to 25% of the asymptomatic population, predominantly in males. Alpha angle and femoral head-neck offset ratio are 2 objective measurement tools that define cam morphology. Both primary (idiopathic) and secondary cam deformity develops through distinct mechanisms. The cause of primary (idiopathic) cam morphology remains incompletely understood. Mounting evidence suggests that idiopathic cam morphology develops during adolescence through alterations in the capital femoral epiphysis in response to participation in vigorous sporting activity...
March 1, 2017: American Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334536/diode-characteristics-approaching-bulk-limits-in-gaas-nanowire-array-photodetectors
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Alan Cervantes Farrell, Pradeep Nuwan Senanayake, Xiao Meng, Nick Y Hsieh, Diana L Huffaker
We present the electrical properties of p-n junction photodetectors comprised of vertically oriented p-GaAs nanowire arrays on n-GaAs substrate. We measure an ideality factor as low as n = 1.0 and a rectification ratio > 10(8) across all devices, with some > 10(9), comparable to the best GaAs thin film photodetectors. Analysis of the Arrhenius plot of the saturation current yields an activation energy of 690 meV - approximately half the bandgap of GaAs - indicating generation-recombination current from mid-gap states is the primary contributor to the leakage current at low bias...
March 23, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334529/ballistic-one-dimensional-inas-nanowire-cross-junction-interconnects
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Johannes Gooth, Mattias Borg, Heinz Schmid, Vanessa Schaller, Stephan Wirths, Kirsten E Moselund, Mathieu Luisier, Siegfried Karg, Heike Riel
Coherent interconnection of quantum bits remains an ongoing challenge in quantum information technology. Envisioned hardware to achieve this goal is based on semiconductor nanowire (NW) circuits, comprising individual NW devices that are linked through ballistic interconnects. However, maintaining the sensitive ballistic conduction and confinement conditions across NW intersections is a non-trivial problem. Here, we go beyond the characterization of a single NW device and demonstrate ballistic 1D quantum transport in InAs NW cross-junctions, monolithically integrated on Si...
March 23, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334257/fast-clash-free-rna-conformational-morphing-using-molecular-junctions
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Amélie Héliou, Dominik Budday, Rasmus Fonseca, Henry van den Bedem
Motivation: Non-coding ribonucleic acids (ncRNA) are functional RNA molecules that are not translated into protein. They are extremely dynamic, adopting diverse conformational substates, which enables them to modulate their interaction with a large number of other molecules. The flexibility of ncRNA provides a challenge for probing their complex 3D conformational landscape, both experimentally and computationally. Despite their conformational diversity, ncRNAs mostly preserve their secondary structure throughout the dynamic ensemble...
March 13, 2017: Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334217/testosterone-effects-on-the-brain-in-transgender-men
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Sarah M Burke, Amir H Manzouri, Cecilia Dhejne, Karin Bergström, Stefan Arver, Jamie D Feusner, Ivanka Savic-Berglund
Transgender individuals experience incongruence between their gender identity and birth-assigned sex. The resulting gender dysphoria (GD), which some gender-incongruent individuals experience, is theorized to be a consequence of atypical cerebral sexual differentiation, but support for this assertion is inconsistent. We recently found that GD is associated with disconnected networks involved in self-referential thinking and own body perception. Here, we investigate how these networks in trans men (assigned female at birth with male gender identity) are affected by testosterone...
March 10, 2017: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334189/neural-mechanisms-for-the-benefits-of-stimulus-driven-attention
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Katelyn M Wills, Jingtai Liu, Jonathan Hakun, David C Zhu, Eliot Hazeltine, Susan M Ravizza
Stimulus-driven attention can improve working memory (WM) when drawn to behaviorally relevant information, but the neural mechanisms underlying this effect are unclear. The present study used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to test competing hypotheses regarding the nature of the benefits of stimulus-driven attention to WM: that stimulus-driven attention benefits WM directly via salience detection, that stimulus-driven attention benefits WM incidentally via cognitive control mechanisms recruited to reduce interference from salient features, or that both mechanisms are co-involved in enhancing WM for salient information...
October 5, 2016: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334140/circular-rna-identification-based-on-multiple-seed-matching
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Yuan Gao, Jinyang Zhang, Fangqing Zhao
Computational detection methods have been widely used in studies on the biogenesis and the function of circular RNAs (circRNAs). However, all of the existing tools showed disadvantages on certain aspects of circRNA detection. Here, we propose an improved multithreading detection tool, CIRI2, which used an adapted maximum likelihood estimation based on multiple seed matching to identify back-spliced junction reads and to filter false positives derived from repetitive sequences and mapping errors. We established objective assessment criteria based on real data from RNase R-treated samples and systematically compared 10 circular detection tools, which demonstrated that CIRI2 outperformed its previous version CIRI and all other widely used tools, featured with remarkably balanced sensitivity, reliability, duration and RAM usage...
February 28, 2017: Briefings in Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333391/high-performance-nonfullerene-polymer-solar-cells-based-on-imide-functionalized-wide-bandgap-polymers
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Baobing Fan, Kai Zhang, Xiao-Fang Jiang, Lei Ying, Fei Huang, Yong Cao
High-performance nonfullerene polymer solar cells (PSCs) are developed by integrating the nonfullerene electron-accepting material 3,9-bis(2-methylene-(3-(1,1-dicyanomethylene)-indanone))-5,5,11,11-tetrakis(4-hexylphenyl)-dithieno[2,3-d:2',3'-d']-s-indaceno[1,2-b:5,6-b']dithiophne) (ITIC) with a wide-bandgap electron-donating polymer PTzBI or PTzBI-DT, which consists of an imide functionalized benzotriazole (TzBI) building block. Detailed investigations reveal that the extension of conjugation can affect the optical and electronic properties, molecular aggregation properties, charge separation in the bulk-heterojunction films, and thus the overall photovoltaic performances...
March 23, 2017: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333335/saccharomyces-boulardii-cncm-i-745-restores-intestinal-barrier-integrity-by-regulation-of-e-cadherin-recycling
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Chloé Terciolo, Aurélie Dobric, Mehdi Ouaissi, Carole Siret, Gilles Breuzard, Françoise Silvy, Bastien Marchiori, Sébastien Germain, Renaté Bonier, Adel Hama, Roisin Owens, Dominique Lombardo, Véronique Rigot, Frédéric André
Background and Aims: Alteration in intestinal permeability is the main factor underlying the pathogenesis of many diseases affecting the gut, such as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Characterization of molecules targeting the restoration of intestinal barrier integrity is therefore vital for the development of alternative therapies. The yeast Saccharomyces boulardii CNCM I-745 (Sb), used to prevent and treat antibiotic-associated infectious and functional diarrhea, may have a beneficial effect in the treatment of IBD...
February 22, 2017: Journal of Crohn's & Colitis
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