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Clint L Makino, Teresa Duda, Alexandre Pertzev, Rameshwar K Sharma
Our ability to see is based on the activity of retinal rod and cone photoreceptors. Rods function when there is very little light, while cones operate at higher light levels. Photon absorption by rhodopsin activates a biochemical cascade that converts photic energy into a change in the membrane potential of the cell by decreasing the levels of a second messenger, cGMP, that control the gating of cation channels. But just as important as the activation of the cascade are the shut-off and recovery processes. The timing of shutoff and recovery ultimately affects sensitivity, temporal resolution and even the capacity for counting single photons...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
Ayşegül Gündüz, Nurten Uzun, Feray Karaali-Savrun, Meral E Kızıltan
Background and objective We aimed to analyze the alterations in sensorimotor gating at brainstem after peripheral facial palsy (PFP). To examine sensorimotor gating, we used prepulse modulation (PPM) of blink reflex (BR). We also recorded BR recovery to identify excitability changes in the facial nucleus. Patients and method We included 33 patients and 39 recordings. Control group was composed of 16 healthy subjects. Simultaneous bilateral baseline BR, BR recovery at ISI of 300-ms and BR-PPM at ISI of 100-ms recordings were performed after stimulation of trigeminal nerve on right sides of healthy subjects and on both sides of patients...
March 21, 2018: Neurological Research
Zi-Jian Wu, Jie Wang, Wen-Xiu Duan, Chang-Ping Gong, Ling Hu
OBJECTIVE: To observe the effect of electroacupuncture (EA) stimulation of Heart and Lung meridians on the expression of hyperpolarization-activated cyclic nucleotide gated potassium channel 2 (HCN 2) mRNA and protein in the myocar-dium of the left ventricle in acute myocardial ischemia (AMI) rats, so as to underlying its mechanism in improving ischemic myocardial injury. METHODS: A total of 120 male SD rats were randomly divided into normal control, model, EA-Heart Meridian (HT) and EA-Lung Meridian (LU) groups ( n =30 rats in each group)...
March 25, 2018: Zhen Ci Yan Jiu, Acupuncture Research
Mark F McCarty, James H O'Keefe, James J DiNicolantonio
Background: Glutathione is a key scavenging antioxidant that opposes the proinflammatory signaling of hydrogen peroxide. Boosting cellular glutathione levels may have broad utility in the prevention and treatment of disorders driven by oxidative stress. Supplemental N-acetylcysteine has been employed for this purpose. Could supplemental glycine likewise promote glutathione synthesis? Methods: We conducted a review of the pertinent literature using PubMed. Results: Tissue glycine levels are lower than the glutathione synthase Michaelis constant (Km ) for glycine...
2018: Ochsner Journal
Peter Schnauber, Johannes Schall, Samir Bounouar, Theresa Höhne, Suk-In Park, Geun-Hwan Ryu, Tobias Heindel, Sven Burger, Jin Dong Song, Sven Rodt, Stephan Reitzenstein
The development of multi-node quantum optical circuits has attracted great attention in recent years. In particular, interfacing quantum-light sources, gates and detectors on a single chip is highly desirable for the realization of large networks. In this context, fabrication techniques that enable the deterministic integration of pre-selected quantum-light emitters into nanophotonic elements play a key role when moving forward to circuits containing multiple emitters. Here, we present the deterministic integration of an InAs quantum dot into a 50/50 multi-mode interference beamsplitter via in-situ electron beam lithography...
March 20, 2018: Nano Letters
Michaela Lichtenegger, Oleksandra Tiapko, Barbora Svobodova, Thomas Stockner, Toma N Glasnov, Wolfgang Schreibmayer, Dieter Platzer, Gema Guedes de la Cruz, Sarah Krenn, Romana Schober, Niroj Shrestha, Rainer Schindl, Christoph Romanin, Klaus Groschner
Transient receptor potential canonical (TRPC) channels TRPC3, TRPC6 and TRPC7 are able to sense the lipid messenger diacylglycerol (DAG). The DAG-sensing and lipid-gating processes in these ion channels are still unknown. To gain insights into the lipid-sensing principle, we generated a DAG photoswitch, OptoDArG, that enabled efficient control of TRPC3 by light. A structure-guided mutagenesis screen of the TRPC3 pore domain unveiled a single glycine residue behind the selectivity filter (G652) that is exposed to lipid through a subunit-joining fenestration...
March 19, 2018: Nature Chemical Biology
Alisa Javadi, Dapeng Ding, Martin Hayhurst Appel, Sahand Mahmoodian, Matthias Christian Löbl, Immo Söllner, Rüdiger Schott, Camille Papon, Tommaso Pregnolato, Søren Stobbe, Leonardo Midolo, Tim Schröder, Andreas Dirk Wieck, Arne Ludwig, Richard John Warburton, Peter Lodahl
The spin of an electron is a promising memory state and qubit. Connecting spin states that are spatially far apart will enable quantum nodes and quantum networks based on the electron spin. Towards this goal, an integrated spin-photon interface would be a major leap forward as it combines the memory capability of a single spin with the efficient transfer of information by photons. Here, we demonstrate such an efficient and optically programmable interface between the spin of an electron in a quantum dot and photons in a nanophotonic waveguide...
March 19, 2018: Nature Nanotechnology
T Einfalt, D Witzigmann, C Edlinger, S Sieber, R Goers, A Najer, M Spulber, O Onaca-Fischer, J Huwyler, C G Palivan
Despite tremendous efforts to develop stimuli-responsive enzyme delivery systems, their efficacy has been mostly limited to in vitro applications. Here we introduce, by using an approach of combining biomolecules with artificial compartments, a biomimetic strategy to create artificial organelles (AOs) as cellular implants, with endogenous stimuli-triggered enzymatic activity. AOs are produced by inserting protein gates in the membrane of polymersomes containing horseradish peroxidase enzymes selected as a model for natures own enzymes involved in the redox homoeostasis...
March 19, 2018: Nature Communications
Lorenzo Galluzzi, Claire Vanpouille-Box
Large BAX/BAK pores that form during apoptosis enable mitochondrial nucleoids to access the cytosol, potentially leading to inflammatory signaling via CGAS. Under physiological conditions, however, BAX/BAK-dependent caspase activation rapidly dismantles dying cells to prevent inflammatory responses. BAX and BAK operate at the interface between apoptotic signaling and innate immunity control.
March 16, 2018: Trends in Cell Biology
Jun Beom Kim, Jinshu Li, Yongsuk Choi, Dongmok Whang, Euyheon Hwang, Jeong Ho Cho
We investigate the electric transport in a graphene-organic dye hybrid and the formation of p-n junctions. In the conventional approach, graphene p-n junctions are produced by using multiple electrostatic gates or local chemical doping, which produce different types of carriers in graphene. Instead of using multiple gates or typical chemical doping, a different approach to fabricate p-n junctions is proposed. The approach is based on optical gating of the photosensitive dye molecules; this method can produce a well-defined sharp junction...
March 19, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Chia-Hsiung Cheng, Mei-Yin Lin, Shiou-Han Yang
Age-related deficiency in the top-down modulation of cognitive inhibition has been extensively documented, whereas the effects of age on a bottom-up or automatic operation of inhibitory function were less investigated. It is unknown that whether the older adults (OA)' reduced behavioral performance and neural responses are due to the insufficient bottom-up processes. Compared to behavioral assessments which have been widely used to examine the top-down control of response inhibition, electrophysiological recordings are more suitable to probe the early-stage processes of automatic inhibitory function...
2018: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
Dexter R F Irvine
Perceptual learning, improvement in discriminative ability as a consequence of training, is one of the forms of sensory system plasticity that has driven profound changes in our conceptualization of sensory cortical function. Psychophysical and neurophysiological studies of auditory perceptual learning have indicated that the characteristics of the learning, and by implication the nature of the underlying neural changes, are highly task specific. Some studies in animals have indicated that recruitment of neurons to the population responding to the training stimuli, and hence an increase in the so-called cortical "area of representation" of those stimuli, is the substrate of improved performance, but such changes have not been observed in other studies...
March 12, 2018: Hearing Research
Feifei Zhang, Wei Yang, Yuetao Wang, Haipeng Tang, Jianfeng Wang, Xiaoliang Shao, Ziyi Wang, Xiaoying Zhang, Ling Yang, Xiaosong Wang, Weihua Zhou
OBJECTIVE: Left ventricular mechanical dyssynchrony (LVMD) is an important factor in the prognosis of patients with myocardial infarction (MI). The aim of this study is to identify the influencing factors of LVMD in MI patients by radionuclide myocardial imaging. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: This study consisted of 91 patients who had a history of definite prior MI and underwent both technetium-99m methoxyisobutylisonitrile (99m Tc-MIBI) gated single photon emission tomography (SPET) myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) and18 F-FDG positron emission tomography (PET) myocardial metabolic imaging...
March 20, 2018: Hellenic Journal of Nuclear Medicine
G Gronchi, S Righi, L Pierguidi, F Giovannelli, I Murasecco, M P Viggiano
The positivity effect in the elderly consists of an attentional preference for positive information as well as avoidance of negative information. Extant theories predict either that the positivity effect depends on controlled attentional processes (socio-emotional selectivity theory), or on an automatic gating selection mechanism (dynamic integration theory). This study examined the role of automatic and controlled attention in the positivity effect. Two dot-probe tasks (with the duration of the stimuli lasting 100 ms and 500 ms, respectively) were employed to compare the attentional bias of 35 elderly people to that of 35 young adults...
March 14, 2018: Acta Psychologica
Firdausi Qadri, Mohammad Ali, Julia Lynch, Fahima Chowdhury, Ashraful Islam Khan, Thomas F Wierzba, Jean-Louis Excler, Amit Saha, Md Taufiqul Islam, Yasmin A Begum, Taufiqur R Bhuiyan, Farhana Khanam, Mohiul I Chowdhury, Iqbal Ansary Khan, Alamgir Kabir, Baizid Khoorshid Riaz, Afroza Akter, Arifuzzaman Khan, Muhammad Asaduzzaman, Deok Ryun Kim, Ashraf U Siddik, Nirod C Saha, Alejandro Cravioto, Ajit P Singh, John D Clemens
BACKGROUND: A single-dose regimen of inactivated whole-cell oral cholera vaccine (OCV) is attractive because it reduces logistical challenges for vaccination and could enable more people to be vaccinated. Previously, we reported the efficacy of a single dose of an OCV vaccine during the 6 months following dosing. Herein, we report the results of 2 years of follow-up. METHODS: In this placebo-controlled, double-blind trial done in Dhaka, Bangladesh, individuals aged 1 year or older with no history of receipt of OCV were randomly assigned to receive a single dose of inactivated OCV or oral placebo...
March 14, 2018: Lancet Infectious Diseases
Kazuhiro Yanagi, Ryotaro Okada, Yota Ichinose, Yohei Yomogida, Fumiya Katsutani, Weilu Gao, Junichiro Kono
Confined electrons collectively oscillate in response to light, resulting in a plasmon resonance whose frequency is determined by the electron density and the size and shape of the confinement structure. Plasmons in metallic particles typically occur in the classical regime where the characteristic quantum level spacing is negligibly small compared to the plasma frequency. In doped semiconductor quantum wells, quantum plasmon excitations can be observed, where the quantization energy exceeds the plasma frequency...
March 16, 2018: Nature Communications
Tian Yang, Ji-Eun Choi, Daniel Soh, Kevin Tobin, Mei-Ling Joiner, Marlan Hansen, Amy Lee
CaBP1 is a Ca2+ binding protein that is widely expressed in neurons in the brain, retina, and cochlea. In heterologous expression systems, CaBP1 interacts with and regulates voltage-gated Cav Ca2+ channels but whether this is the case in neurons is unknown. Here, we investigated the cellular functions of CaBP1 in cochlear spiral ganglion neurons (SGNs), which express high levels of CaBP1. Consistent with the role of CaBP1 as a suppressor of Ca2+ -dependent inactivation (CDI) of Cav 1 (L-type) channels, Cav 1 currents underwent greater CDI in SGNs from mice lacking CaBP1 (C-KO) than in wild-type (WT) SGNs...
March 13, 2018: Molecular and Cellular Neurosciences
N S Maslova, P I Arseyev, V N Mantsevich
Here we demonstrate that the dynamics of few-electron states in a correlated quantum-dot system coupled to an electronic reservoir is governed by the symmetry properties of the total system leading to the collective behavior of all the electrons. Time evolution of two-electron states in a correlated double quantum dot after coupling to the reservoir has been analyzed by means of kinetic equations for pseudoparticle occupation numbers with constraint on possible physical states. It was revealed that the absolute value of the spin correlation function and the degree of entanglement for two-electron states could considerably increase after coupling to the reservoir...
February 2018: Physical Review. E
Sana Amhimmid Badr, Maryan Waheeb Fahmi, Manal Mahmoud Nomir, Mamdouh Mohammad El-Shishtawy
Objective: Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is the fifth most common malignancy worldwide. The identification of new simple, inexpensive and highly accurate markers for HCC diagnosis and screening is needed. This case-control study evaluates the role of annexin A2 and voltage-gated calcium channels α2δ1 subunit as serum biomarkers for HCC diagnosis. Methods: The study comprised three groups: group 1, 50 patients with an initial diagnosis of HCC associated with chronic hepatitis C virus infection; group 2, 25 patients diagnosed with chronic hepatitis C virus infection and cirrhosis without any evidence of HCC; and group 3, 15 healthy controls...
February 2018: Cancer Biology & Medicine
Bailin Liu, Ruixiu Shi, Xiang Li, Yanping Liu, Xueqin Feng, Xueyi Chen, Xiaorong Fan, Yingying Zhang, Wenna Zhang, Jiaqi Tang, Xiuwen Zhou, Na Li, Xiyuan Lu, Zhice Xu
BACKGROUND: Prenatal hypoxia is suggested to be associated with increased risks of hypertension in offspring. This study tested whether prenatal hypoxia resulted in salt-sensitive offspring and its related mechanisms of vascular ion channel remodeling. METHODS AND RESULTS: Pregnant rats were housed in a normoxic (21% O2 ) or hypoxic (10.5% O2 ) chamber from gestation days 5 to 21. A subset of male offspring received a high-salt diet (8% NaCl) from 4 to 12 weeks after birth...
March 15, 2018: Journal of the American Heart Association
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