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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647596/testing-the-physiological-plausibility-of-conflicting-psychological-models-of-response-inhibition-a-forward-inference-fmri-study
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Marion Criaud, Marieke Longcamp, Jean-Luc Anton, Bruno Nazarian, Muriel Roth, Guillaume Sescousse, Antonio P Strafella, Bénédicte Ballanger, Philippe Boulinguez
The neural mechanisms underlying response inhibition and related disorders are unclear and controversial for several reasons. First, it is a major challenge to assess the psychological bases of behaviour, and ultimately brain-behaviour relationships, of a function which is precisely intended to suppress overt measurable behaviours. Second, response inhibition is difficult to disentangle from other parallel processes involved in more general aspects of cognitive control. Consequently, different psychological and anatomo-functional models coexist, which often appear in conflict with each other even though they are not necessarily mutually exclusive...
June 21, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644638/ferroelectric-domain-patterning-controlled-schottky-junction-state-in-monolayer-mos_-2
#2
Zhiyong Xiao, Jingfeng Song, David K Ferry, Stephen Ducharme, Xia Hong
We exploit scanning-probe-controlled domain patterning in a ferroelectric top layer to induce nonvolatile modulation of the conduction characteristic of monolayer MoS_{2} between a transistor and a junction state. In the presence of a domain wall, MoS_{2} exhibits rectified I-V characteristics that are well described by the thermionic emission model. The induced Schottky barrier height Φ_{B}^{eff} varies from 0.38 to 0.57 eV and is tunable by a SiO_{2} global back gate, while the tuning range of Φ_{B}^{eff} depends sensitively on the conduction-band-tail trapping states...
June 9, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643891/direct-comparison-of-high-temporal-resolution-cine-mri-with-doppler-ultrasound-for-assessment-of-diastolic-dysfunction-in-mice
#3
Thomas A Roberts, Anthony N Price, Laurence H Jackson, Valerie Taylor, Anna L David, Mark F Lythgoe, Daniel J Stuckey
Diastolic dysfunction is a sensitive early indicator of heart failure and can provide additional data to conventional measures of systolic function. Transmitral Doppler ultrasound, which measures the one-dimensional flow of blood through the mitral valve, is currently the preferred method for the measurement of diastolic function, but the measurement of the left ventricular volume changes using high-temporal-resolution cinematic magnetic resonance imaging (CINE MRI) is an alternative approach which is emerging as a potentially more robust and user-independent technique...
June 23, 2017: NMR in Biomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642681/%C3%AE-1-containing-gaba-a-receptors-cluster-at-synapses-where-they-mediate-slower-synaptic-currents-than-%C3%AE-2-containing-gaba-a-receptors
#4
Christine L Dixon, Pankaj Sah, Angelo Keramidas, Joseph W Lynch, Nela Durisic
GABA-A receptors (GABAARs) are pentameric ligand-gated ion channels that are assembled mainly from α (α1-6), β (β1-3) and γ (γ1-3) subunits. Although GABAARs containing γ2L subunits mediate most of the inhibitory neurotransmission in the brain, significant expression of γ1 subunits is seen in the amygdala, pallidum and substantia nigra. However, the location and function of γ1-containing GABAARs in these regions remains unclear. In "artificial" synapses, where the subunit composition of postsynaptic receptors is specifically controlled, γ1 incorporation slows the synaptic current decay rate without affecting channel deactivation, suggesting that γ1-containing receptors are not clustered and therefore activated by diffuse neurotransmitter...
2017: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642338/cellular-distribution-and-function-of-ion-channels-involved-in-transport-processes-in-rat-tracheal-epithelium
#5
Anne Hahn, Johannes Faulhaber, Lalita Srisawang, Andreas Stortz, Johanna J Salomon, Marcus A Mall, Stephan Frings, Frank Möhrlen
Transport of water and electrolytes in airway epithelia involves chloride-selective ion channels, which are controlled either by cytosolic Ca(2+) or by cAMP The contributions of the two pathways to chloride transport differ among vertebrate species. Because rats are becoming more important as animal model for cystic fibrosis, we have examined how Ca(2+)- dependent and cAMP- dependent Cl(-) secretion is organized in the rat tracheal epithelium. We examined the expression of the Ca(2+)-gated Cl(-) channel anoctamin 1 (ANO1), the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) Cl(-) channel, the epithelial Na(+) channel ENaC, and the water channel aquaporin 5 (AQP5) in rat tracheal epithelium...
June 2017: Physiological Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642232/a-single-amino-acid-residue-at-transmembrane-domain-4-of-the-alpha-subunit-influences-carisoprodol-direct-gating-efficacy-at-gabaa-receptors
#6
Manoj Kumar, Manish Kumar, John Freund, Glenn H Dillon
The muscle relaxant carisoprodol (CSP, trade name Soma) has recently been controlled at the federal level as a Schedule IV drug due to its high abuse potential and consequences of misuse, such as withdrawal syndrome, delusions, seizures and even death. Recent work has shown that carisoprodol can directly gate and allosterically modulate the GABAA receptor. These actions are subunit-dependent; compared to other GABAA receptors, carisoprodol has nominal direct gating effects in α3β2γ2receptors. Here, using site-directed-mutagenesis and whole cell patch clamp electrophysiology in transiently transfected HEK293 cells, we examined the role of GABAA receptor α subunit transmembrane domain 4 (TM4) amino acids in direct gating and allosteric modulatory actions of carisoprodol...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639401/van-der-waals-epitaxial-growth-of-atomic-layered-hfs2-crystals-for-ultrasensitive-near-infrared-phototransistors
#7
Lei Fu, Feng Wang, Bin Wu, Nian Wu, Wei Huang, Hanlin Wang, Chuanhong Jin, Lin Zhuang, Jun He, Lei Fu, Yunqi Liu
As a member of the group IVB transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs) family, hafnium disulfide (HfS2 ) is recently predicted to exhibit higher carrier mobility and higher tunneling current density than group VIB (Mo and W) TMDs. However, the synthesis of high-quality HfS2 crystals, sparsely reported, has greatly hindered the development of this new field. Here, a facile strategy for controlled synthesis of high-quality atomic layered HfS2 crystals by van der Waals epitaxy is reported. Density functional theory calculations are applied to elucidate the systematic epitaxial growth process of the S-edge and Hf-edge...
June 22, 2017: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639246/atp-gated-p2x3-receptors-are-specialised-sensors-of-the-extracellular-environment
#8
Elsa Fabbretti
P2X3 receptors are ion channels expressed by autonomic and sensory nerves and specialised in transducing extracellular ATP signals. Structural data, together with functional and biochemical studies, suggest that conformational changes of P2X3 receptors upon agonist binding influence downstream intracellular molecular mechanisms relevant for neuronal responses. Activity of P2X3 receptors is implicated in pain, itch, asthma, cardiovascular dysfunction and other pathologies. The study of these receptors has therefore a large potential in the field of drug development and interdisciplinary efforts could clarify molecular mechanisms controlling P2X3 receptor function in different physiological or pathological contexts...
June 22, 2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638781/bioinspired-mechano-sensitive-macroporous-ceramic-sponge-for-logical-drug-and-cell-delivery
#9
Changlu Xu, Zhihao Wei, Huajian Gao, Yanjie Bai, Huiling Liu, Huilin Yang, Yuekun Lai, Lei Yang
On-demand, ultrahigh precision delivery of molecules and cells assisted by scaffold is a pivotal theme in the field of controlled release, but it remains extremely challenging for ceramic-based macroporous scaffolds that are prevalently used in regenerative medicine. Sea sponges (Phylum Porifera), whose bodies possess hierarchical pores or channels and organic/inorganic composite structures, can delicately control water intake/circulation and therefore achieve high precision mass transportation of food, oxygen, and wastes...
June 2017: Advanced Science (Weinheim, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638438/real-time-monitoring-of-ptahmgb-activity-in-poplar-transactivation-assays
#10
José M Ramos-Sánchez, Paolo M Triozzi, Alicia Moreno-Cortés, Daniel Conde, Mariano Perales, Isabel Allona
BACKGROUND: Precise control of gene expression is essential to synchronize plant development with the environment. In perennial plants, transcriptional regulation remains poorly understood, mainly due to the long time required to perform functional studies. Transcriptional reporters based on luciferase have been useful to study circadian and diurnal regulation of gene expression, both by transcription factors and chromatin remodelers. The high mobility group proteins are considered transcriptional chaperones that also modify the chromatin architecture...
2017: Plant Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638097/linking-the-rotation-of-a-rigid-body-to-the-schr%C3%A3-dinger-equation-the-quantum-tennis-racket-effect-and-beyond
#11
L Van Damme, D Leiner, P Mardešić, S J Glaser, D Sugny
The design of efficient and robust pulse sequences is a fundamental requirement in quantum control. Numerical methods can be used for this purpose, but with relatively little insight into the control mechanism. Here, we show that the free rotation of a classical rigid body plays a fundamental role in the control of two-level quantum systems by means of external electromagnetic pulses. For a state to state transfer, we derive a family of control fields depending upon two free parameters, which allow us to adjust the efficiency, the time and the robustness of the control process...
June 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637969/development-of-a-patient-derived-induced-pluripotent-stem-cell-model-for-the-investigation-of-scn5a-d1275n-related-cardiac-sodium-channelopathy
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Mamoru Hayano, Takeru Makiyama, Tsukasa Kamakura, Hiroshi Watanabe, Kenichi Sasaki, Shunsuke Funakoshi, Yimin Wuriyanghai, Suguru Nishiuchi, Takeshi Harita, Yuta Yamamoto, Hirohiko Kohjitani, Sayako Hirose, Fumika Yokoi, Jiarong Chen, Osamu Baba, Takahiro Horie, Kazuhisa Chonabayashi, Seiko Ohno, Futoshi Toyoda, Yoshinori Yoshida, Koh Ono, Minoru Horie, Takeshi Kimura
BACKGROUND: TheSCN5Agene encodes the α subunit of the cardiac voltage-gated sodium channel, NaV1.5. The missense mutation, D1275N, has been associated with a range of unusual phenotypes associated with reduced NaV1.5 function, including cardiac conduction disease and dilated cardiomyopathy. Curiously, the reported biophysical properties ofSCN5A-D1275N channels vary with experimental system.Methods and Results:First, using a human embryonic kidney (HEK) 293 cell-based heterologous expression system, theSCN5A-D1275N channels showed similar maximum sodium conductance but a significantly depolarizing shift of activation gate (+10 mV) compared to wild type...
June 20, 2017: Circulation Journal: Official Journal of the Japanese Circulation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637181/crosstalk-between-histone-modifications-indicates-that-inhibition-of-arginine-methyltransferase-carm1-activity-reverses-hiv-latency
#13
Zheng Zhang, Bryan C Nikolai, Leah A Gates, Sung Yun Jung, Edward B Siwak, Bin He, Andrew P Rice, Bert W O'Malley, Qin Feng
In eukaryotic cells, the gene expression status is strictly controlled by epigenetic modifications on chromatin. The repressive status of chromatin largely contributes to HIV latency. Studies have shown that modification of histone H3K27 acts as a key molecular switch for activation or suppression of many cellular genes. In this study, we found that K27-acetylated histone H3 specifically recruited Super Elongation Complex (SEC), the transcriptional elongation complex essential for HIV-1 long terminal repeat (LTR)-mediated and general cellular transcription...
June 20, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636601/crystal-structure-of-the-potassium-importing-kdpfabc-membrane-complex
#14
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/28635081/understanding-and-improving-photo-control-of-ion-channels-in-nociceptors-with-azobenzene-photoswitches
#15
Alexandre Mourot, Christian Herold, Michael A Kienzler, Richard H Kramer
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: We previously developed a photoisomerizable local anaesthetic, named QAQ, to gain rapid, optical control over pain signaling without involving genetic modification. In darkness or in green light, trans-QAQ blocks voltage-gated K(+) and Na(+) channels and silences action potentials in pain-sensing neurons. Upon photoisomerization to cis with near UV light, QAQ blockade is rapidly relieved and neuronal activity is restored. However, the molecular mechanism of cis and trans QAQ blockade is not known...
June 20, 2017: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630651/improving-antiretroviral-therapy-adherence-in-resource-limited-settings-at-scale-a-discussion-of-interventions-and-recommendations
#16
Jessica E Haberer, Lora Sabin, K Rivet Amico, Catherine Orrell, Omar Galárraga, Alexander C Tsai, Rachel C Vreeman, Ira Wilson, Nadia A Sam-Agudu, Terrence F Blaschke, Bernard Vrijens, Claude A Mellins, Robert H Remien, Sheri D Weiser, Elizabeth Lowenthal, Michael J Stirratt, Papa Salif Sow, Bruce Thomas, Nathan Ford, Edward Mills, Richard Lester, Jean B Nachega, Bosco Mwebesa Bwana, Fred Ssewamala, Lawrence Mbuagbaw, Paula Munderi, Elvin Geng, David R Bangsberg
Introduction: Successful population-level antiretroviral therapy (ART) adherence will be necessary to realize both the clinical and prevention benefits of antiretroviral scale-up and, ultimately, the end of AIDS. Although many people living with HIV are adhering well, others struggle and most are likely to experience challenges in adherence that may threaten virologic suppression at some point during lifelong therapy. Despite the importance of ART adherence, supportive interventions have generally not been implemented at scale...
2017: Journal of the International AIDS Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629208/breaking-through-the-multi-mesa-channel-width-limited-of-normally-off-gan-hemts-through-modulation-of-the-via-hole-length
#17
Cheng-Yen Chien, Wen-Hsin Wu, Yao-Hong You, Jun-Huei Lin, Chia-Yu Lee, Wen-Ching Hsu, Chieh-Hsiung Kuan, Ray-Ming Lin
We present new normally off GaN high-electron-mobility transistors (HEMTs) that overcome the typical limitations in multi-mesa-channel (MMC) width through modulation of the via-hole-length to regulate the charge neutrality screen effect. We have prepared enhancement-mode (E-mode) GaN HEMTs having widths of up to 300 nm, based on an enhanced surface pinning effect. E-mode GaN HEMTs having MMC structures and widths as well as via-hole-lengths of 100 nm/2 μm and 300 nm/6 μm, respectively, exhibited positive threshold voltages (V th) of 0...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628372/suicide-intervention-training-for-college-staff-program-evaluation-and-intervention-skill-measurement
#18
Laura Shannonhouse, Yung-Wei Dennis Lin, Kelly Shaw, Reema Wanna, Michael Porter
OBJECTIVE: Suicide remains a pressing issue for college communities. Consequently, gate-keeper trainings are often provided for staff. This study examines the effect of one such program, Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST). PARTICIPANTS: 51 college employees received ASIST in August of 2014 and were compared to 30 wait-list control participants. METHODS: MR-ANOVA were used to analyze pre- and post-training: (a) skills at responding to students-at-risk; (b) attitudes towards suicide; (c) knowledge about suicide; and (d) comfort/competence/confidence at helping a student-at-risk...
June 19, 2017: Journal of American College Health: J of ACH
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628278/interfacial-charge-engineering-in-ferroelectric-controlled-mott-transistors
#19
Xuegang Chen, Xin Zhang, Mark A Koten, Hanghui Chen, Zhiyong Xiao, Le Zhang, Jeffrey E Shield, Peter A Dowben, Xia Hong
Heteroepitaxial coupling at complex oxide interfaces presents a powerful tool for engineering the charge degree of freedom in strongly correlated materials, which can be utilized to achieve tailored functionalities that are inaccessible in the bulk form. Here, the charge-transfer effect between two strongly correlated oxides, Sm0.5 Nd0.5 NiO3 (SNNO) and La0.67 Sr0.33 MnO3 (LSMO), is exploited to realize a giant enhancement of the ferroelectric field effect in a prototype Mott field-effect transistor. By switching the polarization field of a ferroelectric Pb(Zr,Ti)O3 (PZT) gate, nonvolatile resistance modulation in the Mott transistors with single-layer SNNO and bilayer SNNO/LSMO channels is induced...
June 19, 2017: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625793/comparison-of-sputum-collection-methods-for-tuberculosis-diagnosis-a-systematic-review-and-pairwise-and-network-meta-analysis
#20
Sumona Datta, Lena Shah, Robert H Gilman, Carlton A Evans
BACKGROUND: The performance of laboratory tests to diagnose pulmonary tuberculosis is dependent on the quality of the sputum sample tested. The relative merits of sputum collection methods to improve tuberculosis diagnosis are poorly characterised. We therefore aimed to investigate the effects of sputum collection methods on tuberculosis diagnosis. METHODS: We did a systematic review and meta-analysis to investigate whether non-invasive sputum collection methods in people aged at least 12 years improve the diagnostic performance of laboratory testing for pulmonary tuberculosis...
June 15, 2017: Lancet Global Health
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