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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339276/two-dimensional-platform-for-networks-of-majorana-bound-states
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Michael Hell, Martin Leijnse, Karsten Flensberg
We model theoretically a two-dimensional electron gas (2DEG) covered by a superconductor and demonstrate that topological superconducting channels are formed when stripes of the superconducting layer are removed. As a consequence, Majorana bound states (MBSs) are created at the ends of the stripes. We calculate the topological invariant and energy gap of a single stripe, using realistic values for an InAs 2DEG proximitized by an epitaxial Al layer. We show that the topological gap is enhanced when the structure is made asymmetric...
March 10, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338943/dysfunction-of-large-scale-brain-networks-in-schizophrenia-a-meta-analysis-of-resting-state-functional-connectivity
#2
Debo Dong, Yulin Wang, Xuebin Chang, Cheng Luo, Dezhong Yao
Schizophrenia is a complex mental disorder with disorganized communication among large-scale brain networks, as demonstrated by impaired resting-state functional connectivity (rsFC). Individual rsFC studies, however, vary greatly in their methods and findings. We searched for consistent patterns of network dysfunction in schizophrenia by using a coordinate-based meta-analysis. Fifty-six seed-based voxel-wise rsFC datasets from 52 publications (2115 patients and 2297 healthy controls) were included in this meta-analysis...
March 11, 2017: Schizophrenia Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338143/mastering-the-non-equilibrium-assembly-and-operation-of-molecular-machines
#3
Cristian Pezzato, Chuyang Cheng, J Fraser Stoddart, R Dean Astumian
In mechanically interlocked compounds, such as rotaxanes and catenanes, the molecules are held together by mechanical rather than chemical bonds. These compounds can be engineered to have several well-defined mechanical states by incorporating recognition sites between the different components. The rates of the transitions between the recognition sites can be controlled by introducing steric "speed bumps" or electrostatically switchable gates. A mechanism for the absorption of energy can also be included by adding photoactive, catalytically active, or redox-active recognition sites, or even charges and dipoles...
March 24, 2017: Chemical Society Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337126/competition-between-persistent-na-and-muscarine-sensitive-k-currents-shapes-perithreshold-resonance-and-spike-tuning-in-ca1-pyramidal-neurons
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Jorge Vera, Julio Alcayaga, Magdalena Sanhueza
Neurons from many brain regions display intrinsic subthreshold theta-resonance, responding preferentially to theta-frequency oscillatory stimuli. Resonance may contribute to selective communication among neurons and to orchestrate brain rhythms. CA1 pyramidal neurons receive theta activity, generating place fields. In these neurons the expression of perithreshold frequency preference is controversial, particularly in the spiking regime, with evidence favoring either non-resonant (integrator-like) or resonant behavior...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333433/high-performance-complementary-transistors-and-medium-scale-integrated-circuits-based-on-carbon-nanotube-thin-films
#5
Zhiyong Zhang, Yingjun Yang, Li Ding, Jie Han, Lian-Mao Peng
Solution-derived carbon nanotube (CNT) network films with high semiconducting purity are suitable materials for the wafer-scale fabrication of field-effect transistors (FETs) and integrated circuits (ICs). However, it is challenging to realize high-performance complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor (CMOS) FETs with high yield and stability on such CNT network films, and this difficulty hinders the development of CNT-film-based ICs. In this work, we developed a doping-free process for the fabrication of CMOS FETs based on solution-processed CNT network films, in which the polarity of the FETs was controlled by using Sc or Pd as the source/drain contacts to selectively inject carriers into the channels...
March 23, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332395/electrolyte-gated-red-green-and-blue-organic-light-emitting-diodes
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Jiang Liu, Dustin Yuan Chen, Xinning Luan, Kwing Tong, Fangchao Zhao, Chao Liu, Qibing Pei, Huaping Li
We report vertical, electrolyte-gated, red, green and blue phosphorescent small molecule organic light emitting diodes (OLED), in which light emission was modified by tuning the electron injection via electrochemical doping of the electron injection layer 4,4-bis(N-carbazolyl)-1,1-biphenyl (CBP) under the assistance of a polymer electrolyte. These devices comprise an electrolyte capacitor on top of a conventional OLED, with the interfacial contact between the electrolyte and electron injection layer CBP of OLEDs achieved through a porous cathode...
March 23, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326013/molecular-chaperone-calnexin-regulates-the-function-of-drosophila-sodium-channel-paralytic
#7
Xi Xiao, Changyan Chen, Tian-Ming Yu, Jiayao Ou, Menglong Rui, Yuanfen Zhai, Yijing He, Lei Xue, Margaret S Ho
Neuronal activity mediated by voltage-gated channels provides the basis for higher-order behavioral tasks that orchestrate life. Chaperone-mediated regulation, one of the major means to control protein quality and function, is an essential route for controlling channel activity. Here we present evidence that Drosophila ER chaperone Calnexin colocalizes and interacts with the α subunit of sodium channel Paralytic. Co-immunoprecipitation analysis indicates that Calnexin interacts with Paralytic protein variants that contain glycosylation sites Asn313, 325, 343, 1463, and 1482...
2017: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325641/spectrum-of-nondystrophic-skeletal-muscle-channelopathies-in-children
#8
Fouad Al-Ghamdi, Basil T Darras, Partha S Ghosh
BACKGROUND: The nondystrophic skeletal muscle channelopathies are a group of disorders caused by mutations of various voltage-gated ion channel genes, including nondystrophic myotonia and periodic paralysis. METHODS: We identified patients with a diagnosis of muscle channelopathy from our neuromuscular database in a tertiary care pediatric center from 2005 to 2015. We then performed a retrospective review of their medical records for demographic characteristics, clinical features, investigations, treatment, and follow-up...
February 16, 2017: Pediatric Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322299/environment-insensitive-and-gate-controllable-photocurrent-enabled-by-bandgap-engineering-of-mos2-junctions
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Fu-Yu Shih, Yueh-Chun Wu, Yi-Siang Shih, Ming-Chiuan Shih, Tsuei-Shin Wu, Po-Hsun Ho, Chun-Wei Chen, Yang-Fang Chen, Ya-Ping Chiu, Wei-Hua Wang
Two-dimensional (2D) materials are composed of atomically thin crystals with an enormous surface-to-volume ratio, and their physical properties can be easily subjected to the change of the chemical environment. Encapsulation with other layered materials, such as hexagonal boron nitride, is a common practice; however, this approach often requires inextricable fabrication processes. Alternatively, it is intriguing to explore methods to control transport properties in the circumstance of no encapsulated layer...
March 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320840/k-channel-kv3-4-is-essential-for-axon-growth-by-limiting-the-influx-of-ca-2-into-growth-cones
#10
Chia-Yi Huang, Cheng-Chang Lien, Chau-Fu Cheng, Ting-Yun Yen, Chieh-Ju Chen, Meei-Ling Tsaur
Membrane excitability in the axonal growth cones of embryonic neurons influences axon growth. Voltage-gated K(+) (Kv) channels are key factors in controlling membrane excitability, but whether they regulate axon growth remains unclear. Here, we report that Kv3.4 is expressed in the axonal growth cones of embryonic spinal commissural neurons, motoneurons, dorsal root ganglion neurons, retinal ganglion cells and callosal projection neurons during axon growth. Our in vitro (cultured dorsal spinal neurons of chick embryos) and in vivo (developing chick spinal commissural axons and rat callosal axons) findings demonstrate that knockdown of Kv3...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319362/tuning-the-work-function-of-printed-polymer-electrodes-by-introducing-a-fluorinated-polymer-to-enhance-the-operational-stability-in-bottom-contact-organic-field-effect-transistors
#11
Se Hyun Kim, Jiye Kim, Sooji Nam, Hwa Sung Lee, Seung Woo Lee, Jaeyoung Jang
Poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene):poly(4-styrenesulfonate) (PEDOT:PSS) is a promising electrode material for organic electronic devices due to its high conductivity, good mechanical flexibility, and feasibility of easy patterning with various printing methods. The work function of PEDOT:PSS needs to be increased for efficient hole injection and the addition of a fluorine-containing material has been reported to increase the work function of PEDOT:PSS. However, it remains a challenge to print PEDOT:PSS electrodes while simultaneously tuning their work functions...
March 20, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314094/reversible-electrochemistry-of-mercury-chalcogenide-colloidal-quantum-dot-films
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Menglu Chen, Philippe Guyot-Sionnest
The absolute positions of the energy levels of colloidal quantum dots of Hg(S, Se, Te), which are of interest as mid-infrared materials, are determined by electrochemistry. The bulk valence bands are at -5.85, -5.50, and -4.77 eV (±0.05 eV) for zinc-blend HgS, HgSe, HgTe, respectively, in the same order as the anions p-orbital energies. The conduction bands are conversely at -5.20, -5.50, and -4.77 eV. The stable ambient n-doping of Hg(S, Se) quantum dots compared to HgTe arises because the conduction band is sufficiently lower than the measured environment Fermi level of ∼ -4...
March 21, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306530/ascorbic-acid-does-not-modulate-potassium-currents-in-cultured-human-lymphocytes
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Saravanakumar Snekalatha, Praghalathan Kanthakumar
BACKGROUND: Ascorbic acid (AA) is known to modulate lymphocyte function, but the mechanism of action is not clearly understood. As voltage-gated potassium currents play an important role in lymphocyte function, the effect of AA on voltage-gated potassium currents was studied. METHODS: Peripheral blood mononuclear cells were cultured in the presence of increasing concentrations of AA (0, 0.125, 0.25, 0.5, and 1 mM). Potassium currents in resting lymphocytes were studied by whole cell patch clamp technique using a depolarizing protocol...
March 17, 2017: Journal of Basic and Clinical Physiology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28304092/mediation-of-cognitive-function-improvements-by-strength-gains-after-resistance-training-in-older-adults-with-mild-cognitive-impairment-outcomes-of-the-study-of-mental-and-resistance-training
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Yorgi Mavros, Nicola Gates, Guy C Wilson, Nidhi Jain, Jacinda Meiklejohn, Henry Brodaty, Wei Wen, Nalin Singh, Bernhard T Baune, Chao Suo, Michael K Baker, Nasim Foroughi, Yi Wang, Perminder S Sachdev, Michael Valenzuela, Maria A Fiatarone Singh
OBJECTIVES: To determine whether improvements in aerobic capacity (VO2peak ) and strength after progressive resistance training (PRT) mediate improvements in cognitive function. DESIGN: Randomized, double-blind, double-sham, controlled trial. SETTING: University research facility. PARTICIPANTS: Community-dwelling older adults (aged ≥55) with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) (N = 100). INTERVENTION: PRT and cognitive training (CT), 2 to 3 days per week for 6 months...
March 2017: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303257/neurod2-regulates-stim1-expression-and-store-operated-calcium-entry-in-cortical-neurons
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Gokhan Guner, Gizem Guzelsoy, Fatma Sadife Isleyen, Gulcan Semra Sahin, Cansu Akkaya, Efil Bayam, Eser Ilgin Kotan, Alkan Kabakcioglu, Gulayse Ince-Dunn
Calcium signaling controls many key processes in neurons, including gene expression, axon guidance, and synaptic plasticity. In contrast to calcium influx through voltage- or neurotransmitter-gated channels, regulatory pathways that control store-operated calcium entry (SOCE) in neurons are poorly understood. Here, we report a transcriptional control of Stim1 (stromal interaction molecule 1) gene, which is a major sensor of endoplasmic reticulum (ER) calcium levels and a regulator of SOCE. By using a genome-wide chromatin immunoprecipitation and sequencing approach in mice, we find that NEUROD2, a neurogenic transcription factor, binds to an intronic element within the Stim1 gene...
January 2017: ENeuro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302907/skip-controls-lysosome-positioning-using-a-composite-kinesin-1-heavy-and-light-chain-binding-domain
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Anneri Sanger, Yan Y Yip, Thomas S Randall, Stefano Pernigo, Roberto A Steiner, Mark P Dodding
The molecular interplay between cargo recognition and regulation of the activity of the kinesin-1 microtubule motor is not well understood. Using the lysosome adaptor SKIP as model cargo, we show that the heavy chains (KHCs), in addition to the light chains (KLCs), can recognize tryptophan-acidic binding determinants on the cargo when presented in the context of an extended KHC interacting domain. Mutational separation of KHC and KLC binding shows that both interactions are important for SKIP-kinesin-1 interaction in vitro and that KHC binding is important for lysosome transport in vivo...
March 16, 2017: Journal of Cell Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301742/microbial-rhodopsins-diversity-mechanisms-and-optogenetic-applications
#17
Elena G Govorunova, Oleg A Sineshchekov, Hai Li, John L Spudich
Microbial rhodopsins are a family of photoactive retinylidene proteins widespread throughout the microbial world. They are notable for their diversity of function, using variations of a shared seven-transmembrane helix design and similar photochemical reactions to carry out distinctly different light-driven energy and sensory transduction processes. Their study has contributed to our understanding of how evolution modifies protein scaffolds to create new protein chemistry, and their use as tools to control membrane potential with light is fundamental to optogenetics for research and clinical applications...
March 9, 2017: Annual Review of Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301017/intracanal-irrigating-solutions-prior-to-calcium-hydroxide-medication-and-its-effects-on-root-dentin-strength
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Leila Clarisse Hillesheim, Juliara Bellina Hoffmann, Daniela Peressoni Vieira Schuldt, Maybell Tedesco, Eduardo Antunes Bortoluzzi, Cleonice Silveira Teixeira
The aim of this study was to assess the effects of intracanal irrigation with sodium hypochlorite (NaOCl) and ethylenediaminetetracetic acid (EDTA) prior to calcium hydroxide medication on the compressive strength of root dentin. Forty-eight roots with single and straight canals were instrumented with a crown-down technique using Flexofile files and Gates Glidden burs, under 0.9% sodium chloride (NaCl) irrigation. Root canals were randomly separated into 4 groups (n=12), according to the irrigating solution: Control Group, 0...
January 2017: Brazilian Dental Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300167/a-single-residue-controls-electron-transfer-gating-in-photosynthetic-reaction-centers
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Oksana Shlyk, Ilan Samish, Martina Matěnová, Alexander Dulebo, Helena Poláková, David Kaftan, Avigdor Scherz
Interquinone QA(-) → QB electron-transfer (ET) in isolated photosystem II reaction centers (PSII-RC) is protein-gated. The temperature-dependent gating frequency "k" is described by the Eyring equation till levelling off at T ≥ 240 °K. Although central to photosynthesis, the gating mechanism has not been resolved and due to experimental limitations, could not be explored in vivo. Here we mimic the temperature dependency of "k" by enlarging VD1-208, the volume of a single residue at the crossing point of the D1 and D2 PSII-RC subunits in Synechocystis 6803 whole cells...
March 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300145/high-photoresponsivity-ge-dot-photomosfets-for-low-power-monolithically-integrated-si-optical-interconnects
#20
Ming-Hao Kuo, Meng-Chun Lee, Horng-Chih Lin, Tom George, Pei-Wen Li
We report the demonstration of high-photoresponsivity Ge-dot photoMOSFETs in a standard MOS configuration for the detection of 850-1550 nm illumination. Each device has a self-organized, gate-stacking heterostructure of SiO2/Ge-dot/SiO2/SiGe-channel which is simultaneously fabricated in a single oxidation step. Superior control of the geometrical size and chemical composition for our Ge nanodots/SiO2/Si1-xGex-shell MOS structure enables the practically-achievable, gate-stacking design for our Ge-dot photoMOSFETs...
March 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
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