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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920963/tuning-a-circular-p-n-junction-in-graphene-from-quantum-confinement-to-optical-guiding
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Yuhang Jiang, Jinhai Mao, Dean Moldovan, Massoud Ramezani Masir, Guohong Li, Kenji Watanabe, Takashi Taniguchi, Francois M Peeters, Eva Y Andrei
The photon-like propagation of the Dirac electrons in graphene, together with its record-high electronic mobility, can lead to applications based on ultrafast electronic response and low dissipation. However, the chiral nature of the charge carriers that is responsible for the high mobility also makes it difficult to control their motion and prevents electronic switching. Here, we show how to manipulate the charge carriers by using a circular p-n junction whose size can be continuously tuned from the nanometre to the micrometre scale...
September 18, 2017: Nature Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920939/imaging-and-tuning-polarity-at-srtio3-domain%C3%A2-walls
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Yiftach Frenkel, Noam Haham, Yishai Shperber, Christopher Bell, Yanwu Xie, Zhuoyu Chen, Yasuyuki Hikita, Harold Y Hwang, Ekhard K H Salje, Beena Kalisky
Electrostatic fields tune the ground state of interfaces between complex oxide materials. Electronic properties, such as conductivity and superconductivity, can be tuned and then used to create and control circuit elements and gate-defined devices. Here we show that naturally occurring twin boundaries, with properties that are different from their surrounding bulk, can tune the LaAlO3/SrTiO3 interface 2DEG at the nanoscale. In particular, SrTiO3 domain boundaries have the unusual distinction of remaining highly mobile down to low temperatures, and were recently suggested to be polar...
September 18, 2017: Nature Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920911/efficient-online-learning-algorithms-based-on-lstm-neural-networks
#3
Tolga Ergen, Suleyman Serdar Kozat
We investigate online nonlinear regression and introduce novel regression structures based on the long short term memory (LSTM) networks. For the introduced structures, we also provide highly efficient and effective online training methods. To train these novel LSTM-based structures, we put the underlying architecture in a state space form and introduce highly efficient and effective particle filtering (PF)-based updates. We also provide stochastic gradient descent and extended Kalman filter-based updates. Our PF-based training method guarantees convergence to the optimal parameter estimation in the mean square error sense provided that we have a sufficient number of particles and satisfy certain technical conditions...
September 13, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920570/brain-relevant-antibodies-in-first-episode-psychosis-a-matched-case-control-study
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Fiona Gaughran, John Lally, Katherine Beck, Ruaidhri McCormack, Poonam Gardner-Sood, Ester Coutinho, Leslie Jacobson, Bethan Lang, Ricardo Sainz-Fuertes, Evangelos Papanastasiou, Marta Di Forti, Tim Nicholson, Angela Vincent, Robin M Murray
BACKGROUND: There has been much recent excitement about the possibility that some cases of psychosis may be wholly due to brain-reactive antibodies, with antibodies to N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor (NMDAR) and the voltage-gated potassium channel (VGKC)-complex reported in a few patients with first-episode psychosis (FEP). METHODS: Participants were recruited from psychiatric services in South London, UK, from 2009 to 2011 as part of the Genetics and Psychosis study...
September 18, 2017: Psychological Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920423/self-organization-of-ions-at-the-interface-between-graphene-and-ionic-liquid-deme-tfsi
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Guangliang Hu, Gaind P Pandey, Qingfeng Liu, Radhika S Anaredy, Chunrui Ma, Ming Liu, Jun Li, Scott K Shaw, Judy Z Wu
Electrochemical effects manifest as nonlinear responses to an applied electric field in electrochemical devices, and are linked intimately to the molecular orientation of ions in the electric double layer (EDL). Herein, we probe the origin of the electrochemical effect using a double-gate graphene field effect transistor (GFET) of ionic liquid N,N-diethyl-N-(2-methoxyethyl)-N-methylammonium bis-(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)-imide (DEME-TFSI) top-gate, paired with a ferroelectric Pb0.92La0.08Zr0.52Ti0.48O3 (PLZT) back-gate of compatible gating efficiency...
September 18, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920084/effects-of-methamphetamine-on-locomotor-activity-and-thalamic-gene-expression-in-leptin-deficient-obese-mice
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Betina González, Candela González, Verónica Bisagno, Francisco J Urbano
Leptin is an adipose-derived hormone that regulates energy balance. Leptin receptors are expressed in extrahypothalamic sites and several reports showed that leptin can influence feeding and locomotor behavior via direct actions on dopaminergic neurons. The leptin deficient mouse (ob/ob) has been used as an animal model of blunted leptin action, and presents with obesity and mild type 2 diabetes. We used ob/ob mice to study the effect of repeated 7-day methamphetamine (METH) administration analyzing locomotion, behavioral sensitization, and somatosensory thalamic mRNA expression of voltage-gated calcium channels and glutamatergic receptors using RT-PCR...
July 2017: Translational Brain Rhythmicity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919175/slow-ampar-synaptic-transmission-is-determined-by-stargazin-and-glutamate-transporters
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Hsin-Wei Lu, Timothy S Balmer, Gabriel E Romero, Laurence O Trussell
AMPARs mediate the briefest synaptic currents in the brain by virtue of their rapid gating kinetics. However, at the mossy fiber-to-unipolar brush cell synapse in the cerebellum, AMPAR-mediated EPSCs last for hundreds of milliseconds, and it has been proposed that this time course reflects slow diffusion from a complex synaptic space. We show that upon release of glutamate, synaptic AMPARs were desensitized by transmitter by >90%. As glutamate levels subsequently fell, recovery of transmission occurred due to the presence of the AMPAR accessory protein stargazin that enhances the AMPAR response to low levels of transmitter...
September 8, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919119/global-regional-and-national-comparative-risk-assessment-of-84-behavioural-environmental-and-occupational-and-metabolic-risks-or-clusters-of-risks-1990-2016-a-systematic-analysis-for-the-global-burden-of-disease-study-2016
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BACKGROUND: The Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries, and Risk Factors Study 2016 (GBD 2016) provides a comprehensive assessment of risk factor exposure and attributable burden of disease. By providing estimates over a long time series, this study can monitor risk exposure trends critical to health surveillance and inform policy debates on the importance of addressing risks in context. METHODS: We used the comparative risk assessment framework developed for previous iterations of GBD to estimate levels and trends in exposure, attributable deaths, and attributable disability-adjusted life-years (DALYs), by age group, sex, year, and location for 84 behavioural, environmental and occupational, and metabolic risks or clusters of risks from 1990 to 2016...
September 16, 2017: Lancet
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918862/meta-analysis-of-sensorimotor-gating-in-patients-with-autism-spectrum-disorders
#9
Chia-Hsiung Cheng, Pei-Ying S Chan, Shih-Chieh Hsu, Chia-Yih Liu
Prepulse inhibition (PPI) of startle response is a well-established neurophysiological marker of sensorimotor gating ability in psychiatric patients including those with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). PPI has been utilized as an indicator of the central inhibitory function and is potentially linked to the clinical features of this disease. However, it remains inconclusive whether ASD patients exhibit PPI deficits compared with healthy controls. The present meta-analysis aimed to explore the pooled effect sizes of PPI in ASD patients...
September 12, 2017: Psychiatry Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916704/delayed-neutrophil-apoptosis-enhances-net-formation-in-cystic-fibrosis
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Robert D Gray, Gareth Hardisty, Kate H Regan, Maeve Smith, Calum T Robb, Rodger Duffin, Annie Mackellar, Jennifer M Felton, Lily Paemka, Brian N McCullagh, Christopher D Lucas, David A Dorward, Edward F McKone, Gordon Cooke, Seamas C Donnelly, Pradeep K Singh, David A Stoltz, Christopher Haslett, Paul B McCray, Moira K B Whyte, Adriano G Rossi, Donald J Davidson
BACKGROUND: Cystic fibrosis (CF) lung disease is defined by large numbers of neutrophils and associated damaging products in the airway. Delayed neutrophil apoptosis is described in CF although it is unclear whether this is a primary neutrophil defect or a response to chronic inflammation. Increased levels of neutrophil extracellular traps (NETs) have been measured in CF and we aimed to investigate the causal relationship between these phenomena and their potential to serve as a driver of inflammation...
September 15, 2017: Thorax
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916547/automated-measurement-of-microvascular-function-reveals-dysfunction-in-systemic-sclerosis-a-cross-sectional-study
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Daniel R Machin, Phillip E Gates, Hans Vink, Tracy M Frech, Anthony J Donato
OBJECTIVE: The aim of our study was to determine whether an automated capture and analysis system could detect differences in structure and function of sublingual microvessels in patients with systemic sclerosis (SSc) compared to healthy controls. METHODS: Intravital microscopy of the sublingual microcirculation was automatically captured and analyzed in 40 patients with SSc and 10 age-matched healthy controls. RESULTS: Total and perfused microvascular density were lower in patients with SSc compared with controls (total microvascular density: 2471 ± 134 μm/mm(2) vs 3067 ± 197 μm/mm(2), p = 0...
September 15, 2017: Journal of Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916354/abnormal-sodium-channel-mrna-splicing-in-hypertrophic-cardiomyopathy
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Adam M Noyes, Anyu Zhou, Ge Gao, Lianzhi Gu, Sharlene Day, J Andrew Wasserstrom, Samuel C Dudley
BACKGROUND: Our previous studies showed that in ischemic and nonischemic heart failure (HF), the voltage-gated cardiac Na(+) channel α subunit (SCN5A) mRNA is abnormally spliced to produce two truncated transcript variants (E28C and D) that activate the unfolded protein response (UPR). We tested whether SCN5A post-transcriptional regulation was abnormal in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM). MATERIAL AND METHODS: Human heart tissue was obtained from HCM patients...
September 7, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915818/the-impact-of-cardiovascular-co-morbidities-and-duration-of-diabetes-on-the-association-between-microvascular-function-and-glycaemic-control
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F Casanova, D D Adingupu, F Adams, K M Gooding, H C Looker, K Aizawa, F Dove, S Elyas, J J F Belch, P E Gates, R C Littleford, M Gilchrist, H M Colhoun, A C Shore, F Khan, W D Strain
BACKGROUND: Good glycaemic control in type 2 diabetes (T2DM) protects the microcirculation. Current guidelines suggest glycaemic targets be relaxed in advanced diabetes. We explored whether disease duration or pre-existing macrovascular complications attenuated the association between hyperglycaemia and microvascular function. METHODS: 743 participants with T2DM (n = 222), cardiovascular disease (CVD = 183), both (n = 177) or neither (controls = 161) from two centres in the UK, underwent standard clinical measures and endothelial dependent (ACh) and independent (SNP) microvascular function assessment using laser Doppler imaging...
September 15, 2017: Cardiovascular Diabetology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912671/brownian-optogenetic-noise-photostimulation-on-the-brain-amplifies-somatosensory-evoked-field-potentials
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Nayeli Huidobro, Abraham Mendez-Fernandez, Ignacio Mendez-Balbuena, Ranier Gutierrez, Rumyana Kristeva, Elias Manjarrez
Stochastic resonance (SR) is an inherent and counter-intuitive mechanism of signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) facilitation in biological systems associated with the application of an intermediate level of noise. As a first step to investigate in detail this phenomenon in the somatosensory system, here we examined whether the direct application of noisy light on pyramidal neurons from the mouse-barrel cortex expressing a light-gated channel channelrhodopsin-2 (ChR2) can produce facilitation in somatosensory evoked field potentials...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28903453/the-p38-pathway-a-major-pleiotropic-cascade-that-transduces-stress-and-metastatic-signals-in-endothelial-cells
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Isabelle Corre, François Paris, Jacques Huot
By gating the traffic of molecules and cells across the vessel wall, endothelial cells play a central role in regulating cardiovascular functions and systemic homeostasis and in modulating pathophysiological processes such as inflammation and immunity. Accordingly, the loss of endothelial cell integrity is associated with pathological disorders that include atherosclerosis and cancer. The p38 mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) cascades are major signaling pathways that regulate several functions of endothelial cells in response to exogenous and endogenous stimuli including growth factors, stress and cytokines...
August 15, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28900910/the-stim-orai-pathway-conformational-coupling-between-stim-and-orai-in-the-activation-of-store-operated-ca-2-entry
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Robert M Nwokonko, Xiangyu Cai, Natalia A Loktionova, Youjun Wang, Yandong Zhou, Donald L Gill
Store-operated Ca(2+) entry fulfills a crucial role in controlling Ca(2+) signals in almost all cells. The Ca(2+)-sensing stromal interaction molecule (STIM) proteins in the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) undergo complex conformational changes in response to depleted ER luminal Ca(2+), allowing them to unfold and become trapped in ER-plasma membrane (PM) junctions. Dimers of STIM proteins trap and gate the plasma membrane Orai Ca(2+) channels within these junctions to generate discrete zones of high Ca(2+) and regulate sensitive Ca(2+)-dependent intracellular signaling pathways...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28900512/aptavalve-gated-mesoporous-carbon-nanospheres-image-cellular-mucin-and-provide-on-demand-targeted-drug-delivery
#17
Chengyi Li, Min Qian, Shanshan Wang, Huilin Jiang, Yilin Du, Jianxin Wang, Weiyue Lu, Niren Murthy, Rongqin Huang
In this report, we present a mesoporous carbon nanosphere that can target drugs to tumors and image tumor biomarkers. A single-strand DNA (P0 aptamer) aptavalve was capped on the surface of doxorubicin-loaded oxide mesoporous carbon nanospheres (Dox-OMCN-P0) through π-π stacking for real-time imaging-guided on-demand targeting drug delivery. The Dox-OMCN-P0 could not only realize the detection of MUC1 tumor marker with a wide linear range (0.1 - 10.6 μmol/L) and a low detection limit (17.5 nmol) based on different apparatuses, but also achieve in-situ targeting imaging of cellular MUC1 concentration in vitro and in vivo via "off-on" fluorescence biosensing...
2017: Theranostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28900237/difference-in-gating-and-doping-effects-on-the-band-gap-in-bilayer-graphene
#18
Takaki Uchiyama, Hidenori Goto, Hidehiko Akiyoshi, Ritsuko Eguchi, Takao Nishikawa, Hiroshi Osada, Yoshihiro Kubozono
A band gap is opened in bilayer graphene (BLG) by applying an electric field perpendicular to the layer, which offers versatility and controllability in graphene-based electronics. The presence of the band gap has been confirmed using double-gated BLG devices in which positive and negative gate voltages are applied to each side of BLG. An alternative method to induce the electric field is electron and hole doping of each side of BLG using electron-transfer adsorbates. However, the generation of the band gap by carrier doping is still under investigation...
September 12, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28900003/local-optical-control-of-ferromagnetism-and-chemical-potential-in-a-topological-insulator
#19
Andrew L Yeats, Peter J Mintun, Yu Pan, Anthony Richardella, Bob B Buckley, Nitin Samarth, David D Awschalom
Many proposed experiments involving topological insulators (TIs) require spatial control over time-reversal symmetry and chemical potential. We demonstrate reconfigurable micron-scale optical control of both magnetization (which breaks time-reversal symmetry) and chemical potential in ferromagnetic thin films of Cr-(Bi,Sb)2Te3 grown on SrTiO3 By optically modulating the coercivity of the films, we write and erase arbitrary patterns in their remanent magnetization, which we then image with Kerr microscopy. Additionally, by optically manipulating a space charge layer in the underlying SrTiO3 substrates, we control the local chemical potential of the films...
September 12, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28899915/conditional-deletion-of-the-l-type-calcium-channel-cav1-2-in-ng2-positive-cells-impairs-remyelination-in-mice
#20
Diara A Santiago González, Veronica T Cheli, Norma N Zamora, Tenzing N Lama, Vilma Spreuer, Geoffrey G Murphy, Pablo M Paez
Exploring the molecular mechanisms that drive the maturation of oligodendrocyte progenitor cells (OPCs) during the remyelination process is essential to develop new therapeutic tools to intervene in demyelinating diseases such as Multiple Sclerosis. To determine whether L-type voltage-gated calcium channels (L-VGCCs) are required for OPC development during remyelination, we have generated an inducible conditional knockout mouse in which the L-VGCC isoform Cav1.2 was deleted in NG2 positive OPCs (Cav1.2(KO))...
September 12, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
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