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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448017/low-density-primary-hippocampal-neuron-culture
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Reiko T Roppongi, Kevin P Champagne-Jorgensen, Tabrez J Siddiqui
The ability to probe the structure and physiology of individual nerve cells in culture is crucial to the study of neurobiology, and allows for flexibility in genetic and chemical manipulation of individual cells or defined networks. Such ease of manipulation is simpler in the reduced culture system when compared to the intact brain tissue. While many methods for the isolation and growth of these primary neurons exist, each has its own limitations. This protocol describes a method for culturing low-density and high-purity rodent embryonic hippocampal neurons on glass coverslips, which are then suspended over a monolayer of glial cells...
April 18, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447081/plasma-treatment-effect-on-polymer-buried-interfacial-structure-and-property
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Nathan W Ulrich, John Andre, Jaimal Williamson, Kang-Wook Lee, Zhan Chen
Adhesion is important in many industrial applications including those in the microelectronics industry. Flip-chip assemblies commonly utilize epoxy underfills to promote reliability and the buried interfacial structure of underfills is crucial to device lifetime. Poor adhesion at this interface can cause premature device failure. One method to increase adhesion strength is to plasma treat the substrate attached to underfills, however, the mechanism of this increase in adhesion strength has not been thoroughly investigated at the molecular level in situ, because it is difficult to probe a buried interface where the adhesion occurs...
April 27, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447028/flipping-classrooms-in-a-school-of-public-health
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Steven W Howard, Darcell P Scharff, Travis M Loux
Alternative course formats are gaining increasing attention in higher education. The literature provides a number of examples and studies of flipped classrooms in the medical sciences and liberal arts and sciences. However, fewer than five papers on flipped classes in graduate public health courses have been published, and none in health management. Because graduate public health education is competency based, it seems that a flipped approach with its applied nature would be an appropriate form of teaching public health courses...
2017: Frontiers in Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444885/hypoxia-induced-apoptosis-of-mouse-spermatocytes-is-mediated-by-hif-1%C3%AE-through-a-death-receptor-pathway-and-a-mitochondrial-pathway
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Jun Yin, Bing Ni, Wei-Gong Liao, Yu-Qi Gao
Hypoxia in vivo induces oligozoospermia, azoospermia and degeneration of the germinal epithelium, but the underlying molecular mechanism of this induction is not fully clarified. The aim of this study was to investigate the role of the death receptor pathway and the mitochondrial pathway in hypoxia-induced apoptosis of mouse GC-2spd (GC-2) cells and the relationship between HIF-1α and apoptosis of GC-2 cells induced by hypoxia. GC-2 cells were subjected to 1% oxygen for 48 h. Apoptosis was detected by flow cytometry, TUNEL staining, LDH, caspase-3/8/9 in the absence and presence of HIF-1α siRNA...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442766/nanoscale-membrane-domain-formation-driven-by-cholesterol
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Matti Javanainen, Hector Martinez-Seara, Ilpo Vattulainen
Biological membranes generate specific functions through compartmentalized regions such as cholesterol-enriched membrane nanodomains that host selected proteins. Despite the biological significance of nanodomains, details on their structure remain elusive. They cannot be observed via microscopic experimental techniques due to their small size, yet there is also a lack of atomistic simulation models able to describe spontaneous nanodomain formation in sufficiently simple but biologically relevant complex membranes...
April 25, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441143/ultrafast-demagnetization-in-bulk-versus-thin-films-an-ab-initio-study
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K Krieger, P Elliott, T Müller, N Singh, J K Dewhurst, E K U Gross, S Sharma
We report ab initio simulations of the quantum dynamics of electronic charge and spins when subjected to intense laser pulses. By performing these purely electron-dynamics calculations for a thin film and for the bulk of Ni, we conclude that formation of surfaces has a dramatic influence of amplifying the laser induced demagnetization. The reason for this amplification is enhanced spin-currents on the surface of the thin films. We show that the underlying physics of demagnetization for bulk is dominated by spin-flips induced by spin-orbit coupling...
April 25, 2017: Journal of Physics. Condensed Matter: An Institute of Physics Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439030/epithelial-ezh2-serves-as-an-epigenetic-determinant-in-experimental-colitis-by-inhibiting-tnf%C3%AE-mediated-inflammation-and-apoptosis
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Yongfeng Liu, Junjie Peng, Tongyu Sun, Ni Li, Le Zhang, Jiale Ren, Huairui Yuan, Shan Kan, Qiang Pan, Xiang Li, Yufeng Ding, Min Jiang, Xiaoji Cong, Minjia Tan, Yushui Ma, Da Fu, Sanjun Cai, Yichuan Xiao, Xiaoming Wang, Jun Qin
Epithelial barrier disruption is a major cause of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD); however, the mechanism through which epigenetic regulation modulates intestinal epithelial integrity remains largely undefined. Here we show that EZH2, the catalytic subunit of polycomb repressive complex (PRC2), is indispensable for maintaining epithelial cell barrier integrity and homeostasis under inflammatory conditions. In accordance with reduced EZH2 expression in patients, the inactivation of EZH2 in IECs sensitizes mice to DSS- and TNBS-induced experimental colitis...
April 24, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433019/tests-for-origins-of-and-corrections-to-non-gaussian-statistics-the-dipole-flip-model
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Addison J Schile, Ward H Thompson
Linear response approximations are central to our understanding and simulations of nonequilibrium statistical mechanics. Despite the success of these approaches in predicting nonequilibrium dynamics, open questions remain. Laird and Thompson [J. Chem. Phys. 126, 211104 (2007)] previously formalized, in the context of solvation dynamics, the connection between the static linear-response approximation and the assumption of Gaussian statistics. The Gaussian statistics perspective is useful in understanding why linear response approximations are still accurate for perturbations much larger than thermal energies...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433009/equation-of-motion-coupled-cluster-methods-for-atoms-and-molecules-in-strong-magnetic-fields
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Florian Hampe, Stella Stopkowicz
A program for the direct calculation of excitation energies of atoms and molecules in strong magnetic fields is presented. The implementation includes the equation-of-motion coupled-cluster singles-doubles (EOM-CCSD) method for electronically excited states as well as its spin-flip variant. Differences to regular EOM-CCSD implementations are due to the appearance of the canonical angular-momentum operator in the Hamiltonian causing the wave function to become complex. The gauge-origin problem is treated by the use of gauge-including atomic orbitals...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429574/flip-angle-optimization-for-balanced-ssfp-cardiac-cine-imaging-following-the-application-of-standard-extracellular-contrast-agent-gadobutrol
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Daniel L R Kuetting, Darius Dabir, Julian Luetkens, Andreas Feisst, Rami Homsi, Daniel Thomas, Hans H Schild, Alois M Sprinkart
PURPOSE: To investigate the effect of the flip angle (FA) on the blood-myocardium contrast and to define the FA leading to highest image quality in contrast-enhanced balanced steady-state free precession (bSSFP) images. bSSFP images provide excellent contrast between myocardium and blood with high signal-to-noise and contrast-to-noise ratios (SNR, CNR). In clinical practice, bSSFP images are typically acquired following the injection of extracellular contrast agents (ECAs), although ECAs decrease the blood-myocardium contrast...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging: JMRI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428552/divergent-copies-of-the-large-inverted-repeat-in-the-chloroplast-genomes-of-ulvophycean-green-algae
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Monique Turmel, Christian Otis, Claude Lemieux
The chloroplast genomes of many algae and almost all land plants carry two identical copies of a large inverted repeat (IR) sequence that can pair for flip-flop recombination and undergo expansion/contraction. Although the IR has been lost multiple times during the evolution of the green algae, the underlying mechanisms are still largely unknown. A recent comparison of IR-lacking and IR-containing chloroplast genomes of chlorophytes from the Ulvophyceae (Ulotrichales) suggested that differential elimination of genes from the IR copies might lead to IR loss...
April 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426163/lipid-flip-flop-and-pore-nucleation-on-zwitterionic-bilayers-are-asymmetric-under-ionic-imbalance
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Jiaqi Lin, Roozbeh Dargazany, Alfredo Alexander-Katz
Lipid flip-flop and its associated transient pore formation are key thermodynamic properties of living cell membranes. However, there is a lack of understanding of whether ionic imbalance that exists ubiquitously across cell membranes affects lipid flip-flop and its associated functions. Potential of mean force calculations show that the free-energy barrier of lipid flip-flop on the extracellular leaflet reduces with the presence of ionic imbalance, whereas the barrier on the intracellular leaflet is generally not affected...
April 20, 2017: Small
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426147/propagation-of-error-from-parameter-constraints-in-quantitative-mri-example-application-of-multiple-spin-echo-t2-mapping
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Christopher L Lankford, Mark D Does
PURPOSE: Quantitative MRI may require correcting for nuisance parameters which can or must be constrained to independently measured or assumed values. The noise and/or bias in these constraints propagate to fitted parameters. For example, the case of refocusing pulse flip angle constraint in multiple spin echo T2 mapping is explored. METHODS: An analytical expression for the mean-squared error of a parameter of interest was derived as a function of the accuracy and precision of an independent estimate of a nuisance parameter...
April 20, 2017: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424158/generation-of-a-multipurpose-prdm16-allele-by-targeted-trapping
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A Strassman, F Schnütgen, Q Dai, J C Jones, A C Gomez, L Pitstick, N E Holton, R Moskal, E R Leslie, H von Melchner, D R Beier, B C Bjork
Gene trap mutagenesis is a powerful tool to create loss-of-function mutations in mice and other model organisms. Modifications of traditional gene trap cassettes, including addition of conditional features in the form of Flip-excision (FlEx) arrays enabling directional gene trap cassette inversions by Cre and Flpe site-specific recombinases, greatly enhanced their experimental potential. By taking advantage of these conditional gene trap cassettes, we developed a generic strategy for generating conditional mutations and validated this strategy in mice carrying a multipurpose allele of the Prdm16 transcription factor gene...
April 19, 2017: Disease Models & Mechanisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422165/structural-basis-of-inhibition-of-lipid-linked-oligosaccharide-flippase-pglk-by-a-conformational-nanobody
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Camilo Perez, Martin Köhler, Daniel Janser, Els Pardon, Jan Steyaert, Renato Zenobi, Kaspar P Locher
PglK is an ABC transporter that flips a lipid-linked oligosaccharide (LLO) that serves as a donor in protein N-glycosylation. Previous structures revealed two inward-facing conformations, both with very large separations of the nucleotide binding domains (NBDs), and a closed, ADP-bound state that featured an occluded cavity. To investigate additional states, we developed conformation-sensitive, single-domain camelid nanobodies (Nb) and studied their effect on PglK activity. Biochemical, structural, and mass spectrometric analyses revealed that one inhibitory Nb binds as a single copy to homodimeric PglK...
April 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422085/resonant-rectifier-ics-for-piezoelectric-energy-harvesting-using-low-voltage-drop-diode-equivalents
#16
Amad Ud Din, Seneke Chamith Chandrathna, Jong-Wook Lee
Herein, we present the design technique of a resonant rectifier for piezoelectric (PE) energy harvesting. We propose two diode equivalents to reduce the voltage drop in the rectifier operation, a minuscule-drop-diode equivalent (MDDE) and a low-drop-diode equivalent (LDDE). The diode equivalents are embedded in resonant rectifier integrated circuits (ICs), which use symmetric bias-flip to reduce the power used for charging and discharging the internal capacitance of a PE transducer. The self-startup function is supported by synchronously generating control pulses for the bias-flip from the PE transducer...
April 19, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420129/hand-motion-detection-in-fnirs-neuroimaging-data
#17
Mohammadreza Abtahi, Amir Mohammad Amiri, Dennis Byrd, Kunal Mankodiya
As the number of people diagnosed with movement disorders is increasing, it becomes vital to design techniques that allow the better understanding of human brain in naturalistic settings. There are many brain imaging methods such as fMRI, SPECT, and MEG that provide the functional information of the brain. However, these techniques have some limitations including immobility, cost, and motion artifacts. One of the most emerging portable brain scanners available today is functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS)...
April 15, 2017: Healthcare (Basel, Switzerland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419801/on-surface-pseudo-high-dilution-synthesis-of-macrocycles-principle-and-mechanism
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Qitang Fan, Tao Wang, Jingya Dai, Julian Kuttner, Gerhard Hilt, J Michael Gottfried, Junfa Zhu
Macrocycles have attracted much attention due to their specific "endless" topology, which results in extraordinary properties compared to related linear (open-chain) molecules. However, challenges still remain in their controlled synthesis with well-defined constitution and geometry. Here, we report the successful application of the (pseudo-)high-dilution method to the conditions of on-surface synthesis in ultrahigh vacuum. This approach leads to high yields (up to 84%) of cyclic hyperbenzene ([18]-honeycombene) via an Ullmann-type reaction from 4,4″-dibromo-meta-terphenyl (DMTP) as precursor on a Ag(111) surface...
April 24, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419595/lipopolysaccharide-lps-binding-to-the-periplasmic-protein-lpta
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Kathryn M Schultz, Tanner J Lundquist, Candice S Klug
Lipopolysaccharide (LPS) and the periplasmic protein LptA are two essential components of Gram-negative bacteria. LPS, also known as endotoxin, is found asymmetrically distributed in the outer leaflet of the outer membrane of Gram-negative bacteria such as Escherichia coli and plays a role in the organism's natural defenses in adverse environmental conditions. LptA is a member of the lipopolysaccharide transport protein (Lpt) family, which also includes LptC, LptDE, and LptBFG2 , that functions to transport LPS through the periplasm to the outer leaflet of the outer membrane after MsbA flips LPS across the inner membrane...
April 17, 2017: Protein Science: a Publication of the Protein Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415246/synchronization-dynamics-on-the-picosecond-time-scale-in-coupled-josephson-junction-neurons
#20
K Segall, M LeGro, S Kaplan, O Svitelskiy, S Khadka, P Crotty, D Schult
Conventional digital computation is rapidly approaching physical limits for speed and energy dissipation. Here we fabricate and test a simple neuromorphic circuit that models neuronal somas, axons, and synapses with superconducting Josephson junctions. The circuit models two mutually coupled excitatory neurons. In some regions of parameter space the neurons are desynchronized. In others, the Josephson neurons synchronize in one of two states, in-phase or antiphase. An experimental alteration of the delay and strength of the connecting synapses can toggle the system back and forth in a phase-flip bifurcation...
March 2017: Physical Review. E
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