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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097047/quantifying-the-on-and-off-contributions-to-the-flash-erg-with-the-discrete-wavelet-transform
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Mathieu Gauvin, Maja Sustar, John M Little, Jelka Brecelj, Jean-Marc Lina, Pierre Lachapelle
PURPOSE: Discrete wavelet transform (DWT) analyses suggest that the 20- and 40-Hz components of the short-flash photopic electroretinogram (ERG) are closely related to the ON and OFF pathways, respectively. With the DWT, we examined how the ERG ON and OFF components are modulated by the stimulus intensity and/or duration. METHODS: Discrete wavelet transform descriptors (20, 40 Hz and 40:20-Hz ratio) were extracted from ERGs evoked to 25 combinations of flash durations (150-5 ms) and strengths (0...
January 2017: Translational Vision Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094991/polarization-mediated-modulation-of-electronic-and-transport-properties-of-hybrid-mos2-batio3-srruo3-tunnel-junctions
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Tao Li, Pankaj Sharma, Alexey Lipatov, Hyungwoo Lee, Jung-Woo Lee, Mikhail Y Zhuravlev, Tula R Paudel, Yuri A Genenko, Chang-Beom Eom, Evgeny Y Tsymbal, Alexander Sinitskii, Alexei Gruverman
Hybrid structures composed of ferroelectric thin films and functional two-dimensional (2D) materials may exhibit unique characteristics and reveal new phenomena due to the cross-interface coupling between their intrinsic properties. In this report, we demonstrate a symbiotic interplay between spontaneous polarization of the ultrathin BaTiO3 ferroelectric film and conductivity of the adjacent molybdenum disulfide (MoS2) layer, a 2D narrow-band semiconductor. Polarization-induced modulation of the electronic properties of MoS2 results in a giant tunneling electroresistance effect in the hybrid MoS2/BaTiO3/SrRuO3 ferroelectric tunnel junctions (FTJs) with an OFF/ON resistance ratio as high as 104 - a 50-fold increase in comparison with the same type of FTJs with metal electrodes...
January 17, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091822/does-the-growth-differentiation-balance-hypothesis-explain-allocation-to-secondary-metabolites-in-combretum-apiculatum-an-african-savanna-woody-species
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Dawood Hattas, Peter F Scogings, Riitta Julkunen-Tiitto
The growth differentiation balance hypothesis (GDBH) provides a framework that predicts a trade-off between costs of secondary metabolites (SMs) relative to the demand for photosynthate by growth. However, this hypothesis was developed using empirical evidence from plant species in northern boreal and temperate systems, leaving its applicability to species under different abiotic and biotic conditions questionable and generalizations problematic. The objective of this study was to investigate whether the GDBH explains allocation to SMs in the deciduous African savanna woody species C...
January 14, 2017: Journal of Chemical Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087837/off-target-effects-of-neuroleptics-and-antidepressants-on-saccharomyces-cerevisiae
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M Caldara, S Graziano, M Gullì, S Cadonici, Nelson Marmiroli
Over the past years, the use of antidepressants and neuroleptics has steadily increased. Although incredibly useful to treat disorders like depression, schizophrenia, epilepsy, or mental retardation, these drugs display many side effects. Toxicogenomic studies aim to limit this problem by trying to identify cellular targets and off-targets of medical compounds. The baker yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae has been shown to be a key player in this approach, as it represents an incredible toolbox for the dissection of complex biological processes...
January 13, 2017: Toxicological Sciences: An Official Journal of the Society of Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087445/distinct-subcomponents-of-mouse-retinal-ganglion-cell-receptive-fields-are-differentially-altered-by-light-adaptation
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C S Cowan, J Sabharwal, R L Seilheimer, S M Wu
The remarkable dynamic range of vision is facilitated by adaptation of retinal sensitivity to ambient lighting conditions. An important mechanism of sensitivity adaptation is control of the spatial and temporal window over which light is integrated. The retina accomplishes this by switching between parallel synaptic pathways with differing kinetics and degrees of synaptic convergence. However, the relative shifts in spatial and temporal integration are not well understood - particularly in the context of the antagonistic spatial surround...
January 10, 2017: Vision Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28071740/elucidating-the-modes-of-action-for-bioactive-compounds-in-a-cell-specific-manner-by-large-scale-chemically-induced-transcriptomics
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Michio Iwata, Ryusuke Sawada, Hiroaki Iwata, Masaaki Kotera, Yoshihiro Yamanishi
The identification of the modes of action of bioactive compounds is a major challenge in chemical systems biology of diseases. Genome-wide expression profiling of transcriptional responses to compound treatment for human cell lines is a promising unbiased approach for the mode-of-action analysis. Here we developed a novel approach to elucidate the modes of action of bioactive compounds in a cell-specific manner using large-scale chemically-induced transcriptome data acquired from the Library of Integrated Network-based Cellular Signatures (LINCS), and analyzed 16,268 compounds and 68 human cell lines...
January 10, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070879/a-review-of-pharmacogenetics-of-antimalarials-and-associated-clinical-implications
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REVIEW
Hazem Elewa, Kyle John Wilby
Genetic variability in drug-metabolizing enzymes and drug transporters is known to influence the pharmacokinetics of many drugs. Antimalarial drugs are a class of agents known to utilize metabolic and elimination pathways prone to genetic variation. This paper aims to review the genetic variants affecting antimalarial medications and discuss their clinical implications. Data were identified for the genes coding for the cytochrome P450 (CYP) enzymes: CYP2C8, CYP2C19, CYP2A6, CYP2D6, CYP2B6, and the P-glycoprotein drug transporter...
January 9, 2017: European Journal of Drug Metabolism and Pharmacokinetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070088/population-and-growth-related-differences-in-helminthic-fauna-of-finless-porpoises-neophocaena-asiaeorientalis-in-five-japanese-populations
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Akira Shiozaki, Masao Amano
A survey of helminths and ectoparasites, including epizoits, was conducted in narrow-ridged finless porpoises (Neophocaena asiaeorientalis) from Japanese five populations using dead stranded or incidentally caught animals. In total, 13 helminth species were found (6 nematodes, 4 trematodes, 2 cestodes, and 1 acanthocephalan) in 137 porpoises. A new location record of Stenurus nanjingensis and a new host record of Tetrabothrius sp. were obtained. Eight species of helminth were considered common in the Japanese populations of the finless porpoise: Pharurus sunameri, Pharurus asiaeorientalis, Nasitrema spathulatum, Nasitrema sunameri, Halocercus pingi, Halocercus sunameri, Campula oblonga, and Synthesium elongatum...
January 8, 2017: Journal of Veterinary Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069373/memantine-attenuates-cell-apoptosis-by-suppressing-the-calpain-caspase-3-pathway-in-an-experimental-model-of-ischemic-stroke
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Bin Chen, Guoxiang Wang, Weiwei Li, Weilin Liu, Ruhui Lin, Jing Tao, Min Jiang, Lidian Chen, Yun Wang
Ischemic stroke, the second leading cause of death worldwide, leads to excessive glutamate release, over-activation of N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor (NMDAR), and massive influx of calcium (Ca(2+)), which may activate calpain and caspase-3, resulting in cellular damage and death. Memantine is an uncompetitive NMDAR antagonist with low-affinity/fast off-rate. We investigated the potential mechanisms through which memantine protects against ischemic stroke in vitro and in vivo. Middle cerebral artery occlusion-reperfusion (MCAO) was performed to establish an experimental model of ischemic stroke...
January 6, 2017: Experimental Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065783/mathematical-modeling-of-mutant-transferrin-crm107-molecular-conjugates-for-cancer-therapy
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Dennis J Yoon, Kevin Y Chen, André M Lopes, April A Pan, Joseph Shiloach, Anne B Mason, Daniel T Kamei
The transferrin (Tf) trafficking pathway is a promising mechanism for use in targeted cancer therapy due to the overexpression of transferrin receptors (TfRs) on cancerous cells. We have previously developed a mathematical model of the Tf/TfR trafficking pathway to improve the efficiency of Tf as a drug carrier. By using diphtheria toxin (DT) as a model toxin, we found that mutating the Tf protein to change its iron release rate improves cellular association and efficacy of the drug. Though this is an improvement upon using wild-type Tf as the targeting ligand, conjugated toxins like DT are unfortunately still highly cytotoxic at off-target sites...
January 6, 2017: Journal of Theoretical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065271/signal-peptidase-enzymology-and-substrate-specificity-profiling
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R E Dalbey, D Pei, Ö D Ekici
Signal peptidases are membrane proteases that play crucial roles in the protein transport pathway of bacteria. They cleave off the signal peptide from precursor proteins that are membrane inserted by the SecYEG or Tat translocons. Signal peptide cleavage releases the translocated protein from the inner membrane allowing the protein to be exported to the periplasm, outer membrane, or secreted into the medium. Signal peptidases are very important proteins to study. They are unique serine proteases with a Ser-Lys dyad, catalyze cleavage at the membrane surface, and are promising potential antibacterial drug targets...
2017: Methods in Enzymology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062648/dual-chemistry-catalyzed-by-human-acireductone-dioxygenase
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Aditi R Deshpande, Thomas C Pochapsky, Gregory A Petsko, Dagmar Ringe
Acireductone dioxygenase (ARD) from the methionine salvage pathway of Klebsiella oxytoca is the only known naturally occurring metalloenzyme that catalyzes different reactions in vivo based solely on the identity of the divalent transition metal ion (Fe(2+) or Ni(2+)) bound in the active site. The iron-containing isozyme catalyzes the cleavage of substrate 1,2-dihydroxy-3-keto-5-(thiomethyl)pent-1-ene (acireductone) by O2 to formate and the ketoacid precursor of methionine, whereas the nickel-containing isozyme uses the same substrates to catalyze an off-pathway shunt to form methylthiopropionate, carbon monoxide and formate...
January 5, 2017: Protein Engineering, Design & Selection: PEDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057832/modification-of-feeding-circuits-in-the-evolution-of-social-behavior
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REVIEW
Eva K Fischer, Lauren A O'Connell
Adaptive trade-offs between foraging and social behavior intuitively explain many aspects of individual decision-making. Given the intimate connection between social behavior and feeding/foraging at the behavioral level, we propose that social behaviors are linked to foraging on a mechanistic level, and that modifications of feeding circuits are crucial in the evolution of complex social behaviors. In this Review, we first highlight the overlap between mechanisms underlying foraging and parental care and then expand this argument to consider the manipulation of feeding-related pathways in the evolution of other complex social behaviors...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28056782/predicting-potential-drug-drug-interactions-by-integrating-chemical-biological-phenotypic-and-network-data
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Wen Zhang, Yanlin Chen, Feng Liu, Fei Luo, Gang Tian, Xiaohong Li
BACKGROUND: Drug-drug interactions (DDIs) are one of the major concerns in drug discovery. Accurate prediction of potential DDIs can help to reduce unexpected interactions in the entire lifecycle of drugs, and are important for the drug safety surveillance. RESULTS: Since many DDIs are not detected or observed in clinical trials, this work is aimed to predict unobserved or undetected DDIs. In this paper, we collect a variety of drug data that may influence drug-drug interactions, i...
January 5, 2017: BMC Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28053243/descending-antinociception-induced-by-secondary-somatosensory-cortex-stimulation-in-experimental-neuropathy-role-of-the-medullospinal-serotonergic-pathway
#15
Boriss Sagalajev, Hanna Viisanen, Hong Wei, Antti Pertovaara
Stimulation of the secondary somatosensory cortex (S2) has attenuated pain in humans and inflammatory nociception in animals. Here we studied S2 stimulation-induced antinociception and its underlying mechanisms in an experimental animal model of neuropathy induced by spinal nerve ligation (SNL). Effect of S2 stimulation on heat-evoked limb withdrawal latency was assessed in lightly anesthetized rats that were divided into three groups based on prior surgery and monofilament testing before induction of anesthesia: i) Sham operated group, ii-iii) (mechanically) hypersensitive and non-hypersensitive SNL groups...
January 4, 2017: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28051280/tongue-somatosensory-evoked-potentials-reflect-midbrain-involvement-in-patients-with-clinically-isolated-syndrome
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Magdalena Krbot Skorić, Ivan Adamec, Luka Crnošija, Tereza Gabelić, Barbara Barun, Ivana Zadro, Silva Butković Soldo, Mario Habek
AIM: To test the hypothesis that tSSEP findings reflect clinical and MRI MS lesions, the aim of this study was to investigate tSSEP changes in patients with clinically isolated syndrome (CIS) in relation to clinical and brainstem MRI findings. The second aim was to investigate whether the interpretation of the tSSEP results in the form of the tSSEP score enables better evaluation of the afferent trigeminal pathway involvement than analyzing each tSSEP parameter separately. METHODS: 115 consecutive CIS patients were enrolled from August 1, 2014 until March 1, 2016...
December 31, 2016: Croatian Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28051140/mechanically-controlled-electron-transfer-in-a-single-polypeptide-transistor
#17
Sheh-Yi Sheu, Dah-Yen Yang
Proteins are of interest in nano-bio electronic devices due to their versatile structures, exquisite functionality and specificity. However, quantum transport measurements produce conflicting results due to technical limitations whereby it is difficult to precisely determine molecular orientation, the nature of the moieties, the presence of the surroundings and the temperature; in such circumstances a better understanding of the protein electron transfer (ET) pathway and the mechanism remains a considerable challenge...
January 4, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28051132/determining-the-migration-duration-of-rice-leaf-folder-cnaphalocrocis-medinalis-guen%C3%A3-e-moths-using-a-trajectory-analytical-approach
#18
Feng-Ying Wang, Fan Yang, Ming-Hong Lu, Shan-Yu Luo, Bao-Ping Zhai, Ka-Sing Lim, Caitríona E McInerney, Gao Hu
Many moths finish their long distance migration after consecutive nights, but little is known about migration duration and distance. This information is key to predicting migration pathways and understanding their evolution. Tethered flight experiments have shown that ovarian development of rice leaf folder (Cnaphalocrocis medinalis [Guenée]) moths was accelerated and synchronized by flight in the first three nights, whereby most females were then matured for mating and reproduction. Thus, it was supposed that this moth might fly three nights to complete its migration...
January 4, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28042611/bedtime-and-evening-light-exposure-influence-circadian-timing-in-preschool-age-children-a-field-study
#19
Lameese D Akacem, Kenneth P Wright, Monique K LeBourgeois
Light exposure and sleep timing are two factors that influence inter-individual variability in the timing of the human circadian clock. The aim of this study was to quantify the degree to which evening light exposure predicts variance in circadian timing over and above bedtime alone in preschool children. Participants were 21 children ages 4.5-5.0 years (4.7 ± 0.2 years; 9 females). Children followed their typical sleep schedules for 4 days during which time they wore a wrist actigraph to assess sleep timing and a pendant light meter to measure minute-by-minute illuminance levels in lux...
November 2016: Neurobiology of Sleep and Circadian Rhythms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28027601/hysteresis-in-myo-inositol-utilization-by-salmonella-typhimurium
#20
Jessica Hellinckx, Thilo M Fuchs
Growth of Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium strain 14028 with myo-inositol (MI) as the sole carbon and energy source is characterized by a bistable phenotype that manifests in a growth phenotype with an extraordinarily long and length-variable lag phase. However, in the presence of hydrogen carbonate, in the absence of IolR that represses the MI degradation pathway, or if cells are already adapted to minimal medium (MM) with MI, the lag phase is drastically shortened, and the bistable phenotype is abolished...
December 27, 2016: MicrobiologyOpen
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