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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651035/material-efficient-microfluidic-platform-for-exploratory-studies-of-visible-light-photoredox-catalysis
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Connor W Coley, Milad Abolhasani, Hongkun Lin, Klavs F Jensen
We present an automated microfluidic platform for in-flow studies of visible-light photoredox catalysis in liquid or gas-liquid reactions at the 15 μL scale. An oscillatory flow strategy enables flexible residence time while preserving the mixing and heat transfer advantages of flow systems. The adjustable photon flux possible with the platform is characterized using actinometry. Case studies of oxidative hydroxylation of phenylboronic acids and dimerization of thiophenol demonstrate the capabilities and advantages of the system...
June 26, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649444/reverse-engineering-highlights-potential-principles-of-large-gene-regulatory-network-design-and-learning
#2
Clément Carré, André Mas, Gabriel Krouk
Inferring transcriptional gene regulatory networks from transcriptomic datasets is a key challenge of systems biology, with potential impacts ranging from medicine to agronomy. There are several techniques used presently to experimentally assay transcription factors to target relationships, defining important information about real gene regulatory networks connections. These techniques include classical ChIP-seq, yeast one-hybrid, or more recently, DAP-seq or target technologies. These techniques are usually used to validate algorithm predictions...
2017: NPJ Systems Biology and Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649434/a-clb-cdk1-mediated-regulation-of-fkh2-synchronizes-clb-expression-in-the-budding-yeast-cell-cycle
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Christian Linke, Anastasia Chasapi, Alberto González-Novo, Istabrak Al Sawad, Silvia Tognetti, Edda Klipp, Mart Loog, Sylvia Krobitsch, Francesc Posas, Ioannis Xenarios, Matteo Barberis
Precise timing of cell division is achieved by coupling waves of cyclin-dependent kinase (Cdk) activity with a transcriptional oscillator throughout cell cycle progression. Although details of transcription of cyclin genes are known, it is unclear which is the transcriptional cascade that modulates their expression in a timely fashion. Here, we demonstrate that a Clb/Cdk1-mediated regulation of the Fkh2 transcription factor synchronizes the temporal mitotic CLB expression in budding yeast. A simplified kinetic model of the cyclin/Cdk network predicts a linear cascade where a Clb/Cdk1-mediated regulation of an activator molecule drives CLB3 and CLB2 expression...
2017: NPJ Systems Biology and Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649402/evolutionary-adaptations-of-biofilms-infecting-cystic-fibrosis-lungs-promote-mechanical-toughness-by-adjusting-polysaccharide-production
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Kristin Kovach, Megan Davis-Fields, Yasuhiko Irie, Kanishk Jain, Shashvat Doorwar, Katherine Vuong, Numa Dhamani, Kishore Mohanty, Ahmed Touhami, Vernita D Gordon
Biofilms are communities of microbes embedded in a matrix of extracellular polymeric substances, largely polysaccharides. Multiple types of extracellular polymeric substances can be produced by a single bacterial strain. The distinct polymer components of biofilms are known to provide chemical protection, but little is known about how distinct extracellular polysaccharides may also protect biofilms against mechanical stresses such as shear or phagocytic engulfment. Decades-long infections of Pseudomonas. aeruginosa biofilms in the lungs of cystic fibrosis patients are natural models for studies of biofilm fitness under pressure from antibiotics and the immune system...
2017: NPJ Biofilms and Microbiomes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649232/ion-channels-of-pituitary-gonadotrophs-and-their-roles-in-signaling-and-secretion
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REVIEW
Stanko S Stojilkovic, Ivana Bjelobaba, Hana Zemkova
Gonadotrophs are basophilic cells of the anterior pituitary gland specialized to secrete gonadotropins in response to elevation in intracellular calcium concentration. These cells fire action potentials (APs) spontaneously, coupled with voltage-gated calcium influx of insufficient amplitude to trigger gonadotropin release. The spontaneous excitability of gonadotrophs reflects the expression of voltage-gated sodium, calcium, potassium, non-selective cation-conducting, and chloride channels at their plasma membrane (PM)...
2017: Frontiers in Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648842/pnrc2-regulates-3-utr-mediated-decay-of-segmentation-clock-associated-transcripts-during-zebrafish-segmentation
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Thomas L Gallagher, Kiel T Tietz, Zachary T Morrow, Jasmine M McCammon, Michael L Goldrich, Nicolas L Derr, Sharon L Amacher
Vertebrate segmentation is controlled by the segmentation clock, a molecular oscillator that regulates gene expression and cycles rapidly. The expression of many genes oscillates during segmentation, including hairy/Enhancer of split-related (her or Hes) genes, which encode transcriptional repressors that auto-inhibit their own expression, and deltaC (dlc), which encodes a Notch ligand. We previously identified the tortuga (tor) locus in a zebrafish forward genetic screen for genes involved in cyclic transcript regulation and showed that cyclic transcripts accumulate post-splicing in tor mutants...
June 22, 2017: Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648082/width-tuned-magnetic-order-oscillation-on-zigzag-edges-of-honeycomb-nanoribbons
#7
Wen-Chao Chen, Yuan Zhou, Shun-Li Yu, Wei-Guo Yin, Chang-De Gong
Quantum confinement and interference often generate exotic properties in nanostructures. One recent highlight is the experimental indication of a magnetic phase transition in zigzag-edged graphene nanoribbons at the critical ribbon width of about 7 nm [G. Z. Magda et al., Nature \textbf{514}, 608 (2014)]. Here we show theoretically that with further increase in the ribbon width, the magnetic correlation of the two edges can exhibit an intriguing oscillatory behavior between antiferromagnetic and ferromagnetic, driven by acquiring the positive coherence between the two edges to lower the free energy...
June 24, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646686/eeg-spectral-analysis-as-a-putative-early-prognostic-biomarker-in-nondemented-amyloid-positive-subjects
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Alida A Gouw, Astrid M Alsema, Betty M Tijms, Andreas Borta, Philip Scheltens, Cornelis J Stam, Wiesje M van der Flier
We studied whether electroencephalography (EEG)-derived measures of brain oscillatory activity are related to clinical progression in nondemented, amyloid positive subjects. We included 205 nondemented amyloid positive subjects (63 subjective cognitive decline [SCD]; 142 mild cognitive impairment [MCI]) with a baseline resting-state EEG data and ≥1-year follow-up. Peak frequency and relative power of 4 frequency bands were calculated. Relationships between normalized EEG measures and time to clinical progression (conversion from SCD to MCI/dementia or from MCI to dementia) were analyzed using Cox proportional hazard models...
June 1, 2017: Neurobiology of Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644841/low-dimensional-spike-rate-models-derived-from-networks-of-adaptive-integrate-and-fire-neurons-comparison-and-implementation
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Moritz Augustin, Josef Ladenbauer, Fabian Baumann, Klaus Obermayer
The spiking activity of single neurons can be well described by a nonlinear integrate-and-fire model that includes somatic adaptation. When exposed to fluctuating inputs sparsely coupled populations of these model neurons exhibit stochastic collective dynamics that can be effectively characterized using the Fokker-Planck equation. This approach, however, leads to a model with an infinite-dimensional state space and non-standard boundary conditions. Here we derive from that description four simple models for the spike rate dynamics in terms of low-dimensional ordinary differential equations using two different reduction techniques: one uses the spectral decomposition of the Fokker-Planck operator, the other is based on a cascade of two linear filters and a nonlinearity, which are determined from the Fokker-Planck equation and semi-analytically approximated...
June 23, 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643918/effect-of-cyclical-forces-on-orthodontic-tooth-movement-from%C3%A2-animals-to-humans
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REVIEW
F Uribe, E Dutra, T Chandhoke
Vibration as a non-invasive method is currently available for clinical use with the potential to accelerate the rate of tooth movement in orthodontics. The aim of this review was to evaluate the basic science and clinical literature on the effects of vibration on the axial and appendicular skeleton including the craniofacial bone. Vibration as a dynamic load consisting of high oscillatory forces of low magnitude has shown osteogenic and anti-catabolic effects on bone. These effects have been observed in the craniofacial skeleton including the alveolar bone as increases in sutural width and alveolar bone formation...
June 2017: Orthodontics & Craniofacial Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643367/facile-one-pot-synthesis-of-functional-giant-polymeric-vesicles-controlled-by-oscillatory-chemistry
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Bishnu Bastakoti, Juan Perez-Mercader
We introduce a novel application of an oscillatory chemical reaction to the synthesis of block copolymers. The Belousov-Zhabotinsky (B-Z) reaction is coupled with the polymerization of an amphiphilic block copolymer. Radicals generated in the B-Z reaction initiate the polymerization between a polyethylene glycol (PEG) macro reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer agent and butyl acrylate monomers. The growth of the hydrophobic block on PEG undergoes self-assembly to form spherical micelles. The nanoscale micelles transform into submicron vesicles and grow to giant vesicles as a consequence of the oscillatory behavior of the B-Z reaction...
June 22, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642341/use-of-intraoperative-local-field-potential-spectral-analysis-to-differentiate-basal-ganglia-structures-in-parkinson-s-disease-patients
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Rachel Kolb, Aviva Abosch, Gidon Felsen, John A Thompson
Identification of brain structures traversed during implantation of deep brain-stimulating (DBS) electrodes into the subthalamic nucleus (STN-DBS) for the treatment of Parkinson's disease (PD) frequently relies on subjective correspondence between kinesthetic response and multiunit activity. However, recent work suggests that local field potentials (LFP) could be used as a more robust signal to objectively differentiate subcortical structures. The goal of this study was to analyze the spectral properties of LFP collected during STN-DBS in order to objectively identify commonly traversed brain regions and improve our understanding of aberrant oscillations in the PD-related pathophysiological cortico-basal ganglia network...
June 2017: Physiological Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641435/validating-and-implementing-modified-filinov-phase-filtration-in-semiclassical-dynamics
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Matthew S Church, Sergey V Antipov, Nandini Ananth
The Mixed Quantum-Classical Initial Value Representation (MQC-IVR) is a recently introduced approximate semiclassical (SC) method for the calculation of real-time quantum correlation functions. MQC-IVR employs a modified Filinov filtration (MFF) scheme to control the overall phase of the SC integrand, extending the applicability of SC methods to complex systems while retaining their ability to accurately describe quantum coherence effects. Here, we address questions regarding the effectiveness of the MFF scheme in combination with SC dynamics...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640508/intraglomerular-gap-junctions-enhance-interglomerular-synchrony-in-a-sparsely-connected-olfactory-bulb-network
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Frederic Pouille, Thomas S McTavish, Lawrence E Hunter, Diego Restrepo, Nathan E Schoppa
A dominant feature of the olfactory bulb response to odour is fast synchronized oscillations at beta (15-40 Hz) or gamma (40-90 Hz) frequencies, thought to be involved in integration of olfactory signals. Mechanistically, the bulb presents an interesting case study for understanding how beta/gamma oscillations arise. Fast oscillatory synchrony in the activity of output mitral cells (MCs) appears to result from interactions with GABAergic granule cells (GCs), yet the incidence of MC-GC connections is very low, around 4%...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640191/phenotypic-plasticity-and-cell-fate-decisions-in-cancer-insights-from-dynamical-systems-theory
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REVIEW
Dongya Jia, Mohit Kumar Jolly, Prakash Kulkarni, Herbert Levine
Waddington's epigenetic landscape, a famous metaphor in developmental biology, depicts how a stem cell progresses from an undifferentiated phenotype to a differentiated one. The concept of "landscape" in the context of dynamical systems theory represents a high-dimensional space, in which each cell phenotype is considered as an "attractor" that is determined by interactions between multiple molecular players, and is buffered against environmental fluctuations. In addition, biological noise is thought to play an important role during these cell-fate decisions and in fact controls transitions between different phenotypes...
June 22, 2017: Cancers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639263/subthalamic-beta-dynamics-mirror-parkinsonian-bradykinesia-months-after-neurostimulator-implantation
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Leon Amadeus Steiner, Wolf-Julian Neumann, Franziska Staub-Bartelt, Damian M Herz, Huiling Tan, Alek Pogosyan, Andrea A Kuhn, Peter Brown
BACKGROUND: Exaggerated oscillatory activity in the beta frequency band in the subthalamic nucleus has been suggested to be related to bradykinesia in Parkinson's disease (PD). However, studies seeking correlations between such activity in the local field potential and motor performance have been limited to the immediate postoperative period, which may be confounded by a stun effect that leads to the temporary alleviation of PD deficits. METHODS: Local field potentials were recorded simultaneously with motor performance in PD patients several months after neurostimulator implantation...
June 22, 2017: Movement Disorders: Official Journal of the Movement Disorder Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638715/rat-intersubjective-decisions-are-encoded-by-frequency-specific-oscillatory-contexts
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Jana Schaich Borg, Sanvesh Srivastava, Lizhen Lin, Joseph Heffner, David Dunson, Kafui Dzirasa, Luis de Lecea
INTRODUCTION: It is unknown how the brain coordinates decisions to withstand personal costs in order to prevent other individuals' distress. Here we test whether local field potential (LFP) oscillations between brain regions create "neural contexts" that select specific brain functions and encode the outcomes of these types of intersubjective decisions. METHODS: Rats participated in an "Intersubjective Avoidance Test" (IAT) that tested rats' willingness to enter an innately aversive chamber to prevent another rat from getting shocked...
June 2017: Brain and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638597/rest-tremor-revisited-parkinson-s-disease-and-other-disorders
#18
REVIEW
Wei Chen, Franziska Hopfner, Jos Steffen Becktepe, Günther Deuschl
Tremor is the most common movement disorder characterized by a rhythmical, involuntary oscillatory movement of a body part. Since distinct diseases can cause similar tremor manifestations and vice-versa, it is challenging to make an accurate diagnosis. This applies particularly for tremor at rest. This entity was only rarely studied in the past, although a multitude of clinical studies on prevalence and clinical features of tremor in Parkinson's disease (PD), essential tremor and dystonia, have been carried out...
2017: Translational Neurodegeneration
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638591/replicable-in-vivo-physiological-and-behavioral-phenotypes-of-the-shank3b-null-mutant-mouse-model-of-autism
#19
Sameer C Dhamne, Jill L Silverman, Chloe E Super, Stephen H T Lammers, Mustafa Q Hameed, Meera E Modi, Nycole A Copping, Michael C Pride, Daniel G Smith, Alexander Rotenberg, Jacqueline N Crawley, Mustafa Sahin
BACKGROUND: Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a clinically and biologically heterogeneous condition characterized by social, repetitive, and sensory behavioral abnormalities. No treatments are approved for the core diagnostic symptoms of ASD. To enable the earliest stages of therapeutic discovery and development for ASD, robust and reproducible behavioral phenotypes and biological markers are essential to establish in preclinical animal models. The goal of this study was to identify electroencephalographic (EEG) and behavioral phenotypes that are replicable between independent cohorts in a mouse model of ASD...
2017: Molecular Autism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637840/promoting-sleep-oscillations-and-their-functional-coupling-by-transcranial-stimulation-enhances-memory-consolidation-in-mild-cognitive-impairment
#20
Julia Ladenbauer, Josef Ladenbauer, Nadine Külzow, Rebecca de Boor, Elena Avramova, Ulrike Grittner, Agnes Flöel
Alzheimer's disease (AD) not only involves loss of memory functions but also prominent deterioration of sleep physiology, already evident in the stage of mild cognitive impairment (MCI). Cortical slow oscillations (SO, 0.5-1 Hz) and thalamo-cortical spindle activity (12-15 Hz) during sleep, and their temporal coordination, are considered critical for memory formation. We investigated the potential of slow oscillatory transcranial direct current stimulation (so-tDCS), applied during a daytime nap in a sleep state-dependent manner, to modulate these activity patterns and sleep-related memory consolidation in 9 male and 7 female human patients with MCI...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
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