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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222356/extinction-of-avoidance-behavior-by-safety-learning-depends-on-endocannabinoid-signaling-in-the-hippocampus
#1
Vincenzo Micale, Jens Stepan, Angela Jurik, Fabricio A Pamplona, Rudolph Marsch, Filippo Drago, Matthias Eder, Carsten T Wotjak
The development of exaggerated avoidance behavior is largely responsible for the decreased quality of life in patients suffering from anxiety disorders. Studies using animal models have contributed to the understanding of the neural mechanisms underlying the acquisition of avoidance responses. However, much less is known about its extinction. Here we provide evidence in mice that learning about the safety of an environment (i.e., safety learning) rather than repeated execution of the avoided response in absence of negative consequences (i...
February 3, 2017: Journal of Psychiatric Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222303/organic-dye-removal-from-aqueous-solutions-by-hierarchical-calcined-ni-fe-layered-double-hydroxide-isotherm-kinetic-and-mechanism-studies
#2
Chunsheng Lei, Meng Pi, Panyong Kuang, Yingqing Guo, Fenge Zhang
Hierarchically porous nickel-iron-layered double hydroxide (NiFe-LDH) with a Ni(2+)/Fe(3+) molar ratio of 3 was successfully synthesised through a simple hydrothermal route. After calcination at 400°C, NiFe-LDH transformed into nickel-iron-layered double oxides (NiFe-LDO). The as-prepared samples were characterised through X-ray powder diffraction, field emission scanning electron microscopy, energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and nitrogen adsorption...
February 14, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222261/enhanced-release-of-molecules-upon-uv-light-irradiation-from-photoresponsive-hydrogels-prepared-from-bifunctional-azobenzene-and-four-arm-poly-ethylene-glycol
#3
Shiva Kumar Rastogi, Hailee E Anderson, Joseph Lamas, Scott L Barrett, Travis Cantu, Stefan Zauscher, William J Brittain, Tania Betancourt
Advances in biosensors and drug delivery depend on hydrogels that respond to external stimuli. In this work we de-scribe the preparation and characterization of photoresponsive hydrogels prepared by crosslinking of di-NHS ester of azobenzoic acid and four-armed, amine-terminated poly(ethylene glycol). The porous structure and composition of the hydrogels were confirmed by scanning electron microscopy and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy. The reversible photoisomerization of the azobenzene-containing hydrogel crosslinkers in the gels was confirmed by ab-sorption spectroscopy...
February 21, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221782/the-cation-%C3%AF-interaction-enables-a-halo-tag-fluorogenic-probe-for-fast-no-wash-live-cell-imaging-and-gel-free-protein-quantification
#4
Yu Liu, Kun Miao, Noah P Dunham, Hongbin Liu, Matthew Fares, Amie K Boal, Xiaosong Li, Xin Zhang
Design of fluorogenic probes for Halo-tag is highly desirable but challenging. Previous work achieved this goal by controlling the chemical switch of spirolactones upon the covalent conju-gation between Halo-tag and probes or by incorporating a 'channel dye' into the substrate bind-ing tunnel of Halo-tag. In this work, we have developed a novel class of Halo-tag fluorogenic probes that are derived from solvatochromic fluorophores. The optimal probe, harboring a ben-zothiadiazole scaffold, exhibits a 1000-fold fluorescence enhancement upon reaction with Halo-tag...
February 21, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221732/facile-fabrication-of-aie-active-fluorescent-polymeric-nanoparticles-with-ultra-low-critical-micelle-concentration-based-on-ce-iv-redox-polymerization-for-biological-imaging-applications
#5
Qing Wan, Dazhuang Xu, Liucheng Mao, Ziyang He, Guangjian Zeng, Yingge Shi, Fengjie Deng, Meiying Liu, Xiaoyong Zhang, Yen Wei
Fluorescent polymeric nanoparticles (FPNs) with aggregation-induced emission (AIE) property have received increasing attention and possess promising biomedical application potential in the recent years. Many efforts have been devoted to the fabrication methodologies of FPNs and significant advance has been achieved. In this contribution, a novel strategy for the fabrication of AIE-active amphiphilic copolymers is reported for the first time based on the Ce(IV) redox polymerization. As an example, ene group containing AIE-active dye (named as Phe-alc) is directly grafted onto a water soluble polymer polyethylene glycol (PEG) in H2 O/THF system under low temperature...
February 21, 2017: Macromolecular Rapid Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221257/intravitreal-dexamethasone-implant-in-retinitis-pigmentosa-related-cystoid-macular-edema
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Ahmad M Mansour, Huda Sheheitli, Cem Kucukerdonmez, Robert A Sisk, Raphael Moura, Marilita M Moschos, Luiz H Lima, Laila Al-Shaar, J Fernando Arevalo, Mauricio Maia, Robert E Foster, Ozcan Kayikcioglu, Igor Kozak, Shree Kurup, Hernando Zegarra, Roberto Gallego-Pinazo, Rola N Hamam, Riad A Bejjani, Esat Cinar, Ethem T Erakgün, Alan Kimura, Anderson Teixeira
PURPOSE: To report the clinical outcome after intravitreal dexamethasone implant in patients with retinitis pigmentosa and cystoid macular edema. METHODS: Multicenter retrospective case series of eyes with retinitis pigmentosa and cystoid macular edema that underwent intravitreal dexamethasone implant. Primary outcome measures were best-corrected visual acuity in LogMAR and central macular thickness. Statistical analyses used two-tailed comparison with Wilcoxon signed-rank test...
February 17, 2017: Retina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220869/nitric-oxide-is-involved-in-the-oxytetracycline-induced-suppression-of-root-growth-through-inhibiting-hydrogen-peroxide-accumulation-in-the-root-meristem
#7
Qing-Xiang Yu, Golam Jalal Ahammed, Yan-Hong Zhou, Kai Shi, Jie Zhou, Yunlong Yu, Jing-Quan Yu, Xiao-Jian Xia
Use of antibiotic-contaminated manure in crop production poses a severe threat to soil and plant health. However, few studies have studied the mechanism by which plant development is affected by antibiotics. Here, we used microscopy, flow cytometry, gene expression analysis and fluorescent dyes to study the effects of oxytetracycline (OTC), a widely used antibiotic in agriculture, on root meristem activity and the accumulation of hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) and nitric oxide (NO) in the root tips of tomato seedlings...
February 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220799/impact-of-genetic-background-and-experimental-reproducibility-on-identifying-chemical-compounds-with-robust-longevity-effects
#8
Mark Lucanic, W Todd Plummer, Esteban Chen, Jailynn Harke, Anna C Foulger, Brian Onken, Anna L Coleman-Hulbert, Kathleen J Dumas, Suzhen Guo, Erik Johnson, Dipa Bhaumik, Jian Xue, Anna B Crist, Michael P Presley, Girish Harinath, Christine A Sedore, Manish Chamoli, Shaunak Kamat, Michelle K Chen, Suzanne Angeli, Christina Chang, John H Willis, Daniel Edgar, Mary Anne Royal, Elizabeth A Chao, Shobhna Patel, Theo Garrett, Carolina Ibanez-Ventoso, June Hope, Jason L Kish, Max Guo, Gordon J Lithgow, Monica Driscoll, Patrick C Phillips
Limiting the debilitating consequences of ageing is a major medical challenge of our time. Robust pharmacological interventions that promote healthy ageing across diverse genetic backgrounds may engage conserved longevity pathways. Here we report results from the Caenorhabditis Intervention Testing Program in assessing longevity variation across 22 Caenorhabditis strains spanning 3 species, using multiple replicates collected across three independent laboratories. Reproducibility between test sites is high, whereas individual trial reproducibility is relatively low...
February 21, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220537/immobilization-of-horseradish-peroxidase-on-zno-nanowires-macroporous-sio2-composites-for-the-complete-decolorization-of-anthraquinone-dyes
#9
Huaiyan Sun, Xinyu Jin, Feng Jiang, Ruifeng Zhang
A Zinc Oxide (ZnO) nanowires/ macroporous Silicon dioxide (SiO2 ) composite was used as support to immobilize horseradish peroxidase (HRP) simply by in-situ cross-linking method. As cross-linker was adsorbed on the surface of ZnO nanowires, the cross-linked HRP was quite different from the traditional cross-linking enzyme aggregates (CLEAs) on both structure and catalytic performance. Among three epoxy compounds diethylene glycol diglycidyl ether (DDE) was the best cross-linker, with which the loading amount of HRP with pI of 5...
February 21, 2017: Biotechnology and Applied Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220212/rho-kinase-inhibition-ameliorates-cyclophosphamide-induced-cystitis-in-rats
#10
Andrzej Wróbel, Urszula Doboszewska, Ewa Rechberger, Karol Rojek, Anna Serefko, Ewa Poleszak, Krystyna Skalicka-Woźniak, Jarosław Dudka, Piotr Wlaź
Hemorrhagic cystitis often develops in patients treated with cyclophosphamide (CYP). Studies have indicated that Rho kinase (ROCK) inhibitors may suppress detrusor overactivity symptoms and possess anti-inflammatory properties. The aim of the present study was to investigate whether inhibition of ROCK reduces cystometric and histopathological changes associated with CYP-induced cystitis. The rats received GSK 269962, a ROCK inhibitor, at a dose of 30 mg/kg daily, or vehicle for 7 days. Then, acute chemical cystitis leading to bladder overactivity was induced by CYP injection (200 mg/kg i...
February 21, 2017: Naunyn-Schmiedeberg's Archives of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219725/planar-implantable-sensor-for-in-vivo-measurement-of-cellular-oxygen-metabolism-in-brain-tissue
#11
Vassiliy Tsytsarev, Fatih Akkenti, Elena Pumbo, Qinggong Tang, Yu Chen, Reha S Erzurumlu, Dmitri B Papkovsky
BACKGROUND: Brain imaging methods are continually improving. Imaging of the cerebral cortex is widely used in both animal experiments and charting human brain function in health and disease. Among the animal models, the rodent cerebral cortex has been widely used because of patterned neural representation of the whiskers on the snout and relative ease of activating cortical tissue with whisker stimulation. NEW METHOD: We tested a new planar solid-state oxygen sensor comprising a polymeric film with a phosphorescent oxygen-sensitive coating on the working side, to monitor dynamics of oxygen metabolism in the cerebral cortex following sensory stimulation...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219400/alleviation-of-secondary-brain-injury-posttraumatic-inflammation-and-brain-edema-formation-by-inhibition-of-factor-xiia
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Sarah Hopp, Marc W Nolte, Christian Stetter, Christoph Kleinschnitz, Anna-Leena Sirén, Christiane Albert-Weissenberger
BACKGROUND: Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a devastating neurological condition and a frequent cause of permanent disability. Posttraumatic inflammation and brain edema formation, two pathological key events contributing to secondary brain injury, are mediated by the contact-kinin system. Activation of this pathway in the plasma is triggered by activated factor XII. Hence, we set out to study in detail the influence of activated factor XII on the abovementioned pathophysiological features of TBI...
February 20, 2017: Journal of Neuroinflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219038/green-synthesis-characterization-and-catalytic-activity-of-silver-nanoparticles-using-cassia-auriculata-flower-extract-separated-fraction
#13
Karuppiah Muthu, Sethuraman Priya
Cassia auriculata L., the flower aqueous extract was fractionated by separating funnel using n-hexane (A1), chloroform (A2), ethyl acetate (A3) and triple distilled water (A4). The A4 fraction was concentrated and determined the presence of preliminary phytochemicals such as tannins, flavonoids, glycosides, carbohydrates and polyphenolic compounds. These phytochemical compounds acted as reducing as well as a stabilizing agent in the green synthesis of Ag NPs from aqueous silver ions. Initially, the colour change and UV-vis absorbance surface Plasmon resonance strong, wide band located at 435nm has confirmed the synthesis of Ag NPs...
February 12, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218828/a-simple-and-facile-approach-to-create-charge-reversible-pores-via-hydrophobic-anchoring-of-ionic-amphiphiles
#14
Sonu Kizhakeppura, B V V S Pavan Kumar, Subi J George, Muthusamy Eswaramoorthy
Mesoporous silica based charge reversal systems have gained significant attention in the recent years due to a variety of applications such as drug delivery, dye adsorption, catalysis, chromatography etc. Such systems often use covalent strategies to immobilize functional groups on the silica scaffold. However, lack of dynamism, modularity and post-synthetic flexibility associated with covalent routes limit their wider applicability. Alternatively, supramolecular routes are gaining increased attention owing to their ability to overcome these limitations...
February 20, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218528/a-water-stable-anionic-metal-organic-framework-constructed-from-columnar-zinc-adeninate-units-for-highly-selective-light-hydrocarbon-separation-and-efficient-separation-of-organic-dyes
#15
Hui-Fang Ma, Qing-Yan Liu, Yu-Ling Wang, Shun-Gao Yin
A metal-organic framework (MOF), {(Me2NH2)2[Zn6(μ4-O)(ad)4(BPDC)4]}n (JXNU-4; ad(-) = adeninate), with an anionic three-dimensional (3D) framework constructed from one-dimensional (1D) columnar [Zn6(ad)4(μ4-O)]n secondary building units (SBUs) and 4,4'-biphenyldicarboxylate (BPDC(2-)) ligand, was prepared. The anionic 3D framework has 1D square channels with an aperture of about 9.8 Å and exhibits a carboxylate-O-decorated pore environment. The microporous nature of JXNU-4 was established by the N2 adsorption data, which gives Langmuir and Brumauer-Emmett-Teller surface areas of 1800 and 1250 m(2) g(-1), respectively...
February 20, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218525/high-voltage-dye-sensitized-solar-cells-mediated-by-co-2-2-bipyrimidine-3-z
#16
Kitty Y Chen, Chuan Du, Brian O Patrick, Curtis P Berlinguette
The cobalt complex [Co(2,2'-bipyrimidine)3](PF6)2 (Co-bpm) was tested as a redox mediator in the dye-sensitized solar cell. The measured photovoltages for the cells were in excess of 1 V, which is approximately 3-fold greater than that measured for devices where [Co(2,2'-bipyridine)3](PF6)2 (Co-bpy) was used as the redox mediator under the same experimental conditions. The root cause of this voltage enhancement is the Co(III)/Co(II) redox potential for Co-bpm being positively shifted by 0.50 V relative to the Co-bpy mediator...
February 20, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218446/in-situ-bioorthogonal-metabolic-labeling-for-fluorescence-imaging-of-virus-infection-in-vivo
#17
Hong Pan, Wen-Jun Li, Xiang-Jie Yao, Ya-Yun Wu, Lan-Lan Liu, Hua-Mei He, Ren-Li Zhang, Yi-Fan Ma, Lin-Tao Cai
Optical fluorescence imaging is an important strategy to explore the mechanism of virus-host interaction. However, current fluorescent tag labeling strategies often dampen viral infectivity. The present study explores an in situ fluorescent labeling strategy in order to preserve viral infectivity and precisely monitor viral infection in vivo. In contrast to pre-labeling strategy, mice are first intranasally infected with azide-modified H5N1 pseudotype virus (N3 -H5N1p), followed by injection of dibenzocyclooctyl (DBCO)-functionalized fluorescence 6 h later...
February 20, 2017: Small
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217713/catching-the-voltage-gradient-asymmetric-boost-of-cortical-spread-generates-motion-signals-across-visual-cortex-a-brief-review-with-special-thanks-to-amiram-grinvald
#18
REVIEW
Dirk Jancke
Wide-field voltage imaging is unique in its capability to capture snapshots of activity-across the full gradient of average changes in membrane potentials from subthreshold to suprathreshold levels-of hundreds of thousands of superficial cortical neurons that are simultaneously active. Here, I highlight two examples where voltage-sensitive dye imaging (VSDI) was exploited to track gradual space-time changes of activity within milliseconds across several millimeters of cortex at submillimeter resolution: the line-motion condition, measured in Amiram Grinvald's Laboratory more than 10 years ago and-coming full circle running VSDI in my laboratory-another motion-inducing condition, in which two neighboring stimuli counterchange luminance simultaneously...
July 2017: Neurophotonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216878/nardostachys-jatamansi-root-extract-modulates-the-growth-of-imr-32-and-sk-n-mc-neuroblastoma-cell-lines-through-mycn-mediated-regulation-of-mdm2-and-p53
#19
Snehal Suryavanshi, Prerna Raina, Rashmi Deshpande, Ruchika Kaul-Ghanekar
AIM: The present study evaluated the effect of ethanolic extract of Nardostachys jatamansi roots (NJet) on MYCN mediated regulation of expression of MDM2 and p53 proteins in neuroblastoma cell lines, IMR-32 and SK-N-MC. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The effect of NJet on cell viability was determined by MTT; and on growth kinetics was evaluated by trypan blue dye exclusion method and soft agar assay. The expression of p53, MDM2 and MYCN proteins in response to NJet treatment was evaluated by immunoblotting...
January 2017: Pharmacognosy Magazine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216667/a-novel-hrm-assay-for-the-simultaneous-detection-and-differentiation-of-eight-poxviruses-of-medical-and-veterinary-importance
#20
Esayas Gelaye, Lukas Mach, Jolanta Kolodziejek, Reingard Grabherr, Angelika Loitsch, Jenna E Achenbach, Norbert Nowotny, Adama Diallo, Charles Euloge Lamien
Poxviruses belonging to the Orthopoxvirus, Capripoxvirus and Parapoxvirus genera share common host species and create a challenge for diagnosis. Here, we developed a novel multiplex PCR method for the simultaneous detection and differentiation of eight poxviruses, belonging to three genera: cowpox virus (CPXV) and camelpox virus (CMLV) [genus Orthopoxvirus]; goatpox virus (GTPV), sheeppox virus (SPPV) and lumpy skin disease virus (LSDV) [genus Capripoxvirus]; orf virus (ORFV), pseudocowpox virus (PCPV) and bovine papular stomatitis virus (BPSV) [genus Parapoxvirus]...
February 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
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