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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342397/imaging-the-spatiotemporal-dynamics-of-cognitive-processes-at-high-temporal-resolution
#1
I Tal, M Abeles
This letter presents a noninvasive imaging technique that captures the exact timing and locations of cortical activity sequences that are specific to a cognitive process. These precise spatiotemporal sequences can be detected in the human brain as specific time-position pattern associated with a cognitive specific time-position pattern associated with a cognitive task. They are consistent with direct measurements of population activity recorded in nonhuman primates, thus suggesting that specific time-position patterns associated with a cognitive task can be identified...
January 17, 2018: Neural Computation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342361/high-speed-spectroscopic-transient-absorption-imaging-of-defects-in-graphene
#2
Kai-Chih Huang, Jeremy McCall, Pu Wang, Chien-Sheng Liao, Gregory Eakins, Ji-Xin Cheng, Chen Yang
Graphene grain boundaries (GBs) and other nano-defects can deteriorate electronic properties. Here, using transient absorption (TA) microscopy, we directly visualized GBs by TA intensity increase due to change in density of state. We also observed a faster decay due to defect-accelerated carrier relaxation in the GB area. By line-illumination and parallel detection, we increased the TA intensity imaging speed to 1,000 frames per second, which is 6 orders of magnitude faster than Raman microscopy. Combined with a resonant optical delay tuner which scans a 5...
January 17, 2018: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342359/semiconducting-photothermal-nanoagonist-for-remote-controlled-specific-cancer-therapy
#3
Xu Zhen, Chen Xie, Yuyan Jiang, Xiangzhao Ai, Bengang Xing, Kanyi Pu
Nanomedicines have shown success in cancer therapy, but the pharmacological actions of most nanomedicine are often nonspecific to cancer cells because of utilization of the therapeutic agents that induce cell apoptosis from inner organelles. We herein report the development of semiconducting photothermal nanoagonists that can remotely and specifically initiate the apoptosis of cancer cells from cell membrane. The organic nanoagonists comprise semiconducting polymer nanoparticles (SPNs) and capsaicin (Cap) as the photothermally-responsive nanocarrier and the agonist for activation of transient receptor potential cation channel subfamily V member 1 (TRPV1), respectively...
January 17, 2018: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342151/cd8-signaling-in-microglia-macrophage-m1-polarization-in-a-rat-model-of-cerebral-ischemia
#4
Jan Boddaert, Kenny Bielen, Bart 's Jongers, Ekta Manocha, Laetitia Yperzeele, Patrick Cras, Daniel Pirici, Samir Kumar-Singh
Classical or M1 activity of microglia/macrophages has been described in several neurodegenerative and brain inflammatory conditions and has also been linked to expansion of ischemic injury in post-stroke brain. While different pathways of M1 polarization have been suggested to occur in the post-stroke brain, the precise underlying mechanisms remain undefined. Using a transient middle cerebral artery occlusion (MCAO) rat model, we showed a progressive M2 to M1 polarization in the perilesional brain region with M1 cells becoming one of the dominant subsets by day 4 post-stroke...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342012/diffuse-chorioretinopathy-without-serous-detachment-associated-with-cardiac-transplantation
#5
Michael F Marmor
PURPOSE: To analyze an unusual case of widespread chorioretinopathy after cardiac transplantation for its potential etiology and clinical significance. METHODS: Clinical examinations included widefield and macular color and fundus autofluorescence photography, spectral domain optical coherence tomography, fluorescein angiography and indocyanine green angiography, full-field electroretinography, and Goldmann visual fields. PATIENT: A 44-year-old Hispanic woman was referred to rule out retinitis pigmentosa...
January 16, 2018: Retinal Cases & Brief Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341902/curcumin-potentiates-the-function-of-human-%C3%AE-7-nicotinic-acetylcholine-receptors-expressed-in-sh-ep1-cells
#6
Eslam El Nebrisi, Lina T Al Kury, Keun-Hang Susan Yang, Petrilla Jayaprakash, Frank C Howarth, Nadine Kabbani, Murat Oz
Effects of curcumin, a biologically active ingredient of turmeric, were tested on the Ca2+ transients induced by the activation of α7 subunit of the human nicotinic acetylcholine (α7 nACh) receptor expressed in SH-EP1 cells. Curcumin caused a significant potentiation of choline (1 mM)-induced Ca2+ transients with an EC50 value of 133 nM. The potentiating effect of curcumin was not observed in Ca2+ transients induced by high K+ (60 mM) containing solutions or activation of α4β2 nACh receptors and the extent of curcumin potentiation was not altered in the presence of Ca2+ channel antagonists nifedipine (1 μM), verapamil (1 μM), ω-conotoxin (1 μM), and bepridil (10 μM)...
January 13, 2018: Neurochemistry International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341898/induction-of-alpha-synuclein-pathology-in-the-enteric-nervous-system-of-the-rat-and-non-human-primate-results-in-gastrointestinal-dysmotility-and-transient-cns-pathology
#7
Fredric P Manfredsson, Kelvin C Luk, Matthew J Benskey, Aysegul Guezer, Joanna Garcia, Nathan C Kuhn, Ivette M Sandoval, Joseph R Patterson, Alana O'Mara, Reid Yonkers, Jeffrey H Kordower
Alpha-Synuclein (α-syn) is by far the most highly vetted pathogenic and therapeutic target in Parkinson's disease. Aggregated α-syn is present in sporadic Parkinson's disease, both in the central nervous system (CNS) and peripheral nervous system (PNS). The enteric division of the PNS is of particular interest because 1) gastric dysfunction is a key clinical manifestation of Parkinson's disease, and 2) Lewy pathology in myenteric and submucosal neurons of the enteric nervous system (ENS) has been referred to as stage zero in the Braak pathological staging of Parkinson's disease...
January 13, 2018: Neurobiology of Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341891/long-term-treadmill-exercise-improves-memory-impairment-through-restoration-of-decreased-synaptic-adhesion-molecule-1-2-3-induced-by-transient-cerebral-ischemia-in-the-aged-gerbil-hippocampus
#8
Ji Hyeon Ahn, Joon Ha Park, Jinseu Park, Myoung Cheol Shin, Jun Hwi Cho, In Hye Kim, Jeong-Hwi Cho, Tae-Kyeong Lee, Jae-Chul Lee, Bich Na Shin, Young-Myeong Kim, Choong Hyun Lee, In Koo Hwang, Il Jun Kang, Bai Hui Chen, Bing Chun Yan, Young Joo Lee, Moo-Ho Won, Soo Young Choi
Exercise improves cognitive impairments induced by transient cerebral ischemia and modulates synaptic adhesion molecules. In this study, we investigated effects of long-term treadmill exercise on cognitive impairments and its relation to changes of synaptic cell adhesion molecule (SynCAM) 1/2/3 in the hippocampus after 5 min of transient cerebral ischemia in aged gerbils. Animals were assigned to sedentary and exercised groups, given treadmill exercise for 4 consecutive weeks from 5 days after transient ischemia and evaluated cognitive function through passive avoidance test and Morris water maze test...
January 13, 2018: Experimental Gerontology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341685/intermittent-granular-dynamics-at-a-seismogenic-plate-boundary
#9
Yasmine Meroz, Brendan J Meade
Earthquakes at seismogenic plate boundaries are a response to the differential motions of tectonic blocks embedded within a geometrically complex network of branching and coalescing faults. Elastic strain is accumulated at a slow strain rate on the order of 10^{-15}  s^{-1}, and released intermittently at intervals >100  yr, in the form of rapid (seconds to minutes) coseismic ruptures. The development of macroscopic models of quasistatic planar tectonic dynamics at these plate boundaries has remained challenging due to uncertainty with regard to the spatial and kinematic complexity of fault system behaviors...
September 29, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341683/theory-of-thermal-relaxation-of-electrons-in-semiconductors
#10
Sridhar Sadasivam, Maria K Y Chan, Pierre Darancet
We compute the transient dynamics of phonons in contact with high energy "hot" charge carriers in 12 polar and nonpolar semiconductors, using a first-principles Boltzmann transport framework. For most materials, we find that the decay in electronic temperature departs significantly from a single-exponential model at times ranging from 1 to 15 ps after electronic excitation, a phenomenon concomitant with the appearance of nonthermal vibrational modes. We demonstrate that these effects result from slow thermalization within the phonon subsystem, caused by the large heterogeneity in the time scales of electron-phonon and phonon-phonon interactions in these materials...
September 29, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341606/hogg1-removes-solution-accessible-8-oxog-lesions-from-globally-substituted-nucleosomes-except-at-the-dyad-region
#11
Katharina Bilotti, Mary E Tarantino, Sarah Delaney
Persistent DNA damage is responsible for mutagenesis, aging, and disease. Repair of the prototypic oxidatively damaged guanine lesion 8-oxo-7,8-dihydroguanine (8-oxoG) is initiated by oxoguanine glycosylase (hOGG1 in humans). In this work, we examine hOGG1 activity on DNA packaged as it is in chromatin, in a nucleosome core particle (NCP). We use synthetic methods to generate a population of NCPs with G to 8-oxoG substitutions and evaluate the global profile of hOGG1 repair in packaged DNA. For several turns of the helix, we observe that solution-accessible 8-oxoG are sites of activity for hOGG1...
January 17, 2018: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341604/ce3-doping-to-modulate-photoluminescence-kinetics-for-efficient-cspbbr3-nanocrystals-based-light-emitting-diodes
#12
Jisong Yao, Jing Ge, Bo-Ning Han, Kun-Hua Wang, Hong-Bin Yao, Hao-Lei Yu, Jian-Hai Li, Bai-Sheng Zhu, Jizhong Song, Chen Chen, Qun Zhang, Haibo Zeng, Yi Luo, Shu-Hong Yu
Inorganic perovskite CsPbBr3 nanocrystals (NCs) are emerging, highly attractive light emitters with high color purity and good thermal stability for light-emitting diodes (LEDs). Their high photo/electroluminescence efficiencies are very important for fabricating efficient LEDs. Here, we propose a novel strategy to enhance the photo/electroluminescence efficiency of CsPbBr3 NCs through doping of heterovalent Ce3+ ions via a facile hot-injection method. The Ce3+ cation was chosen as the dopant for CsPbBr3 NCs by virtue of its similar ion radius and formation of higher energy level of conduction band with bromine in comparison with the Pb2+ cation to maintain the integrity of perovskite structure without introducing additional trap states...
January 17, 2018: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341212/differential-role-of-pten-in-transforming-growth-factor-%C3%AE-tgf-%C3%AE-effects-on-proliferation-and-migration-in-prostate-cancer-cells
#13
Mawiyah N Kimbrough-Allah, Ana C Millena, Shafiq A Khan
BACKGROUND: Transforming growth factor-β (TGF-β) acts as a tumor suppressor in normal epithelial cells but as a tumor promoter in advanced prostate cancer cells. PI3-kinase pathway mediates TGF-β effects on prostate cancer cell migration and invasion. PTEN inhibits PI3-kinase pathway and is frequently mutated in prostate cancers. We investigated possible role(s) of PTEN in TGF-β effects on proliferation and migration in prostate cancer cells. METHODS: Expression of PTEN mRNA and proteins were determined using RT-PCR and Western blotting in RWPE1 and DU145 cells...
January 16, 2018: Prostate
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341177/prevalence-of-antinuclear-and-anti-erythrocyte-antibodies-in-healthy-cats
#14
Anthony C G Abrams-Ogg, Sophia Lim, Helen Kocmarek, Kim Ho, Shauna L Blois, Patricia E Shewen, R Darren Wood, Dorothee Bienzle
BACKGROUND: Positive antinuclear antibody and direct antiglobulin tests support diagnoses such as systemic lupus erythematosus and immune-mediated anemia, respectively. Positive tests may occur in cats, but the prevalence of positive results in healthy cats is not well known. OBJECTIVE: The study's purpose was to determine prevalences of positive antinuclear antibody and direct antiglobulin tests in healthy cats. METHODS: Antinuclear antibody titers were measured by indirect immunofluorescence, and anti-erythrocyte antibodies were measured by the microtitration direct antiglobulin test at 37, 23, and 4°C in 61 client-owned and 28 facility-owned cats...
January 17, 2018: Veterinary Clinical Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340953/mdpin1b-encodes-a-putative-auxin-efflux-carrier-and-has-different-expression-patterns-in-bc-and-m9-apple-rootstocks
#15
Zengyu Gan, Yi Wang, Ting Wu, Xuefeng Xu, Xinzhong Zhang, Zhenhai Han
Lower promoter activity is closely associated with lower MdPIN1b expression in the M9 interstem, which might contribute to the dwarfing effect in apple trees. Apple trees grafted onto dwarfing rootstock Malling 9 (M9) produce dwarfing tree architecture with high yield and widely applying in production. Previously, we have reported that in Malus 'Red Fuji' (RF) trees growing on M9 interstem and Baleng Crab (BC) rootstock, IAA content was relatively higher in bark tissue of M9 interstem than that in scion or rootstock...
January 17, 2018: Plant Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340791/treatment-of-disabling-headache-with-greater-occipital-nerve-injections-in-a-large-population-of-childhood-and-adolescent-patients-a-service-evaluation
#16
Francesca Puledda, Peter J Goadsby, Prab Prabhakar
BACKGROUND: Pediatric headache disorders can be extremely disabling, with marked reduction in the quality of life of children and their carers. Evidenced-based options for the treatment of primary headache disorders with preventive medication is limited and clinical outcomes are often unsatisfactory. Greater occipital nerve injections represent a rapid and well-tolerated therapeutic option, which is widely used in clinical practice in adults, and has previously shown a good outcome in a pediatric population...
January 16, 2018: Journal of Headache and Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340604/transient-recruitment-of-m-ras-gtpase-to-phagocytic-cups-in-raw264-macrophages-during-fc%C3%AE-r-mediated-phagocytosis
#17
Youhei Egami, Nobukazu Araki
M-Ras, a member of the Ras superfamily, is known to be involved in diverse cellular processes. However, its involvement in FcγR-mediated phagocytosis remains unknown. We examined the spatiotemporal localization of M-Ras during the engulfment of IgG-opsonized erythrocytes (IgG-Es) in RAW264 macrophages. By the live-cell imaging of fluorescent protein-fused M-Ras, we found that M-Ras was localized to the membrane of phagocytic cups during the early stage of phagosome formation. Notably, ratiometric image analysis revealed that M-Ras was concentrated in the membrane of forming phagosomes...
January 11, 2018: Microscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340390/ultrafast-stimulated-emission-of-nitrophenolates-in-organic-and-aqueous-solutions
#18
N C Michenfelder, H A Ernst, C Schweigert, M Olzmann, A-N Unterreiner
Early-time dynamics of nitroaromatics and its coressponding bases can give valuable insights into photo-induced reactions relevant to atmospheric and environmental processes. In this work, femtosecond broadband absorption spectroscopy between 350 and 700 nm has been applied to explore the ultrafast dynamics of o-, p- and m-nitrophenol anions (NP-) in basic organic and aqueous solution. Excitation at 400 nm promotes these compounds into the first bright electronic singlet state, which is a charge-transfer state...
January 17, 2018: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340303/highly-mobile-charge-transfer-excitons-in-two-dimensional-ws2-tetracene-heterostructures
#19
Tong Zhu, Long Yuan, Yan Zhao, Mingwei Zhou, Yan Wan, Jianguo Mei, Libai Huang
Charge-transfer (CT) excitons at heterointerfaces play a critical role in light to electricity conversion using organic and nanostructured materials. However, how CT excitons migrate at these interfaces is poorly understood. We investigate the formation and transport of CT excitons in two-dimensional WS2/tetracene van der Waals heterostructures. Electron and hole transfer occurs on the time scale of a few picoseconds, and emission of interlayer CT excitons with a binding energy of ~0.3 eV has been observed...
January 2018: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340083/next-generation-sequencing-based-microrna-profiling-of-mice-testis-subjected-to-transient-heat-stress
#20
Meng Rao, Zhengyan Zeng, Li Tang, Guiping Cheng, Wei Xia, Changhong Zhu
This study aimed to investigate the role of microRNA (miRNA) in heat stress-induced spermatogenic impairment. Testes from 15 adult ICR mice subjected to testicular hyperthermia at 43°C for 30 min and from 15 control mice were collected and pooled into 3 samples. Isolated RNA from these samples was subjected to small RNA high-throughput sequencing, and differentially expressed miRNAs were identified and validated using RT-PCR. The identified miRNAs were further subjected to Gene Ontology and KEGG analyses, which revealed significant enrichment for pathways potentially involved in heat stress-induced spermatogenic impairment...
December 19, 2017: Oncotarget
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