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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441763/improving-passive-time-reversal-underwater-acoustic-communications-using-subarray-processing
#1
Chengbing He, Lianyou Jing, Rui Xi, Qinyuan Li, Qunfei Zhang
Multichannel receivers are usually employed in high-rate underwater acoustic communication to achieve spatial diversity. In the context of multichannel underwater acoustic communications, passive time reversal (TR) combined with a single-channel adaptive decision feedback equalizer (TR-DFE) is a low-complexity solution to achieve both spatial and temporal focusing. In this paper, we present a novel receiver structure to combine passive time reversal with a low-order multichannel adaptive decision feedback equalizer (TR-MC-DFE) to improve the performance of the conventional TR-DFE...
April 24, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440633/syntheses-structures-and-characterization-of-quaternary-tellurites-li3mte4o11-m-al-ga-and-fe
#2
Minfeng Lü, Hongil Jo, Seung-Jin Oh, Suheon Lee, Kwang-Yong Choi, Yang Yu, Kang Min Ok
Three new quaternary lithium metal tellurites, Li3MTe4O11 (M = Al, Ga, and Fe), have been synthesized through hydrothermal and solid-state reactions by heating a mixture of LiOH·H2O, TeO2, and M2O3. The structures of the title compounds have been determined by single-crystal and powder X-ray diffraction. Li3MTe4O11 reveal three-dimensional (3D) frameworks that consist of MO6 octahedra, TeO3 trigonal pyramids, and TeO4 polyhedra. The variable coordination mode of Te(4+) within the framework leads to the formation of 1D channels that host Li(+) cations on both tetrahedral and octahedral sites...
April 25, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440622/understanding-carbapenem-translocation-through-occd3-opdp-of-pseudomonas-aeruginosa
#3
Gowrishankar Soundararajan, Satya Prathyusha Bhamidimarri, Mathias Winterhalter
Pseudomonas aeruginosa utilizes a plethora of substrate specific channels for the uptake of small nutrients. OccD3 (OpdP or PA4501) is an OprD like arginine uptake channel of P. aeruginosa whose role has been implicated in carbapenem uptake. To understand the mechanism of selective permeation we reconstituted single OccD3 channels in planar lipid bilayer and characterized the interaction with Imipenem and Meropenem analyzing the ion current fluctuation in presence of substrates. We performed point mutations in the constriction region of OccD3 to understand the binding and translocation of antibiotic in OccD3...
April 25, 2017: ACS Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438532/kinetic-properties-and-adrenergic-control-of-trek-2-like-channels-in-rat-medial-prefrontal-cortex-mpfc-pyramidal-neurons
#4
W Ładno, M Gawlak, P Szulczyk, E Nurowska
TREK-2-like channels were identified on the basis of electrophysiological and pharmacological tests performed on freshly isolated and enzymatically/mechanically dispersed pyramidal neurons of the rat medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC). Single-channel currents were recorded in cell-attached configuration and the impact of adrenergic receptors (α1, α2, β) stimulation on spontaneously appearing TREK-2-like channel activity was tested. The obtained results indicate that noradrenaline decreases the mean open probability of TREK-2-like channel currents by activation of β1 but not of α1- and α2-adrenergic receptors...
April 21, 2017: Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437956/single-shot-areal-profilometry-using-hyperspectral-interferometry-with-a-microlens-array
#5
Pablo D Ruiz, Jonathan M Huntley
We describe a single-shot technique to measure areal profiles on optically smooth and stepped surfaces for applications where rapid data acquisition in non-cooperative environments is essential. It is based on hyperspectral interferometry (HSI), a technique in which the output of a white-light interferometer provides the input to a hyperspectral imaging system. Previous HSI implementations suffered from inefficient utilisation of the available pixels which limited the number of measured coordinates and/or unambiguous depth range...
April 17, 2017: Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437950/maximum-likelihood-sequence-estimation-for-optical-complex-direct-modulation
#6
Di Che, Feng Yuan, William Shieh
Semiconductor lasers are versatile optical transmitters in nature. Through the direct modulation (DM), the intensity modulation is realized by the linear mapping between the injection current and the light power, while various angle modulations are enabled by the frequency chirp. Limited by the direct detection, DM lasers used to be exploited only as 1-D (intensity or angle) transmitters by suppressing or simply ignoring the other modulation. Nevertheless, through the digital coherent detection, simultaneous intensity and angle modulations (namely, 2-D complex DM, CDM) can be realized by a single laser diode...
April 17, 2017: Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437593/tabula-rasa-in-the-patagonian-channels-the-phylogeography-of-oreobolus-obtusangulus-cyperaceae
#7
Simon Pfanzelt, Dirk C Albach, Klaus Bernhard von Hagen
The extent of the Pleistocene glaciations in the Patagonian Channel region (southwesternmost South America) and their impact on the vegetation there is largely unknown. Whether the regional flora was wiped out completely (tabula rasa) or survived in ice-free pockets (in situ survival) is still an open question. The molecular imprint of either scenario should still be visible in extant populations. Therefore, DNA sequence data of Oreobolus obtusangulus Gaudich. (Cyperaceae) were analyzed. This species is an abundant constitutent of Patagonian cushion peat bogs, one of the Patagonian Channel region's major vegetation types...
April 24, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436159/the-mechanism-research-of-hypoxia-induced-increased-late-sodium-current-resulting-in-intracellular-ca-2-overload-in-ventricular-myocytes
#8
Chen Fu, Jie Hao, Mengliu Zeng, Yejia Song, Wanzhen Jiang, Peihua Zhang, Antao Luo, Zhenzhen Cao, Luiz Belardinelli, Jihua Ma
Hypoxia leads to augmentation of late sodium current (INa.L ) and cellular Na(+) loading, increased reverse Na(+) -Ca(2+) exchange current (reverse INCX ) and intracellular Ca(2+) loading in rabbit ventricular myocytes. The purpose of this study was to determine the intracellular signal transduction pathways involved in the modulation of INa.L during hypoxia in ventricular myocytes. Whole-cell and cell-attached patch clamp techniques were used to record INa.L , and the whole-cell mode was also used to record reverse INCX and to study intercellular signal transduction mechanisms that mediate the increased INa...
April 24, 2017: Experimental Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435961/single-photon-coulomb-explosion-of-methanol-using-broad-bandwidth-ultrafast-euv-pulses
#9
Itamar Luzon, Krishna Jagtap, Ester Livshits, Oleg Lioubashevski, Roi Baer, Daniel Strasser
Single-photon Coulomb explosion of methanol is instigated using the broad bandwidth pulse achieved through high-order harmonics generation. Using 3D coincidence fragment imaging of one molecule at a time, the kinetic energy release (KER) and angular distributions of the products are measured in different Coulomb explosion (CE) channels. Two-body CE channels breaking either the C-O or the C-H bonds are described as well as a proton migration channel forming H2O(+), which is shown to exhibit higher KER. The results are compared to intense-field Coulomb explosion measurements in the literature...
April 24, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435867/heterojunction-oxide-thin-film-transistors-with-unprecedented-electron-mobility-grown-from-solution
#10
Hendrik Faber, Satyajit Das, Yen-Hung Lin, Nikos Pliatsikas, Kui Zhao, Thomas Kehagias, George Dimitrakopulos, Aram Amassian, Panos A Patsalas, Thomas D Anthopoulos
Thin-film transistors made of solution-processed metal oxide semiconductors hold great promise for application in the emerging sector of large-area electronics. However, further advancement of the technology is hindered by limitations associated with the extrinsic electron transport properties of the often defect-prone oxides. We overcome this limitation by replacing the single-layer semiconductor channel with a low-dimensional, solution-grown In2O3/ZnO heterojunction. We find that In2O3/ZnO transistors exhibit band-like electron transport, with mobility values significantly higher than single-layer In2O3 and ZnO devices by a factor of 2 to 100...
March 2017: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434976/compartmentalized-microfluidic-perfusion-system-to-culture-human-induced-pluripotent-stem-cell-aggregates
#11
Yuki Kondo, Koji Hattori, Shota Tashiro, Eri Nakatani, Ryosuke Yoshimitsu, Taku Satoh, Shinji Sugiura, Toshiyuki Kanamori, Kiyoshi Ohnuma
Microfluidic perfusion systems enable small-volume cell cultures under precisely controlled microenvironments, and are typically developed for cell-based high-throughput screening. However, most such systems are designed to manipulate dissociated single cells, not cell aggregates, and are thus unsuitable to induce differentiation in human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs), which is conventionally achieved by using cell aggregates to increase cell-cell interactions. We have now developed a compartmentalized microfluidic perfusion system with large flow channels to load, culture, and observe cell aggregates...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Bioscience and Bioengineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434782/dimeric-isoxazolyl-1-4-dihydropyridines-have-enhanced-binding-at-the-multi-drug-resistance-transporter
#12
Scott A Steiger, Chun Li, Donald S Backos, Philip Reigan, N R Natale
A series of dimeric isoxazolyl-1,4-dihydropyridines (IDHPs) were prepared by click chemistry and examined for their ability to bind the multi-drug resistance transporter (MDR-1), a member of the ATP-binding cassette superfamily (ABC). Eight compounds in the present study exhibited single digit micromolar binding to this efflux transporter. One monomeric IDHP m-Br-1c, possessed submicromolar binding of 510nM at MDR-1. Three of the dimeric IDHPs possessed <1.5µM activity, and 4b and 4c were observed to have superior binding selectivity compared to their corresponding monomers verses the voltage gated calcium channel (VGCC)...
April 8, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433752/serotonergic-transmission-and-gap-junctional-coupling-in-proventricular-muscle-cells-in-the-american-cockroach-periplaneta-americana
#13
Ryoichi Yoshimura, Taeko Suetsugu, Yasuhisa Endo
The visceral muscle tissues of insects consist of striated muscle cells. The mechanisms responsible for delivering signals to the contractile muscles in the insect digestive tract remain unclear. We found that serotonergic nerves innervate the hemocoel surfaces of foregut and midgut muscles in the American cockroach. Electron microscopy of the neuromuscular junctions in the proventriculus (gizzard) revealed typical synaptic structures, the accumulation of large core/cored vesicles (neuropeptides) and small clear vesicle (neurotransmitter) at presynapses, and synaptic clefts...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Insect Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433039/diffusion-in-quasi-one-dimensional-channels-a-small-system-n-p-t-transition-state-theory-for-hopping-times
#14
Sheida Ahmadi, Richard K Bowles
Particles confined to a single file, in a narrow quasi-one-dimensional channel, exhibit a dynamic crossover from single file diffusion to Fickian diffusion as the channel radius increases and the particles begin to pass each other. The long time diffusion coefficient for a system in the crossover regime can be described in terms of a hopping time, which measures the time it takes for a particle to escape the cage formed by its neighbours. In this paper, we develop a transition state theory approach to the calculation of the hopping time, using the small system isobaric-isothermal ensemble to rigorously account for the volume fluctuations associated with the size of the cage...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432032/neuronal-excitation-and-permeabilization-by-200-ns-pulsed-electric-field-an-optical-membrane-potential-study-with-fluovolt-dye
#15
Andrei G Pakhomov, Iurii Semenov, M Casciola, Shu Xiao
Electric field pulses of nano- and picosecond duration are a novel modality for neurostimulation, activation of Ca(2+) signaling, and tissue ablation. However it is not known how such brief pulses activate voltage-gated ion channels. We studied excitation and electroporation of hippocampal neurons by 200-ns pulsed electric field (nsPEF), by means of time-lapse imaging of the optical membrane potential (OMP) with FluoVolt dye. Electroporation abruptly shifted OMP to a more depolarized level, which was reached within <1ms...
April 18, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431970/effects-of-natural-and-synthetic-isothiocyanate-based-h2s-releasers-against-chemotherapy-induced-neuropathic-pain-role-of-kv7-potassium-channels
#16
Lorenzo Di Cesare Mannelli, Elena Lucarini, Laura Micheli, Ilaria Mosca, Paolo Ambrosino, Maria Virginia Soldovieri, Alma Martelli, Lara Testai, Maurizio Taglialatela, Vincenzo Calderone, Carla Ghelardini
Hydrogen sulfide (H2S) is a crucial signaling molecule involved in several physiological and pathological processes. Nonetheless, the role of this gasotransmitter in the pathogenesis and treatment of neuropathic pain is controversial. The aim of the present study was to investigate the pain relieving profile of a series of slow releasing H2S donors (the natural allyl-isothiocyanate and the synthetics phenyl- and carboxyphenyl-isothiocyanate) in animal models of neuropathic pain induced by paclitaxel or oxaliplatin, anticancer drugs characterized by a dose-limiting neurotoxicity...
April 18, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431822/detecting-bursts-in-the-eeg-of-very-and-extremely-premature-infants-using-a-multi-feature-approach
#17
John M O'Toole, Geraldine B Boylan, Rhodri O Lloyd, Robert M Goulding, Sampsa Vanhatalo, Nathan J Stevenson
AIM: To develop a method that segments preterm EEG into bursts and inter-bursts by extracting and combining multiple EEG features. METHODS: Two EEG experts annotated bursts in individual EEG channels for 36 preterm infants with gestational age < 30 weeks. The feature set included spectral, amplitude, and frequency-weighted energy features. Using a consensus annotation, feature selection removed redundant features and a support vector machine combined features...
April 18, 2017: Medical Engineering & Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431776/gliclazide
#18
Fatmah A M Al-Omary
Gliclazide is a second-generation oral hypoglycemic drug used for the treatment of noninsulin-dependent diabetes mellitus. It belongs to the sulfonylurea class that stimulates insulin secretion from pancreatic β-cells by inhibiting ATP-dependent potassium channels. Gliclazide also possesses unique antioxidant properties and other beneficial hemobiological effects. This profile represents a comprehensive description of the physical properties, chemical synthesis, spectroscopic characterization (FTIR, (1)H NMR, (13)C NMR, UV, and single-crystal X-ray), methods of analysis, pharmacological actions, and pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic properties of the title drug...
2017: Profiles of Drug Substances, Excipients, and related Methodology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431403/association-of-the-vdac3-gene-polymorphism-with-sperm-count-in-han-chinese-population-with-idiopathic-male-infertility
#19
Lianjun Pan, Qingzhen Liu, Jingyun Li, Wei Wu, Xinru Wang, Dan Zhao, Jiehua Ma
Voltage-dependent anion channel (VDAC) is a multifunctional channel protein across the outer mitochondrial membrane of somatic cells and participates in many physiological and pathophysiological processes. Up to now, only a few studies, including our previous studies, showed that VDAC exists in mammalian spermatozoa and is involved in spermatogenesis and sperm functions. There is no report about VDAC genetic variants in germinal tissues or cells. To investigate the possible association between VDAC genetic variants and human sperm quality, we performed semen analysis and variant Genotyping of VDAC3 subtype (rs7004637, rs16891278 and rs6773) of 523 Han-Chinese males with idiopathic infertility respectively by computer assisted semen analysis (CASA) and single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) Genotyping assay...
April 6, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430866/maternal-high-sucrose-diets-altered-vascular-large-conductance-ca2-activated-k-channels-via-reactive-oxygen-species-in-offspring-rats%C3%A2
#20
Xueqin Feng, Xiuwen Zhou, Wenna Zhang, Xiang Li, Axin He, Bailin Liu, Ruixiu Shi, Lei Wu, Jue Wu, Di Zhu, Na Li, Miao Sun, Zhice Xu
Overnutrition during pregnancy could increase risks of cardiovascular diseases in late life. This study investigated whether and how reactive oxygen species (ROS) may influence functions of large-conductance Ca2+-activated K+ channels (BKCa) in the offspring exposed to prenatal high-sucrose (HS). We found that prenatal high-sucrose diets significantly increased phenylephrine (PE)-induced vessel contractions in mesenteric arteries of the adult offspring. Pretreatment with iberiotoxin (BKCa blocker, IBTX) significantly increased PE-mediated vascular contractions in the control, not in the HS group...
April 18, 2017: Biology of Reproduction
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