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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644803/cardiac-strain-imaging-with-coherent-compounding-of-diverging-waves
#1
Julien Grondin, Vincent Sayseng, Elisa E Konofagou
Current methods of cardiac strain imaging at high frame rate suffer from motion matching artifacts or poor lateral resolution. Coherent compounding has been shown to improve echocardiographic image quality while maintaining high frame rate but has never been used to image cardiac strain. However, myocardial velocity can have an impact on coherent compounding due to displacements between frames. The objective of this study was to investigate the feasibility and performance of coherent compounding for cardiac strain imaging at a low and a high myocardial velocity...
June 20, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642681/%C3%AE-1-containing-gaba-a-receptors-cluster-at-synapses-where-they-mediate-slower-synaptic-currents-than-%C3%AE-2-containing-gaba-a-receptors
#2
Christine L Dixon, Pankaj Sah, Angelo Keramidas, Joseph W Lynch, Nela Durisic
GABA-A receptors (GABAARs) are pentameric ligand-gated ion channels that are assembled mainly from α (α1-6), β (β1-3) and γ (γ1-3) subunits. Although GABAARs containing γ2L subunits mediate most of the inhibitory neurotransmission in the brain, significant expression of γ1 subunits is seen in the amygdala, pallidum and substantia nigra. However, the location and function of γ1-containing GABAARs in these regions remains unclear. In "artificial" synapses, where the subunit composition of postsynaptic receptors is specifically controlled, γ1 incorporation slows the synaptic current decay rate without affecting channel deactivation, suggesting that γ1-containing receptors are not clustered and therefore activated by diffuse neurotransmitter...
2017: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641264/a-single-channel-eog-based-speller
#3
Shenghong He, Yuanqing Li
Electrooculography (EOG) signals, which can be used to infer the intentions of a user based on eye movements, are widely used in human-computer interface (HCI) systems. Most existing EOG-based HCI systems incorporate a limited number of commands because they generally associate different commands with a few different types of eye movements, such as looking up, down, left, or right. This paper presents a novel single-channel EOG-based HCI that allows users to spell asynchronously by only blinking. Forty buttons corresponding to 40 characters displayed to the user via a graphical user interface (GUI) are intensified in a random order...
June 15, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641116/mechanisms-for-selective-single-cell-reactivation-during-offline-sharp-wave-ripples-and-their-distortion-by-fast-ripples
#4
Manuel Valero, Robert G Averkin, Ivan Fernandez-Lamo, Juan Aguilar, Diego Lopez-Pigozzi, Jorge R Brotons-Mas, Elena Cid, Gabor Tamas, Liset Menendez de la Prida
Memory traces are reactivated selectively during sharp-wave ripples. The mechanisms of selective reactivation, and how degraded reactivation affects memory, are poorly understood. We evaluated hippocampal single-cell activity during physiological and pathological sharp-wave ripples using juxtacellular and intracellular recordings in normal and epileptic rats with different memory abilities. CA1 pyramidal cells participate selectively during physiological events but fired together during epileptic fast ripples...
June 21, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640821/noise-reduction-in-single-time-frame-optical-dna-maps
#5
Paola C Torche, Vilhelm Müller, Fredrik Westerlund, Tobias Ambjörnsson
In optical DNA mapping technologies sequence-specific intensity variations (DNA barcodes) along stretched and stained DNA molecules are produced. These "fingerprints" of the underlying DNA sequence have a resolution of the order one kilobasepairs and the stretching of the DNA molecules are performed by surface adsorption or nano-channel setups. A post-processing challenge for nano-channel based methods, due to local and global random movement of the DNA molecule during imaging, is how to align different time frames in order to produce reproducible time-averaged DNA barcodes...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640078/prospective-observational-pharmacogenetic-study-of-side-effects-induced-by-intravenous-morphine-for-postoperative-analgesia
#6
Li-Kuei Chen, Mao-Hsien Wang, Hong-Jyh Yang, Shou-Zen Fan, Shiou-Sheng Chen
Nausea and vomiting are probably the most unpleasant side effects that occur when morphine used. A number of studies have investigated the effect on pain relief of single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in genes involved in morphine's metabolism, distribution, binding, and cellular action. The mechanism through which morphine causes nausea and vomiting has not been elucidated clearly. We examined all the reported SNPs which are associated with the complications of morphine, including SNPs in genes for phase I and phase II metabolic enzymes, ABC binding cassette drug transporters, κ and δ opioid receptors, and ion channels implicated in the postreceptor action of morphine...
June 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638923/-reconstitution-of-large-conductance-calcium-activated-potassium-channels-into-artificial-planar-lipid-bilayers
#7
Jun Cheng, Xiao-Rong Zeng, Xiao-Qiu Tan, Peng-Yun Li, Jing Wen, Liang Mao, Yan Yang
This study was aimed to establish a method to create a stable planar lipid bilayer membranes (PLBMs), in which large conductance calcium-activated potassium channels (BKCa) were reconstituted. Using spreading method, PLBMs were prepared by decane lipid fluid consisting of N2-weathered mixture of phosphatidylcholine and cholesterol at 3:1 ratio. After successful incorporation of BKCa channel into PLBMs, single channel characteristics of BKCa were studied by patch clamp method. The results showed that i) the single channel conductance of BKCa was (206...
June 25, 2017: Sheng Li Xue Bao: [Acta Physiologica Sinica]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638634/synthesis-and-crystal-structure-of-a-new-magnesium-phosphate-na3rbmg7-po4-6
#8
Teycir Ben Hamed, Amal Boukhris, Abdessalem Badri, Mongi Ben Amara
A new magnesium phosphate, Na3RbMg7(PO4)6 [tris-odium rubidium hepta-magnesium hexakis(ortho-phosphate)], has been synthesized as single crystals by the flux method and exhibits a new structure type. Its original structure is built up from MgO x (x = 5 and 6) polyhedra linked directly to each other through common corners or edges and reinforced by corner-sharing with PO4 tetra-hedra. The resulting anionic three-dimensional framework leads to the formation of channels along the [010] direction, in which the Na(+) cations are located, while the Rb(+) cations are located in large inter-stitial cavities...
June 1, 2017: Acta Crystallographica. Section E, Crystallographic Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638436/in-vivo-label-free-mapping-of-the-effect-of-a-photosystem-ii-inhibiting-herbicide-in-plants-using-chlorophyll-fluorescence-lifetime
#9
Elizabeth Noble, Sunil Kumar, Frederik G Görlitz, Chris Stain, Chris Dunsby, Paul M W French
BACKGROUND: In order to better understand and improve the mode of action of agrochemicals, it is useful to be able to visualize their uptake and distribution in vivo, non-invasively and, ideally, in the field. Here we explore the potential of plant autofluorescence (specifically chlorophyll fluorescence) to provide a readout of herbicide action across the scales utilising multiphoton-excited fluorescence lifetime imaging, wide-field single-photon excited fluorescence lifetime imaging and single point fluorescence lifetime measurements via a fibre-optic probe...
2017: Plant Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637794/a-trpv1-to-secretagogin-regulatory-axis-controls-pancreatic-%C3%AE-cell-survival-by-modulating-protein-turnover
#10
Katarzyna Malenczyk, Fatima Girach, Edit Szodorai, Petter Storm, Åsa Segerstolpe, Giuseppe Tortoriello, Robert Schnell, Jan Mulder, Roman A Romanov, Erzsébet Borók, Fabiana Piscitelli, Vincenzo Di Marzo, Gábor Szabó, Rickard Sandberg, Stefan Kubicek, Gert Lubec, Tomas Hökfelt, Ludwig Wagner, Leif Groop, Tibor Harkany
Ca(2+)-sensor proteins are generally implicated in insulin release through SNARE interactions. Here, secretagogin, whose expression in human pancreatic islets correlates with their insulin content and the incidence of type 2 diabetes, is shown to orchestrate an unexpectedly distinct mechanism. Single-cell RNA-seq reveals retained expression of the TRP family members in β-cells from diabetic donors. Amongst these, pharmacological probing identifies Ca(2+)-permeable transient receptor potential vanilloid type 1 channels (TRPV1) as potent inducers of secretagogin expression through recruitment of Sp1 transcription factors...
June 21, 2017: EMBO Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637348/hydrogen-peroxide-sensing-based-on-inner-surfaces-modification-of-solid-state-nanopore
#11
Libo Zhu, Dejian Gu, Quanjun Liu
There are many techniques for the detection of molecules. But detection of molecules through solid-state nanopore in a solution is one of the promising, high-throughput, and low-cost technology used these days. In the present investigation, a solid-state nanopore platform was fabricated for the detection of hydrogen peroxide (H2O2), which is not only a label free product but also a significant participant in the redox reaction. We have successfully fabricated silicon nitride (Si3N4) nanopores with diameters of ~50 nm by using a focused Ga ion beam, the inner surface of the nanopore has been modified with horseradish peroxidase (HRP) by employing carbodiimide coupling chemistry...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635068/selective-growth-of-metal-free-metallic-and-semiconducting-single-wall-carbon-nanotubes
#12
Lili Zhang, Dong-Ming Sun, Peng-Xiang Hou, Chang Liu, Tianyuan Liu, Jianfeng Wen, Nujiang Tang, Jian Luan, Chao Shi, Jin-Cheng Li, Hong-Tao Cong, Hui-Ming Cheng
A major obstacle for the use of single-wall carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) in electronic devices is their mixture of different types of electrical conductivity that strongly depends on their helical structure. The existence of metal impurities as a residue of a metallic growth catalyst may also lower the performance of SWCNT-based devices. Here, it is shown that by using silicon oxide (SiOx ) nanoparticles as a catalyst, metal-free semiconducting and metallic SWCNTs can be selectively synthesized by the chemical vapor deposition of ethanol...
June 21, 2017: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634436/dual-coding-theory-explains-biphasic-collective-computation-in-neural-decision-making
#13
Bryan C Daniels, Jessica C Flack, David C Krakauer
A central question in cognitive neuroscience is how unitary, coherent decisions at the whole organism level can arise from the distributed behavior of a large population of neurons with only partially overlapping information. We address this issue by studying neural spiking behavior recorded from a multielectrode array with 169 channels during a visual motion direction discrimination task. It is well known that in this task there are two distinct phases in neural spiking behavior. Here we show Phase I is a distributed or incompressible phase in which uncertainty about the decision is substantially reduced by pooling information from many cells...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634208/ligand-and-voltage-gated-ca-2-channels-differentially-regulate-the-mode-of-vesicular-neuropeptide-release-in-mammalian-sensory-neurons
#14
Yeshi Wang, Qihui Wu, Meiqin Hu, Bin Liu, Zuying Chai, Rong Huang, Yuan Wang, Huadong Xu, Li Zhou, Lianghong Zheng, Changhe Wang, Zhuan Zhou
Neuropeptides released from dorsal root ganglion (DRG) neurons play essential roles in the neurotransmission of sensory inputs, including those underlying nociception and pathological pain. Neuropeptides are released from intracellular vesicles through two modes: a partial release mode called "kiss-and-run" (KAR) and a full release mode called "full fusion-like" (FFL). Using total internal reflection fluorescence (TIRF) microscopy, we traced the release of pH-sensitive green fluorescent protein-tagged neuropeptide Y (pHluorin-NPY) from individual dense-core vesicles in the soma and axon of single DRG neurons after Ca(2+) influx through either voltage-gated Ca(2+) channels (VGCCs) or ligand-gated transient receptor potential vanilloid 1 (TRPV1) channels...
June 20, 2017: Science Signaling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633525/use-of-dimethyl-pimelimidate-with-microfluidic-system-for-nucleic-acids-extraction-without-electricity
#15
Choong Eun Jin, Tae Yoon Lee, Bonhan Koo, Kyung-Chul Choi, Suhwan Chang, Se Yoon Park, Ji Yeun Kim, Sung-Han Kim, Yong Shin
The isolation of nucleic acids in the lab on a chip is crucial to achieve the maximal effectiveness of point-of-care testing for detection in clinical applications. Here, we report on the use of a simple and versatile single-channel microfluidic platform that combines dimethyl pimelimidate (DMP) for nucleic acids (both RNA and DNA) extraction without electricity using thin films system. The system is based on the adaption of DMP into non-chaotropic-based nucleic acids and the capture of reagents into a low-cost thin film platform for use as a microfluidic total analysis system, which can be utilized for sample processing in clinical diagnostics...
June 21, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633068/multi-electrode-system-for-measurement-of-transmembrane-ion-fluxes-through-living-epithelial-cells
#16
Mirosław Zając, Andrzej Lewenstam, Krzysztof Dolowy
Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is the most common fatal human genetic disease. It is caused by the defect in a single anion channel protein which affects ion and water transport across the epithelial tissue. A flat multi-electrode platform of diameter 12mm, allowing for measurement of four ions: sodium, potassium, hydrogen and chloride by exchangeable/replaceable ion-selective electrodes is described. The measurement is possible owing to the architecture of the platform which accommodates all the electrodes and inlets/outlets...
June 13, 2017: Bioelectrochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632743/in-silico-assessment-of-the-effects-of-quinidine-disopyramide-and-e-4031-on-short-qt-syndrome-variant-1-in-the-human-ventricles
#17
Cunjin Luo, Kuanquan Wang, Henggui Zhang
AIMS: Short QT syndrome (SQTS) is an inherited disorder associated with abnormally abbreviated QT intervals and an increased incidence of atrial and ventricular arrhythmias. SQT1 variant (linked to the rapid delayed rectifier potassium channel current, IKr) of SQTS, results from an inactivation-attenuated, gain-of-function mutation (N588K) in the KCNH2-encoded potassium channels. Pro-arrhythmogenic effects of SQT1 have been well characterized, but less is known about the possible pharmacological antiarrhythmic treatment of SQT1...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632306/analytical-modeling-provides-new-insight-into-complex-mutual-coupling-between-surface-loops-at-ultrahigh-fields
#18
N I Avdievich, A Pfrommer, I A Giapitzakis, A Henning
Ultrahigh-field (UHF) (≥7 T) transmit (Tx) human head surface loop phased arrays improve both the Tx efficiency (B1(+) /√P) and homogeneity in comparison with single-channel quadrature Tx volume coils. For multi-channel arrays, decoupling becomes one of the major problems during the design process. Further insight into the coupling between array elements and its dependence on various factors can facilitate array development. The evaluation of the entire impedance matrix Z for an array loaded with a realistic voxel model or phantom is a time-consuming procedure when performed using electromagnetic (EM) solvers...
June 20, 2017: NMR in Biomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632151/micro-viscometer-for-measuring-shear-varying-blood-viscosity-over-a-wide-ranging-shear-rate
#19
Byung Jun Kim, Seung Yeob Lee, Solkeun Jee, Arslan Atajanov, Sung Yang
In this study, a micro-viscometer is developed for measuring shear-varying blood viscosity over a wide-ranging shear rate. The micro-viscometer consists of 10 microfluidic channel arrays, each of which has a different micro-channel width. The proposed design enables the retrieval of 10 different shear rates from a single flow rate, thereby enabling the measurement of shear-varying blood viscosity with a fixed flow rate condition. For this purpose, an optimal design that guarantees accurate viscosity measurement is selected from a parametric study...
June 20, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631948/possible-contribution-of-pannexin-1-to-capsaicin-induced-atp-release-in-rat-nasal-columnar-epithelial-cells
#20
Toyoaki Ohbuchi, Ba Hung Do, Hiroki Koizumi, Shoko Takeuchi, Yoichi Ueta, Hideaki Suzuki
Current evidence indicates that transient receptor potential (TRP) channel activity involves a relationship between opening of pannexin-1 and release of ATP into the extracellular space. We examined the effects of agonists of thermosensitive TRP channels (TRPM8, TRPA1, TRPV1, and TRPV2) on ATP release from rat nasal mucosa, and measured ciliary beat frequency (CBF) using digital high-speed video imaging. Single-cell patch clamping from dissociated rat nasal columnar epithelial cells was performed to confirm the relationship between pannexin-1 and TRP...
February 10, 2017: Channels
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