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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342743/measurement-of-ion-fluxes-across-epithelia
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REVIEW
Miroslaw Zajac, Krzysztof Dolowy
Epithelial tissues line all wet surfaces of vertebrate bodies. Their major function is directional transport of ions and water. Cells forming an epithelial layer are bound together by a tight junction that forms a barrier to ion flux. Ions and water are transported via specialized molecules. The presence of a defect in a single ion channel molecule leads to cystic fibrosis - the most common, fatal, human genetic disease. The paper describes ion transport data obtained by means of different experimental techniques...
March 22, 2017: Progress in Biophysics and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339440/pulsed-radiofrequency-to-the-dorsal-root-ganglion-in-acute-herpes-zoster-and-postherpetic-neuralgia
#2
Koohyun Kim, Daehyun Jo, EungDon Kim
BACKGROUND: Latent varicella zoster virus reactivates mainly in sensory ganglia such as the dorsal root ganglion (DRG) or trigeminal ganglion. The DRG contains many receptor channels and is an important region for pain signal transduction. Sustained abnormal electrical activity to the spinal cord via the DRG in acute herpes zoster can result in neuropathic conditions such as postherpetic neuralgia (PHN). Although the efficacy of pulsed radiofrequency (PRF) application to the DRG in various pain conditions has been previously reported, the application of PRF to the DRG in patients with herpes zoster has not yet been studied...
March 2017: Pain Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339276/two-dimensional-platform-for-networks-of-majorana-bound-states
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Michael Hell, Martin Leijnse, Karsten Flensberg
We model theoretically a two-dimensional electron gas (2DEG) covered by a superconductor and demonstrate that topological superconducting channels are formed when stripes of the superconducting layer are removed. As a consequence, Majorana bound states (MBSs) are created at the ends of the stripes. We calculate the topological invariant and energy gap of a single stripe, using realistic values for an InAs 2DEG proximitized by an epitaxial Al layer. We show that the topological gap is enhanced when the structure is made asymmetric...
March 10, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338744/understanding-the-molecular-mechanism-of-substrate-channeling-and-domain-communication-in-protozoal-bifunctional-ts-dhfr
#4
Karen S Anderson
Most species, such as humans, have monofunctional forms of thymidylate synthase (TS) and dihydrofolate reductase (DHFR) that are key folate metabolism enzymes making critical folate components required for DNA synthesis. In contrast, several parasitic protozoa, including Leishmania majorg(Lm), Plasmodium falciparum (Pf), Toxoplasma gondii (Tg) and Cryptosporidium hominis(Ch), contain a unique bifunctional thymidylate synthase-dihydrofolate reductase (TS-DHFR) having the two sequential catalytic activities contained on a single polypeptide chain...
February 4, 2017: Protein Engineering, Design & Selection: PEDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337914/electrically-actuated-valves-for-woven-fabric-lateral-flow-devices
#5
Tanya Narahari, Dhananjaya Dendukuri, Shashi K Murthy
The integration of flow control elements into low-cost biosensors, presents a significant engineering challenge. This article describes the development and integration of active, chemical valves into lateral flow devices, using a scalable, single-step, weaving-based manufacturing approach. The valve was constructed from an electrically conductive polymer, polypyrrole. The polymer switches between wetting and non-wetting states when it is reduced and oxidized via the application of an electrochemical potential...
March 24, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337264/ip3r-and-ryr-calcium-channels-are-involved-in-neonatal-rat-cardiac-myocyte-hypertrophy-induced-by-tumor-necrosis-factor-%C3%AE
#6
Gui-Jun Wang, Lian-Yi Guo, Hong-Xin Wang, Yu-Sheng Yao
To investigate which calcium channels are involved in cardiac myocyte hypertrophy induced by TNF-α, cultured cardiomyocytes were treated with 100 μg/L TNF-α. In addition, three different calcium channel blockers (2-APB, ryanodine and nifedipine) were used, and the effects of each calcium channel blocker on cardiac hypertrophy induced by TNF-α were carefully observed. Measurements included cytosolic calcium transients ([Ca(2+)]i), the level of intracellular calcium in individual cells, cell protein content, cell protein synthesis and cell volume...
2017: American Journal of Translational Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334998/spatiotemporal-mapping-of-epileptic-spikes-using-simultaneous-eeg-functional-mri
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Jennifer M Walz, Mangor Pedersen, Amir Omidvarnia, Mira Semmelroch, Graeme D Jackson
Epileptic spikes occur on the sub-second timescale and are known to involve not only epileptic foci but also large-scale distributed brain networks. There is likely to be a sequence of neural activity in multiple brain regions that occurs within the duration of a single spike, but standard electroencephalography-functional magnetic resonance imaging analyses, which use only the timing of the spikes to model the functional magnetic resonance imaging data, cannot determine the sequence of these activations. Our aim in this study is to temporally resolve these spatial activations to observe the spatiotemporal dynamics of the spike-related neural activity at a sub-second timescale...
February 20, 2017: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334624/simultaneous-monitoring-of-glucose-and-uric-acid-on-a-single-test-strip-with-dual-channels
#8
Jinhong Guo, Xing Ma
The conventional test strip has usually only one electrochemical reaction channel, which requires two times figure punctures for the self-management of patients suffering from both diabetes and gout. Considering the large number of such patients and for the sake of reducing their pains, we report an enzymatic test strip which can simultaneously monitor glucose and uric acid (UA) with only one fingertip blood droplet. The proposed test strip is composed of dual channels. The glucose in blood is detected in the 1st channel above on the substrate and the UA is characterized in the 2nd channel located at the bottom of the substrate...
March 15, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334404/calcium-homeostasis-modulator-1-like-currents-in-rat-fungiform-taste-cells-expressing-amiloride-sensitive-sodium-currents
#9
Albertino Bigiani
Salt reception by taste cells is still the less understood transduction process occurring in taste buds, the peripheral sensory organs for the detection of food chemicals. Although there is evidence suggesting that the epithelial sodium channel (ENaC) works as sodium receptor, yet it is not clear how salt-detecting cells signal the relevant information to nerve endings. Taste cells responding to sweet, bitter, and umami substances release ATP as neurotransmitter through a nonvesicular mechanism. Three different channel proteins have been proposed as conduit for ATP secretion: pannexin channels, connexin hemichannels, and calcium homeostasis modulator 1 (CALHM1) channels...
March 10, 2017: Chemical Senses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333338/drug-discovery-for-male-subfertility-using-high-throughput-screening-a-new-approach-to-an-unsolved-problem
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Sarah J Martins da Silva, Sean G Brown, Keith Sutton, Louise V King, Halil Ruso, David W Gray, Paul G Wyatt, Mark C Kelly, Christopher L R Barratt, Anthony G Hope
STUDY QUESTION: Can pharma drug discovery approaches be utilized to transform investigation into novel therapeutics for male infertility? SUMMARY ANSWER: High-throughput screening (HTS) is a viable approach to much-needed drug discovery for male factor infertility. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: There is both huge demand and a genuine clinical need for new treatment options for infertile men. However, the time, effort and resources required for drug discovery are currently exorbitant, due to the unique challenges of the cellular, physical and functional properties of human spermatozoa and a lack of appropriate assay platform...
March 16, 2017: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332227/general-features-of-inhibition-in-the-inner-retina
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Katrin Franke, Tom Baden
Visual processing starts in the retina. Within only two synaptic layers, a large number of parallel information channels emerge, each encoding a highly processed feature like edges or the direction of motion. Much of this functional diversity arises in the inner plexiform layer, where inhibitory amacrine cells modulate the excitatory signal of bipolar and ganglion cells. Studies investigating individual amacrine cell circuits like the starburst or A17 circuit have demonstrated that single types can possess specific morphological and functional adaptations to convey a particular function in one or a small number of inner retinal circuits...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332211/a-multi-channel-block-matching-denoising-algorithm-for-spectral-photon-counting-ct-images
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Adam P Harrison, Ziyue Xu, David A Bluemke, Amir Pourmorteza, Daniel J Mollura
PURPOSE: We present a denoising algorithm designed for a whole-body prototype photon-counting computed tomography (PCCT) scanner with up to 4 energy thresholds and associated energy-binned images. METHODS: Spectral PCCT images can exhibit low signal to noise ratios (SNRs) due to the limited photon counts in each simultaneously-acquired energy bin. To help address this, our denoising method exploits the correlation and exact alignment between energy bins, adapting the highly-effective block-matching 3D (BM3D) denoising algorithm for PCCT...
March 23, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331203/the-role-of-axonal-kv1-channels-in-ca3-pyramidal-cell-excitability
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Sylvain Rama, Mickael Zbili, Aurélie Fékété, Mónica Tapia, Maria José Benitez, Norah Boumedine, Juan José Garrido, Dominique Debanne
Axonal ion channels control spike initiation and propagation along the axon and determine action potential waveform. We show here that functional suppression of axonal Kv1 channels with local puff of dendrotoxin (DTx), laser or mechanical axotomy significantly increased excitability measured in the cell body. Importantly, the functional effect of DTx puffing or axotomy was not limited to the axon initial segment but was also seen on axon collaterals. In contrast, no effects were observed when DTx was puffed on single apical dendrites or after single dendrotomy...
March 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331129/impact-of-hematopoietic-progenitor-cell-count-as-an-indicator-for-optimal-timing-of-peripheral-stem-cell-harvest-in-clinical-practice
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Hiroaki Tanaka, Akihiro Ishii, Yasumasa Sugita, Ryo Shimizu, Fumi Sato, Yukie Sakuma, Rie Iwai, Shinichiro Kakuta
For optimizing CD34+ cell collection, appropriately timing peripheral blood stem cell harvest (PBSCH) initiation is crucial. Automatic cell analyzers with the immature myeloid information channel provide hematopoietic progenitor cell (HPC) count, a surrogate marker of CD34+ cells, which can be obtained within a few minutes without requiring monoclonal antibodies. The final decision on PBSCH initiation can be made using the HPC count obtained on the morning of the harvest day. Herein, we evaluated the impact of the HPC count as an indicator for the optimal timing of PBSCH in clinical practice over 9 years...
2017: Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hematopathology: JCEH
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331059/adaptive-changes-in-gfr-tubular-morphology-and-transport-in-subtotal-nephrectomized-kidneys-modeling-and-analysis
#15
Anita T Layton, Aurélie Edwards, Volker Vallon
Removal of renal mass stimulates anatomical and functional adaptations in the surviving nephrons, including elevation in single-nephron glomerular filtration rate (SNGFR) and tubular hypertrophy. A goal of this study is to assess the extent to which the concomitant increases in filtered load and tubular transport capacity preserve homeostasis of water and salt. To accomplish that goal, we developed computational models to simulate solute transport and metabolism along nephron populations in a uninephrectomized (UNX) rat and a 5/6-nephrectomized (5/6-NX) rat...
March 22, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Renal Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330839/evolutionary-insights-into-t-type-ca-2-channel-structure-function-and-ion-selectivity-from-the-trichoplax-adhaerens-homologue
#16
Carolyn L Smith, Salsabil Abdallah, Yuen Yan Wong, Phuong Le, Alicia N Harracksingh, Liana Artinian, Arianna N Tamvacakis, Vincent Rehder, Thomas S Reese, Adriano Senatore
Four-domain voltage-gated Ca(2+) (Cav) channels play fundamental roles in the nervous system, but little is known about when or how their unique properties and cellular roles evolved. Of the three types of metazoan Cav channels, Cav1 (L-type), Cav2 (P/Q-, N- and R-type) and Cav3 (T-type), Cav3 channels are optimized for regulating cellular excitability because of their fast kinetics and low activation voltages. These same properties permit Cav3 channels to drive low-threshold exocytosis in select neurons and neurosecretory cells...
March 22, 2017: Journal of General Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330327/role-of-gnb3-net-kcnj11-tcf7l2-and-grl-genes-single-nucleotide-polymorphism-in-the-risk-prediction-of-type-2-diabetes-mellitus
#17
REVIEW
Saliha Rizvi, Syed Tasleem Raza, Qamar Rahman, Farzana Mahdi
Type 2 diabetes (T2DM) is a polygenic metabolic disorder characterized by hyperglycemia occurring as a result of impaired insulin secretion or insulin resistance. Various environmental and genetic factors interact and increase the risk of T2DM and its complications. Among the various genetic factors associated with T2DM, single nucleotide polymorphism in different candidate genes have been studied intensively and the resulting genetic variants have been found to have either positive or negative association with T2DM thereby increasing or decreasing the risk of T2DM, respectively...
December 2016: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327978/a-dataset-of-images-and-morphological-profiles-of-30-000-small-molecule-treatments-using-the-cell-painting-assay
#18
Mark-Anthony Bray, Sigrun M Gustafsdottir, Vebjorn Ljosa, Shantanu Singh, Katherine L Sokolnicki, Joshua A Bittker, Nicole E Bodycombe, Vlado Dancík, Thomas P Hasaka, C Suk-Yee Hon, Melissa M Kemp, Kejie Li, Deepika Walpita, Mathias J Wawer, Todd R Golub, Stuart L Schreiber, Paul A Clemons, Alykhan F Shamji, Anne E Carpenter
Background: Large-scale image sets acquired by automated microscopy of perturbed samples enable a detailed comparison of cell states induced by each perturbation, such as a small molecule from a diverse library. Highly multiplexed measurements of cellular morphology can be extracted from each image and subsequently mined for a number of applications. Findings: This microscopy data set includes 919,874 five-channel fields of view representing 30,616 tested compounds, available at 'The Cell Image Library' repository...
January 7, 2017: GigaScience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327344/direct-activation-of-ca-2-and-voltage-gated-potassium-channels-of-large-conductance-by-anandamide-in-endothelial-cells-does-not-support-the-presence-of-endothelial-atypical-cannabinoid-receptor
#19
Alexander I Bondarenko, Olga Panasiuk, Iryna Okhai, Fabrizio Montecucco, Karim J Brandt, Francois Mach
Endocannabinoid anandamide induces endothelium-dependent relaxation commonly attributed to stimulation of the G-protein coupled endothelial anandamide receptor. The study addressed the receptor-independent effect of anandamide on large conductance Ca(2+)-dependent K(+) channels expressed in endothelial cell line EA.hy926. Under resting conditions, 10µM anandamide did not significantly influence the resting membrane potential. In a Ca(2+)-free solution the cells were depolarized by ~10 mV. Further administration of 10µM anandamide hyperpolarized the cells by ~8 mV...
March 19, 2017: European Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325895/simulation-assisted-design-of-microfluidic-sample-traps-for-optimal-trapping-and-culture-of-non-adherent-single-cells-tissues-and-spheroids
#20
Nassim Rousset, Frédéric Monet, Thomas Gervais
This work focuses on modelling design and operation of "microfluidic sample traps" (MSTs). MSTs regroup a widely used class of microdevices that incorporate wells, recesses or chambers adjacent to a channel to individually trap, culture and/or release submicroliter 3D tissue samples ranging from simple cell aggregates and spheroids, to ex vivo tissue samples and other submillimetre-scale tissue models. Numerous MST designs employing various trapping mechanisms have been proposed in the literature, spurring the development of 3D tissue models for drug discovery and personalized medicine...
March 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
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