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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932990/regulation-of-connexins-expression-levels-by-micrornas-an-update
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Juan F Calderón, Mauricio A Retamal
Control of cell-cell coordination and communication is regulated by several factors, including paracrine and autocrine release of biomolecules, and direct exchange of soluble factors between cells through gap junction channels. Additionally, hemichannels also participate in cell-cell coordination through the release of signaling molecules, such as ATP and glutamate. A family of transmembrane proteins named connexins forms both gap junction channels and hemichannels. Because of their importance in cell and tissue coordination, connexins are controlled both by post-translational and post-transcriptional modifications...
2016: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932789/the-maintenance-ability-and-ca-2-availability-of-skeletal-muscle-are-enhanced-by-sildenafil
#2
Mei Huang, Keon Jin Lee, Kyung-Jin Kim, Mi Kyoung Ahn, Chung-Hyun Cho, Do Han Kim, Eun Hui Lee
Sildenafil relaxes vascular smooth muscle cells and is used to treat pulmonary artery hypertension as well as erectile dysfunction. However, the effectiveness of sildenafil on skeletal muscle and the benefit of its clinical use have been controversial, and most studies focus primarily on tissues and organs from disease models without cellular examination. Here, the effects of sildenafil on skeletal muscle at the cellular level were examined using mouse primary skeletal myoblasts (the proliferative form of skeletal muscle stem cells) and myotubes, along with single-cell Ca(2+) imaging experiments and cellular and biochemical studies...
December 9, 2016: Experimental & Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932572/a-mechanism-for-acetylcholine-receptor-gating-based-on-structure-coupling-phi-and-flip
#3
Shaweta Gupta, Srirupa Chakraborty, Ridhima Vij, Anthony Auerbach
Nicotinic acetylcholine receptors are allosteric proteins that generate membrane currents by isomerizing ("gating") between resting and active conformations under the influence of neurotransmitters. Here, to explore the mechanisms that link the transmitter-binding sites (TBSs) with the distant gate, we use mutant cycle analyses to measure coupling between residue pairs, phi value analyses to sequence domain rearrangements, and current simulations to reproduce a microsecond shut component ("flip") apparent in single-channel recordings...
December 8, 2016: Journal of General Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930880/micropatterned-polymer-nanorod-forests-and-their-use-for-dual-drug-loading-and-regulation-of-cell-adhesion
#4
Chunlei Zhu, Jiajia Xue, Kyle D Gilroy, Da Huo, Song Shen, Younan Xia
This paper describes a simple method for the fabrication of micropatterned polymer nanorod forests by templating against the channels in an anodized aluminum oxide membrane partially masked by gelatin. The nanorod forests easily support bimodal drug loading, with one drug encapsulated in the nanorods and the other physisorbed on their surface. During cell culture, preosteoblasts are predominantly attracted to the nanorod forests and driven to climb up along the nanorods. This type of scaffold integrates both microscale and nanoscale features into a single substrate, holding great potential for applications in cell culture and tissue engineering...
December 8, 2016: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930750/spatial-chemical-stimulation-control-in-microenvironment-by-microfluidic-probe-integrated-device-for-cell-based-assay
#5
Masayuki Horayama, Kenta Shinha, Kazuya Kabayama, Teruo Fujii, Hiroshi Kimura
Cell-cell interactions play an important role in the development and function of multicellular organisms. To investigate these interactions in detail, it is necessary to evaluate the behavior of a cell population when the minimum number of cells in the population is stimulated by some chemical factors. We propose a microfluidic device integrated with microfluidic probe (MFP) functionality; this device is capable of imparting a chemical stimulus to cells within a microenvironment, for cell-based assays. The device contains MFP channels at the walls of the cell culture microchannels, and it can control a localized chemical stimulation area at the scale of a single cell to a few cells using MFP fluid control in a microspace...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27929468/using-linear-agarose-channels-to-study-drosophila-larval-crawling-behavior
#6
Xiao Sun, Ellie S Heckscher
Drosophila larval crawling is emerging as a powerful model to study neural control of sensorimotor behavior. However, larval crawling behavior on flat open surfaces is complex, including: pausing, turning, and meandering. This complexity in the repertoire of movement hinders detailed analysis of the events occurring during a single crawl stride cycle. To overcome this obstacle, linear agarose channels were made that constrain larval behavior to straight, sustained, rhythmic crawling. In principle, because agarose channels and the Drosophila larval body are both optically clear, the movement of larval structures labeled by genetically-encoded fluorescent probes can be monitored in intact, freely-moving larvae...
November 26, 2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27929391/a-hyperspectral-survey-of-new-york-city-lighting-technology
#7
Gregory Dobler, Masoud Ghandehari, Steven E Koonin, Mohit S Sharma
Using side-facing observations of the New York City (NYC) skyline, we identify lighting technologies via spectral signatures measured with Visible and Near Infrared (VNIR) hyperspectral imaging. The instrument is a scanning, single slit spectrograph with 872 spectral channels from 0.4-1.0 μ m. With a single scan, we are able to clearly match the detected spectral signatures of 13 templates of known lighting types. However, many of the observed lighting spectra do not match those that have been measured in the laboratory...
December 5, 2016: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27929062/an-oxygen-sensitive-toxin-antitoxin-system
#8
Oriol Marimon, João M C Teixeira, Tiago N Cordeiro, Valerie W C Soo, Thammajun L Wood, Maxim Mayzel, Irene Amata, Jesús García, Ainara Morera, Marina Gay, Marta Vilaseca, Vladislav Yu Orekhov, Thomas K Wood, Miquel Pons
The Hha and TomB proteins from Escherichia coli form an oxygen-dependent toxin-antitoxin (TA) system. Here we show that YmoB, the Yersinia orthologue of TomB, and its single cysteine variant [C117S]YmoB can replace TomB as antitoxins in E. coli. In contrast to other TA systems, [C117S]YmoB transiently interacts with Hha (rather than forming a stable complex) and enhances the spontaneous oxidation of the Hha conserved cysteine residue to a -SOxH-containing species (sulfenic, sulfinic or sulfonic acid), which destabilizes the toxin...
December 8, 2016: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27927985/the-arrhythmogenic-calmodulin-p-phe142leu-mutation-impairs-c-domain-ca2-binding-but-not-calmodulin-dependent-inhibition-of-the-cardiac-ryanodine-receptor
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Mads Toft Søndergaard, Yingjie Liu, Kamilla Taunsig Larsen, Alma Nani, Xixi Tian, Christian Holt, Ruiwu Wang, Reinhard Wimmer, Filip Van Petegem, Michael Fill, S R Wayne Chen, Michael Toft Overgaard
A number of point mutations in the intracellular Ca2+-sensing protein calmodulin (CaM) are arrhythmogenic, yet their underlying mechanisms are not clear. These mutations generally decrease Ca2+ binding to CaM and impair inhibition of CaM-regulated Ca2+ channels like the cardiac Ca2+-release channel (ryanodine receptor, RyR2), and it appears that attenuated CaM Ca2+-binding correlates with impaired CaM-dependent RyR2 inhibition. Here, we investigated the RyR2 inhibitory action of the CaM p.Phe142Leu mutation (F142L; numbered including the start methionine), which markedly reduces CaM Ca2+-binding...
December 7, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27927568/mris-are-less-accurate-tools-for-the-most-critically-worrisome-pedicles-compared-to-ct-scans
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Vishal Sarwahi, Terry Amaral, Stephen Wendolowski, Rachel Gecelter, Etan Sugarman, Yungtai Lo, Dan Wang, Beverly Thornhill
STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective review of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and computed tomographic (CT) scan imaging modalities. OBJECTIVE: To determine MRI's capability of identifying pedicle morphology. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Understanding pedicle morphology is important for accurate placement of pedicle screws. The gold standard modality to assess pedicle morphology is CT scan. However, CT scans carry the risk of radiation exposure. We have studied MRI as a potential alternative to CT scan...
November 2016: Spine Deformity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926840/calcium-dependent-structural-dynamics-of-a-spin-labeled-ryr-peptide-bound-to-calmodulin
#11
Cheng Her, Jesse E McCaffrey, David D Thomas, Christine B Karim
We have used chemical synthesis, electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR), and circular dichroism to detect and analyze the structural dynamics of a ryanodine receptor (RyR) peptide bound to calmodulin (CaM). The skeletal muscle calcium release channel RyR1 is activated by Ca(2+)-free CaM and inhibited by Ca(2+)-bound CaM. To probe the structural mechanism for this regulation, wild-type RyRp and four spin-labeled derivatives were synthesized, each containing the nitroxide probe 2,2,6,6-tetramethyl-piperidine-1-oxyl-4-amino-4-carboxylic acid substituted for a single amino acid...
December 6, 2016: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925668/cyclic-immunofluorescence-cycif-a-highly-multiplexed-method-for-single-cell-imaging
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Jia-Ren Lin, Mohammad Fallahi-Sichani, Jia-Yun Chen, Peter K Sorger
Cyclic Immunofluorescence (CycIF) is a public-domain method for performing highly multiplexed immunofluorescence imaging using a conventional epifluorescence microscope. It uses simple reagents and existing antibodies to construct images with up to 30 channels by sequential 4- to 6-channel imaging followed by fluorophore inactivation. Three variant methods are described, the most generally useful of which involves staining fixed cells with antibodies directly conjugated to Alexa Fluor dyes and imaging in four colors, inactivating fluorophores using a mild base in the presence of hydrogen peroxide and light, and then performing another round of staining and imaging...
December 7, 2016: Current Protocols in Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924865/quantum-error-correction-protects-quantum-search-algorithms-against-decoherence
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Panagiotis Botsinis, Zunaira Babar, Dimitrios Alanis, Daryus Chandra, Hung Nguyen, Soon Xin Ng, Lajos Hanzo
When quantum computing becomes a wide-spread commercial reality, Quantum Search Algorithms (QSA) and especially Grover's QSA will inevitably be one of their main applications, constituting their cornerstone. Most of the literature assumes that the quantum circuits are free from decoherence. Practically, decoherence will remain unavoidable as is the Gaussian noise of classic circuits imposed by the Brownian motion of electrons, hence it may have to be mitigated. In this contribution, we investigate the effect of quantum noise on the performance of QSAs, in terms of their success probability as a function of the database size to be searched, when decoherence is modelled by depolarizing channels' deleterious effects imposed on the quantum gates...
December 7, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924784/bio-fabrication-of-nanomesh-channels-of-single-walled-carbon-nanotubes-for-locally-gated-field-effect-transistors
#14
Hye-Hyeon Byeon, Woo Chul Lee, Wonbin Kim, Seong Keun Kim, Woong Kim, Hyunjung Yi
Single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) are one of the promising electronic components for nanoscale electronic devices such as field-effect transistors (FETs) owing to their excellent device characteristics such as high conductivity, high carrier mobility and mechanical flexibility. Localized gating gemometry of FETs enables individual addressing of active channels and allows for better electrostatics via thinner dielectric layer of high k-value. For localized gating of SWNTs, it becomes critical to define SWNTs of controlled nanostructures and functionality onto desired locations in high precision...
January 13, 2017: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924279/accelerating-in-vitro-studies-on-circadian-clock-systems-using-an-automated-sampling-device
#15
Yoshihiko Furuike, Jun Abe, Atsushi Mukaiyama, Shuji Akiyama
KaiC, a core protein of the cyanobacterial circadian clock, is rhythmically autophosphorylated and autodephosphorylated with a period of approximately 24 h in the presence of two other Kai proteins, KaiA and KaiB. In vitro experiments to investigate the KaiC phosphorylation cycle consume considerable time and effort. To automate the fractionation, quantification, and evaluation steps, we developed a suite consisting of an automated sampling device equipped with an 8-channel temperature controller and accompanying analysis software...
2016: Biophysics and Physicobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924259/cation-limited-kinetic-model-for-microbial-extracellular-electron-transport-via-an-outer-membrane-cytochrome-c-complex
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REVIEW
Akihiro Okamoto, Yoshihide Tokunou, Junki Saito
Outer-membrane c-type cytochrome (OM c-Cyt) complexes in several genera of iron-reducing bacteria, such as Shewanella and Geobacter, are capable of transporting electrons from the cell interior to extracellular solids as a terminal step of anaerobic respiration. The kinetics of this electron transport has implications for controlling the rate of microbial electron transport during bioenergy or biochemical production, iron corrosion, and natural mineral cycling. Herein, we review the findings from in-vivo and in-vitro studies examining electron transport kinetics through single OM c-Cyt complexes in Shewanella oneidensis MR-1...
2016: Biophysics and Physicobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924034/comprehensive-characterization-annotation-and-innovative-use-of-infinium-dna-methylation-beadchip-probes
#17
Wanding Zhou, Peter W Laird, Hui Shen
Illumina Infinium DNA Methylation BeadChips represent the most widely used genome-scale DNA methylation assays. Existing strategies for masking Infinium probes overlapping repeats or single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) are based largely on ad hoc assumptions and subjective criteria. In addition, the recently introduced MethylationEPIC (EPIC) array expands on the utility of this platform, but has not yet been well characterized. We present in this paper an extensive characterization of probes on the EPIC and HM450 microarrays, including mappability to the latest genome build, genomic copy number of the 3' nested subsequence and influence of polymorphisms including a previously unrecognized color channel switch for Type I probes...
October 24, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923567/an-experimental-modeling-of-trinomial-bioengineering-crp-rdna-and-transporter-engineering-within-single-cell-factory-for-maximizing-two-phase-bioreduction
#18
Souvik Basak, Sumanta Kumar Ghosh, Vinay Deep Punetha, Ashish N Aphale, Prabir K Patra, Nanda Gopal Sahoo
A carbonyl reductase (cr) gene from Candida glabrata CBS138 has been heterologously expressed in cofactor regenerating E. coli host to convert Ethyl-4-chloro-3-oxobutanoate (COBE) into Ethyl-4-chloro-3-hydroxybutanoate (CHBE). The CR enzyme exhibited marked velocity at substrate concentration as high as 363mM with highest turnover number (112.77±3.95s(-1)). Solitary recombineering of such catalytic cell reproduced CHBE 161.04g/L per g of dry cell weight (DCW). Introduction of combinatorially engineered crp (crp*, F136I) into this heterologous E...
December 3, 2016: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923039/natural-variation-in-arabidopsis-cvi-0-accession-reveals-an-important-role-of-mpk12-in-guard-cell-co2-signaling
#19
Liina Jakobson, Lauri Vaahtera, Kadri Tõldsepp, Maris Nuhkat, Cun Wang, Yuh-Shuh Wang, Hanna Hõrak, Ervin Valk, Priit Pechter, Yana Sindarovska, Jing Tang, Chuanlei Xiao, Yang Xu, Ulvi Gerst Talas, Alfonso T García-Sosa, Saijaliisa Kangasjärvi, Uko Maran, Maido Remm, M Rob G Roelfsema, Honghong Hu, Jaakko Kangasjärvi, Mart Loog, Julian I Schroeder, Hannes Kollist, Mikael Brosché
Plant gas exchange is regulated by guard cells that form stomatal pores. Stomatal adjustments are crucial for plant survival; they regulate uptake of CO2 for photosynthesis, loss of water, and entrance of air pollutants such as ozone. We mapped ozone hypersensitivity, more open stomata, and stomatal CO2-insensitivity phenotypes of the Arabidopsis thaliana accession Cvi-0 to a single amino acid substitution in MITOGEN-ACTIVATED PROTEIN (MAP) KINASE 12 (MPK12). In parallel, we showed that stomatal CO2-insensitivity phenotypes of a mutant cis (CO2-insensitive) were caused by a deletion of MPK12...
December 2016: PLoS Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920912/synthesis-and-crystal-structure-of-calcium-dizinc-iron-iii-tris-orthophosphate-cazn2fe-po4-3
#20
Jamal Khmiyas, Abderrazzak Assani, Mohamed Saadi, Lahcen El Ammari
Single crystals of the title compound, CaZn2Fe(PO4)3, were synthesized by conventional solid-state reaction. In the asymmetric unit, all atoms are located in fully occupied general positions of the P21/c space group. The zinc atoms are located on two crystallographically independent sites with tetra-hedral and distorted triangular-based bipyramidal geometries. Two edge-sharing triangular bipyramidal ZnO5 units form a dimer, which is linked to slightly deformed FeO6 octa-hedra via a common edge. The resulting chains are inter-connected through PO4 tetra-hedra to form a layer perpendicular to the b axis...
September 1, 2016: Acta Crystallographica. Section E, Crystallographic Communications
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