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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346439/interspecies-diversity-of-chloride-channel-regulators-calcium-activated-3-genes
#1
Lars Mundhenk, Nancy A Erickson, Nikolai Klymiuk, Achim D Gruber
Members of the chloride channel regulators, calcium-activated (CLCA) family, have been implicated in diverse biomedical conditions, including chronic inflammatory airway diseases such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and cystic fibrosis, the activation of macrophages, and the growth and metastatic spread of tumor cells. Several observations, however, could not be repeated across species boundaries and increasing evidence suggests that select CLCA genes are particularly prone to dynamic species-specific evolvements...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345330/non-parametric-comparison-of-single-parameter-histograms
#2
James C S Wood
A number of methods have been developed to compare single parameter histograms. Some perform a channel-by-channel analysis and others give a single statistic about how the histograms may or may not differ. If they do differ, then the significance of the difference or confidence limit is usually provided. The specific location(s) for the greatest deviations may also be given. Some are more effective at resolving severely overlapping populations and others work poorly when there is any significant overlap. Each method makes certain assumptions about the data...
January 18, 2018: Current Protocols in Cytometry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344870/cell-specific-rna-quantification-in-human-sn-da-neurons-from-heterogeneous-post-mortem-midbrain-samples-by-uv-laser-microdissection-and-rt-qpcr
#3
Johanna Duda, Michael Fauler, Jan Gründemann, Birgit Liss
Cell specificity of gene expression analysis is from particular relevance when the abundance of target cells is not homogeneous in the compared tissue samples, like it is the case, e.g., when comparing brain tissues from controls and in neurodegenerative disease states. While single-cell gene expression profiling is already a methodological challenge per se, it becomes even more prone to artifacts when analyzing individual cells from human post-mortem samples. Not only because human samples can never be matched as precisely as those from animal models, but also, because the RNA-quality that can be obtained from human samples usually displays a high range of variability...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344776/dawning-of-a-new-era-in-trp-channel-structural-biology-by-cryo-electron-microscopy
#4
REVIEW
M Gregor Madej, Christine M Ziegler
Cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM) permits the determination of atomic protein structures by averaging large numbers of individual projection images recorded at cryogenic temperatures-a method termed single-particle analysis. The cryo-preservation traps proteins within a thin glass-like ice layer, making literally a freeze image of proteins in solution. Projections of randomly adopted orientations are merged to reconstruct a 3D density map. While atomic resolution for highly symmetric viruses was achieved already in 2009, the development of new sensitive and fast electron detectors has enabled cryo-EM for smaller and asymmetrical proteins including fragile membrane proteins...
January 17, 2018: Pflügers Archiv: European Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344775/new-saliva-secretion-model-based-on-the-expression-of-na-k-pump-and-k-channels-in-the-apical-membrane-of-parotid-acinar-cells
#5
János Almássy, Elias Siguenza, Marianna Skaliczki, Klara Matesz, James Sneyd, David I Yule, Péter P Nánási
The plasma membrane of parotid acinar cells is functionally divided into apical and basolateral regions. According to the current model, fluid secretion is driven by transepithelial ion gradient, which facilitates water movement by osmosis into the acinar lumen from the interstitium. The osmotic gradient is created by the apical Cl- efflux and the subsequent paracellular Na+ transport. In this model, the Na+-K+ pump is located exclusively in the basolateral membrane and has essential role in salivary secretion, since the driving force for Cl- transport via basolateral Na+-K+-2Cl- cotransport is generated by the Na+-K+ pump...
January 17, 2018: Pflügers Archiv: European Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343813/the-drosophila-gr28bd-product-is-a-non-specific-cation-channel-that-can-be-used-as-a-novel-thermogenetic-tool
#6
Aditi Mishra, Autoosa Salari, Benton R Berigan, Kayla C Miguel, Marzie Amirshenava, Abbey Robinson, Benjamin C Zars, Jenna L Lin, Lorin S Milescu, Mirela Milescu, Troy Zars
Extrinsic control of single neurons and neuronal populations is a powerful approach for understanding how neural circuits function. Adding new thermogenetic tools to existing optogenetic and other forms of intervention will increase the complexity of questions that can be addressed. A good candidate for developing new thermogenetic tools is the Drosophila gustatory receptor family, which has been implicated in high-temperature avoidance behavior. We examined the five members of the Gr28b gene cluster for temperature-dependent properties via three approaches: biophysical characterization in Xenopus oocytes, functional calcium imaging in Drosophila motor neurons, and behavioral assays in adult Drosophila...
January 17, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342984/amaranthus-caudatus-stimulates-insulin-secretion-in-goto-kakizaki-rats-a-model-of-diabetes-mellitus-type-2
#7
Silvia Zambrana, Lena C E Lundqvist, Virginia Veliz, Sergiu-Bogdan Catrina, Eduardo Gonzales, Claes-Göran Östenson
Diabetes Mellitus Type 2 prevalence is increasing worldwide; thus efforts to develop novel therapeutic strategies are required. Amaranthus caudatus (AC) is a pseudo-cereal with reported anti-diabetic effects that is usually consumed in food preparations in Bolivia. This study evaluated the anti-diabetic nutraceutical property of an AC hydroethanolic extract that contains mainly sugars and traces of polyphenols and amino acids (as shown by nalysis with liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (LC-MS) and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR)), in type 2 diabetic Goto-Kakizaki (GK) rats and healthy Wistar (W) rats...
January 15, 2018: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342923/electrical-design-and-evaluation-of-asynchronous-serial-bus-communication-network-of-48-sensor-platform-lsis-with-single-ended-i-o-for-integrated-mems-lsi-sensors
#8
Chenzhong Shao, Shuji Tanaka, Takahiro Nakayama, Yoshiyuki Hata, Masanori Muroyama
For installing many sensors in a limited space with a limited computing resource, the digitization of the sensor output at the site of sensation has advantages such as a small amount of wiring, low signal interference and high scalability. For this purpose, we have developed a dedicated Complementary Metal-Oxide-Semiconductor (CMOS) Large-Scale Integration (LSI) (referred to as "sensor platform LSI") for bus-networked Micro-Electro-Mechanical-Systems (MEMS)-LSI integrated sensors. In this LSI, collision avoidance, adaptation and event-driven functions are simply implemented to relieve data collision and congestion in asynchronous serial bus communication...
January 15, 2018: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342158/real-time-community-detection-in-full-social-networks-on-a-laptop
#9
Benjamin Paul Chamberlain, Josh Levy-Kramer, Clive Humby, Marc Peter Deisenroth
For a broad range of research and practical applications it is important to understand the allegiances, communities and structure of key players in society. One promising direction towards extracting this information is to exploit the rich relational data in digital social networks (the social graph). As global social networks (e.g., Facebook and Twitter) are very large, most approaches make use of distributed computing systems for this purpose. Distributing graph processing requires solving many difficult engineering problems, which has lead some researchers to look at single-machine solutions that are faster and easier to maintain...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342103/minimally-invasive-neural-interface-for-distributed-wireless-electrocorticogram-recording-systems
#10
Sun-Il Chang, Sung-Yun Park, Euisik Yoon
This paper presents a minimally-invasive neural interface for distributed wireless electrocorticogram (ECoG) recording systems. The proposed interface equips all necessary components for ECoG recording, such as the high performance front-end integrated circuits, a fabricated flexible microelectrode array, and wireless communication inside a miniaturized custom-made platform. The multiple units of the interface systems can be deployed to cover a broad range of the target brain region and transmit signals via a built-in intra-skin communication (ISCOM) module...
January 17, 2018: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341925/phase-contrast-tomography-at-lab-on-chip-scale-by-digital-holography
#11
REVIEW
F Merola, P Memmolo, L Miccio, M Mugnano, P Ferraro
High-throughput single-cell analysis is a challenging target for implementing advanced biomedical applications. An excellent candidate for this aim is label-free tomographic phase microscopy (TPM). In this paper, some of the methods used to obtain TPM are reviewed, analyzing advantages and disadvantages of each of them. Moreover, an alternative tomographic technique is described for live cells analysis, and future trends of the method are foreseen. In particular, by exploiting random rolling of cells while they are flowing along a microfluidic channel, it is possible to obtain phase-contrast tomography thus obtaining complete retrieval of both 3D-position and orientation of rotating cells...
January 13, 2018: Methods: a Companion to Methods in Enzymology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341779/mesoscopic-transport-in-electrostatically-defined-spin-full-channels-in-quantum-hall-ferromagnets
#12
Aleksandr Kazakov, George Simion, Yuli Lyanda-Geller, Valery Kolkovsky, Zbigniew Adamus, Grzegorz Karczewski, Tomasz Wojtowicz, Leonid P Rokhinson
In this work, we use electrostatic control of quantum Hall ferromagnetic transitions in CdMnTe quantum wells to study electron transport through individual domain walls (DWs) induced at a specific location. These DWs are formed due to the hybridization of two counterpropagating edge states with opposite spin polarization. Conduction through DWs is found to be symmetric under magnetic field direction reversal, consistent with the helical nature of these DWs. We observe that long domain walls are in the insulating regime with a localization length of 4-6  μm...
July 28, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341720/magnetic-skyrmions-and-skyrmion-clusters-in-the-helical-phase-of-cu_-2-oseo_-3
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Jan Müller, Jayaraman Rajeswari, Ping Huang, Yoshie Murooka, Henrik M Rønnow, Fabrizio Carbone, Achim Rosch
Skyrmions are nanometric spin whirls that can be stabilized in magnets lacking inversion symmetry. The properties of isolated Skyrmions embedded in a ferromagnetic background have been intensively studied. We show that single Skyrmions and clusters of Skyrmions can also form in the helical phase and investigate theoretically their energetics and dynamics. The helical background provides natural one-dimensional channels along which a Skyrmion can move rapidly. In contrast to Skyrmions in ferromagnets, the Skyrmion-Skyrmion interaction has a strong attractive component and thus Skyrmions tend to form clusters with characteristic shapes...
September 29, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341664/optimal-continuous-variable-quantum-teleportation-with-limited-resources
#14
Pietro Liuzzo-Scorpo, Andrea Mari, Vittorio Giovannetti, Gerardo Adesso
Given a certain amount of entanglement available as a resource, what is the most efficient way to accomplish a quantum task? We address this question in the relevant case of continuous variable quantum teleportation protocols implemented using two-mode Gaussian states with a limited degree of entanglement and energy. We first characterize the class of single-mode phase-insensitive Gaussian channels that can be simulated via a Braunstein-Kimble protocol with nonunit gain and minimum shared entanglement, showing that infinite energy is not necessary apart from the special case of the quantum limited attenuator...
September 22, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341607/in-vitro-pharmacokinetic-optimizations-of-am2-s31n-channel-blockers-led-to-the-discovery-of-slow-binding-inhibitors-with-potent-antiviral-activity-against-drug-resistant-influenza-a-viruses
#15
Yuanxiang Wang, Yanmei Hu, Shuting Xu, Yongtao Zhang, Rami Musharrafieh, Raymond Kin Hau, Chunlong Ma, Jun Wang
Influenza viruses are respiratory pathogens that are responsible for both seasonal influenza epidemics and occasional influenza pandemics. The narrow therapeutic window of oseltamivir, coupled with the emergence of drug resistance, calls for the next-generation of antivirals. With our continuous interest in developing AM2-S31N inhibitors as oral influenza antivirals, we report here the progress of optimizing the in vitro pharmacokinetic (PK) properties of AM2-S31N inhibitors. Several AM2-S31N inhibitors, including compound 10b, were discovered to have potent channel blockage, single to submicromolar antiviral activity, and favorable in vitro PK properties...
January 17, 2018: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341435/bifunctional-fluorescent-probe-for-sequential-sensing-thiols-and-primary-aliphatic-amines-in-distinct-fluorescence-channels
#16
Lingliang Long, Meiyu Huang, Ning Wang, Xiangqi Yuan, Siyu Cao, Aihua Gong, Kun Wang
Thiols and primary aliphatic amines (PAA) are ubiquitous and extremely important species in biological system. They have performed significant interplaying roles in complex biological events. A single fluorescent probe differentiating both thiol and PAA can contribute to understanding the intrinsic inter-relationship of thiols and PAA in biological processes. Herein, we rationally constructed the first fluorescent probe that can respond to thiols and PAA in different fluorescence channels. The probe exhibited high selectivity and sensitivity to thiols and PAA...
January 17, 2018: Chemistry, An Asian Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339688/choice-of-treatment-based-on-turkish-hypertension-consensus-report-do-we-follow-the-recommendations
#17
Gülden Yürüyen, İlkim Deniz Toprak, Zeki Toprak, Murat Akarsu, Pınar Demir, Yücel Arman, Eylem Özgün Çil, Mustafa Özcan, Sedat Irmak, Özgür Altun, Şengül Aydın Yoldemir, Hasan Eruzun, Tufan Tükek
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to determine how often the recommendations of the Turkish Hypertension Consensus Report are followed, and to draw attention to the report. METHODS: The demographic information of 1000 patients diagnosed with hypertension and the details of the antihypertensive medications prescribed at the outpatient service of a tertiary care hospital were recorded, and the data were compared with the recommendations of the report. RESULTS: The mean age of the patients was 62±11 years...
January 2018: Türk Kardiyoloji Derneği Arşivi: Türk Kardiyoloji Derneğinin Yayın Organıdır
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339572/three-dimensional-cross-linking-composite-of-graphene-carbon-nanotube-and-si-nanoparticles-for-lithium-ion-batteries-anode
#18
Suyun Tian, Guannan Zhu, Yanping Tang, Xiaohua Xie, Qian Wang, Yufei Ma, Gu Qiao Ding, Xiaoming Xie
Various graphene-based Si nanocomposites have been reported to improve the performance of active materials in Li ion battery. However, these candidates still yield severe capacity fading due to the electrical disconnection and fracture caused by huge volume changes with extended cycles.Therefore, we design a novel three-dimensional cross-linking structure of graphene and single-wall carbon nanotube to encapsulate Si nanoparticles. The synthesized three-dimensional structure is ascribed to the excellent self-assembly of carbon nanotube with graphene oxide and a thermal treatment process at 900 ºC...
January 17, 2018: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339505/nonenzymatic-release-of-n7-methylguanine-channels-repair-of-abasic-sites-into-an-ap-endonuclease-independent-pathway-in-arabidopsis
#19
Casimiro Barbado, Dolores Córdoba-Cañero, Rafael R Ariza, Teresa Roldán-Arjona
Abasic (apurinic/apyrimidinic, AP) sites in DNA arise from spontaneous base loss or by enzymatic removal during base excision repair. It is commonly accepted that both classes of AP site have analogous biochemical properties and are equivalent substrates for AP endonucleases and AP lyases, although the relative roles of these two types of enzymes are not well understood. We provide here genetic and biochemical evidence that, in Arabidopsis, AP sites generated by spontaneous loss of N7-methylguanine (N7-meG) are exclusively repaired through an AP endonuclease-independent pathway initiated by FPG, a bifunctional DNA glycosylase with AP lyase activity...
January 16, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29338612/gene-profiling-of-nucleus-basalis-tau-containing-neurons-in-chronic-traumatic-encephalopathy-a-chronic-effects-of-neurotrauma-consortium-study
#20
Elliott Jay Mufson, Bin He, Stephen D Ginsberg, Benjamin A Carper, Gayle S Bieler, Fiona C Crawford, Victor E Alverez, Bernard R Huber, Thor D Stein, Ann C McKee, Sylvia E Perez
Military personnel and athletes exposed to traumatic brain injury may develop chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). Brain pathology in CTE includes intracellular accumulation of abnormally phosphorylated tau proteins (p-tau), the main constituent of neurofibrillary tangles (NFTs). Recently, we found that cholinergic basal forebrain (CBF) neurons within the nucleus basalis of Meynert (nbM), which provide the major cholinergic innervation to the cortex, display an increasing number of NFTs across the pathological stages of CTE...
January 16, 2018: Journal of Neurotrauma
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