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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786605/hydrophobic-interaction-mediated-coating-of-pluronics-on-mesoporous-silica-nanoparticle-with-stimuli-responsiveness-for-cancer-therapy
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Luping Sha, Da Wang, Yuling Mao, Wei Shi, Tianbin Gao, Qinfu Zhao, Si-Ling Wang
In this research, a novel method was used to successfully make Pluronic P123 stably coated on mesoporous silica nanoparticles (MSN). That P123 and MSN co-constructed a drug delivery system (DDS) had not been reported. In this DDS, the coating of P123 was realized through hydrophobic interaction with octadecyl chain modified MSN. Experiments found only Pluronic with an appropriate ratio of hydrophilic and lipophilic segment could keep the nanoassemblies stable.
 For comparison, nanoassemblies consisted of P123 and octadecyl chain modified MSN with or without disulfide bond were prepared, which were denoted as PSMSN and PMSN respectively...
May 22, 2018: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786081/distinct-learning-induced-changes-in-stimulus-selectivity-and-interactions-of-gabaergic-interneuron-classes-in-visual-cortex
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Adil G Khan, Jasper Poort, Angus Chadwick, Antonin Blot, Maneesh Sahani, Thomas D Mrsic-Flogel, Sonja B Hofer
How learning enhances neural representations for behaviorally relevant stimuli via activity changes of cortical cell types remains unclear. We simultaneously imaged responses of pyramidal cells (PYR) along with parvalbumin (PV), somatostatin (SOM), and vasoactive intestinal peptide (VIP) inhibitory interneurons in primary visual cortex while mice learned to discriminate visual patterns. Learning increased selectivity for task-relevant stimuli of PYR, PV and SOM subsets but not VIP cells. Strikingly, PV neurons became as selective as PYR cells, and their functional interactions reorganized, leading to the emergence of stimulus-selective PYR-PV ensembles...
May 21, 2018: Nature Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786068/mitochondrial-pip3-binding-protein-fundc2-supports-platelet-survival-via-akt-signaling-pathway
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Qi Ma, Chongzhuo Zhu, Weilin Zhang, Na Ta, Rong Zhang, Lei Liu, Du Feng, Heping Cheng, Junling Liu, Quan Chen
Platelets undergo apoptosis in response to a variety of stimuli in the circulation. Mitochondria in platelets are essential for their apoptosis. Specifically, pro-survival protein BCL-xL on mitochondria is the key regulator of platelet lifespan. Here we identify an outer mitochondrial membrane protein FUNDC2 for platelet survival. FUNDC2 knockout mice carrying excessively apoptotic platelets exhibit thrombocytopenia in response to hypoxia. Mechanistically, FUNDC2 binds the lipid PIP3 via its unique, highly conserved N-terminal motif...
May 21, 2018: Cell Death and Differentiation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785040/archetypal-transcriptional-blocks-underpin-yeast-gene-regulation-in-response-to-changes-in-growth-conditions
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David Talavera, Christopher J Kershaw, Joseph L Costello, Lydia M Castelli, William Rowe, Paul F G Sims, Mark P Ashe, Chris M Grant, Graham D Pavitt, Simon J Hubbard
The transcriptional responses of yeast cells to diverse stresses typically include gene activation and repression. Specific stress defense, citric acid cycle and oxidative phosphorylation genes are activated, whereas protein synthesis genes are coordinately repressed. This view was achieved from comparative transcriptomic experiments delineating sets of genes whose expression greatly changed with specific stresses. Less attention has been paid to the biological significance of 1) consistent, albeit modest, changes in RNA levels across multiple conditions, and 2) the global gene expression correlations observed when comparing numerous genome-wide studies...
May 21, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784778/extant-fold-switching-proteins-are-widespread
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Lauren L Porter, Loren L Looger
A central tenet of biology is that globular proteins have a unique 3D structure under physiological conditions. Recent work has challenged this notion by demonstrating that some proteins switch folds, a process that involves remodeling of secondary structure in response to a few mutations (evolved fold switchers) or cellular stimuli (extant fold switchers). To date, extant fold switchers have been viewed as rare byproducts of evolution, but their frequency has been neither quantified nor estimated. By systematically and exhaustively searching the Protein Data Bank (PDB), we found ∼100 extant fold-switching proteins...
May 21, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784764/links-between-immunologic-memory-and-metabolic-cycling
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Matthew A Cottam, Hana A Itani, Arch A Beasley, Alyssa H Hasty
Treatments for metabolic diseases, such as diet and therapeutics, often provide short-term therapy for metabolic stressors, but relapse is common. Repeated bouts of exposure to, and relief from, metabolic stimuli results in a phenomenon we call "metabolic cycling." Recent human and rodent data suggest metabolic cycling promotes an exaggerated response and ultimately worsened metabolic health. This is particularly evident with cycling of body weight and hypertension. The innate and adaptive immune systems have a profound impact on development of metabolic disease, and current data suggest that immunologic memory may partially explain this association, especially in the context of metabolic cycling...
June 1, 2018: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784446/continuous-aesthetic-judgment-of-image-sequences
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Mel W Khaw, David Freedberg
Perceptual judgments are said to be reference-dependent as they change on the basis of recent experiences. Here we quantify sequence effects within two types of aesthetic judgments: (i) individual ratings of single images (during self-paced trials) and (ii) continuous ratings of image sequences. As in the case of known contrast effects, trial-by-trial aesthetic responses are negatively correlated with judgments made toward the preceding image. During continuous judgment, a different type of bias is observed...
May 18, 2018: Acta Psychologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783626/development-and-characterization-of-high-performance-shape-memory-alloy-coatings-for-structural-aerospace-applications
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Dimitrios A Exarchos, Panagiota T Dalla, Ilias K Tragazikis, Konstantinos G Dassios, Nikolaos E Zafeiropoulos, Maria M Karabela, Carmen De Crescenzo, Despina Karatza, Dino Musmarra, Simeone Chianese, Theodore E Matikas
This paper presents an innovative approach, which enables control of the mechanical properties of metallic components by external stimuli to improve the mechanical behavior of aluminum structures in aeronautical applications. The approach is based on the exploitation of the shape memory effect of novel Shape Memory Alloy (SMA) coatings deposited on metallic structural components, for the purpose of relaxing the stress of underlying structures by simple heating at field-feasible temperatures, therefore enhancing their structural integrity and increasing their stiffness and rigidity while allowing them to withstand expected loading conditions safely...
May 18, 2018: Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783079/altered-neural-encoding-of-prediction-errors-in-assault-related-posttraumatic-stress-disorder
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Marisa C Ross, Jennifer K Lenow, Clinton D Kilts, Josh M Cisler
Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is widely associated with deficits in extinguishing learned fear responses, which relies on mechanisms of reinforcement learning (e.g., updating expectations based on prediction errors). However, the degree to which PTSD is associated with impairments in general reinforcement learning (i.e., outside of the context of fear stimuli) remains poorly understood. Here, we investigate brain and behavioral differences in general reinforcement learning between adult women with and without a current diagnosis of PTSD...
May 12, 2018: Journal of Psychiatric Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783058/memory-retrieval-of-everyday-information-under-stress
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Lisa-Marie Stock, Christian J Merz
Psychosocial stress is known to crucially influence learning and memory processes. Several studies have already shown an impairing effect of elevated cortisol concentrations on memory retrieval. These studies mainly used learning material consisting of stimuli with a limited ecological validity. When using material with a social contextual component or with educational relevant material both impairing and enhancing stress effects on memory retrieval could be observed. In line with these latter studies, the present experiment also used material with a higher ecological validity (a coherent text consisting of daily relevant numeric, figural and verbal information)...
May 18, 2018: Neurobiology of Learning and Memory
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782970/underlying-neural-alpha-frequency-patterns-associated-with-intra-hemispheric-inhibition-during-an-interhemispheric-transfer-task
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Stephanie L Simon-Dack, Brian Kraus, Zachary Walter, Shelby Smith, Chelsea Cadle
Interhemispheric transfer measured via differences in right- or left-handed motoric responses to lateralized visual stimuli, known as the crossed-uncrossed difference (CUD), is one way of identifying patterns of processing that are vital for understanding the transfer of neural signals. Examination of interhemispheric transfer by means of the CUD is not entirely explained by simple measures of response time. Multiple processes contribute to wide variability observed in CUD reaction times. Prior research has suggested that intra-hemispheric inhibitory processes may be involved in regulation of speed of transfer...
May 18, 2018: Biological Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782953/electrodermal-reactivity-to-emotional-stimuli-in-healthy-subjects-and-patients-with-disorders-of-consciousness
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Jacques Luauté, Anne Dubois, Lizette Heine, Chloé Guironnet, Ariane Juliat, Valérie Gaveau, Barbara Tillmann, Fabien Perrin
OBJECTIVES: After a coma, one major challenge is the detection of awareness in patients with disorders of consciousness. In some patients, the only manifestation indicative of awareness is an appropriate emotional response. Preferred music is a powerful medium to elicit emotions and auto-biographical memory. Furthermore, music has been shown to improve cognitive functions both in healthy subjects and patients with neurological impairment. We hypothesized that signs of awareness could be enhanced in some patients with disorders of consciousness under appropriate emotional stimulation such as preferred music and also probably preferred odors...
May 18, 2018: Annals of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782839/different-regulation-of-cortisol-and-corticosterone-in-the-subterranean-rodent-ctenomys-talarum-responses-to-dexamethasone-angiotensin-ii-potassium-and-diet
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Federico Vera, C Daniel Antenucci, Roxana R Zenuto
When harmful environmental stimuli occur, glucocorticoids (GCs), cortisol and corticosterone are currently used to evaluate stress status in vertebrates, since their secretions are primarily associated to an increased activity of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis. To advance in our comprehension about GCs regulation, we evaluated the subterranean rodent Ctenomys talarum to assess cortisol and corticosterone response to (1) the negative feedback of the HPA axis using the dexamethasone (DEX) suppression test, (2) angiotensin II (Ang II), (3) potassium (K+ ) intake, and (4) different diets (vegetables, grasses, acute fasting)...
May 18, 2018: General and Comparative Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782817/evolution-of-the-developmental-plasticity-and-a-coupling-between-left-mechanosensory-neuromasts-and-an-adaptive-foraging-behavior
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Vânia Filipa Lima Fernandes, Christian Macaspac, Louise Lu, Masato Yoshizawa
Many animal species exhibit laterality in sensation and behavioral responses, namely, the preference for using either the left or right side of the sensory system. For example, some fish use their left eye when observing social stimuli, whereas they use their right eye to observe novel objects. However, it is largely unknown whether such laterality in sensory-behavior coupling evolves during rapid adaptation processes. Here, in the Mexican tetra, Astyanax mexicanus, we investigate the laterality in the relationship between an evolved adaptive behavior, vibration attraction behavior (VAB), and its main sensors, mechanosensory neuromasts...
May 18, 2018: Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782706/biological-stimulus-driven-assembly-disassembly-of-functional-nanoparticles-for-targeted-delivery-controlled-activation-and-bioelimination
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REVIEW
Xi Hu, Fangyuan Li, Shuying Wang, Fan Xia, Daishun Ling
Nanoassembly technology has emerged as a powerful tool for targeted drug delivery and provides a basis for fabricating medical theranostic nanosystems. However, it is extremely difficult to concentrate nanoparticles at tumor sites, and the poor target-to-background ratio undoubtedly obstructs the accurate diagnosis and effective therapy of cancerous tissues. Importantly, the addition of biological stimulus-responsive groups to nanoassembly systems can enable a biological stimulus-driven assembly-disassembly mutual switch or structural composition/conformation change, thereby amplifying the imaging signal and/or enhancing the therapeutic effect...
May 21, 2018: Advanced Healthcare Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782703/spatial-micropatterning-of-growth-factors-in-3d-hydrogels-for-location-specific-regulation-of-cellular-behaviors
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Oju Jeon, Keewon Lee, Eben Alsberg
Growth factors are potent stimuli for regulating cell function in tissue engineering strategies, but spatially patterning their presentation in 3D in a facile manner using a single material is challenging. Micropatterning is an attractive tool to modulate the cellular microenvironment with various biochemical and physical cues and study their effects on stem cell behaviors. Implementing heparin's ability to immobilize growth factors, dual-crosslinkable alginate hydrogels are micropatterned in 3D with photocrosslinkable heparin substrates with various geometries and micropattern sizes, and their capability to establish 3D micropatterns of growth factors within the hydrogels is confirmed...
May 21, 2018: Small
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782666/liquid-crystals-with-interfacial-ordering-that-enhances-responsiveness-to-chemical-targets
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Karthik Nayani, Prabin Rai, Nanqi Bao, Huaizhe Yu, Manos Mavrikakis, Robert J Twieg, Nicholas L Abbott
The development of stimuli-responsive materials suitable for use in wearable sensors is a key unresolved challenge. Liquid crystals (LCs) are particularly promising, as they do not require power, are light-weight, and can be tuned to respond to a range of targeted chemical stimuli. Here, an advance is reported in the design of LCs for chemical sensors with the discovery of LCs that assume parallel orientations at free surfaces and yet retain their chemoresponsiveness. The resulting LC-based sensors are more sensitive and exhibit faster responses than previous LC sensor designs...
May 21, 2018: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782001/a-simple-and-reproducible-method-to-prepare-membrane-samples-from-freshly-isolated-rat-brain-microvessels
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Hrvoje Brzica, Wazir Abdullahi, Bianca G Reilly, Patrick T Ronaldson
The blood-brain barrier (BBB) is a dynamic barrier tissue that responds to various pathophysiological and pharmacological stimuli. Such changes resulting from these stimuli can greatly modulate drug delivery to the brain and, by extension, cause considerable challenges in the treatment of central nervous system (CNS) diseases. Many BBB changes that affect pharmacotherapy, involve proteins that are localized and expressed at the level of endothelial cells. Indeed, such knowledge on BBB physiology in health and disease has sparked considerable interest in the study of these membrane proteins...
May 7, 2018: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29781959/involvement-of-the-vgf-derived-peptide-tlqp-62-in-nerve-injury-induced-hypersensitivity-and-spinal-neuroplasticity
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Alexander G J Skorput, Xijing Zhang, Jonathan J Waataja, Cristina D Peterson, Maureen S Riedl, Kelley F Kitto, Hai Truong, Cecilia Huffman, Stephen R Salton, Carolyn A Fairbanks, Christopher N Honda, Lucy Vulchanova
Neuroplasticity in the dorsal horn following peripheral nerve damage contributes critically to the establishment of chronic pain. The neurosecretory protein VGF (non-acronymic) is rapidly and robustly upregulated following nerve injury, and therefore peptides generated from it are positioned to serve as signals for peripheral damage. The goal of this project was to understand the spinal modulatory effects of the C-terminal VGF derived peptide TLQP-62 at the cellular level and gain insight into the function of the peptide in the development of neuropathic pain...
May 16, 2018: Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29781888/neurophysiological-response-to-olfactory-stimuli-in-combat-veterans-with-posttraumatic-stress-disorder
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Jeffrey S Bedwell, Corey J Bohil, Mark B Neider, Michael A Gramlich, Sandra M Neer, John P OʼDonnell, Deborah C Beidel
There is a need for a better understanding of underlying pathology in posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) to develop more effective treatments. The late positive potential (LPP) amplitude from electroencephalogram has been used to assess individual differences in emotional reactivity. There is evidence that olfaction is particularly important in emotional processing in PTSD. The current study examined LPP amplitudes in response to olfactory stimuli in 24 combat veterans with PTSD and 24 nonmilitary/non-PTSD controls...
May 17, 2018: Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease
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