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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731303/lead-ii-binding-in-natural-and-artificial-proteins
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Virginia Cangelosi, Leela Ruckthong, Vincent L Pecoraro
This article describes recent attempts to understand the biological chemistry of lead using a synthetic biology approach. Lead binds to a variety of different biomolecules ranging from enzymes to regulatory and signaling proteins to bone matrix. We have focused on the interactions of this element in thiolate-rich sites that are found in metalloregulatory proteins such as Pbr, Znt, and CadC and in enzymes such as δ-aminolevulinic acid dehydratase (ALAD). In these proteins, Pb(II) is often found as a homoleptic and hemidirectic Pb(II)(SR)3- complex...
April 10, 2017: Metal Ions in Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730464/genome-wide-association-mapping-of-canopy-wilting-in-diverse-soybean-genotypes
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Avjinder S Kaler, Jeffery D Ray, William T Schapaugh, C Andy King, Larry C Purcell
Genome-wide association analysis identified 61 SNP markers for canopy wilting, which likely tagged 51 different loci. Based on the allelic effects of the significant SNPs, the slowest and fastest wilting genotypes were identified. Drought stress is a major global constraint for crop production, and slow canopy wilting is a promising trait for improving drought tolerance. The objective of this study was to identify genetic loci associated with canopy wilting and to confirm those loci with previously reported canopy wilting QTLs...
July 20, 2017: TAG. Theoretical and Applied Genetics. Theoretische und Angewandte Genetik
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729821/optimized-model-of-cerebral-ischemia-in-situ-for-the-long-lasting-assessment-of-hippocampal-cell-death
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Oksana Rybachuk, Olga Kopach, Volodymyr Krotov, Nana Voitenko, Tatyana Pivneva
Among all the brain, the hippocampus is the most susceptible region to ischemic lesion, with the highest vulnerability of CA1 pyramidal neurons to ischemic damage. This damage may cause either prompt neuronal death (within hours) or with a delayed appearance (over days), providing a window for applying potential therapies to reduce or prevent ischemic impairments. However, the time course when ischemic damage turns to neuronal death strictly depends on experimental modeling of cerebral ischemia and, up to now, studies were predominantly focused on a short time-window-from hours to up to a few days post-lesion...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729735/the-wnt-receptor-ryk-is-a-negative-regulator-of-mammalian-dendrite-morphogenesis
#4
Vanessa Lanoue, Michael Langford, Amanda White, Kai Sempert, Lily Fogg, Helen M Cooper
The unique dendritic architecture of a given neuronal subtype determines its synaptic connectivity and ability to integrate into functional neuronal networks. It is now clear that abnormal dendritic structure is associated with neuropsychiatric and neurodegenerative disorders. Currently, however, the nature of the extrinsic factors that limit dendritic growth and branching within predetermined boundaries in the mammalian brain is poorly understood. Here we identify the Wnt receptor Ryk as a novel negative regulator of dendritic arborisation...
July 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726913/mechanistic-insights-into-dioxygen-activation-oxygen-atom-exchange-and-substrate-epoxidation-by-asqj-dioxygenase-from-quantum-mechanical-molecular-mechanical-calculations
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Xudan Song, Jiarui Lu, Wenzhen Lai
Herein, we use in-protein quantum mechanical/molecular mechanical (QM/MM) calculations to elucidate the mechanism of dioxygen activation, oxygen atom exchange and substrate epoxidation processes by AsqJ, an Fe(II)/α-ketoglutarate-dependent dioxygenase (α-KGD) using a 2-His-1-Asp facial triad. Our results demonstrated that the whole reaction proceeds through a quintet surface. The dioxygen activation by AsqJ leads to a quintet penta-coordinated Fe(IV)-oxo species, which has a square pyramidal geometry with the oxo group trans to His134...
July 20, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726769/activity-dependent-feedback-inhibition-may-maintain-head-direction-signals-in-mouse-presubiculum
#6
Jean Simonnet, Mérie Nassar, Federico Stella, Ivan Cohen, Bertrand Mathon, Charlotte N Boccara, Richard Miles, Desdemona Fricker
Orientation in space is represented in specialized brain circuits. Persistent head direction signals are transmitted from anterior thalamus to the presubiculum, but the identity of the presubicular target neurons, their connectivity and function in local microcircuits are unknown. Here, we examine how thalamic afferents recruit presubicular principal neurons and Martinotti interneurons, and the ensuing synaptic interactions between these cells. Pyramidal neuron activation of Martinotti cells in superficial layers is strongly facilitating such that high-frequency head directional stimulation efficiently unmutes synaptic excitation...
July 20, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726681/a-novel-cylindrical-microwell-featuring-inverted-pyramidal-opening-for-efficient-cell-spheroid-formation-without-cell-loss
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Jae Min Cha, HyungDal Park, Eun Kyoung Shin, Ji Hee Sung, Ockchul Kim, Woohyun Jung, Oh Young Bang, Jinseok Kim
Spheroid cultures have been often used to simulate and understand in situ biological occurrences with potential to be further applied to therapeutic approaches, such as cell transplantation. However, traditional lab-scale techniques hardly reached the needed large scale production of cell spheroids, thus limiting their versatility in many biomedical fields. Microscale technologies have rapidly improved in the last decade, and contributed to the large scale production of cell spheroids with high controllability and reproducibility...
July 20, 2017: Biofabrication
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726541/characterization-of-postsynaptic-calcium-signals-in-the-pyramidal-neurons-of-anterior-cingulate-cortex
#8
Xu-Hui Li, Qian Song, Tao Chen, Min Zhuo
Calcium signaling is critical for synaptic transmission and plasticity. N-methyl-D-aspartic acid (NMDA) receptors play a key role in synaptic potentiation in the anterior cingulate cortex. Most previous studies of calcium signaling focus on hippocampal neurons, little is known about the activity-induced calcium signals in the anterior cingulate cortex. In the present study, we show that NMDA receptor-mediated postsynaptic calcium signals induced by different synaptic stimulation in anterior cingulate cortex pyramidal neurons...
January 2017: Molecular Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726353/spin-singlet-quantum-ground-state-in-zig-zag-spin-ladder-cu-cf3coo-2
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Igor L Danilovich, Elena V Karpova, Igor V Morozov, Alexey V Ushakov, Sergey V Streltsov, Alexander A Shakin, Olga S Volkova, Elena A Zvereva, Alexander Vasiliev
The copper salt of trifluoroacetic acid Cu(CF3COO)2 offer new platform to investigate the quantum ground states of low-dimensional magnets. In practice, it realizes the ideal case of solid hosting essentially isolated magnetic monolayers. These entities are constituted by well separated two-leg half-integer spin ladders organized in zig-zag fashion. The ladders are comprised by dimeric units of edge-sharing tetragonal pyramids coupled through carbon ions. The spin-gapped state in this compound was revealed by static and dynamic magnetic measurements...
July 20, 2017: Chemphyschem: a European Journal of Chemical Physics and Physical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726023/benefits-and-risks-of-non-approved-injection-regimens-for-botulinum-toxins-in-spasticity
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Andrea Santamato, Francesco Panza
Spasticity with muscle paresis and loss of dexterity is a common feature of upper motor neuron syndrome due to injuries or the pyramidal tract in several neurological conditions. Botulinum toxin type A has been considered the gold standard treatment for spasticity and movement disorders, with efficacy, reversibility, and low prevalence of complications. During the last 30 years, thousands of studies of its use have been performed, but few guidelines are available. Therefore, there is great variability in both the doses and intervals of administration and the approaches taken by clinicians with considerable experience in spasticity and movement disorder treatment...
July 19, 2017: Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725010/glucose-deficiency-elevates-acid-sensing-ion-channel-2a-expression-and-increases-seizure-susceptibility-in-temporal-lobe-epilepsy
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Haitao Zhang, Guodong Gao, Yu Zhang, Yang Sun, Huanfa Li, Shan Dong, Wei Ma, Bei Liu, Weiwen Wang, Hao Wu, Hua Zhang
Brain hypometabolism is a common epilepsy-related finding in both patients and animal models. Fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography studies have shown that recurrent seizures lead to reduced glucose metabolism in certain brain regions, but no studies have definitively determined whether this induces epileptogenesis. There is evidence that acid-sensing ion channel 2a (ASIC2a) affects epilepsy susceptibility. Transcription factor CP2 (TFCP2) regulates ASIC2a expression. We report that suppressed TFCP2 expression and elevated ASIC2a expression were associated with glucose hypometabolism in the hippocampi of humans with epilepsy and of rat epilepsy model brains...
July 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723074/paper-based-bimodal-sensor-for-electronic-skin-applications
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Minhyun Jung, Kyungkwan Kim, Bumjin Kim, Haena Cheong, Kwanwoo Shin, Oh-Sun Kwon, Jong-Jin Park, Sanghun Jeon
We present the development of a flexible bimodal sensor using a paper platform and ink-jet printing method, which are suited for low-cost fabrication processes and realization of flexible devices. In this study, we employed a vertically stacked bimodal device architecture in which a temperature sensor is stacked on top of a pressure sensor and operated on different principles, allowing the minimization of interference effects. For the temperature sensor placed in the top layer, we used the thermoelectric effect and formed a closed-loop thermocouple composed of two different printable inks: conductive PEDOT:PSS and silver nanoparticles on a flexible paper platform, and obtained temperature-sensing capability over a wide range (150 ℃)...
July 19, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722706/sub-national-mapping-of-population-pyramids-and-dependency-ratios-in-africa-and-asia
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Carla Pezzulo, Graeme M Hornby, Alessandro Sorichetta, Andrea E Gaughan, Catherine Linard, Tomas J Bird, David Kerr, Christopher T Lloyd, Andrew J Tatem
The age group composition of populations varies substantially across continents and within countries, and is linked to levels of development, health status and poverty. The subnational variability in the shape of the population pyramid as well as the respective dependency ratio are reflective of the different levels of development of a country and are drivers for a country's economic prospects and health burdens. Whether measured as the ratio between those of working age and those young and old who are dependent upon them, or through separate young and old-age metrics, dependency ratios are often highly heterogeneous between and within countries...
July 19, 2017: Scientific Data
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720405/persistent-cognitive-and-morphological-alterations-induced-by-repeated-exposure-of-adolescent-rats-to-the-abused-inhalant-toluene
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K M Braunscheidel, J T Gass, P J Mulholland, S B Floresco, J J Woodward
While thepsychoactive inhalant toluene causes behavioral effects similarto those produced by other drugs of abuse, the persistent behavioral and anatomical abnormalities induced by toluene exposure are not well known. To mimic human "binge-like" inhalant intoxication, adolescent, male Sprague-Dawley rats were exposed to toluene vapor (57000 ppm) twice daily for five consecutive days. These rats remained in their home cages until adulthood (P60), when they were trained in operant boxes to respond to a palatable food reward and then challenged with several different cognitive tasks...
July 15, 2017: Neurobiology of Learning and Memory
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720317/dcc-receptors-drive-prefrontal-cortex-maturation-by-determining-dopamine-axon%C3%A2-targeting-in-adolescence
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Lauren M Reynolds, Matthew Pokinko, Angélica Torres-Berrío, Santiago Cuesta, Laura C Lambert, Esther Del Cid Pellitero, Michael Wodzinski, Colleen Manitt, Paul Krimpenfort, Bryan Kolb, Cecilia Flores
BACKGROUND: Dopaminergic input to the prefrontal cortex (PFC) increases throughout adolescence and, by establishing precisely localized synapses, calibrates cognitive function. However, why and how mesocortical dopamine axon density increases across adolescence remains unknown. METHODS: We used a developmental application of axon-initiated recombination to label and track the growth of dopamine axons across adolescence in mice. We then paired this recombination with cell-specific knockdown of the netrin-1 receptor DCC to determine its role in adolescent dopamine axon growth...
June 16, 2017: Biological Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718834/dna-interacting-characteristics-of-the-archaeal-rudiviral-protein-sirv2_gp1
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Eveline Peeters, Maarten Boon, Clare Rollie, Ronnie G Willaert, Marleen Voet, Malcolm F White, David Prangishvili, Rob Lavigne, Tessa E F Quax
Whereas the infection cycles of many bacterial and eukaryotic viruses have been characterized in detail, those of archaeal viruses remain largely unexplored. Recently, studies on a few model archaeal viruses such as SIRV2 (Sulfolobus islandicus rod-shaped virus) have revealed an unusual lysis mechanism that involves the formation of pyramidal egress structures on the host cell surface. To expand understanding of the infection cycle of SIRV2, we aimed to functionally characterize gp1, which is a SIRV2 gene with unknown function...
July 18, 2017: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717183/the-characterization-of-hippocampal-theta-driving-neurons-a-time-delayed-mutual-information-approach
#17
Songting Li, Jiamin Xu, Guifen Chen, Longnian Lin, Douglas Zhou, David Cai
Interneurons are important for computation in the brain, in particular, in the information processing involving the generation of theta oscillations in the hippocampus. Yet the functional role of interneurons in the theta generation remains to be elucidated. Here we use time-delayed mutual information to investigate information flow related to a special class of interneurons-theta-driving neurons in the hippocampal CA1 region of the mouse-to characterize the interactions between theta-driving neurons and theta oscillations...
July 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716399/prelimbic-%C3%AE-1-adrenoceptors-are-involved-in-the-regulation-of-depressive-like-behaviors-in-the-hemiparkinsonian-rats
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Zhong Heng Wu, Qiao Jun Zhang, Cheng Xue Du, Yue Xi, Wen Juan Li, Fang Yuan Guo, Shu Qi Yu, Ya Xin Yang, Jian Liu
At present, it is not clear whether α1-adrenoceptors in the prelimbic cortex (PrL) are involved in Parkinson's disease-related depression. Here we examined effects of PrL α1-adrenoceptors on depressive-like behaviors in rats with unilateral 6-hydroxydopamine lesions of the medial forebrain bundle. The lesion induced depressive-like responses as measured by the sucrose preference and forced swim tests compared to sham-operated rats. Intra-PrL injection of α1-adrenoceptor agonist phenylephrine induced or increased the expression of depressive-like behaviors in sham-operated and the lesioned rats...
July 14, 2017: Brain Research Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715442/combining-random-forest-with-multi-block-local-binary-pattern-feature-selection-for-multiclass-head-pose-estimation
#19
Min-Joo Kang, Jung-Kyung Lee, Je-Won Kang
A new head pose estimation technique based on Random Forest (RF) and texture features for facial image analysis using a monocular camera is proposed in this paper, especially about how to efficiently combine the random forest and the features. In the proposed technique a randomized tree with useful attributes is trained to improve estimation accuracy and tolerance of occlusions and illumination. Specifically, a number of features including Multi-scale Block Local Block Pattern (MB-LBP) are extracted from an image, and random features such as the MB-LBP scale parameters, a block coordinate, and a layer of an image pyramid in the feature pool are used for training the tree...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715006/substitution-reactions-of-iron-ii-carbamoyl-thioether-complexes-related-to-mono-iron-hydrogenase
#20
Zhu-Lin Xie, Gummadi Durgaprasad, Azim K Ali, Michael J Rose
A C,N,S pincer complex has been synthesized for structural modeling of the organometallic active site of mono-[Fe] hydrogenase (HMD). The C,N,S chelate allows for systematic investigation of the substitution reactions of CO and other exogenous X/L-type ligands, as well as examination of the exact roles of the Fe-carbamoyl and {Fe(CO)2}(2+) units in stabilizing the low-spin Fe(ii) center. Reaction of the 'apo-ligand' 6-(2-(methylthio)phenyl)pyridin-2-amine ((H2N)N(py)S(Me)) with [Fe(CO)4(Br)2] affords the organometallic complex [((O[double bond, length as m-dash])C(NH)N(py)S(Me))Fe(CO)2(Br)] (1)...
July 17, 2017: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
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