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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925199/dopamine-dependent-effects-on-basal-and-glutamate-stimulated-network-dynamics-in-cultured-hippocampal-neurons
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Yan Li, Xin Chen, Rhonda Dzakpasu, Katherine Conant
Oscillatory activity occurs in cortical and hippocampal networks with specific frequency ranges thought to be critical to working memory, attention, differentiation of neuronal precursors, and memory trace replay. Synchronized activity within relatively large neuronal populations is influenced by firing and bursting frequency within individual cells, and the latter is modulated by changes in intrinsic membrane excitability and synaptic transmission. Published work suggests that dopamine (DA), a potent modulator of learning and memory, acts on dopamine receptor 1-like dopamine receptors (D1Rs) to influence the phosphorylation and trafficking of glutamate receptor subunits, along with long-term potentiation (LTP) of excitatory synaptic transmission in striatum and prefrontal cortex...
December 7, 2016: Journal of Neurochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905472/electrochemical-communication-with-the-inside-of-cells-using-micro-patterned-vertical-carbon-nanofibre-electrodes
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F J Rawson, M T Cole, J M Hicks, J W Aylott, W I Milne, C M Collins, S K Jackson, N J Silman, P M Mendes
With the rapidly increasing demands for ultrasensitive biodetection, the design and applications of new nano-scale materials for development of sensors based on optical and electrochemical transducers have attracted substantial interest. In particular, given the comparable sizes of nanomaterials and biomolecules, there exist plenty of opportunities to develop functional nanoprobes with biomolecules for highly sensitive and selective biosensing, shedding new light on cellular behaviour. Towards this aim, herein we interface cells with patterned nano-arrays of carbon nanofibers forming a nanosensor-cell construct...
December 1, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900829/self-templating-synthesis-of-hollow-co3-o4-microtube-arrays-for-highly-efficient-water-electrolysis
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Yun Pei Zhu, Tian Yi Ma, Mietek Jaroniec, Shi Zhang Qiao
In spite of recent advances in the synthesis of hollow micro/nanostructures, the fabrication of three-dimensional electrodes on the basis of these structures remains a major challenge. Herein, we develop an electrochemical sacrificial-template strategy to fabricate hollow Co3 O4 microtube arrays with hierarchical porosity. The resultant unique structures and integrated electrode configurations impart enhanced mass transfer and electron mobility, ensuring high activity and stability in catalyzing oxygen and hydrogen evolution reactions...
November 30, 2016: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27891080/enhanced-burst-suppression-and-disruption-of-local-field-potential-synchrony-in-a-mouse-model-of-focal-cortical-dysplasia-exhibiting-spike-wave-seizures
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Anthony J Williams, Chen Zhou, Qian-Quan Sun
Focal cortical dysplasias (FCDs) are a common cause of brain seizures and are often associated with intractable epilepsy. Here we evaluated aberrant brain neurophysiology in an in vivo mouse model of FCD induced by neonatal freeze lesions (FLs) to the right cortical hemisphere (near S1). Linear multi-electrode arrays were used to record extracellular potentials from cortical and subcortical brain regions near the FL in anesthetized mice (5-13 months old) followed by 24 h cortical electroencephalogram (EEG) recordings...
2016: Frontiers in Neural Circuits
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27878736/in-vitro-cyto-biocompatibility-study-of-thin-film-transistors-substrates-using-an-organotypic-culture-method
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Eric Leclerc, Jean-Luc Duval, Christophe Egles, Satoshi Ihida, Hiroshi Toshiyoshi, Agnès Tixier-Mita
Thin-Film-Transistors Liquid-Crystal Display has become a standard in the field of displays. However, the structure of these devices presents interest not only in that field, but also for biomedical applications. One of the key components, called here TFT substrate, is a glass substrate with a dense and large array of thousands of transparent micro-electrodes that can be considered as a large scale multi-electrode array(s). Multi-electrode array(s) are widely used for in vitro electrical investigations on neurons and brain, allowing excitation, registration, and recording of their activity...
January 2017: Journal of Materials Science. Materials in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27859675/design-of-architectures-and-materials-in-in-plane-micro-supercapacitors-current-status-and-future-challenges
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Dianpeng Qi, Yan Liu, Zhiyuan Liu, Li Zhang, Xiaodong Chen
The rapid development of integrated electronics and the boom in miniaturized and portable devices have increased the demand for miniaturized and on-chip energy storage units. Currently thin-film batteries or microsized batteries are commercially available for miniaturized devices. However, they still suffer from several limitations, such as short lifetime, low power density, and complex architecture, which limit their integration. Supercapacitors can surmount all these limitations. Particularly for micro-supercapacitors with planar architectures, due to their unique design of the in-plane electrode finger arrays, they possess the merits of easy fabrication and integration into on-chip miniaturized electronics...
November 18, 2016: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27831887/modeling-intracochlear-magnetic-stimulation-a-finite-element-analysis
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Sagarika Mukesh, D T Blake, B J McKinnon, P T Bhatti
This study models induced electric fields, and their gradient, produced by pulsatile current stimulation of submillimeter inductors for cochlear implantation. Using finite-element analysis, the lower chamber of the cochlea, scala tympani, is modeled as a cylindrical structure filled with perilymph bounded by tissue, bone, and cochlear neural elements. Single inductors as well as an array of inductors are modeled. The coil strength (~100 nH) and excitation parameters (Peak current of 1 - 5 A, Voltages of 16 - 20 V) are based on a formative feasibility study conducted by our group...
November 2, 2016: IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27830452/fabrication-of-self-expandable-niti-thin-film-devices-with-micro-electrode-array-for-bioelectric-sensing-stimulation-and-ablation
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Christoph Bechtold, Rodrigo Lima de Miranda, Christoph Chluba, Eckhard Quandt
Self-expandable medical devices provide mechanical functionality at a specific location of the human body and are viable for minimal invasive procedures. Besides radiopaque markers and drug-eluting coatings, next generation self-expandable devices can be equipped with additional functionality, such as conductive and flexible electrodes, which enables chronic recording of bioelectrical signals, stimulating or ablating tissue. This promises new therapeutic options in various medical fields, among them in particular neuromodulation (e...
December 2016: Biomedical Microdevices
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27773967/ultrasonic-transducer-guided-electrochemical-impedance-spectroscopy-to-assess-lipid-laden-plaques
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Jianguo Ma, Yuan Luo, René R Sevag Packard, Teng Ma, Yichen Ding, Parinaz Abiri, Yu-Chong Tai, Qifa Zhou, Kirk K Shung, Rongsong Li, Tzung Hsiai
Plaque rupture causes acute coronary syndromes and stroke. Intraplaque oxidized low density lipoprotein (oxLDL) is metabolically unstable and prone to induce rupture. We designed an intravascular ultrasound (IVUS)-guided electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) sensor to enhance the detection reproducibility of oxLDL-laden plaques. The flexible 2-point micro-electrode array for EIS was affixed to an inflatable balloon anchored onto a co-axial double layer catheter (outer diameter = 2 mm). The mechanically scanning-driven IVUS transducer (45 MHz) was deployed through the inner catheter (diameter = 1...
November 1, 2016: Sensors and Actuators. B, Chemical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27772743/electrophysiological-characterization-of-nsc-34-cell-line-using-microelectrode-array
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K R Sabitha, D Sanjay, B Savita, T R Raju, T R Laxmi
Neurons communicate with each other through intricate network to evolve higher brain functions. The electrical activity of the neurons plays a crucial role in shaping the connectivity. With motor neurons being vulnerable to neurodegenerative diseases, understanding the electrophysiological properties of motor neurons is the need of the hour, in order to comprehend the impairment of connectivity in these diseases. NSC-34 cell line serves as an excellent model to study the properties of motor neurons as they express Choline acetyltransferase (ChAT)...
November 15, 2016: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27767173/euchromatin-histone-methyltransferase-1-regulates-cortical-neuronal-network-development
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Marijn Bart Martens, Monica Frega, Jessica Classen, Lisa Epping, Elske Bijvank, Marco Benevento, Hans van Bokhoven, Paul Tiesinga, Dirk Schubert, Nael Nadif Kasri
Heterozygous mutations or deletions in the human Euchromatin histone methyltransferase 1 (EHMT1) gene cause Kleefstra syndrome, a neurodevelopmental disorder that is characterized by autistic-like features and severe intellectual disability (ID). Neurodevelopmental disorders including ID and autism may be related to deficits in activity-dependent wiring of brain circuits during development. Although Kleefstra syndrome has been associated with dendritic and synaptic defects in mice and Drosophila, little is known about the role of EHMT1 in the development of cortical neuronal networks...
October 21, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27759367/hybrid-energy-cell-with-hierarchical-nano-micro-architectured-polymer-film-to-individually-simultaneously-harvest-mechanical-solar-and-wind-energies
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Bhaskar Dudem, Yeong Hwan Ko, Jung Woo Leem, Joo Ho Lim, Jae Su Yu
We report the hierarchical nano/micro architectured (HNMA)-polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) film-based hybrid energy cells with multi-functionality to simultaneously harvest mechanical, solar, and wind energies. These films consist of nano/micro dual-scale architectures (i.e., nanonipples on inverted micro pyramidal arrays) on the PDMS surface. The HNMA-PDMS is replicable by a facile and cost-effective soft imprint lithography (SIL) using a nanoporous anodic alumina oxide (AAO) film formed on the micro-pyramidal (MP) structured silicon substrate...
October 19, 2016: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27755369/the-effect-of-scala-tympani-morphology-on-basilar-membrane-contact-with-a-straight-electrode-array-a-human-temporal-bone-study
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Juul Verberne, Frank Risi, Luke Campbell, Scott Chambers, Stephen O'Leary
HYPOTHESIS: Scala tympani morphology influences the insertion dynamics and intra-scalar position of straight electrode arrays. BACKGROUND: Hearing preservation is the goal of cochlear implantation with current thin straight electrode arrays. These hug the lateral wall, facilitating full, atraumatic insertions. However, most studies still report some postoperative hearing loss. This study explores the influence of scala tympani morphology on array position relative to the basilar membrane and its possible contribution to postoperative hearing loss...
November 10, 2016: Otology & Neurotology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27749028/significant-enhancement-of-the-adhesion-between-metal-films-and-polymer-substrates-by-uv-ozone-surface-modification-in-nanoscale
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Junshan Liu, Licheng He, Liang Wang, Yuncheng Man, Luyi Huang, Zheng Xu, Dan Ge, Jingmin Li, Chong Liu, Liding Wang
Polymer metallization is extensively used in a variety of micro and nano system technologies. However, the deposited metal film exhibits poor adhesion to polymer substrates, which may cause difficulties in many applications. In this work, ultraviolet (UV)-ozone surface modification is for the first time put forward to enhance the adhesion between metal films and polymer substrates. The adhesion of sputtered Cu films on UV-ozone modified polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) substrates is enhanced by a factor of 6, and that of Au films is improved by a factor of 10...
October 17, 2016: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27731326/a-novel-bio-mimicking-planar-nano-edge-microelectrode-enables-enhanced-long-term-neural-recording
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Pierre Wijdenes, Hasan Ali, Ryden Armstrong, Wali Zaidi, Colin Dalton, Naweed I Syed
Our inability to accurately monitor individual neurons and their synaptic activity precludes fundamental understanding of brain function under normal and various pathological conditions. However, recent breakthroughs in micro- and nano-scale fabrication processes have advanced the development of neuro-electronic hybrid technology. Among such devices are three-dimensional and planar electrodes, offering the advantages of either high fidelity or longer-term recordings respectively. Here, we present the next generation of planar microelectrode arrays with "nano-edges" that enable long-term (≥1 month) and high fidelity recordings at a resolution 15 times higher than traditional planar electrodes...
October 12, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27720795/chronic-14-day-exposure-to-insecticides-or-methylmercury-modulates-neuronal-activity-in-primary-rat-cortical-cultures
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Milou M L Dingemans, Marijke G Schütte, Daphne M M Wiersma, Aart de Groot, Regina G D M van Kleef, Fiona M J Wijnolts, Remco H S Westerink
There is an increasing demand for in vitro test systems to detect neurotoxicity for use in chemical risk assessment. In this study, we evaluated the applicability of rat primary cortical cultures grown on multi-well micro-electrode arrays (mwMEAs) to detect effects of chronic 14-day exposure to structurally different insecticides or methylmercury on neuronal activity (mean spike rate; MSR). Effects of chronic exposure to α-cypermethrin, endosulfan, carbaryl, chlorpyrifos(-oxon), methylmercury or solvent control [14days exposure, initiated after baseline recording at day in vitro (DIV)7] were studied in five successive recordings between DIV10 and DIV21...
October 5, 2016: Neurotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27712455/independent-component-decomposition-of-human-somatosensory-evoked-potentials-recorded-by-micro-electrocorticography
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Irene Rembado, Elisa Castagnola, Luca Turella, Tamara Ius, Riccardo Budai, Alberto Ansaldo, Gian Nicola Angotzi, Francesco Debertoldi, Davide Ricci, Miran Skrap, Luciano Fadiga
High-density surface microelectrodes for electrocorticography (ECoG) have become more common in recent years for recording electrical signals from the cortex. With an acceptable invasiveness/signal fidelity trade-off and high spatial resolution, micro-ECoG is a promising tool to resolve fine task-related spatial-temporal dynamics. However, volume conduction - not a negligible phenomenon - is likely to frustrate efforts to obtain reliable and resolved signals from a sub-millimeter electrode array. To address this issue, we performed an independent component analysis (ICA) on micro-ECoG recordings of somatosensory-evoked potentials (SEPs) elicited by median nerve stimulation in three human patients undergoing brain surgery for tumor resection...
August 18, 2016: International Journal of Neural Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27668790/flat-panel-ct-for-cochlear-implant-electrode-imaging-comparison-to-multi-detector-ct
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Tabassum A Kennedy, Nathan Connell, Timothy Szczykutowicz, Sebastian Schafer, Kevin Royalty, Sara Nace, Brian Gartrell, Samuel Gubbels
HYPOTHESIS: Flat-panel computed tomography (FPCT) will allow more accurate localization of cochlear implants with decreased metallic artifact and decreased radiation dose when compared with multi-detector CT (MDCT). BACKGROUND: The measurement of scalar location and intra-scalar position of cochlear implantation (CI) electrodes using computed tomography (CT) is complicated by metallic image artifact and insufficient scalar resolution. FPCT has been shown to improve upon the resolution of MDCT while reducing artifact...
September 23, 2016: Otology & Neurotology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27651034/spatial-co-adaptation-of-cortical-control-columns-in-a-micro-ecog-brain-computer-interface
#19
A G Rouse, J J Williams, J J Wheeler, D W Moran
OBJECTIVE: Electrocorticography (ECoG) has been used for a range of applications including electrophysiological mapping, epilepsy monitoring, and more recently as a recording modality for brain-computer interfaces (BCIs). Studies that examine ECoG electrodes designed and implanted chronically solely for BCI applications remain limited. The present study explored how two key factors influence chronic, closed-loop ECoG BCI: (i) the effect of inter-electrode distance on BCI performance and (ii) the differences in neural adaptation and performance when fixed versus adaptive BCI decoding weights are used...
September 21, 2016: Journal of Neural Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27602780/nanoscale-electrochemical-sensor-arrays-redox-cycling-amplification-in-dual-electrode-systems
#20
Bernhard Wolfrum, Enno Kätelhön, Alexey Yakushenko, Kay J Krause, Nouran Adly, Martin Hüske, Philipp Rinklin
Micro- and nanofabriation technologies have a tremendous potential for the development of powerful sensor array platforms for electrochemical detection. The ability to integrate electrochemical sensor arrays with microfluidic devices nowadays provides possibilities for advanced lab-on-a-chip technology for the detection or quantification of multiple targets in a high-throughput approach. In particular, this is interesting for applications outside of analytical laboratories, such as point-of-care (POC) or on-site water screening where cost, measurement time, and the size of individual sensor devices are important factors to be considered...
September 20, 2016: Accounts of Chemical Research
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