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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076757/ipsc-derived-retina-transplants-improve-vision-in-rd1-end-stage-retinal-degeneration-mice
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Michiko Mandai, Momo Fujii, Tomoyo Hashiguchi, Genshiro A Sunagawa, Shinichiro Ito, Jianan Sun, Jun Kaneko, Junki Sho, Chikako Yamada, Masayo Takahashi
Recent success in functional recovery by photoreceptor precursor transplantation in dysfunctional retina has led to an increased interest in using embryonic stem cell (ESC) or induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC)-derived retinal progenitors to treat retinal degeneration. However, cell-based therapies for end-stage degenerative retinas that have lost the outer nuclear layer (ONL) are still a big challenge. In the present study, by transplanting mouse iPSC-derived retinal tissue (miPSC retina) in the end-stage retinal-degeneration model (rd1), we visualized the direct contact between host bipolar cell terminals and the presynaptic terminal of graft photoreceptors by gene labeling, showed light-responsive behaviors in transplanted rd1 mice, and recorded responses from the host retina with transplants by ex vivo micro-electroretinography and ganglion cell recordings using a multiple-electrode array system...
January 10, 2017: Stem Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28045786/three-dimensional-force-profile-during-cochlear-implantation-depends-on-individual-geometry-and-insertion-trauma
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Ersin Avci, Tim Nauwelaers, Volkmar Hamacher, Andrej Kral
OBJECTIVES: To preserve the acoustic hearing, cochlear implantation has to be as atraumatic as possible. Therefore, understanding the impact of the cochlear geometry on insertion forces and intracochlear trauma might help to adapt and improve the electrode insertion and reduce the probability of intracochlear trauma. DESIGN: The study was conducted on 10 fresh-frozen human temporal bones. The inner ear was removed from the temporal bone. The bony capsule covering the scala vestibuli was removed and the dissected inner ear was mounted on the three-dimensional (3D) force measurement system (Agilent technologies, Nano UTM, Santa Clare, CA)...
December 27, 2016: Ear and Hearing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28029625/comparison-of-classifier-architectures-for-online-neural-spike-sorting
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Maryam Saeed, Amir A Khan, Awais M Kamboh
High-density, intracranial recordings from micro-electrode arrays need to undergo Spike Sorting in order to associate the recorded neuronal spikes to particular neurons. This involves spike detection, feature extraction, and classification. To reduce the data transmission and power requirements, on-chip real-time processing is becoming very popular. However, high computational resources are required for classifiers in on-chip spike-sorters, making scalability a great challenge. In this review paper, we analyze several popular classifiers to propose five new hardware architectures using the off-chip training with on-chip classification approach...
December 19, 2016: IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28026170/pattern-directed-ordering-of-spin-dewetted-liquid-crystal-micro-or-nanodroplets-as-pixelated-light-reflectors-and-locomotives
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Bolleddu Ravi, Snigdha Chakraborty, Mitradip Bhattacharjee, Shirsendu Mitra, Abir Ghosh, Partho Sarathi Gooh Pattader, Dipankar Bandyopadhyay
Chemical pattern directed spin-dewetting of a macroscopic droplet composed of a dilute organic solution of liquid crystal (LC) formed an ordered array of micro- and nanoscale LC droplets. Controlled evaporation of the spin-dewetted droplets through vacuum drying could further miniaturize the size to the level of ∼90 nm. The size, periodicity, and spacing of these mesoscale droplets could be tuned with the variations in the initial loading of LC in the organic solution, the strength of the centripetal force on the droplet, and the duration of the evaporation...
December 27, 2016: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28008963/characterization-of-dorsal-root-ganglion-neurons-cultured-on-silicon-micro-pillar-substrates
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Tihana Repić, Katarina Madirazza, Ezgi Bektur, Damir Sapunar
Our study focuses on characterization of dorsal root ganglion (DRG) neurons cultured on silicon micro-pillar substrates (MPS) with the ultimate goal of designing micro-electrode arrays (MEAs) for successful electrophysiological recordings of DRG neurons. Adult and neonatal DRG neurons were cultured on MPS and glass coverslips for 7 days in vitro. DRG neuronal distribution and morphometric analysis, including neurite alignment and length, was performed on MPS areas with different pillar width and spacing. We showed that MPS provide an environment for growth of adult and neonatal DRG neurons as permissive as control glass surfaces...
December 23, 2016: Scientific Reports
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-harvest-mechanical-solar-and-wind-energies-individually-simultaneously
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Bhaskar Dudem, Yeong Hwan Ko, Jung Woo Leem, Joo Ho Lim, Jae Su Yu
We report the creation of hybrid energy cells based on hierarchical nano/micro-architectured polydimethylsiloxane (HNMA-PDMS) films with multifunctionality to simultaneously harvest mechanical, solar, and wind energies. These films consist of nano/micro dual-scale architectures (i.e., nanonipples on inverted micropyramidal arrays) on the PDMS surface. The HNMA-PDMS is replicable by facile and cost-effective soft imprint lithography using a nanoporous anodic alumina oxide film formed on the micropyramidal-structured silicon substrate...
November 9, 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...
January 2017: 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 nanosystem 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 poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) substrates is enhanced by a factor of 6, and that of Au films is improved by a factor of 10...
November 9, 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
#20
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
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