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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449366/moving-forward-with-the-neuromuscular-junction
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Claire Legay, Lin Mei
The neuromuscular junction (NMJ) is indispensable for survival. This synapse between motoneurons and skeletal muscle fibers allows posture, movement and respiration. Therefore, its dysfunction creates pathologies than can be lethal. The molecular mechanisms of NMJ development and maintenance are the subject of intensive studies. This mini-review focuses on some of the most recent discoveries. An unexpected role for a protein, rapsyn, which has been known for 40 years to aggregate acetylcholine receptors has emerged...
April 27, 2017: Journal of Neurochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449298/all-silicon-switchable-magnetoelectric-effect-via-interlayer-exchange-coupling
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Hang Liu, Jia Tao Sun, Huixia Fu, Peijie Sun, Yuanping Feng, Sheng Meng
The magnetoelectric (ME) effect originating from the effective coupling between electric field and magnetism is an exciting frontier in nanoscale science such as magnetic tunneling junction (MTJ), ferroelectric/piezoelectric heterojunctions etc. The realization of switchable ME effect under external electric field in d^0 semiconducting materials of single composition is needed especially for all-silicon spintronics applications because of its natural compatibility with current industry. We employ the density functional theory (DFT) to reveal that the pristine Si(111)-√3×√3R30º (Si√3 hereafter) reconstructed surfaces of thin films with thickness smaller than eleven bilayers support sizeable linear ME effect with switchable direction of magnetic moment under external electric field...
April 27, 2017: Chemphyschem: a European Journal of Chemical Physics and Physical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449240/bmp-signaling-in-pulmonary-hypertension-advances-and-therapeutic-implications
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Kai Yang, Jian Wang, Wenju Lu
Bone morphogenetic protein (BMP)-mediated signaling pathway plays critical roles in pulmonary hypertension (PH) development and progression. The typical BMP signaling mostly involve BMP ligands, specific transmembrane serine/threonine kinase receptors, cellular responsive kinases and secreted antagonists. As more and more studies have been conducted, the specific protective or pathogenic roles of these molecules within all these subgroups of BMP signaling have been continuously uncovered. Based on these evidences, specific strategies have been designed by targeting these factors as novel treatment approach against PH...
April 27, 2017: Experimental Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448955/ionization-spectroscopies-and-theoretical-calculations-of-cis-and-trans-3-fluoro-n-methylaniline-arn-n-1-2-van-der-waals-clusters-structures-and-binding-energies
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Lijuan Zhang, Dazhi Li, Min Cheng, Yikui Du, Qihe Zhu
The ab initio and dispersion-corrected density functional theory (DFT) calculations of the van der Waals (vdW) clusters of cis and trans 3-fluoro-N-methylaniline-Arn (3FNMA-Arn) (n=1,2) predict that, for cis and trans 3FNMA-Ar1 clusters, the π-bound geometry with the Ar atom sitting over the ring is the global minimum in both neutral and cationic states, while for cis and trans 3FNMA-Ar2 clusters, the [π|π]-bound sandwich structure with two Ar ligands occupying nearly equivalent π-bound positions above and below the ring plane is the global minimum...
April 18, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448635/excited-state-dynamics-of-bis-dehydroxycurcumin-tert-butyl-ester-a-diketo-shifted-derivative-of-the-photosensitizer-curcumin
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Luca Nardo, Angelo Maspero, Andrea Penoni, Giovanni Palmisano, Erika Ferrari, Monica Saladini
Bis-dehydroxycurcumin tert-butyl ester (K2T23) is a derivative of the natural spice curcumin. Curcumin is widely studied for its multiple therapeutic properties, including photosensitized cytotoxicity. However, the full exploitation of curcumin phototoxic potential is hindered by the extreme instability of its excited state, caused by very efficient non radiative decay by means of transfer of the enolic proton to the nearby keto oxygen. K2T23 is designed to exhibit a tautomeric equilibrium shifted toward the diketo conformers with respect to natural curcumin...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448274/top-down-fabricated-tapered-gaas-nanowires-with-sacrificial-etching-of-the-mask
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Navneet Dhindsa, Simarjeet Saini
A novel fabrication method using controlled sacrificial etching of the mask is utilized to fabricate tapered vertical GaAs nanowire arrays. Experimental measurements of the absorption characteristics show that the tapered nanowires absorb over a broadband range as compared to cylindrical ones. The broadband characterization is verified by using optical modeling and results from improved coupling of the nanowires due to distinct radial HE modes being excited separately in the taper and the cylindrical part. The absorption is found to be more broadband as compared to conical nanowires studied so far...
April 27, 2017: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448235/intracranial-artery-steno-occlusion-diagnosis-by-using-three-dimensional-parallel-multichannel-transmission-mr-imaging
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Mi Sun Chung, Seung Chai Jung, Seon-Ok Kim, Ho Sung Kim, Choong Gon Choi, Sang Joon Kim, Sun U Kwon, Dong-Wha Kang, Jong S Kim
Purpose To determine whether magnetic resonance (MR) imaging by using two-dimensional spatially selective radiofrequency (RF) excitation pulses (zoomed MR imaging) is a reliable method for the diagnosis of intracranial artery steno-occlusion compared with full-field-of-view (FOV) MR imaging. Materials and Methods The institutional review board approved this retrospective study and informed consent was waived. From December 2014 to August 2015, 88 patients who underwent both full-FOV MR imaging and zoomed MR imaging for further evaluation of intracranial artery steno-occlusion at prior luminal evaluation were included...
April 27, 2017: Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448123/enhancing-the-domain-wall-conductivity-in-lithium-niobate-single-crystals
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Christian Godau, Thomas Kämpfe, Andreas Thiessen, Lukas M Eng, Alexander Haußmann
Domain walls (DWs) in ferroelectric/ferroic materials have been in the central research focus for the last 50 years; DWs bear a multitude of extraordinary physical parameters within a unit-cell-sized lateral confinement. Especially, one outstanding feature has recently attracted a lot of attention for room-temperature applications, which is the potential to use DWs as 2-dimensional (2D) conducting channels that completely penetrate bulk compounds. Domain wall currents in lithium niobate (LNO) so far lie in the lower $pA$ regime...
April 27, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448117/eliminating-the-animal-species-constraints-in-antibody-selection-for-multicolor-immunoassays
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Yao Sun, Xiaohu Gao
Molecular profiling on the single-cell level helps unveil the mystery of gene expression patterns in individual cells at subcellular resolution, enabling discovery of small but meaningful variations that are often overlooked at the population level. Similar to other immunoassays, the most common and economical protocols are developed by combining primary antibodies (1'Abs) and fluorophore-labeled secondary antibodies (2'Abs). The selection of 1' and 2' Abs, however, has been limited by the availability of animal species, consequently resulting in low multiplexing capability...
April 27, 2017: Bioconjugate Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448074/simultaneous-electrical-recording-of-cardiac-electrophysiology-and-contraction-on-chip
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Fang Qian, Chao Huang, Yi-Dong Lin, Anna N Ivanovskaya, Thomas J O'Hara, Ross H Booth, Cameron J Creek, Heather A Enright, David A Soscia, Anna M Belle, Ronglih Liao, Felice C Lightstone, Kristen S Kulp, Elizabeth K Wheeler
Prevailing commercialized cardiac platforms for in vitro drug development utilize planar microelectrode arrays to map action potentials, or impedance sensing to record contraction in real time, but cannot record both functions on the same chip with high spatial resolution. Here we report a novel cardiac platform that can record cardiac tissue adhesion, electrophysiology, and contractility on the same chip. The platform integrates two independent yet interpenetrating sensor arrays: a microelectrode array for field potential readouts and an interdigitated electrode array for impedance readouts...
April 27, 2017: Lab on a Chip
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448046/a-novel-technique-for-raman-analysis-of-highly-radioactive-samples-using-any-standard-micro-raman-spectrometer
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Jean-Yves Colle, Mohamed Naji, Mark Sierig, Dario Manara
A novel approach for the Raman measurement of nuclear materials is reported in this paper. It consists of the enclosure of the radioactive sample in a tight capsule that isolates the material from the atmosphere. The capsule can optionally be filled with a chosen gas pressurized up to 20 bars. The micro-Raman measurement is performed through an optical-grade quartz window. This technique permits accurate Raman measurements with no need for the spectrometer to be enclosed in an alpha-tight containment. It therefore allows the use of all options of the Raman spectrometer, like multi-wavelength laser excitation, different polarizations, and single or triple spectrometer modes...
April 12, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448037/cooling-an-optically-trapped-ultracold-fermi-gas-by-periodical-driving
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Jiaming Li, Leonardo F de Melo, Le Luo
We present a cooling method for a cold Fermi gas by parametrically driving atomic motions in a crossed-beam optical dipole trap (ODT). Our method employs the anharmonicity of the ODT, in which the hotter atoms at the edge of the trap feel the anharmonic components of the trapping potential, while the colder atoms in the center of the trap feel the harmonic one. By modulating the trap depth with frequencies that are resonant with the anharmonic components, we selectively excite the hotter atoms out of the trap while keeping the colder atoms in the trap, generating parametric cooling...
March 30, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448018/live-imaging-of-antifungal-activity-by-human-primary-neutrophils-and-monocytes-in-response-to-a-fumigatus
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Shan F Brunel, Jude M Bain, Jill King, Lena J Heung, Shinji Kasahara, Tobias M Hohl, Adilia Warris
Aspergillus fumigatus is an opportunistic fungal pathogen causing invasive infections in immunocompromised hosts with a high case-fatality rate. Research investigating immunological responses against A. fumigatus has been limited by the lack of consistent and reliable assays for measuring the antifungal activity of specific immune cells in vitro. A new method is described to assess the antifungal activity of primary monocytes and neutrophils from human donors against A. fumigatus using FLuorescent Aspergillus REporter (FLARE) conidia...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448016/zebrafish-in-situ-spinal-cord-preparation-for-electrophysiological-recordings-from-spinal-sensory-and-motor-neurons
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Rosa L Moreno, Megan Josey, Angeles B Ribera
Zebrafish, first introduced as a developmental model, have gained popularity in many other fields. The ease of rearing large numbers of rapidly developing organisms, combined with the embryonic optical clarity, served as initial compelling attributes of this model. Over the past two decades, the success of this model has been further propelled by its amenability to large-scale mutagenesis screens and by the ease of transgenesis. More recently, gene-editing approaches have extended the power of the model. For neurodevelopmental studies, the zebrafish embryo and larva provide a model to which multiple methods can be applied...
April 18, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447978/high-resolution-thermal-micro-imaging-using-europium-chelate-luminescent-coatings
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Timothy M Benseman, Yang Hao, Vitalii K Vlasko-Vlasov, Ulrich Welp, Alexei E Koshelev, Wai-Kwong Kwok, Ralu Divan, Courtney Keiser, Chiharu Watanabe, Kazuo Kadowaki
Micro-electronic devices often undergo significant self-heating when biased to their typical operating conditions. This paper describes a convenient optical micro-imaging technique which can be used to map and quantify such behavior. Europium thenoyltrifluoroacetonate (EuTFC) has a 612 nm luminescence line whose activation efficiency drops strongly with increasing temperature, due to T-dependent interactions between the Eu(3+) ion and the organic chelating compound. This material may be readily coated on to a sample surface by thermal sublimation in vacuum...
April 16, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447684/crystal-structure-nir-luminescence-and-x-ray-computed-tomography-of-nd-3-ba0-3lu0-7f2-7-nanospheres
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Daniel González-Mancebo, Ana Isabel Becerro, Eugenio Cantelar, Fernando Cussó, Arnaud Briat, Damien Boyer, Manuel Ocaña
Uniform, hydrophilic 50 nm diameter Nd(3+)-doped Ba0.3Lu0.7F2.7 nanospheres are synthesized at 120 °C using a singular one-pot method based on the use of ethylene glycol as solvent, in the absence of any additive. The composition and crystal structure of the undoped material are analyzed in detail using ICP and XRD, which reveals a BaF2 cubic crystal structure that is able to incorporate 70 mol% of Lu ions. This finding contrasts with the reported phase diagram of the system, where the maximum solubility is around 30 mol% Lu...
April 27, 2017: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447676/excited-state-e-%C3%A2-z-photoisomerization-mechanism-unveiled-by-ab-initio-nonadiabatic-molecular-dynamics-simulation-for-hemithioindigo-hemistilbene
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Meihong Yang, Chunyan Huo, Anyang Li, Yibo Lei, Le Yu, Chaoyuan Zhu
The Zhu-Nakamura formulas based on on-the-fly trajectory surface hopping dynamics simulations at the two-state-averaged CASSCF level were employed to investigate the E → Z photoisomerization mechanisms of hemithioindigo-hemistilbene (HTI) upon S1 excitation. Seven conical intersections were observed along the isomerization pathways, which were composed of double bond torsion, benzene ring torsion, inversion and pyramidalization motions, and only three of them were found to play a role in the dynamics simulations started at S1E-HTI...
April 27, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447448/lanthanide-organic-gels-logs-as-a-multifunctional-supramolecular-smart-platform
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José Yago Rodrigues Silva, Leonis Lourenço da Luz, Filipe Gabriel Martinez Mauricio, Iane Bezerra Vasconcelos Alves, Jamylle Nunes de Souza Ferro, Emiliano Barreto, Ingrid Tavora Weber, Walter Mendes de Azevedo, Severino Alves Júnior
A multifunctional smart supramolecular platform based on a lanthanide-organic hydrogel is presented. This platform, which provides unique biocompatibility and tunable optical properties, is synthesized by a simple, fast and reproducible eco-friendly microwave-assisted route. Photoluminescent properties enable the production of coated light-emitting diodes (LED), unique luminescent barcodes dependent on the excitation wavelength and thin-films for use in tamper seals. Moreover, piroxicam entrapped in hydrogel acts as a transdermal drug release device efficient in inhibiting edemas compared to a commercial reference...
April 27, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447331/understanding-action-and-adventure-sports-participation-an-ecological-dynamics-perspective
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Tuomas Immonen, Eric Brymer, Dominic Orth, Keith Davids, Francesco Feletti, Jarmo Liukkonen, Timo Jaakkola
Previous research has considered action and adventure sports using a variety of associated terms and definitions which has led to confusing discourse and contradictory research findings. Traditional narratives have typically considered participation exclusively as the pastime of young people with abnormal characteristics or personalities having unhealthy and pathological tendencies to take risks because of the need for thrill, excitement or an adrenaline 'rush'. Conversely, recent research has linked even the most extreme forms of action and adventure sports to positive physical and psychological health and well-being outcomes...
December 2017: Sports Medicine—Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447279/multi-modality-molecular-imaging-of-aortic-aneurysms
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Brian J Malm, Mehran M Sadeghi
Aneurysms of the thoracic and abdominal aorta are common and can be associated with significant morbidity and mortality when complications, including dissection, rupture, or thrombosis, occur. Current approaches to diagnosis and risk stratification rely on measurements of aneurysm size and rate of growth, often using various imaging modalities, which may be suboptimal in identifying patients at the highest and lowest risk of complications. Targeting the biological processes underlying aneurysm formation and expansion with molecular imaging offers an exciting opportunity to characterize aortic aneurysms beyond size and address current gaps in our approach to diagnosis and treatment...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Nuclear Cardiology: Official Publication of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology
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