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Mary K McGahon, José A Fernández, Durga P Dash, Jon McKee, David A Simpson, Alex V Zholos, J Graham McGeown, Tim M Curtis
Purpose: Activation of the transient receptor potential channels, TRPC6, TRPM4, and TRPP1 (PKD2), has been shown to contribute to the myogenic constriction of cerebral arteries. In the present study we sought to determine the potential role of various mechanosensitive TRP channels to myogenic signaling in arterioles of the rat retina. Methods: Rat retinal arterioles were isolated for RT-PCR, Fura-2 Ca2+ microfluorimetry, patch-clamp electrophysiology, and pressure myography studies...
October 1, 2016: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
James S Pryke, Francois Roets, Michael J Samways
Southern Africa's grassland biodiversity is threatened by habitat transformation such as commercial forestry. Ecological networks (ENs) have been instigated to alleviate the pressure of habitat transformation on local biodiversity. ENs are large scale webs of corridors and patches of natural vegetation criss-crossing production landscapes that can simulate conditions in protected areas (PAs). Many ENs have lost many native large mammal species, which have been replaced by domestic livestock to retain natural grazing dynamics, which could have an impact on the long-term value of ENs for insects...
2016: PloS One
Simone Farina, Ivan Guala, Silvia Oliva, Luigi Piazzi, Rodrigo Pires da Silva, Giulia Ceccherelli
Habitat structure plays an important mediating role in predator-prey interactions. However the effects are strongly dependent on regional predator pools, which can drive predation risk in habitats with very similar structure in opposite directions. In the Mediterranean Sea predation on juvenile sea urchins is commonly known to be regulated by seagrass structure. In this study we test whether the possibility for juvenile Paracentrotus lividus to be predated changes in relation to the fragmentation of the seagrass Posidonia oceanica (four habitat classes: continuous, low-fragmentation, high-fragmentation and rocks), and to the spatial arrangement of such habitat classes at a landscape scale...
2016: PloS One
Tim Granath, Angela Sanchez-Sanchez, Aleksey Shmeliov, Valeria Nicolosi, Vanessa Fierro, Alain Celzard, Karl Mandel
Herein, the formation of hollow microballoons derived from superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles with silica patches is reported. Depending on the experimental conditions, single- or multi-shelled superparamagnetic microballoons as well as multivesicular structures were obtained. We show how such structural changes follow a life-like process which is based on self-directing Pickering emulsions. We further demonstrate that the key towards the formation of such complex architectures is the patchy nature of the nanoparticles...
October 26, 2016: ACS Nano
Sheila Cardeña-Núñez, Luis Óscar Sánchez-Guardado, Rubén Corral-San-Miguel, Lucía Rodríguez-Gallardo, Faustino Marín, Luis Puelles, Pilar Aroca, Matías Hidalgo-Sánchez
The vertebrate inner ear is a complex three-dimensional sensorial structure with auditory and vestibular functions. The molecular patterning of the developing otic epithelium creates various positional identities, consequently leading to the stereotyped specification of each neurosensory and non-sensory element of the membranous labyrinth. The Iroquois (Iro/Irx) genes, clustered in two groups (A: Irx1, Irx2, and Irx4; and B: Irx3, Irx5, and Irx6), encode for transcriptional factors involved directly in numerous patterning processes of embryonic tissues in many phyla...
October 25, 2016: Brain Structure & Function
Remigijus Didziapetris, Kiril Lanevskij
A large and chemically diverse hERG inhibition data set comprised of 6690 compounds was constructed on the basis of ChEMBL bioactivity database and original publications dealing with experimental determination of hERG activities using patch-clamp and competitive displacement assays. The collected data were converted to binary format at 10 µM activity threshold and subjected to gradient boosting machine classification analysis using a minimal set of physicochemical and topological descriptors. The tested parameters involved lipophilicity (log P), ionization (pK a ), polar surface area, aromaticity, molecular size and flexibility...
October 25, 2016: Journal of Computer-aided Molecular Design
Dimitrios Tsoukanas, Paraskevi Xanthopoulou, Alexandros C Charonis, Panagiotis Theodossiadis, Gerasimos Kopsinis, Theodoros Filippopoulos
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October 25, 2016: Journal of Glaucoma
M Koselski, A Olszewska, A Hordyjewska, T Małecka-Massalska, K Trebacz
Patch clamp recordings carried out in the inside-out configuration revealed activity of three kinds of channels: nonselective cation channels, small-conductance K(+) channels, and large-conductance anion channels. The nonselective cation channels did not distinguish between Na(+) and K(+). The unitary conductance of these channels reached 28 pS in a symmetrical concentration of 200 mM NaCl. A lower value of this parameter was recorded for the small-conductance K(+) channels and in a 50-fold gradient of K(+) (200 mM/4 mM) it reached 8 pS...
October 26, 2016: Physiological Research
Andrik Rampun, Bernie Tiddeman, Reyer Zwiggelaar, Paul Malcolm
PURPOSE: In this paper the authors propose a texton based prostate computer aided diagnosis approach which bypasses the typical feature extraction process such as filtering and convolution which can be computationally expensive. The study focuses the peripheral zone because 75% of prostate cancers start within this region and the majority of prostate cancers arising within this region are more aggressive than those arising in the transitional zone. METHODS: For the model development, square patches were extracted at random locations from malignant and benign regions...
October 2016: Medical Physics
Marco Bonetti, Jean-Marc Zanotti
Nanometric confinement of fluids in porous media is a classical way to stabilize metastable states. Calorimetric studies give insight on the behavior of confined liquids compared to bulk liquids. We have developed and built a simple quasi-adiabatic AC calorimeter for heat capacity measurement of confined liquids in porous media in a temperature range between 150 K and 360 K. Taking the fully hydrated porous medium as a reference, we address the thermal behavior of water as a monolayer on the surface of a porous silica glass (Vycor)...
September 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
A P Furlan, N G Almarza, M C Barbosa
A lattice model for the study of mixtures of associating liquids is proposed. Solvent and solute are modeled by adapting the associating lattice gas (ALG) model. The nature of interaction of solute/solvent is controlled by tuning the energy interactions between the patches of ALG model. We have studied three set of parameters, resulting in, hydrophilic, inert, and hydrophobic interactions. Extensive Monte Carlo simulations were carried out, and the behavior of pure components and the excess properties of the mixtures have been studied...
October 14, 2016: Journal of Chemical Physics
Marco A Blanco, Vincent K Shen
A generic but simple model is presented to evaluate the effect of the heterogeneous surface charge distribution of proteins and zwitterionic nanoparticles on their thermodynamic phase behavior. By considering surface charges as continuous "patches," the rich set of surface patterns that is embedded in proteins and charged patchy particles can readily be described. This model is used to study the fluid phase separation of charged particles where the screening length is of the same order of magnitude as the particle size...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Chemical Physics
Wynton C McClary, John Paul Sumida, Michele Scian, Lorela Paco, William M Atkins
Cytochrome P4503A4 (CYP3A4) is a peripheral membrane protein that plays a major role in enzymatic detoxication of many drugs and toxins. CYP3A4 has an integral membrane N-terminal helix and a localized patch comprised of the G'- and F'-helix regions that are embedded in the membrane, but the effects of membrane composition on CYP3A4 function are unknown. Here, circular dichroism and differential scanning calorimetry were used to compare the stability of CYP3A4 in lipid bilayer nanodiscs with varying ratios of 1-palmitoyl-2-oleoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine (POPC): 1,2-dimyristoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine (DMPC)...
October 26, 2016: Biochemistry
Dansheng Wang, Qinghua Wang, Hao Wang, Hongping Zhu
In the electromechanical impedance (EMI) method, the PZT patch performs the functions of both sensor and exciter. Due to the high frequency actuation and non-model based characteristics, the EMI method can be utilized to detect incipient structural damage. In recent years EMI techniques have been widely applied to monitor the health status of concrete and steel materials, however, studies on application to timber are limited. This paper will explore the feasibility of using the EMI technique for damage detection in timber specimens...
October 22, 2016: Sensors
Y-Q He, X-Q Lang, L Lin, L Ji, X-Y Yuan, Q Chen, Y-M Ran, H-S Chen, L Li, J-M Wang, Z-G Wang, H Gregersen, D-W Zou, H-P Liang, M Yang
BACKGROUND: Patients with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) often share co-morbidity with chronic pain conditions. Recent studies suggest a role of P2X3 receptors and ATP signaling in pain conditions. However, the underlying mechanisms of visceral hyperalgesia following exposure to PTSD-like stress conditions remain unclarified. METHODS: The behavior and hormones relevant for PTSD were studied. Visceromotor responses (VMR) and the abdominal withdrawal reflexes (AWR) to colorectal distention (CRD) were recorded to determine P2X3-receptor-mediated alteration of hyperalgesia following single-prolonged stress (SPS) exposure...
October 25, 2016: Neurogastroenterology and Motility: the Official Journal of the European Gastrointestinal Motility Society
A R Harborne, J D Selwyn, J M Lawson, M Gallo
Video cameras recorded the diurnal visitation rates of transient (large home range) piscivorous fishes to coral patch reefs in The Bahamas and identified 11 species. Visits by bar jack Caranx ruber, mutton snapper Lutjanus analis, yellowtail snapper Ocyurus chrysurus, barracuda Sphyraena barracuda and cero Scomberomorus regalis were sufficiently frequent to correlate with a range of biophysical factors. Patch-reef visitation rates and fish abundances varied with distance from shore and all species except S...
October 26, 2016: Journal of Fish Biology
Lewen Yang, James T Kindt
The umbrella sampling method has been used to evaluate the free energy profile for a large permeant moving through a lipid bilayer, represented using a coarse-grained simulation model, at and below its gel-fluid transition temperature. At the lipid transition temperature, determined to be 302 K for the MARTINI 2.0 model of DPPC, the permeation barrier for passage through an enclosed fluid domain embedded in a patch of gel was significantly lower than for passage through a fluid stripe domain. In contrast, permeation through a fluid domain in a stripe geometry produced a free energy profile nearly identical to that of a gel-free fluid bilayer...
October 26, 2016: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
Lucia Russo, Paola Russo, Constantinos I Siettos
Based on complex network theory, we propose a computational methodology which addresses the spatial distribution of fuel breaks for the inhibition of the spread of wildland fires on heterogeneous landscapes. This is a two-level approach where the dynamics of fire spread are modeled as a random Markov field process on a directed network whose edge weights are determined by a Cellular Automata model that integrates detailed GIS, landscape and meteorological data. Within this framework, the spatial distribution of fuel breaks is reduced to the problem of finding network nodes (small land patches) which favour fire propagation...
2016: PloS One
Bradley Genovese, Steven Yin, Sohail Sareh, Michael DeVirgilio, Laith Mukdad, Jessica Davis, Veronica J Santos, Peyman Benharash
With changes in work hour limitations, there is an increasing need for objective determination of technical proficiency. Electromagnetic hand-motion analysis has previously shown only time to completion and number of movements to correlation with expertise. The present study was undertaken to evaluate the efficacy of hand-motion-tracking analysis in determining surgical skill proficiency. A nine-degree-of-freedom sensor was used and mounted on the superior aspect of a needle driver. A one-way analysis of variance and Welch's t test were performed to evaluate significance between subjects...
October 2016: American Surgeon
Oliver R Oakley, Kee Jun Kim, Po-Ching Lin, Radwa Barakat, Joseph A Cacioppo, Zhong Li, Alex Whitaker, Kwang Chul Chung, Wenyan Mei, CheMyong Ko
17β-estradiol is a potent sex hormone synthesized primarily by gonads in females and males that regulates development and function of the reproductive system. Recent studies show that 17β-estradiol is locally synthesized in non-reproductive tissues and regulates a myriad of events, including local inflammatory responses. In this study, we report that mesenteric lymph nodes and Peyer's patches are novel sites of de novo synthesis of 17β-estradiol. These secondary lymphoid organs are located within or close to the gastrointestinal tract, contain leukocytes, and function at the forefront of immune surveillance...
October 25, 2016: Endocrinology
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