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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149775/lentiviral-vectors-and-adeno-associated-virus-vectors-useful-tools-for-gene-transfer-in-pain-research
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REVIEW
Zheng Chen-Xi, Wang Sheng-Ming, Bai Yun-Hu, Luo Ting-Ting, Wang Jia-Qi, Dai Chun-Qiu, Guo Bao-Lin, Luo Shi-Cheng, Wang Dong-Hui, Yang Yan-Ling, Wang Ya-Yun
Pain, especially chronic pain, has always been a heated point in both basic and clinical researches since it puts heavy burdens on both individuals and the whole society. A better understanding of the role of biological molecules and various ionic channels involved in pain can shed light on the mechanism under pain and advocate the development of pain management. Using viral vectors to transfer specific genes at targeted sites is a promising method for both research and clinical applications. Lentiviral vectors and adeno-associated virus (AAV) vectors which allow stable and long-term expression of transgene in non-dividing cells are widely applied in pain research...
November 17, 2017: Anatomical Record: Advances in Integrative Anatomy and Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149713/adult-exposure-to-bisphenol-a-in-rare-minnow-gobiocypris-rarus-reduces-sperm-quality-with-disruption-of-testicular-aquaporins
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Yingying Zhang, Yongjing Guan, Ting Zhang, Cong Yuan, Yan Liu, Zaizhao Wang
Bisphenol A (BPA) is an endocrine disrupter which has adverse effects on male reproduction. Aquaporins (AQPs), well known water-selective channels, play important roles in spermatogenesis and sperm functions. However, whether AQPs participate in the process that BPA induces abnormal sperms has not been investigated to date. In the present study, adult male rare minnows Gobiocypris rarus were exposed to environmentally relevant concentrations BPA (15 and 225 μg/L) for 1, 2 and 3 weeks. Results showed that BPA exposure disrupted sperm motility, increased the percentage of abnormal sperm cells, and decreased sperm tolerance to hypotonic solution and sperm fertilization capacity...
November 8, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149567/preparation-of-lithium-titanate-reduced-graphene-oxide-composites-with-3d-fishnet-like-conductive-structure-via-a-gas-foaming-method-for-high-rate-lithium-ion-batteries
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Tao Meng, Fenyun Yi, Honghong Cheng, Junnan Hao, Dong Shu, Shixu Zhao, Chun He, Xiaona Song, Fan Zhang
Using ammonium chloride (NH4Cl) as the pore-forming agent, three-dimensional (3D) "fishnet-like" lithium titanate/reduced graphene oxide (LTO/G) composites with hierarchical porous structure are prepared via a gas-foaming method. SEM and TEM images show that in the composite prepared with the NH4Cl concentration of 1 mg mL-1 (1-LTO/G), LTO particles with sizes of 50~100 nm disperse homogeneously on the 3D "fishnet-like" graphene sheets. The nitrogen-sorption analyses reveal the existence of micro/mesopores, which is attributed to the introduction of NH4Cl into the gap between the graphene sheets that further decomposes into gases and produces hierarchical pores during the thermal treatment process...
November 17, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149529/scalable-fabrication-of-highly-active-and-durable-membrane-electrodes-toward-water-oxidation
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Yu Li, Shuangming Chen, Dawei Xi, Yanan Bo, Ran Long, Chengming Wang, Li Song, Yujie Xiong
The electrocatalytic oxygen evolution reaction (OER) is a highly important reaction that requires a relatively high overpotential and determines the rate of water splitting-a process for producing hydrogen. The overall OER performance is often largely limited by uncontrollable interface when active catalysts are loaded on conductive supports, for which polymer binders are widely used, but inevitably block species transportation channels. Here, a scalable fabrication approach to freestanding graphitized carbon nanofiber networks is reported, which provides abundant sites for in situ growing Fe/Ni catalysts with the improved interface...
November 17, 2017: Small
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149324/pyrethroid-insecticide-cypermethrin-modulates-gonadotropin-synthesis-via-calcium-homeostasis-and-erk1-2-signaling-in-l%C3%AE-t2-mouse-pituitary-cells
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Feixue Li, Huihui Ma, Jing Liu
Pyrethroids are a class of widely used insecticides. Cypermethrin (CP) is one of most commonly used pyrethroid insecticides and its residue has been frequently detected in environmental media. Our recent animal study reported that early postnatal exposure to CP induced an increase in serum levels of luteinizing hormone (LH) and follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) as well as the expression of gonadotropin subunit genes [chorionic gonadotropin α (CGα), LHβ and FSHβ] in pituitary tissues. In this study, we further investigated the precise mechanism by which CP at concentrations of 1-100 nM affected the synthesis of gonadotropins using a murine pituitary gonadotropic cell line LβT2...
November 15, 2017: Toxicological Sciences: An Official Journal of the Society of Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149168/airway-expression-of-transient-receptor-potential-trp-vanniloid-1-and-ankyrin-1-channels-is-not-increased-in-patients-with-idiopathic-pulmonary-fibrosis
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Nicola-Xan Hutchinson, Allen Gibbs, Amanda Tonks, Benjamin D Hope-Gill
Dry cough is a common symptom described in patients with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF) and impairs quality of life. The exact mechanisms causing cough in IPF remain unclear, however evidence suggests altered cough neurophysiology and sensitisation plays a role; IPF patients have an enhanced cough reflex sensitivity to inhaled capsaicin. The Transient Receptor Potential Vanniloid-1 channel (TRPV-1) has a role in the cough reflex and airway expression is increased in patients with chronic cough. The Ankyrin-1 receptor (TRPA-1) is often co-expressed...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149030/using-next-generation-sequencing-to-detect-differential-expression-genes-in-bradysia-odoriphaga-after-exposure-to-insecticides
#7
Haoliang Chen, Lulu Lin, Farman Ali, Minghui Xie, Guangling Zhang, Weihua Su
Bradysia odoriphaga (Diptera: Sciaridae) is the most important pest of Chinese chive. Insecticides are used widely and frequently to control B. odoriphaga in China. However, the performance of the insecticides chlorpyrifos and clothianidin in controlling the Chinese chive maggot is quite different. Using next generation sequencing technology, different expression unigenes (DEUs) in B. odoriphaga were detected after treatment with chlorpyrifos and clothianidin for 6 and 48 h in comparison with control. The number of DEUs ranged between 703 and 1161 after insecticide treatment...
November 17, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148820/a-functional-kinase-short-interfering-ribonucleic-acid-screen-using-protease-activated-receptor-2-dependent-opening-of-transient-receptor-potential-vanilloid-4
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William G Darby, Megan S Grace, Kaylene J Simpson, Owen L Woodman, Peter McIntyre
Protease-activated receptor 2 (PAR2) is a proinflammatory G-protein coupled receptor (GPCR) that is activated by inflammatory proteases, and its activation initiates signaling pathways that modulate the nonselective cation channel transient receptor potential vanilloid-4 (TRPV4). PAR2-dependent opening of TRPV4 has been attributed to kinase activation, but the identity of the responsible enzymes is unknown. Deciphering the signaling pathways involved in the PAR2-dependent opening of TRPV4 may yield new targets for pain treatment...
November 17, 2017: Assay and Drug Development Technologies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148763/discovery-of-n-3-carbamoyl-5-5-7-7-tetramethyl-5-7-dihydro-4h-thieno-2-3-c-pyran-2-yl-lh-pyrazole-5-carboxamide-glpg1837-a-novel-potentiator-which-can-open-class-iii-mutant-cystic-fibrosis-transmembrane-conductance-regulator-cftr-channels-to-a-high-extent
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Steven Emiel Van der Plas, Hans Kelgtermans, Tom De Munck, Sébastien Laurent Xavier Martina, Sébastien Dropsit, Evelyne Quinton, Ann De Blieck, Caroline Joannesse, Linda Tomaskovic, Mia Jans, Thierry Christophe, Ellen Van der Aar, Monica Borgonovi, Luc Nelles, Maarten Gees, Pieter Fw Stouten, Jan Van Der Schueren, Oscar Mammoliti, Katja Conrath, Martin J Andrews
Cystic fibrosis (CF) is caused by mutations in the gene for the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR). With the discovery of Ivacaftor and Orkambi, it has been shown that CFTR function can be partially restored by administering one or more small molecules. These molecules aim at either enhancing the amount of CFTR on the cell surface (correctors) or at improving the gating function of the CFTR channel (potentiators). Here we describe the discovery of a novel potentiator GLPG1837 which shows enhanced efficacy on CFTR mutants harboring Class III mutations compared to Ivacaftor, the first marketed potentiator...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148722/acoustic-wave-driven-functionalized-particles-for-aptamer-based-target-biomolecule-separation
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Raheel Ahmad, Ghulam Destgeer, Muhammad Afzal, Jinsoo Park, Husnain Ahmed, Jin Ho Jung, Kwangseok Park, Tae-Sung Yoon, Hyung Jin Sung
We developed a hybrid microfluidic device that utilized acoustic waves to drive functionalized microparticles inside a continuous flow microchannel and to separate particle-conjugated target proteins from a complex fluid. The acoustofluidic device comprised of an interdigitated transducer (IDT) that produced high-frequency surface acoustic waves (SAW) in a polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) microfluidic channel. The SAW interacted with the sample fluid flow inside the microchannel and deflected particles from their original streamlines to achieve separation...
November 17, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148158/long-term-anesthetic-protocol-in-rats-feasibility-in-electrophysiology-studies-in-visual-prosthesis
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Alejandro Barriga-Rivera, Veronica Tatarinoff, Nigel H Lovell, John W Morley, Gregg J Suaning
Electrical stimulation of excitable cells provides therapeutic benefits for a variety of medical conditions, including restoration of partial vision to those blinded via some types of retinal degeneration. To improve visual percepts elicited by the current technology, researchers are conducting acute electrophysiology experiments, mainly in cats. However, the rat can provide a model of a range of retinal diseases and possesses a sufficiently large eye to be used in this field. This article presents a long-term anesthetic protocol to enable electrophysiology experiments to further the development of visual prostheses...
November 17, 2017: Veterinary Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148129/development-of-functional-electrical-stimulation-rowing-the-rowstim-series
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Brian Andrews, Robin Gibbons, Garry Wheeler
Potentially, functional electrical stimulation (FES)-assisted exercise may have an important therapeutic role in reducing comorbidities associated with spinal cord injury (SCI). Here, we present an overview of these secondary life-threatening conditions, discuss the rationale behind the development of a hybrid exercise called FES rowing, and describe our experience in developing FES rowing technology. FES rowing and sculling are unique forms of adaptive rowing for those with SCI. The paralyzed leg musculature is activated by multiple channels of electrical pulses delivered via self-adhesive electrodes attached to the skin...
November 2017: Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148128/step-ergometer-training-augmented-with-functional-electrical-stimulation-in-individuals-with-chronic-spinal-cord-injury-a-feasibility-study
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Candy Tefertiller, Don Gerber
Spinal cord injury (SCI) often results in loss of upright mobility and independence subsequently challenging rehabilitation practitioners for meaningful intervention strategies. The objective of this study was to evaluate the feasibility and potential impact on walking function of the stimulation and ergometer training protocol (STEP) in chronic SCI. Fourteen individuals with a chronic motor incomplete SCI (>1-year post injury) were enrolled in the study. The intervention consisted of a 12-week walking training program delivered three times per week from 20 up to 45 min in combination with 10 channels of FES on a step ergometer...
November 2017: Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148114/on-the-character-and-production-of-active-participation-in-neuro-rehabilitation-an-actor-network-perspective
#14
Simon Horton, Kathryn Mares, Neil Coull, Fiona Poland
The importance of patients' active involvement in neuro-rehabilitation after acquired brain injury has been consistently emphasised in recent years. However, most approaches fail to show how 'active participation' is practically enacted, focusing on individualised explanations of patient choice and behaviours, or notions of inherent patient traits. Using actor-network theory (ANT) as a sensitising concept, we investigated neuro-rehabilitation practices, asking how participation is shaped through biological and socio-material specificities, how rights to knowledge and expertise are constructed, and how a body acclimatises and adjusts within an order of participation and transformation...
November 2017: Sociology of Health & Illness
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148102/adaptive-integrated-parallel-reception-excitation-and-shimming-ipres-a-with-microelectromechanical-systems-switches
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Dean Darnell, Yixin Ma, Hongyuan Wang, Fraser Robb, Allen W Song, Trong-Kha Truong
PURPOSE: Integrated parallel reception, excitation, and shimming coil arrays with N shim loops per radio-frequency (RF) coil element (iPRES(N)) allow an RF current and N direct currents (DC) to flow in each coil element, enabling simultaneous reception/excitation and shimming of highly localized B0 inhomogeneities. The purpose of this work was to reduce the cost and complexity of this design by reducing the number of DC power supplies required by a factor N, while maintaining a high RF and shimming performance...
November 16, 2017: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148067/should-theophylline-be-added-to-the-j-wave-syndrome-therapeutic-armamentarium
#16
EDITORIAL
Charles Antzelevitch, Sami Viskin
The substrate for both early repolarization syndrome (ERS) and Brugada syndrome (BrS), the so-called J wave syndromes, has been shown to develop as a consequence of genetic variants causing a loss of function of inward currents such sodium (INa ) and calcium (ICa ) channel currents or a gain of function in outward currents such as the transient outward current (Ito ). These changes in ion channel function result in an outward shift of the balance of currents active during the early phases of the epicardial action potential in the right ventricular outflow tract (RVOT) of the heart in the case BrS and in the inferior left ventricle in the case of ERS...
November 16, 2017: Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology: PACE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147992/monitoring-the-osseointegration-process-in-porous-ti6al4v-implants-produced-by-additive-manufacturing-an-experimental-study-in-sheep
#17
Mehmet C Kayacan, Yakup B Baykal, Tamer Karaaslan, Koray Özsoy, İlker Alaca, Burhan Duman, Yunus E Delikanlı
BACKGROUND: This study investigated the design and osseointegration process of transitive porous implants that can be used in humans and all trabecular and compact bone structure animals. The aim was to find a way of forming a strong and durable tissue bond on the bone-implant interface. METHODS: Massive and transitive porous implants were produced on a direct metal laser sintering machine, surgically implanted into the skulls of sheep and kept in place for 12 weeks...
November 13, 2017: Journal of Applied Biomaterials & Functional Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147891/long-term-presence-of-angiotensin-ii-type-1-receptor-autoantibody-reduces-aldosterone-production-by-triggering-ca-2-overload-in-h295r-cells
#18
Jinghui Lei, Suli Zhang, Pengli Wang, Yang Liao, Jingwei Bian, Xiaochen Yin, Ye Wu, Lina Bai, Feng Wang, Xiaoli Yang, Huirong Liu
Preeclamptic women are reported to have inadequate plasma volume expansion coupled with a suppressed secretion of aldosterone; however, the specific mechanism of preeclampsia remains unclear. We demonstrated that the presence of long-term angiotensin II type 1 receptor autoantibody (AT1-AA) reduces aldosterone production by triggering a Ca(2+) overload in H295R cells. AT1-AA was discovered in preeclamptic women and reported to activate AT1R, and consequently elevate intracellular Ca(2+). We found that AT1-AA significantly prolonged the time of intracellular Ca(2+) elevation...
November 16, 2017: Immunologic Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147699/strain-relaxation-and-ambipolar-electrical-transport-in-gaas-insb-core-shell-nanowires
#19
Torsten Rieger, Patrick Zellekens, Natalia Demarina, Ali Al Hassan, Franz Josef Hackemüller, Hans Lüth, Ullrich Pietsch, Thomas Schäpers, Detlev Grützmacher, Mihail Ion Lepsa
The growth, crystal structure, strain relaxation and room temperature transport characteristics of GaAs/InSb core-shell nanowires grown using molecular beam epitaxy are investigated. Due to the large lattice mismatch between GaAs and InSb of 14%, a transition from island-based to layer-like growth occurs during the formation of the shell. High resolution transmission electron microscopy in combination with geometric phase analyses as well as X-ray diffraction with synchrotron radiation are used to investigate the strain relaxation and prove the existence of different dislocations relaxing the strain on zinc blende and wurtzite core-shell nanowire segments...
November 17, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147652/identification-of-potent-chloride-intracellular-channel-protein-1-inhibitors-from-traditional-chinese-medicine-through-structure-based-virtual-screening-and-molecular-dynamics-analysis
#20
Wei Wang, Minghui Wan, Dongjiang Liao, Guilin Peng, Xin Xu, Weiqiang Yin, Guixin Guo, Funeng Jiang, Weide Zhong, Jianxing He
Chloride intracellular channel 1 (CLIC1) is involved in the development of most aggressive human tumors, including gastric, colon, lung, liver, and glioblastoma cancers. It has become an attractive new therapeutic target for several types of cancer. In this work, we aim to identify natural products as potent CLIC1 inhibitors from Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) database using structure-based virtual screening and molecular dynamics (MD) simulation. First, structure-based docking was employed to screen the refined TCM database and the top 500 TCM compounds were obtained and reranked by X-Score...
2017: BioMed Research International
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