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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532090/in-situ-synthesis-of-bilayered-gradient-poly-vinyl-alcohol-hydroxyapatite-composite-hydrogel-by-directional-freezing-thawing-and-electrophoresis-method
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Cui Su, Yunlan Su, Zhiyong Li, Muhammad Abdul Haq, Yong Zhou, Dujin Wang
Bilayered poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA)/hydroxyapatite (HA) composite hydrogels with anisotropic and gradient mechanical properties were prepared by the combination of directional freezing-thawing (DFT) and electrophoresis method. Firstly, PVA hydrogels with aligned channel structure were prepared by the DFT method. Then, HA nanoparticles were in situ synthesized within the PVA hydrogels via electrophoresis. By controlling the time of the electrophoresis process, a bilayered gradient hydrogel containing HA particles in only half of the gel region was obtained...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532043/microarc-oxidation-discharge-types-and-bio-properties-of-the-coating-synthesized-on-zirconium
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Sezgin Cengiz, Yunus Azakli, Mehmet Tarakci, Lia Stanciu, Yucel Gencer
This study is an attempt for gaining a better understanding on relationship between microarc oxidation (MAO) coating discharge types and bioactivity of an oxide-based coating synthesized on a Zr substrate. The discharge types and the coating growth mechanism were identified by the examination of the real cross-section image of the coating microstructure. The coating was conducted by using MAO in an electrolyte containing Na2SiO3, Ca(CH3COO)2 and C3H7Na2O6P, for different durations of 2.5, 5, 15, and 30mins...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531964/non-electron-transfer-chain-mitochondrial-defects-differently-regulate-hif-1%C3%AE-degradation-and-transcription
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Antonina N Shvetsova, Daniela Mennerich, Juha M Kerätär, J Kalervo Hiltunen, Thomas Kietzmann
Mitochondria are the main consumers of molecular O2 in a cell as well as an abundant source of reactive oxygen species (ROS). Both, molecular oxygen and ROS are powerful regulators of the hypoxia-inducible factor-1α-subunit (HIF-α). While a number of mechanisms in the oxygen-dependent HIF-α regulation are quite well known, the view with respect to mitochondria is less clear. Several approaches using pharmacological or genetic tools targeting the mitochondrial electron transport chain (ETC) indicated that ROS, mainly formed at the Rieske cluster of complex III of the ETC, are drivers of HIF-1α activation...
May 8, 2017: Redox Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531837/possible-developments-for-ex-situ-phytoremediation-of-contaminated-sediments-in-tropical-and-subtropical-regions-review
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Marco Pittarello, Jader Galba Busato, Paolo Carletti, Leonardo Barros Dobbss
The growing problem of remediation of contaminated sediments dredged from harbor channels needs to be resolved by a cost effective and sustainable technology. Phytoremediation, by ex situ remediation plants, seems to have the potential to replace traditional methods in case of moderately contaminated sediments. On the other side, the need to mix sediments with soil and/or sand to allow an easier establishment of most employed species causes an increase of the volume of the processed substrate up to 30%. Moreover the majority of phytoremediating species are natives of temperate climate belt...
April 22, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531285/paratrigeminal-paraclival-precavernous-or-all-of-the-above-a-circumferential-anatomical-study-of-the-c3-c4-transitional-segment-of-the-internal-carotid-artery
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Eleonora Marcati, Norberto Andaluz, Sebastien C Froelich, Lee A Zimmer, James L Leach, Juan Carlos Fernandez-Miranda, Almaz Kurbanov, Jeffrey T Keller
BACKGROUND: Although the term paraclival carotid pervades recent skull base literature, no clear consensus exists regarding boundaries or anatomical segments. OBJECTIVE: To reconcile various internal carotid artery (ICA) nomenclatures for transcranial and endoscopic-endonasal perspectives, we reexamined the transition between lacerum (C3) and cavernous (C4) segments using a C1-C7 segments schema. In this cadaveric study, we obtained a 360°-circumferential view integrating histological, microsurgical, endoscopic, and neuroradiological analyses of this C3-C4 region and identified a distinct transitional segment...
May 21, 2017: Operative Neurosurgery (Hagerstown, Md.)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531239/current-trends-of-hypertension-treatment-in-the-united-states
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Shreya J Shah, Randall S Stafford
BACKGROUND: To examine current patterns of hypertension (HTN) treatment in the United States, including blood pressure (BP) control, prevalence of different antihypertensive agents, and variations in treatment associated with patient and physician characteristics. METHODS: We used data from the National Disease and Therapeutic Index (NDTI), a nationally representative physician survey produced by QuintilesIMS. We selected patients with a diagnosis of HTN and identified those prescribed antihypertensive therapies...
May 22, 2017: American Journal of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531217/store-operated-ca2-entry-supports-contractile-function-in-hearts-of-hibernators
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Olga V Nakipova, Alexey S Averin, Edward V Evdokimovskii, Oleg Yu Pimenov, Leonid Kosarski, Dmitriy Ignat'ev, Andrey Anufriev, Yuri M Kokoz, Santiago Reyes, Andre Terzic, Alexey E Alekseev
Hibernators have a distinctive ability to adapt to seasonal changes of body temperature in a range between 37°C and near freezing, exhibiting, among other features, a unique reversibility of cardiac contractility. The adaptation of myocardial contractility in hibernation state relies on alterations of excitation contraction coupling, which becomes less-dependent from extracellular Ca2+ entry and is predominantly controlled by Ca2+ release from sarcoplasmic reticulum, replenished by the Ca2+-ATPase (SERCA)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531153/pseudorange-measurement-method-based-on-ais-signals
#8
Jingbo Zhang, Shufang Zhang, Jinpeng Wang
In order to use the existing automatic identification system (AIS) to provide additional navigation and positioning services, a complete pseudorange measurements solution is presented in this paper. Through the mathematical analysis of the AIS signal, the bit-0-phases in the digital sequences were determined as the timestamps. Monte Carlo simulation was carried out to compare the accuracy of the zero-crossing and differential peak, which are two timestamp detection methods in the additive white Gaussian noise (AWGN) channel...
May 22, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531106/fully-polymeric-ph-sensor-realized-by-means-of-a-single-step-soft-embossing-technique
#9
Paola Fanzio, Chi-Tung Chang, Maciej Skolimowski, Simone Tanzi, Luigi Sasso
We present here an electrochemical sensor microsystem for the monitoring of pH. The all-polymeric device is comprised of a cyclic olefin copolymer substrate, a 200 nm-thin patterned layer of conductive polymer (PEDOT), and a 70 nm electropolymerized layer of a pH sensitive conductive polymer (polyaniline). The patterning of the fluidic (microfluidic channels) and conductive (wiring and electrodes) functional elements was achieved with a single soft PDMS mold via a single embossing step process. A post-processing treatment with ethylene glycol assured the functional enhancement of the electrodes, as demonstrated via an electrical and electrochemical characterization...
May 20, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531091/ab-initio-studies-of-coherent-spin-transport-in-fe-hbn-graphene-van-der-waals-multilayers
#10
Aniekan Ukpong
This paper presents the results of ab initio studies of the electronic spin manipulation, inversion, filtering and transport using a ferromagnetic multilayer heterostructure. Spin-polarized electronic structure calculations are performed based on van der Waals density functional theory to give unique insights to the generation, manipulation and transport of coherent spin conductance. By using an exact theory of the self-consistent ground state of the Fe-hBN/graphene multilayer as a model of the magnetic tunnel junction, this paper unravels the hidden asymmetries in the spin-resolved charge densities...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Physics. Condensed Matter: An Institute of Physics Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531090/fast-multicolor-photodetection-with-graphene-contacted-p-gase-n-inse-van-der-waals-heterostructures
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Faguang Yan, Lixia Zhao, Amalia Patane, Ping'an Hu, Xia Wei, Wengang Luo, Dong Zhang, Quanshan Lv, Qi Feng, Chao Shen, Kai Chang, Laurence Eaves, Kaiyou Wang
The integration of different two-dimensional materials within a multilayer van der Waals (vdW) heterostructure offers a promising technology for high performance opto-electronic devices such as photodetectors and light sources. Here we report on the fabrication and electronic properties of vdW heterojunction diodes composed of the direct band gap layered semiconductors InSe and GaSe and transparent monolayer graphene electrodes. We show that the type II band alignment between the two layered materials and their distinctive spectral response, combined with the short channel length and low electrical resistance of graphene electrodes, enable efficient generation and extraction of photoexcited carriers from the heterostructure even when no external voltage is applied...
May 22, 2017: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530826/high-speed-atomic-force-microscopy-reveals-loss-of-nuclear-pore-resilience-as-a-dying-code-in-colorectal-cancer-cells
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Mahmoud Shaaban Mohamed, Akiko Kobayashi, Azuma Taoka, Takahiro Watanabe-Nakayama, Yosuke Kikuchi, Masaharu Hazawa, Toshinari Minamoto, Yoshihiro Fukumori, Noriyuki Kodera, Takayuki Uchihashi, Toshio Ando, Richard W Wong
Nuclear pore complexes (NPCs) are the sole turnstile implanted in the nuclear envelope (NE), acting as a central nano-regulator of transport between the cytosol and the nucleus. NPCs consist of ~30 proteins, termed nucleoporins. About one-third of nucleoporins harbour natively unstructured, intrinsically disordered phenylalanine-glycine strings (FG-Nups), which engage in transport selectivity. Because the barriers insert deeply in the NPC, they are nearly inaccessible. Several in vitro barrier models have been proposed; however, the dynamic FG-Nups protein molecules themselves are imperceptible in vivo...
May 22, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530723/precision-control-of-flow-rate-in-microfluidic-channels-using-photoresponsive-soft-polymer-actuators
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Colm Delaney, Peter McCluskey, Simon Coleman, Jeffrey Whyte, Nigel Kent, Dermot Diamond
A novel approach that allows control of flow in microfluidic channels with unsurpassed performance using light is described. Valve structures have been created using photoresponsive hydrogels based on spiropyran-functionalised pNIPAAm hydrogels photopolymerised around pillar structures within the channels. Valve actuation is controlled from outside the fluidic system using externally located LEDs. Highly precise and accurate flow rates can be selected by passing real-time flow rate measurements into a PID algorithm...
May 22, 2017: Lab on a Chip
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530703/trpv4-plays-a-role-in-breast-cancer-cell-migration-via-ca-2-dependent-activation-of-akt-and-downregulation-of-e-cadherin-cell-cortex-protein
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W H Lee, L Y Choong, T H Jin, N N Mon, S Chong, C S Liew, T Putti, S Y Lu, C Harteneck, Y P Lim
TRPV4 belongs to the 'Transient Receptor Potential' (TRP) superfamily. It has been identified to profoundly affect a variety of physiological processes, including nociception, heat sensation and inflammation. Unlike other TRP superfamily channels, its role in cancers are unknown until recently when we reported TRPV4 to be required for cancer cell softness that may promote breast cancer cell extravasation and metastasis. Here, we elucidated the molecular mechanisms mediated by TRPV4 in the metastatic breast cancer cells...
May 22, 2017: Oncogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530662/pd-l1-inhibits-acute-and-chronic-pain-by-suppressing-nociceptive-neuron-activity-via-pd-1
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Gang Chen, Yong Ho Kim, Hui Li, Hao Luo, Da-Lu Liu, Zhi-Jun Zhang, Mark Lay, Wonseok Chang, Yu-Qiu Zhang, Ru-Rong Ji
Programmed cell death ligand-1 (PD-L1) is typically produced by cancer cells and suppresses immunity through the receptor PD-1 expressed on T cells. However, the role of PD-L1 and PD-1 in regulating pain and neuronal function is unclear. Here we report that both melanoma and normal neural tissues including dorsal root ganglion (DRG) produce PD-L1 that can potently inhibit acute and chronic pain. Intraplantar injection of PD-L1 evoked analgesia in naive mice via PD-1, whereas PD-L1 neutralization or PD-1 blockade induced mechanical allodynia...
May 22, 2017: Nature Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530638/sodium-channel-nav1-9-mutations-associated-with-insensitivity-to-pain-dampen-neuronal-excitability
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Jianying Huang, Carlos G Vanoye, Alison Cutts, Y Paul Goldberg, Sulayman D Dib-Hajj, Charles J Cohen, Stephen G Waxman, Alfred L George
Voltage-gated sodium channel (NaV) mutations cause genetic pain disorders that range from severe paroxysmal pain to a congenital inability to sense pain. Previous studies on NaV1.7 and NaV1.8 established clear relationships between perturbations in channel function and divergent clinical phenotypes. By contrast, studies of NaV1.9 mutations have not revealed a clear relationship of channel dysfunction with the associated and contrasting clinical phenotypes. Here, we have elucidated the functional consequences of a NaV1...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530549/a-genetic-basis-for-molecular-asymmetry-at-vertebrate-electrical-synapses
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Adam C Miller, Alex C Whitebirch, Arish N Shah, Kurt C Marsden, Michael Granato, John O'Brien, Cecilia B Moens
Neural network function is based upon the patterns and types of connections made between neurons. Neuronal synapses are adhesions specialized for communication and they come in two types, chemical and electrical. Communication at chemical synapses occurs via neurotransmitter release whereas electrical synapses utilize gap junctions for direct ionic and metabolic coupling. Electrical synapses are often viewed as symmetrical structures, with the same components making both sides of the gap junction. By contrast, we show that a broad set of electrical synapses in zebrafish, Danio rerio, require two gap-junction-forming Connexins for formation and function...
May 22, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530296/post-cycloaddition-modification-of-a-porous-mof-for-improved-gc-separation-of-ethanol-and-water
#18
Ya-Jun Zhang, Cheng Chen, Li-Xuan Cai, Bin Tan, Xiao-Dong Yang, Jie Zhang, Min Ji
An olefin-containing pyridinium derivative, 1-(4-carboxybenzyl)-4-[2-(4-pyridyl)-vinyl]-pyridinium chloride (HBCbpeCl) has been introduced into a novel 2D metal-organic framework with rare right- and left-handed spiral nanotubular channels arranged alternately in the structure. The 1D channel is modified by positively-charged pyridinium segments, which shows high affinities to Lewis basic molecules such as methanol, ethanol, and water vapor. Additionally, the BCbpe molecules in the structure have been directed through cation-π interactions to be aligned antiparallel to each other with the C[double bond, length as m-dash]C double bond arranged properly for [2 + 2] photocycloaddition, which can be triggered to undergo structural transformation from 2D to 3D...
May 22, 2017: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530274/transporting-an-ionic-liquid-water-mixture-in-a-conical-nanochannel-a-nanofluidic-memristor
#19
Qian Sheng, Yanbo Xie, Jun Li, Xinwei Wang, Jianming Xue
Synthetic conical nanochannels have gained attention for their ion rectification behavior, which can be used to mimic the functionalities of biological ion channels. Employing these nanochannels and inspired by biological synaptic dynamics, we herein demonstrate a new nanofluidic device as a memristor, the ion transport conductance of which depends on the history of its ion flow. The nanofluidic memristors show excellent repeatability, high ON/OFF ratios, and sufficiently long retention times, which are highly desirable for logic control and neuromorphic engineering applications in nanofluidic systems as well as for fundamental transport studies of ionic liquids on a nanoscale...
May 22, 2017: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530239/thermogenetic-neurostimulation-with-single-cell-resolution
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Yulia G Ermakova, Aleksandr A Lanin, Ilya V Fedotov, Matvey Roshchin, Ilya V Kelmanson, Dmitry Kulik, Yulia A Bogdanova, Arina G Shokhina, Dmitry S Bilan, Dmitry B Staroverov, Pavel M Balaban, Andrei B Fedotov, Dmitry A Sidorov-Biryukov, Evgeny S Nikitin, Aleksei M Zheltikov, Vsevolod V Belousov
Thermogenetics is a promising innovative neurostimulation technique, which enables robust activation of neurons using thermosensitive transient receptor potential (TRP) cation channels. Broader application of this approach in neuroscience is, however, hindered by a limited variety of suitable ion channels, and by low spatial and temporal resolution of neuronal activation when TRP channels are activated by ambient temperature variations or chemical agonists. Here, we demonstrate rapid, robust and reproducible repeated activation of snake TRPA1 channels heterologously expressed in non-neuronal cells, mouse neurons and zebrafish neurons in vivo by infrared (IR) laser radiation...
May 22, 2017: Nature Communications
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