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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28347129/bi-layer-channel-azo-zno-thin-film-transistors-fabricated-by-atomic-layer-deposition-technique
#1
Huijin Li, Dedong Han, Liqiao Liu, Junchen Dong, Guodong Cui, Shengdong Zhang, Xing Zhang, Yi Wang
This letter demonstrates bi-layer channel Al-doped ZnO/ZnO thin film transistors (AZO/ZnO TFTs) via atomic layer deposition process at a relatively low temperature. The effects of annealing in oxygen atmosphere at different temperatures have also been investigated. The ALD bi-layer channel AZO/ZnO TFTs annealed in dry O2 at 300 °C exhibit a low leakage current of 2.5 × 10(-13)A, I on/I off ratio of 1.4 × 10(7), subthreshold swing (SS) of 0.23 V/decade, and high transmittance. The enhanced performance obtained from the bi-layer channel AZO/ZnO TFT devices is explained by the inserted AZO front channel layer playing the role of the mobility booster...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346789/resolving-ultrafast-photoinduced-deactivations-in-water-solvated-pyrimidine-nucleosides
#2
Ana J Pepino, Javier Segarra-Martí, Artur Nenov, Roberto Improta, Marco Garavelli
For the first time, ultrafast deactivations of photo-excited water-solvated pyrimidine nucleosides are mapped employing hybrid QM(CASPT2)/MM(AMBER) optimizations that account for explicit solvation, sugar effects and dynamically correlated potential energy surfaces. Low energy S1/S0 ring-puckering and ring-opening conical intersections (CIs) are suggested to drive the ballistic coherent sub-ps (<200fs) decays observed in each pyrimidine, the energetics controlling this processes correlating with the lifetimes observed...
March 27, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346779/quantum-dynamics-study-of-potential-energy-minima-effect-on-energy-efficiency-for-the-f-ch3cl-%C3%A2-fch3-cl-reaction
#3
Yida Li, Yuping Wang, Dunyou Wang
The Polanyi rules on the energy efficiency on reactivity are summarized solely from the locations of barriers on the potential energy surfaces. Here our quantum dynamics study for the F(-) + CH3Cl → FCH3 + Cl(-) reaction shows that the two potential energy minima in the entrance channel on the potential energy surface play an essential role in energy efficiency on reactivity. The reactivity of this reaction is dominated by the relative low collision energies where two distinctive reaction mechanisms involve the two minima in the entrance channel...
March 27, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346775/hyperinsulinism-causing-mutations-cause-multiple-molecular-defects-in-sur1-nbd1
#4
Claudia Paola Alvarez, Marijana Stagljar, D Ranjith Muhandiram, Voula Kanelis
The sulfonylurea receptor 1 (SUR1) protein forms the regulatory subunit in ATP sensitive K+ (KATP) channels in the pancreas. SUR proteins are members of the ATP-binding cassette (ABC) superfamily of proteins. Binding and hydrolysis of MgATP at the SUR nucleotide binding domains (NBDs) lead to channel opening. Pancreatic KATP channels play an important role in insulin secretion. SUR1 mutations that result in increased channel opening ultimately inhibit insulin secretion and lead to neonatal diabetes. In contrast, SUR1 mutations that disrupt trafficking and/or decrease gating of KATP channels cause congenital hyperinsulinism, where over secretion of insulin occurs even in the presence of low glucose...
March 27, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346695/contribution-of-small-conductance-k-channels-to-sinoatrial-node-pacemaker-activity-insights-from-atrial-specific-na-ca-2-exchange-knockout-mice
#5
Angelo G Torrente, Rui Zhang, Heidi Wang, Audrey Zaini, Brian Kim, Xin Yue, Kenneth D Philipson, Joshua I Goldhaber
Small conductance K(+) (SK) channels have been implicated as modulators of spontaneous depolarization and electrical conduction that may be involved in cardiac arrhythmia. However, neither their presence nor their contribution to sinoatrial node (SAN) pacemaker activity have been investigated. Using quantitative PCR (q-PCR), immunostaining and patch clamp recordings of membrane current and voltage, we identified all three SK isoforms (SK1, SK2 and SK3) in mouse SAN. Inhibition of SK channels with the specific blocker apamin prolonged action potentials (APs) in isolated SAN cells...
March 27, 2017: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346445/potential-energy-landscapes-identify-the-information-theoretic-nature-of-the-epigenome
#6
Garrett Jenkinson, Elisabet Pujadas, John Goutsias, Andrew P Feinberg
Epigenetics is the study of biochemical modifications carrying information independent of DNA sequence, which are heritable through cell division. In 1940, Waddington coined the term "epigenetic landscape" as a metaphor for pluripotency and differentiation, but methylation landscapes have not yet been rigorously computed. Using principles from statistical physics and information theory, we derive epigenetic energy landscapes from whole-genome bisulfite sequencing (WGBS) data that enable us to quantify methylation stochasticity genome-wide using Shannon's entropy, associating it with chromatin structure...
March 27, 2017: Nature Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346371/modulation-of-trp-channel-activity-by-hydroxylation-and-its-therapeutic-potential
#7
REVIEW
Yagnesh Nagarajan, Grigori Y Rychkov, Daniel J Peet
Two transient receptor potential (TRP) channels-TRPA1 and TRPV3-are post-translationally hydroxylated, resulting in oxygen-dependent regulation of channel activity. The enzymes responsible are the HIF prolyl hydroxylases (PHDs) and the asparaginyl hydroxylase factor inhibiting HIF (FIH). The PHDs and FIH are well characterized for their hydroxylation of the hypoxic inducible transcription factors (HIFs), mediating their hypoxic regulation. Consequently, these hydroxylases are currently being targeted therapeutically to modulate HIF activity in anemia, inflammation, and ischemic disease...
March 27, 2017: Pharmaceuticals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346351/in-vitro-and-in-vivo-studies-on-the-structural-organization-of-chs3-from-saccharomyces-cerevisiae
#8
Simon Gohlke, Subbaratnam Muthukrishnan, Hans Merzendorfer
Chitin biosynthesis in yeast is accomplished by three chitin synthases (Chs) termed Chs1, Chs2 and Chs3, of which the latter accounts for most of the chitin deposited within the cell wall. While the overall structures of Chs1 and Chs2 are similar to those of other chitin synthases from fungi and arthropods, Chs3 lacks some of the C-terminal transmembrane helices raising questions regarding its structure and topology. To fill this gap of knowledge, we performed bioinformatic analyses and protease protection assays that revealed significant information about the catalytic domain, the chitin-translocating channel and the interfacial helices in between...
March 25, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346321/growth-arrest-and-dna-damage-inducible-protein-45%C3%AE-mediated-dna-demethylation-of-voltage-dependent-t-type-calcium-channel-3-2-subunit-enhances-neuropathic-allodynia-after-nerve-injury-in-rats
#9
Cheng-Yuan Lai, Ming-Chun Hsieh, Yu-Cheng Ho, An-Sheng Lee, Hsueh-Hsiao Wang, Jen-Kun Cheng, Yat-Pang Chau, Hsien-Yu Peng
BACKGROUND: Growth arrest and DNA-damage-inducible protein 45β reactivates methylation-silenced neural plasticity-associated genes through DNA demethylation. However, growth arrest and DNA-damage-inducible protein 45β-dependent demethylation contributes to neuropathic allodynia-associated spinal plasticity remains unclear. METHODS: Adult male Sprague-Dawley rats (654 out of 659) received a spinal nerve ligation or a sham operation with or without intrathecal application of one of the following: growth arrest and DNA-damage-inducible protein 45β messenger RNA-targeted small interfering RNA, lentiviral vector expressing growth arrest and DNA-damage-inducible protein 45β, Ro 25-6981 (an NR2B-bearing N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor antagonist), or KN-93 (a calmodulin-dependent protein kinase II antagonist) were used for behavioral measurements, Western blotting, immunofluorescence, dot blots, detection of unmodified cytosine enrichment at cytosine-phosphate-guanine site, chromatin immunoprecipitation quantitative polymerase chain reaction analysis, and slice recordings...
March 27, 2017: Anesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346143/action-of-cmg-with-strand-specific-dna-blocks-supports-an-internal-unwinding-mode-for-the-eukaryotic-replicative-helicase
#10
Lance D Langston, Mike E O'Donnell
Replicative helicases are ring-shaped hexamers that encircle DNA for duplex unwinding. The currently accepted view of hexameric helicase function is by steric exclusion, where the helicase encircles one DNA strand and excludes the other, acting as a wedge with an external DNA unwinding point during translocation. Accordingly, strand specific blocks only affect these helicases when placed on the tracking strand, not the excluded strand. We examined the effect of blocks on the eukaryotic CMG and, contrary to expectations, blocks on either strand inhibit CMG unwinding...
March 27, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346141/insights-into-electrosensory-organ-development-physiology-and-evolutionfrom-a-lateral-line-enriched-transcriptome
#11
Melinda S Modrell, Mike Lyne, Adrian R Carr, Harold H Zakon, David Buckley, Alexander S Campbell, Marcus C Davis, Gos Micklem, Clare Vh Baker
The anamniote lateral line system, comprising mechanosensory neuromasts and electrosensory ampullary organs, is a useful model for investigating the developmental and evolutionary diversification of different organs and cell types. Zebrafish neuromast development is increasingly well understood, but neither zebrafish nor Xenopus is electroreceptive and our molecular understanding of ampullary organ development is rudimentary. We have used RNA-seq to generate a lateral line-enriched gene-set from late-larval paddlefish (Polyodon spathula)...
March 27, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346090/identifying-inhibitors-of-the-hsp90-aha1-protein-complex-a-potential-target-to-drug-cystic-fibrosis-by-alpha-technology
#12
Verena Ihrig, Wolfgang M J Obermann
Deletion of a single phenylalanine residue at position 508 of the protein CFTR (cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator), a chloride channel in lung epithelium, is the most common cause for cystic fibrosis. As a consequence, folding of the CFTRΔF508 protein and delivery to the cell surface are compromised, resulting in degradation of the polypeptide. Accordingly, decreased surface presence of CFTRΔF508 causes impaired chloride ion conductivity and is associated with mucus accumulation, a hallmark of cystic fibrosis...
January 1, 2017: SLAS Discov
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346011/various-plus-unique-viral-protein-u-as-a-plurifunctional-protein-for-hiv-1-replication
#13
Andrew Soper, Guillermo Juarez-Fernandez, Hirofumi Aso, Miyu Moriwaki, Eri Yamada, Yusuke Nakano, Yoshio Koyanagi, Kei Sato
Human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1), the causative agent of acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, encodes four accessory genes, one of which is viral protein U (Vpu). Recently, the study of Vpu has been of great interest. For instance, various cellular proteins are degraded (e.g. CD4) and down-modulated (e.g. tetherin) by Vpu. Vpu also antagonizes the function of tetherin and inhibits NF-κB. Moreover, Vpu is a viroporin forming ion channels and may represent a promising target for anti-HIV-1 drugs. In this review, we summarize the domains/residues that are responsible for Vpu's functions, describe the current understanding of the role of Vpu in HIV-1-infected cells, and review the effect of Vpu on HIV-1 in replication and pathogenesis...
April 2017: Experimental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345938/mimicking-ph-gated-ionic-channel-by-polyelectrolyte-complex-confinement-inside-single-nanopore
#14
Yixuan Zhao, Jean-Marc Janot, Emmanuel Balanzat, Sebastien Balme
Biological channels have served as inspiration to design stimuli-response artificial nanopore. Here we propose an original approach to design pH-gate nanopore based on polyethylenimine and chondroitin-4-sulfate (ChS) layer-by-layer self-assembly. This approach is interesting because it is rapid and permits a monitoring in real time of functionalization. The study of ionic transport through these single nanopores reveals a selectivity on anions and pH-gate properties at low salt concentration. It is open at pH below 4 or 5 depending salt concentration...
March 27, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345874/delivery-of-pesticides-to-plant-parasitic-nematodes-using-tobacco-mild-green-mosaic-virus-as-a-nanocarrier
#15
Paul L Chariou, Nicole F Steinmetz
Plant parasitic nematodes are a major burden to the global agricultural industry, causing a $157 billion loss each year in crop production worldwide. Effective treatment requires large doses of nematicides to be applied, putting the environment and human health at risk. Challenges are to treat nematodes that are located deep within the soil, feeding on the roots of plants. To attack the problem at its roots, we propose the use of tobacco mild green mosaic virus (TMGMV), an EPA-approved herbicide as a carrier to deliver nematicides...
March 27, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345870/ultra-fast-separation-and-analysis-of-monoclonal-antibody-aggregates-using-membrane-chromatography
#16
Pedram Madadkar, Umatheny Umatheva, Geoff Hale, Yves Durocher, Raja Ghosh
We discuss a method for rapid and cost-effective analysis of monoclonal antibody (mAb) aggregates. Hydrophobic interaction membrane chromatography, which was previously shown to be highly suitable for such separation and analysis, was used in a recently developed format referred to as laterally-fed membrane chromatography (or LFMC). A stack of rectangular polyvinylidene fluoride (or PVDF) membranes having 0.22 µm pores housed within a modified analytical-scale LFMC device was used for analyzing aggregate types and content in different monoclonal antibody samples...
March 27, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345695/anion-dependent-self-assembly-of-copper-coordination-polymers-based-on-pyrazole-3-5-dicarboxylate-and-1-2-di-4-pyridyl-ethylene
#17
Fatima Klongdee, Jaursup Boonmak, Sujittra Youngme
By utilizing a pyrazole-3,5-dicarboxylic acid (H3pzdc) and flexible 1,2-di(4-pyridyl)ethylene (dpe) with various copper(ii) salts under the same solvothermal synthetic conditions, six novel coordination polymers, namely, {[Cu2(pzdc)(dpe)2]X}n (X = NO3(-) (1), ClO4(-) (2), BF4(-) (3), SCN(-) (4)), {[Cu(ii)4Cu(i)4(pzdc)4(dpe)6](H2O)4}2n (5), and {[Cu5(HPO4)2 (pzdc)2(dpe)3](H2O)5}n (6) were obtained. The structural diversity of compounds 1-6 depends on the starting Cu(ii) salts. Compounds 1-4 are isostructural and exhibit a 3D porous cationic pillar-layered coordination framework with lattice monoanions incorporated into the channels of the framework...
March 27, 2017: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345631/structure-of-the-cyanuric-acid-hydrolase-trzd-reveals-product-exit-channel
#18
Asim K Bera, Kelly G Aukema, Mikael Elias, Lawrence P Wackett
Cyanuric acid hydrolases are of industrial importance because of their use in aquatic recreational facilities to remove cyanuric acid, a stabilizer for the chlorine. Degradation of excess cyanuric acid is necessary to maintain chlorine disinfection in the waters. Cyanuric acid hydrolase opens the cyanuric acid ring hydrolytically and subsequent decarboxylation produces carbon dioxide and biuret. In the present study, we report the X-ray structure of TrzD, a cyanuric acid hydrolase from Acidovorax citrulli. The crystal structure at 2...
March 27, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345598/novel-1-4-dihydropyridines-for-l-type-calcium-channel-as-antagonists-for-cadmium-toxicity
#19
Madhu Sudhana Saddala, Ramesh Kandimalla, Pradeepkiran Jangampalli Adi, Sainath Sri Bhashyam, Usha Rani Asupatri
The present study, we design and synthesize the novel dihydropyridine derivatives, i.e., 3 (a-e) and 5 (a-e) and evaluated, anticonvulsant activity. Initially due to the lacuna of LCC, we modeled the protein through modeller 9.15v and evaluated through servers. Docking studies were performed with the synthesized compounds and resulted two best compounds, i.e., 5a, 5e showed the best binding energies. The activity of intracellular Ca(2+) measurements was performed on two cell lines: A7r5 (rat aortic smooth muscle cells) and SH-SY5Y (human neuroblastoma cells)...
March 27, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345591/activation-of-the-mechanosensitive-ion-channel-mscl-by-mechanical-stimulation-of-supported-droplet-hydrogel-bilayers
#20
Kadla R Rosholm, Matthew A B Baker, Pietro Ridone, Yoshitaka Nakayama, Paul R Rohde, Luis G Cuello, Lawrence K Lee, Boris Martinac
The droplet on hydrogel bilayer (DHB) is a novel platform for investigating the function of ion channels. Advantages of this setup include tight control of all bilayer components, which is compelling for the investigation of mechanosensitive (MS) ion channels, since they are highly sensitive to their lipid environment. However, the activation of MS ion channels in planar supported lipid bilayers, such as the DHB, has not yet been established. Here we present the activation of the large conductance MS channel of E...
March 27, 2017: Scientific Reports
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