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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231612/the-pro-inflammatory-cytokine-tnf-%C3%AE-inhibits-lymphatic-pumping-via-activation-of-the-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-inos-signaling-pathway
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Yingxuan Chen, Sonia Rehal, Simon Roizes, Hai-Lei Zhu, William C Cole, Pierre-Yves von der Weid
OBJECTIVE: Mesenteric lymphatic vessels pumping, important to propel lymph and immune cells from the intestinal interstitium to the mesenteric lymph nodes, is compromised during intestinal inflammation. The objective of this study was to test the hypothesis that the pro-inflammatory cytokine tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-α), is a significant contributor to the inflammation-induced lymphatic contractile dysfunction, and to determine its mode of action. METHODS: Contractile parameters were obtained form isolated rat mesenteric lymphatic vessels mounted on a pressure myograph after 24-h incubation with or without TNF-α...
February 23, 2017: Microcirculation: the Official Journal of the Microcirculatory Society, Inc
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231554/design-of-elution-strategy-for-simultaneous-detection-of-chloramphenicol-and-gentamicin-in-complex-samples-using-surface-plasmon-resonance
#2
Yinqiang Xia, Rongxin Su, Renliang Huang, Li Ding, Libing Wang, Wei Qi, Zhimin He
For the analysis of massive samples containing multiple analytes, the enhancement of detection efficiency is crucial. In this study, a facile method was developed for sequential detection of chloramphenicol (CAP) and gentamicin (GEN) in complex samples, e.g. milk, using a surface plasmon resonance (SPR)-based biosensor. Based on the immune inhibition format, two conjugates of antigen and bovine serum albumin (BSA)-denoted as CAP-BSA and GEN-BSA-were grafted on the same channel of the SPR sensor chip. Two standard curves for CAP and GEN were separately obtained by first mixing a single antibody with different concentrations of the relevant antigen...
February 16, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231470/rapid-integration-of-artificial-sensory-feedback-during-operant-conditioning-of-motor-cortex-neurons
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Mario Prsa, Gregorio L Galiñanes, Daniel Huber
Neuronal motor commands, whether generating real or neuroprosthetic movements, are shaped by ongoing sensory feedback from the displacement being produced. Here we asked if cortical stimulation could provide artificial feedback during operant conditioning of cortical neurons. Simultaneous two-photon imaging and real-time optogenetic stimulation were used to train mice to activate a single neuron in motor cortex (M1), while continuous feedback of its activity level was provided by proportionally stimulating somatosensory cortex...
February 22, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231464/different-modes-of-visual-integration-in-the-lateral-geniculate-nucleus-revealed-by-single-cell-initiated-transsynaptic-tracing
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Santiago B Rompani, Fiona E Müllner, Adrian Wanner, Chi Zhang, Chiara N Roth, Keisuke Yonehara, Botond Roska
The thalamus receives sensory input from different circuits in the periphery. How these sensory channels are integrated at the level of single thalamic cells is not well understood. We performed targeted single-cell-initiated transsynaptic tracing to label the retinal ganglion cells that provide input to individual principal cells in the mouse lateral geniculate nucleus (LGN). We identified three modes of sensory integration by single LGN cells. In the first, 1-5 ganglion cells of mostly the same type converged from one eye, indicating a relay mode...
February 22, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231453/siderophore-transport-by-mmpl5-mmps5-protein-complex-in-mycobacterium-tuberculosis
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Padmani Sandhu, Yusuf Akhter
Iron is an essential metal ion required for the various physiological activities of bacteria. The pathogenic bacteria remain dependent on the host cell for their iron requirements and evolved with specialized scavenging machinery in the form of iron chelating siderophores. Mycobacterium tuberculosis has two types of siderophore molecules, mycobactin and carboxymycobactin. These are synthesized inside bacterial cells and need to be transported outside by specialized membrane associated proteins. MmpL5-MmpS5 (mycobacterial membrane protein large5-mycobacterial membrane protein small5) complex has been linked to the export of non-ferrated siderophores to extracellular environment but the precise molecular mechanism involved was largely unknown...
February 14, 2017: Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231318/effects-of-na-channel-blockers-on-the-restitution-of-refractory-period-conduction-time-and-excitation-wavelength-in-perfused-guinea-pig-heart
#6
Oleg E Osadchii
Na+ channel blockers flecainide and quinidine can increase propensity to ventricular tachyarrhythmia, whereas lidocaine and mexiletine are recognized as safe antiarrhythmics. Clinically, ventricular fibrillation is often precipitated by transient tachycardia that reduces action potential duration, suggesting that a critical shortening of the excitation wavelength (EW) may contribute to the arrhythmic substrate. This study examined whether different INa blockers can produce contrasting effects on the rate adaptation of the EW, which would explain the difference in their safety profile...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230659/sulfonylurea-blockade-of-k-atp-channels-unmasks-a-distinct-type-of-glucose-induced-ca-2-decrease-in-pancreatic-%C3%AE-cells
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Bo Hellman, Heléne Dansk, Eva Grapengiesser
OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to explore how sulfonylurea blockade of KATP channels affects the early Ca signals for glucose generation of insulin release. METHODS: Cytoplasmic Ca was measured with ratiometric microfluorometry in isolated mouse islets loaded with Fura-PE3. RESULTS: After sulfonylurea blockade of the KATP channels (50 μM-1 mM tolbutamide or 1 μM-1 mM gliclazide), increase of glucose from 3 to 20 mM resulted in suppression of elevated Ca during a 3- to 5-minute period...
February 23, 2017: Pancreas
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230651/hypoxia-induces-internalization-of-%C3%AE%C2%BA-opioid-receptor
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Chunhua Xi, Xuan Liang, Chunhua Chen, Hasan Babazada, Tianzuo Li, Renyu Liu
BACKGROUND: It has been demonstrated that κ-opioid receptor agonists can reduce hypoxia-ischemia brain injury in animal models. However, it is unclear how the κ-opioid receptor responds to hypoxia-ischemia. In the current study, the authors used an in vitro model of oxygen-glucose deprivation and reoxygenation to explore how κ-opioid receptors respond to hypoxia and reoxygenation. METHODS: Mouse neuroblastoma Neuro2A cells were stably transfected with mouse κ-opioid receptor-tdTomato fusion protein or Flag-tagged mouse κ-opioid receptor, divided into several groups (n = 6 to 12), and used to investigate the κ-opioid receptor movement...
February 23, 2017: Anesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230536/p-channel-thin-film-transistors-using-reduced-graphene-oxide
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Somnath Chakraborty, A N Resmi, Renuka Pothuraju, K B Jinesh
Chemically reduced graphene oxide (rGO) samples with various degree of reduction were prepared using hydrazine hydrate as the reducing agent. Scanning tunnelling microscope (STM) imaging shows that rGO contains rows of randomly distributed patches of epoxy groups. The local density of states (LDOS) of the rGO samples were mapped with scanning tunnelling spectroscopy (STS), which shows that the bandgap in rGO originates from the epoxide regions itself. The Fermi level of the epoxide regions is shifted towards the valence band, making rGO locally p-type and a ranges of bandgaps from 0-2...
February 23, 2017: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230368/structural-electronic-and-optical-properties-of-k2sn3o7-with-an-offset-hollandite-structure
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Rebecca D McAuliffe, Christopher A Miller, Xiao Zhang, Benjamin S Hulbert, Ashfia Huq, Clarina Dela Cruz, André Schleife, Daniel P Shoemaker
We present the compound K2Sn3O7, a Sn(4+)-containing oxide with a unique structure type among oxides. The compound is orthorhombic and reminiscent of an offset hollandite, where open channels hold a row of four K(+) per channel per cell. UV-visible spectroscopy indicates a wide band gap semiconductor, which is confirmed by first-principles electronic-structure calculations of band structures, densities of states, and optical properties. The continued discovery of new structure types in ternary tin oxides should remain a priority for the identification of prospective ion conductors and transparent conducting compounds...
February 23, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230330/comparing-six-antihypertensive-medication-classes-for-preventing-new-onset-diabetes-mellitus-among-hypertensive-patients-a-network-meta-analysis
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Yang Yang, Huilan Xu
Hypertensive patients usually have a higher risk of new-onset diabetes mellitus (NOD) which may trigger cardiovascular diseases. In this study, the effectiveness of six antihypertensive agents with respect to NOD prevention in hypertensive patients was assessed. A network meta-analysis was conducted to compare the efficacy of specific drug classes. PubMed and Embase databases were searched for relevant articles. Results of the pairwised meta-analysis were illustrated by odd ratios (OR) and a corresponding 95% confidence interval (CI)...
February 23, 2017: Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230278/deletion-of-psychiatric-risk-gene-cacna1c-impairs-hippocampal-neurogenesis-in-cell-autonomous-fashion
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Bianca Völkening, Kai Schönig, Golo Kronenberg, Dusan Bartsch, Tillmann Weber
Ca(2+) is a universal signal transducer which fulfills essential functions in cell development and differentiation. CACNA1C, the gene encoding the alpha-1C subunit (i.e., Cav 1.2) of the voltage-dependent l-type calcium channel (LTCC), has been implicated as a risk gene in a variety of neuropsychiatric disorders. To parse the role of Cav 1.2 channels located on astrocyte-like stem cells and their descendants in the development of new granule neurons, we created Tg(GLAST-CreERT2) /Cacna1c(fl/fl) /RCE:loxP mice, a transgenic tool that allows cell-type-specific inducible deletion of Cacna1c...
February 23, 2017: Glia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230232/carisbamate-blockade-of-t-type-voltage-gated-calcium-channels
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Do Young Kim, Fang-Xiong Zhang, Stan T Nakanishi, Timothy Mettler, Ik-Hyun Cho, Younghee Ahn, Florian Hiess, Lina Chen, Patrick G Sullivan, S R Wayne Chen, Gerald W Zamponi, Jong M Rho
OBJECTIVES: Carisbamate (CRS) is a novel monocarbamate compound that possesses antiseizure and neuroprotective properties. However, the mechanisms underlying these actions remain unclear. Here, we tested both direct and indirect effects of CRS on several cellular systems that regulate intracellular calcium concentration [Ca(2+) ]i . METHODS: We used a combination of cellular electrophysiologic techniques, as well as cell viability, Store Overload-Induced Calcium Release (SOICR), and mitochondrial functional assays to determine whether CRS might affect [Ca(2+) ]i levels through actions on the endoplasmic reticulum (ER), mitochondria, and/or T-type voltage-gated Ca(2+) channels...
February 23, 2017: Epilepsia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230222/conceptual-density-functional-theory-for-electron-transfer-and-transport-in-mesoscopic-systems
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Paulo R Bueno, David A Miranda
Molecular and supramolecular systems are essentially mesoscopic in character. The electron self-exchange, in the case of energy fluctuations, or electron transfer/transport, in the case of the presence of an externally driven electrochemical potential, between mesoscopic sites is energetically driven in such a manner where the electrochemical capacitance (C[small mu, Greek, macron]) is fundamental. Thus, the electron transfer/transport through channels connecting two distinct energetic (ΔE[small mu, Greek, macron]) and spatially separated mesoscopic sites is capacitively modulated...
February 22, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230091/the-integration-of-color-selective-mechanisms-in-symmetry-detection
#15
Chia-Ching Wu, Chien-Chung Chen
We studied how the visual system detects multicolor symmetric patterns by manipulating the number of colors in an image in both isoluminance and luminance conditions. With a two-interval forced choice noise masking paradigm, we presented a noise mask in both intervals of each trial. A vertically symmetric target was randomly presented in one interval while a noise control was presented in the other. The task of the observers was to determine which interval contained the target. The target detection threshold was measured at various noise mask densities, which was found to decrease 1...
February 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230076/adaptive-free-space-optical-communications-through-turbulence-using-self-healing-bessel-beams
#16
Shuhui Li, Jian Wang
We present a scheme to realize obstruction- and turbulence-tolerant free-space orbital angular momentum (OAM) multiplexing link by using self-healing Bessel beams accompanied by adaptive compensation techniques. Compensation of multiple 16-ary quadrature amplitude modulation (16-QAM) data carrying Bessel beams through emulated atmospheric turbulence and obstructions is demonstrated. The obtained experimental results indicate that the compensation scheme can effectively reduce the inter-channel crosstalk, improve the bit-error rate (BER) performance, and recuperate the nondiffracting property of Bessel beams...
February 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230073/%C3%AE-synuclein-transfer-through-tunneling-nanotubes-occurs-in-sh-sy5y-cells-and-primary-brain-pericytes-from-parkinson-s-disease-patients
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Birger Victor Dieriks, Thomas I-H Park, Chantelle Fourie, Richard L M Faull, Mike Dragunow, Maurice A Curtis
Parkinson's disease (PD) is characterized by the presence of inclusions known as Lewy bodies, which mainly consist of α-synuclein (α-syn) aggregates. There is growing evidence that α-syn self-propagates in non-neuronal cells, thereby contributing to the progression and spread of PD pathology in the brain. Tunneling nanotubes (TNTs) are long, thin, F-actin-based membranous channels that connect cells and have been proposed to act as conduits for α-syn transfer between cells. SH-SY5Y cells and primary human brain pericytes, derived from postmortem PD brains, frequently form TNTs that allow α-syn transfer and long-distance electrical coupling between cells...
February 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229818/relationship-between-calcium-channel-blockers-and-skin-fibrosis-in-patients-with-systemic-sclerosis
#18
Guowei Li, Jonathan D Adachi, Ji Cheng, Lehana Thabane, Marie Hudson, Marvin J Fritzler, Steven Lorenzi, Murray Baron, Maggie Larché
OBJECTIVES: Recent experimental evidence suggests that calcium channel blockers (CCBs) may have anti-fibrotic effects on liver and pulmonary fibrosis. We aimed to investigate whether use of CCBs was associated with the skin fibrosis in patients with systemic sclerosis (SSc). METHODS: Based on the 5-year follow-up data from the Canadian Scleroderma Research Group registry, we used the generalised estimating equations (GEE) model to assess the relationship between use of CCBs and the primary outcome of skin fibrosis measured by the modified Rodnan skin score (mRSS)...
January 31, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229343/a-case-of-pancreaticobiliary-maljunction-with-a-connecting-duct-without-a-long-common-channel
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Masataka Kikuyama, Terumi Kamisawa, Sawako Kuruma, Kazuro Chiba, Satomi Koizumi, Taku Tabata, Goro Honda
Pancreaticobiliary maljunction (PBM) is a congenital malformation in which the pancreatic and bile ducts join anatomically outside the duodenal wall, usually forming an abnormally long common channel. In PBM, since the long common channel defeats the effect of the sphincter of Oddi, pancreatobiliary reflux frequently occurs, resulting in high rates of biliary tract cancers. We present the case of a 68-year-old female with advanced gallbladder cancer concomitant with bile duct cancer associated with PBM without biliary dilatation that had an extremely rare configuration showing a connecting duct without a long common channel...
February 22, 2017: Clinical Journal of Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229252/pain-in-patients-with-pancreatic-cancer-prevalence-mechanisms-management-and-future-developments
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Andreas I Koulouris, Paul Banim, Andrew R Hart
Pain affects approximately 80% of patients with pancreatic cancer, with half requiring strong opioid analgesia, namely: morphine-based drugs on step three of the WHO analgesic ladder (as opposed to the weak opioids: codeine and tramadol). The presence of pain is associated with reduced survival. This article reviews the literature regarding pain: prevalence, mechanisms, pharmacological, and endoscopic treatments and identifies areas for research to develop individualized patient pain management pathways. The online literature review was conducted through: PubMed, Clinical Key, Uptodate, and NICE Evidence...
February 22, 2017: Digestive Diseases and Sciences
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