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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211999/platform-to-enable-combined-measurement-of-dopamine-and-neural-activity
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Kate L Parent, Daniel F Hill, Lindsey M Crown, Jean-Paul Wiegand, Kathleen F Gies, Michael A Miller, Christopher W Atcherley, Michael L Heien, Stephen L Cowen
Complex behaviors depend on the coordination of the activities of ensembles of neurons and the release of neuromodulators such as dopamine. The mechanisms underlying such coordination are not well-understood due to a lack of instrumentation for combined and real-time monitoring of neuromodulator release and the activities of large ensembles of neurons. Here we describe a measurement platform that allows for the combined monitoring of electrophysiology from a high-density electrode array and dopamine dynamics from a carbon-fiber microelectrode...
February 17, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211721/imaging-current-induced-switching-of-antiferromagnetic-domains-in-cumnas
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M J Grzybowski, P Wadley, K W Edmonds, R Beardsley, V Hills, R P Campion, B L Gallagher, J S Chauhan, V Novak, T Jungwirth, F Maccherozzi, S S Dhesi
The magnetic order in antiferromagnetic materials is hard to control with external magnetic fields. Using x-ray magnetic linear dichroism microscopy, we show that staggered effective fields generated by electrical current can induce modification of the antiferromagnetic domain structure in microdevices fabricated from a tetragonal CuMnAs thin film. A clear correlation between the average domain orientation and the anisotropy of the electrical resistance is demonstrated, with both showing reproducible switching in response to orthogonally applied current pulses...
February 3, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210782/toll-like-receptor-signaling-and-stages-of-addiction
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REVIEW
Fulton T Crews, T Jordan Walter, Leon G Coleman, Ryan P Vetreno
BACKGROUND: Athina Markou and her colleagues discovered persistent changes in adult behavior following adolescent exposure to ethanol or nicotine consistent with increased risk for developing addiction. Building on Dr. Markou's important work and that of others in the field, researchers at the Bowles Center for Alcohol Studies have found that persistent changes in behavior following adolescent stress or alcohol exposure may be linked to induction of immune signaling in brain. AIM: This study aims to illuminate the critical interrelationship of the innate immune system (e...
February 17, 2017: Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210575/cytokeratin-immunoprofile-of-primary-and-metastatic-adenoid-cystic-carcinoma-of-salivary-glands-a-report-of-two-cases
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Cibele Pidorodeski Nagano, Cláudia Malheiros Coutinho-Camillo, Clovis Antônio Pinto, Fernando Augusto Soares, Filipa Santos, Isabel Fonseca, Silvia Vanessa Lourenço
Distant metastases from salivary gland tumors are considered infrequent: the incidence of distant metastases ranges from 24% to 61% according to different histotypes and to the site of the primary mass. The most common site of distant metastases due to salivary gland malignancies is the lung. From the pathology point of view, cytokeratins (CK) are important differentiation markers in salivary gland tumors, which are often used for the diagnostic process. Their employment also may be useful to identify and confirm the diagnosis of their distant metastases...
October 2016: Autopsy & case reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208656/primetime-for-learning-genes
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REVIEW
Joyce Keifer
Learning genes in mature neurons are uniquely suited to respond rapidly to specific environmental stimuli. Expression of individual learning genes, therefore, requires regulatory mechanisms that have the flexibility to respond with transcriptional activation or repression to select appropriate physiological and behavioral responses. Among the mechanisms that equip genes to respond adaptively are bivalent domains. These are specific histone modifications localized to gene promoters that are characteristic of both gene activation and repression, and have been studied primarily for developmental genes in embryonic stem cells...
February 11, 2017: Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208489/prediction-of-the-moments-in-advection-diffusion-lattice-boltzmann-method-ii-attenuation-of-the-boundary-layers-via-double-%C3%AE-bounce-back-flux-scheme
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Irina Ginzburg
Impact of the unphysical tangential advective-diffusion constraint of the bounce-back (BB) reflection on the impermeable solid surface is examined for the first four moments of concentration. Despite the number of recent improvements for the Neumann condition in the lattice Boltzmann method-advection-diffusion equation, the BB rule remains the only known local mass-conserving no-flux condition suitable for staircase porous geometry. We examine the closure relation of the BB rule in straight channel and cylindrical capillary analytically, and show that it excites the Knudsen-type boundary layers in the nonequilibrium solution for full-weight equilibrium stencil...
January 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208305/predicting-electrophoretic-mobility-of-tryptic-peptides-for-high-throughput-cze-ms-analysis
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Oleg V Krokhin, Geoffrey Anderson, Vic Spicer, Liangliang Sun, Norman J Dovichi
A multiparametric sequence-specific model for predicting peptide electrophoretic mobility has been developed using large-scale bottom-up proteomic CE-MS data (5% (∼0.8M) acetic acid as background electrolyte). Peptide charge (Z) and size (molecular mass, M) are the two major factors determining electrophoretic mobility, in complete agreement with previous studies. The extended size of the data set (>4000 peptides) permits access to many sequence-specific factors that impact peptide mobility. The presence of acidic residues Asp and Glu near the peptide N-terminus is by far the most prominent among them...
February 7, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28206692/patchy-nanofibers-from-the-thin-film-self-assembly-of-a-conjugated-diblock-copolymer
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Emily L Kynaston, Yuan Fang, Joseph G Manion, Nimrat K Obhi, Jane Y Howe, Dmitrii F Perepichka, Dwight S Seferos
An unexpected morphology comprising patchy nanofibers can be accessed from the self-assembly of an all-conjugated, polyselenophene-block-polythiophene copolymer. This morphology consists of very small (<10 nm), polythiophene- and polyselenophene-rich domains and is unprecedented for both conjugated polymers and diblock copolymers in general. We propose that the patchy morphology occurs from the enhanced miscibility of the blocks arising from the longer alkyl chains in comparison to similar block copolymers with shorter alkyl chains, which fully phase separate, as well as the difference in rigidity between the polythiophene and polyselenophene blocks...
February 16, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205495/facets-of-pantomime
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Georg Goldenberg
OBJECTIVES: Exploring the nature of defective pantomime in apraxia. METHODS: Critical review of behavioral associations and dissociations between defective pantomime, imitation of gestures, and real tool use. Analysis of congruencies between crucial lesions for pantomime, imitation, and tool use. RESULTS: There are behavioral double dissociations between pantomime and imitation, and their cerebral substrates show very little overlap. Whereas defective pantomime is bound to temporal and inferior frontal lesions, imitation is mainly affected by parietal lesions...
February 2017: Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society: JINS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199759/bioinspired-design-of-a-robust-elastomer-with-adaptive-recovery-via-triazolinedione-click-chemistry
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Jing Huang, Lijie Zhang, Zhenghai Tang, Siwu Wu, Nanying Ning, Haibin Sun, Baochun Guo
It is a significant but challenging task to simultaneously reinforce and functionalize diene rubbers. Inspired by "sacrificial bonds", the authors engineer sacrificial hydrogen bonds formed by pendent urazole groups in crosslinked solution-polymerized styrene butadiene rubber (SSBR) via triazolinedione click chemistry. This post-crosslinking modification reveals the effects of the sacrificial bonds based on a consistent covalent network. The "cage effect" of the pre-crosslinked network facilitates the heterogeneous distribution of urazole groups, leading to the formation of hydrogen-bonded multiplets...
February 15, 2017: Macromolecular Rapid Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199203/neurogenetics-of-acute-and-chronic-opiate-opioid-abstinence-treating-symptoms-and-the-cause
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Kenneth Blum, Mark S Gold, William Jacobs, William Vaughn McCall, Marcelo Febo, David Baron, Kristina Dushaj, Zsolt Demetrovics, Rajendra D Badgaiyan
This review begins with a comprehensive history of opioid dependence and treatment in the United States. The focus is an evidence-based treatment model for opioid/opiate dependent individuals. The role of reward genetic polymorphisms and the epigenetic modifications that lead to vulnerability to use and misuse of opiates/opioid to treat pain are reviewed. The neurochemical mechanisms of acute opiate withdrawal and opiate/opioid reward mechanisms are explored with a goal of identifying specific treatment targets...
March 1, 2017: Frontiers in Bioscience (Landmark Edition)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195733/unidirectional-wetting-of-liquids-on-janus-nanostructure-arrays-under-various-media
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Peng Ge, Shuli Wang, Wendong Liu, Tieqiang Wang, Nianzuo Yu, Shunsheng Ye, Huaizhong Shen, Yuxin Wu, Junhu Zhang, Bai Yang
In this paper, we report the unidirectional wetting behavior of liquids (water and oil) on Janus silicon cylinder arrays (Si-CAs) under various media (air, water, and oil). The Janus cylinders were prepared by chemical modification of nano-cylinders with different molecules on two sides. Through adjusting surface energies of the modified molecules, the as-prepared surfaces could control the wetting behavior of different types of liquids under various media. Herein, we discuss the regularity systematically and propose a strategy for preparing anisotropic wetting surfaces under arbitrary media...
February 14, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195689/non-swelling-click-crosslinked-gelatin-and-peg-hydrogels-with-tunable-properties-using-pluronic-linkers
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Vinh X Truong, Kelly M Tsang, John S Forsythe
Swelling of hydrogels leads to a decrease in mechanical performance coupled with complications in solute diffusion. In addition, hydrogel swelling affects patient safety in biomedical applications such as compression of tissue and fluid blockage. A conventional strategy for suppressing swelling is to introduce a thermoresponsive polymer with a lower critical solution temperature (LCST) within the network structure to counter the water uptake at elevated temperature. However, altering the gels mechanical strength via modification of the network structure often affects the water uptake behavior and thus a non-swelling platform with tunable mechanical properties suitable for various biomedical applications is desirable...
February 14, 2017: Biomacromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195669/responsive-thiolactone-derived-n-substituted-poly-urethane-amide-s
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Pieter Espeel, Sensu Celasun, Pinar Sinem Omurtag, Steven Martens, Filip E Du Prez
AB' type monomers containing a thiolactone unit and vinyl ether moiety have been prepared with high yields. Aminolysis of the thiolactone moiety generates the corresponding thiol in situ, and upon UV-irradiation, radical polyaddition occurs in the same medium, yielding linear poly(amide-urethane)s with different side chain residues and (Poly(Ethylene Oxide)) PEO-like backbone. Moreover, these unique polymers feature lower critical solution temperature behavior in water. Systematic modification of the responsive polymers reveals the influence of the variation of the side chains and the backbone structure on the corresponding solubility properties...
February 13, 2017: Macromolecular Rapid Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194741/deciphering-the-biophysical-effects-of-oxidizing-sulfur-containing-amino-acids-in-interferon-beta-1a-using-ms-and-hdx-ms
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Damian J Houde, George M Bou-Assaf, Steven A Berkowitz
Introduction of a chemical change to one or more amino acids in a protein's polypeptide chain can result in various effects on its higher-order structure (HOS) and biophysical behavior (or properties). These effects range from no detectable change to significant structural or conformational alteration that can greatly affect the protein's biophysical properties and its resulting biological function. The ability to reliably detect the absence or presence of such changes is essential to understanding the structure-function relationship in a protein and in the successful commercial development of protein-based drugs (biopharmaceuticals)...
February 13, 2017: Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193017/single-particle-tracking-of-peptides-modified-nanocargo-on-lipid-membrane-revealing-bulk-mediated-diffusion
#16
Lin Wei, Zhongju Ye, Yueling Xu, Bo Chen, Edward S Yeung, Lehui Xiao
Understanding the detailed diffusion behavior of the nanocargo on lipid membrane can afford deep insight into the surface chemistry controlled translocation mechanism for the rational design of an efficient delivery system. By tracking the diffusion trajectory of transacting activator of transcription (TAT, a cell penetrating peptide) peptides-modified nanocargo on lipid membrane, bulk-mediated (intermittent hopping) diffusion was observed for the first time after a blended modification of TAT peptides and polyethylene glycol (PEG) molecules onto the nanoparticle surface...
December 20, 2016: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192773/a-bioinspired-elastin-based-protein-for-a-cytocompatible-underwater-adhesive
#17
M Jane Brennan, Bridget F Kilbride, Jonathan J Wilker, Julie C Liu
The development of adhesives that can be applied and create strong bonds underwater is a significant challenge for materials engineering. When the adhesive is intended for biomedical applications, further criteria, such as biocompatibility, must be met. Current biomedical adhesive technologies do not meet these needs. In response, we designed a bioinspired protein system that shows promise to achieve biocompatible underwater adhesion coupled with environmentally responsive behavior that is "smart" - that is, it can be tuned to suit a specific application...
January 30, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192104/practical-use-of-pharmacotherapy-for-obesity
#18
Leon I Igel, Rekha B Kumar, Katherine H Saunders, Louis J Aronne
Obesity management requires a multidisciplinary approach, as there are many factors that contribute to the development of obesity as well as the preservation of excess weight once it has been gained. Diet, exercise and behavior modification are key components of treatment. In addition to lifestyle changes, weight gain secondary to medications is an important modifiable risk factor. Even after appropriate lifestyle modification, and medication adjustments (where possible) to avoid agents that can contribute to weight gain, many patients are still unable to achieve clinically meaningful weight loss...
February 9, 2017: Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191928/self-assembling-multidomain-peptide-nanofibers-for-delivery-of-bioactive-molecules-and-tissue-regeneration
#19
Amanda N Moore, Jeffrey D Hartgerink
Multidomain peptides (MDPs) are a class of self-assembling peptides that are organized in a β-sheet motif, resulting in a nanofibrous architecture. This structure is stabilized by hydrophobic packing in the fiber core and a hydrogen-bonding network down the fiber long axis. Under easily controllable conditions, regulated by electrostatic interactions between the peptides and the pH and salt composition of the solvent, the nanofiber length can be dramatically extended, resulting in fiber entanglement and hydrogel formation...
February 13, 2017: Accounts of Chemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188217/hebbian-spike-timing-dependent-plasticity-at-the-cerebellar-input-stage
#20
M Sgritta, F Locatelli, T Soda, F Prestori, E D'Angelo
Spike-timing dependent plasticity (STDP) is a form of long-term synaptic plasticity exploiting the time relationship between postsynaptic action potentials (AP) and EPSPs. Surprisingly enough, very little was known about STDP in the cerebellum, although it is thought to play a critical role for learning appropriate timing of actions. We speculated that low-frequency oscillations observed in the granular layer may provide a reference for repetitive EPSP/AP phase coupling. Here we show that EPSP-spike pairing at 6Hz can optimally induce STDP at the mossy fiber - granule cell synapse in rats...
February 10, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
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