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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29668112/pharmacogenetic-manipulation-of-the-nucleus-accumbens-alters-binge-like-alcohol-drinking-in-mice
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Kush Purohit, Puja K Parekh, Joseph Kern, Ryan W Logan, Zheng Liu, Yanhua Huang, Colleen A McClung, John C Crabbe, Angela R Ozburn
BACKGROUND: Chronic alcohol intake leads to long-lasting changes in reward- and stress-related neuronal circuitry. The nucleus accumbens (NAc) is an integral component of this circuitry. Here, we investigate the effects of DREADDs (Designer Receptors Exclusively Activated by Designer Drugs) on neuronal activity in the NAc and binge-like drinking. METHODS: C57BL/6J mice were stereotaxically injected with AAV2 hSyn-HA hM3Dq, -hM4Di, or -eGFP bilaterally into NAc [core + shell, core or shell]...
April 18, 2018: Alcoholism, Clinical and Experimental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29668041/warming-intensify-co-2-flux-and-nutrient-release-from-algal-wrack-subsidies-on-sandy-beaches
#2
M Lastra, J López, I F Rodil
Algal wrack subsidies underpin most of the food web structure of exposed sandy beaches, and are responsible of important biogeochemical processes that link marine and terrestrial ecosystems. The response in decomposition of algal wrack deposits to global warming has not been studied in ocean exposed sandy beaches to date. With this aim, passive open top chambers (OTCs) were used to increase soil temperature within the range predicted by the IPCC for western Europe (between 0.5 and 1.5 °C), following the hypothesis that the biogeochemical processing of macroalgal wrack subsidies would accelerate in response to temperature increase...
April 18, 2018: Global Change Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29667754/estrogen-regulated-expression-of-p450arom-genes-in-the-brain-and-ovaries-of-adult-female-indian-climbing-perch-anabas-testudineus
#3
Puja Pal, Sujata Roy Moulik, Shreyasi Gupta, Payel Guha, Suravi Majumder, Sourav Kundu, Buddhadev Mallick, Kousik Pramanick, Dilip Mukherjee
Cytochrome P450arom (CYP19), a product of cyp19a1 gene, catalyzes the conversion of androgens to estrogens and is essential for regulation of reproductive function in vertebrates. In the present study, we isolated partial cDNA encoding the ovarian (cyp19a1a) and brain (cyp19a1b) P450arom genes from adult female perch, Anabas testudineus and investigated their regulation by estrogen in vivo. Results demonstrated that cyp19a1a and cyp19a1b predominate in ovary and brain respectively, with quantity of both attuned to reproductive cycle...
April 18, 2018: Journal of Experimental Zoology. Part A, Ecological and Integrative Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29667686/rheological-characterization-of-dynamic-remodeling-of-the-pericellular-region-by-human-mesenchymal-stem-cell-secreted-enzymes-in-well-defined-synthetic-hydrogel-scaffolds
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Maryam Daviran, Sarah M Longwill, Jonah F Casella, Kelly M Schultz
Human mesenchymal stem cells (hMSCs) dynamically remodel their microenvironment during basic processes, such as migration and differentiation. Migration requires extracellular matrix invasion, necessitating dynamic cell-material interactions. Understanding these interactions is critical to advancing materials designs that harness and manipulate these processes for applications including wound healing and tissue regeneration. In this work, we encapsulate hMSCs in a cell-degradable poly(ethylene glycol)-peptide hydrogel to determine how cell-secreted enzymes, specifically matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) and tissue inhibitors of metalloproteinases (TIMPs), create unique pericellular microenvironments...
April 18, 2018: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29667486/lncrna-adpgk-as1-promotes-pancreatic-cancer-progression-through-activating-zeb1-mediated-epithelial-mesenchymal-transition
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Suzhen Song, Weihua Yu, Sen Lin, Mingbao Zhang, Teng Wang, Shuang Guo, Hongbo Wang
OBJECTIVE: This study was conducted to investigate the effects of ADP dependent glucokinase antisense RNA 1 (ADPGK-AS1)/ miR-205-5p/ zinc finger E-box binding homeobox 1 (ZEB1) on PC cells. METHODS: Differentially expressed lncRNAs and miRNAs in pancreatic cancer (PC) were identified by microarray analysis. In silico ceRNA analysis was conducted to find out the interactions among lncRNAs, miRNAs and mRNAs. Quantitative real-time PCR (qRT-PCR) was utilized to examine the expression of miR-205-5p and lncRNA ADPGK-AS1 in PC and non-cancerous cells...
April 18, 2018: Cancer Biology & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29667469/maxillary-arch-dimensions-associated-with-acoustic-parameters-in-prepubertal-children
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Abdul-Latif Hamdan, Mohannad Khandakji, Anthony Tannous Macari
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the association between maxillary arch dimensions and fundamental frequency and formants of voice in prepubertal subjects. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Thirty-five consecutive prepubertal patients seeking orthodontic treatment were recruited (mean age = 11.41 ± 1.46 years; range, 8 to 13.7 years). Participants with a history of respiratory infection, laryngeal manipulation, dysphonia, congenital facial malformations, or history of orthodontic treatment were excluded...
April 18, 2018: Angle Orthodontist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29667357/revealing-the-double-edged-sword-role-of-graphene-on-boosted-charge-transfer-versus-active-site-control-in-tio-2-nanotube-arrays-rgo-mos-2-heterostructure
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Quan Quan, Shunji Xie, Bo Weng, Ye Wang, Yi-Jun Xu
Charge separation/transfer is generally believed to be the most key factor affecting the efficiency of photocatalysis, which however will be counteracted if not taking the active site engineering into account for a specific photoredox reaction. Here, a 3D heterostructure composite is designed consisting of MoS2 nanoplatelets decorated on reduced graphene oxide-wrapped TiO2 nanotube arrays (TNTAs@RGO/MoS2 ). Such a cascade configuration renders a directional migration of charge carriers and controlled immobilization of active sites, thereby showing much higher photoactivity for water splitting to H2 than binary TNTAs@RGO and TNTAs/MoS2 ...
April 18, 2018: Small
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29667319/patterning-of-discotic-liquid-crystals-with-tunable-molecular-orientation-for-electronic-applications
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Cheng Zou, Jingxia Wang, Meng Wang, Yuchen Wu, Kehua Gu, Zhihao Shen, Guirong Xiong, Huai Yang, Lei Jiang, Tomiki Ikeda
The large-area formation of functional micropatterns with liquid crystals is of great significance for diversified applications in interdisciplinary fields. Meanwhile, the control of molecular alignment in the patterns is fundamental and prerequisite for the adequate exploitation of their photoelectric properties. However, it would be extremely complicated and challenging for discotic liquid crystals (DLCs) to achieve the goal, because they are insensitive to external fields and surface chemistry. Herein, a simple method of patterning and aligning DLCs on flat substrates is disclosed through precise control of the formation and dewetting of the capillary liquid bridges, within which the DLC molecules are confined...
April 18, 2018: Small
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29667302/tunable-magnetism-in-nanoporous-cuni-alloys-by-reversible-voltage-driven-element-selective-redox-processes
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Alberto Quintana, Enric Menéndez, Eloy Isarain-Chávez, Jordina Fornell, Pau Solsona, François Fauth, Maria Dolors Baró, Josep Nogués, Eva Pellicer, Jordi Sort
Voltage-driven manipulation of magnetism in electrodeposited 200 nm thick nanoporous single-phase solid solution Cu20 Ni80 (at%) alloy films (with sub 10 nm pore size) is accomplished by controlled reduction-oxidation (i.e., redox) processes in a protic solvent, namely 1 m NaOH aqueous solution. Owing to the selectivity of the electrochemical processes, the oxidation of the CuNi film mainly occurs on the Cu counterpart of the solid solution, resulting in a Ni-enriched alloy. As a consequence, the magnetic moment at saturation significantly increases (up to 33% enhancement with respect to the as-prepared sample), while only slight changes in coercivity are observed...
April 18, 2018: Small
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29667081/the-schultz-midi-benchmarking-toolbox-for-midi-interfaces-percussion-pads-and-sound-cards
#10
Benjamin G Schultz
The Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) was readily adopted for auditory sensorimotor synchronization experiments. These experiments typically use MIDI percussion pads to collect responses, a MIDI-USB converter (or MIDI-PCI interface) to record responses on a PC and manipulate feedback, and an external MIDI sound module to generate auditory feedback. Previous studies have suggested that auditory feedback latencies can be introduced by these devices. The Schultz MIDI Benchmarking Toolbox (SMIDIBT) is an open-source, Arduino-based package designed to measure the point-to-point latencies incurred by several devices used in the generation of response-triggered auditory feedback...
April 17, 2018: Behavior Research Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29666890/manipulating-the-expression-of-sarp-family-regulator-bulz-and-its-target-gene-product-to-increase-tacrolimus-production
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Dongxu Ma, Cheng Wang, Hong Chen, Jianping Wen
Tacrolimus (FK506), an effective immunosuppressant, is widely used in the treatment of autoimmune diseases. In this study, we identified that BulZ, a Streptomyces antibiotic regulatory protein (SARP) family regulator, acted as a positive regulator for spore differentiation and tacrolimus production. A knockout of bulZ resulted in a 47.5% decrease of tacrolimus production and a delay of spore differentiation. Using quantitative real-time PCR (qRT-PCR) analysis and electrophoretic mobility shift assays (EMSAs), it was found that BulZ directly activated the transcriptions of bulZ and bulS2, a putative γ-butyrolactone (GBL) synthetase, and bulS2 was shown to play a positive role in tacrolimus biosynthesis...
April 18, 2018: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29666822/accuracy-and-precision-of-a-veterinary-neuronavigation-system-for-radiation-oncology-positioning
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Isabelle F Vanhaezebrouck, Elizabeth A Ballegeer, Stephen Frey, Rob Sieffert
Conformal radiation treatment plans such as IMRT and other radiosurgery techniques require very precise patient positioning, typically within a millimeter of error for best results. CT cone beam, real-time navigation, and infrared position sensors are potential options for success but rarely present in veterinary radiation centers. A neuronavigation system (Brainsight Vet, Rogue Research) was tested 22 times on a skull for positioning accuracy and precision analysis. The first 6 manipulations allowed the authors to become familiar with the system but were still included in the analyses...
2018: Journal of Veterinary Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29666771/effects-of-mixing-eggs-of-different-initial-incubation-time-on-the-hatching-pattern-chick-embryonic-development-and-post-hatch-performance
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Zhentao Zhong, Yue Yu, Shufang Jin, Jinming Pan
Background: The hatch window that varies from 24 to 48 h is known to influence post-hatch performance of chicks. A narrow hatch window is needed for commercial poultry industry to acquire a high level of uniformity of chick quality. Hatching synchronization observed in avian species presents possibilities in altering hatch window in artificial incubation. Methods: Layer eggs which were laid on the same day by a single breeder flock and stored for no more than two days started incubation 12 h apart to obtain developmental distinction...
2018: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29666640/investigating-the-interactive-effects-of-sex-steroid-hormones-and-brain-derived-neurotrophic-factor-during-adolescence-on-hippocampal-nmda-receptor-expression
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Cushla R McCarthny, Xin Du, YeeWen Candace Wu, Rachel A Hill
Sex steroid hormones have neuroprotective properties which may be mediated by brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF). This study sought to determine the interactive effects of preadolescent hormone manipulation and BDNF heterozygosity (+/- ) on hippocampal NMDA-R expression. Wild-type and BDNF+/- mice were gonadectomised, and females received either 17 β -estradiol or progesterone treatment, while males received either testosterone or dihydrotestosterone (DHT) treatment. Dorsal (DHP) and ventral hippocampus (VHP) were dissected, and protein expression of GluN1, GluN2A, GluN2B, and PSD-95 was assessed by Western blot analysis...
2018: International Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29666319/shifting-plant-species-composition-in-response-to-climate-change-stabilizes-grassland-primary-production
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Huiying Liu, Zhaorong Mi, Li Lin, Yonghui Wang, Zhenhua Zhang, Fawei Zhang, Hao Wang, Lingli Liu, Biao Zhu, Guangmin Cao, Xinquan Zhao, Nathan J Sanders, Aimée T Classen, Peter B Reich, Jin-Sheng He
The structure and function of alpine grassland ecosystems, including their extensive soil carbon stocks, are largely shaped by temperature. The Tibetan Plateau in particular has experienced significant warming over the past 50 y, and this warming trend is projected to intensify in the future. Such climate change will likely alter plant species composition and net primary production (NPP). Here we combined 32 y of observations and monitoring with a manipulative experiment of temperature and precipitation to explore the effects of changing climate on plant community structure and ecosystem function...
April 17, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29666318/economics-and-policy-driven-organic-carbon-input-enhancement-dominates-soil-organic-carbon-accumulation-in-chinese-croplands
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Yongcun Zhao, Meiyan Wang, Shuijin Hu, Xudong Zhang, Zhu Ouyang, Ganlin Zhang, Biao Huang, Shiwei Zhao, Jinshui Wu, Deti Xie, Bo Zhu, Dongsheng Yu, Xianzhang Pan, Shengxiang Xu, Xuezheng Shi
China's croplands have experienced drastic changes in management practices, such as fertilization, tillage, and residue treatments, since the 1980s. There is an ongoing debate about the impact of these changes on soil organic carbon (SOC) and its implications. Here we report results from an extensive study that provided direct evidence of cropland SOC sequestration in China. Based on the soil sampling locations recorded by the Second National Soil Survey of China in 1980, we collected 4,060 soil samples in 2011 from 58 counties that represent the typical cropping systems across China...
April 17, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29666274/vibrations-of-a-molecule-in-an-external-force-field
#17
Norio Okabayashi, Angelo Peronio, Magnus Paulsson, Toyoko Arai, Franz J Giessibl
The oscillation frequencies of a molecule on a surface are determined by the mass distribution in the molecule and the restoring forces that occur when the molecule bends. The restoring force originates from the atomic-scale interaction within the molecule and with the surface, which plays an essential role in the dynamics and reactivity of the molecule. In 1998, a combination of scanning tunneling microscopy with inelastic tunneling spectroscopy revealed the vibrational frequencies of single molecules adsorbed on a surface...
April 16, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29666254/-shewanella-oneidensis-as-a-living-electrode-for-controlled-radical-polymerization
#18
Gang Fan, Christopher M Dundas, Austin J Graham, Nathaniel A Lynd, Benjamin K Keitz
Metabolic engineering has facilitated the production of pharmaceuticals, fuels, and soft materials but is generally limited to optimizing well-defined metabolic pathways. We hypothesized that the reaction space available to metabolic engineering could be expanded by coupling extracellular electron transfer to the performance of an exogenous redox-active metal catalyst. Here we demonstrate that the electroactive bacterium Shewanella oneidensis can control the activity of a copper catalyst in atom-transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) via extracellular electron transfer...
April 16, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29666251/temperature-accelerates-the-rate-fields-become-forests
#19
Jason D Fridley, Justin P Wright
Secondary succession, the postdisturbance transition of herbaceous to woody-dominated ecosystems, occurs faster at lower latitudes with important ramifications for ecosystem processes. This pattern could be driven by the direct effect of temperature on tree growth; however, an alternative mechanism is tree-herb competition, which may be more intense in more fertile northern soils. We manipulated soil fertility and herbaceous species composition in identical experiments at six sites spanning the Eastern United States (30-43° N) and monitored the growth and survival of four early successional trees...
April 16, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29666229/drought-delays-development-of-the-sorghum-root-microbiome-and-enriches-for-monoderm-bacteria
#20
Ling Xu, Dan Naylor, Zhaobin Dong, Tuesday Simmons, Grady Pierroz, Kim K Hixson, Young-Mo Kim, Erika M Zink, Kristin M Engbrecht, Yi Wang, Cheng Gao, Stephanie DeGraaf, Mary A Madera, Julie A Sievert, Joy Hollingsworth, Devon Birdseye, Henrik V Scheller, Robert Hutmacher, Jeffery Dahlberg, Christer Jansson, John W Taylor, Peggy G Lemaux, Devin Coleman-Derr
Drought stress is a major obstacle to crop productivity, and the severity and frequency of drought are expected to increase in the coming century. Certain root-associated bacteria have been shown to mitigate the negative effects of drought stress on plant growth, and manipulation of the crop microbiome is an emerging strategy for overcoming drought stress in agricultural systems, yet the effect of drought on the development of the root microbiome is poorly understood. Through 16S rRNA amplicon and metatranscriptome sequencing, as well as root metabolomics, we demonstrate that drought delays the development of the early sorghum root microbiome and causes increased abundance and activity of monoderm bacteria, which lack an outer cell membrane and contain thick cell walls...
April 16, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
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