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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208624/an-optoelectronic-equivalent-narrowband-filter-for-high-resolution-optical-spectrum-analysis
#1
Kunpeng Feng, Jiwen Cui, Hong Dang, Weidong Wu, Xun Sun, Xuelin Jiang, Jiubin Tan
To achieve a narrow bandwidth optical filter with a wide swept range for new generation optical spectrum analysis (OSA) of high performance optical sensors, an optoelectronic equivalent narrowband filter (OENF) was investigated and a swept optical filter with bandwidth of several MHz and sweep range of several tens of nanometers was built using electric filters and a sweep laser as local oscillator (LO). The principle of OENF is introduced and analysis of the OENF system is presented. Two electric filters are optimized to be RBW filters for high and medium spectral resolution applications...
February 10, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28181007/regulation-of-hcn-ion-channels-by-non-canonical-cyclic-nucleotides
#2
Bryan VanSchouwen, Giuseppe Melacini
The hyperpolarization-activated cyclic-nucleotide-modulated (HCN) proteins are cAMP-regulated ion channels that play a key role in nerve impulse transmission and heart rate modulation in neuronal and cardiac cells, respectively. Although they are regulated primarily by cAMP, other cyclic nucleotides such as cGMP, cCMP, and cUMP serve as partial agonists for the HCN2 and HCN4 isoforms. By competing with cAMP for binding, these non-canonical ligands alter ion channel gating, and in turn, modulate the cAMP-dependent activation profiles...
February 9, 2017: Handbook of Experimental Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28178813/effect-of-the-nature-of-the-substrate-on-the-surface-chemistry-of-atomic-layer-deposition-precursors
#3
Yunxi Yao, Jason P Coyle, Seán T Barry, Francisco Zaera
The thermal chemistry of Cu(I)-sec-butyl-2-iminopyrrolidinate, a promising copper amidinate complex for atomic layer deposition (ALD) applications, was explored comparatively on several surfaces by using a combination of surface-sensitive techniques, specifically temperature-programmed desorption and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The substrates explored include single crystals of transition metals (Ni(110) and Cu(110)), thin oxide films (NiO/Ni(110) and SiO2/Ta), and oxygen-treated metals (O/Cu(110))...
February 7, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28177679/reduced-expression-of-hcn-channels-in-sinoatrial-node-of-streptozotocin-induced-diabetic-rats
#4
Xin Huang, Nier Zhong, Hong Zhang, Aiqun Ma, Zuyi Yuan, Ning Guo
Diabetes mellitus (DM) is associated with an electrical remodeling of the heart, increasing risk of arrhythmias. However, knowledge of electrical remodeling in sinoatrial node (SAN) by DM is limited. We investigated the expression of HCN channel isoforms, HCN1-HCN4, in SAN from streptozotocin (STZ)-induced diabetic rats and the age-matched controls. We found that the STZ-induced diabetic rats have a lower intrinsic heart rate, a lengthened sinoatrial conduction time and rate-corrected maximal sinoatrial node recovery time in vivo as well as a longer cycle length (CL) in vitro as compared with the control...
December 23, 2016: Canadian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28174302/free-energy-landscape-remodeling-of-the-cardiac-pacemaker-channel-explains-the-molecular-basis-of-familial-sinus-bradycardia
#5
Stephen Boulton, Madoka Akimoto, Sam Akbarizadeh, Giuseppe Melacini
The hyperpolarization-activated and cyclic-nucleotide modulated ion channel (HCN) drives the pacemaker activity in the heart, and its malfunction can result in heart disorders. One such disorder, familial sinus bradycardia, is caused by the S672R mutation in HCN, whose electrophysiological phenotypes include a negative shift in the channel activation voltage and an accelerated HCN deactivation. The outcomes of these changes are abnormally low resting heart rates. However, the molecular mechanism underlying these electrophysiological changes is currently not fully understood...
February 7, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28168550/validation-of-gc-irms-techniques-for-%C3%AE-13-c-and-%C3%AE-2-h-csia-of-organophosphorus-compounds-and-their-potential-for-studying-the-mode-of-hydrolysis-in-the-environment
#6
Langping Wu, Steffen Kümmel, Hans H Richnow
Compound-specific stable isotope analysis (CSIA) is among the most promising tools for studying the fate of organic pollutants in the environment. However, the feasibility of multidimensional CSIA was limited by the availability of a robust method for precise isotope analysis of heteroatom-bearing organic compounds. We developed a method for δ (13)C and δ (2)H analysis of eight organophosphorus compounds (OPs) with different chemical properties. In particular, we aimed to compare high-temperature conversion (HTC) and chromium-based HTC (Cr/HTC) units to explore the limitations of hydrogen isotope analysis of heteroatom-bearing compounds...
February 6, 2017: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28166960/effects-of-zd7288-a-hyperpolarization-activated-cyclic-nucleotide-gated-hcn-channel-blocker-on-term-pregnant-rat-uterine-contractility-in%C3%A2-vitro
#7
Mohammed Alotaibi, Karima Kahlat, Taoufik Nedjadi, Laiche Djouhri
The uterus is a myogenic organ that is able to produce discrete spontaneous action potentials and contractions without any stimuli. Myometrial excitability is governed by ion channels including Ca(+2) and K(+) channels, but whether or not other channels such as hyperpolarization-activated cyclic nucleotide-gated (HCN) channels, which play an important role in regulating cellular excitability, are also involved has not been reported in uterine smooth muscles. The aim of the present study was to examine whether blocking HCN channels with a specific blocker ZD7288 would modulate the uterine contractility in a rat model...
March 1, 2017: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28164793/small-rnas-regulate-the-biocontrol-property-of-fluorescent-pseudomonas-strain-psd
#8
Anamika Upadhyay, Mandira Kochar, Ashutosh Upadhyay, Soumya Tripathy, Manchikatla Venkat Rajam, Sheela Srivastava
The production of biocontrol factors by Pseudomonads is reported to be controlled at the post-transcriptional level by the GacS/GacA signal transduction pathway. This involves RNA-binding translational repressor proteins, RsmA and RsmE, and the small regulatory RNAs (sRNAs) RsmX, RsmY, and RsmZ. While the former represses genes involved in secondary metabolite production, the latter relieves this repression at the end of exponential growth. We have studied the fluorescent Pseudomonas strain Psd, possessing good biocontrol potential, and confirmed the presence of rsmY and rsmZ by PCR amplification...
March 2017: Microbiological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28161784/benchmark-dft-assessments-cooperativity-and-energy-decomposition-analysis-of-the-hydrogen-bonds-in-hcn-hnc-oligomeric-complexes
#9
Paulo McMiller C de Oliveira, Juliana A B Silva, Ricardo L Longo
Hydrogen cyanide (HCN) and its tautomer hydrogen isocyanide (HNC) are relevant for extraterrestrial chemistry and possible relation to the origin of biomolecules. Several processes and reactions involving these molecules depend on their intermolecular interactions that can lead to aggregates and liquids especially due to the hydrogen bonds. It is thus important to comprehend, to describe, and to quantify their hydrogen bonds, mainly their nature and the cooperativity effects. A systematic study of all linear complexes up to pentamers of HCN and HNC is presented...
February 2017: Journal of Molecular Modeling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28150418/efficient-salt-aided-aqueous-extraction-of-bitter-almond-oil
#10
Lei Liu, Xiuzhu Yu, Zhong Zhao, Lirong Xu, Rui Zhang
BACKGROUND: Salt-aided aqueous extraction (SAAE) is an inexpensive and environmentally friendly method of oil extraction, which is influenced by many factors. In the present study, we investigated the effect of SAAE on bitter almond oil yield. RESULTS: This study used sodium bicarbonate solution as extraction solvent and the optimal extraction parameters predicted by Box-Behnken design (i.e., concentration of sodium bicarbonate, 0.4 mol L(-1) ; solvent to sample ratio, 5:1; extraction temperature, 84 °C; extraction time, 60 min), for oil recovery of 90...
February 2, 2017: Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28150006/vibrational-frequencies-and-spectroscopic-constants-of-three-stable-noble-gas-molecules-necch-arcch-and-arcn
#11
Carlie M Novak, Ryan C Fortenberry
The search for possible, natural, noble gas molecules has led to quantum chemical, spectroscopic analysis of NeCCH(+), ArCCH(+), and ArCN(+). Each of these systems has been previously shown to be a stable minimum on its respective potential energy surface. However, no spectroscopic data are available for laboratory detection or interstellar observation of these species, and the interstellar medium may be the most likely place in nature where these noble gas cations are found. The bent shape of NeCCH(+) is confirmed here with a fairly large dipole moment and a bright C-H stretching frequency at 3101...
February 2, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28145004/motor-cortical-hcn-channels-a-contributor-to-coordinated-forelimb-movements-in-rodents
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Rune Rasmussen, Eva Meier Carlsen
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 1, 2017: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28131828/ep3-activation-facilitates-bladder-excitability-via-hcn-channels-on-iccs
#13
Chao Wu, Xingyou Dong, Qian Liu, Jingzhen Zhu, Teng Zhang, Qingqing Wang, Xiaoyang Hu Zhenxing Yang, Longkun Li
EP3 is a receptor for prostaglandin E2 (PGE2), and although its effect on bladder excitability has attracted considerable attention, the underlying mechanism remains unclear. To investigate whether the hyperpolarization-activated cyclic nucleotide-gated (HCN) channels in the interstitial cells of Cajal (ICCs) of the bladder are involved in the effect of EP3 activation on bladder excitability, wild-type mice, HCN1 knockout (HCN1(-/-)) mice and rats were used in our study. Double immunofluorescence staining and immunoprecipitation assays demonstrated the interaction between EP3 and the HCN channels...
January 25, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28127990/animal-models-suggest-the-trip8b-hcn-interaction-is-a-therapeutic-target-for-major-depressive-disorder
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Kyle A Lyman, Ye Han, Dane M Chetkovich
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 27, 2017: Expert Opinion on Therapeutic Targets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28117457/the-aliphatic-amidase-amie-is-involved-in-regulation-of-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-virulence
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Thomas Clamens, Thibaut Rosay, Alexandre Crépin, Teddy Grandjean, Takfarinas Kentache, Julie Hardouin, Perrine Bortolotti, Anke Neidig, Marlies Mooij, Mélanie Hillion, Julien Vieillard, Pascal Cosette, Joerg Overhage, Fergal O'Gara, Emeline Bouffartigues, Alain Dufour, Sylvie Chevalier, Benoit Guery, Pierre Cornelis, Marc G J Feuilloley, Olivier Lesouhaitier
We have previously shown that the eukaryotic C-type natriuretic peptide hormone (CNP) regulates Pseudomonas aeruginosa virulence and biofilm formation after binding on the AmiC sensor, triggering the amiE transcription. Herein, the involvement of the aliphatic amidase AmiE in P. aeruginosa virulence regulation has been investigated. The proteome analysis of an AmiE over-producing strain (AmiE(+)) revealed an expression change for 138 proteins, including some that are involved in motility, synthesis of quorum sensing compounds and virulence regulation...
January 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079220/facile-pentagon-formation-in-the-dissociation-of-polyaromatics
#16
Arjen J de Haas, Jos Oomens, Jordy Bouwman
Energetic processing of gaseous polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) plays a pivotal role in the chemistries of inter- and circumstellar environments, certain planetary atmospheres, and also in the chemistry of combustion and soot formation. Although the precursor PAH species have been extensively characterized, the products from these gaseous breakdown reactions have received far less attention. It has been particularly challenging to accurately determine their molecular structure in gas-phase experiments, where comparisons against theoretical modeling are best made...
January 12, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074902/a-reduced-mechanical-model-for-camp-modulated-gating-in-hcn-channels
#17
Stephanie Weißgraeber, Andrea Saponaro, Gerhard Thiel, Kay Hamacher
We developed an in silico mechanical model to analyze the process of cAMP-induced conformational modulations in hyperpolarization-activated cyclic nucleotide-gated (HCN) channels, which conduct cations across the membrane of mammalian heart and brain cells. The structural analysis reveals a quaternary twist in the cytosolic parts of the four subunits in the channel tetramer. This motion augments the intrinsic dynamics of the very same protein structure. The pronounced differences between the cAMP bound and unbound form include a mutual interaction between the C-linker of the cyclic nucleotide binding domain (CNBD) and the linker between the S4 and S5 transmembrane domain of the channel...
January 11, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28071723/hcn1-channels-reduce-the-rate-of-exocytosis-from-a-subset-of-cortical-synaptic-terminals
#18
Zhuo Huang, Gengyu Li, Carolina Aguado, Rafael Lujan, Mala M Shah
The hyperpolarization-activated cyclic nucleotide-gated (HCN1) channels are predominantly located in pyramidal cell dendrites within the cortex. Recent evidence suggests these channels also exist pre-synaptically in a subset of synaptic terminals within the mature entorhinal cortex (EC). Inhibition of pre-synaptic HCN channels enhances miniature excitatory post-synaptic currents (mEPSCs) onto EC layer III pyramidal neurons, suggesting that these channels decrease the release of the neurotransmitter, glutamate...
January 10, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065805/genetic-perturbations-suggest-a-role-of-the-resting-potential-in-regulating-the-expression-of-the-ion-channels-of-the-kcna-and-hcn-families-in-octopus-cells-of-the-ventral-cochlear-nucleus
#19
Xiao-Jie Cao, Donata Oertel
Low-voltage-activated K(+) (gKL) and hyperpolarization-activated mixed cation conductances (gh) mediate currents, IKL and Ih, through channels of the Kv1 (KCNA) and HCN families respectively and give auditory neurons the temporal precision required for signaling information about the onset, fine structure, and time of arrival of sounds. Being partially activated at rest, gKL and gh contribute to the resting potential and shape responses to even small subthreshold synaptic currents. Resting gKL and gh also affect the coupling of somatic depolarization with the generation of action potentials...
March 2017: Hearing Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28064429/structural-insight-into-the-gene-expression-profiling-of-the-hcn-operon-in-pseudomonas-aeruginosa
#20
Nilkanta Chowdhury, Angshuman Bagchi
Pseudomonas aeruginosa is a common opportunistic human pathogen. It generally attacks immunosuppressed patients like AIDS, cancer, cystic fibrosis, etc. The virulence of P. aeruginosa is mediated by various virulence factors. One of such potential virulence factors is HCN synthesized by HCN synthase enzyme, which is encoded by the hcnABC operon. The expressions of the genes of this operon are regulated by three transcriptional regulators, viz., LasR, ANR, and RhlR. In our previous work, we analyzed the molecular details of the functionalities of LasR...
January 7, 2017: Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology
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