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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107745/femtomolar-detection-of-cardiac-troponin-i-using-a-novel-label-free-and-reagent-free-dendrimer-enhanced-impedimetric-immunosensor
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Rashida Akter, Bongjin Jeong, Yong-Mi Lee, Jong-Soon Choi, Md Aminur Rahman
A novel highly sensitive dendrimer coupled impedimetric immunosensor was developed for the label-free and reagent-free detection of cardiac troponin I (TnI) in serum samples. The immunosensor probe was fabricated by covalently attaching carboxylic acid-functionalized third generation (G3) poly (amidoamine) (PAMAM) dendrimer (Den) on the 3, 3', 5, 5'-tetramethyl benzidine (TMB) modified 6-mercaptohexanoic acid (MHA) self-assembled monolayer (SAM) on a gold (Au) electrode. Monoclonal anti-TnI antibody was then covalently immobilized on the Den and TMB attached MHA SAM modified surface...
January 12, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107672/a-computational-model-of-conditioning-inspired-by-drosophila-olfactory-system
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Faramarz Faghihi, Ahmed A Moustafa, Ralf Heinrich, Florentin Wörgötter
Recent studies have demonstrated that Drosophila melanogaster (briefly Drosophila) can successfully perform higher cognitive processes including second order olfactory conditioning. Understanding the neural mechanism of this behavior can help neuroscientists to unravel the principles of information processing in complex neural systems (e.g. the human brain) and to create efficient and robust robotic systems. In this work, we have developed a biologically-inspired spiking neural network which is able to execute both first and second order conditioning...
November 23, 2016: Neural Networks: the Official Journal of the International Neural Network Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107617/fabrication-of-nanostructured-mesoporous-germanium-for-applications-in-laser-desorption-ionization-mass-spectrometry
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Hazem H Abdelmaksoud, Taryn M Guinan, Nicolas H Voelcker
Surface-assisted laser desorption/ionization mass spectrometry (SALDI-MS) is a high-throughput analytical technique ideally suited for small molecule detection from different bodily fluids (e.g. saliva, urine, and blood plasma). Many SALDI-MS substrates require complex fabrication processes and further surface modifications. Furthermore, some substrates show instability upon exposure to ambient conditions and need to be kept under special inert conditions. We have successfully optimized mesoporous germanium (meso-pGe) using bipolar electrochemical etching (BEE) and efficiently applied meso-pGe as a SALDI-MS substrate for the detection of cocaine in the context of workplace, roadside, and anti-addictive drug compliance...
January 20, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106418/spatiotemporal-dynamics-and-reliable-computations-in-recurrent-spiking-neural-networks
#4
Ryan Pyle, Robert Rosenbaum
Randomly connected networks of excitatory and inhibitory spiking neurons provide a parsimonious model of neural variability, but are notoriously unreliable for performing computations. We show that this difficulty is overcome by incorporating the well-documented dependence of connection probability on distance. Spatially extended spiking networks exhibit symmetry-breaking bifurcations and generate spatiotemporal patterns that can be trained to perform dynamical computations under a reservoir computing framework...
January 6, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106339/determination-of-19-sulfonamides-residues-in-pork-samples-by-combining-quechers-with-dispersive-liquid-liquid-microextraction-followed-by-uhplc-ms-ms
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Xiaojing Li, Hong Yu, Rongfei Peng, Pingsheng Gan
A new simple and rapid pretreatment method for simultaneous determination of 19 sulfonamides in pork samples was developed through combining the QuEChERS method with dispersive liquid-liquid microextraction followed by ultra high performance liquid chromatography with tandem mass spectrometry. The sample preparation involves extraction/partitioning with QuEChERS method followed by dispersive liquid-liquid microextraction using tetrachloroethane as extractive solvent and the acetonitrile extract as dispersive solvent which obtained by QuEChERS...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Separation Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106173/hykl-40-cancer-biomarker-electroanalysis-in-serum-samples-and-model-cell-lysates-capacitive-immunosensing-compared-with-enzyme-label-immunosorbent-assays-elisa
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W Chaocharoen, A Schulte, W Suginta
Human chitinase 3-like protein 1 (CHI3L1 or hYKL-40), a potential molecular marker for several cancers, was measured in clinical human serum samples and model cell lysates by indirect and competitive enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) and by capacitive immunosensing, so as to evaluate a recently introduced electrochemical method for routine use in cancer-monitoring studies. The clinical samples tested included serum from four healthy individuals, five breast cancer and four glioblastoma patients; cultures of the human monocytic cell line THP-1, known to secrete hYKL-40, and of the human embryonic kidney 293t cell line, which does not express hYKL-40, provided cell lysates and cell culture media for positive and negative bio- and electrochemical control trials...
January 20, 2017: Analyst
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106139/spatio-temporal-tolerance-of-visuo-tactile-illusions-in-artificial-skin-by-recurrent-neural-network-with-spike-timing-dependent-plasticity
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Alexandre Pitti, Ganna Pugach, Philippe Gaussier, Sotaro Shimada
Perceptual illusions across multiple modalities, such as the rubber-hand illusion, show how dynamic the brain is at adapting its body image and at determining what is part of it (the self) and what is not (others). Several research studies showed that redundancy and contingency among sensory signals are essential for perception of the illusion and that a lag of 200-300 ms is the critical limit of the brain to represent one's own body. In an experimental setup with an artificial skin, we replicate the visuo-tactile illusion within artificial neural networks...
January 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105837/hrp-mimicking-dnazyme-catalyzed-in-situ-generation-of-polyaniline-to-assist-signal-amplification-for-ultrasensitive-surface-plasmon-resonance-biosensing
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Haiyin Li, Jiafu Chang, Ting Hou, Feng Li
It is well-known that the horseradish peroxidase- (HRP-) mimicking DNAzyme, namely, hemin/G-quadruplex, can effectively catalyze the polymerization of aniline to form DNA-guided polyaniline. Meanwhile, polyaniline exhibits extraordinary electrical, electrochemical, and redox properties, as well as excellent SPR signal-enhancing ability. Herein, we report a novel ultrasensitive surface plasmon resonance (SPR) biosensor based on HRP-mimicking DNAzyme-catalyzed in situ formation of polyaniline for signal amplification, using bleomycin (BLM) as the proof-of-concept analyte...
January 3, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104799/muscles-innervated-by-a-single-motor-neuron-exhibit-divergent-synaptic-properties-on-multiple-time-scales
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Dawn M Blitz, Amy E Pritchard, John K Latimer, Andrew T Wakefield
Adaptive changes in the output of neural circuits underlying rhythmic behaviors are relayed to muscles via motor neuron activity. Pre- and postsynaptic properties of neuromuscular junctions can impact the transformation from motor neuron activity to muscle response. Further, synaptic plasticity occurring on the time scale of inter-spike intervals can differ between multiple muscles innervated by the same motor neuron. In rhythmic behaviors, motor neuron bursts can elicit additional synaptic plasticity. However, it is unknown if plasticity regulated by the longer time scale of inter-burst intervals also differs between synapses from the same neuron, and whether any such distinctions occur across a physiological activity range...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104407/metabotropic-glutamate-and-gaba-receptors-modulate-cellular-excitability-and-glutamatergic-transmission-in-chicken-cochlear-nucleus-angularis-neurons
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Wei Shi, Yong Lu
Neurons in the avian cochlear nucleus angularis (NA) receive glutamatergic input from the auditory nerve, and GABAergic input from the superior olivary nucleus. Physiologically heterogeneous, NA neurons perform multiple functions including encoding sound intensity information. Using in vitro whole-cell patch recordings from acute brain slices and immunohistochemistry staining, we investigated neuromodulation mediated by metabotropic glutamate and GABA receptors (mGluRs and GABABRs) in NA neurons. Based on their intrinsic firing patterns in response to somatic current injections, NA neurons were classified into one-spike (onset), damped, and tonic cells...
January 16, 2017: Hearing Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104329/comparative-evaluation-of-four-biosolids-formulations-on-the-effects-of-triclosan-on-plant-arbuscular-mycorrhizal-fungal-interactions-in-three-crop-species
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René S Shahmohamadloo, Linda Lissemore, Ryan S Prosser, Paul K Sibley
Triclosan (TCS) is an antimicrobial ingredient found in personal care products that include soaps, shampoos, and other sanitation goods. TCS is moderately hydrophobic and has been shown to be resistant to wastewater treatment and thus accumulates in biosolids. Biosolids are commonly applied to agricultural land but little is known about the risk that TCS in biosolids poses to soil fungal communities following land application. The purpose of this study was to characterize the effects of TCS on the symbiotic colonization of roots in three field crops (soybean, corn, and spring wheat) by arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) in soils amended with four different types of biosolids (liquid, dewatered, composted, alkaline and hydrolyzed)...
January 16, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104238/monitoring-of-vancomycin-in-human-plasma-via-portable-microchip-electrophoresis-with-contactless-conductivity-detector-and-multi-stacking-strategy
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Kah Chun Chong, Lee Yien Thang, Joselito P Quirino, Hong Heng See
A portable microchip electrophoresis (MCE) coupled with on-chip contactless conductivity detection (C(4)D) system was evaluated for the determination of vancomycin in human plasma. In order to enhance the detection sensitivity, a new online multi-stacking preconcentration technique based on field-enhanced sample injection (FESI) and micelle-to-solvent stacking (MSS) was developed and implemented in MCE-C(4)D system equipped with a commercially available double T-junction glass chip. The cationic analytes from the two sample reservoirs were injected under FESI conditions and subsequently focused by MSS within the sample-loading channel...
January 5, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103480/adrenergic-gate-release-for-spike-timing-dependent-synaptic-potentiation
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Yanling Liu, Lei Cui, Martin K Schwarz, Yan Dong, Oliver M Schlüter
Spike timing-dependent synaptic plasticity (STDP) serves as a key cellular correlate of associative learning, which is facilitated by elevated attentional and emotional states involving activation of adrenergic signaling. At cellular levels, adrenergic signaling increases dendrite excitability, but the underlying mechanisms remain elusive. Here we show that activation of β2-adrenoceptors promoted STD long-term synaptic potentiation at mouse hippocampal excitatory synapses by inactivating dendritic Kv1.1-containing potassium channels, which increased dendrite excitability and facilitated dendritic propagation of postsynaptic depolarization, potentially improving coincidental activation of pre- and postsynaptic terminals...
January 18, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103235/real-time-multiplicative-memory-amplification-mediated-by-whole-cell-scaling-of-synaptic-response-in-key-neurons
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Iris Reuveni, Sourav Ghosh, Edi Barkai
Intense spiking response of a memory-pattern is believed to play a crucial role both in normal learning and pathology, where it can create biased behavior. We recently proposed a novel model for memory amplification where the simultaneous two-fold increase of all excitatory (AMPAR-mediated) and inhibitory (GABAAR-mediated) synapses in a sub-group of cells that constitutes a memory-pattern selectively amplifies this memory. Here we confirm the cellular basis of this model by validating its major predictions in four sets of experiments, and demonstrate its induction via a whole-cell transduction mechanism...
January 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101769/childhood-absence-epilepsy-and-benign-epilepsy-with-centro-temporal-spikes-a-narrative-review-analysis
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Alberto Verrotti, Renato D'Alonzo, Victoria Elisa Rinaldi, Sara Casciato, Alfredo D'Aniello, Giancarlo Di Gennaro
BACKGROUND: Recent studies have shown a possible coexistence of absence seizures with other forms of epilepsy. The purpose of this study was to ascertain the possible contemporary or subsequent presence of childhood absence epilepsy (CAE) and benign epilepsy with centro-temporal spikes (BECTS) in pediatric epileptic patients. METHODS: A PubMed systematic search indexed for MEDLINE, PubMed and EMBASE was undertaken to identify studies in children including articles written between 1996 and 2015...
January 19, 2017: World Journal of Pediatrics: WJP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101525/untangling-basal-ganglia-network-dynamics-and-function-role-of-dopamine-depletion-and-inhibition-investigated-in-a-spiking-network-model
#16
Mikael Lindahl, Jeanette Hellgren Kotaleski
The basal ganglia are a crucial brain system for behavioral selection, and their function is disturbed in Parkinson's disease (PD), where neurons exhibit inappropriate synchronization and oscillations. We present a spiking neural model of basal ganglia including plausible details on synaptic dynamics, connectivity patterns, neuron behavior, and dopamine effects. Recordings of neuronal activity in the subthalamic nucleus and Type A (TA; arkypallidal) and Type I (TI; prototypical) neurons in globus pallidus externa were used to validate the model...
November 2016: ENeuro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100741/control-of-spike-transfer-at-hippocampal-mossy-fiber-synapses-in-vivo-by-gabaa-and-gabab-receptor-mediated-inhibition
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Stefano Zucca, Marilena Griguoli, Meryl Malézieux, Noëlle Grosjean, Mario Carta, Christophe Mulle
: Despite extensive studies in hippocampal slices and incentive from computational theories, the synaptic mechanisms underlying information transfer at mossy fiber (mf) connections between the dentate gyrus (DG) and CA3 neurons in vivo are still elusive. Here we used an optogenetic approach in mice to selectively target and control the activity of DG granule cells (GCs) while performing whole-cell and juxtacellular recordings of CA3 neurons in vivo In CA3 pyramidal cells (PCs), mf-CA3 synaptic responses consisted predominantly of an IPSP at low stimulation frequency (0...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100666/t-type-ca2-channels-are-required-for-enhanced-sympathetic-axon-growth-by-tnf%C3%AE-reverse-signalling
#18
Lilian Kisiswa, Clara Erice, Laurent Ferron, Sean Wyatt, Catarina Osório, Annette C Dolphin, Alun M Davies
Tumour necrosis factor receptor 1 (TNFR1)-activated TNFα reverse signalling, in which membrane-integrated TNFα functions as a receptor for TNFR1, enhances axon growth from developing sympathetic neurons and plays a crucial role in establishing sympathetic innervation. Here, we have investigated the link between TNFα reverse signalling and axon growth in cultured sympathetic neurons. TNFR1-activated TNFα reverse signalling promotes Ca(2+) influx, and highly selective T-type Ca(2+) channel inhibitors, but not pharmacological inhibitors of L-type, N-type and P/Q-type Ca(2+) channels, prevented enhanced axon growth...
January 2017: Open Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100657/frequency-tuning-of-synaptic-inhibition-underlying-duration-tuned-neurons-in-the-mammalian-inferior-colliculus
#19
Roberto Valdizón-Rodríguez, Paul A Faure
Inhibition plays an important role in creating the temporal response properties of duration-tuned neurons (DTNs) in the mammalian inferior colliculus (IC). Neurophysiological and computational studies indicate that duration selectivity in the IC is created through the convergence of excitatory and inhibitory synaptic inputs offset in time. We used paired tone stimulation and extracellular recording to measure the frequency tuning of the inhibition acting on DTNs in the IC of the big brown bat (Eptesicus fuscus)...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100654/dissociation-between-sustained-single-neuron-spiking-%C3%AE-rhythmicity-and-transient-%C3%AE-lfp-oscillations-in-primate-motor-cortex
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Michael Everett Rule, Carlos E Vargas-Irwin, John P Donoghue, Wilson Truccolo
Determining the relationship between single-neuron spiking and transient (~20 Hz) beta local field potential (β-LFP) oscillations is an important step for understanding the role of these oscillations in motor cortex. We show that while motor cortex firing rates and beta spiking rhythmicity remain sustained during steady-state movement preparation periods, β-LFP oscillations emerge, in contrast, as short transient events. Single-neuron mean firing rates within and outside transient β-LFP events showed no differences, and no consistent correlation was found between the beta oscillations' amplitude and firing rates, as was the case for movement and visual-cue related β-LFP suppression...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Neurophysiology
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