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Pierre Yger, Giulia Lb Spampinato, Elric Esposito, Baptiste Lefebvre, Stéphane Deny, Christophe Gardella, Marcel Stimberg, Florian Jetter, Guenther Zeck, Serge Picaud, Jens Duebel, Olivier Marre
In recent years, multielectrode arrays and large silicon probes have been developed to record simultaneously between hundreds and thousands of electrodes packed with a high density. However, they require novel methods to extract the spiking activity of large ensembles of neurons. Here we developed a new toolbox to sort spikes from these large-scale extracellular data. To validate our method, we performed simultaneous extracellular and loose patch recordings in rodents to obtain 'ground truth' data, where the solution to this sorting problem is known for one cell...
March 20, 2018: ELife
Jeanne M Sisk, Matthew B Frieman, Carolyn E Machamer
Enveloped viruses gain entry into host cells by fusing with cellular membranes, a step that is required for virus replication. Coronaviruses, including the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus (SARS-CoV), Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) and infectious bronchitis virus (IBV), fuse at the plasma membrane or use receptor-mediated endocytosis and fuse with endosomes, depending on the cell or tissue type. The virus spike (S) protein mediates fusion with the host cell membrane. We have shown previously that an Abelson (Abl) kinase inhibitor, imatinib, significantly reduces SARS-CoV and MERS-CoV viral titres and prevents endosomal entry by HIV SARS S and MERS S pseudotyped virions...
March 20, 2018: Journal of General Virology
Bui Thi Kim Anh, Nguyen Ngoc Minh, Nguyen Thi Hoang Ha, Dang Dinh Kim, Nguyen Trung Kien, Nguyen Quang Trung, Tran Thien Cuong, Luu Thai Danh
In field survey, Pteris vittata and Pityrogramma calomelanos were only found in arsenic (As) contaminated areas with soil pH 7.2-8.8 and 2.3-4.2, respectively. In the first pot experiment, two fern species were grown on the soil amended with 300 mg kg-1 As at soil pH of 5.1, 7.2 and 9. P. calomelanos survived all pH treatments, and had the highest frond As concentration and soil As removal efficiency at soil pH 5.1. All P. vittata plants were dead at soil pH 5.1. P. vittata had higher frond As concentration, biomass and the amount of As removed from the soil than those of P...
March 20, 2018: Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology
Kun Xue, Kaiyuan Du, Xiaoliang Shi, Yixiang Gan, Chunhua Bai
We study experimentally the formation of a dual hierarchical jetting pattern in dry dense particle media subjected to the radially divergent shock loadings in a radial Hele-Shaw cell. The distinct internal and external jetting patterns were formed on the internal and external surfaces of a ring at different times, respectively. The former features dozens of radially aligned fine filaments. By contrast, the latter consists of a large number of small spikes. Once the internal jets are fully developed, a novel proportionate growth is observed, in which distinguishable structures of the overall pattern all grow at the same rate until the interaction between the internal and external jets becomes significant, leading to the inversion of the internal jetting pattern...
March 20, 2018: Soft Matter
Xing Chen, Wang Kang, Daoqian Zhu, Xichao Zhang, Na Lei, Youguang Zhang, Yan Zhou, Weisheng Zhao
Neuromorphic computing, which relies on a combination of a large number of neurons massively interconnected by an even larger number of synapses, has been actively studied for its characteristics such as energy efficiency, intelligence, and adaptability. To date, while the development of artificial synapses has shown great progress with the introduction of emerging nanoelectronic devices, e.g., memristive devices, the implementation of artificial neurons, however, depends mostly on semiconductor-based circuits via integrating many transistors, sacrificing energy efficiency and integration density...
March 20, 2018: Nanoscale
Xinyue Zhang, Lichao Sun, Li Cui, Weihong Lin
Background Sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP) is the most common cause of death in people with epilepsy. The pathogenesis of SUDEP is still unclear. The majority of SUDEP cases occur in intractable epilepsy, especially in the aftermath of a generalized tonic-clonic seizure. We report an atypical SUDEP case with infrequent seizures in frontal lobe epilepsy. Case Report A 14-year-old girl presented with a 13-year history of paroxysmal convulsions. She experienced three episodes within 6-10 months after birth...
January 1, 2018: Journal of International Medical Research
Eiichi Yamamoto, Kenji Hyodo, Takuya Suzuki, Hiroshi Ishihara, Hiroshi Kikuchi, Masaru Kato
PURPOSE: To simulate the stimuli-responsive and stoichiometrically controlled doxorubicin (DOX) release from liposomes in in vivo tumor interstitial fluid (TIF), the effect of ammonia concentration and pH on the DOX release from liposomes in human plasma at 37°C was quantitatively evaluated in vitro and the release rate was calculated as a function of ammonia concentration and pH. METHODS: Human plasma samples spiked with DOX-loaded PEGylated liposomes (PLD) or Doxil® , containing ammonia (0...
March 19, 2018: Pharmaceutical Research
Lijuan Huo, Daoyou Huang, Xibai Zeng, Shiming Su, Yanan Wang, Lingyu Bai, Cuixia Wu
This study investigated arsenic (As) availability and uptake by rape (Brassica campestris L.) during two harvest periods of carboxymethyl cellulose (CMC)-stabilized ferrihydrite (HFO) nanoparticles for in situ treatment As-contaminated soil. Application of modified HFO nanoparticles in soils not only provided a larger specific surface area but also markedly improved stability against aggregation and recrystallization. For 90-day incubation, bare HFO particles were gradually converted to the crystalline Fe(III) oxide form, although this was not observed for the 0...
March 19, 2018: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
Qinqin Huang, Fu-Bing Wang, Chun-Hui Yuan, Zhaobo He, Lang Rao, Bo Cai, Bolei Chen, Susu Jiang, Zhiqiang Li, Jincao Chen, Wei Liu, Feng Guo, Zheng Ao, Shi Chen, Xing-Zhong Zhao
Background: Circulating tumor cells (CTCs) are a burgeoning topic in cancer biomarker discovery research with minimal invasive blood draws. CTCs can be used as potential biomarkers for disease prognosis, early cancer diagnosis and pharmacodynamics. However, the extremely low abundance of CTCs limits their clinical utility because of technical challenges such as the isolation and subsequent detailed molecular and functional characterization of rare CTCs from patient blood samples. Methods: In this study, we present a novel density gradient centrifugation method employing biodegradable gelatin nanoparticles coated on silicon beads for the isolation, release, and downstream analysis of CTCs from colorectal and breast cancer patients...
2018: Theranostics
Vandana Padala, Arindam Basu, Garrick Orchard
Asynchronous event-based sensors, or "silicon retinae," are a new class of vision sensors inspired by biological vision systems. The output of these sensors often contains a significant number of noise events along with the signal. Filtering these noise events is a common preprocessing step before using the data for tasks such as tracking and classification. This paper presents a novel spiking neural network-based approach to filtering noise events from data captured by an Asynchronous Time-based Image Sensor on a neuromorphic processor, the IBM TrueNorth Neurosynaptic System...
2018: Frontiers in Neuroscience
Laurent Sheybani, Gwenaël Birot, Alessandro Contestabile, Margitta Seeck, Jozsef Zoltan Kiss, Karl Schaller, Christoph M Michel, Charles Quairiaux
Most research on focal epilepsy focuses on mechanisms of seizure generation in the primary epileptic focus (EF). However, neurological deficits that are not directly linked to seizure activity and that may persist after focus removal are frequent. The recruitment of remote brain regions of an epileptic network (EN) is recognized as a possible cause, but a profound lack of experimental evidence exists concerning their recruitment and the type of pathological activities they exhibit.We studied the development of epileptic activities at the large-scale in male mice of the kainate model of unilateral temporal lobe epilepsy using high-density surface EEG and multiple-site intracortical recordings...
March 19, 2018: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
J A Custodio-Mendoza, R A Lorenzo, I M Valente, P J Almeida, M A Lage, J A Rodrigues, A M Carro
A fast and effective method using a modified QuEChERS (Quick, Easy, Cheap, Effective, Rugged and Safe) approach which includes partitioned liquid-liquid extraction (PLLE) and dispersive solid phase extraction (dSPE) clean-up step for the determination of seven 3-monochloropropane-1,2-diol (3-MCPD) fatty acid diesters in vegetable oils is developed and validated according to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) guidelines. Due to the complexity of the matrices, combination of silica based sorbents (Silica Strong Anion Exchange (Si-SAX), Supel™ QuE Z-Sep+ (Z-Sep+) and Primary Secondary Amine (PSA) were tested for lipid removal...
March 13, 2018: Journal of Chromatography. A
Tianfu Wei, Zhengyi Chen, Gongke Li, Zhuomin Zhang
Aflatoxins are highly toxic mycotoxin contamination, which pose serious food safety incidents. It is very important to precisely and rapidly determine trace aflatoxins in food. In this study, we designed porous monolithic column based on covalent cross-linked polymer gels for online extraction and analysis of trace aflatoxins in food samples with complicated matrices coupled with high-performance liquid chromatography-ultraviolet detector (HPLC-UV). The prepared monolithic column showed excellent enrichment performance due to its good permeability, good reproducibility and long life span...
March 12, 2018: Journal of Chromatography. A
Fiona M Baumer, Brenda E Porter
BACKGROUND: Sunflower Syndrome describes reflex seizures - typically eyelid myoclonia with or without absence seizures - triggered when patients wave their hands in front of the sun. While valproate has been recognized as the best treatment for photosensitive epilepsy, many clinicians now initially treat with newer medications; the efficacy of these medications in Sunflower Syndrome has not been investigated. We reviewed all cases of Sunflower Syndrome seen at our institution over 15 years to describe the clinical course, electroencephalogram (EEG), and treatment response in these patients...
March 3, 2018: Epilepsy Research
Jose C Jara-Aguirre, Steven W Smeets, Amy M Wockenfus, Brad S Karon
OBJECTIVE: Evaluate the effects of blood gas sample contamination with total parenteral nutrition (TPN)/lipid emulsion and dextrose 50% (D50) solutions on blood gas and electrolyte measurement; and determine whether glucose concentration can predict blood gas sample contamination with TPN/lipid emulsion or D50. DESIGN AND METHODS: Residual lithium heparin arterial blood gas samples were spiked with TPN/lipid emulsion (0 to 15%) and D50 solutions (0 to 2.5%). Blood gas (pH, pCO2, pO2), electrolytes (Na+, K+ ionized calcium) and hemoglobin were measured with a Radiometer ABL90...
March 16, 2018: Clinical Biochemistry
Abbas Ostovan, Hamideh Asadollahzadeh, Mehrorang Ghaedi
This study is devoted on Allura Red as food colorant preconcentration and determination in beverage, fruit juice and drink water samples is based on usage of Mn- and Cu- @ ZnS-NPs-AC as new sorbent for ultrasound-assisted-dispersive solid-phase microextraction (UA-DSPME) combined with ultraviolet-visible spectrophotometric based method (UV-Vis). Contribution of volume of eluent, pH, sorbent mass and sonication time on response following conduction of 28 experiments were optimized and investigated while their significantly justified according to p-value...
May 2018: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
Daiju Yamazaki, Takashi Kitaguchi, Masakazu Ishimura, Tomohiko Taniguchi, Atsuhiro Yamanishi, Daisuke Saji, Etsushi Takahashi, Masao Oguchi, Yuta Moriyama, Sanae Maeda, Kaori Miyamoto, Kaoru Morimura, Hiroki Ohnaka, Hiroyuki Tashibu, Yuko Sekino, Norimasa Miyamoto, Yasunari Kanda
Human induced pluripotent stem cell-derived cardiomyocytes (hiPSC-CMs) are expected to become a useful tool for proarrhythmia risk prediction in the non-clinical drug development phase. Several features including electrophysiological properties, ion channel expression profile and drug responses were investigated using commercially available hiPSC-CMs, such as iCell-CMs and Cor.4U-CMs. Although drug-induced arrhythmia has been extensively examined by microelectrode array (MEA) assays in iCell-CMs, it has not been fully understood an availability of Cor...
March 3, 2018: Journal of Pharmacological Sciences
Sarah F Pollack, Olivia R Grocott, Kimberly A Parkin, Anna M Larson, Ronald L Thibert
Angelman syndrome (AS) is a neurogenetic imprinting disorder caused by loss of the maternally inherited Ube3a gene and is characterized by generalized epilepsy, limited expressive speech, sleep dysfunction, and movement disorders. Myoclonic seizures are often the first seizure type to appear, and myoclonic status, associated with developmental regression, may occur in the first few years of life. Additionally, there have been rare reports of prolonged episodes of myoclonus without electrographic correlate in adults with AS...
March 16, 2018: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
Nora Claire Niehus, Carolin Floeter, Henner Hollert, Gesine Witt
In this study the miniaturised Marine Algae Test (mMAT) using passive dosing was developed based on the ISO EN DIN10253 to investigate the growth inhibition of the marine diatom Phaeodactylum tricornutum caused by polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). Risk assessment of hydrophobic organic compounds (HOCs) like PAHs in aquatic toxicity tests is very difficult due to their low aqueous solubilities, losses via sorption to the wells and volatilisation. However, passive dosing can overcome these challenges. In this study biocompatible silicone O-rings were used as PAH reservoir...
March 9, 2018: Aquatic Toxicology
Peerapat Kosolsaksakul, Ian W Oliver, Margaret C Graham
Cadmium (Cd) contaminated soils from the Mae Sot district in northwest Thailand, a region in which rice Cd concentrations often exceed health limits (0.4 mg/kg) set by the World Health Organisation, were examined for isotopically exchangeable Cd (Cd E values using a111 Cd spike) to determine how this rates as a predictor of rice grain Cd in comparison with soil total Cd and solution extractable Cd (using the commonly applied BCR scheme and, in an attempt to distinguish carbonate bound forms, the Tessier soil sequential extraction scheme reagents)...
March 16, 2018: Journal of Environmental Management
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