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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338943/dysfunction-of-large-scale-brain-networks-in-schizophrenia-a-meta-analysis-of-resting-state-functional-connectivity
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Debo Dong, Yulin Wang, Xuebin Chang, Cheng Luo, Dezhong Yao
Schizophrenia is a complex mental disorder with disorganized communication among large-scale brain networks, as demonstrated by impaired resting-state functional connectivity (rsFC). Individual rsFC studies, however, vary greatly in their methods and findings. We searched for consistent patterns of network dysfunction in schizophrenia by using a coordinate-based meta-analysis. Fifty-six seed-based voxel-wise rsFC datasets from 52 publications (2115 patients and 2297 healthy controls) were included in this meta-analysis...
March 11, 2017: Schizophrenia Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337725/comparison-of-diagnostic-performance-of-four-software-packages-for-phase-dyssynchrony-analysis-in-gated-myocardial-perfusion-spect
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Koichi Okuda, Kenichi Nakajima, Shinro Matsuo, Soichiro Kashiwaya, Hiroto Yoneyama, Takayuki Shibutani, Masahisa Onoguchi, Mitsumasa Hashimoto, Seigo Kinuya
BACKGROUND: Phase analysis of gated myocardial perfusion single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) for assessment of left ventricular (LV) dyssynchrony was investigated using the following dedicated software packages: Corridor4DM (4DM), cardioREPO (cREPO), Emory Cardiac Toolbox (ECTb), and quantitative gated SPECT (QGS). The purpose of this study was to evaluate the normal values of 95% histogram bandwidth, phase standard deviation (SD), and entropy and to compare the diagnostic performance of the four software packages...
December 2017: EJNMMI Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334922/scn2a-deletion-improves-survival-and-brain-heart-dynamics-in-the-kcna1-null-mouse-model-of-sudden-unexpected-death-in-epilepsy-sudep
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Vikas Mishra, Bharat K Karumuri, Nicole M Gautier, Rui Liu, Timothy N Hutson, Stephanie L Vanhoof-Villalba, Ioannis Vlachos, Leonidas Iasemidis, Edward Glasscock
People with epilepsy have greatly increased probability of premature mortality due to sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP). Identifying which patients are most at risk of SUDEP is hindered by a complex genetic etiology, incomplete understanding of the underlying pathophysiology, and lack of prognostic biomarkers. Here we evaluated heterozygous Scn2a gene deletion (Scn2a+/-) as a protective genetic modifier in the Kcna1 knockout mouse (Kcna1-/-) model of SUDEP, while searching for biomarkers of SUDEP risk embedded in electroencephalography (EEG) and electrocardiography (ECG) recordings...
March 15, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332740/ultrasound-during-mid-gestation-agreement-with-physical-foetal-and-placental-measurements-and-use-in-predicting-gestational-age-in-sheep
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A K Jones, R E Gately, K K McFadden, M L Hoffman, S M Pillai, S A Zinn, K E Govoni, S A Reed
To determine the effects of poor maternal nutrition and litter size on foetal growth during mid-gestation, pregnant ewes (n = 82) were fed 100%, 60% or 140% of NRC TDN beginning at day 30.2 ± 0.2 of gestation. Transabdominal ultrasound was performed weekly between day 46.0 ± 0.4 and 86.0 ± 0.7 to monitor foetal heart width (HW), umbilical diameter (UMB), rib width (RW) and placentome outer (OD) and inner diameter (ID). Data were analysed with repeated-measures using the mixed procedure for effects of maternal diet, litter size and gestation, and equations predictive of gestational age were generated using the regression procedure...
March 23, 2017: Reproduction in Domestic Animals, Zuchthygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332683/tailoring-adsorption-induced-phase-transitions-in-the-pillared-layer-type-metal-organic-framework-dut-8-ni
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Negar Kavoosi, Volodymyr Bon, Irena Senkovska, Simon Krause, Cesare Atzori, Francesca Bonino, Julia Pallmann, Silvia Paasch, Eike Brunner, Stefan Kaskel
Tailoring the characteristics of gating transitions in the porous network, Ni2(ndc)2dabco (ndc = 2,6-naphthalenedicarboxylate, dabco = 1,4-diazabicyclo[2.2.2]octane), also termed DUT-8(Ni) (DUT = Dresden University of Technology), was achieved by systematically adjusting the critical synthesis parameters. The impact of the starting composition and solvent mixtures in the synthesis was found to critically affect the guest-response properties of the obtained materials. A comprehensive set of physical characterization methods, namely thermal analysis, (1)H NMR of digested crystals, solid state (13)C NMR, PXRD, SEM, IR and Raman spectroscopy shows that the crystallite size is a crucial factor, determining the differing characteristics such as "gate pressure" and adsorption capacity in the guest-responsive switching behaviour of DUT-8...
March 23, 2017: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326131/spectral-and-dft-studies-of-anion-bound-organic-receptors-time-dependent-studies-and-logic-gate-applications
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Srikala Pangannaya, Neethu Padinchare Purayil, Shweta Dabhi, Venu Mankad, Prafulla K Jha, Satyam Shinde, Darshak R Trivedi
New colorimetric receptors R1 and R2 with varied positional substitution of a cyano and nitro signaling unit having a hydroxy functionality as the hydrogen bond donor site have been designed, synthesized and characterized by FTIR, (1)H NMR spectroscopy and mass spectrometry. The receptors R1 and R2 exhibit prominent visual response for F(-) and AcO(-) ions allowing the real time analysis of these ions in aqueous media. The formation of the receptor-anion complexes has been supported by UV-vis titration studies and confirmed through binding constant calculations...
2017: Beilstein Journal of Organic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326013/molecular-chaperone-calnexin-regulates-the-function-of-drosophila-sodium-channel-paralytic
#7
Xi Xiao, Changyan Chen, Tian-Ming Yu, Jiayao Ou, Menglong Rui, Yuanfen Zhai, Yijing He, Lei Xue, Margaret S Ho
Neuronal activity mediated by voltage-gated channels provides the basis for higher-order behavioral tasks that orchestrate life. Chaperone-mediated regulation, one of the major means to control protein quality and function, is an essential route for controlling channel activity. Here we present evidence that Drosophila ER chaperone Calnexin colocalizes and interacts with the α subunit of sodium channel Paralytic. Co-immunoprecipitation analysis indicates that Calnexin interacts with Paralytic protein variants that contain glycosylation sites Asn313, 325, 343, 1463, and 1482...
2017: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325748/halogenated-ether-alcohol-and-alkane-anesthetics-activate-task-3-tandem-pore-potassium-channels-likely-through-a-common-mechanism
#8
Anita Luethy, James D Boghosian, Rithu Srikantha, Joseph Cotten
TASK-3 (KCNK9) tandem pore potassium channel function is activated by halogenated anesthetics through binding at a putative anesthetic binding cavity. To understand pharmacological requirements for TASK-3 activation, we studied the concentration-response of TASK-3 to several anesthetics (isoflurane, desflurane, sevoflurane, halothane, α-chloralose, 2,2,2-trichloroethanol(TCE), and chloral hydrate), to ethanol, and to a panel of halogenated methanes and alcohols. We used mutagenesis to probe the anesthetic binding cavity as observed in a TASK-3 homology model...
March 21, 2017: Molecular Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322453/radio-anatomical-analysis-of-the-pericranial-flap-money-box-approach-for-ventral-skull-base-reconstruction
#9
Alfonso Santamaría, Cristóbal Langdon, Mauricio López-Chacon, Arturo Cordero, Joaquim Enseñat, Ricardo Carrau, Manuel Bernal-Sprekelsen, Isam Alobid
OBJECTIVES/HYPOTHESIS: To evaluate the versatility of the pericranial flap (PCF) to reconstruct the ventral skull base, using the frontal sinus as a gate for its passage into the sinonasal corridor "money box approach." STUDY DESIGN: Anatomic-radiological study and case series. METHODS: Various approaches and their respective defects (cribriform, transtuberculum, clival, and craniovertebral junction) were completed in 10 injected specimens...
March 21, 2017: Laryngoscope
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322444/identification-and-characterization-of-site-specific-n-glycosylation-in-the-potassium-channel-kv3-1b
#10
Paul Christian Vicente, Jin Young Kim, Jeong-Ju Ha, Min-Young Song, Hyun-Kyung Lee, Dong-Hyun Kim, Jin-Sung Choi, Kang-Sik Park
The potassium ion channel Kv3.1b is a member of a family of voltage-gated ion channels that are glycosylated in their mature form. In the present study, we demonstrate the impact of N-glycosylation at specific asparagine residues on the trafficking of the Kv3.1b protein. Large quantities of asparagine 229 (N229)-glycosylated Kv3.1b reached the plasma membrane, whereas N220-glycosylated and unglycosylated Kv3.1b were mainly retained in the endoplasmic reticulum (ER). These ER-retained Kv3.1b proteins were susceptible to degradation when co-expressed with calnexin, whereas Kv3...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322303/a-new-electro-optical-approach-for-conductance-measurement-an-assay-for-the-study-of-drugs-acting-on-ligand-gated-ion-channels
#11
A Menegon, S Pitassi, N Mazzocchi, L Redaelli, R Rizzetto, J F Rolland, C Poli, M Imberti, A Lanati, F Grohovaz
Ligand gated ion channels are involved in many pathophysiological processes and represent a relevant, although challenging, target for drug discovery. We propose an innovative electro-optical approach to their analysis able to derive membrane conductance values from the local membrane potential changes imposed by test current pulses and measured by fast voltage-sensitive fluorescent dyes. We exploited the potential of this proprietary method by developing a drug testing system called "ionChannel Optical High-content Microscope" (ionChannelΩ)...
March 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321976/a-5-color-flow-cytometric-method-for-extended-8-part-leukocyte-differential
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Julien Guy, Orianne Wagner-Ballon, Olivier Pages, François Bailly, Jessica Borgeot, Marie-C Béné, Marc Maynadié
OBJECTIVES: Microscopic leukocyte differentials display many drawbacks. Several single 5 to 8-color tubes using multiparameter flow cytometry (MFC) are able to provide extended differentials with sequential gating-based analysis strategies. We investigated a new 5-color MFC method to perform an extended 8-part differential with a simplified gating strategy. METHODS: Whole blood was stained with a combination of antibodies including HLA-DR-FITC/CD19-PE/CD45-ECD/CD16-PC5+CD71-PC5/CD5-PC7...
March 21, 2017: Cytometry. Part B, Clinical Cytometry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318089/a-cacna1d-mutation-in-a-patient-with-persistent-hyperinsulinaemic-hypoglycaemia-heart-defects-and-severe-hypotonia
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S E Flanagan, F Vairo, M B Johnson, R Caswell, T W Laver, H Lango Allen, K Hussain, S Ellard
Congenital hyperinsulinaemic hypoglycaemia (HH) can occur in isolation or it may present as part of a wider syndrome. For approximately 40%-50% of individuals with this condition, sequence analysis of the known HH genes identifies a causative mutation. Identifying the underlying genetic aetiology in the remaining cases is important as a genetic diagnosis will inform on recurrence risk, may guide medical management and will provide valuable insights into β-cell physiology. We sequenced the exome of a child with persistent diazoxide-responsive HH, mild aortic insufficiency, severe hypotonia, and developmental delay as well as the unaffected parents...
March 20, 2017: Pediatric Diabetes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316759/fourier-analysis-of-conservation-patterns-in-protein-secondary-structure
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Ashok Palaniappan, Eric Jakobsson
Residue conservation is a common observation in alignments of protein families, underscoring positions important in protein structure and function. Though many methods measure the level of conservation of particular residue positions, currently we do not have a way to study spatial oscillations occurring in protein conservation patterns. It is known that hydrophobicity shows spatial oscillations in proteins, which is characterized by computing the hydrophobic moment of the protein domains. Here, we advance the study of moments of conservation of protein families to know whether there might exist spatial asymmetry in the conservation patterns of regular secondary structures...
2017: Computational and Structural Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315020/novel-biomarkers-for-non-functioning-invasive-pituitary-adenomas-were-identified-by-using-analysis-of-micrornas-expression-profile
#15
Silin Wu, Ye Gu, Yuying Huang, Tyh-Chai Wong, Hailin Ding, Tengfei Liu, Yu Zhang, Xiaobiao Zhang
The microRNAs (miRNAs) are involved in multiple pathological processes among various types of tumors. However, the functions of miRNAs in benign brain tumors are largely unexplored. In order to explore the pathogenesis of the invasiveness in non-functional pituitary adenoma (NFPA), the miRNAs expression profile was analyzed between invasive and non-invasive non-functional pituitary adenoma by miRNAs microarray. Six most significant differentially expressed miRNAs were identified including four upregulated miRNAs hsa-miR-181b-5p, hsa-miR-181d, hsa-miR-191-3p, and hsa-miR-598 and two downregulated miRNAs hsa-miR-3676-5p and hsa-miR-383...
March 17, 2017: Biochemical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303474/respiratory-motion-reduction-with-a-dual-gating-approach-in-myocardial-perfusion-spect-effect-on-left-ventricular-functional-parameters
#16
Matti J Kortelainen, Tuomas M Koivumäki, Marko J Vauhkonen, Marja K Hedman, Satu T J Kärkkäinen, Juanita Niño Quintero, Mikko A Hakulinen
BACKGROUND: Respiratory motion (RM) complicates the analysis of myocardial perfusion (MP) single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) images. The effects of RM on left ventricular (LV) functional variables have not been thoroughly investigated. METHODS AND RESULTS: Thoracic electrical bioimpedance and electrocardiographic signals were recorded from eighteen patients undergoing the rest phase of a 1-day stress/rest cardiac-gated MP-SPECT examination. The signals and list-mode emission data were retrospectively processed to yield standard cardiac- and dual-gated (respiratory and cardiac gating) image sets applying a novel algorithm...
March 16, 2017: Journal of Nuclear Cardiology: Official Publication of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302727/intersubunit-physical-couplings-fostered-by-the-left-flipper-domain-facilitate-channel-opening-of-p2x4-receptors
#17
Jin Wang, Liang-Fei Sun, Wen-Wen Cui, Wen-Shan Zhao, Xue-Fei Ma, Bin Li, Yan Liu, Yang Yang, You-Min Hu, Li-Dong Huang, Xiao-Yang Cheng, Lingyong Li, Xiang-Yang Lu, Yun Tian, Ye Yu
P2X receptors are ATP-gated trimeric channels with important roles in diverse pathophysiological functions. A detailed understanding of the mechanism underlying the gating process of these receptors is thus fundamentally important and may open new therapeutic avenues. The left flipper (LF) domain of P2X receptors is a flexible loop structure and its coordinated motions together with the dorsal fin (DF) domain are crucial for the channel gating of the P2X receptors. However, the mechanism underlying the crucial role of the LF domain in the channel gating remains obscure...
March 16, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302720/adjacent-channelrhodopsin-2-residues-within-transmembranes-2-and-7-regulate-cation-selectivity-and-distribution-of-the-two-open-states
#18
Ryan Richards, Robert E Dempski
Channelrhodopsin-2 (ChR2) is a light-activated channel that can conduct cations of multiple valencies down the electrochemical gradient. Under continuous light exposure, ChR2 transitions from a high conducting open state (O1) to a low conducting open state (O2) with differing ion selectivity. The molecular basis for the O1 to O2 transition and how ChR2 modulates selectivity between states is currently unresolved. To this end, we used steered molecular dynamics, electrophysiology, and kinetic modeling to identify residues that contribute to gating and selectivity in discrete open states...
March 16, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300158/the-receptor-like-pseudokinase-mrh1-interacts-with-the-voltage-gated-potassium-channel-akt2
#19
Kamil Sklodowski, Janin Riedelsberger, Natalia Raddatz, Gonzalo Riadi, Julio Caballero, Isabelle Chérel, Waltraud Schulze, Alexander Graf, Ingo Dreyer
The potassium channel AKT2 plays important roles in phloem loading and unloading. It can operate as inward-rectifying channel that allows H(+)-ATPase-energized K(+) uptake. Moreover, through reversible post-translational modifications it can also function as an open, K(+)-selective channel, which taps a 'potassium battery', providing additional energy for transmembrane transport processes. Knowledge about proteins involved in the regulation of the operational mode of AKT2 is very limited. Here, we employed a large-scale yeast two-hybrid screen in combination with fluorescence tagging and null-allele mutant phenotype analysis and identified the plasma membrane localized receptor-like kinase MRH1/MDIS2 (AT4G18640) as interaction partner of AKT2...
March 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299532/coumarin-based-fluorescent-probe-for-colorimetric-detection-of-fe-3-and-fluorescence-turn-on-off-response-of-zn-2-and-cu-2
#20
Nayan Roy, Abhijit Dutta, Paritosh Mondal, Pradip C Paul, T Sanjoy Singh
A new coumarin based Schiff-base chemosensor-(E)-7-(((8-hydroxyquinolin-2-yl)methylene) amino)-4-methyl-2H-chromen-2-one (H 11 L) was synthesized and evaluated as a colorimetric sensor for Fe(3+) and fluorescence "turn on-off" response of Zn(2+) and Cu(2+) using absorption and fluorescence spectroscopy. Upon treatment with Fe(3+) and Zn(2+), the absorption intensity as well as the fluorescence emission intensity increases drastically compared to other common alkali, alkaline earth and transition metal ions, with a distinct color change which provide naked eye detection...
March 15, 2017: Journal of Fluorescence
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