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      Apr. 2018, Volume 4 Issue 2 Previous Issue    Next Issue
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    Recent advances in optogenetics have established a precisely timed and cell-specific methodology for understanding the functions of brain circuits and the mechanisms underlying neuropsychiatric disor-ders.However,the fabrication of optrodes,a key functional element in optogenetics,remains a great challenge.Here,the authors report reliable and efficient fabrication strategies for chronically implantable optrode arrays.To improve the performance of the fabricated optrode arrays,surfaces of the recording sites w [Detail] ...
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    Biophysics Reports. 2018, 4 (2): 0-0.  
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    OPINION
    Theoretical model and characteristics of mitochondrial thermogenesis
    Jian-Sheng Kang
    Biophysics Reports. 2018, 4 (2): 63-67.   DOI: 10.1007/s41048-018-0054-2
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    Based on the first law of thermodynamics and the thermal diffusion equation, the deduced theoretical model of mitochondrial thermogenesis satisfies the Laplace equation and is a special case of the thermal diffusion equation. The model settles the long-standing question of the ability to increase cellular temperature by endogenous thermogenesis and explains the thermogenic characteristics of brown adipocytes. The model and calculations also suggest that the number of free available protons is the major limiting factor for endogenous thermogenesis and its speed.
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    PROTOCOL
    Mapping disulfide bonds from sub-micrograms of purified proteins or micrograms of complex protein mixtures
    Shan Lu, Yong Cao, Sheng-Bo Fan, Zhen-Lin Chen, Run-Qian Fang, Si-Min He, Meng-Qiu Dong
    Biophysics Reports. 2018, 4 (2): 68-81.   DOI: 10.1007/s41048-018-0050-6
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    Disulfide bonds are vital for protein functions, but locating the linkage sites has been a challenge in protein chemistry, especially when the quantity of a sample is small or the complexity is high. In 2015, our laboratory developed a sensitive and efficient method for mapping protein disulfide bonds from simple or complex samples (Lu et al. in Nat Methods 12:329, 2015). This method is based on liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (LC-MS) and a powerful data analysis software tool named pLink. To facilitate application of this method, we present step-by-step disulfide mapping protocols for three types of samples-purified proteins in solution, proteins in SDS-PAGE gels, and complex protein mixtures in solution. The minimum amount of protein required for this method can be as low as several hundred nanograms for purified proteins, or tens of micrograms for a mixture of hundreds of proteins. The entire workflow-from sample preparation to LC-MS and data analysis-is described in great detail. We believe that this protocol can be easily implemented in any laboratory with access to a fastscanning, high-resolution, and accurate-mass LC-MS system.
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    METHOD
    Fabrication and modification of implantable optrode arrays for in vivo optogenetic applications
    Lulu Wang, Kang Huang, Cheng Zhong, Liping Wang, Yi Lu
    Biophysics Reports. 2018, 4 (2): 82-93.   DOI: 10.1007/s41048-018-0052-4
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    Recent advances in optogenetics have established a precisely timed and cell-specific methodology for understanding the functions of brain circuits and the mechanisms underlying neuropsychiatric disorders. However, the fabrication of optrodes, a key functional element in optogenetics, remains a great challenge. Here, we report reliable and efficient fabrication strategies for chronically implantable optrode arrays. To improve the performance of the fabricated optrode arrays, surfaces of the recording sites were modified using optimized electrochemical processes. We have also demonstrated the feasibility of using the fabricated optrode arrays to detect seizures in multiple brain regions and inhibit ictal propagation in vivo. Furthermore, the results of the histology study imply that the electrodeposition of composite conducting polymers notably alleviated the inflammatory response and improved neuronal survival at the implant/neural-tissue interface. In summary, we provide reliable and efficient strategies for the fabrication and modification of customized optrode arrays that can fulfill the requirements of in vivo optogenetic applications.
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