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Glial cell line-derived neurotrophic factor (GDNF) is a distant member of the TGFbeta protein family that is essential for neuronal survival and renal morphogenesis. We show that mice who are deficient in the glycosyl-phosphatidyl inositol (GPI) -linked protein GFRalpha1 (GDNFRalpha) display deficits in the kidneys, the enteric nervous system, and spinal(More)
We carry out a finite-size scaling analysis of the jamming transition in frictionless bidisperse soft core disks in two dimensions. We consider two different jamming protocols: (i) quench from random initial positions and (ii) quasistatic shearing. By considering the fraction of jammed states as a function of packing fraction for systems with different(More)
Previous studies have shown that the pattern and degree of 3-(trifluoromethyl)-3-(m-[125I]iodophenyl)diazirine ([125I]TID) photoincorporation into the nicotinic acetylcholine receptor (nAChR) can be used as a sensitive measure of nAChR conformation. Upon desensitization by prolonged exposure to agonists, certain drugs and detergents, or reconstitution into(More)
The hydrophobic, photoreactive probe 3-(trifluoromethyl)-3-(m-[125I]iodophenyl)diazirine ([125I]TID) was used to characterize the effects of lipids and detergents on acetylcholine receptor (AChR) conformation. Affinity purified AChR reconstituted into dioleoylphosphatidylcholine (DOPC), dioleoylphosphatidic acid (DOPA), and cholesterol showed the same(More)
Is the brain really operating at a critical point? We study the nonequilibrium properties of a neural network which models the dynamics of the neocortex and argue for optimal quasicritical dynamics on the Widom line where the correlation length and information transmission are optimized. We simulate the network and introduce an analytical mean-field(More)
Human tissue allografts are widely used in a variety of clinical applications with over 1.5 million implants annually in the US alone. Since the 1990s, most clinically available allografts have been disinfected to minimize risk of disease transmission. Additional safety assurance can be provided by terminal sterilization using low dose gamma irradiation.(More)
As reviewed here, numerous biomechanical and clinical studies support the use of controlled, low temperature irradiation of allograft tendons, to provide both excellent clinical results and medical-device grade sterile allografts with minimal risk of disease transmission.
Decellularized human dermis has been used for a number of clinical applications including wound healing, soft tissue reconstruction, and sports medicine procedures. A variety of methods exist to prepare this useful class of biomaterial. Here, we describe a decellularization technology (MatrACELL®) utilizing a non-denaturing anionic detergent, N-Lauroyl(More)
<italic>In previous papers by the current authors various attempts that have been made in the automatic derivation of periodic solutions to weakly nonlinear differential equations have been reported. The equations in question are all perturbations of y&#8242;+y = 0, related to the equations that occur in the study of celestial mechanics. In the current(More)
Disks moving in a narrow channel have many features in common with the glassy behavior of hard spheres in three dimensions. In this paper we study the caging behavior of the disks that sets in at characteristic packing fraction ϕ(d). Four-point overlap functions similar to those studied when investigating dynamical heterogeneities have been determined from(More)