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[0] Foster DJ, Wilson MA, Reverse replay of behavioural sequences in hippocampal place cells during the awake state.Nature 440:7084, 680-3 (2006 Mar 30)

[0] Rasch B, Gais S, Born J, Impaired Off-Line Consolidation of Motor Memories After Combined Blockade of Cholinergic Receptors During REM Sleep-Rich Sleep.Neuropsychopharmacology no Volume no Issue no Pages (2009 Feb 4)

[0] Froemke RC, Merzenich MM, Schreiner CE, A synaptic memory trace for cortical receptive field plasticity.Nature 450:7168, 425-9 (2007 Nov 15)

[0] Rózsa B, Katona G, Kaszás A, Szipöcs R, Vizi ES, Dendritic nicotinic receptors modulate backpropagating action potentials and long-term plasticity of interneurons.Eur J Neurosci 27:2, 364-77 (2008 Jan)

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ref: -0 tags: VARNUM GEVI genetically encoded voltage indicators FRET Ace date: 03-18-2020 17:12 gmt revision:5 [4] [3] [2] [1] [0] [head]

PMID-30420685 Fast in-vivo voltage imaging using a red fluorescent indicator

  • Kannan M, Vasan G, Huang C, Haziza S, Li JZ, Inan H, Schnitzer MJ, Pieribone VA.
  • Other genetically encoded voltage indicators (GEVI):
    • PMID-22958819 ArcLight (Peribone also last author) ; sign of ΔF/F\Delta F / F negative, but large, 35%! Slow tho? improvement in speed
    • ASAP3 ΔF/F\Delta F / F large, τ=3ms.\tau = 3 ms.
    • PMID-26586188 Ace-mNeon FRET based, Acetabularia opsin, fast kinetics + brightness of mNeonGreen.
    • Archon1 -- fast and sensitive, found (like VARNUM) using a robotic directed evolution or direct search strategy.
  • VARNAM is based on Acetabularia (Ace) + mRuby3, also FRET based, found via high-throughput voltage screen.
  • Archaerhodopsin require 1-12 W/mm^2 of illumination, vs. 50 mw/mm^2 for GFP based probes. Lots of light!
  • Systematic optimization of voltage sensor function: both the linker region (288 mutants), which affects FRET efficiency, as well as the opsin fluorophore region (768 mutants), which affects the wavelength of absorption / emission.
  • Some intracellular clumping (which will negatively affect sensitivity), but mostly localized to the membrane.
  • Sensitivity is still imperfect -- 4% in-vivo cortical neurons, though it’s fast enough to resolve 100 Hz spiking.
  • Can resolve post-synaptic EPSCs, but < 1 % ΔF/F\Delta F/F .
  • Tested all-optical ephys using VARNAM + blueshifted channelrhodopsin, CheRiff, both sparsely, and in PV targeted transgenetic model. Both work, but this is a technique paper; no real results.
  • Tested TEMPO fiber-optic recording in freely behaving mice (ish) -- induced ketamine waves, 0.5-4Hz.
  • And odor-induced activity in flies, using split-Gal4 expression tools. So many experiments.

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ref: -0 tags: surface plasmon resonance voltage sensing antennas PEDOT imaging spectroscopy date: 12-05-2019 16:47 gmt revision:1 [0] [head]

Electro-plasmonic nanoantenna: A nonfluorescent optical probe for ultrasensitive label-free detection of electrophysiological signals

  • Use spectroscopy to measure extracellular voltage, via plasmon concentrated electrochromic effects in doped PEDOT.

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ref: -2013 tags: microscopy space bandwidth product imaging resolution UCSF date: 06-17-2019 14:45 gmt revision:0 [head]

How much information does your microscope transmit?

  • Typical objectives 1x - 5x, about 200 Mpix!

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ref: -2014 tags: gold nanowires intracellular recording korea date: 03-18-2019 23:02 gmt revision:1 [0] [head]

PMID-25112683 Subcellular Neural Probes from Single-Crystal Gold Nanowires

  • Korean authors... Mijeong Kang,† Seungmoon Jung,‡ Huanan Zhang,⊥ Taejoon Kang,∥ Hosuk Kang,† Youngdong Yoo,† Jin-Pyo Hong,# Jae-Pyoung Ahn,⊗ Juhyoun Kwak,† Daejong Jeon,‡* Nicholas A. Kotov,⊥* and Bongsoo Kim†*
  • 100nm single-crystal Au.
  • Able to get SUA despite size.
  • Springy, despite properties of bulk Au.
  • Nanowires fabricated on a sapphire substrae and picked up by a fine shapr W probe, then varnished with nail polish.

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ref: -2015 tags: ice charles lieber silicon nanowire probes su-8 microwire extracellular date: 05-30-2018 23:40 gmt revision:3 [2] [1] [0] [head]

PMID-26436341 Three-dimensional macroporous nanoelectronic networks as minimally invasive brain probes.

  • Xie C1, Liu J1, Fu TM1, Dai X1, Zhou W1, Lieber CM1,2.
  • Again, use silicon nanowire transistors as sensing elements. These seem rather good; can increase the signal, and do not suffer from shunt resistance / capacitance like wires.
    • They're getting a lot of mileage out of the technology; initial pub back in 2006.
  • Su-8, Cr/Pd/Cr (stress elements) and Cr/Au/Cr (conductor) spontaneously rolled into a ball, then the froze in LN2. Devices seemed robust to freezing in LN2.
  • 300-500nm Su-8 passivation layers, as with the syringe injectable electrodes.
  • 3um trace / 7um insulation (better than us!)
  • Used 100nm Ni release layer; thin / stiff enough Su-8 with rigid Si support chip permitted wirebonding a connector (!!)
    • Might want to use this as well for our electrodes -- of course, then we'd have to use the dicing saw, and free-etch away a Ni (or Al?) polyimide adhesion layer -- or use Su-8 like them. See figure S-4
  • See also {1352}

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ref: -0 tags: Lieber nanoFET review silicon neural recording intracellular date: 12-28-2017 04:04 gmt revision:6 [5] [4] [3] [2] [1] [0] [head]

PMID-23451719 Synthetic Nanoelectronic Probes for Biological Cells and Tissue

  • Review of nanowireFETS for biological sensing
  • Silicon nanowires can be grown via vapor-liquid-solid or vapor-solid-solid, 1D catalyzed growth, usually with a Au nanoparticle.
  • Interestingly, kinks can be introduced via "iterative control over nucleation and growth", 'allowing the synthesis of complex 2D and 3D structures akin to organic chemistry"
    • Doping can similarly be introduced in highly localized areas.
    • This bottom-up synthesis is adaptable to flexible and organic substrates.
  • Initial tests used polylysine patterning to encourage axonal and dendritic growth across a nanoFET.
    • Positively charged amino group interacts with negative surface charge phospholipid
    • Lieber's group coats their SU-8 electrodes in poly-d-lysine as well {1352}
  • Have tested multiple configurations of the nanowire FET, including kinked, one with a SiO2 nanopipette channel for integration with the cell membrane, and one where the cell-attached fluid membrane functions as the semiconductor; see figure 4.
    • Were able to show recordings as one of the electrodes was endovascularized.
  • It's not entirely clear how stable and scalable these are; Si and SiO2 gradually dissolve in physiological fluid, and no mention was made of longevity.

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ref: -1977 tags: polyethylene surface treatment plasma electron irradiation mechanical testing saline seawater accelerated lifetime date: 04-15-2017 06:06 gmt revision:0 [head]

Enhancement of resistance of polyethylene to seawater-promoted degradation by surface modification

  • Polyethylene, when repeatedly stressed and exposed to seawater (e.g. ships' ropes), undergoes mechanical and chemical degradation.
  • Surface treatments of the polyethlyene can improve resistance to this degradation.
  • The author studied two methods of surface treatment:
    • Plasma (glow discharge, air) followed by diacid (adipic acid) or triisocyanate (DM100, = ?) co-polymerization
    • Electron irradiation with 500 kEV electrons.
  • Also mention CASING (crosslinking by activated species of inert gasses) as a popular method of surface treatment.
    • Diffuse-in crosslinkers is a third, popular these days ...
    • Others diffuse in at temperature e.g. a fatty acid - derived molecule, which is then bonded to e.g. heparin to reduce the thrombogenicity of a plastic.
  • Measured surface modifications via ATR IR (attenuated total reflectance, IR) and ESCA (aka XPS)
    • Expected results, carbonyl following the air glow discharge ...
  • Results:
    • Triisocyanate, ~ 6x improvement
    • diacid, ~ 50 x improvement.
    • electron irradiation, no apparent degradation!
      • Author's opinion that this is due to carbon-carbon crosslink leading to mechanical toughening (hmm, evidence?)
  • Quote: since the PE formulation studied here was low-weight, it was expected to lose crystallinity upon cyclic flexing; high density PE's have in fact been observed to become more crystalline with working.
    • Very interesting, kinda like copper. This could definitely be put to good use.
  • Low density polyethylene has greater chain branching and entanglement than high-density resins; when stressed the crystallites are diminished in total bulk, degrading tensile properties ... for high-density resins, mechanical working loosens up the structure enough to allow new crystallization to exceed stress-induced shrinkage of crystallites; hence, the crystallinity increases.

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ref: -0 tags: iridium oxide nanotube intracellular recording electroplate MEA date: 02-22-2017 22:41 gmt revision:0 [head]

PMID-24487777 Iridium oxide nanotube electrodes for sensitive and prolonged intracellular measurement of action potentials.

  • Electrodeposition of IrOx "magically" forms 500nm tubes.
  • Holes in Si3N4 / SiO2 were formed via e-beam lithography; underlying Pt wires via liftoff.
  • Showed long (minutes) intracellular access, though it tended to dip with time.

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ref: -0 tags: nanoprobe transmembrane intracellular thiol gold AFM juxtacellular date: 02-06-2017 23:45 gmt revision:3 [2] [1] [0] [head]

PMID-20212151 Fusion of biomimetic stealth probes into lipid bilayer cores

  • Used e-beam evaporation of Cr/Au/Cr 10/10/10 or 10/5/10 onto a Si AFM tip.
    • Approx 200nm diameter; 1800 lipid interaction at the circumference.
  • Exposed the Au in the sandwich via FIB
  • Functionalized the Au with butanethiol or dodecanthiol; former is mobile on the surface, latter is polycrystaline.
    • Butanethiol showed higher adhesion to the synthetic membranes
  • Measured the penetration force & displacement through synthetic multi-layer lipid bilayers.
    • These were made via a custom protocol with 1-stearoyl-2-oleoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine (SOPC) and cholesterol

PMID-21469728 '''Molecular Structure Influences the Stability of Membrane Penetrating Biointerfaces.

  • Surprisingly, hydrophobicity is found to be a secondary factor with monolayer crystallinity the major determinate of interface strength
  • Previous studies using ellipsometry and IR spectroscopy have shown that alkanethiol self-assembled monolayers display an abrupt transition from a fluid to a crystalline phase between hexanethiol and octanethiol.
    • This suggests the weakening of the membrane stealth probe interface is due to the crystallinity of the molecular surface with fluid, disordered monolayers promoting a high strength interface regime and rigid, crystalline SAMs forming weak interfaces.

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ref: -0 tags: nanopore membrane nanostraws melosh surface adhesion intracellular date: 02-06-2017 23:34 gmt revision:0 [head]

PMID-22166016 Nanostraws for Direct Fluidic Intracellular Access

  1. Used track-etched polycarbonate membranes, which have controlled pore density & ID.
  2. Deposited alumina on the pores & external surfaces using ALD
  3. Then etched away the top alumina
  4. and finally used O2 RIE to etch away the polycarbonate.
  • Show that these nanopores have cytosolic access (via Fluor 488 - hydrazide membrane impermeant dye
  • Also used nanostraws to deliver Co+2 to quench GFP fluorescence.

PMID-24710350, Quantification of nanowire penetration into living cells.

  • We discover that penetration is a rare event: 7.1±2.7% of the nanostraws penetrate the cell to provide cytosolic access for an extended period for an average of 10.7±5.8 penetrations per cell.
  • Using time-resolved delivery, the kinetics of the first penetration event are shown to be adhesion dependent and coincident with recruitment of focal adhesion-associated proteins.
    • Hours for unmodified, 5 minutes for adhesion-promoting surface.
  • Chinese hamster oviary cells expressing GFP, Co+2 quenching, EDTA chelation.
  • To modulate cell adhesion, nanostraw substrates were incubated in 10 μg ml−1 fibronectin, a well-characterized cell adhesion molecule, in addition to the standard polyornithine coating.

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ref: -0 tags: intracellular juxtacellular recording tungsten nanowire whole cell patch date: 02-06-2017 22:39 gmt revision:2 [1] [0] [head]

PMID-22905231 Neuronal recordings with solid-conductor intracellular nanoelectrodes (SCINEs).

  • <300 nm diameter W fibers, several um long, fabricated via FIB.
  • Functionalized with a hydrophobic silane on the oxide.
    • Quite complete & custom methods here.
  • Not quite whole cell recording, but excellent SNR; 4mv APs.
    • Slice, rat hippocampus organotypic.
    • Expected much larger recorded APs; suspect partial membrane penetration.
    • Only lasted a few seconds to minutes.
  • Needed custom recording setup for interfacing with 100Gohm electrodes; stray capacitance < 4 pf.
  • Intracellular electrodes must be designed to not shunt the membrane open upon insertion.
    • In a study where whole-cell recordings were established prior sharp microelectrode penetration, all neurons showed significant depolarization following impalement.
    • Here there was no change in membrane voltage in 10% of insertions of the silane-functionalized SCINEs. only in the functionalized electrodes).
    • Minor distortion of the AP was observed.
  • In whole-cell patch clamping, diffusion from the pipette to the cytosol interrupts biochemical processes necessary for normal cellular function (e.g. respiration!).
  • The hardness of the tungsten ensures that SCINEs can be repeatedly inserted millimeter-deep into brain tissue without noticeable damage to the tip.
    • E.g. 300 nm tungsten will not easily navigate vasculature...

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ref: -0 tags: nanotube tracking extracellular space fluorescent date: 02-02-2017 22:13 gmt revision:0 [head]

PMID-27870840 Single-nanotube tracking reveals the nanoscale organization of the extracellular space in the live brain

  • Extracellular space (ECS) takes up nearly a quarter the volume of the brain (!!!)
  • Used the intrinsic fluorescence of single-walled carbon nanotubes @ 1um, 845nm excitation, with super-resolution tracking of diffusion.
    • Were coated in phospholipid-polyethylene glycol (PL-PEG), which display low cytotoxicity compared to other encapsulants.
  • 5ul, 3ug/ml injected into the ventricles of young rats; allowed to diffuse for 30 minutes post-injection.
  • No apparent response of the microglia.
  • Diffusion tracking revealed substantial dead-space domains in the ECS.
    • As compared to patch-clamp loaded SWCNTs
  • Estimate from parallel and perpendicular diffusion rates that the characteristic scale of ECS dimension is 80 to 270nm, or 150 +- 40nm.
  • The ECS nanoscale dimensions as visualized by tracking similar in dimension and tortuosity to electron microscopy.
  • Viscosity of the extracellular matrix from 1 to 50 mPa S, up to two orders of magnitude higher than the CSF.
  • Positive control through hyalurinase + several hours to digest the hyaluronic acid.
    • But no observed changes in morphology of the neurons via confocal .. interesting.
    • Enzyme digestion normalized the spatial heterogenaity of diffusion.

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ref: -0 tags: juxtacellular recording gold mushroom cultured hippocampal neurons Spira date: 02-01-2017 02:44 gmt revision:7 [6] [5] [4] [3] [2] [1] [head]

Large-Scale Juxtacellular Recordings from Cultured Hippocampal Neurons by an Array of Gold-Mushroom Shaped Microelectrodes

  • Micrometer sized Au mushroom MEA electrodes.
  • Functionalized by poly-ethylene-imine (PEI, positively charged)/laminin (extracellular matrix protein) undergo a process to form juxtacellular junctions between the neurons and the gMµEs.
  • No figures, but:
    • Whereas substrate integrated planar MEA record FPs dominated by negative-peak or biphasic-signals with amplitudes typically ranging between 40-100 µV and a signal to noise ratio of ≤ 5,
    • The gMµE-MEA recordings were dominated by positive monophasic action potentials.
    • It is important to note that monophasic high peak amplitudes ≥ 100 µV are rarely obtained using planar electrodes arrays, whereas when using the gMµE-MEA, 34.48 % of the gMµEs recorded potentials ≥ 200 µV and 10.64 % recorded potentials in the range of 300-5,085 µV.
  • So, there is a distribution of coupling, approximately 10% "good".

PMID-27256971 Multisite electrophysiological recordings by self-assembled loose-patch-like junctions between cultured hippocampal neurons and mushroom-shaped microelectrodes.

  • Note 300uV - 1mV extracellular 'juxtacellular' action potentials from these mushroom recordings. This is 2 - 5x better than microwire extacellular in-vivo ephys; coupling is imperfect.
    • Sharp glass-insulated W electrodes, ~ 10Mohm, might achieve better SNR if driven carefully.
  • 2um mushroom cap Au electrodes, 1um diameter 1um long shaft
    • No coating, other than the rough one left by electroplating process.
    • Impedance 10 - 25 Mohm.
  • APs decline within a burst of up to 35% -- electrostatic reasons?
  • Most electrodes record more than one neuron, similar to in-vivo ephys, with less LFP coupling.

PMID-23380931 Multi-electrode array technologies for neuroscience and cardiology

  • The key to the multi-electrode-array ‘in-cell recording’ approach developed by us is the outcome of three converging cell biological principals:
    • (a) the activation of endocytotic-like mechanisms in which cultured Aplysia neurons are induced to actively engulf gold mushroom-shaped microelectrodes (gMμE) that protrude from a flat substrate,
    • (b) the generation of high Rseal between the cell’s membrane and the engulfed gMμE, and
    • (c) the increased junctional membrane conductance.
  • Functionalized the Au mushrooms with an RGD-based peptide
    • RGD is an extracellular matrix binding site on fibronectin, which mediates it's interaction with integrin, a cell surface receptor; it is thought that other elements of fibronectin regulate specificity with its receptor. PMID-2418980

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ref: -0 tags: vertical nanowire juxtacellular recording date: 02-01-2017 00:50 gmt revision:2 [1] [0] [head]

PMID-22231664 Vertical nanowire electrode arrays as a scalable platform for intracellular interfacing to neuronal circuits.

  • Note actual coupling is low, 0.002, compared to patch-clamp (400uV vs 200mV). Signal is rather noisy.
  • Dissociated cultures of rat cortical neurons
  • Stimulation current 200 pa enough to change membrane potential, but not initiate a spike.
    • This is 200e-12 / 20e-6 = 5 orders of magnitude lower current than typical ICMS.

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ref: -0 tags: PEDOT electropolymerization electroplating gold TFB borate counterion acetonitrile date: 10-18-2016 07:49 gmt revision:3 [2] [1] [0] [head]

Electrochemical and Optical Properties of the Poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) Film Electropolymerized in an Aqueous Sodium Dodecyl Sulfate and Lithium Tetrafluoroborate Medium

  • EDOT has a higher oxidation potential than water, which makes polymers electropolymerized from water "poorly defined".
  • Addition of SDS lowers the oxidation potential to 0.76V, below that of EDOT in acetonitrile at 1.1V.
  • " The potential was first switched from open circuit potential to 0.5 V for 100 s before polarizing the electrode to the desired potential. This initial step was to allow double-layer charging of the Au electrode|solution interface, which minimizes the distortion of the polymerization current transient by double-layer capacitance charging.17,18 "
    • Huh, interesting.
  • Plated at 0.82 - 0.84V, 0.03M EDOT conc.
  • 0.1M LiBF4 anion / electrolyte; 0.07M SDS sufactant.
    • This SDS is incorporated into the film, and affects redox reactions as shown in the cyclic voltammagram (fig 4)
      • Doping level 0.36
    • BF4-, in comparison, can be driven out of the film.

Improvement of the Electrosynthesis and Physicochemical Properties of Poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) Using a Sodium Dodecyl Sulfate Micellar Aqueous Medium

  • "The oxidation potential of thiopene = 1.8V; water = 1.23V.
  • Claim: "The polymer films prepared in micellar medium [SDS] are more stable than those obtained in organic solution as demonstrated by the fact that, when submitted to a great number of redox cycles (n ≈ 50), there is no significant loss of their electroactivity (<10%). These electrochemical properties are accompanied by color changes of the film which turns from blue-black to red-purple upon reduction."
  • Estimate that there is about 21% DS- anions in the PEDOT - SDS films.
    • Cl - was at ~ 7%.
  • I'm still not sure about incorporating soap into the electroplating solution.. !

Electrochemical Synthesis of Poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) on Steel Electrodes: Properties and Characterization

  • 0.01M EDOT and 0.1M LiClO4 in acetonitrile.
  • Claim excellent adhesion & film properties to 316 SS.
  • Oxidation / electrodeposition at 1.20V; voltages higher than 1.7V resulted in flaky films.

PMID-20715789 Investigation of near ohmic behavior for poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene): a model consistent with systematic variations in polymerization conditions.

  • Again use acetonitrile.
  • 1.3V vs Ag/AgCl electrode.
  • Perchlorate and tetraflouroborate both seemed the best counterions (figure 4).
  • Figure 5: Film was difficult to remove from surface.
    • They did use a polycrystaline Au layer:
    • "The plating process was allowed to run for 1 min (until approximately 100 mC had passed) at a constant potential of 0.3 V versus Ag/AgCl in 50 mM HAuCl4 prepared in 0.1 M NaCl."
  • Claim that the counterions are trapped; not in agreement with the SDS study above.
  • "Conditions for the consistent production of conducting polymer films employing potentiostatic deposition at 1.3 V for 60-90 s have been determined. The optimal concentration of the monomer is 0.0125 M, and that of the counterion is 0.05 M. "

PMID-24576579 '''Improving the performance of poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) for brain–machine interface applications"

  • Show that TFB (BF4-) is a suitable counterion for EDOT electropolymerization.
  • Comparison is between PEDOT:TFB deposited in an anhydrous acetronitrile solution, and PEDOT:PSS deposited in an aqueous solution.
    • Presumably the PSS brings the EDOT into solution (??).
  • figure 3 is compelling, but long-term, electrodes are not that much better than Au!
    • Maybe we should just palate with that.

PEDOT-modified integrated microelectrodes for the detection of ascorbic acid, dopamine and uric acid

  • Direct comparison of acetonitrile and water solvents for electropolymerization of EDOT.
  • "PEDOT adhesion is best on gold surface due to the strong interactions between gold and sulphur atoms.
  • images/1353_2.pdf
    • Au plating is essential!

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ref: -0 tags: polyimide polyamide basic reduction salt surface modification date: 02-27-2015 19:45 gmt revision:0 [head]

Kinetics of Alkaline Hydrolysis of a Polyimide Surface

  • The alkaline hydrolysis of a polyimide (PMDA-ODA) surface was studied as a function of time, temperature and hydroxide ion concentration.
  • Quantification of the number of carboxylic acid groups formed on the modified polyimide surface was accomplished by analysis of data from contact angle titration experiments.
  • Using a large excess of base, pseudo-first-order kinetics were found, yielding kobs ≈ 0.1−0.9 min-1 for conversion of polyimide to poly(amic acid) depending on [OH-].
  • From the dependence of kobs on [OH-], a rate equation is proposed.
  • Conversion of the polyimide surface to one of poly(amic acid) was found to reach a limiting value with a formation constant, K, in the range 2−10 L·mol-1.

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ref: -0 tags: polyimide adhesion oxygen nitrogen plasma surface energy date: 03-10-2014 22:33 gmt revision:0 [head]

Adhesion Properties of Electroless-Plated Cu Layers on Polyimide Treated by Inductively Coupled Plasmas

  • O2 then N2/H2 ICP treatment of polyimide surfaces dramatically lowers the surface energy (as measured by contact angle), and increases the adhesion of palladium-catalyzed electroless copper.
  • Particularly, C-N bonds are increased as revealed by XPS.
  • No peel-strength measurements given.

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ref: -0 tags: shape memory polymers neural interface thiolene date: 12-06-2013 22:55 gmt revision:0 [head]

PMID-23852172 A comparison of polymer substrates for photolithographic processing of flexible bioelectronics

  • Describe the deployment of shape-memory polymers for a neural interface
    • Thiol-ene/acrrylate network (see figures)
    • Noble metals react strongly to the thiols, yielding good adhesion.
  • Cr/Au thin films.
  • Devices change modulus as they absorb water; clever!
  • Transfer by polymerization patterning of electrodes (rather than direct sputtering).
    • This + thiol adhesion still might not be sufficient to prevent micro-cracks.
  • "Neural interfaces fabricated on thiol-ene/acrylate substrates demonstrate long-term fidelity through both in vitro impedance spectroscopy and the recording of driven local field potentials for 8 weeks in the auditory cortex of laboratory rats. "
  • Impedance decreases from 1M @ 1kHz to ~ 100k over the course of 8 weeks. Is this acceptable? Seems like the insulator is degrading (increased capacitance; they do not show phase of impedance)
  • PBS uptake @ 37C:
    • PI seems to have substantial PBS uptake -- 2%
    • PDMS the lowest -- 0.22%
    • PEN (polyethelene napathalate) -- 0.36%
    • Thiol-ene/acrylate 2.19%
  • Big problem is that during photolithographic processing all the shape-memory polymers go through Tg, and become soft/rubbery, making thin metal film adhesion difficult.
    • Wonder if you could pattern more flexible materials, e.g. carbon nanotubes (?)
  • Good paper, many useful references!

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ref: -0 tags: polyimide adhesion silver surface treatment adhesion delamination date: 10-04-2013 01:30 gmt revision:8 [7] [6] [5] [4] [3] [2] [head]

Improved polyimide/metal adhesion by chemical modification approaches

  • Suggest fuming sulfuric acid (H2S04) + Ag2SO4 for 30s as the most effective treatment.
  • 1 minute in 1M KOH also effective.
  • Silver was magnetron-sputtered on; peel test performed with tape.

IEEE-4936772 (pdf) Studies of adhesion of metal films to polyimide

  • Suggest Ar / O2 plasma treatment of surface to increase Cr/Cu adhesion (mechanical effect?)
  • Used two different polyimides: one derived from (BPDA‐PDA) polyamic acid, and pyromellitic dianhydride‐4,4’‐oxydianiline (PMDA‐ODA).

IEEE-670747 (pdf) Adhesion evaluation of adhesiveless metal/polyimide substrate for MCM and high density packaging

  • Adhesion of Cr / polyimide interface is degraded significantly upon exposure to high temperature and humidity environment due to the hydrolysis of polyimide.
  • There is also some worry of Cu diffusion into the polyimide.
  • All used a Cr tie layer, 200A thick (20nm).
  • Deposited photoresist, electroplated copper, then etched to define pattern.
  • Testing performed at 121C 100% RH, +15psi. (tough!)

On polyimide-polyimide interlayer adhesion: Diffusion and self-adhesion of the polyimide PMDA-ODA (1987)

  • Diffusion occurred during the curing process of the second layer and was controlled by the cure schedule.
  • It was found that a large diffusion distance, at least 200 nm, was required to obtain a bond whose strength was equal to that of bulk material.
  • Good protocol:
    • Dry first layer at 80C for 30 minutes.
    • 150C (or lower?) bake of first layer. "as the polyamic acid imidizes (and the solvent is lost) its diffusive mobility decreases rapidly; very little diffusion occurs after the first few minutes of the second bake.
    • Spin coat second layer.
    • 400C second bake.
  • Ductility is increased for polyimide that has experienced a series of increasing cure temperatures.
  • In this context it is worth noting that the contour length of a PMDA-ODA of 30,000 molecular weight is about 130nm, a value very similar to the diffusion distances measured when T1 (first layer bake) was 150C.

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ref: Skousen-2011.01 tags: electrodes immune response Tresco Wise Michigan histology GFAP atrocyte surface area foreign body response date: 01-25-2013 01:44 gmt revision:5 [4] [3] [2] [1] [0] [head]

PMID-21867802[0] Reducing surface area while maintaining implant penetrating profile lowers the brain foreign body response to chronically implanted planar silicon microelectrode arrays.

  • We studied the chronic brain foreign body response to planar solid silicon microelectrode arrays and planar lattice arrays with identical penetrating profiles but with reduced surface area in rats after an 8-week indwelling period.
  • Using quantitative immunohistochemistry, we found that presenting less surface area after equivalent iatrogenic injury is accompanied by significantly less
    • persistent macrophage activation,
    • decreased blood brain barrier leakiness,
    • and reduced neuronal cell loss.
  • Could be a factor of micromotion, too -- the lattice array has more anchoring points (?)
  • They propose it's a factor of TNF- α\alpha concentration around the implants. This, and other proinflammatory and cytoxic cytokines, is released by macrophages.
  • "Recent studies from our lab have described disruption of BBB integrity, indicated by the presence of autologous IgG in the brain parenchyma, surrounding both microwire and planar silicon recording devices ([1][2]. Under normal conditions, autologous IgG is excluded from the brain parenchyma (Azzi et al., 1990; Seitz et al., 1985) but has been observed following BBB disruption (Aihara et al., 1994).
    • E.g. the presence of IgG proves that the BBB was compromised.
      • Less so with the lattice implants.
  • Previous work from our lab using single microwires and single shaft, planar silicon microelectrode arrays indicated that the spatial distribution of GFAP does not increase with time over the indwelling period and did not support the “increase in astrogliosis over time hypothesis” as a dominant or general biologically related failure mechanism for this type of microelectrode recording device {1197}.


[0] Skousen JL, Merriam SM, Srivannavit O, Perlin G, Wise KD, Tresco PA, Reducing surface area while maintaining implant penetrating profile lowers the brain foreign body response to chronically implanted planar silicon microelectrode arrays.Prog Brain Res 194no Issue 167-80 (2011)
[1] Winslow BD, Christensen MB, Yang WK, Solzbacher F, Tresco PA, A comparison of the tissue response to chronically implanted Parylene-C-coated and uncoated planar silicon microelectrode arrays in rat cortex.Biomaterials 31:35, 9163-72 (2010 Dec)
[2] Winslow BD, Tresco PA, Quantitative analysis of the tissue response to chronically implanted microwire electrodes in rat cortex.Biomaterials 31:7, 1558-67 (2010 Mar)

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ref: -0 tags: histology atryocytes immune response electrode arrays lund multiple exacerbate date: 01-24-2013 19:56 gmt revision:1 [0] [head]

PMID-23091629 Multiple implants do not aggravate the tissue reaction in rat brain.

  • After six weeks, the astrocytic scar surrounding the middle out of five implants was significantly smaller compared to the single contralateral implant, suggesting that an intrahemispheric interaction might be taking place, reducing the astrocytic response around the central implant.
  • Weak (?) staining for ED1 in this study?
  • -- after 6 weeks.
  • Thought: every paper has a different method for quantify immune response, GFAP staining in this case.

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ref: Zhang-2009.02 tags: localized surface plasmon resonance nanoparticle neural recording innovative date: 01-15-2012 23:00 gmt revision:4 [3] [2] [1] [0] [head]

PMID-19199762[0] Optical Detection of Brain Cell Activity Using Plasmonic Gold Nanoparticles

  • Used 140 nm diameter, 40 nm thick gold disc nanoparticles set in a 400nm array, illuminated by 850nm diode laser light.
    • From my reading, it seems that the diameter of these nanoparticles is important, but the grid spacing is not.
  • These nanoparticles strongly scatter light, and the degree of scattering is dependent on the local index of refraction + electric field.
  • The change in scattering due to applied electric field is very small, though - ~ 3e-6 1/V in the air-capacitor setup, ~1e-3 in solution when stimluated by cultured hippocampal neurons.
  • Noteably, nanoparticles are not diffraction limited - their measurement resolution is proportional to their size. Compare with voltage-sensitive dyes, which have a similar measurement signal-to-noise ratio, are diffraction limited, may be toxic, and may photobleach.


[0] Zhang J, Atay T, Nurmikko AV, Optical detection of brain cell activity using plasmonic gold nanoparticles.Nano Lett 9:2, 519-24 (2009 Feb)

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ref: Maschietto-2009.07 tags: recording ASIC surface recording date: 01-15-2012 22:06 gmt revision:1 [0] [head]

IEEE-5230909 (pdf) A High Resolution Bi-Directional Communication through a Brain-Chip Interface

  • 1000 channels, 10um pitch if thin-film transistors.
  • innovative!
  • EOSFET - electrolyte oxide semiconductor field effect transistor.


Maschietto, M. and Mahmud, M. and Stefano, G. and Vassanelli, S. Advanced Technologies for Enhanced Quality of Life, 2009. AT-EQUAL '09. 32 -35 (2009)

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ref: Vibert-1979.08 tags: spike sorting recording depth extracellular glass electrodes active feedback original date: 01-15-2012 06:46 gmt revision:3 [2] [1] [0] [head]

PMID-95711[0] Spike separation in multiunit records: A multivariate analysis of spike descriptive parameters

  • Glass coated tungsten microeletrodes have high capacitance; they compensate for this by spraying colloidal silver over the outside sheath of the glass, insulating that with varnish, and driving the shield in a positive-feedback way (stabillized in some way?) This negates the capacitance. 'low impedance capacitance compensated'.
    • Capacitance compensation really matters!!
  • Were able to record from single units for 40-100um range (average: 50um) with SNRs 2:1 to 7:1.
    • Some units had SNRs that could reach 15:1 (!!!), these could be recorded for 600 um of descent.
    • more than 3 units could usually be recognized at each recording point by visual inspection of the oscilloscope, and in some cases up to 6 units could be distinguished
    • Is there some clever RF way of neutralizing the capacitance of everything but the electrode tip? Hmm. Might as well try to minimize it.
  • Bandpass 300 Hz - 10 kHz.
  • When the signal crossed the threshold level, it was retained and assumed to be a spike if the duration of the first component was between 70 and 1000 us.
    • This 70 us lower limit was determined on a preliminary study as a fairly good rise time threshold for separation of fiber spikes from somatic or dendritic spikes.
    • I really need to do some single electrode recordings. Platt?
  • Would it be possible to implement this algorithm in realtime on the DSP?
  • Describe clustering based on PCA.
  • Programming this computer (PDP-12) must have been crazy!
  • They analyzed 20k spikes. Mango gives billions.
  • First principal component (F1) represented 60-65% of total information was based mostly on amplitude
  • Second principal component, 15-20% of total information represented mainly time parameters.
  • Suggested 3 parameters: Vmax, Vmin, and T3 (time from max to min).
  • Maybe they don't know what they are talking about:


[0] Vibert JF, Costa J, Spike separation in multiunit records: a multivariate analysis of spike descriptive parameters.Electroencephalogr Clin Neurophysiol 47:2, 172-82 (1979 Aug)

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ref: Tian-2010.08 tags: nanowire nanoprobe silicon FET doping cis trans extracellular intracellular recording neuro MEA date: 01-03-2012 16:35 gmt revision:4 [3] [2] [1] [0] [head]

PMID-20705858[0] Three-Dimensional, Flexible Nanoscale Field-Effect Transistors as Localized Bioprobes

  • Made a silicon nanowire with 60 deg. kinks via trans/cis manipulation.
  • Doped one part of the N nanowire P to make a 200nm long FET whose gate is simply the surface of the nanowire (I think, have to check the refs)
  • Attached the nanoprobe / nanowire to flexible PMMA / SM-8 support which, due to interfacial stress, rose off the substrate (clever!)
  • Coated tip with phospholipid layers -> better cell attachment / penetration.
    • Possible to have the cell pull the nanoprobe in via endocytic pathways.
  • Were able to record intracellular and extracellular AP from rabbit cardiocytes. (!!!)


[0] Tian B, Cohen-Karni T, Qing Q, Duan X, Xie P, Lieber CM, Three-dimensional, flexible nanoscale field-effect transistors as localized bioprobes.Science 329:5993, 830-4 (2010 Aug 13)

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ref: Merletti-2009.02 tags: surface EMG multielectrode recording technology italy date: 01-03-2012 01:07 gmt revision:2 [1] [0] [head]

PMID-19042063[0] Technology and instrumentation for detection and conditioning of the surface electromyographic signal: state of the art

  • good background & review of surface EMG (sEMG) - noise levels, electrodes, electronics. eg. Instrumentation amplifiers with an input resistance < 100MOhm are not recommended, and the lower the input capacitance, the better: the impedance of a 10pf capacitor at 100hz is 160MOhm.
  • Low and balanced input impedances are required to reduce asymmetric filtering of common-mode power-line noise.


[0] Merletti R, Botter A, Troiano A, Merlo E, Minetto MA, Technology and instrumentation for detection and conditioning of the surface electromyographic signal: state of the art.Clin Biomech (Bristol, Avon) 24:2, 122-34 (2009 Feb)

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ref: work-0 tags: machine learning manifold detection subspace segregation linearization spectral clustering date: 10-29-2009 05:16 gmt revision:5 [4] [3] [2] [1] [0] [head]

An interesting field in ML is nonlinear dimensionality reduction - data may appear to be in a high-dimensional space, but mostly lies along a nonlinear lower-dimensional subspace or manifold. (Linear subspaces are easily discovered with PCA or SVD(*)). Dimensionality reduction projects high-dimensional data into a low-dimensional space with minimum information loss -> maximal reconstruction accuracy; nonlinear dim reduction does this (surprise!) using nonlinear mappings. These techniques set out to find the manifold(s):

  • Spectral Clustering
  • Locally Linear Embedding
    • related: The manifold ways of perception
      • Would be interesting to run nonlinear dimensionality reduction algorithms on our data! What sort of space does the motor system inhabit? Would it help with prediction? Am quite sure people have looked at Kohonen maps for this purpose.
    • Random irrelevant thought: I haven't been watching TV lately, but when I do, I find it difficult to recognize otherwise recognizable actors. In real life, I find no difficulty recognizing people, even some whom I don't know personally - is this a data thing (little training data), or mapping thing (not enough time training my TV-not-eyes facial recognition).
  • A Global Geometric Framework for Nonlinear Dimensionality Reduction method:
    • map the points into a graph by connecting each point with a certain number of its neighbors or all neighbors within a certain radius.
    • estimate geodesic distances between all points in the graph by finding the shortest graph connection distance
    • use MDS (multidimensional scaling) to embed the original data into a smaller-dimensional euclidean space while preserving as much of the original geometry.
      • Doesn't look like a terribly fast algorithm!

(*) SVD maps into 'concept space', an interesting interpretation as per Leskovec's lecture presentation.

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ref: work-0 tags: emergent leabra QT neural networks GUI interface date: 10-21-2009 19:02 gmt revision:4 [3] [2] [1] [0] [head]

I've been reading Computational Explorations in Cognitive Neuroscience, and decided to try the code that comes with / is associated with the book. This used to be called "PDP+", but was re-written, and is now called Emergent. It's a rather large program - links to Qt, GSL, Coin3D, Quarter, Open Dynamics Library, and others. The GUI itself seems obtuse and too heavy; it's not clear why they need to make this so customized / panneled / tabbed. Also, it depends on relatively recent versions of each of these libraries - which made the install on my Debian Lenny system a bit of a chore (kinda like windows).

A really strange thing is that programs are stored in tree lists - woah - a natural folding editor built in! I've never seen a programming language that doesn't rely on simple text files. Not a bad idea, but still foreign to me. (But I guess programs are inherently hierarchal anyway.)

Below, a screenshot of the whole program - note they use a Coin3D window to graph things / interact with the model. The colored boxes in each network layer indicate local activations, and they update as the network is trained. I don't mind this interface, but again it seems a bit too 'heavy' for things that are inherently 2D (like 2D network activations and the output plot). It's good for seeing hierarchies, though, like the network model.

All in all looks like something that could be more easily accomplished with some python (or ocaml), where the language itself is used for customization, and not a GUI. With this approach, you spend more time learning about how networks work, and less time programming GUIs. On the other hand, if you use this program for teaching, the gui is essential for debugging your neural networks, or other people use it a lot, maybe then it is worth it ...

In any case, the book is very good. I've learned about GeneRec, which uses different activation phases to compute local errors for the purposes of error-minimization, as well as the virtues of using both Hebbian and error-based learning (like GeneRec). Specifically, the authors show that error-based learning can be rather 'lazy', purely moving down the error gradient, whereas Hebbian learning can internalize some of the correlational structure of the input space. You can look at this internalization as 'weight constraint' which limits the space that error-based learning has to search. Cool idea! Inhibition also is a constraint - one which constrains the network to be sparse.

To use his/their own words:

... given the explanation above about the network's poor generalization, it should be clear why both Hebbian learning and kWTA (k winner take all) inhibitory competition can improve generalization performance. At the most general level, they constitute additional biases that place important constraints on the learning and the development of representations. Mroe specifically, Hebbian learning constrains the weights to represent the correlational structure of the inputs to a given unit, producing systematic weight patterns (e.g. cleanly separated clusters of strong correlations).

Inhibitory competition helps in two ways. First, it encourages individual units to specialize in representing a subset of items, thus parcelling up the task in a much cleaner and more systematic way than would occur in an otherwise unconstrained network. Second, inhibition greatly restricts the settling dynamics of the network, greatly constraining the number of states the network can settle into, and thus eliminating a large proportion of the attractors that can hijack generalization.."

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ref: life-0 tags: IQ intelligence Flynn effect genetics facebook social utopia data machine learning date: 10-02-2009 14:19 gmt revision:1 [0] [head]


My theory on the Flynn effect - human intelligence IS increasing, and this is NOT stopping. Look at it from a ML perspective: there is more free time to get data, the data (and world) has almost unlimited complexity, the data is much higher quality and much easier to get (the vast internet & world!(travel)), there is (hopefully) more fuel to process that data (food!). Therefore, we are getting more complex, sophisticated, and intelligent. Also, the idea that less-intelligent people having more kids will somehow 'dilute' our genetic IQ is bullshit - intelligence is mostly a product of environment and education, and is tailored to the tasks we need to do; it is not (or only very weakly, except at the extremes) tied to the wetware. Besides, things are changing far too fast for genetics to follow.

Regarding this social media, like facebook and others, you could posit that social intelligence is increasing, along similar arguments to above: social data is seemingly more prevalent, more available, and people spend more time examining it. Yet this feels to be a weaker argument, as people have always been socializing, talking, etc., and I'm not sure if any of these social media have really increased it. Irregardless, people enjoy it - that's the important part.

My utopia for today :-)

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ref: Foster-2006.03 tags: hippocampus memory place cells reverse replay Wilson date: 03-06-2009 17:53 gmt revision:1 [0] [head]

PMID-16474382[0] Reverse replay of behavioral sequences in hippocampal place cells during the awake state.

  • wow: they show compressed reverse replay of firing sequences of hippocampal place cells during movement. While the rat is awake, too!
  • recorded up to 128 cells from the rat hippocampus; 4 animals.
  • the replay occurred while the rat was stopped, and lasted a few hundred milliseconds (~300).
  • phenomena appears to be very common, at least for the rats on the novel tracks.
  • replay events were coincident with ripples in the hippocampal EEG, which also occurs during sleep.
    • however, during slow-wave sleep, the replay was forward.
  • they offer a reasonable hypothesis for the reverse replay's function: it is used to propagate value information from the rewarded lcoation backwards along incoming (behavioral) trajectories.
    • quote "awake replay represents efficient use of hard-won experience."


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ref: Rasch-2009.06 tags: sleep cholinergic acetylcholine REM motor consolidation date: 02-18-2009 17:27 gmt revision:0 [head]

PMID-19194375[0] "Impaired Off-Line Consolidation of Motor Memories After Combined Blockade of Cholinergic Receptors During REM Sleep-Rich Sleep."

  • In REM sleep there is high, almost to wake-like, levels of ACh activity (in the cortex? they don't say).
  • Trained subjects on a motor task after a 3-hour period of slow wave sleep.
  • Then administered ACh (muscarinic + nicotinic) blockers or placebo
  • Subjects with blocked ACh reception showed less motor consolidation. So, ACh is needed! (This is consistent with Ach being an attentional / selective signal for activating the cortex).


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ref: notes-0 tags: robots pick place date: 11-06-2008 16:32 gmt revision:5 [4] [3] [2] [1] [0] [head]

Misc. interesting pick & place robotics projects on the web:

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ref: Froemke-2007.11 tags: nucleus basalis basal forebrain acetylcholine auditory cortex potentiation voltage clamp date: 10-08-2008 22:44 gmt revision:2 [1] [0] [head]

PMID-18004384[0] A synaptic memory trace for cortical receptive field plasticity.

  • nucleus basalis = basal forebrain!
  • stimulation of the nucleus basalis caused a reorganization of the auditory cortex tuning curves hours after the few minutes of training.
  • used whole-cell current-clamp recording to reveal tone-evoked excitatory and inhibitory postsynaptyic currents.
  • pairing of nucleus basalis and auditory tone presentation (2-5 minutes) increased excitatory currents and decreased inhibitory currents as compared to other (control) frequencies.
  • tuning changes required simultaneous tone presentation and nucleus basalis stimulation. (Could they indiscriminately stimulate the NB? did they have to target a certain region of it? Seems like it.)
    • did not require postsynaptic spiking!
  • Pairing caused a dramatic (>7-fold) increase in the probability of firing bursts of 2+ spikes
  • Cortical application of atropine, an acetylcholine receptor antagonist, prevented the effects of nucleus basalis pairing.
  • the net effects of nucleus basalis pairing are suppression of inhibition (20 sec) followed by enhancement of excitation (60 sec)
  • also tested microstimulation of the thalamus and cortex; NB pairing increased EPSC response from intracortical microstim, but not from thalamic stimulation. Both cortical and thalamic stimulation elicited an effect in the voltage-clamped recorded neuron.
  • by recording from the same site (but different cells), they showed that while exitation persisted hours after pairing, inhibition gradually increased commensurate with the excitation.
  • Thus, NB stimulation leaves a tag of reduced inhibition (at the circuit level!), specifically for neurons that are active at the time of pairing.


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ref: RAzsa-2008.01 tags: nAChR nicotinic acetylchoine receptor interneurons backpropagating LTP hippocampus date: 10-08-2008 17:37 gmt revision:0 [head]

PMID-18215234[0] Dendritic nicotinic receptors modulate backpropagating action potentials and long-term plasticity of interneurons.

  • idea: nAChRs are highly permeable to Ca+2, LTP is dependent on Ca2+, so they tested nAChR -> LTP in interneurons of rat hippocampus using whole-cell electrophysiology and 2-photon imaging.
  • Here we show that precisely timed activation of dendritic α7-nAChRs boosts the induction of LTP by excitatory postsynaptic potentials (EPSPs) and synaptically triggered dendritic Ca2+ transients.
  • suggest that this rapid (ionotropic) method of memory encoding and retrieval via LTP/D facilitated by acetylcholine.
  • I haven't read much of the article, since it is much out of my field of experience.


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ref: notes-0 tags: Blackfin perl loopcounters registers ABI application-binary interface gcc assembly date: 10-19-2007 17:24 gmt revision:2 [1] [0] [head]

The problem: I have an interrupt status routine (ISR) which can interrupt the main, radio-servicing routine at any time. To keep the ISR from corrupting the register values of the main routine while it works, these registers must be pushed, and later popped, to the stack. Now, doing this takes time, so I'd prefer to pop / push as few registers as possible. Namely, I don't want to push/pop the hardware loop registers - LC0 (loop counter 0), LB0 (loop bottom 0, where the hardware loop starts) & LT0 (loop top 0, where the hardware loop ends).

Gcc seems to only touch bank 1, never bank 0, so I don't have to save the 3 regs above. However, to make sure, I've written a perl file to examine the assembled code:

my $file = "decompile.asm"; 
open(FH, $file); 
@j = <FH>; 
my $i=0; 
my @badregs = ("LC0", "LB0", "LT0"); 
foreach $reg (@badregs){
	foreach $k (@j){
		if($k =~ /$reg/){
			print "touch register $reg : $k";
#tell make if we found problems or not.
	exit 1;
	exit 0;

'make' looks at the return value perl outputs, as instructed via the makefile (relevant portion below):

	rm -f *.ldr
	$(LDR) -T BF532 -c headstage.ldr $<
	bfin-elf-objdump -d headstage.dxe > decompile.asm
	perl register_check.pl

if it finds assembly which accesses the 'bad' registers, make fails.

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ref: bookmark-0 tags: architecture travel places to see Spencer Tunic date: 09-18-2007 14:28 gmt revision:1 [0] [head]

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ref: notes-0 tags: pick place vacuum valves hypodermic PCB assembly date: 08-14-2007 04:01 gmt revision:2 [1] [0] [head]

For the past few days I've been trying to figure out a way to do vacuum-assisted pick & place for home SMT PCB assembly.

Fortunately, I had a vacuum pump - this one bought, without motor, from now defunct Duke University Surplus for $25. I got the motor from my parents, and had to go to Northern Equipment for the pulley and belt (fyi: also bought a hot air gun, Wel-Bilt brand, which promptly broke upon testing at home.) I filled it with 10w30 synthetic motor oil, since some of original vacuum oil had leaked out during the (years?) of neglect at the surplus store.

The whole assembly was far heavier than i could move, so i welded together a little cart for it out of old sideskate axles & bed frames. The wheels are from a cheap wal-mart skateboard that i used like 3 years ago to make the pogoboard. I also had to figure out how to neck down the 1.5" vacuum port on top of the huge pump to 1/4 id tubing, which took about 15 mins of searching in home depot...

Above - Valves clamped to the table so i can operate them with my right hand while my left hand manipulates the fine SMT devices. Top valve is to control the vacuum pressure, bottom is a dump valve to release vacuum in the tip.

I used three hypodermic needles, of varying diameter, as the tips for picking up small items. For the large chips, e.g. 176 pin LQFP-s, I ganked the ink tube out of a ballpoint pen. & glued it to the syringe connector (which is nice and easily replaceable). All tips were ground down at about a 40 deg angle to hold the parts (and to make the tips dull enough so i wouldn't continually stab myself while working...)

simple and effective!

see also {423}

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ref: work notes-0 tags: web stimulator SUNY ICMS python webinterface project date: 03-26-2007 04:26 gmt revision:1 [0] [head]

we are proud of this :)