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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334526/airborne-particulate-matter-human-exposure-health-effects
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Jonathan E Thompson
OBJECTIVE: Exposure to airborne particulate matter (PM) is estimated to cause millions of premature deaths annually. This work conveys known routes of exposure to PM and resultant health effects. METHODS: Review of available literature. RESULTS: Estimates for daily PM exposure are provided. Known mechanisms by which insoluble particles are transported and removed from the body are discussed. Biological effects of PM, including immune response, cytotoxicity, and mutagenicity are reported...
January 12, 2018: Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334397/recombinant-phosphatidylserine-binding-nanobodies-for-targeting-of-extracellular-vesicles-to-tumor-cells-a-plug-and-play-approach
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Sander A A Kooijmans, Jerney J J M Gitz-Francois, Raymond M Schiffelers, Pieter Vader
Extracellular vesicles (EVs) are increasingly being recognized as candidate drug delivery systems due to their ability to functionally transfer biological cargo between cells. However, manipulation of targeting properties of EVs through engineering of the producer cells can be challenging and time-consuming. As a novel approach to confer tumor targeting properties to isolated EVs, we generated recombinant fusion proteins of nanobodies against the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) fused to phosphatidylserine (PS)-binding domains of lactadherin (C1C2)...
January 15, 2018: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334092/synthetic-cells-produce-a-quorum-sensing-chemical-signal-perceived-by-pseudomonas-aeruginosa
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Giordano Rampioni, Francesca D'Angelo, Marco Messina, Alessandro Zennaro, Yutetsu Kuruma, Daniela Tofani, Livia Leoni, Pasquale Stano
Recent developments in bottom-up synthetic biology (e.g., lipid vesicle technology integrated with cell-free protein expression systems) allow the generation of semi-synthetic minimal cells (in short, synthetic cells, SCs) endowed with some distinctive capacities of natural cells. In particular, such approaches provide technological tools and conceptual frameworks for the design and engineering of programmable SCs capable of communicating with natural cells by exchanging chemical signals. Here we describe the generation of giant vesicle-based SCs which, via gene expression, synthesize in their aqueous lumen an enzyme that in turn produces a chemical signal...
January 15, 2018: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332928/optical-coherence-tomography-for-precision-brain-imaging-neurosurgical-guidance-and-minimally-invasive-theranostics
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Yingwei Fan, Yan Xia, Xinran Zhang, Yu Sun, Jie Tang, Liwei Zhang, Hongen Liao
This review focuses on optical coherence tomography (OCT)-based neurosurgical application for imaging and treatment of brain tumors. OCT has emerged as one of the most innovative and successful translational biomedical-diagnostic techniques. It is a useful imaging tool for noninvasive, in vivo, in situ and real-time imaging in soft biological tissues, such as brain tumor imaging. OCT can detect the structure of biological tissue in a micrometer scale, and functional OCT has some clinical researches and applications, such as nerve fiber tracts and neurovascular imaging...
January 15, 2018: Bioscience Trends
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331932/cnv-biology-in-neurodevelopmental-disorders
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REVIEW
Toru Takumi, Kota Tamada
Copy number variants (CNVs), characterized in recent years by cutting-edge technology, add complexity to our knowledge of the human genome. CNVs contribute not only to human diversity but also to different kinds of diseases including neurodevelopmental delay, autism spectrum disorder and neuropsychiatric diseases. Interestingly, many pathogenic CNVs are shared among these diseases. Studies suggest that pathophysiology of disease may not be simply attributed to a single driver gene within a CNV but also that multifactorial effects may be important...
January 10, 2018: Current Opinion in Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331709/what-do-the-genetic-association-data-say-about-the-high-risk-of-suicide-in-people-with-depression-a-novel-network-based-approach-to-find-common-molecular-basis-for-depression-and-suicidal-behavior-and-related-therapeutic-targets
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Ali Bozorgmehr, Fatemeh Alizadeh, Sattar Norouzi Ofogh, Mohammad Reza Abdollahzadeh Hamzekalayi, Sara Herati, Atefeh Moradkhani, Ali Shahbazi, Mohammad Ghadirivasfi
BACKGROUND: Available sources indicate that the risk of suicide in people with major depression is higher than other psychiatric disorders. Although it seems that these two conditions may have a shared cause in some cases, no studies have been conducted to identify a common basis for them. METHODS: In this study, following an extensive review of literature, we found almost all the genes that are involved in major depression and suicidal behavior, and we isolated genes shared between the two conditions...
January 8, 2018: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331429/paper-based-fluorescent-sensor-via-aggregation-induced-emission-fluorogen-for-facile-and-sensitive-visual-detection-of-hydrogen-peroxide-and-glucose
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Jiafu Chang, Haiyin Li, Ting Hou, Wenna Duan, Feng Li
Hydrogen peroxide (H2O2), an important reactive oxygen species (ROS), is related to the oxidative stress in organisms, and plays important roles in a variety of cellular activities as well. So it is of crucial importance to develop sensitive and accurate sensing strategies to detect H2O2 in biological systems. Herein, by taking advantage of the unique emission characteristics of aggregation induced emission (AIE) fluorogens, we proposed a non-enzymatic fluorescence platform for facile and sensitive detection of H2O2, both in solution state using fluorescence spectrometer and on paper-based sensor via visual inspection...
January 6, 2018: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330665/a-synthetic-pathway-for-the-production-of-2-hydroxyisovaleric-acid-in-escherichia-coli
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Seokjung Cheong, James M Clomburg, Ramon Gonzalez
Synthetic biology, encompassing the design and construction of novel artificial biological pathways and organisms and the redesign of existing natural biological systems, is rapidly expanding the number of applications for which biological systems can play an integral role. In the context of chemical production, the combination of synthetic biology and metabolic engineering approaches continues to unlock the ability to biologically produce novel and complex molecules from a variety of feedstocks. Here, we utilize a synthetic approach to design and build a pathway to produce 2-hydroxyisovaleric acid in Escherichia coli and demonstrate how pathway design can be supplemented with metabolic engineering approaches to improve pathway performance from various carbon sources...
January 12, 2018: Journal of Industrial Microbiology & Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330523/closed-loop-control-of-zebrafish-behaviour-in-three-dimensions-using-a-robotic-stimulus
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Changsu Kim, Tommaso Ruberto, Paul Phamduy, Maurizio Porfiri
Robotics is continuously being integrated in animal behaviour studies to create customizable, controllable, and repeatable stimuli. However, few systems have capitalized on recent breakthroughs in computer vision and real-time control to enable a two-way interaction between the animal and the robot. Here, we present a "closed-loop control" system to investigate the behaviour of zebrafish, a popular animal model in preclinical studies. The system allows for actuating a biologically-inspired 3D-printed replica in a 3D workspace, in response to the behaviour of a zebrafish...
January 12, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330178/development-of-an-efficient-genome-editing-tool-in-bacillus-licheniformis-using-crispr-cas9-nickase
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Kaifeng Li, Dongbo Cai, Zhangqian Wang, Zhili He, Shouwen Chen
Bacillus strains are important industrial bacteria that can produce various biochemical products. However, low transformation efficiencies and a lack of effective genome editing tools have hindered its widespread application. Recently, clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeat (CRISPR)/cas9 techniques have been utilized in many organisms as genome editing tools because of their high efficiency and easy manipulation. In this study, an efficient genome editing method was developed for Bacillus licheniformis using a CRISPR-Cas9 nickase integrated into the genome of B...
January 12, 2018: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329724/the-potential-of-cold-plasma-for-safe-and-sustainable-food-production
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REVIEW
Paula Bourke, Dana Ziuzina, Daniela Boehm, Patrick J Cullen, Kevin Keener
Cold plasma science and technology is increasingly investigated for translation to a plethora of issues in the agriculture and food sectors. The diversity of the mechanisms of action of cold plasma, and the flexibility as a standalone technology or one that can integrate with other technologies, provide a rich resource for driving innovative solutions. The emerging understanding of the longer-term role of cold plasma reactive species and follow-on effects across a range of systems will suggest how cold plasma may be optimally applied to biological systems in the agricultural and food sectors...
November 30, 2017: Trends in Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329083/a-label-free-electrochemical-system-for-comprehensive-monitoring-of-o-chlorophenol
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Xiaolin Zhu, Kexin Zhang, Nan Lu, Yangyang Yu, Xing Yuan, Jiunian Guan
o-Chlorophenol (OCP) is a priority pollutant that poses serious health threats to the public. The following study designs a simple electrochemical system to monitor the concentration and toxicity of OCP. This system was primarily characterized by the integration of both physicochemical and biological monitoring procedures that had a synergistic effect between the functionalized carbon nanotubes and rhodamine B. This resulted in excellent electrocatalytic activities toward OCP and cellular purine bases. The peak current of OCP was linear with concentrations ranging from 0...
January 4, 2018: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29328623/mimicking-biological-synaptic-functionality-with-an-indium-phosphide-synaptic-device-on-silicon-for-scalable-neuromorphic-computing
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Debarghya Sarkar, Jun Tao, Wei Wang, Qingfeng Lin, Matthew Yeung, Chenhao Ren, Rehan Kapadia
Neuromorphic or "brain-like" computation is a leading candidate for efficient, fault-tolerant processing of large-scale data, as well as real-time sensing and transduction of complex multivariate systems and networks such as self-driving vehicles or Internet of Things applications. In biology, the synapse serves as an active memory unit in the neural system, and is the component responsible for learning and memory. Electronically emulating this element via a compact, scalable technology which can be integrated in a 3-D architecture is critical for future implementations of neuromorphic processors...
January 12, 2018: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29327816/brain-cortex-microglia-derived-exosomes-novel-nanoparticles-for-glioma-therapy
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Adriana-Natalia Murgoci, Dasa Cizkova, Petra Majerova, Eva Petrovova, Lubomir Medvecky, Isabelle Fournier, Michel Salzet
The function and integrity of nervous system require interactive exchanges among neurons and glial cells. Exosomes and other extracellular vesicles (EVs) are emerging as a key mediator of intercellular communication, capable to transfer nucleic acids, proteins and lipids, influencing numerous functional and pathological aspects of both donor and recipient cells. The immune response mediated by microglia derived exosomes are most prominently involved in the spread of neuroinflammation, neurodegenerative disorders and brain cancer...
January 12, 2018: Chemphyschem: a European Journal of Chemical Physics and Physical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29327330/microbiome-analysis-and-omics-studies-of-microbial-denitrification-processes-in-wastewater-treatment-recent-advances
#15
REVIEW
Lili Miao, Zhipei Liu
Nitrogen pollution is an increasingly severe worldwide problem because of drainage of nitrogen-containing wastewater and intensive application of nitrogen-containing fertilizers. Denitrification, a key process in nitrogen cycles, is commonly employed for nitrogen removal in engineered wastewater treatment systems. Biological denitrification is performed by denitrifying microbes (bacteria) that use nitrate as terminal electron acceptor. Better understanding the functions of diverse microbial populations in denitrification-based wastewater treatment systems, and the interactions of these populations with operating environments, is essential for improving both treatment performance and system stability...
January 9, 2018: Science China. Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325141/lncmap-pan-cancer-atlas-of-long-noncoding-rna-mediated-transcriptional-network-perturbations
#16
Yongsheng Li, Lili Li, Zishan Wang, Tao Pan, Nidhi Sahni, Xiyun Jin, Guangjuan Wang, Junyi Li, Xiangyi Zheng, Yunpeng Zhang, Juan Xu, Song Yi, Xia Li
Gene regulatory network perturbations contribute to the development and progression of cancer, however, molecular determinants that mediate transcriptional perturbations remain a fundamental challenge for cancer biology. We show that transcriptional perturbations are widely mediated by long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) via integration of genome-wide transcriptional regulation with paired lncRNA and gene expression profiles. Systematic construction of an LncRNA Modulator Atlas in Pan-cancer (LncMAP) reveals distinct types of lncRNA regulatory molecules, which are expressed in multiple tissues, exhibit higher conservation...
January 9, 2018: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29324045/neuroparasitology-of-parasite-insect-associations
#17
David P Hughes, Frederic Libersat
Insect behavior can be manipulated by parasites, and in many cases, such manipulation involves the central and peripheral nervous system. Neuroparasitology is an emerging branch of biology that deals with parasites that can control the nervous system of their host. The diversity of parasites that can manipulate insect behavior ranges from viruses to macroscopic worms and also includes other insects that have evolved to become parasites (notably, parasitic wasps). It is remarkable that the precise manipulation observed does not require direct entry into the insect brain and can even occur when the parasite is outside the body...
January 7, 2018: Annual Review of Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29324044/the-management-of-insect-pests-in-australian-cotton-an-evolving-story
#18
Lewis J Wilson, Mary E A Whitehouse, Grant A Herron
The Australian cotton industry progressively embraced integrated pest management (IPM) to alleviate escalating insecticide resistance issues. A systems IPM approach was used with core principles that were built around pest ecology/biology and insecticide resistance management; together, these were integrated into a flexible, year-round approach that facilitated easy incorporation of new science, strategies, and pests. The approach emphasized both strategic and tactical elements to reduce pest abundance and rationalize decisions about pest control, with insecticides as a last resort...
January 7, 2018: Annual Review of Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29323344/updating-osteoimmunology-regulation-of-bone-cells-by-innate-and-adaptive-immunity
#19
REVIEW
Matthew C Walsh, Noriko Takegahara, Hyunsoo Kim, Yongwon Choi
Osteoimmunology encompasses all aspects of the cross-regulation of bone and the immune system, including various cell types, signalling pathways, cytokines and chemokines, under both homeostatic and pathogenic conditions. A number of key areas are of increasing interest and relevance to osteoimmunology researchers. Although rheumatoid arthritis has long been recognized as one of the most common autoimmune diseases to affect bone integrity, researchers have focused increased attention on understanding how molecular triggers and innate signalling pathways (such as Toll-like receptors and purinergic signalling pathways) related to pathogenic and/or commensal microbiota are relevant to bone biology and rheumatic diseases...
January 11, 2018: Nature Reviews. Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29322933/integrating-transcriptional-activity-in-genome-scale-models-of-metabolism
#20
Daniel Trejo Banos, Pauline Trébulle, Mohamed Elati
BACKGROUND: Genome-scale metabolic models provide an opportunity for rational approaches to studies of the different reactions taking place inside the cell. The integration of these models with gene regulatory networks is a hot topic in systems biology. The methods developed to date focus mostly on resolving the metabolic elements and use fairly straightforward approaches to assess the impact of genome expression on the metabolic phenotype. RESULTS: We present here a method for integrating the reverse engineering of gene regulatory networks into these metabolic models...
December 21, 2017: BMC Systems Biology
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