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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088098/environmental-impact-of-engineered-carbon-nanoparticles-from-releases-to-effects-on-the-aquatic-biota
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REVIEW
Antoine Mottier, Florence Mouchet, Éric Pinelli, Laury Gauthier, Emmanuel Flahaut
Nano-ecotoxicology is an emerging science which aims to assess the environmental effect of nanotechnologies. The development of this particular aspect of ecotoxicology was made necessary in order to evaluate the potential impact of recently produced and used materials: nanoparticles (NPs). Among all the types of NPs, carbon nanoparticles (CNPs) especially draw attention giving the increasing number of applications and integration into consumer products. However the potential impacts of CNPs in the environment remain poorly known...
January 11, 2017: Current Opinion in Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088093/miniaturized-and-integrated-whole-cell-living-bacterial-sensors-in-field-applicable-autonomous-devices
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REVIEW
Clémence Roggo, Jan Roelof van der Meer
Live-cell based bioreporters are increasingly being deployed in microstructures, which facilitates their handling and permits the development of instruments that could perform autonomous environmental monitoring. Here we review recent developments of on-chip integration of live-cell bioreporters, the coupling of their reporter signal to the devices, their longer term preservation and multi-analyte capacity. We show examples of instruments that have attempted to fully integrate bioreporters as their sensing elements...
January 11, 2017: Current Opinion in Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088092/aptamer-based-environmental-biosensors-for-small-molecule-contaminants
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REVIEW
Van-Thuan Nguyen, Young Seop Kwon, Man Bock Gu
Aptasensors are promising biosensors, which take advantage of using aptamers as a recognition element. The combination of the excellent characteristics of aptamers and the leading detection platform techniques, such as optical, electrochemical with nanomaterial-integrated, or mass-sensitive techniques with high sensitivity and specificity draws a promising view for the application of the aptasensors for the detection of harmful small toxic chemicals and real-time monitoring in the environments. In spite of attraction of aptasensors, application of them is limited to the complex environment due to the facts that how the immobilization of aptamers onto the surface affects the functions of aptamers and their structures for the detection of environmental contaminants are not clearly known...
January 11, 2017: Current Opinion in Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088091/solar-to-chemical-and-solar-to-fuel-production-from-co2-by-metabolically-engineered-microorganisms
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REVIEW
Han Min Woo
Recent development of carbon capture utilization (CCU) for reduction of greenhouse gas emission are reviewed. In the case of CO2 utilization, I describe development of solar-to-chemical and solar-to-fuel technology that refers to the use of solar energy to convert CO2 to desired chemicals and fuels. Photoautotrophic cyanobacterial platforms have been extensively developed on this principle, producing a diverse range of alcohols, organic acids, and isoprenoids directly from CO2. Recent breakthroughs in the metabolic engineering of cyanobacteria were reviewed...
January 11, 2017: Current Opinion in Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088078/genetically-tailored-magnetosomes-used-as-mri-probe-for-molecular-imaging-of-brain-tumor
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M Boucher, F Geffroy, S Prévéral, L Bellanger, E Selingue, G Adryanczyk-Perrier, M Péan, C T Lefèvre, D Pignol, N Ginet, S Mériaux
We investigate here the potential of single step production of genetically engineered magnetosomes, bacterial biogenic iron-oxide nanoparticles embedded in a lipid vesicle, as a new tailorable magnetic resonance molecular imaging probe. We demonstrate in vitro the specific binding and the significant internalization into U87 cells of magnetosomes decorated with RGD peptide. After injection at the tail vein of glioblastoma-bearing mice, we evidence in the first 2 h the rapid accumulation of both unlabeled and functionalized magnetosomes inside the tumor by Enhanced Permeability and Retention effects...
December 19, 2016: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088044/dried-haematic-microsamples-and-lc-ms-ms-for-the-analysis-of-natural-and-synthetic-cannabinoids
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Michele Protti, James Rudge, Angelo Eliseo Sberna, Gilberto Gerra, Laura Mercolini
Synthetic cannabinoids are new psychoactive substances (NPS) with similar effects when compared to natural ones found in Cannabis derivatives. They have rapidly integrated into the illicit market, often sold as alternatives under international control. The need to identify and quantify an unprecedented and growing number of new compounds represents a unique challenge for toxicological, forensic and anti-doping analysis. Dried blood spots have been used within the bioanalytical framework in place of plasma or serum, in order to reduce invasiveness, lower sample size, simplify handling, storage and shipping of samples and to facilitate home-based and on-field applications...
December 30, 2016: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088015/transferrin-gated-mesoporous-silica-nanoparticles-for-redox-responsive-and-targeted-drug-delivery
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Xiaolu Chen, Hui Sun, Jun Hu, Xia Han, Honglai Liu, Ying Hu
This work reports on a targeted and controlled drug delivery system based on protein decorated mesoporous silica nanoparticles (MSNs). In this system, transferrin (Tf), a naturally existing protein, is grafted on the surfaces of MSNs via redox-cleavable disulfide bonds, serving as both a capping agent and a targeting ligand simultaneously. The uniform particles with ordered mesoporous structures and the successful construction of the Tf/MSN hybrid nanocarriers can be confirmed through combined techniques. It is found that the model anticancer drug doxorubicin (DOX) can be efficiently encapsulated in the MSNs in the absence of glutathione (GSH), and a burst release of DOX is observed when the system is exposed to GSH, indicating good capping efficiency of Tf and redox-responsive release of DOX...
January 8, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087998/performance-evaluation-of-pride-unda-system-with-pyroprocessing-feed-material
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Su Jung An, Hee Seo, Chaehun Lee, Seong-Kyu Ahn, Se-Hwan Park, Jeong-Hoe Ku
The PRIDE (PyRoprocessing Integrated inactive DEmonstration) is an engineering-scale pyroprocessing test-bed facility that utilizes depleted uranium (DU) instead of spent fuel as a process material. As part of the ongoing effort to enhance pyroprocessing safeguardability, UNDA (Unified Non-Destructive Assay), a system integrating three different non-destructive assay techniques, namely, neutron, gamma-ray, and mass measurement, for nuclear material accountancy (NMA) was developed. In the present study, UNDA's NMA capability was evaluated by measurement of the weight, (238)U mass, and U enrichment of oxide-reduction-process feed material (i...
December 30, 2016: Applied Radiation and Isotopes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087985/prophylactic-tributyrin-treatment-mitigates-chronic-binge-alcohol-induced-intestinal-barrier-and-liver-injury
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Gail A Cresci, Bryan Glueck, Megan R McMullen, Wei Xin, Danielle Allende, Laura E Nagy
BACKGROUND/AIM: Impaired gut-liver axis is a potential factor contributing to alcoholic liver disease. Ethanol depletes intestinal integrity and causes gut dysbiosis. Butyrate, a fermentation byproduct of gut microbiota, is altered negatively following chronic ethanol exposure. This study aimed to determine whether prophylactic tributyrin could protect the intestinal barrier and liver in mice during combined chronic-binge ethanol exposure. METHODS: C57BL/6 J mice exposed to 5% v/v ethanol-containing diet for 10 days received a single ethanol gavage (5 g/kg) 9 hrs prior to euthanasia...
January 14, 2017: Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087975/screening-and-treating-helicobacter-pylori-infection-for-gastric-cancer-prevention-on-the-population-level
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REVIEW
Yi-Chia Lee, Jaw-Town Lin
Helicobacter pylori infection is the major cause of gastric cancer, and removal of H. pylori infection from a population could theoretically decrease the number of cases by about 89%. However, in real-life settings, few studies have reported the effect of screening and treating this pathogen in population-based programs. This is mainly because of the lack of an adequate infrastructure for delivery of systematic screening services to asymptomatic individuals, the lack of standardization to ensure that each subject receives the correct diagnostic testing and antibiotic treatment, and limited resources...
January 14, 2017: Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087947/lichenized-fungi-and-the-evolution-of-symbiotic-organization
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Martin Grube, Mats Wedin
Lichen symbioses comprise a fascinating relationship between algae and fungi. The lichen symbiotic lifestyle evolved early in the evolution of ascomycetes and is also known from a few basidiomycetes. The ascomycete lineages have diversified in the lichenized stage to give rise to a tremendous variety of morphologies. Their thalli are often internally complex and stratified for optimized integration of algal and fungal metabolisms. Thalli are frequently colonized by specific nonlichenized fungi and occasionally also by other lichens...
December 2016: Microbiology Spectrum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087943/rna-interference-in-fungi-retention-and-loss
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Francisco E Nicolás, Victoriano Garre
RNA interference (RNAi) is a mechanism conserved in eukaryotes, including fungi, that represses gene expression by means of small noncoding RNAs (sRNAs) of about 20 to 30 nucleotides. Its discovery is one of the most important scientific breakthroughs of the past 20 years, and it has revolutionized our perception of the functioning of the cell. Initially described and characterized in Neurospora crassa, the RNAi is widespread in fungi, suggesting that it plays important functions in the fungal kingdom. Several RNAi-related mechanisms for maintenance of genome integrity, particularly protection against exogenous nucleic acids such as mobile elements, have been described in several fungi, suggesting that this is the main function of RNAi in the fungal kingdom...
December 2016: Microbiology Spectrum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087830/recognition-of-the-magnaporthe-oryzae-effector-avr-pia-by-the-decoy-domain-of-the-rice-nlr-immune-receptor-rga5
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Diana Ortiz, Karine De Guillen, Stella Cesari, Véronique Chalvon, Jérome Gracy, André Padilla, Thomas Kroj
Nucleotide-binding domain and leucine-rich repeat proteins (NLRs) are important receptors in plant immunity that allow recognition of pathogen effectors. The rice NLR RGA5 recognizes the Magnaporthe oryzae effector AVR-Pia through direct interaction. Here, we gained detailed insights into the molecular and structural bases of AVR-Pia-RGA5 interaction and the role of the RATX1 decoy domain of RGA5. NMR titration combined with in vitro and in vivo protein-protein interaction analyses identified the AVR-Pia interaction surface that binds to the RATX1 domain...
January 13, 2017: Plant Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087821/selection-of-first-line-therapy-in-multiple-sclerosis-using-risk-benefit-decision-analysis
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David Bargiela, Matthew T Bianchi, M Brandon Westover, Lori B Chibnik, Brian C Healy, Philip L De Jager, Zongqi Xia
OBJECTIVE: To integrate long-term measures of disease-modifying drug efficacy and risk to guide selection of first-line treatment of multiple sclerosis. METHODS: We created a Markov decision model to evaluate disability worsening and progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML) risk in patients receiving natalizumab (NTZ), fingolimod (FGL), or glatiramer acetate (GA) over 30 years. Leveraging publicly available data, we integrated treatment utility, disability worsening, and risk of PML into quality-adjusted life-years (QALYs)...
January 13, 2017: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087762/a-delay-between-motor-cortex-lesions-and-neuronal-transplantation-enhances-graft-integration-and-improves-repair-and-recovery
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Sophie Péron, Marine Droguerre, Franck Debarbieux, Nissrine Ballout, Marianne Benoit-Marand, Maureen Francheteau, Sébastien Brot, Geneviève Rougon, Mohamed Jaber, Afsaneh Gaillard
We previously reported that embryonic motor cortical neurons transplanted immediately after lesions in the adult mouse motor cortex restored damaged motor cortical pathways. A critical barrier hindering application of transplantation strategies for a wide range of traumatic injuries is the determination of a suitable time window for therapeutic intervention. Here, we report that a one-week delay between the lesion and transplantation significantly enhances graft vascularization, survival and proliferation of grafted cells...
January 13, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087697/development-of-high-affinity-and-high-specificity-inhibitors-of-metalloproteinase-14-through-computational-design-and-directed-evolution
#16
Valeria Arkadash, Gal Yosef, Jason Shirian, Itay Cohen, Yuval Horev, Moran Grossman, Irit Sagi, Evette S Radisky, Julia M Shifman, Niv Papo
Degradation of the extracellular matrices in the human body is controlled by matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs), a family of more than 20 homologous enzymes. Imbalance in MMP activity can result in many diseases, such as arthritis, cardiovascular diseases, neurological disorders, fibrosis, and cancers. Thus, MMPs present attractive targets for drug design and have been a focus for inhibitor design for as long as three decades. Yet, to date, all MMP inhibitors have failed in clinical trials because of their broad activity against numerous MMP family members and the serious side effects of the proposed treatment...
January 13, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087673/rdna-stability-is-supported-by-many-buffer-genes-introduction-to-the-yeast-rdna-stability-database
#17
Takehiko Kobayashi, Mariko Sasaki
The ribosomal RNA gene (rDNA) is the most abundant gene in yeast and other eukaryotic organisms. Due to its heavy transcription, repetitive structure and programmed replication fork pauses, the rDNA is one of the most unstable regions in the genome. Thus, the rDNA is the best region to study the mechanisms responsible for maintaining genome integrity. Recently, we screened a library of ∼4,800 budding yeast gene knockout strains to identify mutants defective in the maintenance of rDNA stability. The results of this screen are summarized in the Yeast rDNA Stability Database, in which the stability and copy number of rDNA in each mutant are presented...
January 12, 2017: FEMS Yeast Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087637/retinoic-acid-receptor-regulation-of-epimorphic-and-homeostatic-regeneration-in-the-axolotl
#18
Matthew Nguyen, Pankhuri Singhal, Judith Piet, Sandra J Shefelbine, Malcolm Maden, S Randal Voss, James R Monaghan
Salamanders are capable of regenerating amputated limbs by generating a mass of lineage-restricted cells called a blastema. Blastemas only generate structures distal to their origin unless treated with retinoic acid (RA), which results in proximodistal (PD) limb duplications. Little is known about the transcriptional network that regulates PD duplication. In this study, we target specific retinoic acid receptors (RARs) to either PD duplicate (RA treatment or RARγ agonist) or truncate (RARβ antagonist) regenerating limbs...
January 13, 2017: Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087611/production-of-n-acyl-homoserine-lactones-by-the-sponge-associated-marine-actinobacteria-salinispora-arenicola-and-salinispora-pacifica
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Utpal Bose, Catharine A Ortori, Sarir Sarmad, David A Barrett, Amitha K Hewavitharana, Mark P Hodson, John A Fuerst, P Nicholas Shaw
The structures of acyl homoserine lactone (AHL) compounds and their quantification was accomplished using an integrated liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry approach. The precursor and product ions, along with retention times of peaks, were searched against an in-house database of AHLs and structures confirmed by accurate mass and by comparison with authentic AHL standards. The two compounds, N-(3-oxodecanoyl)-L-homoserine lactone and N-(3-oxododecanoyl)-L-homoserine lactone were characterised and quantified in Salinispora sp...
January 12, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087597/membrane-depolarizing-channel-blockers-induce-selective-glioma-cell-death-by-impairing-nutrient-transport-and-unfolded-protein-amino-acid-responses
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Mia Niklasson, Gianluca Maddalo, Zuzana Sramkova, Ercan Mutlu, Shimei Wee, Petra Sekyrova, Linnéa Schmidt, Nicolas Fritz, Ivar Dehnisch, Gregorios Kyriatzis, Michaela Krafcikova, Brittany B Carson, Jennifer Feenstra, Voichita D Marinescu, Anna Segerman, Martin Haraldsson, Anna-Lena Gustavsson, Lars Gj Hammarström, Annika Jenmalm-Jensen, Lene Uhrbom, A F Maarten Altelaar, Sten Linnarsson, Per Uhlén, Lukas Trantirek, C Theresa Vincent, Sven Nelander, Per Øyvind Enger, Michael Andäng
Glioma-initiating cells (GIC) are considered the underlying cause of recurrences of aggressive glioblastomas, replenishing the tumor population and undermining the efficacy of conventional chemotherapy. Here we report the discovery that inhibiting T-type voltage-gated Ca2+ and KCa channels can effectively induce selective cell death of GIC and increase host survival in an orthotopic mouse model of human glioma. At present, the precise cellular pathways affected by the drugs affecting these channels are unknown...
January 13, 2017: Cancer Research
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