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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545837/emerging-technologies-for-prediction-of-drug-candidate-efficacy-in-the-preclinical-pipeline
#1
Denis Menshykau
The pharmaceutical industry is tackling increasingly complex multifactorial diseases, resulting in increases in research & development (R&D) costs and reductions in the success rates for drug candidates during Phase 2 and 3 clinical trials, with a lack of efficacy being the primary reason for drug candidate failure. This implies that the predictive power of current preclinical assays for drug candidate efficacy is suboptimal and, therefore, that alternatives should be developed. Here, I review emerging in vitro, imaging, and in silico technologies and discuss their potential contribution to drug efficacy assessment...
May 22, 2017: Drug Discovery Today
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537320/understanding-the-adsorptive-interactions-of-arsenate-iron-nanoparticles-with-curved-fullerene-like-sheets-in-activated-carbon-using-a-quantum-mechanics-molecular-mechanics-computational-approach
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Nguyen Ngoc Ha, Le Minh Cam, Nguyen Thi Thu Ha, Bee-Min Goh, Martin Saunders, Zhong-Tao Jiang, Mohammednoor Altarawneh, Bogdan Z Dlugogorski, Mohanad El-Harbawi, Chun-Yang Yin
The prevalence of global arsenic groundwater contamination has driven widespread research on developing effective treatment systems including adsorption using various sorbents. The uptake of arsenic-based contaminants onto established sorbents such as activated carbon (AC) can be effectively enhanced via immobilization/impregnation of iron-based elements on the porous AC surface. Recent suggestions that AC pores structurally consist of an eclectic mix of curved fullerene-like sheets may affect the arsenic adsorption dynamics within the AC pores and is further complicated by the presence of nano-sized iron-based elements...
May 24, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536362/functionalisation-of-polyvinylpyrrolidone-on-gold-nanoparticles-enhances-its-anti-amyloidogenic-propensity-towards-hen-egg-white-lysozyme
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Tulika Das, Vidyalatha Kolli, Srijeeb Karmakar, Nandini Sarkar
Protein amyloids are characterized by aggregates that usually consist of fibres containing misfolded proteins and having a cross β-sheet conformation. These aggregates can eventually lead to several degenerative diseases like Alzheimer's disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Huntington's disease and Parkinson's disease. The present study describes the effect of chemically synthesized polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP)-conjugated gold nanoparticles (PVP-AuNps) on hen egg white lysozyme (HEWL) amyloids. The synthesized nanoparticles have been characterized using various biophysical techniques like Ultraviolet-Visible (UV-Vis) Spectroscopy, Transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis, dynamic light scattering (DLS), zeta-potential measurement and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR)...
May 3, 2017: Biomedicines
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531193/raman-microscopy-investigation-of-vitrification-induced-structural-damages-in-mature-bovine-oocytes
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Giulia Rusciano, Carolina De Canditiis, Gianluigi Zito, Marcello Rubessa, Maria Serena Roca, Rosa Carotenuto, Antonio Sasso, Bianca Gasparrini
Although oocyte cryopreservation has great potentials in the field of reproductive technologies, it still is an open challenge in the majority of domestic animals and little is known on the biochemical transformation induced by this process in the different cellular compartments. Raman micro-spectroscopy allows the non-invasive evaluation of the molecular composition of cells, based on the inelastic scattering of laser photons by vibrating molecules. The aim of this work was to assess the biochemical modifications of both the zona pellucida and cytoplasm of vitrified/warmed in vitro matured bovine oocytes at different post-warming times...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530741/thionine-graphene-oxide-covalent-hybrid-and-its-interaction-with-light
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Ewelina Krzyszkowska, Justyna Walkowiak-Kulikowska, Sven Stienen, Aleksandra Wojcik
Graphene oxide sheets (GO) were covalently functionalized with thionine molecules. The obtained hybrid material, Th-GO, was characterized by means of scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Auger electron spectroscopy (AES), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) and Raman spectroscopy. Subsequently, the interaction of light with the free dye molecules and with dye molecules bound to the graphene oxide sheets was probed via UV-Vis spectroscopy, fluorescence spectroscopy and femtosecond pump-probe spectroscopy...
May 22, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28518097/light-sheet-based-fluorescence-microscopy-of-living-or-fixed-and-stained-tribolium-castaneum-embryos
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Frederic Strobl, Selina Klees, Ernst H K Stelzer
The red flour beetle Tribolium castaneum has become an important insect model organism in developmental genetics and evolutionary developmental biology. The observation of Tribolium embryos with light sheet-based fluorescence microscopy has multiple advantages over conventional widefield and confocal fluorescence microscopy. Due to the unique properties of a light sheet-based microscope, three dimensional images of living specimens can be recorded with high signal-to-noise ratios and significantly reduced photo-bleaching as well as photo-toxicity along multiple directions over periods that last several days...
April 28, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500347/novel-fabrication-and-enhanced-photocatalytic-mb-degradation-of-hierarchical-porous-monoliths-of-moo3-nanoplates
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Yang Liu, Peizhong Feng, Zhang Wang, Xinyang Jiao, Farid Akhtar
Porous monoliths of MoO3 nanoplates were synthesized from ammonium molybdate (AHM) by freeze-casting and subsequent thermal treatment from 300 to 600 °C. Pure orthorhombic MoO3 phase was obtained at thermal treatment temperature of 400 °C and above. MoO3 monoliths thermally treated at 400 °C displayed bimodal pore structure, including large pore channels replicating the ice crystals and small pores from MoO3 sheets stacking. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) images revealed that the average thicknesses of MoO3 sheet were 50 and 300 nm in porous monoliths thermally treated at 400 °C...
May 12, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28497438/a-qualitative-comparison-of-ten-tissue-clearing-techniques
#8
Michael Orlich, Friedemann Kiefer
The understanding of spatially complex biological systems are greatly aided by the availability of high resolution information on their tissue architecture, as is provided by optical sectioning microscopy like confocal and light sheet microscopy. In addition, genetically encoded fluorescent reporter proteins reveal tissue architecture without the need for staining procedures. Owing to opacity caused by scattering and absorption, light microscopy in tissue is limited to thin tissue layers of a few micrometers traditionally provided by histological sections...
May 12, 2017: Histology and Histopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28495700/visualizing-dynamic-microvillar-search-and-stabilization-during-ligand-detection-by-t-cells
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En Cai, Kyle Marchuk, Peter Beemiller, Casey Beppler, Matthew G Rubashkin, Valerie M Weaver, Audrey Gérard, Tsung-Li Liu, Bi-Chang Chen, Eric Betzig, Frederic Bartumeus, Matthew F Krummel
During immune surveillance, T cells survey the surface of antigen-presenting cells. In searching for peptide-loaded major histocompatibility complexes (pMHCs), they must solve a classic trade-off between speed and sensitivity. It has long been supposed that microvilli on T cells act as sensory organs to enable search, but their strategy has been unknown. We used lattice light-sheet and quantum dot-enabled synaptic contact mapping microscopy to show that anomalous diffusion and fractal organization of microvilli survey the majority of opposing surfaces within 1 minute...
May 12, 2017: Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28494967/visualizing-calcium-flux-in-freely-moving-nematode-embryos
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Evan L Ardiel, Abhishek Kumar, Joseph Marbach, Ryan Christensen, Rishi Gupta, William Duncan, Jonathan S Daniels, Nico Stuurman, Daniel Colón-Ramos, Hari Shroff
The lack of physiological recordings from Caenorhabditis elegans embryos stands in stark contrast to the comprehensive anatomical and gene expression datasets already available. Using light-sheet fluorescence microscopy to address the challenges associated with functional imaging at this developmental stage, we recorded calcium dynamics in muscles and neurons and developed analysis strategies to relate activity and movement. In muscles, we found that the initiation of twitching was associated with a spreading calcium wave in a dorsal muscle bundle...
May 9, 2017: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28481540/fabrication-of-photoreactive-biocomposite-coatings-via-electric-field-assisted-assembly-of-cyanobacteria
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Oscar I Bernal, Bhuvnesh Bharti, Michael C Flickinger, Orlin D Velev
We report how dielectrophoresis (DEP) can be used as a tool for the fabrication of biocomposite coatings of photoreactive cyanobacteria (Synechococcus PCC7002) on flexible polyester sheets (PEs). The PE substrates were precoated by a layer-by-layer assembled film of charged polyelectrolytes. In excellent agreement between experimental data and numerical simulations, the directed assembly process driven by external electric field results in the formation of 1D chains and 2D sheets by the cells. The preassembled cyanobacteria chains and arrays became deposited on the substrate and remained in place after the electric field was turned off due to the electrostatic attraction between the negatively charged cell surfaces and the positively charged polyelectrolyte-coated PE...
May 18, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28471459/improving-your-four-dimensional-image-traveling-through-a-decade-of-light-sheet-based-fluorescence-microscopy-research
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Frederic Strobl, Alexander Schmitz, Ernst H K Stelzer
Light-sheet-based fluorescence microscopy features optical sectioning in the excitation process. This reduces phototoxicity and photobleaching by up to four orders of magnitude compared with that caused by confocal fluorescence microscopy, simplifies segmentation and quantification for three-dimensional cell biology, and supports the transition from on-demand to systematic data acquisition in developmental biology applications.
June 2017: Nature Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28469191/integrated-single-and-two-photon-light-sheet-microscopy-using-accelerating-beams
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Peeter Piksarv, Dominik Marti, Tuan Le, Angelika Unterhuber, Lindsey H Forbes, Melissa R Andrews, Andreas Stingl, Wolfgang Drexler, Peter E Andersen, Kishan Dholakia
We demonstrate the first light sheet microscope using propagation invariant, accelerating Airy beams that operates both in single- and two-photon modes. The use of the Airy beam permits us to develop an ultra compact, high resolution light sheet system without beam scanning. In two-photon mode, an increase in the field of view over the use of a standard Gaussian beam by a factor of six is demonstrated. This implementation for light sheet microscopy opens up new possibilities across a wide range of biomedical applications, especially for the study of neuronal processes...
May 3, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28457130/azide-modified-membrane-lipids-synthesis-properties-and-reactivity
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Sindy Lindner, Kai Gruhle, Rico Schmidt, Vasil M Garamus, Daniel Ramsbeck, Gerd Hause, Annette Meister, Andrea Sinz, Simon Drescher
In the present work, we describe the synthesis and the temperature-dependent behavior of photoreactive membrane lipids as well as their capability to study peptide/lipid interactions. The modified phospholipids contain an azide group either in the middle part or at the end of an alkyl chain and also differ in the linkage (ester vs ether) of the second alkyl chain. The temperature-dependent aggregation behavior of the azidolipids was studied using differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), Fourier-transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, and small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS)...
May 10, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438995/csilsfm-combines-light-sheet-fluorescence-microscopy-and-coherent-structured-illumination-for-a-lateral-resolution-below-100-nm
#15
Bo-Jui Chang, Victor Didier Perez Meza, Ernst H K Stelzer
Light-sheet-based fluorescence microscopy (LSFM) features optical sectioning in the excitation process. It minimizes fluorophore bleaching as well as phototoxic effects and provides a true axial resolution. The detection path resembles properties of conventional fluorescence microscopy. Structured illumination microscopy (SIM) is attractive for superresolution because of its moderate excitation intensity, high acquisition speed, and compatibility with all fluorophores. We introduce SIM to LSFM because the combination pushes the lateral resolution to the physical limit of linear SIM...
May 9, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436473/volumetric-chemical-imaging-by-stimulated-raman-projection-microscopy-and-tomography
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Xueli Chen, Chi Zhang, Peng Lin, Kai-Chih Huang, Jimin Liang, Jie Tian, Ji-Xin Cheng
Volumetric imaging allows global understanding of three-dimensional (3D) complex systems. Light-sheet fluorescence microscopy and optical projection tomography have been reported to image 3D volumes with high resolutions and at high speeds. Such methods, however, usually rely on fluorescent labels for chemical targeting, which could perturb the biological functionality in living systems. We demonstrate Bessel-beam-based stimulated Raman projection (SRP) microscopy and tomography for label-free volumetric chemical imaging...
April 24, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432219/optimized-cubic-protocol-for-3d-imaging-of-chicken-embryos-at-single-cell-resolution
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María Victoria Gómez-Gaviro, Evan Balaban, Diana Bocancea, María Teresa Lorrio, María Pompeiano, Manuel Desco, Jorge Ripoll, Juan José Vaquero
The CUBIC tissue clearing protocol has been optimized to produce translucent immunostained whole chicken embryos and embryo brains. When combined with multispectral light sheet microscopy, the validated protocol presented here provides a rapid, inexpensive and reliable method for acquiring accurate histological images that preserve three-dimensional structural relationships with single-cell-level resolution in whole early-stage chicken embryos, and in the whole brains of late-stage embryos.
April 21, 2017: Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414372/graphene-based-near-field-optical-microscopy-high-resolution-imaging-using-reconfigurable-gratings
#18
Sandeep Inampudi, Jierong Cheng, Hossein Mosallaei
High-resolution and fast-paced optical microscopy is a requirement for current trends in biotechnology and materials industry. The most reliable and adaptable technique so far to obtain higher resolution than conventional microscopy is near-field scanning optical microscopy (NSOM), which suffers from a slow-paced nature. Stemming from the principles of diffraction imaging, we present fast-paced graphene-based scanning-free wide-field optical microscopy that provides image resolution that competes with NSOM...
April 10, 2017: Applied Optics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28409571/-getting-an-insight-into-the-brain-new-optical-clearing-techniques-and-imaging-using-light-sheet-microscope
#19
Monika Pawłowska, Diana Legutko, Marzena Stefaniuk
One of the biggest challenges in neuroscience is to understand how brain operates. For this, it would be the best to image the whole brain with at least cellular resolution, preserving the three-dimensional structure in order to capture the connections between different areas. Most currently available high-resolution imaging techniques are based on preparing thin brain sections that are next photographed one by one and subsequently bigger structures are reconstructed. These techniques are laborious and create artifacts...
2017: Postepy Biochemii
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28398640/fluorescence-microscopy-a-concise-guide-to-current-imaging-methods
#20
Christian A Combs, Hari Shroff
The field of fluorescence microscopy is rapidly growing and offers ever more imaging capabilities for biologists. Over the past decade, many new technologies and techniques have been developed that allow for combinations of deeper, faster, and higher resolution imaging. These have included the commercialization of many super-resolution and light sheet fluorescence microscopy techniques. For the non-expert, it can be difficult to match the best imaging techniques to biological questions. Picking the most appropriate imaging modality requires a basic understanding of the underlying physics governing each of them, as well as information comparing potentially competing imaging properties in the context of the sample to be imaged...
April 10, 2017: Current Protocols in Neuroscience
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