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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546877/amino-acid-medical-foods-provide-a-high-dietary-acid-load-and-increase-urinary-excretion-of-renal-net-acid-calcium-and-magnesium-compared-with-glycomacropeptide-medical-foods-in-phenylketonuria
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Bridget M Stroup, Emily A Sawin, Sangita G Murali, Neil Binkley, Karen E Hansen, Denise M Ney
Background. Skeletal fragility is a complication of phenylketonuria (PKU). A diet containing amino acids compared with glycomacropeptide reduces bone size and strength in mice. Objective. We tested the hypothesis that amino acid medical foods (AA-MF) provide a high dietary acid load, subsequently increasing urinary excretion of renal net acid, calcium, and magnesium, compared to glycomacropeptide medical foods (GMP-MF). Design. In a crossover design, 8 participants with PKU (16-35 y) provided food records and 24-hr urine samples after consuming a low-Phe diet in combination with AA-MF and GMP-MF for 1-3 wks...
2017: Journal of Nutrition and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544662/tracheal-replacement-therapy-with-a-stem-cell-seeded-graft-lessons-from-compassionate-use-application-of-a-gmp-compliant-tissue-engineered-medicine
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Martin J Elliott, Colin R Butler, Aikaterini Varanou-Jenkins, Leanne Partington, Carla Carvalho, Edward Samuel, Claire Crowley, Peggy Lange, Nicholas J Hamilton, Robert E Hynds, Tahera Ansari, Paul Sibbons, Anja Fierens, Claire McLaren, Derek Roebuck, Colin Wallis, Nagarajan Muthialu, Richard Hewitt, David Crabbe, Sam M Janes, Paolo De Coppi, Mark W Lowdell, Martin A Birchall
Tracheal replacement for the treatment of end-stage airway disease remains an elusive goal. The use of tissue-engineered tracheae in compassionate use cases suggests that such an approach is a viable option. Here, a stem cell-seeded, decellularized tissue-engineered tracheal graft was used on a compassionate basis for a girl with critical tracheal stenosis after conventional reconstructive techniques failed. The graft represents the first cell-seeded tracheal graft manufactured to full good manufacturing practice (GMP) standards...
June 2017: Stem Cells Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542593/lack-of-the-pga-exopolysaccharide-in-salmonella-as-an-adaptive-trait-for-survival-in-the-host
#3
Maite Echeverz, Begoña García, Amaia Sabalza, Jaione Valle, Toni Gabaldón, Cristina Solano, Iñigo Lasa
Many bacteria build biofilm matrices using a conserved exopolysaccharide named PGA or PNAG (poly-β-1,6-N-acetyl-D-glucosamine). Interestingly, while E. coli and other members of the family Enterobacteriaceae encode the pgaABCD operon responsible for PGA synthesis, Salmonella lacks it. The evolutionary force driving this difference remains to be determined. Here, we report that Salmonella lost the pgaABCD operon after the divergence of Salmonella and Citrobacter clades, and previous to the diversification of the currently sequenced Salmonella strains...
May 24, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539286/-expression-purification-and-activity-analysis-of-ggdef-and-eal-domain-containing-proteins-from-lactobacillus-acidophilus
#4
Jia-Hui He, Jie-Li Sun, Wen-Juan Yan, Fang Wang
OBJECTIVE: To identify the functions of the proteins containing the GGDEF or EAL domain in Lactobacillus acidophilus for investigation of the regulatory mechanism of c-di-GMP in this strain. METHODS: The DNA fragments of NH13_07045-GGDEF, NH13_07050 and NH13_07055 from Lactobacillus acidophilus ATCC4356 were amplified by PCR and cloned into the expression vector pMAL-His-c2. After sequencing, the recombinant plasmids were transformed into competent Escherichia coli cells, which were induced by IPTG to express the recombinant proteins fused with maltose binding protein (MBP)...
May 20, 2017: Nan Fang Yi Ke da Xue Xue Bao, Journal of Southern Medical University
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536559/new-functions-and-subcellular-localization-patterns-of-c-di-gmp-components-ggdef-domain-proteins-in-b-subtilis
#5
Patricia Bedrunka, Peter L Graumann
The universal and pleiotropic cyclic dinucleotide second messenger c-di-GMP is most prominently known to inversely regulate planktonic and sessile lifestyles of Gram-negative species. In the Gram-positive model organism Bacillus subtilis, intracellular c-di-GMP levels are modulated by a concise set of three diguanylate cylases (DgcK, DgcP, DgcW) and one phosphodiesterase (PdeH). Two recent studies have reported the negative influence of the c-di-GMP receptor DgrA (PilZ domain protein) on swarming motility indicating a conserved role of this second messenger across the bacterial domain...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535292/adaptive-radiation-of-p-fluorescens-sbw25-in-experimental-microcosms-provides-an-understanding-of-the-evolutionary-ecology-and-molecular-biology-of-a-l-interface-biofilm-formation
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Anna Koza, Anna Kusmierska, Kimberley McLaughlin, Olena Moshynets, Andrew J Spiers
Combined experimental evolutionary and molecular biology approaches have been used to investigate the adaptive radiation of Pseudomonas fluorescens SBW25 in static microcosms leading to the colonisation of the air-liquid interface by biofilm-forming mutants such as the Wrinkly Spreader. In these microcosms, the ecosystem engineering of the early wild-type colonists establish the niche space for subsequent WS evolution and colonisation. Random WS mutations occurring in the developing population that de-regulate diguanylate cyclases and c-di-GMP homeostasis result in cellulose-based biofilms at the air-liquid interface...
May 23, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535123/topical-otic-drugs-in-a-multi-purpose-manufacturing-facility-a-guide-on-determination-and-application-of-permitted-daily-exposure-pde
#7
Lisa Wiesner, Maarten Prause, Ester Lovsin Barle
Due to newly introduced EU GMP guideline for Medicinal Products for Human and Veterinary use (PIC/S, 2015), product specific PDE for toxicological evaluation in multi-purpose facilities are required within a documented process for risk assessment. EMA (2014) guidance on setting PDE limits so far focused on systemic administration routes such as IV, oral or inhalation. This manuscript wants to give guidance on setting PDE values for risk management purposes in multi-purpose facilities for Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (APIs) applied as topical otic drugs to the outer ear canal...
May 23, 2017: Pharmaceutical Development and Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533383/mechanosensing-of-shear-by-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-leads-to-increased-levels-of-the-cyclic-di-gmp-signal-initiating-biofilm-development
#8
Christopher A Rodesney, Brian Roman, Numa Dhamani, Benjamin J Cooley, Ahmed Touhami, Vernita D Gordon
Biofilms are communities of sessile microbes that are phenotypically distinct from their genetically identical, free-swimming counterparts. Biofilms initiate when bacteria attach to a solid surface. Attachment triggers intracellular signaling to change gene expression from the planktonic to the biofilm phenotype. For Pseudomonas aeruginosa, it has long been known that intracellular levels of the signal cyclic-di-GMP increase upon surface adhesion and that this is required to begin biofilm development. However, what cue is sensed to notify bacteria that they are attached to the surface has not been known...
May 22, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529840/adoptive-cell-therapy-with-tregs-to-improve-transplant-outcomes-the-promise-and-the-stumbling-blocks
#9
Mohamed B Ezzelarab, Angus W Thomson
The contribution of regulatory T cells (Treg) to the induction and maintenance of tolerance is well-recognized in rodents and may contribute to long-term human organ allograft survival. The therapeutic efficacy of adoptively-transferred Treg in promoting tolerance to organ allografts is well-recognized in mouse models. Early phase 1/2 clinical studies of Treg therapy have been conducted in patients with type-1 (autoimmune) diabetes and refractory Crohn's disease, and for inhibition of graft-versus-host disease following bone marrow transplantation with proven safety...
December 2016: Current Transplantation Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527516/a-feasible-economical-and-accurate-analytical-method-for-simultaneous-determination-of-six-alkaloid-markers-in-aconiti-lateralis-radix-praeparata-from-different-manufacturing-sources-and-processing-ways
#10
Yi-Bei Zhang, Juan DA, Jing-Xian Zhang, Shang-Rong Li, Xin Chen, Hua-Li Long, Qiu-Rong Wang, Lu-Ying Cai, Shuai Yao, Jin-Jun Hou, Wan-Ying Wu, De-An Guo
Aconiti Lateralis Radix Praeparata (Fuzi) is a commonly used traditional Chinese medicine in clinic for its potency in restoring yang and rescuing from collapse. Aconiti alkaloids, mainly including monoester-diterpenoidaconitines (MDAs) and diester-diterpenoidaconitines (DDAs), are considered to act as both bioactive and toxic constituents. In the present study, a feasible, economical, and accurate HPLC method for simultaneous determination of six alkaloid markers using the Single Standard for Determination of Multi-Components (SSDMC) method was developed and fully validated...
April 2017: Chinese Journal of Natural Medicines
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524929/xeno-free-cultivation-of-mesenchymal-stem-cells-from-the-corneal-stroma
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Steffi Matthyssen, Sorcha Ní Dhubhghaill, Veerle Van Gerwen, Nadia Zakaria
Purpose: The human cornea has recently been described as a source of corneal stroma-derived mesenchymal stem cells (hMSCs). In vitro expansion of these cells involves basal medium supplemented with fetal bovine serum (FBS). As animal-derived serum can confer a risk of disease transmission and can be subject to considerable lot-to-lot variability, it does not comply with newer Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP)-required animal component-free culture protocols for clinical translation. Methods: This study investigated animal-free alternatives to FBS for cultivation of human corneal stromal MSCs...
May 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28517238/flen-and-fleq-play-a-synergistic-role-in-regulating-lapa-and-bcs-operons-in-pseudomonas-putida-kt2440
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Hailing Nie, Yujie Xiao, Huizhong Liu, Jinzhi He, Wenli Chen, Qiaoyun Huang
FleN generally functions as an antagonist of FleQ in regulating flagellar genes and biofilm matrix related genes in Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Here we found that in Pseudomonas putida KT2440, FleN and FleQ play a synergistic role in regulating two biofilm matrix coding operons, lapA and bcs. FleN deletion decreased transcription of lapA and increased transcription of bcs operon, the same trend was observed in fleQ deletion mutant before. In vitro experiments showed that FleN promoted binding of FleQ to the lapA/bcs promoter DNA especially in the presence of ATP...
May 18, 2017: Environmental Microbiology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513101/industrialization-of-a-perfusion-bioreactor-prime-example-of-a-non-straightforward-process
#13
G Talò, C Turrisi, C Arrigoni, C Recordati, I Gerges, M Tamplenizza, A Cappelluti, S A Riboldi, M Moretti
Bioreactors are essential enabling technologies for the translation of Advanced Therapies Medicinal Products (ATMPs) from the research field towards a successful clinical application. In order to speed up the translation and the spreading of novel Tissue Engineering (TE) products into the clinical routine, TE bioreactors should evolve from laboratory prototypes towards industrialized products. In this work, we thus challenged the industrialization process of a novel technological platform, based on an established research prototype of perfusion bioreactor, following a GMP-driven approach...
May 16, 2017: Journal of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28510688/two-component-systems-required-for-virulence-in-pseudomonas-aeruginosa
#14
V I Francis, E C Stevenson, S L Porter
Pseudomonas aeruginosa is a versatile opportunistic pathogen capable of infecting a broad range of hosts, in addition to thriving in a broad range of environmental conditions outside of hosts. With this versatility comes the need to tightly regulate its genome to optimise its gene expression and behaviour to the prevailing conditions. Two-component systems (TCSs) comprising sensor kinases and response regulators, play a major role in this regulation. This minireview discusses the growing number of two-component systems that have been implicated in the virulence of Pseudomonas aeruginosa, with a special focus on the emerging theme of multikinase networks, which are networks comprising multiple sensor kinases working together, sensing and integrating multiple signals to decide upon the best response...
May 16, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28510596/utilization-of-growth-monitoring-and-promotion-services-and-associated-factors-among-under-two-years-of-age-children-in-southern-ethiopia
#15
Fentaw Wassie Feleke, Anchamo Anato Adole, Afework Mulugeta Bezabih
Growth monitoring and promotion (GMP) is a prevention activity comprised of growth monitoring (GM) linked with promotion that serves as the core activity in an integrated child health and nutrition program. However, different methods of institutional studies have shown that utilization of GM services has remained to be inadequate. There is scarcity of studies conducted about GMP in quantitative method. Therefore, this study was conducted to address the proportion of GMP services and associated factors among children under two years of age in rural communities of Mareka district, Southern Ethiopia...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28510332/human-umbilical-cord-mesenchymal-stromal-cell-isolation-expansion-cryopreservation-and-characterization
#16
J Robert Smith, Adrienne Cromer, Mark L Weiss
Revised methods to derive, expand, and characterize mesenchymal stromal cells (MSCs) from the umbilical cord are provided. Several considerations are taken for GMP compliance including using a closed system isolation method and eliminating several xenogenic components. With this method cells are isolated using mechanical and enzymatic digestion and then expanded with high viabilities that retain >90% viability after cryopreservation. Lastly, characterization methods have been optimized to identify these cells as MSCs according to the ISCT minimal criteria...
May 16, 2017: Current Protocols in Stem Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507327/pde3-inhibitor-and-egcg-combination-treatment-suppress-cancer-stem-cell-properties-in-pancreatic-ductal-adenocarcinoma
#17
Motofumi Kumazoe, Mika Takai, Shun Hiroi, Chieri Takeuchi, Maasa Yamanouchi, Takashi Nojiri, Hiroaki Onda, Jaehoon Bae, Yuhui Huang, Kanako Takamatsu, Shuya Yamashita, Shuhei Yamada, Kenji Kangawa, Takashi Takahashi, Hiroshi Tanaka, Hirofumi Tachibana
Recurrence following chemotherapy is observed in the majority of patients with pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC). Recent studies suggest that cancer stem cells (CSCs) may be involved in PDAC recurrence and metastasis. However, an efficient approach to targeting pancreatic CSCs remains to be established. Here we show that in cancer cells overexpressing the 67-kDa laminin receptor (67LR)-dependent cyclic GMP (cGMP) inducer, epigallocatechin-3-O-gallate (EGCG) and a phosphodiesterase 3 (PDE3) inhibitor in combination significantly suppressed the Forkhead box O3 and CD44 axis, which is indispensable for the CSC properties of PDAC...
May 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507067/the-global-transcriptional-response-to-organic-hydroperoxide-and-the-role-of-ohrr-in-the-control-of-virulence-traits-in-chromobacterium-violaceum
#18
Maristela Previato Mello, Diogo de Abreu Meireles, Luis Eduardo Soares Netto, José Freire da Silva Neto
A major pathway for detoxification of organic hydroperoxides, such as cumene hydroperoxide (CHP), involves the MarR family transcriptional regulator OhrR and the peroxidase OhrA. However, the effect of these peroxides on the global transcriptome and the contribution of the OhrA/OhrR system on bacterial virulence remain poorly explored. Here, we analyzed the transcriptome profiles of Chromobacterium violaceum exposed to CHP and after deletion of ohrR, and we showed that OhrR controls virulence of this human opportunistic pathogen...
May 15, 2017: Infection and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506928/distinct-phosphodiesterase-5a-containing-compartments-allow-selective-regulation-of-cgmp-dependent-signalling-in-human-arterial-smooth-muscle-cells
#19
Lindsay S Wilson, Manhong Guo, M Bibiana Umana, Donald H Maurice
Cyclic GMP (cGMP) translates and integrates much of the information encoded by nitric oxide (NO(·)) and several natriuretic peptides, including the atrial natriuretic peptide (ANP). Previously, we reported that integration of a cGMP-specific cyclic nucleotide phosphodiesterase, namely phosphodiesterase 5A (PDE5A), into a protein kinase G (PKG)- and inositol-1,4,5-trisphosphate receptor (IP3R)-containing endoplasmic reticulum (ER) signalosome allows localized control of PDE5A activity and of PKG-dependent inhibition of IP3-mediated release of ER Ca(2+) in human platelets...
May 12, 2017: Cellular Signalling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505987/improved-grasp-function-with-transcranial-direct-current-stimulation-in-chronic-spinal-cord-injury
#20
Mar Cortes, Ana Heloisa Medeiros, Aasta Gandhi, Peter Lee, Hermano Igo Krebs, Gary Thickbroom, Dylan Edwards
BACKGROUND: Recovering hand function has important implications for improving independence of patients with tetraplegia after traumatic spinal cord injury (SCI). Transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) is a noninvasive rehabilitation technique that has potential to improve motor function. OBJECTIVE: To investigate the effects of one session of 1 mA, 2 mA, and sham anodal tDCS (a-tDCS) in the upper extremity (hand) motor performance (grasp and lease) in patients with chronic cervical SCI...
May 10, 2017: NeuroRehabilitation
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