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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434147/increasing-the-safety-and-efficacy-of-chimeric-antigen-receptor-t-cell-therapy
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REVIEW
Hua Li, Yangbing Zhao
Chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T cell therapy is a promising cancer treatment that has recently been undergoing rapid development. However, there are still some major challenges, including precise tumor targeting to avoid off-target or "on-target/off-tumor" toxicity, adequate T cell infiltration and migration to solid tumors and T cell proliferation and persistence across the physical and biochemical barriers of solid tumors. In this review, we focus on the primary challenges and strategies to design safe and effective CAR T cells, including using novel cutting-edge technologies for CAR and vector designs to increase both the safety and efficacy, further T cell modification to overcome the tumor-associated immune suppression, and using gene editing technologies to generate universal CAR T cells...
April 22, 2017: Protein & Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433934/amino-acid-functionalized-gadofullerene-nanoparticles-with-superior-antitumor-activity-via-destruction-of-tumor-vasculature-in%C3%A2-vivo
#2
Yue Zhou, Ruijun Deng, Mingming Zhen, Jie Li, Mirong Guan, Wang Jia, Xue Li, Ying Zhang, Tong Yu, Toujun Zou, Zhigao Lu, Jun Guo, Lei Sun, Chunying Shu, Chunru Wang
Researchers have been puzzled of the therapy of malignant tumors and the current therapeutic strategies are always accompanied by toxicity or side effects. Developing efficient nanodrugs could reduce the dosage and greatly improve the therapeutic effects in cancer treatments. Here we initially reported a novel kind of gadofullerene nanoparticles functionalized with amino acid (β-alanine), which exhibited a superior antitumor activity in hepatoma H22 models via a novel therapeutic mechanism. The involvement of β-alanine improved the tumor inhibition rate up to 76...
April 14, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433858/reduced-graphene-oxide-chitosan-aptamer-interface-as-new-platform-for-ultrasensitive-detection-of-human-epidermal-growth-factor-receptor-2
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Arezoo Tabasi, Abdollah Noorbakhsh, Ensiyeh Sharifi
The present work describes an ultrasensitive electrochemical aptamer-based assay for detection of human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 protein (HER2) cancer biomarker as a model analyte. Results show that the reduced graphene oxide-chitosan (rGO-Chit) film as a suitable electrode material possesses great favorable properties including high homogeneity, good stability, large surface area and high fraction of amine groups as aptamer binding sites. Various steps of aptasensor fabrication were characterized using microscopic, energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDAX), Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy and electrochemical techniques...
April 18, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433584/electrohydrolysis-pretreatment-of-water-hyacinth-for-enhanced-hydrolysis
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Visva Bharati Barua, V Wilson Raju, Sophia Lippold, Ajay S Kalamdhad
This study investigates the use of electrohydrolysis pretreatment on water hyacinth to cut short the hydrolysis step and increase biogas production at the same time. Electrohydrolysis pretreatment of water hyacinth at 20V for 60min exhibited improved solubilisation (42.9%). Therefore, bio-chemical methane potential (BMP) test was carried out between water hyacinth pretreated at 20V for 60min and untreated water hyacinth. By the end of 30days, cumulative methane production of 2455±17mL CH4/g VS for electrohydrolysis pretreated substrate and 1936±27mL CH4/g VS for the untreated substrate was achieved...
April 8, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433451/prospective-randomized-study-comparing-two-cephalomedullary-nails-for-elderly-intertrochanteric-fractures-zimmer-natural-nail-versus-proximal-femoral-nail-antirotation-ii
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Young-Soo Shin, Jin-Eon Chae, Tae-Wook Kang, Seung-Beom Han
OBJECTIVES: Although both clinical and biomechanical studies suggest that cephalomedullary implants have a mechanical advantage over extramedullary implants, a high rate of complications or implant failure remains in elderly patients with osteoporosis. In an attempt to address some of these challenges, new implants with improved designs named proximal femoral nail antirotation II (PFNA II) and Zimmer natural nail (ZNN) were developed for elderly patients. Although the PFNA II reportedly has good clinical outcomes, it is unclear which implant achieves better safety and efficacy for treating intertrochanteric hip fractures...
April 13, 2017: Injury
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433394/a-modelling-comparison-between-received-sound-levels-produced-by-a-marine-vibroseis-array-and-those-from-an-airgun-array-for-some-typical-seismic-survey-scenarios
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Alec J Duncan, Linda S Weilgart, Russell Leaper, Michael Jasny, Sharon Livermore
Marine Vibroseis (MV) may provide a marine seismic sound source that has less environmental impact than conventional airguns. Modelled sound levels from a realistic MV array and airgun array with similar downward energy at frequencies <100Hz were compared under three scenarios: shallow, deep, and slope. Changing the layout of the MV array's higher frequency sources reduced sound exposure levels (SELs) by 4dB. At 100m range this MV was 20dB lower in peak-to-peak sound pressure level vs. the airgun array, decreasing to 12dB lower at 5km, the maximum modelled range for peak levels...
April 19, 2017: Marine Pollution Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432978/cadmium-hampers-salt-tolerance-of-sesuvium-portulacastrum
#7
Mariem Wali, Soledad Martos, Laura Pérez-Martín, Chedly Abdelly, Tahar Ghnaya, Charlotte Poschenrieder, Benet Gunsé
It is well known that salinity reduces cadmium toxicity in halophytes. However, the possible interference of Cd with the mechanisms of salt tolerance is poorly explored. The aim of this study was to see whether Cd affects salt tolerance mechanisms in the halophyte Sesuvium portulacastrum. S. portulacastrum plants obtained from cuttings were grown in hydroponics for 3 weeks and then exposed to low (0.09 mM) or moderate (200 mM) NaCl concentrations, alone or in combination with 25 μM CdCl2. Microscopy observation revealed two strategies of salt tolerance: euhalophytism and secretion of salt by bladder cells...
April 13, 2017: Plant Physiology and Biochemistry: PPB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432968/applicability-of-light-sources-and-the-inner-filter-effect-in-uv-acetylacetone-and-uv-h2o2-processes
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Bingdang Wu, Minghui Yang, Ran Yin, Shujuan Zhang
Light source is a crucial factor in the application of a photochemical process, which determines the energy efficiency. The performances of acetylacetone (AA) in conversion of aqueous contaminants under irradiation with a low-pressure mercury lamp, a medium-pressure mercury lamp, a xenon lamp, and natural sunlight were investigated and compared with those of H2O2 as reference. In all cases, AA was superior to H2O2 in the degradation of Acid Orange 7. Using combinations of the different light sources with various cut-off and band-pass filters, the spectra responses of the absorbed photons in the UV/AA and UV/H2O2 processes were determined for two colored and two colorless compounds...
April 10, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432963/health-hazards-of-child-labor-in-the-leather-products-and-surgical-instrument-manufacturing-industries-of-sialkot-pakistan
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Muhammad Junaid, Riffat Naseem Malik, De-Sheng Pei
Child labor is a major challenge in the developing countries and comprehensive health hazard identification studies on this issue are still lacking. Therefore, the current study is an effort to highlight the health concerns of child labor exposed in the key small scale industries of Sialkot, Pakistan. Our findings revealed jolting levels of heavy metals in the urine, blood, serum, saliva, and hair samples collected from the exposed children. For example, in the urine samples, Cd, Cr, Ni, and Pb were measured at the respective concentrations of 39...
April 19, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432762/microvascular-replantation-of-head-and-neck-amputated-parts-a-systematic-review
#10
REVIEW
Johnny I Efanov, Ixchel J Montoya, Ke N Huang, Charles Guertin, Patrick G Harris, Joseph Bou-Merhi, Alain M Danino
BACKGROUND: As opposed to upper and lower extremity amputations representing a considerable volume of admissions, the prowess of microsurgeons is seldom solicited in complex cases of head and neck replantation. Our aim was to determine the rate of successful replantation of craniofacial parts in a systematic review of the literature. METHODS: We performed a systematic review of English literature using PubMed/MEDLINE for every replantation of a head and neck parts...
April 22, 2017: Microsurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432571/cell-therapy-for-type-1-diabetes-current-and-future-strategies
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REVIEW
Yasaman Aghazadeh, Maria Cristina Nostro
PURPOSE OF THE REVIEW: Type 1 diabetes (T1D) is defined by an autoimmune destruction of insulin producing β-cells located in the endocrine part of the pancreas, the islets of Langerhans. As exogenous insulin administration fails at preventing severe complications associated with this disease, cell replacement therapies are being considered as a means to treat T1D. The purpose of this manuscript is to review the challenges associated with current strategies and discuss the potential of stem cell therapy for the treatment of T1D...
June 2017: Current Diabetes Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432147/cutting-edge-a-dual-tlr2-and-tlr7-ligand-induces-highly-potent-humoral-and-cell-mediated-immune-responses
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Alice Gutjahr, Laura Papagno, Francesco Nicoli, Alain Lamoureux, Fabienne Vernejoul, Thierry Lioux, Emma Gostick, David A Price, Gérard Tiraby, Eric Perouzel, Victor Appay, Bernard Verrier, Stéphane Paul
TLR agonists are currently being developed and tested as adjuvants in various formulations to optimize the immunogenicity and efficacy of vaccines. The aim of this study was to evaluate the immunostimulatory properties of a novel compound incorporating covalently linked moieties designed to stimulate both TLR2 and TLR7. This dual TLR2/TLR7 agonist induced the maturation of dendritic cells and primed substantial populations of cytolytic and highly polyfunctional effector CD8(+) T cells in vitro, and safely potentiated the immunogenic properties of a nanoparticulate Ag in vivo, eliciting humoral responses with a balanced TH1/TH2 profile in mice...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432093/diversity-of-integrative-and-conjugative-elements-of-streptococcus-salivarius-and-their-intra-and-interspecies-transfer
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Narimane Dahmane, Virginie Libante, Florence Charron-Bourgoin, Eric Guédon, Gérard Guédon, Nathalie Leblond-Bourget, Sophie Payot
Integrative and Conjugative Elements (ICEs) are widespread chromosomal mobile genetic elements, which can transfer autonomously by conjugation in bacteria. Thirteen ICEs with a conjugation module closely related to that of ICESt3 of Streptococcus thermophilus were characterized in Streptococcus salivarius by whole genome sequencing. Sequence comparison highlighted ICE evolution by shuffling of 3 different integration/excision modules (for integration in the 3' end of fda, rpsI or rpmG genes) with the conjugation module of the ICESt3 subfamily...
April 21, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432056/who-surgical-safety-checklist-cuts-post-surgical-deaths-by-22-us-study-finds
#14
Michael McCarthy
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 20, 2017: BMJ: British Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432051/impact-of-study-outcome-on-submission-and-acceptance-metrics-for-peer-reviewed-medical-journals-six-year-retrospective-review-of-all-completed-glaxosmithkline-human-drug-research-studies
#15
Gary Evoniuk, Bernadette Mansi, Barbara DeCastro, Jennie Sykes
Objectives To determine whether the outcome of drug studies influenced submission and/or acceptance rates for publication in peer reviewed medical journals.Design A six year retrospective review of publication status by study outcome for all human drug research studies conducted by a single industry sponsor (GlaxoSmithKline) that completed from 1 January 2009 to 30 June 2014 and were therefore due for manuscript submission (per the sponsor's policy) to peer reviewed journals within 18 months of study completion-that is, 31 December 2015...
April 21, 2017: BMJ: British Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431993/re-examining-psa-density-defining-the-optimal-psa-range-and-patients-for-using-psa-density-to-predict-prostate-cancer-using-extended-template-biopsy
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Joshua Stephen Jue, Marcelo Panizzutti Barboza, Nachiketh Soodana Prakash, Vivek Venkatramani, Varsha R Sinha, Nicola Pavan, Bruno Nahar, Pratik Kanabur, Michael Ahdoot, Yan Dong, Ramgopal Satyanarayana, Dipen J Parekh, Sanoj Punnen
OBJECTIVES: To compare the predictive accuracy of PSA density versus PSA across different PSA ranges and by prior biopsy status in a prospective cohort undergoing prostate biopsy. METHODS: Men from a prospective trial underwent an extended template biopsy to evaluate for prostate cancer at 26 sites throughout the US. The area under the receiver operating curve assessed the predictive accuracy of PSA density versus PSA across three PSA ranges (<4, 4-10, >10 ng/mL)...
April 18, 2017: Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431992/genomic-answers-for-recurrent-spontaneous-abortion-in-saudi-arabia-an-array-comparative-genomic-hybridization-approach
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Sajjad Karim, Hasan Salleh Jamal, Abdullraheem Rouzi, Mohammed Salleh M Ardawi, Hans-Juergen Schulten, Zeenat Mirza, Nuha A Alansari, Maha M Al-Quaiti, Heba Abusamra, Muhammad Imran Naseer, Rola Turki, Adeel Gulzar Chaudhary, Mamdooh Gari, Adel Mohammed Abuzenadah, Mohammed Hussain Al-Qhatani
To study the genomics/genetic factors associated with recurrent spontaneous abortion (RSA), as ∼50% of RSA are unexplained. However, chromosome abnormalities have been reported to play major role in RSA. We performed whole genome array-CGH based genomic analysis of forty four Saudi RSA patients to identify potential molecular and chromosomal abnormalities. We identified a total of 845 alterations, usually not detected by classic cytogenetic methods, in different genomic regions using a cut off value of -0...
April 18, 2017: Reproductive Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431809/pilot-study-of-changes-in-presepsin-concentrations-compared-with-changes-in-procalcitonin-and-c-reactive-protein-concentrations-after-cardiovascular-surgery
#18
Junichi Saito, Eiji Hashiba, Akio Mikami, Tomoyuki Kudo, Hidetomo Niwa, Kazuyoshi Hirota
OBJECTIVE: The authors investigated the presepsin-concentration profile after cardiac surgery compared with those of procalcitonin (PCT) and C-reactive protein (CRP). DESIGN: A single-center, prospective, observational clinical study. SETTING: Hirosaki University Hospital. PARTICIPANTS: Patients who underwent cardiovascular surgery without preoperative infection and end-stage kidney disease requiring dialysis. The patients also were subdivided into 2 groups with respect to the use of cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB)...
February 3, 2017: Journal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431788/morphology-of-the-inferior-border-of-the-mandible-correct-relation-between-the-lowest-position-of-the-outer-and-inner-contours-of-the-cortex-for-a-successful-split
#19
K Matsushita, M Donen, S Harata, K Nagamine, K Tei
For a sagittal split ramus osteotomy to be secure, the relation between the outer and inner contours of the cortex at the inferior border of the mandible is critical. The lowest point of the outer contour is not always immediately below that of the inner contour, and the former is placed more lingually than the latter in about a third of all cases. This tendency is much more noticeable in skeletal class I and II malocclusions than class III. It is therefore important to examine the lowest point of the inferior border in every case, and to carry the inferior part of the buccal cut on to the lingual side if necessary...
April 18, 2017: British Journal of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431746/re-evaluation-of-serum-ferritin-cut-off-values-for-the-diagnosis-of-iron-deficiency-in-children-aged-12-36-months
#20
Kawsari Abdullah, Catherine S Birken, Jonathon L Maguire, Darcy Fehlings, Anthony J Hanley, Kevin E Thorpe, Patricia C Parkin
An ongoing challenge has been determining clinically relevant serum ferritin cut-offs in the diagnosis of iron deficiency in children aged 1-3 years. We identified 2 potential clinically relevant serum ferritin cut-off values through their association with clinically important cut-off of hemoglobin as the indicator of anemia.
April 18, 2017: Journal of Pediatrics
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