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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921298/female-induced-remote-regulation-of-sperm-physiology-may-provide-opportunities-for-gamete-level-mate-choice
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Jukka Kekäläinen, Jonathan P Evans
In sedentary externally fertilizing species, direct interactions between mating partners are limited and pre-fertilization communication between sexes occur largely at the gamete level. Certain combinations of eggs and sperm often have higher fertilization success than others, which may be contingent on egg-derived chemical factors that preferentially attract sperm from compatible males. Here, we examine the mechanisms underlying such effects in the marine mussel Mytilus galloprovincialis, where differential sperm attraction has recently been shown to be associated with variation in offspring viability...
December 6, 2016: Evolution; International Journal of Organic Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920500/design-synthesis-and-evaluation-of-vegf-sirna-crs-as-a-novel-vector-for-gene-delivery
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Wen Zhao, Yifan Zhang, Xueyun Jiang, Chunying Cui
Small interfering RNA (siRNA) delivery is a prospective method in gene therapy, but it has application limitations such as negative charge, water solubility and high molecular weight. In this study, a safe and efficient nano-vector, CRS, was designed and synthesized to facilitate siRNA delivery. Physical and chemical properties of VEGF-siRNA/CRS were characterized by methods including scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy, zeta potential (ζ) measurement, drug-releasing rate measurement, gel electrophoresis and confocal microscopy...
2016: Drug Design, Development and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919278/microrna-19b-3p-regulates-nasopharyngeal-carcinoma-radiosensitivity-by-targeting-tnfaip3-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-axis
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Teng Huang, Li Yin, Jing Wu, Jia-Jia Gu, Jian-Zhong Wu, Dan Chen, Hong-Liang Yu, Kai Ding, Nan Zhang, Ming-Yu Du, Lu-Xi Qian, Zhi-Wei Lu, Xia He
BACKGROUND: Nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC) is among the most common squamous cell carcinoma in South China and Southeast Asia. Radiotherapy is the primary treatment for NPC. However, radioresistance acts as a significant factor that limits the efficacy of radiotherapy for NPC patients. Growing evidence supports that microRNAs (miRNAs) play an important role in radiation response. METHODS: Real-time quantitative PCR was used to analyze the expression of miR-19b-3p in NPC cell lines and NP69...
December 5, 2016: Journal of Experimental & Clinical Cancer Research: CR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917976/institutional-development-and-policy-frameworks-for-pastoralism-from-local-to-regional-perspectives
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B Bonfoh, G Fokou, L Crump, J Zinsstag, E Schelling
Pastoralists are among the most politically and economically marginalised communities in the world. They have less and less access to the natural resources on which their livelihoods depend and very limited access to basic socio-economic services and infrastructure. This paper builds on a number of studies carried out in the Sahel, the Horn of Africa, Central Asia and the Swiss Alps to address the institutional dynamics required for sustainable pastoralism. Specifically, the authors question the way in which institutions and policies are currently shaped and suggest that reforming these could contribute to new avenues for pastoralism...
November 2016: Revue Scientifique et Technique
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917970/enhancing-the-economic-viability-of-pastoralism-the-need-to-balance-interventions
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H Rueff, I Rahim
Extensive mobile pastoral systems do not follow conventional marketing optimisation models, since they must deal with the factors of mobility, erratic environments, dependency on natural resources, seasonality, and distance to markets. While pastoralist systems contribute substantially to national economies, government investment to support pastoralism remains limited or non-existent. Pastoralists are becoming increasingly integrated into larger market systems and therefore need investment and specially adapted policies to supply a growing demand for livestock products and to support their livelihoods...
November 2016: Revue Scientifique et Technique
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916868/characterization-and-schwann-cell-seeding-of-up-to-15-0-cm-long-spider-silk-nerve-conduits-for-reconstruction-of-peripheral-nerve-defects
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Tim Kornfeld, Peter M Vogt, Vesna Bucan, Claas-Tido Peck, Kerstin Reimers, Christine Radtke
Nerve reconstruction of extended nerve defect injuries still remains challenging with respect to therapeutic options. The gold standard in nerve surgery is the autologous nerve graft. Due to the limitation of adequate donor nerves, surgical alternatives are needed. Nerve grafts made out of either natural or artificial materials represent this alternative. Several biomaterials are being explored and preclinical and clinical applications are ongoing. Unfortunately, nerve conduits with successful enhancement of axonal regeneration for nerve defects measuring over 4...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Functional Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916828/enhancing-anticancer-effect-of-gefitinib-across-the-blood-brain-barrier-model-using-liposomes-modified-with-one-%C3%AE-helical-cell-penetrating-peptide-or-glutathione-and-tween-80
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Kuan-Hung Lin, Shu-Ting Hong, Hsiang-Tsui Wang, Yu-Li Lo, Anya Maan-Yuh Lin, James Chih-Hsin Yang
Epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKI), such as gefitinib, have been demonstrated to effectively treat the patients of extracranial non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). However, these patients often develop brain metastasis (BM) during their disease course. The major obstacle to treat BM is the limited penetration of anticancer drugs across the blood-brain barrier (BBB). In the present study, we utilized gefitinib-loaded liposomes with different modifications to improve gefitinib delivery across the in vitro BBB model of bEnd...
November 29, 2016: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916399/fat-grafting-is-a-feasible-technique-for-the-sequelae-of-head-and-neck-cancer-treatment
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J Gutiérrez Santamaría, J Masiá Gridilla, J Pamias Romero, J Giralt López-de-Sagredo, M S Bescós Atín
OBJECTIVE: The fatty tissue regenerative properties have already been used to correct secondary scars (mastectomy, HIV lipodystrophy), resulting in improved elasticity and tissue quality. However there has been limited experience in treating the sequela of head and neck cancer treatment using fat tissue grafting. The objective of this study was to perform a preliminary evaluation of the injection of autologous fat (IAF) technique, for the sequelae treatment in head and neck cancer patients...
November 1, 2016: Journal of Cranio-maxillo-facial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913864/losing-a-battle-but-winning-the-war-moving-past-preference-performance-to-understand-native-herbivore-novel-host-plant-interactions
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Leone M Brown, Greg A Breed, Paul M Severns, Elizabeth E Crone
Introduced plants can positively affect population viability by augmenting the diet of native herbivores, but can negatively affect populations if they are subpar or toxic resources. In organisms with complex life histories, such as insects specializing on host plants, the impacts of a novel host may differ across life stages, with divergent effects on population persistence. Most research on effects of novel hosts has focused on adult oviposition preference and larval performance, but adult preference may not optimize offspring performance, nor be indicative of host quality from a demographic perspective...
December 2, 2016: Oecologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912181/scaling-up-and-ionic-liquid-based-extraction-of-pectinases-from-aspergillus-flavipes-cultures
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Vicente E Wolf-Márquez, M Aurora Martínez-Trujillo, Guillermo Aguilar Osorio, Faustino Patiño, María S Álvarez, Ana Rodríguez, M Ángeles Sanromán, Francisco J Deive
The viability of the scaling-up of pectinases production by Aspergillus flavipes at 5L-bioreactor scale has been demonstrated by keeping constant the power input, and a drastic increase in the endo- and exopectinolytic enzyme production was recorded (7- and 40-fold, respectively). The main process variables were modelled by means of logistic and Gompertz equations. In order to overcome the limitations of the conventional downstream strategies, a novel extraction strategy was proposed on the basis of the adequate salting-out potential of two biocompatible cholinium-based ionic liquids (N1112OHCl and N1112OHH2PO4) in aqueous solutions of Tergitol, reaching more than 90% of extraction...
November 18, 2016: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911363/generation-of-induced-pluripotent-stem-cells-from-human-melanoma-tumor-infiltrating-lymphocytes
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Hidehito Saito, Kumiko Iwabuchi, Noemi Fusaki, Fumito Ito
Adoptive transfer of ex vivo expanded autologous tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes (TILs) can mediate durable and complete responses in significant subsets of patients with metastatic melanoma. Major obstacles of this approach are the reduced viability of transferred T cells, caused by telomere shortening, and the limited number of TILs obtained from patients. Less-differentiated T cells with long telomeres would be an ideal T cell subset for adoptive T cell therapy;however, generating large numbers of these less-differentiated T cells is problematic...
November 11, 2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910847/efficiency-limits-for-photoelectrochemical-water-splitting
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Katherine T Fountaine, Hans Joachim Lewerenz, Harry A Atwater
Theoretical limiting efficiencies have a critical role in determining technological viability and expectations for device prototypes, as evidenced by the photovoltaics community's focus on detailed balance. However, due to their multicomponent nature, photoelectrochemical devices do not have an equivalent analogue to detailed balance, and reported theoretical efficiency limits vary depending on the assumptions made. Here we introduce a unified framework for photoelectrochemical device performance through which all previous limiting efficiencies can be understood and contextualized...
December 2, 2016: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908629/evaluation-of-the-cytotoxicity-genotoxicity-and-mucus-permeation-capacity-of-several-surface-modified-poly-anhydride-nanoparticles-designed-for-oral-drug-delivery
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T Iglesias, A López de Cerain, Juan Manuel Irache, N Martín-Arbella, M Wilcox, J Pearson, A Azqueta
The main concerns with drugs designed for oral administration are their inactivation or degradation in the harsh conditions of the gastrointestinal tract, their poor solubility through the gastrointestinal mucus gel layer, the poor intestinal epithelium permeability that limits their absorption, and their toxicity. In this context, poly(anhydride) nanoparticles are capable of protecting the drug from the harsh environment, reduce the drug's toxicity and, by virtue of surface modification, to enhance or reduce their mucus permeability and the bioadhesion to specific target cells...
November 28, 2016: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905090/marker-assisted-breeding-of-the-rice-restorer-line-wanhui-6725-for-disease-resistance-submergence-tolerance-and-aromatic-fragrance
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Yanchang Luo, Tingchen Ma, Aifang Zhang, Kar Hui Ong, Zefu Li, Jianbo Yang, Zhongchao Yin
BACKGROUND: Rice is a staple food crop in the world. With the increase in world population and economic development, farmers need to produce more rice in limited field. However, the rice production is frequently affected by biotic and abiotic stresses. The use of natural disease resistance and stress tolerance through genetic breeding is the most efficient and economical way to combat or acclimate to these stresses. In addition, rice with aromatic fragrance can significantly increase market value for its good grain quality...
December 2016: Rice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899629/enhanced-non-viral-gene-delivery-by-coordinated-endosomal-release-and-inhibition-of-%C3%AE-tubulin-deactylase
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Yoon Khei Ho, Li Han Zhou, Kam C Tam, Heng Phon Too
Efficient non-viral gene delivery is highly desirable but often unattainable with some cell-types. We report here that non-viral DNA polyplexes can efficiently transfect differentiated neuronal and stem cells. Polyplex transfection centrifugation protocols was enhanced by including a simultaneous treatment with a DOPE/CHEMS lipid suspension and a microtubule inhibitor, Tubastatin A. Lipoplex transfection protocols were not improved by this treatment. This mechanism of action was unravelled by systematically identifying and rationally mitigating barriers limiting high transfection efficiency, allowing unexpected improvements in the transfection of mesenchymal stem cells (MSC), primary neuron and several hard-to-transfect cell types beyond what are currently achievable using cationic polymers...
November 29, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898411/radioprotective-effects-of-heat-killed-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-in-cultured-cells-and-radiosensitive-tissues
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Yuanyuan Chen, Yang Xu, Jicong Du, Jiaming Guo, Xiao Lei, Jianguo Cui, Cong Liu, Ying Cheng, Bailong Li, Fu Gao, Jintao Ju, Jianming Cai, Yanyong Yang
BACKGROUND: Exposure to ionizing radiation (IR) often causes severe damage to radiosensitive tissues, which limits the use of radiotherapy in cancer patients. Novel safe and effective radioprotectant is urgently required. It has been reported toll like receptor 2 (TLR2) plays a critical role in radioresistance. In this study, we demonstrated the protective effects of Heat-Killed Mycobacterium tuberculosis (HKMT), a potent TLR2 agonist, against IR. METHODS: Cell survival and apoptosis were determined by CCK-8 assay and Annexin V assay, respectively...
November 30, 2016: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898018/combating-ebola-with-repurposed-therapeutics-using-the-cando-platform
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Gaurav Chopra, Sashank Kaushik, Peter L Elkin, Ram Samudrala
Ebola virus disease (EVD) is extremely virulent with an estimated mortality rate of up to 90%. However, the state-of-the-art treatment for EVD is limited to quarantine and supportive care. The 2014 Ebola epidemic in West Africa, the largest in history, is believed to have caused more than 11,000 fatalities. The countries worst affected are also among the poorest in the world. Given the complexities, time, and resources required for a novel drug development, finding efficient drug discovery pathways is going to be crucial in the fight against future outbreaks...
November 25, 2016: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895122/reciprocal-regulation-of-target-of-rapamycin-complex-1-and-potassium-accumulation
#18
Cecilia Primo, Alba Ferri-Blázquez, Robbie Loewith, Lynne Yenush
The proper maintenance of potassium homeostasis is crucial for cell viability. Among the major determinants of potassium uptake in the model organism Saccharomyces cerevisiae are the Trk1 high affinity potassium transporter and the functionally redundant Hal4 (Sat4) and Hal5 protein kinases. These kinases are required for the plasma membrane accumulation of not only Trk1, but also several nutrient permeases. Here, we show that overexpression of the Target of Rapamycin Complex 1 (TORC1) effector NPR1 improves hal4 hal5 growth defects by stabilizing nutrient permeases at the plasma membrane...
November 28, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894120/end-of-life-care-and-survival-without-major-brain-damage-in-newborns-at-the-limit-of-viability
#19
Fermín García-Muñoz Rodrigo, Lourdes Urquía Martí, José Ángel García Hernández, Josep Figueras Aloy, Alfredo García-Alix Pérez
BACKGROUND: The probabilities of survival and survival without major brain damage (MBD) are low in newborns at the limit of viability. Survival without MBD constitutes a major concern for parents and professionals. OBJECTIVES: To know the probabilities of survival without MBD in newborns ≤26 weeks' gestational age (GA) relative to the total number of survivors, whether these probabilities vary with GA, and how end-of-life (EoL) decisions influence these results...
November 29, 2016: Neonatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893823/shared-decision-making-at-the-limit-of-viability-a-blueprint-for-physician-action
#20
Thierry Daboval, Sarah Shidler, Daniel Thomas
OBJECTIVE: To document interactions during the antenatal consultation between parents and neonatologist that parents linked to their satisfaction with their participation in shared decision making for their infant at risk of being born at the limit of viability. METHODS: This multiple-case ethnomethodological qualitative research study, included mothers admitted for a threatened premature delivery between 200/7 and 266/7 weeks gestation, the father, and the staff neonatologist conducting the clinical antenatal consultation...
2016: PloS One
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