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Balakumaran Chandrasekar, Tram Ngoc Hong, Renier A L van der Hoorn
Activity-based protein profiling (ABPP) has emerged as a powerful proteomic approach to study the active proteins in their native environment by using chemical probes that label active site residues in proteins. Traditionally, ABPP is classified as either comparative or competitive ABPP. In this protocol, we describe a simple method called convolution ABPP, which takes benefit from both the competitive and comparative ABPP. Convolution ABPP allows one to detect if a reduced signal observed during comparative ABPP could be due to the presence of inhibitors...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
Thi Tram Chau Nguyen, Cuu Khoa Nguyen, Thi Hiep Nguyen, Ngoc Quyen Tran
In the study, four kinds of pluronics (P123, F68, F127 and F108) with varying hydrophilic-lipophilic balance (HLB) values were modified and conjugated on 4th generation of polyamidoamine dendrimer (PAMAM). The obtained results from FT-IR, (1)H NMR and GPC showed that the pluronics effectively conjugated on the dendrimer. The molecular weight of four PAMAM G4.0-Pluronics and its morphologies are in range of 200.15-377.14kDa and around 60-180nm in diameter by TEM, respectively. Loading efficiency and release of hydrophobic fluorouracil (5-FU) anticancer drug were evaluated by HPLC; Interesting that the dendrimer nanocarrier was conjugated with the highly lipophilic pluronic P123 (G4...
January 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
Christopher J Day, Rebecca M King, Lucy K Shewell, Greg Tram, Tahria Najnin, Lauren E Hartley-Tassell, Jennifer C Wilson, Aaron D Fleetwood, Igor B Zhulin, Victoria Korolik
A rare chemotaxis receptor, Tlp11, has been previously identified in invasive strains of Campylobacter jejuni, the most prevalent cause of bacterial gastroenteritis worldwide. Here we use glycan and small-molecule arrays, as well as surface plasmon resonance, to show that Tlp11 specifically interacts with galactose. Tlp11 is required for the chemotactic response of C. jejuni to galactose, as shown using wild type, allelic inactivation and addition mutants. The inactivated mutant displays reduced virulence in vivo, in a model of chicken colonization...
October 20, 2016: Nature Communications
Antonio Espinosa-de-Los-Monteros, Héctor Avendano-Peza, Yuri W Novitsky
Breast reconstruction with a pedicled transverse rectus abdominis muscle (TRAM) flap can result in significant abdominal wall donor-site morbidity. Although the pedicled TRAM flap donor area reinforced with mesh results in decreased rates of postoperative abdominal bulging and hernias, the best technique to accomplish that is yet to be elucidated. We present our novel technique of posterior components separation with transversus abdominis muscle release and retromuscular mesh reinforcement for donor-area closure during pedicled TRAM flap breast reconstruction...
September 2016: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Global Open
B Bonito, D R P Sauter, A Schwab, M B A Djamgoz, I Novak
In the recent decades, ion channels became the focus of cancer biologists, as many channels are overexpressed in tumour tissue and functionally they are linked to abnormal cell behaviour with processes including apoptosis, chemo- and radioresistance, proliferation and migration. KCa3.1 is a Ca(2+)-activated K(+) channel that plays a central role in tumour progression in many cancer types. Therefore, the aim of the present study was to investigate KCa3.1 expression in pancreatic cancer cells and assess possible implications to disease progression...
October 17, 2016: Pflügers Archiv: European Journal of Physiology
Samuel Golpanian, David J Gerth, Jun Tashiro, Seth R Thaller
INTRODUCTION: Conventionally, free transverse rectus abdominis myocutaneous (fTRAM) flap breast reconstruction has been associated with decreased donor site morbidity and improved flap inset. However, clinical success depends upon more sophisticated technical expertise and facilities. This study aims to characterize postoperative outcomes undergoing free versus pedicled TRAM (pTRAM) flap breast reconstruction. METHODS: Nationwide inpatient sample database (2008-2011) was reviewed for cases of fTRAM (ICD-9-CM 85...
October 14, 2016: Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
Ryan M Kwok, Tram T Tran
Chronic hepatitis B infection (CHB) is a known risk factor for malignancy. Unlike hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), less is known about the risk of non-HCC malignancy. However, epidemiology and pathologic evidence suggests a strong association between non-Hodgkin lymphoma and CHB. Data regarding the risk of other malignancies, such as pancreatic adenocarcinoma and intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma, are mixed. Surveillance and appropriate treatment of infection and malignancy in these patients is essential. Further study of these associations is needed and may bring new insights in the pathogenesis and treatment of these diseases...
November 2016: Clinics in Liver Disease
Vincent Madelain, Jérémie Guedj, France Mentré, Thi Huyen Tram Nguyen, Frédéric Jacquot, Lisa Oestereich, Takumi Kadota, Koichi Yamada, Anne-Marie Taburet, Xavier de Lamballerie, Hervé Raoul
Favipiravir is a RNA polymerase inhibitor that showed a strong antiviral efficacy in vitro and in small animal models of several viruses responsible for hemorrhagic fever (HF) including Ebola virus. The aim of this work was to characterize the complex pharmacokinetics of favipiravir in non-human primates (NHP) in order to guide future efficacy studies of favipiravir in large animal models.Four different studies were conducted in 30 uninfected cynomolgus macaques of Chinese (n=17) or Mauritian (n=13) origin treated with intravenous favipiravir for 7 to 14 days with maintenance doses of 60 to 180 mg/kg BID...
October 10, 2016: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
Katherin Patsch, Chi-Li Chiu, Mark Engeln, David B Agus, Parag Mallick, Shannon M Mumenthaler, Daniel Ruderman
Live cell imaging has improved our ability to measure phenotypic heterogeneity. However, bottlenecks in imaging and image processing often make it difficult to differentiate interesting biological behavior from technical artifact. Thus there is a need for new methods that improve data quality without sacrificing throughput. Here we present a 3-step workflow to improve dynamic phenotype measurements of heterogeneous cell populations. We provide guidelines for image acquisition, phenotype tracking, and data filtering to remove erroneous cell tracks using the novel Tracking Aberration Measure (TrAM)...
October 6, 2016: Scientific Reports
Ayfer Özdemir, Erkan Orhan, Serdar Altun, Emre İnözü
OBJECTIVE: Transverse Rectus Abdominis Myocutaneous (TRAM) flap is commonly used in breast reconstruction. The aim of this study is to demonstrate the effects of cilostazol on TRAM flap viability in a rat TRAM model. METHODS: Twenty-four Wistar rats were used. They were divided into four groups. Rats in Group 1 were applied TRAM flap. In Group 2, cilostazol 30 mg/kg was administered to rats via oral gavage 3 hours before the flap surgery. After the flap surgery, cilostazol 30 mg/kg was administered via oral gavage twice a day for 7 days...
October 6, 2016: Journal of Plastic Surgery and Hand Surgery
Ki Yong Hong, Lan Sook Chang, Hak Chang, Kyung Won Minn, Ung Sik Jin
BACKGROUND: Breast reconstruction with microvascular free tissue transfer has become a widely used method. Despite a high rate of success, a compromised flap necessitating re-exploration can occur. Here, we introduce direct thrombectomy as a flap salvage technique, and compared the results with conventional thrombectomy. METHODS: A total of 488 patients who underwent breast reconstruction using a free transverse rectus abdominis myocutaneous flap between March 2009 and February 2014 were retrospectively analyzed...
October 5, 2016: Microsurgery
Fabien Taieb, Tran Hong Tram, Hien Thi Ho, Van Anh Pham, Lan Nguyen, Ban Hien Pham, Linh An Tong, Edouard Tuaillon, Eric Delaporte, Anh Tuan Nguyen, Duc Duong Bui, NhanThi Do, Yoann Madec
Background.  Although it is the best method to detect early therapeutic failure, viral load (VL) monitoring is still not widely available in many resource-limited settings because of difficulties in specimen transfer, personnel shortage, and insufficient laboratory infrastructures. Dried blood spot (DBS) use, which was introduced in the latest World Health Organization recommendations, can overcome these difficulties. This evaluation aimed at validating VL measurement in DBS, in a laboratory without previous DBS experience and in routine testing conditions...
September 2016: Open Forum Infectious Diseases
Hai M Nguyen, Eva M Grössinger, Makoto Horiuchi, Kyle W Davis, Lee-Way Jin, Izumi Maezawa, Heike Wulff
Microglia are highly plastic cells that can assume different phenotypes in response to microenvironmental signals. Lipopolysaccharide (LPS) and interferon-γ (IFN-γ) promote differentiation into classically activated M1-like microglia, which produce high levels of pro-inflammatory cytokines and nitric oxide and are thought to contribute to neurological damage in ischemic stroke and Alzheimer's disease. IL-4 in contrast induces a phenotype associated with anti-inflammatory effects and tissue repair. We here investigated whether these microglia subsets vary in their K(+) channel expression by differentiating neonatal mouse microglia into M(LPS) and M(IL-4) microglia and studying their K(+) channel expression by whole-cell patch-clamp, quantitative PCR and immunohistochemistry...
October 3, 2016: Glia
Gui-Yong Park, Eul-Sik Yoon, Hee-Eun Cho, Byung-Il Lee, Seung-Ha Park
BACKGROUND: The objective of this paper was to describe a novel technique for improving the maintenance of nipple projection in primary nipple reconstruction by using acellular dermal matrix as a strut in one of three different configurations, according to the method of prior breast reconstruction. The struts were designed to best fill the different types of dead spaces in nipple reconstruction depending on the breast reconstruction method. METHODS: A total of 50 primary nipple reconstructions were performed between May 2012 and May 2015...
September 2016: Archives of Plastic Surgery
Qin Yang, Maren J Pröll, Dessie Salilew-Wondim, Rui Zhang, Dawit Tesfaye, Huitao Fan, Mehmet U Cinar, Christine Große-Brinkhaus, Ernst Tholen, Mohammad A Islam, Michael Hölker, Karl Schellander, Muhammad J Uddin, Christiane Neuhoff
Pulmonary alveolar macrophages (AMs) are important in defense against bacterial lung inflammation. Cluster of differentiation 14 (CD14) is involved in recognizing bacterial lipopolysaccharide (LPS) through MyD88-dependent and TRIF pathways of innate immunity. Sulforaphane (SFN) shows anti-inflammatory activity and suppresses DNA methylation. To identify CD14 epigenetic changes by SFN in the LPS-induced TRIF pathway, an AMs model was investigated in vitro CD14 gene expression was induced by 5 µg/ml LPS at the time point of 12 h and suppressed by 5 µM SFN...
September 29, 2016: Innate Immunity
Dai Thien Nhan Tram, Hao Wang, Sigit Sugiarto, Tao Li, Wee Han Ang, Chengkuo Lee, Giorgia Pastorin
Nanotechnology has gained much attention over the last decades, as it offers unique opportunities for the advancement of the next generation of sensing tools. Point-of-care (POC) devices for the selective detection of biomolecules using engineered nanoparticles have become a main research thrust in the diagnostic field. This review presents an overview on how the POC-associated nanotechnology, currently applied for the identification of nucleic acids, proteins and antibodies, might be further exploited for the detection of infectious pathogens: although still premature, future integrations of nanoparticles with biological markers that target specific microorganisms will enable timely therapeutic intervention against life-threatening infectious diseases...
September 26, 2016: Biotechnology Advances
Kha Tram, Sepehr Manochehry, Qian Feng, Dingran Chang, Bruno J Salena, Yingfu Li
There are increasing demands for simple but still effective methods that can be used to detect specific pathogens for point-of-care or field applications. Such methods need to be user-friendly and produce reliable results that can be easily interpreted by both specialists and non-professionals. The litmus test for pH is simple, quick, and effective as it reports the pH of a test sample via a simple color change. We have developed an approach to take advantage of the litmus test for bacterial detection. The method exploits a bacterium-specific RNA-cleaving DNAzyme to achieve two functions: recognizing a bacterium of interest and providing a mechanism to control the activity of urease...
2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
Hong Phuoc Duong, Karl Martin Wissing, Nathalie Tram, Georges Mascart, Philippe Lepage, Khalid Ismaili
Automated flow cytometry of urine remains incompletely validated to rule out urinary tract infection (UTI) in children. This cross-sectional analytical study was performed to compare the predictive values of flow cytometry and dipstick as initial diagnostic tests for UTI in febrile children and prospectively included 1106 children (1247 episodes). Urine culture was used as the gold standard test for UTI. The diagnostic performance of screening tests to diagnose UTI were established using receiver-operating characteristic (ROC) analysis...
September 28, 2016: Journal of Clinical Microbiology
Jeong Tae Kim, Youn Hwan Kim, Sang Wha Kim
INTRODUCTION: Fibrin sealants have had applications in hemostasis, cohesion, and promotion of healing in plastic surgery. In this article, we review cases where fibrin sealant was used to stabilize microvascular pedicles and compared with previous free flaps performed without fibrin sealant. METHODS: Between 2008 and 2010, 62 consecutive patients underwent free tissue transfer for reconstruction; this involved 33 latissimus dorsi perforator flaps, 14 thoracodorsal artery perforator flaps, 9 latissimus dorsi myocutaneous flaps, 3 lateral thoracic artery perforator flaps, and 3 transverse rectus abdominis myocutaneous flaps, used in head and neck reconstruction, lower limb reconstructions, breast reconstructions, and facial palsy reconstruction...
September 16, 2016: Microsurgery
Elisa Mariani, Flavia Frabetti, Andrea Tarozzi, Maria Chiara Pelleri, Fabrizio Pizzetti, Raffaella Casadei
The understanding of the genetic basis of the Parkinson's disease (PD) and the correlation between genotype and phenotype has revolutionized our knowledge about the pathogenetic mechanisms of neurodegeneration, opening up exciting new therapeutic and neuroprotective perspectives. Genomic knowledge of PD is still in its early stages and can provide a good start for studies of the molecular mechanisms that underlie the gene expression variations and the epigenetic mechanisms that may contribute to the complex and characteristic phenotype of PD...
2016: PloS One
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