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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525618/establishing-expanding-and-certifying-a-closed-colony-of-phlebotomus-argentipes-diptera-psychodidae-for-xenodiagnostic-studies-at-the-kala-azar-medical-research-center-muzaffarpur-bihar-india
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Puja Tiwary, Shakti Kumar Singh, Anurag Kumar Kushwaha, Edgar Rowton, David Sacks, Om Prakash Singh, Shyam Sundar, Phillip Lawyer
This pilot project was preliminary and essential to a larger effort to define the ability of certain human-subject groups across the infection spectrum to serve as reservoirs of Leishmania donovani infection to sand flies in areas of anthroponotic transmission such as in Bihar state, India. This is possible only via xenodiagnosis of well-defined subject groups using live vector sand flies. The objective was to establish at the Kala Azar Medical Research Center (KAMRC), Muzaffarpur, Bihar, India, a self-sustaining colony of Phlebotomus argentipes (Annandale & Brunneti), closed to infusion with wild-caught material and certified safe for human xenodiagnosis...
May 19, 2017: Journal of Medical Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521254/cs-peg-decorated-plga-nano-prototype-for-delivery-of-bioactive-compounds-a-novel-approach-for-induction-of-apoptosis-in-hepg2-cell-line
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Ahmed A Abd-Rabou, Hanaa H Ahmed
PURPOSE: Polymer-based nanoparticles are used as vectors for cancer drug delivery. The bioactive compounds (quercetin, ellagic acid and gallic acid) are well known to be not only antioxidants but also chemopreventive candidates against various types of cancers. To circumvent the low bioavailability and the short half-life time obstacles, we hypothesized a novel PLGA nano-platform functionalized with CS and PEG to encapsulate these phytochemicals. This encapsulation will protect the compounds from the phagocytic uptake and deliver PLGA-CS-PEG nano-prototype with high biodegradability and biosafety...
March 12, 2017: Advances in Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511995/live-full-term-mouse-pups-from-oocytes-grown-and-matured-in-vitro-with-serum-substitutes
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Hideyuki H Motohashi, Ryoma Taniguchi, Junpei Sakamoto, Tadashi Sankai, Hidemi Kada
For in vitro growth and maturation of mouse oocytes (IVG-IVM), serum is added to media up to and including the stage of oocyte maturation; this subsequently supports oocytes through fertilization and early embryo development. However, problems may occur with sera, such as batch differences and issues of biosafety. The purpose of the present study was to determine the capacity for fertilization and pre- and post-implantation development of oocytes that underwent IVG-IVM with a serum substitute. Oocyte-granulosa cell complexes from preantral follicles were cultured in medium with either fetal bovine serum (FBS), Serum Substitute Supplement™ (SSS), or Knockout™ Serum Replacement (KSR) for 10days, and were then allowed to mature for 17 h...
May 13, 2017: Reproductive Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511994/study-of-rubella-candidate-vaccine-based-on-a-structurally-modified-plant-virus
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Ekaterina A Trifonova, Vladimir A Zenin, Nikolai A Nikitin, Maria S Yurkova, Ekaterina M Ryabchevskaya, Egor V Putlyaev, Ekaterina K Donchenko, Olga A Kondakova, Alexey N Fedorov, Joseph G Atabekov, Olga V Karpova
A novel rubella candidate vaccine based on a structurally modified plant virus - spherical particles (SPs) - was developed. SPs generated by the thermal remodelling of the tobacco mosaic virus are promising platforms for the development of vaccines. SPs combine unique properties: biosafety, stability, high immunogenicity and the effective adsorption of antigens. We assembled in vitro and characterised complexes (candidate vaccine) based on SPs and the rubella virus recombinant antigen. The candidate vaccine induced a strong humoral immune response against rubella...
May 13, 2017: Antiviral Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28510512/field-trial-of-insect-resistant-and-herbicide-tolerant-genetically-modified-cotton-gossypium-hirsutum-l-for-environmental-risk-assessment-in-japan
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Yoko Asanuma, Takahiro Gondo, Genki Ishigaki, Koichi Inoue, Norihiro Zaita, Melody Muguerza, Ryo Akashi
Japan imports cottonseed mainly from Australia and the USA where more than 96% of all cotton varieties grown are genetically modified (GM). GM crops undergo an environmental risk assessment (ERA) under the Law Concerning the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Biological Diversity before import into Japan. Potential adverse effects on biodiversity are comprehensively assessed based on competitiveness, production of harmful substances and outcrossing ability. Even though imported cottonseed is intended for food and feed uses and not for cultivation, the potential risks from seed spillage during transport must be evaluated...
April 3, 2017: GM Crops & Food
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505171/rapid-deployment-of-a-mobile-biosafety-level-3-laboratory-in-sierra-leone-during-the-2014-ebola-virus-epidemic
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Yi Zhang, Yan Gong, Chengyu Wang, Wensen Liu, Zhongyi Wang, Zhiping Xia, Zhaoyang Bu, Huijun Lu, Yang Sun, Xiaoguang Zhang, Yuxi Cao, Fan Yang, Haoxiang Su, Yi Hu, Yongqiang Deng, Bo Zhou, Zongzheng Zhao, Yingying Fu, David Kargbo, Foday Dafae, Brima Kargbo, Alex Kanu, Linna Liu, Jun Qian, Zhendong Guo
BACKGROUND: Ebola virus emerged in West Africa in December 2013. The high population mobility and poor public health infrastructure in this region led to the development of the largest Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak to date. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: On September 26, 2014, China dispatched a Mobile Biosafety Level-3 Laboratory (MBSL-3 Lab) and a well-trained diagnostic team to Sierra Leone to assist in EVD diagnosis using quantitative real-time PCR, which allowed the diagnosis of suspected EVD cases in less than 4 hours from the time of sample receiving...
May 15, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28501667/update-and-new-insights-in-encephalitis
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Alexandra Mailles, Jean-Paul Stahl, Karen C Bloch
BACKGROUND: Encephalitis is a medical condition possibly caused by an unlimited number of infectious agents. AIMS: Our review aims at giving an overview of the recent discoveries and advances in encephalitis presentation, diagnosis and management, including in the field of emerging diseases. SOURCES: We search the literature using Pubmed and Embase to identify the most relevant new data published over the last years in the field of infectious encephalitis...
May 10, 2017: Clinical Microbiology and Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28496319/in-vivo-toxicologic-study-of-larger-silica-nanoparticles-in-mice
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Wai-Tao Chan, Cheng-Che Liu, Jen-Shiu Chiang Chiau, Shang-Ting Tsai, Chih-Kai Liang, Mei-Lien Cheng, Hung-Chang Lee, Chun-Yun Yeung, Shao-Yi Hou
Silica nanoparticles (SiNPs) are being studied and used for medical purposes. As nanotechnology grows rapidly, its biosafety and toxicity have frequently raised concerns. However, diverse results have been reported about the safety of SiNPs; several studies reported that smaller particles might exhibit toxic effects to some cell lines, and larger particles of 100 nm were reported to be genotoxic to the cocultured cells. Here, we investigated the in vivo toxicity of SiNPs of 150 nm in various dosages via intravenous administration in mice...
2017: International Journal of Nanomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28495017/graphene-for-the-development-of-the-next-generation-of-biocomposites-for-dental-and-medical-applications
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Han Xie, Tong Cao, Francisco Javier Rodríguez-Lozano, Emma Kim Luong-Van, Vinicius Rosa
OBJECTIVE: Graphene and its derivatives, graphene oxide (GO) and reduced graphene oxide (rGO), are 2D carbon-based materials with remarkable physical, chemical and biological properties. Graphene sheets have high specific surface area and mechanical strength. Moreover, they have been shown to influence the differentiation of stem cells and to improve properties of biomaterials. METHODS: Here, we present the recent achievements on the use of graphene and its derivatives to improve properties and enhance bioactivity of biomaterials...
May 8, 2017: Dental Materials: Official Publication of the Academy of Dental Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28490876/one-pot-synthesis-of-dextran-coated-iron-oxide-nanoclusters-for-real-time-regional-lymph-node-mapping
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Chaoping Fu, Haipeng Zhou, Yanan Wang, Dong Liu, Junmeng Li, Haijun Deng, Xiaolong Qi, Tao Chen, Li-Ming Zhang, Guoxin Li
The intraoperative precision cleaning of lymph nodes (LNs) is an essential component of treating neoplastic disease. To develop efficient probes for the targeted detection of LNs that could act as carriers for the specific diagnosis and treatment of metastatic LNs in the future, dextran-coated iron oxide nanoclusters (DIONs) were synthesized using a one-pot coprecipitation procedure. These modified DIONs have good water dispersibility, cytocompatibility, an optimum size, and a stable, dark brown color for LN imaging...
2017: International Journal of Nanomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28481728/a-bioluminescent-imaging-mouse-model-for-marburg-virus-based-on-a-pseudovirus-system
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Li Zhang, Qianqian Li, Qiang Liu, Weijin Huang, Jianhui Nie, Youchun Wang
Marburg virus (MARV) can cause lethal hemorrhagic fever in humans. Handling of MARV is restricted to high-containment biosafety level 4 (BSL-4) facilities, which greatly impedes research into this virus. In this study, a high titer of MARV pseudovirus was generated through optimization of the HIV backbone vectors, the ratio of backbone vector to MARV glycoprotein expression vector, and the transfection reagents. An in vitro neutralization assay and an in vivo bioluminescent imaging mouse model for MARV were developed based on the pseudovirus...
May 8, 2017: Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28455953/biotechnology-for-bioenergy-dedicated-trees-meeting-future-energy-demands
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Hani Al-Ahmad
With the increase in human demands for energy, purpose-grown woody crops could be part of the global renewable energy solution, especially in geographical regions where plantation forestry is feasible and economically important. In addition, efficient utilization of woody feedstocks would engage in mitigating greenhouse gas emissions, decreasing the challenge of food and energy security, and resolving the conflict between land use for food or biofuel production. This review compiles existing knowledge on biotechnological and genomics-aided improvements of biomass performance of purpose-grown poplar, willow, eucalyptus and pine species, and their relative hybrids, for efficient and sustainable bioenergy applications...
April 29, 2017: Zeitschrift Für Naturforschung. C, A Journal of Biosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28451986/bt-proteins-have-no-detrimental-effects-on-larvae-of-the-green-lacewing-chrysopa-pallens-rambur-neuroptera-chrysopidae
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I Ali, S Zhang, M S Muhammad, M Iqbal, J-J J-J Cui
Biosafety of a genetically modified crop is required to be assessed prior to its commercialization. For this, a suitable artificial diet was developed and used to establish a dietary exposure test for assessing the toxicity of midgut-active Bt insecticidal proteins on Chrysopa pallens (Rambur). Subsequently, this dietary exposure test was used to evaluate the toxicity of the proteins Cry1Ab, Cry1Ac, Cry1Ah, Cry1Ca, Cry1F, Cry2Aa, Cry2Ab, and Vip3Aa on C. pallens larvae. Temporal stability, bioactivity, and the intake of the insecticidal proteins were confirmed by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay and a sensitive-insect bioassay...
April 28, 2017: Neotropical Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447447/nuclear-targeting-gold-nanorods-for-extremely-low-nir-activated-photothermal-therapy
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Limin Pan, Jianan Liu, Jianlin Shi
Photorelated nanomedicine is of particular interest as an emerging paradigm toward precise cancer therapy, as demonstrated by recent developments of photothermal therapy (PTT), an emerging technique employing light-converting agents to burn cancerous cells by overdosed optical energy-converted heat. However, most of the laser irradiations needed for effective PTT significantly exceed the maximal permissible power density in human skin, which is likely to damage surrounding normal tissues. Herein, we report a strategy of intranuclear PTT of cancer enabled by nuclear-targeted delivery of gold nanorods of ∼10...
May 3, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447029/cornell-alliance-for-science-evaluation-of-consensus-on-genetically-modified-food-safety-weaknesses-in-study-design
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Michael N Antoniou, Claire J Robinson
Cornell Alliance for Science has launched an initiative in which "citizen scientists" are called upon to evaluate studies on health risks of genetically modified (GM) crops and foods. The purpose is to establish whether the consensus on GM food safety claimed by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is supported by a review of the scientific literature. The Alliance's citizen scientists are examining more than 12,000 publication abstracts to quantify how far the scientific literature supports the AAAS's statement...
2017: Frontiers in Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438609/novel-replicons-and-trans-encapsidation-systems-for-hepatitis-c-virus-proteins-live-imaging-and-virus-host-interaction-proteomics
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Ovidiu Vlaicu, Tudor Selescu, Florin Pastrama, Cristian Munteanu, Laura Riva, Jean Dubuisson, Yves Rouille, Costin-Ioan Popescu
Proteomics and imaging techniques are used more and more in tandem to investigate the virus-host interaction. Herein we present novel replicons, methods and trans-encapsidation systems suitable for determination of Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) proteins interactomes and live imaging of viral proteins dynamics in HCV cell culture (HCVcc) system. To identify endogenous factors involved in the HCV life cycle, we constructed full-length functional replicons with affinity purification (AP) tags fused to NS2 and NS5A proteins...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Virological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438179/genome-adaptive-evolution-of-lactobacillus-casei-under-long-term-antibiotic-selection-pressures
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Jicheng Wang, Xiao Dong, Yuyu Shao, Huiling Guo, Lin Pan, Wenyan Hui, Lai-Yu Kwok, Heping Zhang, Wenyi Zhang
BACKGROUND: The extensive use of antibiotics in medicine has raised serious concerns about biosafety. However, the effect of antibiotic application on the adaptive evolution of microorganisms, especially to probiotic bacteria, has not been well characterized. Thus, the objective of the current work was to investigate how antibiotic selection forces might drive genome adaptation using Lactobacillus (L.) casei Zhang as a model. METHODS: Two antibiotics, amoxicillin and gentamicin, were consistently applied to the laboratory culture of L...
April 24, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435832/microbiological-biosafety-multiple-drug-resistance-and-functional-diversity-of-bacteria-associated-with-the-surfaces-of-raw-vegetables
#18
Farooq Nisma, Raheem Asif, Ali Basharat
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 2017: Iranian Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435072/development-of-a-pseudovirus-based-assay-for-measuring-neutralizing-antibodies-against-coxsackievirus-b5
#19
Pan Chen, Xing Wu, Yao Su, Xiaotian Hao, Qunying Mao, Zhenglun Liang
Coxsackievirus B5 (CV-B5), an important Coxsackie B virus from genus Enteroviruse within the family Picornaviridae, has also been isolated from Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease (HFMD) patients, and often associated with neurological manifestations. In this study, we found out that Coxsackievirus B3 (CV-B3) replicon RNA could be encapsidated with CV-B5 capsid to assemble infectious CV-B5 pseudovirus. We then utilized this single round infection system of CV-B5 to develop a neutralizing antibody quantification assay...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Virological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431555/reduction-of-pulmonary-toxicity-of-metal-oxide-nanoparticles-by-phosphonate-based-surface-passivation
#20
Xiaoming Cai, Anson Lee, Zhaoxia Ji, Cynthia Huang, Chong Hyun Chang, Xiang Wang, Yu-Pei Liao, Tian Xia, Ruibin Li
BACKGROUND: The wide application of engineered nanoparticles has induced increasing exposure to humans and environment, which led to substantial concerns on their biosafety. Some metal oxides (MOx) have shown severe toxicity in cells and animals, thus safe designs of MOx with reduced hazard potential are desired. Currently, there is a lack of a simple yet effective safe design approach for the toxic MOx. In this study, we determined the key physicochemical properties of MOx that lead to cytotoxicity and explored a safe design approach for toxic MOx by modifying their hazard properties...
April 21, 2017: Particle and Fibre Toxicology
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