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Ali Talha Khalil, Muhammad Ali, Faouzia Tanveer, Muhammad Ovais, Muhammad Idrees, Zabta Khan Shinwari, James E Hollenbeck
Emerging infectious diseases pose a serious threat to public health security; this is especially true in the underdeveloped world because of limited resources to combat them. These emerging pathogens are characterized by a novel mode of pathogenesis and, in some cases, a broad host range. Over the past few decades, Pakistan has suffered a great deal from infectious diseases such as dengue, Crimean-Congo fever, hepatitis, measles, and polio. Changing climate conditions, environmental degradation, global warming, loss of biodiversity, and other ecological determinants have a direct effect on these diseases and result in the emergence and reemergence of infectious entities...
May 2017: Health Security
Yiran Wang, Jianhua Li, Kun Xiong, Zhijin Chen, Chunping Zheng, Yong Tan, Yanguang Cong
Orally administered vaccine bacteria usually persist for a period of time in the intestinal tracts of immunized individuals, and are excreted in feces to the environment resulting in a potential biosafety issue. The releasing risk can be minimized by immediate elimination of the persistent vaccine bacteria once adequate protective immune responses have been elicited by the vaccine bacteria. In a previous study, inducible expression of truncated yncE gene (yncE*) was found lethal to host bacteria. This feature has an application potential in biosafety control...
2017: PloS One
Janusz T Paweska, Petrus Jansen van Vuren, Gunther H Meier, Chantel le Roux, Ousman S Conteh, Alan Kemp, Cardia Fourie, Prabha Naidoo, Serisha Naicker, Phumza Ohaebosim, Nadia Storm, Orienka Hellferscee, Lisa K Ming Sun, Busisiwe Mogodi, Nishi Prabdial-Sing, Desiree du Plessis, Deidre Greyling, Shayne Loubser, Mark Goosen, Stewart D McCulloch, Terence P Scott, Alexandra Moerdyk, Wesley Dlamini, Kelfala Konneh, Idrissa L Kamara, Dauda Sowa, Samuel Sorie, Brima Kargbo, Shabir A Madhi
BACKGROUND: In August 2014, the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) in South Africa established a modular high-biosafety field Ebola diagnostic laboratory (SA FEDL) near Freetown, Sierra Leone in response to the rapidly increasing number of Ebola virus disease (EVD) cases. METHODS AND FINDINGS: The SA FEDL operated in the Western Area of Sierra Leone, which remained a "hotspot" of the EVD epidemic for months. The FEDL was the only diagnostic capacity available to respond to the overwhelming demand for rapid EVD laboratory diagnosis for several weeks in the initial stages of the EVD crisis in the capital of Sierra Leone...
June 19, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
Boris Pastorino, Xavier de Lamballerie, Rémi Charrel
Even if European Union (EU) Member States are obliged to implement EU Directives 2000/54/EC on the protection of workers from risks related to exposure to biological agents at work, national biosafety regulations and practices varied from country to country. In fact, EU legislation on biological agents and genetically modified microorganisms is often not specific enough to ensure harmonization leading to difficulties in implementation for most laboratories. In the same way, biosecurity is a relatively new concept and a few EU Member States are known to have introduced national laboratory biosecurity legislation...
2017: Frontiers in Public Health
C A Reid, S L Boye, W W Hauswirth, D M Lipinski
The production of high titer recombinant adeno-associated virus (rAAV) vector is essential for treatment of genetic diseases affecting the retina and choroid, where anatomical constraints may limit injectable volumes. Problematically, cytotoxicity arising from over-expression of the transgene during vector production frequently leads to a reduction in vector yield. Herein, we evaluate the use of micro-RNA (miRNA) mediated silencing to limit over-expression of cytotoxic transgenes during packaging as a method of increasing vector yield...
June 15, 2017: Gene Therapy
Karine Cambon, Virginie Zimmer, Sylvain Martineau, Marie-Claude Gaillard, Margot Jarrige, Aurore Bugi, Jana Miniarikova, Maria Rey, Raymonde Hassig, Noelle Dufour, Gwenaelle Auregan, Philippe Hantraye, Anselme L Perrier, Nicole Déglon
Huntington's disease (HD) is an autosomal dominant neurodegenerative disorder resulting from a polyglutamine expansion in the huntingtin (HTT) protein. There is currently no cure for this disease, but recent studies suggest that RNAi to downregulate the expression of both normal and mutant HTT is a promising therapeutic approach. We previously developed a small hairpin RNA (shRNA), vectorized in an HIV-1-derived lentiviral vector (LV), that reduced pathology in an HD rodent model. Here, we modified this vector for preclinical development by using a tat-independent third-generation LV (pCCL) backbone and removing the original reporter genes...
June 16, 2017: Molecular Therapy. Methods & Clinical Development
Li-Yun Yang, Si-Yu Hua, Zhi-Qiang Zhou, Guan-Chao Wang, Feng-Lei Jiang, Yi Liu
Fullerenols, known as polyhydroxylated derivatives of fullerene, have attracted great attention due to their distinctive material properties and potential applications in biology and medicine. As a step toward the elucidation of basic behavior in biological systems, a variety of spectroscopic measurements as well as isothermal titration calorimetry (ITC) were applied to study the interaction between fullerenol (C60(OH)44) and serum proteins (bovine serum albumin (BSA) and γ-globulins). The results of fluorescence spectra indicated that the intrinsic fluorescence of proteins could be effectively quenched by the dynamic mechanism...
May 31, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
Michael H Norris, Md Siddiqur Rahman Khan, Herbert P Schweizer, Apichai Tuanyok
BACKGROUND: The work was undertaken to expand the tools available for researching Burkholderia pseudomallei (Bp), the etiological agent of the tropical disease melioidosis. Melioidosis has the potential to pose a severe threat to public health and safety. In the United States, Bp is listed as a Tier-1 select agent by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), thus requiring high levels of regulation and biosafety level 3 (BSL3) facilities for experimental manipulation of live organisms...
June 7, 2017: BMC Microbiology
Zhengwei Zhang, Kun Yan, Qiulian Yang, Yanhua Liu, Zhengyu Yan, Jianqiu Chen
Here we report an easy and economical hydrothermal carbonization approach to synthesize the fluorescent nitrogen-doped carbon dots (N-CDs) that was developed using citric acid and triethanolamine as the precursors. The synthesis conditions were optimized to obtain the N-CDs with superior fluorescence performances. The as-prepared N-CDs are monodispersed sphere nanoparticles with good water solubility, and exhibited strong fluorescence, favourable photostability and excitation wavelength-dependent behavior. Furthermore, the in vitro cytotoxicity and cellular labeling of N-CDs were investigated using the rat glomerular mesangial cells...
June 7, 2017: Luminescence: the Journal of Biological and Chemical Luminescence
Hong Su, Yafei Wang, Yuanliang Gu, Linda Bowman, Jinshun Zhao, Min Ding
With the rapid development of nanotechnology, potential applications of nanomaterials in medicine have been widely researched in recent years. Nanomaterials themselves can be used as image agents or therapeutic drugs, and for drug and gene delivery, biological devices, nanoelectronic biosensors or molecular nanotechnology. As the composition, morphology, chemical properties, implant sites as well as potential applications become more and more complex, human biosafety of nanomaterials for clinical use has become a major concern...
June 6, 2017: Journal of Applied Toxicology: JAT
Kaustubh S Chaudhari, Nishant R Tiwari, Rakesh R Tiwari, Rohan S Sharma
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease of the elderly. The rapid increase in its incidence has necessitated development of newer drugs. Ayurvedic herbal medications are increasingly researched due to their biosafety profile and usefulness in cognitive impairment. In this article, we critically reviewed one such Medhya Rasayana (nootropic drug) Brahmi-derived from extract of Bacopa monnieri (EBm). Studies have shown that EBm promotes free radical scavenger mechanisms and protects cells in prefrontal cortex, hippocampus, and striatum against cytotoxicity and DNA damage implicated in AD...
May 2017: Annals of Neurosciences
Daljit Singh Arora, Henna Sood
The in vitro antimicrobial screening of Gymnema sylvestre leaves against 13 test pathogens established its broad spectrum activity with average inhibition zone ranging from 14 to 23 mm. The antimicrobial activity of the classically- optimized aqueous extract was enhanced up to 1.45 folds, when subjected to statistical optimization using Response Surface Methodology (RSM) and was thermostable. Ethyl acetate was found to be the best organic extractant with Klebsiella pneumoniae 1 (31.5 mm) and Staphylococcus epidermidis (25...
December 2017: AMB Express
Paul J Wichgers Schreur, Janusz T Paweska, Jet Kant, Jeroen Kortekaas
Antibodies specific for Rift Valley fever virus (RVFV) can be detected by diverse methods, including ezyme-linked immunosortbent assay (ELISA) and virus neutralization test (VNT). The VNT is superior in sensitivity and specificity and is therefore considered the gold standard serological assay. Classical VNTs make use of virulent RVFV and therefore have to be performed in biosafety level-3 laboratories. Here, we report the development of a novel VNT that is based on an avirulent RVFV expressing the enhanced green fluorescent protein (eGFP), which can be performed safely outside level 3 biocontainment facilities...
June 2, 2017: Journal of Virological Methods
Annamalai Thanigaivel, Prabhakaran Vasantha-Srinivasan, Edward-Sam Edwin, Athirstam Ponsankar, Selvaraj Selin-Rani, Muthiah Chellappandian, Kandaswamy Kalaivani, Sengottayan Senthil-Nathan, Giovanni Benelli
Plant extracts with their enriched chemical constituents have established potential alternative mosquito control agents. In this research, we developed an eco-friendly mosquitocidal agent from Alangium salvifolium leaves against the dengue and Zika virus vector Aedes aegypti and we investigated its biosafety on the mosquito aquatic predator Toxorhynchites splendens. Results showed that the methanolic extract of A. salvifolium leaves was composed by eight main compounds, with major peak area for hexadecenoic acid (21...
June 4, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
Gordian Schudt, Olga Dolnik, Stephan Becker
Observation of molecular processes inside living cells is fundamental to a deeper understanding of virus-host interactions in filoviral-infected cells. These observations can provide spatiotemporal insights into protein synthesis, protein-protein interaction dynamics, and transport processes of these highly pathogenic viruses. Thus, live-cell imaging provides the possibility for antiviral screening in real time and gives mechanistic insights into understanding filovirus assembly steps that are dependent on cellular factors, which then represent potential targets against this highly fatal disease...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
Claire Marie Filone, David Miller, Victoria Wahl-Jensen
The 50% tissue culture infectious dose (TCID50) endpoint dilution assay is one of the gold standard methods for measuring filovirus infectivity. We have increased virology microtitration assay throughput at biosafety level (BSL)-4 by implementing automated liquid handling and semi-automated assay endpoint readout. Utilization of automated liquid handling for cell plating and virus dilution along with optimization of the assay endpoint readout, using a luminescent-based cell viability assay and an automated plate reader, has improved workflow efficiency, reduced operator burden and assay time, decreased assay variability, and increased data return...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
Nadine Biedenkopf, Thomas Hoenen
Ebolaviruses are the causative agent of a severe hemorrhagic fever with high case fatality rates, for which no approved specific therapy is available. As biosafety level 4 (BSL4) agents, work with live ebolaviruses is restricted to maximum containment laboratories. Transcription and replication-competent viruslike particle (trVLP) systems are reverse genetics-based life cycle modeling systems that allow researchers to model virtually the entire ebolavirus life cycle outside of a maximum containment laboratory...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
Patrick L Sinn, Jeremy E Coffin, Natarajan Ayithan, Kathleen H Holt, Wendy Maury
Pseudotyping lentivirus-based vectors is a strategy used to study conferred vector tropism and mechanisms of envelope glycoprotein function. Lentiviruses and filoviruses both assemble at the plasma membrane and have homotrimeric structural envelope glycoproteins that mediate both receptor binding and fusion. Such similarities help foster efficient pseudotyping. Importantly, filovirus glycoprotein pseudotyping of lentiviral vectors allows investigators to study virus entry at substantially less restrictive levels of biosafety containment than that required for wild-type filovirus work (biosafety level-2 vs...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
Rachel B Brouillette, Wendy Maury
Members of the family Filoviridae are filamentous, enveloped, and nonsegmented negative-stranded RNA viruses that can cause severe hemorrhagic disease in humans and nonhuman primates with high mortality rates. Current efforts to analyze the structure and biology of these viruses as well as the development of antivirals have been hindered by the necessity of biosafety level 4 containment (BSL4). Here, we outline how to produce and work with Ebola virus glycoprotein bearing vesicular stomatitis virus (VSV) pseudovirions...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
Tatsanee Phermthai, Sasiprapa Thongbopit, Puttachart Pokathikorn, Suparat Wichitwiengrat, Suphakde Julavijitphong, Nednapis Tirawanchai
BACKGROUND AIMS: Human amniotic mesenchymal stromal cells (hAMSCs) are a potent and attractive stem cell source for use in regenerative medicine. However, the safe uses of therapeutic-grade MSCs are equally as important as the efficiency of MSCs. To provide efficient, clinic-compliant (safe for therapeutic use) MSCs, hAMSC lines that completely eliminate the use of animal products and have been characterized for carcinogenicity and biosafety are required. METHODS: Here, we have efficiently generated 10 hAMSC lines under human umbilical cord blood serum (hUCS)-supplemented medium (xeno-free culture) and fetal bovine serum (FBS)-supplemented medium (standard culture) and investigated carcinogenicity and immunosuppressive properties in the resultant hAMSC lines...
May 26, 2017: Cytotherapy
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