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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334526/airborne-particulate-matter-human-exposure-health-effects
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Jonathan E Thompson
OBJECTIVE: Exposure to airborne particulate matter (PM) is estimated to cause millions of premature deaths annually. This work conveys known routes of exposure to PM and resultant health effects. METHODS: Review of available literature. RESULTS: Estimates for daily PM exposure are provided. Known mechanisms by which insoluble particles are transported and removed from the body are discussed. Biological effects of PM, including immune response, cytotoxicity, and mutagenicity are reported...
January 12, 2018: Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334431/activation-state-of-circulating-eosinophils-in-nasal-polyposis
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Vincent Dupuch, Arlette Tridon, Sylvie Ughetto, Stéphane Walrand, Benjamin Bonnet, Claude Dubray, Aude Virlogeux, Marie-Paule Vasson, Nicolas Saroul, Thierry Mom, Laurent Gilain, Bertrand Evrard
BACKGROUND: Chronic rhinosinusitis with nasal polyps (CRSwNP) is a common disease with an uncertain pathophysiology. It is characterized by polyps rich in eosinophils, with an activation status already investigated at the tissue level. In a group of CRSwNP patients, we assessed the activation status of circulating eosinophils in the blood before migration into tissues. METHODS: Thirteen patients with CRSwNP and 16 healthy volunteers were enrolled. Several biologic parameters were studied: blood count of eosinophils; plasma eosinophil cationic protein; oxidative metabolism by chemiluminescence at baseline or when activated by phorbol 12-myristate 13-acetate or platelet-activating factor, with or without interleukin-5 (IL-5); percent of granulosar cells; and mean fluorescence intensity (MFI) by flow cytometry...
January 15, 2018: International Forum of Allergy & Rhinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334397/recombinant-phosphatidylserine-binding-nanobodies-for-targeting-of-extracellular-vesicles-to-tumor-cells-a-plug-and-play-approach
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Sander A A Kooijmans, Jerney J J M Gitz-Francois, Raymond M Schiffelers, Pieter Vader
Extracellular vesicles (EVs) are increasingly being recognized as candidate drug delivery systems due to their ability to functionally transfer biological cargo between cells. However, manipulation of targeting properties of EVs through engineering of the producer cells can be challenging and time-consuming. As a novel approach to confer tumor targeting properties to isolated EVs, we generated recombinant fusion proteins of nanobodies against the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) fused to phosphatidylserine (PS)-binding domains of lactadherin (C1C2)...
January 15, 2018: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334375/a-small-molecule-inhibitor-of-the-ubiquitin-activating-enzyme-for-cancer-treatment
#4
Marc L Hyer, Michael A Milhollen, Jeff Ciavarri, Paul Fleming, Tary Traore, Darshan Sappal, Jessica Huck, Judy Shi, James Gavin, Jim Brownell, Yu Yang, Bradley Stringer, Robert Griffin, Frank Bruzzese, Teresa Soucy, Jennifer Duffy, Claudia Rabino, Jessica Riceberg, Kara Hoar, Anya Lublinsky, Saurabh Menon, Michael Sintchak, Nancy Bump, Sai M Pulukuri, Steve Langston, Stephen Tirrell, Mike Kuranda, Petter Veiby, John Newcomb, Ping Li, Jing Tao Wu, Josh Powe, Lawrence R Dick, Paul Greenspan, Katherine Galvin, Mark Manfredi, Chris Claiborne, Benjamin S Amidon, Neil F Bence
The ubiquitin-proteasome system (UPS) comprises a network of enzymes that is responsible for maintaining cellular protein homeostasis. The therapeutic potential of this pathway has been validated by the clinical successes of a number of UPS modulators, including proteasome inhibitors and immunomodulatory imide drugs (IMiDs). Here we identified TAK-243 (formerly known as MLN7243) as a potent, mechanism-based small-molecule inhibitor of the ubiquitin activating enzyme (UAE), the primary mammalian E1 enzyme that regulates the ubiquitin conjugation cascade...
January 15, 2018: Nature Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334270/secukinumab-in-multi-failure-psoriatic-patients-the-last-hope
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M Magnano, C Loi, A Patrizi, P Sgubbi, R Balestri, G Rech, L Tasin, C R Girardelli, A Conti, G Odorici, A Campanati, A M Offidani, F Bardazzi
Psoriasis is a multi-systemic chronic inflammatory disease that affects about 1.5-3% of the general population, of which almost 20% suffer from a moderate-severe form. Those patients can be treated with a systemic agent, and, in case of scarce response or contraindications, they may require a biologic therapy, such as tumor necrosis factor or interleukin-12/23 inhibitors. When also those agents fail, clinicians face a true therapeutic challenge. We report a case series of multi-failure 16 patients, successfully treated with secukinumab, a fully human monoclonal antibody that selectively neutralizes interleukin-17A, recently approved for the treatment of plaque psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis...
January 15, 2018: Journal of Dermatological Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334179/functionalized-nanoparticles-efficiently-enhancing-the-targeted-delivery-tumor-penetration-and-anticancer-activity-of-7-ethyl-10-hydroxycamptothecin
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Xun Liu, Jingxing Si, Qianzhi Zhang, Qian Huang, Danxia Gu, Hao Yang, Xu Chen, Youqing Shen, Meihua Sui
The enhanced permeability and retention (EPR) effect of tumors is much more complex than initially defined, and it alone is not sufficient for targeted delivery of nanosized agents. Meanwhile, poor tumor penetration is another major challenge for the treatment of solid tumors using nanoparticles. Development of delivery systems for SN38, the active metabolite of CPT-11 in human and a very potent anticancer molecule, has become an attractive research area. PEGx -p(HEMASN38)y (x and y are viable), a prodrug synthesized by using polyethylene glycol (PEG) as initiator and SN38 as monomer through atom transfer radical polymeration (ATRP) method, is previously reported...
January 15, 2018: Advanced Healthcare Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334092/synthetic-cells-produce-a-quorum-sensing-chemical-signal-perceived-by-pseudomonas-aeruginosa
#7
Giordano Rampioni, Francesca D'Angelo, Marco Messina, Alessandro Zennaro, Yutetsu Kuruma, Daniela Tofani, Livia Leoni, Pasquale Stano
Recent developments in bottom-up synthetic biology (e.g., lipid vesicle technology integrated with cell-free protein expression systems) allow the generation of semi-synthetic minimal cells (in short, synthetic cells, SCs) endowed with some distinctive capacities of natural cells. In particular, such approaches provide technological tools and conceptual frameworks for the design and engineering of programmable SCs capable of communicating with natural cells by exchanging chemical signals. Here we describe the generation of giant vesicle-based SCs which, via gene expression, synthesize in their aqueous lumen an enzyme that in turn produces a chemical signal...
January 15, 2018: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333916/cytoplasmic-collagen-xi%C3%AE-i-as-a-prognostic-biomarker-in-esophageal-squamous-cell-carcinoma
#8
Bohan Zhang, Cheng Zhang, Xuetao Yang, Yue Chen, Hongqi Zhang, Jingshu Liu, Qingchen Wu
Stromal/cytoplasmic collagen XIαI (COL11A1) has been highlighted in the process of neoplastic transformation, including epithelial mensenchymal transition (EMT), metastasis and invasiveness. In this study, we aim to illuminate the clinical significance and biological role of COL11A1 in esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC). Herein, we investigated COL11A1 expression in 16 pairs of ESCC and adjacent normal tissues by RT-PCR and western blotting analysis. Correlations of COL11A1 expression with clinicopathologic parameters and survival status were then determined by immunohistochemistry in 116 ESCC and 50 normal specimens...
January 15, 2018: Cancer Biology & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333770/-construction-of-srta-deletion-mutant-of-streptococcus-mutans-by-an-in-frame-deletion-system
#9
Chen Xuan, Liu Haixia, Peng Xian, Zou Ling
OBJECTIVE: To construct srtA-gene deletion mutant of Streptococcus mutans (S. mutans) UA159 with IFDC2 cassette through overlapping polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and allelic homologous recombination. METHODS: First, the upstream and downstream fragments surrounding the srtA and IFDC2 cassette were PCR amplified and ligated through overlapping PCR. The resulting amplicon was transformed into UA159, and positive transformants were selected on BHI plates containing erythromycin...
December 1, 2017: Hua Xi Kou Qiang Yi Xue za Zhi, Huaxi Kouqiang Yixue Zazhi, West China Journal of Stomatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333753/comparative-performance-of-different-scale-down-simulators-of-substrate-gradients-in-penicillium-chrysogenum-cultures-the-need-of-a-biological-systems-response-analysis
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Guan Wang, Junfei Zhao, Cees Haringa, Wenjun Tang, Jianye Xia, Ju Chu, Yingping Zhuang, Siliang Zhang, Amit T Deshmukh, Walter van Gulik, Joseph J Heijnen, Henk J Noorman
In a 54 m3 large-scale penicillin fermentor, the cells experience substrate gradient cycles at the timescales of global mixing time about 20-40 s. Here, we used an intermittent feeding regime (IFR) and a two-compartment reactor (TCR) to mimic these substrate gradients at laboratory-scale continuous cultures. The IFR was applied to simulate substrate dynamics experienced by the cells at full scale at timescales of tens of seconds to minutes (30 s, 3 min and 6 min), while the TCR was designed to simulate substrate gradients at an applied mean residence time (τc) of 6 min...
January 15, 2018: Microbial Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333748/near-infrared-light-sensitive-polyvinyl-alcohol-hydrogel-photoresist-for-spatiotemporal-control-of-cell-instructive-3d-microenvironments
#11
Xiao-Hua Qin, Xiaopu Wang, Markus Rottmar, Bradley J Nelson, Katharina Maniura-Weber
Advanced hydrogel systems that allow precise control of cells and their 3D microenvironments are needed in tissue engineering, disease modeling, and drug screening. Multiphoton lithography (MPL) allows true 3D microfabrication of complex objects, but its biological application requires a cell-compatible hydrogel resist that is sufficiently photosensitive, cell-degradable, and permissive to support 3D cell growth. Here, an extremely photosensitive cell-responsive hydrogel composed of peptide-crosslinked polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) is designed to expand the biological applications of MPL...
January 15, 2018: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333674/microrna-detection-by-dna-mediated-liposome-fusion
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Coline Jumeaux, Olov Wahlsten, Stephan Block, Eunjung Kim, Rona Chandrawati, Philip D Howes, Fredrik Höök, Molly M Stevens
Membrane fusion is a process of fundamental importance in biological systems that involves highly selective recognition mechanisms for the trafficking of molecular and ionic cargos. Mimicking natural membrane fusion mechanisms for the purpose of biosensor development holds great potential for amplified detection because relatively few highly discriminating targets lead to fusion and an accompanied engagement of a large payload of signal-generating molecules. In this work, sequence-specific DNA-mediated liposome fusion is used for the highly selective detection of microRNA...
December 7, 2017: Chembiochem: a European Journal of Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333542/acceleration-of-bursty-multiprotein-target-search-kinetics-on-dna-by-colocalisation
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Prathitha Kar, Andrey G Cherstvy, Ralf Metzler
Proteins are capable of locating specific targets on DNA by employing a facilitated diffusion process with intermittent 1D and 3D search steps. Gene colocalisation and coregulation-i.e. the spatial proximity of two communicating genes-is one factor capable of accelerating the target search process along the DNA. We perform Monte Carlo computer simulations and demonstrate the benefits of gene colocalisation for minimising the search time in a model DNA-protein system. We use a simple diffusion model to mimic the search for targets by proteins, produced initially in bursts of multiple proteins and performing the first-passage search on the DNA chain...
January 15, 2018: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333473/charge-migration-and-charge-transfer-in-molecular-systems
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REVIEW
Hans Jakob Wörner, Christopher A Arrell, Natalie Banerji, Andrea Cannizzo, Majed Chergui, Akshaya K Das, Peter Hamm, Ursula Keller, Peter M Kraus, Elisa Liberatore, Pablo Lopez-Tarifa, Matteo Lucchini, Markus Meuwly, Chris Milne, Jacques-E Moser, Ursula Rothlisberger, Grigory Smolentsev, Joël Teuscher, Jeroen A van Bokhoven, Oliver Wenger
The transfer of charge at the molecular level plays a fundamental role in many areas of chemistry, physics, biology and materials science. Today, more than 60 years after the seminal work of R. A. Marcus, charge transfer is still a very active field of research. An important recent impetus comes from the ability to resolve ever faster temporal events, down to the attosecond time scale. Such a high temporal resolution now offers the possibility to unravel the most elementary quantum dynamics of both electrons and nuclei that participate in the complex process of charge transfer...
November 2017: Structural Dynamics (Melville, N.Y.)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333205/high-aspect-ratio-induced-spontaneous-generation-of-monodisperse-picolitre-droplets-for-digital-pcr
#15
Xiaonan Xu, Haojun Yuan, Ruyuan Song, Miao Yu, Ho Yin Chung, Youmin Hou, Yuhe Shang, Hongbo Zhou, Shuhuai Yao
Droplet microfluidics, which involves micrometer-sized emulsion droplets on a microfabricated platform, has been demonstrated as a unique system for many biological and chemical applications. Robust and scalable generation of monodisperse droplets at high throughput is of fundamental importance for droplet microfluidics. Classic designs for droplet generation employ shear fluid dynamics to induce the breakup of droplets in a two-phase flow and the droplet size is sensitive to flow rate fluctuations, often resulting in polydispersity...
January 2018: Biomicrofluidics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332928/optical-coherence-tomography-for-precision-brain-imaging-neurosurgical-guidance-and-minimally-invasive-theranostics
#16
Yingwei Fan, Yan Xia, Xinran Zhang, Yu Sun, Jie Tang, Liwei Zhang, Hongen Liao
This review focuses on optical coherence tomography (OCT)-based neurosurgical application for imaging and treatment of brain tumors. OCT has emerged as one of the most innovative and successful translational biomedical-diagnostic techniques. It is a useful imaging tool for noninvasive, in vivo, in situ and real-time imaging in soft biological tissues, such as brain tumor imaging. OCT can detect the structure of biological tissue in a micrometer scale, and functional OCT has some clinical researches and applications, such as nerve fiber tracts and neurovascular imaging...
January 15, 2018: Bioscience Trends
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332708/management-of-psoriasis-in-patients-with-inflammatory-bowel-disease-from-the-medical-board-of-the-national-psoriasis-foundation
#17
REVIEW
Scott M Whitlock, Clinton W Enos, April W Armstrong, Alice Gottlieb, Richard G Langley, Mark Lebwohl, Joseph F Merola, Caitriona Ryan, Michael P Siegel, Jeffrey M Weinberg, Jashin J Wu, Abby S Van Voorhees
BACKGROUND: There is a significant association between psoriasis and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Many treatments for psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis are also used for IBD. OBJECTIVE: To assess therapeutic options for patients with psoriasis and concurrent IBD. METHODS: A systematic literature search was performed for clinical studies of biologic and systemic psoriasis medications in psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis, ulcerative colitis, and Crohn's disease, for the period from January 1, 1947, to February 14, 2017...
February 2018: Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332593/facile-synthesis-crystal-structure-dft-calculation-and-biological-activities-of-4-2-fluorophenyl-3-3-methoxybenzyl-1h-1-2-4-triazol-5-4h-one-5
#18
Muhammad Saleem, Muhammad Rafiq, Yeon Ki Jeong, Dae Won Cho, Chong-Hyeak Kim, Sung-Yum Seo, Chang-Shik Choi, Seong-Karp Hong, Ki-Hwan Lee
BACKGROUND: In the past few decades, the design, synthesis and characterization of novel heterocyclic compounds with auspicious biological profile received the considerable attention of scientific community. Among them, the small and simple organic molecular backbone like triazole moiety have broad spectrum of applications in the medicinal as well as diagnostic areas. OBJECTIVE: The objective of present study was the synthesis, characterization and exploration of biological profile of 4-(2-fluorophenyl)-3-(3-methoxybenzyl)-1H-1,2,4-triazol-5(4H)-one (5)...
January 12, 2018: Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332579/alzheimer-s-disease-a-systemic-review-of-substantial-therapeutic-targets-and-the-leading-multi-functional-molecules
#19
Tarana Umar, Nasimul Hoda
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a fatal neurodegenerative disorder, having a complex aetiology with numerous possible drug targets. There are targets that have been known for years while more new targets and theories have also emerged. Beta amyloid and cholinesterases are the most significant biological targets for finding curative treatment of AD. The major class of drugs used for AD till now has been the Cholinesterase (ChE) inhibitors. Other prevailing models of molecular pathogenesis in AD include neurofibrillary tangles (NFTs) and amyloid deposition, tryptophan degradation pathway, kinase and phosphatase activity imbalance and neuroinflammation...
January 12, 2018: Current Topics in Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332571/role-of-heart-rate-reduction-in-the-management-of-myocarditis
#20
Chen Guang-Yi, Ge Li-Sha, Li Yue-Chun
The morbidity of myocarditis demonstrates an upward tendency by years, is commonly defined as the inflammation of myocytes and is caused by multiple factors. With the development of the molecular biological technique, great breakthroughs in the diagnosis and understanding of pathophysiological mechanisms of myocarditis have recently been achieved. Several questions remain unresolved, however, including standard treatment approaches to myocarditis, which remain controversial and ambiguous. Heart rate, as an independent risk factor, has been shown to be related to cardiac disease...
January 10, 2018: Current Pharmaceutical Design
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