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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647573/focal-adhesion-kinase-signaling-regulates-anti-inflammatory-function-of-bone-marrow-mesenchymal-stromal-cells-induced-by-biomechanical-force
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Hyun Jung Lee, Miguel F Diaz, Adesuwa Ewere, Scott D Olson, Charles S Cox, Pamela L Wenzel
Mesenchymal stromal cells (MSCs) have tremendous potential for use in regenerative medicine due to their multipotency and immune cell regulatory functions. Biomimetic physical forces have been shown to direct differentiation and maturation of MSCs in tissue engineering applications; however, the effect of force on immunomodulatory activity of MSCs has been largely overlooked. Here we show in human bone marrow-derived MSCs that wall shear stress (WSS) equivalent to the fluid frictional force present in the adult arterial vasculature significantly enhances expression of four genes that mediate MSC immune regulatory function, PTGS2, HMOX1, IL1RN, and TNFAIP6...
June 21, 2017: Cellular Signalling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647529/-linking-secondary-metabolites-to-biosynthesis-genes-in-the-fungal-endophyte-cyanodermella-asteris-the-anti-cancer-bisanthraquinone-skyrin
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Linda Jahn, Thomas Schafhauser, Daniel Wibberg, Christian Rückert, Anika Winkler, Andreas Kulik, Tilmann Weber, Liane Flor, Karl-Heinz van Pée, Jörn Kalinowski, Jutta Ludwig-Müllera, Wolfgang Wohlleben
Fungal aromatic polyketides display a very diverse and widespread group of natural products. Due to their excellent light absorption properties and widely studied biological activities, they offer numerous application for food, textile and pharmaceutical industry. The biosynthetic pathways of fungal aromatic polyketides usually involve a set of successive enzymes, in which a non-reductive polyketide synthases iteratively catalyzes the essential assembly of simple building blocks into (often polycyclic) aromatic compounds...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647242/effect-of-oxide-nanoparticles-on-the-morphology-and-fluidity-of-phospholipid-membranes-and-the-role-of-hydrogen-bonds
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Xiaoran Wei, Junchao Yu, Lei Ding, Jingtian Hu, Wei Jiang
Engineered oxide nanoparticles (NPs) are widely applied in insulators, catalyzers, paints, cosmetic products, textiles and semiconductors. Their attachment on cell membrane may lead to cytotoxicity. The effects of Al2O3, Fe2O3, SiO2, TiO2 and ZnO NPs on membrane integrity and fluidity were studied using giant or small unilamellar vesicles in this study. Al2O3 and SiO2 NPs disrupted the oppositely charged membrane, indicating the important role of electrostatic attraction. However, Fe2O3, TiO2 and ZnO NPs did not cause serious membrane disruption as Al2O3 and SiO2 NPs...
July 2017: Journal of Environmental Sciences (China)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647083/the-production-of-3d-tumor-spheroids-for-cancer-drug-discovery
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Shilpa Sant, Paul A Johnston
New cancer drug approval rates are ≤5% despite significant investments in cancer research, drug discovery and development. One strategy to improve the rate of success of new cancer drugs transitioning into the clinic would be to more closely align the cellular models used in the early lead discovery with pre-clinical animal models and patient tumors. For solid tumors, this would mandate the development and implementation of three dimensional (3D) in vitro tumor models that more accurately recapitulate human solid tumor architecture and biology...
March 2017: Drug Discovery Today. Technologies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646905/mechanistic-understanding-of-nanoparticles-interactions-with-extracellular-matrix-the-cell-and-immune-system
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Ayse Basak Engin, Dragana Nikitovic, Monica Neagu, Petra Henrich-Noack, Anca Oana Docea, Mikhail I Shtilman, Kirill Golokhvast, Aristidis M Tsatsakis
Extracellular matrix (ECM) is an extraordinarily complex and unique meshwork composed of structural proteins and glycosaminoglycans. The ECM provides essential physical scaffolding for the cellular constituents, as well as contributes to crucial biochemical signaling. Importantly, ECM is an indispensable part of all biological barriers and substantially modulates the interchange of the nanotechnology products through these barriers. The interactions of the ECM with nanoparticles (NPs) depend on the morphological characteristics of intercellular matrix and on the physical characteristics of the NPs and may be either deleterious or beneficial...
June 24, 2017: Particle and Fibre Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646866/engineering-redox-homeostasis-to-develop-efficient-alcohol-producing-microbial-cell-factories
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Chunhua Zhao, Qiuwei Zhao, Yin Li, Yanping Zhang
The biosynthetic pathways of most alcohols are linked to intracellular redox homeostasis, which is crucial for life. This crucial balance is primarily controlled by the generation of reducing equivalents, as well as the (reduction)-oxidation metabolic cycle and the thiol redox homeostasis system. As a main oxidation pathway of reducing equivalents, the biosynthesis of most alcohols includes redox reactions, which are dependent on cofactors such as NADH or NADPH. Thus, when engineering alcohol-producing strains, the availability of cofactors and redox homeostasis must be considered...
June 24, 2017: Microbial Cell Factories
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646308/photochemical-generation-of-reactive-intermediates-from-urban-waste-bio-organic-substances-under-uv-and-solar-irradiation
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Marcela Prado Silva, Arlen Mabel Lastre-Acosta, Simón Mostafa, Garrett McKay, Karl G Linden, Fernando L Rosario-Ortiz, Antonio Carlos Silva Costa Teixeira
Singlet oxygen ((1)O2), hydroxyl radicals ((•)OH), and excited triplet states of organic matter ((3)OM(*)) play a key role in the degradation of pollutants in aquatic environments. The formation rates and quantum yields (Φ) of these reactive intermediates (RI) through photosensitized reactions of dissolved organic matter (DOM) have been reported in the literature for decades. Urban biowaste-derived substances (UW-BOS), a form of organic matter derived from vegetative and urban waste, have recently been shown to be efficient sensitizers in the photo-degradation of different contaminants...
June 23, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645641/homogenizing-bacterial-cell-factories-analysis-and-engineering-of-phenotypic-heterogeneity
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Dennis Binder, Thomas Drepper, Karl-Erich Jaeger, Frank Delvigne, Wolfgang Wiechert, Dietrich Kohlheyer, Alexander Grünberger
In natural habitats, microbes form multispecies communities that commonly face rapidly changing and highly competitive environments. Thus, phenotypic heterogeneity has evolved as an innate and important survival strategy to gain an overall fitness advantage over cohabiting competitors. However, in defined artificial environments such as monocultures in small- to large-scale bioreactors, cell-to-cell variations are presumed to cause reduced production yields as well as process instability. Hence, engineering microbial production toward phenotypic homogeneity is a highly promising approach for synthetic biology and bioprocess optimization...
June 20, 2017: Metabolic Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645530/recent-advances-in-microbial-production-of-aromatic-chemicals-and-derivatives
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REVIEW
Shuhei Noda, Akihiko Kondo
Along with the development of metabolic engineering and synthetic biology tools, various microbes are being used to produce aromatic chemicals. In microbes, aromatics are mainly produced via a common important precursor, chorismate, in the shikimate pathway. Natural or non-natural aromatics have been produced by engineering metabolic pathways involving chorismate. In the past decade, novel approaches have appeared to produce various aromatics or to increase their productivity, whereas previously, the targets were mainly aromatic amino acids and the strategy was deregulating feedback inhibition...
June 20, 2017: Trends in Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645231/evolution-of-hormone-signaling-networks-in-plant-defense
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Matthias L Berens, Hannah M Berry, Akira Mine, Cristiana T Argueso, Kenichi Tsuda
Studies with model plants such as Arabidopsis thaliana have revealed that phytohormones are central regulators of plant defense. The intricate network of phytohormone signaling pathways enables plants to activate appropriate and effective defense responses against pathogens as well as to balance defense and growth. The timing of the evolution of most phytohormone signaling pathways seems to coincide with the colonization of land, a likely requirement for plant adaptations to the more variable terrestrial environments, which included the presence of pathogens...
June 23, 2017: Annual Review of Phytopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644864/overexpression-and-characterization-of-two-types-of-nitrile-hydratases-from-rhodococcus-rhodochrous-j1
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Yao Lan, Xiaohuan Zhang, Zhongmei Liu, Li Zhou, Ruihua Shen, Xianping Zhong, Wenjing Cui, Zhemin Zhou
Nitrile hydratase (NHase) from Rhodococcus rhodochrous J1 is widely used for industrial production of acrylamide and nicotinamide. However, the two types of NHases (L-NHase and H-NHase) from R. rhodochrous J1 were only slightly expressed in E. coli by routine methods, which limits the comprehensive and systematic characterization of the enzyme properties. We successfully expressed the two types of recombinant NHases in E. coli by codon-optimization, engineering of Ribosome Binding Site (RBS) and spacer sequences...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644828/a-mutant-of-chlamydomonas-without-lhcsr-maintains-high-rates-of-photosynthesis-but-has-reduced-cell-division-rates-in-sinusoidal-light-conditions
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Michael Cantrell, Graham Peers
The LHCSR protein belongs to the light harvesting complex family of pigment-binding proteins found in oxygenic photoautotrophs. Previous studies have shown that this complex is required for the rapid induction and relaxation of excess light energy dissipation in a wide range of eukaryotic algae and moss. The ability of cells to rapidly regulate light harvesting between this dissipation state and one favoring photochemistry is believed to be important for reducing oxidative stress and maintaining high photosynthetic efficiency in a rapidly changing light environment...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644714/genome-mining-in-silico-validation-and-phase-selection-of-a-novel-aldo-keto-reductase-from-candida-glabratea-for-biotransformation
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Souvik Basak, Nanda Gopal Sahoo, Angayar K Pavanasam
Previously, we published cloning, over-expression, characterization and subsequent exploitation of a carbonyl reductase (cr) gene, belonging to general family aldo-keto reductase from Candida glabrata CBS138 to convert keto ester (COBE) to a chiral alcohol (ethyl-4-chloro-3-hydroxybutanoate or CHBE). Exploiting global transcription factor CRP, rDNA and transporter engineering, we have improved batch production of CHBE by trinomial bioengineering. Herein, we present the exploration of cr gene in Candida glabrata CBS138 through genome miningapproach, in silico validation of its activity and selection of its biocatalytic phase...
June 23, 2017: Bioengineered
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644480/a-polymer-nanoparticle-with-engineered-affinity-for-a-vascular-endothelial-growth-factor-vegf165
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Hiroyuki Koide, Keiichi Yoshimatsu, Yu Hoshino, Shih-Hui Lee, Ai Okajima, Saki Ariizumi, Yudai Narita, Yusuke Yonamine, Adam C Weisman, Yuri Nishimura, Naoto Oku, Yoshiko Miura, Kenneth J Shea
Protein affinity reagents are widely used in basic research, diagnostics and separations and for clinical applications, the most common of which are antibodies. However, they often suffer from high cost, and difficulties in their development, production and storage. Here we show that a synthetic polymer nanoparticle (NP) can be engineered to have many of the functions of a protein affinity reagent. Polymer NPs with nM affinity to a key vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF165) inhibit binding of the signalling protein to its receptor VEGFR-2, preventing receptor phosphorylation and downstream VEGF165-dependent endothelial cell migration and invasion into the extracellular matrix...
July 2017: Nature Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643253/genome-editing-of-rat
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Takehito Kaneko
Many genetically engineered rat strains have been produced for biomedical research. The simple and quick production of knock-out and knock-in rats is currently possible using genome editing techniques incorporating zinc finger nuclease (ZFN), transcription activator-like effector nuclease (TALEN), or clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR)-Cas9. Genome-edited animals have been produced by the introduction of endonucleases into embryos using conventional microinjection and a new electroporation method named Technique for Animal Knockout system by Electroporation (TAKE)...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643181/promoting-acid-resistance-and-nisin-yield-of-lactococcus-lactis-f44-by-genetically-increasing-d-asp-amidation-level-inside-cell-wall
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Panlong Hao, Dongmei Liang, Lijie Cao, Bin Qiao, Hao Wu, Qinggele Caiyin, Hongji Zhu, Jianjun Qiao
Nisin fermentation by Lactococcus lactis requires a low pH to maintain a relatively higher nisin activity. However, the acidic environment will result in cell arrest, and eventually decrease the relative nisin production. Hence, constructing an acid-resistant L. lactis is crucial for nisin harvest in acidic nisin fermentation. In this paper, the first discovery of the relationship between D-Asp amidation-associated gene (asnH) and acid resistance was reported. Overexpression of asnH in L. lactis F44 (F44A) resulted in a sevenfold increase in survival capacity during acid shift (pH 3) and enhanced nisin desorption capacity compared to F44 (wild type), which subsequently contributed to higher nisin production, reaching 5346 IU/mL, 57...
June 22, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640974/resistance-to-powdery-mildew8-1-boosts-pattern-triggered-immunity-against-multiple-pathogens-in-arabidopsis-and-rice
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Yan Li, Yong Zhang, Qing-Xia Wang, Ting-Ting Wang, Xiao-Long Cao, Zhi-Xue Zhao, Sheng-Li Zhao, Yong-Ju Xu, Zhi-Yuan Xiao, Jin-Lu Li, Jing Fan, Hui Yang, Fu Huang, Shunyuan Xiao, Wen-Ming Wang
The Arabidopsis gene RESISTANCE TO POWDERY MILDEW8.1 (RPW8.1) confers resistance to virulent fungal and oomycete pathogens that cause powdery mildew and downy mildew, respectively. However, the underlying mechanism remains unclear. Here, we show that ectopic expression of RPW8.1 boosts pattern-triggered immunity (PTI) resulting in enhanced resistance against different pathogens in both Arabidopsis and rice. In Arabidopsis, transcriptome analysis revealed that ectopic expression of RPW8.1-YFP constitutively up-regulates expression of many pathogen-associated molecular pattern-(PAMP-) inducible genes...
June 22, 2017: Plant Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640955/in-solution-antibody-harvesting-with-a-plant-produced-hydrophobin-protein-a-fusion
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Katri Kurppa, Lauri Reuter, Anneli Ritala, Markus Linder, Jussi Joensuu
Purification is a bottleneck and a major cost factor in the production of antibodies. We set out to engineer a bi-functional fusion protein from two building blocks, Protein A and a hydrophobin, aiming at low-cost and scalable antibody capturing in solutions. Immunoglobulin-binding Protein A is widely used in affinity-based purification. The hydrophobin fusion tag, on the other hand, has been shown to enable purification by two-phase separation. Protein A was fused to two different hydrophobin tags, HFBI or II, and expressed transiently in Nicotiana benthamiana...
June 22, 2017: Plant Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639674/transition-from-disordered-aggregates-to-ordered-lattices-kinetic-control-of-the-assembly-of-a-computationally-designed-peptide
#19
Yu Tian, Huixi Violet Zhang, Kristi L Kiick, Jeffery G Saven, Darrin J Pochan
Natural biomolecular self-assembly typically occurs under a narrow range of solution conditions, and the design of sequences that can form prescribed structures under a range of such conditions would be valuable in the bottom-up assembly of predetermined nanostructures. We present a computationally designed peptide that robustly self-assembles into regular arrays under a wide range of solution pH and temperature conditions. Controling the solution conditions provides the opportunity to exploit a simple and reproducible approach for altering the pathway of peptide solution self-assembly...
June 22, 2017: Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639636/hyperbolic-metamaterials-for-dispersion-assisted-directional-light-emission
#20
Lorenzo Ferrari, Joseph Stephen Thomas Smalley, Yeshaiahu Fainman, Zhaowei Liu
A novel method is presented to outcouple high spatial frequency (large-k) waves from hyperbolic metamaterials (HMMs) without the use of a grating. This approach relies exclusively on dispersion engineering, and enables preferential power extraction from the top or from the side of a HMM. Multilayer (ML) HMMs are shown to be better suited for lateral outcoupling, while nanowire HMMs are the most convenient choice for top outcoupling. A 6-fold increase in laterally extracted power is predicted for a dipole-HMM system with a Ag/Si ML operating at λ = 530 nm, when metallic filling ratio is changed from an unoptimized to the optimized one...
June 22, 2017: Nanoscale
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