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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723847/blindness-related-to-presumed-retinal-toxicity-after-using-perfluorocarbon-liquid-during-vitreoretinal-surgery
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Silvia Méndez-Martínez, Pilar Calvo, Nelson Arturo Rodriguez-Marco, Fernando Faus, Emilio Abecia, Luis Pablo
PURPOSE: To describe the presumed retinal toxicity after using specific batches of perfluorocarbon liquid ALA OCTA (Alamedics, Dornstadt, Germany) in pars plana vitrectomy. METHODS: This is an observational retrospective consecutive case series analyses of patients operated on pars plana vitrectomy for retinal detachment or intraocular lens subluxation, using the 150141 or 200114 batches of perfluorocarbon liquid ALA OCTA as assistance during the surgery in a single center...
July 18, 2017: Retina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723577/enabling-tools-for-high-throughput-detection-of-metabolites-metabolic-engineering-and-directed-evolution-applications
#2
REVIEW
Jyun-Liang Lin, James M Wagner, Hal S Alper
Within the Design-Build-Test Cycle for strain engineering, rapid product detection and selection strategies remain challenging and limit overall throughput. Here we summarize a wide variety of modalities that transduce chemical concentrations into easily measured absorbance, luminescence, and fluorescence signals. Specifically, we cover protein-based biosensors (including transcription factors), nucleic acid-based biosensors, coupled enzyme reactions, bioorthogonal chemistry, and fluorescent and chromogenic dyes and substrates as modalities for detection...
July 16, 2017: Biotechnology Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722038/promises-facts-and-challenges-for-graphene-in-biomedical-applications
#3
Giacomo Reina, José Miguel González-Domínguez, Alejandro Criado, Ester Vázquez, Alberto Bianco, Maurizio Prato
The graphene family has captured the interest and the imagination of an increasing number of scientists working in different fields, ranging from composites to flexible electronics. In the area of biomedical applications, graphene is especially involved in drug delivery, biosensing and tissue engineering, with strong contributions to the whole nanomedicine area. Besides the interesting results obtained so far and the evident success, there are still many problems to solve, on the way to the manufacturing of biomedical devices, including the lack of standardization in the production of the graphene family members...
July 19, 2017: Chemical Society Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721831/transient-production-of-recombinant-pharmaceutical-proteins-in-plants-evolution-and-perspectives
#4
Lilya Kopertekh, Joachim Schiemann
During the last two decades the production of pharmaceutical proteins in plants evolved from proof of concept to established technology adopted by several biotechnological companies. This progress is particularly based on intensive research starting stable genetic transformation and moving to transient expression. Due to its advantages in yield and speed of protein production transient expression platforms became leading plant-based manufacturing technology. Current transient expression methods rely on Agrobacterium-mediated delivery of expression vectors into plant cells...
July 18, 2017: Current Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721723/enrichment-of-long-chain-polyunsaturated-fatty-acids-by-coordinated-expression-of-multiple-metabolic-nodes-in-the-oleaginous-microalga-phaeodactylum-tricornutum
#5
Xiang Wang, Yu-Hong Liu, Wei Wei, Xia Zhou, Wasiqi Yuan, Srinivasan Balamurugan, Ting-Bin Hao, Wei-Dong Yang, Jie-Sheng Liu, Hong-Ye Li
Microalgal long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (LC-PUFAs) have emerged as promising alternatives to depleting fish oils. However, the overproduction of LC-PUFAs in microalgae has remained challenging. Here, we report a sequential metabolic engineering strategy that systematically overcomes the metabolic bottlenecks and overproduces LC-PUFAs. Malonyl CoA-acyl carrier protein transacylase, catalyzing the first committed step in type II fatty acid synthesis, and desaturase 5b, involved in fatty acid desaturation, were coordinately expressed in Phaeodactylum tricornutum...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721587/genetically-engineered-cell-lines-for-%C3%AE-1-antitrypsin-expression
#6
Qianqian Ji, Caiping Guo, Chen Xie, Yingdan Wu, Pei Zhang, Hui Li, Yongjun Lu
OBJECTIVES: To establish genetically modified cell lines that can produce functional α1-antitrypsin (AAT), by CRISPR/Cas9-assisted homologous recombination. RESULTS: α1-Antitrypsin deficiency (AATD) is a monogenic heritable disease that often results in lungs and liver damage. Current augmentation therapy is expensive and in short of supply. To develop a safer and more effective therapeutic strategy for AATD, we integrated the AAT gene (SERPINA1, NG_008290.1) into the AAVS1 locus of human cell line HEK293T and assessed the safety and efficacy of CRISPR/Cas9 on producing potential therapeutic cell lines...
July 18, 2017: Biotechnology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721583/microbial-and-genetically-engineered-oils-as-replacements-for-fish-oil-in-aquaculture-feeds
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REVIEW
M Sprague, M B Betancor, D R Tocher
As the global population grows more of our fish and seafood are being farmed. Fish are the main dietary source of the omega-3 (n-3) long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (LC-PUFA), eicosapentaenoic (EPA) and docosahexaenoic (DHA) acids, but these cannot be produced in sufficient quantities as are now required for human health. Farmed fish have traditionally been fed a diet consisting of fishmeal and fish oil, rich in n-3 LC-PUFA. However, the increase in global aquaculture production has resulted in these finite and limited marine ingredients being replaced with sustainable alternatives of terrestrial origin that are devoid of n-3 LC-PUFA...
July 18, 2017: Biotechnology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721573/exposure-to-silver-nanoparticles-affects-viability-and-function-of-natural-killer-cells-mostly-via-the-release-of-ions
#8
Loretta Müller, Selina K Steiner, Laura Rodriguez-Lorenzo, Alke Petri-Fink, Barbara Rothen-Rutishauser, Philipp Latzin
Natural killer (NK) cells play a crucial role in linking innate and adaptive immune responses, especially during viral infections and tumor surveillance. They have two major effector functions: the killing of stressed/abnormal cells and the release of cytokines. Their activity is regulated via inhibitory and activating surface receptors. At the same time that the production and use of engineered nanoparticles is steadily increasing, the risk for exposure to silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) from consumer products or biomedical applications is growing...
July 18, 2017: Cell Biology and Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720468/production-of-a-chikungunya-vaccine-using-a-cho-cell-and-attenuated-viral-based-platform-technology
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Preethi Eldi, Tamara H Cooper, Liang Liu, Natalie A Prow, Kerrilyn R Diener, Paul M Howley, Andreas Suhrbier, John D Hayball
Vaccinia-based systems have been extensively explored for the development of recombinant vaccines. Herein we describe an innovative vaccinia virus (VACV)-derived vaccine platform technology termed Sementis Copenhagen Vector (SCV), which was rendered multiplication-defective by targeted deletion of the essential viral assembly gene D13L. A SCV cell substrate line was developed for SCV vaccine production by engineering CHO cells to express D13 and the VACV host-range factor CP77, because CHO cells are routinely used for manufacture of biologics...
July 15, 2017: Molecular Therapy: the Journal of the American Society of Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720288/potential-adverse-effects-of-engineered-nanomaterials-commonly-used-in-food-on-the-mirnome
#10
Jia Pei Lim, Gyeong Hun Baeg, Dinesh Kumar Srinivasan, S Thameem Dheen, Boon Huat Bay
The emergence of nanotechnology has greatly impacted our daily lives. Multiple products, including cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, electronics and food, are produced with incorporation of nanomaterials (NMs). Nanotechnology has yielded many promising benefits, yet, there remains much uncertainty about the hazards of NMs to humans. Hence, it is important to ensure safety of the users. Although many in vitro and in vivo studies have been carried out on the potential toxicity generated by NMs in food, its effects on the microRNA genome (miRNome) involved in the regulation of gene expression have been poorly understood...
July 15, 2017: Food and Chemical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719986/three-dimensional-printing-of-surgical-clips-an-in-vitro-pilot-study-and-trial-of-efficacy
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Noah E Canvasser, Shuvro De, Ersin Koseoglu, Aaron H Lay, Igor Sorokin, Raul Fernandez, Jeffrey A Cadeddu
Introduction and Objective Three-dimensional printing applications have increased over the past decade. Our objective was to test rapid prototyping of a 3D printed surgical clip for intraoperative use. Methods Our prototype was modeled after the 10mm Weck® Hem-o-lok® polymer clip (Teleflex Inc., Wayne, PA, USA). A 3D computer-aided design model of the Hem-o-lok® clip was reverse-engineered using commercial microscopy and printing was done using an Objet Connex500 multi-jetting system (Stratasys, Eden Prairie, MN, USA)...
July 18, 2017: Journal of Endourology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719630/oligo-and-dsdna-mediated-genome-editing-using-a-teta-dual-selection-system-in-escherichia-coli
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Young Shin Ryu, Sathesh-Prabu Chandran, Kyungchul Kim, Sung Kuk Lee
The ability to precisely and seamlessly modify a target genome is needed for metabolic engineering and synthetic biology techniques aimed at creating potent biosystems. Herein, we report on a promising method in Escherichia coli that relies on the insertion of an optimized tetA dual selection cassette followed by replacement of the same cassette with short, single-stranded DNA (oligos) or long, double-stranded DNA and the isolation of recombinant strains by negative selection using NiCl2. This method could be rapidly and successfully used for genome engineering, including deletions, insertions, replacements, and point mutations, without inactivation of the methyl-directed mismatch repair (MMR) system and plasmid cloning...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719578/de-novo-active-sites-for-resurrected-precambrian-enzymes
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Valeria A Risso, Sergio Martinez-Rodriguez, Adela M Candel, Dennis M Krüger, David Pantoja-Uceda, Mariano Ortega-Muñoz, Francisco Santoyo-Gonzalez, Eric A Gaucher, Shina C L Kamerlin, Marta Bruix, Jose A Gavira, Jose M Sanchez-Ruiz
Protein engineering studies often suggest the emergence of completely new enzyme functionalities to be highly improbable. However, enzymes likely catalysed many different reactions already in the last universal common ancestor. Mechanisms for the emergence of completely new active sites must therefore either plausibly exist or at least have existed at the primordial protein stage. Here, we use resurrected Precambrian proteins as scaffolds for protein engineering and demonstrate that a new active site can be generated through a single hydrophobic-to-ionizable amino acid replacement that generates a partially buried group with perturbed physico-chemical properties...
July 18, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718632/systematic-approaches-to-efficiently-produce-2-3-butanediol-in-a-marine-cyanobacterium
#14
Nicole E Nozzi, Anna E Case, Austin L Carroll, Shota Atsumi
Cyanobacteria have attracted significant interest as a platform for renewable production of fuel and feedstock chemicals from abundant atmospheric carbon dioxide by way of photosynthesis. While great strides have been made in developing this technology in freshwater cyanobacteria, logistical issues remain in scale-up. Use of the cyanobacterium Synechococcus sp. PCC 7002 (7002) as a chemical production chassis could address a number of these issues given the higher tolerance to salt, light, and heat as well as the fast growth rate of 7002 in comparison to traditional model cyanobacteria such as Synechococcus elongatus PCC 7942 and Synechocystis sp...
July 18, 2017: ACS Synthetic Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718514/aldehyde-dehydrogenase-1-a1-regulates-energy-metabolism-in-adipocytes-from-different-species
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Kefeng Yang, Christopher Adin, Qiwen Shen, Ly James Lee, Lianbo Yu, Paolo Fadda, Arpad Samogyi, Kathleen Ham, Lu Xu, Chen Gilor, Ouliana Ziouzenkova
BACKGROUND: Survival and longevity of xenotransplants depend on immune function and ability to integrate energy metabolism between cells from different species. However, mechanisms for interspecies cross talk in energy metabolism are not well understood. White adipose tissue stores energy and is capable of mobilization and dissipation of energy as heat (thermogenesis) by adipocytes expressing uncoupling protein 1 (Ucp1). Both pathways are under the control of vitamin A metabolizing enzymes...
July 17, 2017: Xenotransplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717606/combined-supplementation-of-ascorbic-acid-and-thyroid-hormone-t3-affects-tenocyte-proliferation-the-effect-of-ascorbic-acid-in-the-production-of-nitric-oxide
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Viviana di Giacomo, Martina Berardocco, Marialucia Gallorini, Francesco Oliva, Alessia Colosimo, Amelia Cataldi, Nicola Maffulli, Anna C Berardi
BACKGROUND: Tissue engineering is now increasingly focusing on cell-based treatments as promising tools to improve tendon repair. However, many crucial aspects of tendon biology remain to be understood before adopting the best experimental approach for cell-tissue engineering. METHODS: The role played by Ascorbic Acid (AA) alone and in combination with thyroid hormone T3 in the viability and proliferation of primary human tendon-derived cells was investigated. Human tenocyte viability was detected by Trypan blue exclusion test and cellular proliferation rate was evaluated by CFSE CellTrace™...
January 2017: Muscles, Ligaments and Tendons Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717269/laboratory-tests-for-oxidative-stress
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REVIEW
Ashok Agarwal, Ahmad Majzoub
INTRODUCTION: Oxidative stress (OS) is considered a significant contributor to male infertility. A number of laboratory techniques have been developed to evaluate oxidative stress in the semen. We review these tests and their current use. METHODS: A literature review was performed utilizing the PubMed search engine for articles studying OS etiology and impact on male fertility, and the laboratory tests used in its assessment. RESULTS: The state of OS results from exaggerated production of oxygen-derived free radicals, also known as reactive oxygen species, to an extent overwhelming the body's antioxidant defense mechanisms...
July 2017: Indian Journal of Urology: IJU: Journal of the Urological Society of India
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717202/%C3%AE-caryophyllene-emitted-from-a-transgenic-arabidopsis-or-chemical-dispenser-repels-diaphorina-citri-vector-of-candidatus-liberibacters
#18
Berta Alquézar, Haroldo Xavier Linhares Volpe, Rodrigo Facchini Magnani, Marcelo Pedreira de Miranda, Mateus Almeida Santos, Nelson Arno Wulff, Jose Mauricio Simões Bento, José Roberto Postali Parra, Harro Bouwmeester, Leandro Peña
Production of citrus, the main fruit tree crop worldwide, is severely threatened by Huanglongbing (HLB), for which as yet a cure is not available. Spread of this bacterial disease in America and Asia is intimately connected with dispersal and feeding of the insect vector Diaphorina citri, oligophagous on rutaceous host plants. Effective control of this psyllid is an important component in successful HLB management programs. Volatiles released from the non-host guava have been shown to be repellent to the psyllid and to inhibit its response to citrus odour...
July 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717194/rapid-production-of-human-liver-scaffolds-for-functional-tissue-engineering-by-high-shear-stress-oscillation-decellularization
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Giuseppe Mazza, Walid Al-Akkad, Andrea Telese, Lisa Longato, Luca Urbani, Benjamin Robinson, Andrew Hall, Kenny Kong, Luca Frenguelli, Giusi Marrone, Oliver Willacy, Mohsen Shaeri, Alan Burns, Massimo Malago, Janet Gilbertson, Nigel Rendell, Kevin Moore, David Hughes, Ioan Notingher, Gavin Jell, Armando Del Rio Hernandez, Paolo De Coppi, Krista Rombouts, Massimo Pinzani
The development of human liver scaffolds retaining their 3-dimensional structure and extra-cellular matrix (ECM) composition is essential for the advancement of liver tissue engineering. We report the design and validation of a new methodology for the rapid and accurate production of human acellular liver tissue cubes (ALTCs) using normal liver tissue unsuitable for transplantation. The application of high shear stress is a key methodological determinant accelerating the process of tissue decellularization while maintaining ECM protein composition, 3D-architecture and physico-chemical properties of the native tissue...
July 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717021/genetic-and-metabolic-engineering-in-diatoms
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REVIEW
Weichao Huang, Fayza Daboussi
Diatoms have attracted considerable attention due to their success in diverse environmental conditions, which probably is a consequence of their complex origins. Studies of their metabolism will provide insight into their adaptation capacity and are a prerequisite for metabolic engineering. Several years of investigation have led to the development of the genome engineering tools required for such studies, and a profusion of appropriate tools is now available for exploring and exploiting the metabolism of these organisms...
September 5, 2017: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
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