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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913889/ocular-pharmacology-of-tear-film-dry-eye-and-allergic-conjunctivitis
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Shilpa Gulati, Sandeep Jain
Dry Eye Disease (DED) is "a multifactorial disease of the tears and ocular surface that results in symptoms of discomfort, visual disturbance, and tear-film instability with potential damage to the ocular surface." DED comprises two etiologic categories: aqueous-deficient dry eye (ADDE) and evaporative dry eye (EDE). Diagnostic workup of DED should include clinical history, symptom questionnaire, fluorescein TBUT, ocular surface staining grading, Schirmer I/II, lid and meibomian pathology, meibomian expression, followed by other available tests...
December 3, 2016: Handbook of Experimental Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910951/molecular-imaging-with-engineered-physiology
#2
Mitul Desai, Adrian L Slusarczyk, Ashley Chapin, Mariya Barch, Alan Jasanoff
In vivo imaging techniques are powerful tools for evaluating biological systems. Relating image signals to precise molecular phenomena can be challenging, however, due to limitations of the existing optical, magnetic and radioactive imaging probe mechanisms. Here we demonstrate a concept for molecular imaging which bypasses the need for conventional imaging agents by perturbing the endogenous multimodal contrast provided by the vasculature. Variants of the calcitonin gene-related peptide artificially activate vasodilation pathways in rat brain and induce contrast changes that are readily measured by optical and magnetic resonance imaging...
December 2, 2016: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910875/an-integrated-modelling-framework-from-cells-to-organism-based-on-a-cohort-of-digital-embryos
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Paul Villoutreix, Julien Delile, Barbara Rizzi, Louise Duloquin, Thierry Savy, Paul Bourgine, René Doursat, Nadine Peyriéras
We conducted a quantitative comparison of developing sea urchin embryos based on the analysis of five digital specimens obtained by automatic processing of in toto 3D+ time image data. These measurements served the reconstruction of a prototypical cell lineage tree able to predict the spatiotemporal cellular organisation of a normal sea urchin blastula. The reconstruction was achieved by designing and tuning a multi-level probabilistic model that reproduced embryo-level dynamics from a small number of statistical parameters characterising cell proliferation, cell surface area and cell volume evolution along the cell lineage...
December 2, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910039/silencing-genes-in-the-heart
#4
Henry Fechner, Roland Vetter, Jens Kurreck, Wolfgang Poller
Silencing of cardiac genes by RNA interference (RNAi) has developed into a powerful new method to treat cardiac diseases. Small interfering (si)RNAs are the inducers of RNAi, but cultured primary cardiomyocytes and heart are highly resistant to siRNA transfection. This can be overcome by delivery of small hairpin (sh)RNAs or artificial microRNA (amiRNAs) by cardiotropic adeno-associated virus (AAV) vectors. Here we describe as example of the silencing of a cardiac gene, the generation and cloning of shRNA, and amiRNAs directed against the cardiac protein phospholamban...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909649/in-silico-profiling-of-cell-growth-and-succinate-production-in-escherichia-coli-nzn111
#5
Xingxing Jian, Ningchuan Li, Cheng Zhang, Qiang Hua
BACKGROUND: Succinic acid is a valuable product due to its wide-ranging utilities. To improve succinate production and reduce by-products formation, Escherichia coli NZN111 was constructed by insertional inactivation of lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) and pyruvate formate lyase (PFL) encoded by the genes ldhA and pflB, respectively. However, this double-deletion mutant is incapable of anaerobically growing on glucose in rich or minimal medium even with acetate supplementation. A widespread hold view is that the inactivation of NADH-dependent LDH limits the regeneration of NAD(+) and consequently disables proper growth under anaerobic conditions...
2016: Bioresources and Bioprocessing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908936/genome-editing-technologies-principles-and-applications
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REVIEW
Thomas Gaj, Shannon J Sirk, Sai-Lan Shui, Jia Liu
Targeted nucleases have provided researchers with the ability to manipulate virtually any genomic sequence, enabling the facile creation of isogenic cell lines and animal models for the study of human disease, and promoting exciting new possibilities for human gene therapy. Here we review three foundational technologies-clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR)-CRISPR-associated protein 9 (Cas9), transcription activator-like effector nucleases (TALENs), and zinc-finger nucleases (ZFNs)...
December 1, 2016: Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908752/n-propargylpiperidines-with-naphthalene-2-carboxamide-or-naphthalene-2-sulfonamide-moieties-potential-multifunctional-anti-alzheimer-s-agents
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Urban Košak, Damijan Knez, Nicolas Coquelle, Boris Brus, Anja Pišlar, Florian Nachon, Xavier Brazzolotto, Janko Kos, Jacques-Philippe Colletier, Stanislav Gobec
In the brains of patients with Alzheimer's disease, the enzymatic activities of butyrylcholinesterase (BChE) and monoamine oxidase B (MAO-B) are increased. While BChE is a viable therapeutic target for alleviation of symptoms caused by cholinergic hypofunction, MAO-B is a potential therapeutic target for prevention of neurodegeneration in Alzheimer's disease. Starting with piperidine-based selective human (h)BChE inhibitors and propargylamine-based MAO inhibitors, we have designed, synthesized and biochemically evaluated a series of N-propargylpiperidines...
November 19, 2016: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907896/harnessing-human-adar2-for-rna-repair-recoding-a-pink1-mutation-rescues-mitophagy
#8
Jacqueline Wettengel, Philipp Reautschnig, Sven Geisler, Philipp J Kahle, Thorsten Stafforst
Site-directed A-to-I RNA editing is a technology for re-programming genetic information at the RNA-level. We describe here the first design of genetically encodable guideRNAs that enable the re-addressing of human ADAR2 toward specific sites in user-defined mRNA targets. Up to 65% editing yield has been achieved in cell culture for the recoding of a premature Stop codon (UAG) into tryptophan (UIG). In the targeted gene, editing was very specific. We applied the technology to recode a recessive loss-of-function mutation in PINK1 (W437X) in HeLa cells and showed functional rescue of PINK1/Parkin-mediated mitophagy, which is linked to the etiology of Parkinson's disease...
October 7, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907157/human-bone-derived-collagen-for-the-development-of-an-artificial-corneal-endothelial-graft-in-vivo-results-in-a-rabbit-model
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Natalia Vázquez, Manuel Chacón, Carlos A Rodríguez-Barrientos, Jesús Merayo-Lloves, Miguel Naveiras, Begoña Baamonde, Jose F Alfonso, Iriana Zambrano-Andazol, Ana C Riestra, Álvaro Meana
Corneal keratoplasty (penetrating or lamellar) using cadaveric human tissue, is nowadays the main treatment for corneal endotelial dysfunctions. However, there is a worldwide shortage of donor corneas available for transplantation and about 53% of the world's population have no access to corneal transplantation. Generating a complete cornea by tissue engineering is still a tough goal, but an endothelial lamellar graft might be an easier task. In this study, we developed a tissue engineered corneal endothelium by culturing human corneal endothelial cells on a human purified type I collagen membrane...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905603/pathological-levels-of-glucosylceramide-change-the-biophysical-properties-of-artificial-and-cell-membranes
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Ana R P Varela, Ana E Ventura, Ana C Carreira, Aleksander Fedorov, Anthony H Futerman, Manuel Prieto, Liana C Silva
Glucosylceramide (GlcCer) plays an active role in the regulation of various cellular events. Moreover, GlcCer is also a key modulator of membrane biophysical properties, which might be linked to the mechanism of its biological action. In order to understand the biophysical implications of GlcCer on membranes of living cells, we first studied the effect of GlcCer on artificial membranes containing 1-palmitoyl-2-oleoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine (POPC), sphingomyelin (SM) and cholesterol (Chol). Using an array of biophysical methods, we demonstrate that at lower GlcCer/Chol ratios, GlcCer stabilizes SM/Chol-enriched liquid-ordered domains...
December 1, 2016: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905160/improving-the-solubility-of-artificial-ligands-of-streptavidin-to-enable-more-practical-reversible-switching-of-protein-localization-in-cells
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Ryo Tachibana, Takuya Terai, Gaelle Boncompain, Shigeru Sugiyama, Nae Saito, Franck Perez, Yasuteru Urano
Chemical inducers that can control target protein localization in living cells are powerful tools to investigate dynamic biological systems. We recently reported the "retention using selective hook" (RUSH) system for reversible localization change of proteins of interest by addition/washout of small molecules called artificial ligands of streptavidin (ALiS). However, the utility of previously developed ALiS is restricted by limited solubility in water. Here, we overcome this problem by X-ray crystal structure-guided design of a more soluble ALiS derivative (ALiS-3), which retains sufficient streptavidin-binding affinity for use in the RUSH system...
November 30, 2016: Chembiochem: a European Journal of Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904501/human-amniotic-epithelial-cells-combined-with-silk-fibroin-scaffold-in-the-repair-of-spinal-cord-injury
#12
Ting-Gang Wang, Jie Xu, Ai-Hua Zhu, Hua Lu, Zong-Ning Miao, Peng Zhao, Guo-Zhen Hui, Wei-Jiang Wu
Treatment and functional reconstruction after central nervous system injury is a major medical and social challenge. An increasing number of researchers are attempting to use neural stem cells combined with artificial scaffold materials, such as fibroin, for nerve repair. However, such approaches are challenged by ethical and practical issues. Amniotic tissue, a clinical waste product, is abundant, and amniotic epithelial cells are pluripotent, have low immunogenicity, and are not the subject of ethical debate...
October 2016: Neural Regeneration Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904498/pre-degenerated-peripheral-nerves-co-cultured-with-bone-marrow-derived-cells-a-new-technique-for-harvesting-high-purity-schwann-cells
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Xiao-Pan Wang, Min Wu, Jian-Zhong Guan, Zhao-Dong Wang, Xu-Bin Gao, Yang-Yang Liu
Schwann cells play an important role in the peripheral nervous system, especially in nerve repair following injury, so artificial nerve regeneration requires an effective technique for obtaining purified Schwann cells. In vivo and in vitro pre-degeneration of peripheral nerves have been shown to obtain high-purity Schwann cells. We believed that in vitro pre-degeneration was simple and controllable, and available for the clinic. Thus, we co-cultured the crushed sciatic nerves with bone marrow-derived cells in vitro...
October 2016: Neural Regeneration Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904472/clearing-the-corpses-regulatory-mechanisms-novel-tools-and-therapeutic-potential-of-harnessing-microglial-phagocytosis-in-the-diseased-brain
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REVIEW
Irune Diaz-Aparicio, Sol Beccari, Oihane Abiega, Amanda Sierra
Apoptosis is a widespread phenomenon that occurs in the brain in both physiological and pathological conditions. Dead cells must be quickly removed to avoid the further toxic effects they exert in the parenchyma, a process executed by microglia, the brain professional phagocytes. Although phagocytosis is critical to maintain tissue homeostasis, it has long been either overlooked or indirectly assessed based on microglial morphology, expression of classical activation markers, or engulfment of artificial phagocytic targets in vitro...
October 2016: Neural Regeneration Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904397/antibacterial-activity-of-indian-borage-plectranthus-amboinicus-benth-leaf-extracts-in-food-systems-and%C3%A2-against-natural-microflora-in-chicken-meat
#15
Sandeep Kumar Gupta, Pradeep Singh Negi
The ability of acetone and ethyl acetate extracts of the leaves of a traditional Indian medicinal plant, Indian borage (Plectranthus amboinicus Benth) to prevent spoilage of artificially inoculated model food systems (cabbage and papaya) and natural microflora of chicken meat was evaluated. These extracts were able to reduce the bacterial counts in all food systems; however, the effective concentration varied with the complexity of the system (cabbage<papaya<chicken). A probable mode of action of extracts was investigated by analyzing the changes they cause in bacterial cell wall and leakage of nucleic acid from bacterial cells...
March 2016: Food Technology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903916/scnaphase-using-haplotype-resolved-read-depth-to-genotype-somatic-copy-number-alterations-from-low-cellularity-aneuploid-tumors
#16
Wenhan Chen, Alan J Robertson, Devika Ganesamoorthy, Lachlan J M Coin
Accurate identification of copy number alterations is an essential step in understanding the events driving tumor progression. While a variety of algorithms have been developed to use high-throughput sequencing data to profile copy number changes, no tool is able to reliably characterize ploidy and genotype absolute copy number from tumor samples that contain less than 40% tumor cells. To increase our power to resolve the copy number profile from low-cellularity tumor samples, we developed a novel approach that pre-phases heterozygote germline single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in order to replace the commonly used 'B-allele frequency' with a more powerful 'parental-haplotype frequency'...
November 29, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902880/monoamine-oxidase-inhibitory-activity-methyl-versus-chlorochalcone-derivatives
#17
Bijo Mathew, Gülberk Uçar, Githa Elizabeth Mathew, Sincy Mathew, Praseedha Kalatharakkal Purapurath, Fasil Moolayil, Smrithy Mohan, Sheeba Varghese Gupta
Numerous studies have shown that chalcones are promising scaffolds for the development of new monoamine oxidase-B (MAO-B) inhibitors. As a continuation of our ongoing research into the development of reversible human MAO-B (hMAO-B) inhibitors, two series of twenty chalcones containing electron-donating and electron-withdrawing substituents were synthesized. All compounds were found to be competitive, selective, and reversible inhibitors of hMAO-B except (2E)-1-(4-methylphenyl)-3-(4-nitrophenyl)prop-2-en-1-one (P7) and (2E)-1-(4-chlorophenyl)-3-(4-nitrophenyl)prop-2-en-1-one (P17), which were found to be selective inhibitors of hMAO-A...
November 30, 2016: ChemMedChem
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902188/sphingomonas-lutea-sp-nov-isolated-from-the-freshwater-of-artificial-reservoir
#18
Ji Hee Lee, Dae In Kim, Joo Won Kang, Chi Nam Seong
An aerobic, Gram-staining negative, gliding and yellow-pigmented bacterium, designated strain JS5T was isolated from freshwater of Juam reservoir, Republic of Korea. Cells are catalase-positive and oxidase-negative. Neighbour-joining phylogenetic tree based on 16S rRNA gene sequences showed that strain JS5T forms an independent lineage within the genus Sphingomonas. Strain JS5T was related distantly to 'Sphingomonas parvus' GP20-2 (98.2 %, 16S rRNA gene sequence similarity), S. sediminicola Dae 20T (96.8 %) and S...
October 12, 2016: International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27901316/small-subcompartmentalized-microreactors-as-support-for-hepatocytes
#19
Yan Zhang, Marie Baekgaard-Laursen, Brigitte Städler
Mimicking specific structural or functional aspects of cells is considered a promising approach to substitute for missing or lost cellular functions. However, the interaction of such artificial assemblies with their biological counterparts including the exploitation of the activity of the synthetic partner remains thus-far a rather unexplored avenue. Herein, the assembly of active microreactors with similar size to hepatocytes is reported. These microreactors are successfully cocultured with hepatocytes into bionic tissue for up to 10 d...
November 30, 2016: Advanced Healthcare Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27901227/evaluation-of-cytotoxicity-and-corrosion-resistance-of-orthodontic-mini-implants
#20
Celha Borges Costa Alves, Márcio Nunes Segurado, Miriam Cristina Leandro Dorta, Fátima Ribeiro Dias, Maurício Guilherme Lenza, Marcos Augusto Lenza
Objective: To evaluate and compare in vitro cytotoxicity and corrosion resistance of mini-implants from three different commercial brands used for orthodontic anchorage. Methods: Six mini-implants (Conexão(tm), Neodent(tm) and SIN(tm)) were separately immersed in artificial saliva (pH 6.76) for 30 and 60 days. The cytotoxicity of the corrosion extracts was assessed in L929 cell cultures using the violet crystal and MTT assays, as well as cell morphology under light microscopy...
September 2016: Dental Press Journal of Orthodontics
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