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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110042/recent-advances-in-compartmentalized-synthetic-architectures-as-drug-carriers-cell-mimics-and-artificial-organelles
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REVIEW
M J York-Duran, M Godoy-Gallardo, C Labay, A J Urquhart, T L Andresen, L Hosta-Rigau
Compartmentalization is a key feature of biological cells which conduct their metabolic activity in individual steps isolated in distinct, separated compartments. The creation of architectures containing multiple compartments with a structure that resembles that of a biological cell has generated significant research attention and these assemblies are proposed as candidate materials for a range of biomedical applications. In this Review article, the recent successes of multicompartment architectures as carriers for the delivery of therapeutic cargo or the creation of micro- and nanoreactors that mimic metabolic activities, thus acting as artificial cells or organelles, are discussed...
January 16, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110017/remediation-efficiency-of-three-treatments-on-water-polluted-with-endocrine-disruptors-assessment-by-means-of-in%C3%A2-vitro-techniques
#2
Juliana Polloni-Silva, Ana Valdehita, Renata Fracácio, José M Navas
Chemical substances with potential to disrupt endocrine systems have been detected in aquatic environments worldwide, making necessary the investigation about water treatments able to inhibit such potential. The present work aimed to assess the efficiency for removing endocrine disruptors (with estrogenic and androgenic activity) of three simple and inexpensive substrates that could be potentially used in sectors or regions with limited resources: powdered activated carbon (PAC), powdered natural zeolite (ZEO) (both at a concentration of 500 mg L(-1)) and natural aquatic humic substances (AHS) (at 30 mg L(-1))...
January 4, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109960/rna-nanoparticle-based-targeted-therapy-for-glioblastoma-through-inhibition-of-oncogenic-mir-21
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Tae Jin Lee, Ji Young Yoo, Dan Shu, Hui Li, Jianying Zhang, Jun-Ge Yu, Alena Cristina Jaime-Ramirez, Mario Acunzo, Giulia Romano, Ri Cui, Hui-Lung Sun, Zhenghua Luo, Matthew Old, Balveen Kaur, Peixuan Guo, Carlo M Croce
Targeted inhibition of oncogenic miRNA-21 has been proposed to treat glioblastoma by rescuing tumor suppressors, PTEN and PDCD4. However, systemic delivery of anti-miR-21 sequences requires a robust and efficient delivery platform to successfully inhibit this druggable target. Three-way-junction (3WJ)-based RNA nanoparticles (RNP), artificially derived from pRNA of bacteriophage phi29 DNA packaging motor, was recently shown to target glioblastoma. Here, we report that multi-valent folate (FA)-conjugated 3WJ RNP constructed to harbor anti-miR-21 LNA sequences (FA-3WJ-LNA-miR21) specifically targeted and delivered anti-miR-21 LNA and knocked down miR-21 expression in glioblastoma cells in vitro and in vivo with favorable biodistribution...
January 18, 2017: Molecular Therapy: the Journal of the American Society of Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109583/detection-of-recombinant-human-lactoferrin-and-lysozyme-produced-in-a-bitransgenic-cow
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Germán G Kaiser, Nicolás C Mucci, Vega González, Lourdes Sánchez, José A Parrón, María D Pérez, Miguel Calvo, Juan F Aller, Federico A Hozbor, Adrián A Mutto
Lactoferrin and lysozyme are 2 glycoproteins with great antimicrobial activity, being part of the nonspecific defensive system of human milk, though their use in commercial products is difficult because human milk is a limited source. Therefore, many investigations have been carried out to produce those proteins in biological systems, such as bacteria, yeasts, or plants. Mammals seem to be more suitable as expression systems for human proteins, however, especially for those that are glycosylated. In the present study, a bicistronic commercial vector containing a goat β-casein promoter and an internal ribosome entry site fragment between the human lactoferrin and human lysozyme genes was developed to allow the introduction of both genes into bovine adult fibroblasts in a single transfection...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107513/the-zebrafish-anillin-egfp-reporter-marks-late-dividing-retinal-precursors-and-stem-cells-entering-neuronal-lineages
#5
Meret Cepero Malo, Anne-Laure Duchemin, Luca Guglielmi, Eva Patzel, Saadettin Sel, Gerd U Auffarth, Matthias Carl, Lucia Poggi
Monitoring cycling behaviours of stem and somatic cells in the living animal is a powerful tool to better understand tissue development and homeostasis. The tg(anillin:anillin-eGFP) transgenic line carries the full-length zebrafish F-actin binding protein Anillin fused to eGFP from a bacterial artificial chromosome (BAC) containing Anillin cis-regulatory sequences. Here we report the suitability of the Anillin-eGFP reporter as a direct indicator of cycling cells in the late embryonic and post-embryonic retina...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106939/maximizing-output-in-rna-programmed-peptidyl-transfer-reactions
#6
Margherita Di Pisa, Anett Hauser, Oliver Seitz
A chemical reaction that is triggered by specific RNA molecules may provide opportunities for the design of artificial feedback loops. We envision a peptidyl transfer reaction, in which mRNA encoding for antiapoptotic protein would instruct the synthesis of apoptosis-inducing peptides. In this study, we tackled the RNA-programmed synthesis of a 16mer peptide derived from the Bak-BH3 protein which inhibits the antiapoptotic protein Bcl-xL. The reaction involves the transfer of a thioester-linked donor peptide fragment from one PNA conjugate onto an acceptor peptide-PNA conjugate...
January 20, 2017: Chembiochem: a European Journal of Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106291/ocular-effects-of-sulfur-mustard-and-therapeutic-approaches-a-review
#7
Yunes Panahi, Seyyed Mahdi Rajaee, Amirhossein Sahebkar
Sulfur mustard (SM) is a strong blistering, highly reactive, lipophilic chemical war agent that causes injury in different organs including the skin, eyes and respiratory tract. The Eyes are especially susceptible to the consequences of SM poisoning because of the aqueous and mucosal nature of conjunctiva and cornea. DNA alkylation and depletion of glutathione, are the most important mechanisms of SM action in the eye injuries. Acute clinical symptoms are including decrease in visual acuity, dryness, photophobia, blepharospasm, conjunctivitis and complaints of foreign body sensation and soreness that gradually progress to severe ocular pain...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106156/tunable-multifunctional-thermal-metamaterials-manipulation-of-local-heat-flux-via-assembly-of-unit-cell-thermal-shifters
#8
Gwanwoo Park, Sunggu Kang, Howon Lee, Wonjoon Choi
Thermal metamaterials, designed by transformation thermodynamics are artificial structures that can actively control heat flux at a continuum scale. However, fabrication of them is very challenging because it requires a continuous change of thermal properties in materials, for one specific function. Herein, we introduce tunable thermal metamaterials that use the assembly of unit-cell thermal shifters for a remarkable enhancement in multifunctionality as well as manufacturability. Similar to the digitization of a two-dimensional image, designed thermal metamaterials by transformation thermodynamics are disassembled as unit-cells thermal shifters in tiny areas, representing discretized heat flux lines in local spots...
January 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105684/bacterial-microcompartment-directed-polyphosphate-kinase-promotes-stable-polyphosphate-accumulation-in-e-coli
#9
Mingzhi Liang, Stefanie Frank, Heinrich Lünsdorf, Martin J Warren, Michael B Prentice
Processes for the biological removal of phosphate from wastewater rely on temporary manipulation of bacterial polyphosphate levels by phased environmental stimuli. In E. coli polyphosphate levels are controlled via the polyphosphate-synthesizing enzyme polyphosphate kinase (PPK1) and exopolyphosphatases (PPX and GPPA), and are temporarily enhanced by PPK1 overexpression and reduced by PPX overexpression. We hypothesised that partitioning PPK1 from cytoplasmic exopolyphosphatases would increase and stabilise E...
January 20, 2017: Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105152/evaluation-by-quantitative-image-analysis-of-anticancer-drug-activity-on-multicellular-spheroids-grown-in-3d-matrices
#10
Aurélie Gomes, Adrien Russo, Guillaume Vidal, Elise Demange, Pauline Pannetier, Zied Souguir, Jean-Michel Lagarde, Bernard Ducommun, Valérie Lobjois
Pharmacological evaluation of anticancer drugs using 3D in vitro models provides invaluable information for predicting in vivo activity. Artificial matrices are currently available that scale up and increase the power of such 3D models. The aim of the present study was to propose an efficient and robust imaging and analysis pipeline to assess with quantitative parameters the efficacy of a particular cytotoxic drug. HCT116 colorectal adenocarcinoma tumor cell multispheres were grown in a 3D physiological hyaluronic acid matrix...
December 2016: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104492/constitutively-active-ras-signaling-reduces-1-25-dihydroxyvitamin-d-mediated-gene-transcription-in-intestinal-epithelial-cells-by-reducing-vitamin-d-receptor-expression
#11
REVIEW
Marsha L DeSmet, James C Fleet
High vitamin D status is associated with reduced colon cancer risk but these studies ignore the diversity in the molecular etiology of colon cancer. RAS activating mutations are common in colon cancer and they activate pro-proliferative signaling pathways. We examined the impact of RAS activating mutations on 1,25 dihydroxyvitamin D (1,25(OH)2D)-mediated gene expression in cultured colon and intestinal cell lines. Transient transfection of Caco-2 cells with a constitutively active mutant K-RAS (G12 V) significantly reduced 1,25(OH)2D-induced activity of both a human 25-hydroxyvitamin D, 24 hydroxyase (CYP24A1) promoter-luciferase and an artificial 3X vitamin D response element (VDRE) promoter-luciferase reporter gene...
January 16, 2017: Journal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103751/3d-bioprinting-towards-the-era-of-manufacturing-human-organs-as-spare-parts-for-healthcare-and-medicine
#12
Tanveer Ahmad Mir, Makoto Nakamura
3D printing technology has been used in industrial worlds for decades. 3D bioprinting has recently received an increasing attention across the globe among researchers, academicians, students and even the ordinary people. This emerging technique has a great potential to engineer highly organized functional bioconstructs with complex geometries and tailored components for engineering bio-artificial tissues/organs for widespread applications, including transplantation, therapeutic investigation, drug development, bioassay and disease modelling...
January 19, 2017: Tissue Engineering. Part B, Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101932/amino-acid-profiling-of-zinc-resistant-prostate-cancer-cell-lines-associations-with-cancer-progression
#13
Monika Kratochvilova, Martina Raudenska, Zbynek Heger, Lukas Richtera, Natalia Cernei, Vojtech Adam, Petr Babula, Marie Novakova, Michal Masarik, Jaromir Gumulec
BACKGROUND: Failure in intracellular zinc accumulation is a key process in prostate carcinogenesis. Nevertheless, epidemiological studies of zinc administration have provided contradicting results. In order to examine the impact of the artificial intracellular increase of zinc(II) ions on prostate cancer metabolism, PNT1A, 22Rv1, and PC-3 prostatic cell lines-depicting different stages of cancer progression-and their zinc-resistant counterparts were used. To determine "benign" and "malignant" metabolic profiles, amino acid patterns, gene expression, and antioxidant capacity of these cell lines were assessed...
January 19, 2017: Prostate
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101799/antitumor-efficacy-of-slpi-promoter-controlled-expression-of-artificial-microrna-targeting-egfr-in-a-squamous-cell-carcinoma-cell-line
#14
Jia Chen, Shoude Zhang, Yi Lin, Beibei Yang, Jiang Cao
The purpose of this study was to develop a recombinant adenovirus with secretory leukoprotease inhibitor (SLPI) promoter-controlled expression for gene therapy of squamous cell carcinoma (SCC). An artificial microRNA targeting epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) was designed, and used to construct a replication-defective recombinant adenovirus with SLPI promoter-controlled expression. The silencing efficiency of this vector (Ad-SLPI-EGFRamiR) was detected in Hep-2 cells. Western blotting showed that the expression of 170 kD EGFR was significantly reduced in Hep-2 cells 72 h after infection with Ad-SLPI-EGFRamiR...
January 18, 2017: Pathology Oncology Research: POR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101680/application-of-tissue-engineered-bone-grafts-for-alveolar-cleft-osteoplasty-in-a-rodent-model
#15
Paula Korn, Maria Hauptstock, Ursula Range, Christiane Kunert-Keil, Winnie Pradel, Günter Lauer, Matthias C Schulz
OBJECTIVES: The clinical standard for alveolar cleft osteoplasty is augmentation with autologous bone being available in limited amounts and might be associated with donor site morbidity. The aim of the present study was the creation of tissue-engineered bone grafts and their in vivo evaluation regarding their potential to promote osteogenesis in an alveolar cleft model. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Artificial bone defects with a diameter of 3.3 mm were created surgically in the palate of 84 adult Lewis rats...
January 18, 2017: Clinical Oral Investigations
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099574/anatomy-and-micromorphometric-analysis-of-leaf-catasetum-x-apolloi-benelli-grill-with-addition-of-potassium-silicate-under-different-light-sources
#16
L Eburneo, N G Ribeiro-Júnior, I V Karsburg, A A B Rossi, I V Silva
The aim of this study was to compare vitroplants Catasetum x apolloi grown under natural light and artificial light and different concentrations of potassium silicate, providing data on the anatomical differentiation that aids the acclimatization process of this species. Plants from in vitro seeding were used; 5 protocorms of approximately 0.5 cm were inoculated into vials with a capacity of 500 mL containing 100 mL of alternative culture medium plus potassium silicate (0.0, 0.5; 1.0 mL L-1), pH adjusted to 5...
January 12, 2017: Brazilian Journal of Biology, Revista Brasleira de Biologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099196/use-of-engineered-exosomes-expressing-hla-and-costimulatory-molecules-to-generate-antigen-specific-cd8-t-cells-for-adoptive-cell-therapy
#17
Sueon Kim, Hyun-Jung Sohn, Hyun-Joo Lee, Dae-Hee Sohn, Seung-Joo Hyun, Hyun-Il Cho, Tai-Gyu Kim
Dendritic cell-derived exosomes (DEX) comprise an efficient stimulator of T cells. However, the production of sufficient DEX remains a barrier to their broad applicability in immunotherapeutic approaches. In previous studies, genetically engineered K562 have been used to generate artificial antigen presenting cells (AAPC). Here, we isolated exosomes from K562 cells (referred to as CoEX-A2s) engineered to express human leukocyte antigen (HLA)-A2 and costimulatory molecules such as CD80, CD83, and 41BBL. CoEX-A2s were capable of stimulating antigen-specific CD8 T cells both directly and indirectly via CoEX-A2 cross-dressed cells...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Immunotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099121/early-mixed-hematopoietic-chimerism-detection-by-digital-droplet-pcr-in-patients-undergoing-gender-mismatched-hematopoietic-stem-cell-transplantation
#18
Miguel Waterhouse, Dietmar Pfeifer, Marie Follo, Justus Duyster, Henning Schäfer, Hartmut Bertz, Jürgen Finke
BACKGROUND: Clinical decision making after allogeneic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) is partially based on hematopoietic chimerism analysis. Polymerase chain reaction amplification of polymorphic short tandem repeats (STR-PCR) is currently considered the gold standard for chimerism surveillance after transplantation. Nevertheless, this method has shown several limitations. Emerging technologies such as digital PCR (dPCR) has been applied to detect hematopoietic chimerism. Despite previous reports, the clinical usefulness of dPCR is unclear because the studies were performed in limited patient populations with short follow-ups...
January 18, 2017: Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine: CCLM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097682/evaluation-of-perforated-demineralized-dentin-scaffold-on-bone-regeneration-in-critical-size-sheep-iliac-defects
#19
Md Arafat Kabir, Masaru Murata, Toshiyuki Akazawa, Kaoru Kusano, Katsuhisa Yamada, Manabu Ito
OBJECTIVES: Regenerating critical-size bone injury is a major problem that continues to inspire the design of new graft materials. Therefore, tissue engineering has become a novel approach for targeting bone regeneration applications. Human teeth are a rich source of stem cells, matrix, trace metal ions, and growth factors. A vital tooth-derived demineralized dentin matrix is acid-insoluble and composed of cross-linked collagen with growth factors. In this study, we recycled human non-functional tooth into a unique geometric dentin scaffold, entitled perforated root-demineralized dentin matrix (PR-DDM)...
January 17, 2017: Clinical Oral Implants Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096489/induced-packaging-of-cellular-micrornas-into-hiv-1-virions-can-inhibit-infectivity
#20
Hal P Bogerd, Edward M Kennedy, Adam W Whisnant, Bryan R Cullen
: Analysis of the incorporation of cellular microRNAs (miRNAs) into highly purified HIV-1 virions revealed that this largely, but not entirely, mirrored the level of miRNA expression in the producer CD4(+) T cells. Specifically, of the 58 cellular miRNAs detected at significant levels in the producer cells, only 5 were found in virions at a level 2- to 4-fold higher than that predicted on the basis of random cytoplasmic sampling. Of note, these included two miRNAs, miR-155 and miR-92a, that were reported previously to at least weakly bind HIV-1 transcripts...
January 17, 2017: MBio
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