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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549587/neuronally-differentiated-adipose-derived-stem-cells-and-aligned-phbv-nanofiber-nerve-scaffolds-promote-sciatic-nerve-regeneration
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Feihu Hu, Xiaofeng Zhang, Haixia Liu, Peng Xu, Doulathunnisa, Gaojun Teng, Zhongdang Xiao
Through a combination of biomaterials and stem cells, tissue engineering strategies for restoring and regenerating damaged peripheral nerves have recently been used to meet the challenges posed by nerve injury. In a previous study, we revealed a new way to induce neuronal differentiation of stem cells based on the temporally sequential use of miR-218 and Fibroblast Growth Factor 2 (FGF2) in vitro (FGF2-miR-218 induction approach). In the present study, we sought to investigate the application of this novel approach in repairing sciatic nerve damage in vivo...
May 23, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549404/the-impact-of-quercetin-on-wound-healing-relates-to-changes-in-%C3%AE-v-and-%C3%AE-1-integrin-expression
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Karen M Doersch, M Karen Newell-Rogers
Overly fibrotic wound healing can lead to excess scar formation, causing functional impairment and undesirable cosmetic results. However, there are few successful treatments available to prevent or remediate scars. This study sought to explore the molecular mechanisms by which quercetin, a naturally-occurring antifibrotic agent, diminishes scar formation. Using both mice and fibroblast cells, we examined quercetin's impact on fibrosis and the wound healing rate, and potential molecular mechanisms underlying the quercetin-mediated reduction of fibrosis...
January 1, 2017: Experimental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547869/the-zinc-finger-domain-of-ring-finger-protein-141-reveals-a-unique-ring-fold
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Kazuhide Miyamoto, Airi Uechi, Kazuki Saito
Human RING finger protein 141 (RFP141) is a germ cell-specific transcription factor during spermatogenesis. We synthesized a compact construct encoding the C-terminal zinc finger of RFP141 (RFP141C peptide). Herein we determined the solution structure of the RFP141C peptide by nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR). Moreover, NMR data and the chemical modification of cysteine residues demonstrated that the RFP141C peptide binds to two zinc atoms in a cross-brace arrangement. The Simple Modular Architecture Research Tool database predicted the structure of RFP141C as a RING finger...
May 25, 2017: Protein Science: a Publication of the Protein Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544545/cytoprotective-encapsulation-of-individual-jurkat-t-cells-within-durable-tio2-shells-for-t-cell-therapy
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Wongu Youn, Eun Hyea Ko, Mi-Hee Kim, Matthew Park, Daewha Hong, Gulaim A Seisenbaeva, Vadim G Kessler, Insung S Choi
Lymphocytes, such as T cells and natural killer (NK) cells, have therapeutic promises in adoptive cell transfer (ACT) therapy, where the cells are activated and expanded in vitro, and then infused into a patient. However, the in vitro preservation of labile lymphocytes during transfer, manipulation, and storage has been one of the bottlenecks in the development and commercialization of therapeutic lymphocytes. Herein, we suggest a "cell-in-shell" (a.k.a. artificial spore) strategy to enhance the cell viability in the practical settings, while maintaining biological activities for therapeutic efficacy...
May 25, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542388/targeted-dna-methylation-in-pericentromeres-with-genome-editing-based-artificial-dna-methyltransferase
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Taiga Yamazaki, Yu Hatano, Tetsuya Handa, Sakiko Kato, Kensuke Hoida, Rui Yamamura, Takashi Fukuyama, Takayuki Uematsu, Noritada Kobayashi, Hiroshi Kimura, Kazuo Yamagata
To study the impact of epigenetic changes on biological functions, the ability to manipulate the epigenetic status of certain genomic regions artificially could be an indispensable technology. "Epigenome editing" techniques have gradually emerged that apply TALE or CRISPR/Cas9 technologies with various effector domains isolated from epigenetic code writers or erasers such as DNA methyltransferase, 5-methylcytosine oxidase, and histone modification enzymes. Here we demonstrate that a TALE recognizing a major satellite, consisting of a repeated sequence in pericentromeres, could be fused with the bacterial CpG methyltransferase, SssI...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542284/haemocytes-collected-from-experimentally-infected-pacific-oysters-crassostrea-gigas-detection-of-ostreid-herpesvirus-1-dna-rna-and-proteins-in-relation-with-inhibition-of-apoptosis
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Claire Martenot, Ophélie Gervais, Bruno Chollet, Maryline Houssin, Tristan Renault
Recent transcriptomic approaches focused on anti-viral immunity in molluscs lead to the assumption that the innate immune system, such as apoptosis, plays a crucial role against ostreid herpesvirus type 1 (OsHV-1), infecting Pacific cupped oyster, Crassostrea gigas. Apoptosis constitutes a major mechanism of anti-viral response by limiting viral spread and eliminating infected cells. In this way, an OsHV-1 challenge was performed and oysters were monitored at three times post injection to investigate viral infection and host response: 2h (early after viral injection in the adductor muscle), 24h (intermediate time), and 48h (just before first oyster mortality record)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541930/progress-in-artificial-vision-through-suprachoroidal-retinal-implants
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Lilach Bareket, Alejandro Barriga-Rivera, Marc Patrick Zapf, Nigel H Lovell, Gregg J Suaning
Retinal implants have proven their ability to restore visual sensation to people with degenerative retinopathy, characterized by photoreceptor cell death and the retina's inability to sense light. Retinal bionics operate by electrically stimulating the surviving neurons in the retina, thus triggering the transfer of visual sensory information to the brain. Suprachoroidal implants were first investigated in Australia in the 1950s. In this approach, the neuromodulation hardware is positioned between the sclera and the choroid, thus providing significant surgical and safety benefits for patients, with the potential to maintain residual vision combined with the artificial input from the device...
May 25, 2017: Journal of Neural Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541907/compact-highly-efficient-and-fully-flexible-circularly-polarized-antenna-enabled-by-silver-nanowires-for-wireless-body-area-networks
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Zhi Hao Jiang, Zheng Cui, Taiwei Yue, Yong Zhu, Douglas H Werner
A compact and flexible circularly polarized (CP) wearable antenna is introduced for wireless body-area network systems at the 2.4 GHz industrial, scientific, and medical (ISM) band, which is implemented by employing a low-loss composite of polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) and silver nanowires (AgNWs). The circularly polarized radiation is enabled by placing a planar linearly polarized loop monopole above a finite anisotropic artificial ground plane. By truncating the anisotropic artificial ground plane to contain only 2 by 2 unit cells, an integrated antenna with a compact form factor of 0...
May 23, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Circuits and Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540257/dynamic-interaction-of-enterovirus-71-and-dendritic-cells-in-infected-neonatal-rhesus-macaques
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Ting Zhao, Zhixiao Zhang, Ying Zhang, Min Feng, Shengtao Fan, Lichun Wang, Longding Liu, Xi Wang, Qinglin Wang, Xiaolong Zhang, Jingjing Wang, Yun Liao, Zhanlong He, Shuaiyao Lu, Huai Yang, Qihan Li
Enterovirus 71 (EV71) is one of the main pathogens responsible for hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD). Infection with EV71 can lead to severe clinical disease via extensive infections of either the respiratory or alimentary tracts in children. Based on the previous pathological study of EV71 infections in neonatal rhesus macaques, our work using this animal model and an EV71 chimera that expresses enhanced green fluorescent protein (EGFP-EV71) primarily explored where EV71 localizes and proliferates, and the subsequent initiation of the pathological process...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539278/-construction-of-specific-artificial-antigen-presenting-cells-for-in-vitro-activation-of-cd19-chimeric-antigen-receptor-t-cells
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Yao-Jun Peng, Qi-Yan Wu, Hong-Yu Liu, Jian Zhao, Hua-Feng Wei
OBJECTIVE: To construct CD19-specific artificial antigen-presenting cells (aAPCs) for in vitro activation and expansion of CD19 chimeric antigen receptor (CAR)-modified T cells (CD19-CAR-T) and investigate their cytotoxic effect. METHODS: CD19-specific aAPCs (NIH3T3-CD19/86, NIH3T3-CD19/86/137L) expressing costimulatory molecules CD86 and/or CD137L were prepared on the basis of NIH3T3 backbone cells by lentivirus-mediated gene transfer. Irradiated CD19-specific aAPCs were co-cultured with CD19-CAR-T cells to activate and amplify CD19-CAR-T cells...
May 20, 2017: Nan Fang Yi Ke da Xue Xue Bao, Journal of Southern Medical University
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536785/significance-of-accumulation-of-the-alarmone-p-ppgpp-in-chloroplasts-for-controlling-photosynthesis-and-metabolite-balance-during-nitrogen-starvation-in-arabidopsis
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Rina Honoki, Sumire Ono, Akira Oikawa, Kazuki Saito, Shinji Masuda
The regulatory nucleotides, guanosine 5'-triphosphate 3'-diphosphate (pppGpp) and guanosine 5'-diphosphate 3'-diphosphate (ppGpp), were originally identified in Escherichia coli, and control a large set of gene expression and enzyme activities. The (p)ppGpp-dependent control of cell activities is referred to as the stringent response. A growing number of (p)ppGpp synthase/hydrolase homologs have been identified in plants, which are localized in plastids in Arabidopsis thaliana. We recently reported that the Arabidopsis mutant overproducing ppGpp in plastids showed dwarf chloroplasts, and transcript levels in the mutant plastids were significantly suppressed...
May 23, 2017: Photosynthesis Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534088/the-ppar-gamma-binding-sequence-pal3-is-necessary-for-basal-but-dispensable-for-high-fat-diet-regulated-human-renin-expression-in-the-kidney
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Peter Lachmann, Jenny Selbmann, Linda Hickmann, Bernd Hohenstein, Christian Hugo, Vladimir T Todorov
We reported earlier that PPAR-gamma regulates renin transcription through a human-specific atypical binding sequence termed hRen-Pal3. Here we developed a mouse model to investigate the functional relevance of the hRen-Pal3 sequence in vivo since it might be responsible for the increased renin production in obesity and thus for the development of accompanying arterial hypertension. We used bacterial artificial chromosome construct and co-placement strategy to generate two transgenic mouse lines expressing the human renin gene from identical genomic locus without affecting the intrinsic mouse renin expression...
May 22, 2017: Pflügers Archiv: European Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533400/the-pentameric-complex-drives-immunologically-covert-cell-cell-transmission-of-wild-type-human-cytomegalovirus
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Isa Murrell, Carmen Bedford, Kristin Ladell, Kelly L Miners, David A Price, Peter Tomasec, Gavin W G Wilkinson, Richard J Stanton
Human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) strains that have been passaged in vitro rapidly acquire mutations that impact viral growth. These laboratory-adapted strains of HCMV generally exhibit restricted tropism, produce high levels of cell-free virus, and develop susceptibility to natural killer cells. To permit experimentation with a virus that retained a clinically relevant phenotype, we reconstructed a wild-type (WT) HCMV genome using bacterial artificial chromosome technology. Like clinical virus, this genome proved to be unstable in cell culture; however, propagation of intact virus was achieved by placing the RL13 and UL128 genes under conditional expression...
May 22, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532825/growth-performance-reproductive-traits-and-offspring-survivability-of-genetically-modified-rams-overexpressing-toll-like-receptor-4
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Yu-Chang Yao, Hong-Bing Han, Xu-Ting Song, Shou-Long Deng, Yu-Feng Liu, Ming-Hai Lu, Yun-Hai Zhang, Mei-Yu Qi, Hai-Juan He, Su-Mei Wang, Guo-Shi Liu, Wu Li, Zheng-Xing Lian
Genetic modification provides a means to enhancing disease resistance in animals. Toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4), a member of the TLR family, is critical for the recognition of lipopolysaccharide (LPS)/endotoxin from Gram-negative bacteria by host immune cells, which initiates cell activation and subsequently triggers a proinflammatory response to the invading pathogens. In this study, the first generation of genetically modified (GM) sheep overexpressing TLR4 was produced by microinjection for better disease resistance...
July 1, 2017: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532361/electrical-stimulation-of-the-retina-to-produce-artificial-vision
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James D Weiland, Steven T Walston, Mark S Humayun
Retinal prostheses aim to restore vision to blind individuals suffering from retinal diseases such as retinitis pigmentosa and age-related macular degeneration. These devices function by electrically stimulating surviving retinal neurons, whose activation is interpreted by the brain as a visual percept. Many prostheses are currently under development. They are categorized as epiretinal, subretinal, and suprachoroidal prostheses on the basis of the placement of the stimulating microelectrode array. Each can activate ganglion cells through direct or indirect stimulation...
October 14, 2016: Annual Review of Vision Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532017/effects-of-pore-orientation-on-in-vitro-properties-of-retinoic-acid-loaded-plga-gelatin-scaffolds-for-artificial-peripheral-nerve-application
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Farnaz Ghorbani, Ali Zamanian, Hanieh Nojehdehian
Different manufacturing processes of scaffolds affect their main properties by altering the microstructure of pores. In this study, poly (lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA) scaffolds were synthesized by both freeze casting and freeze drying methods. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) micrographs demonstrated a unidirectional microstructure in the freeze-cast and a number of random pores in the freeze-dried scaffolds. According to the results, the formation of a lamellar microstructure increased the mechanical strength, swelling ratio, biodegradation behavior and drug release level...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530652/cd34-cells-from-dental-pulp-stem-cells-with-a-zfn-mediated-and-homology-driven-repair-mediated-locus-specific-knock-in-of-an-artificial-%C3%AE-globin-gene
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S Chattong, O Ruangwattanasuk, W Yindeedej, A Setpakdee, K Manotham
In humans, mutations in the β-globin gene (HBB) have two important clinical manifestations: β-thalassemia and sickle cell disease. The progress in genome editing and stem cell research may be relevant to the treatment of β-globin-related diseases. In this work, we employed zinc finger nuclease (ZFN)-mediated gene integration of synthetic β-globin cDNA into HBB loci, thus correcting almost all β-globin mutations. The integration was achieved in both HEK 293 cells and isolated dental pulp stem cell (DPSCs)...
May 22, 2017: Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527117/non-viral-and-viral-delivery-systems-for-crispr-cas9-technology-in-the-biomedical-field
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REVIEW
Zhi-Yao He, Ke Men, Zhou Qin, Yang Yang, Ting Xu, Yu-Quan Wei
The clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR)-associated protein 9 (CRISPR-Cas9) system provides a novel genome editing technology that can precisely target a genomic site to disrupt or repair a specific gene. Some CRISPR-Cas9 systems from different bacteria or artificial variants have been discovered or constructed by biologists, and Cas9 nucleases and single guide RNAs (sgRNA) are the major components of the CRISPR-Cas9 system. These Cas9 systems have been extensively applied for identifying therapeutic targets, identifying gene functions, generating animal models, and developing gene therapies...
May 2, 2017: Science China. Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525345/in-vitro-production-of-sudanese-camel-camelus-dromedarius-embryos-from-epididymal-spermatozoa-and-follicular-oocytes-of-slaughtered-animals
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A E Abdelkhalek, Sh A Gabr, W A Khalil, Sh M Shamiah, L Pan, G Qin, M H Farouk
Application of assisted reproductive technology in camelidea, such as artificial insemination (AI) and embryo transfer, has been slow in comparison to that for other livestock species. In Egypt, there are few attempts to establish in vitro maturation (IVM) and fertilization (IVF) techniques in dromedary camel. The present study was carried out to produce Sudanese camel embryos using in vitro matured oocytes and epididymal spermatozoa. Dromedary camel ovaries were collected from abattoirs and then, the oocytes were aspirated from all the visible follicles on the ovarian surface (~2-8 mm in a diameter)...
March 28, 2017: Polish Journal of Veterinary Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523139/an-overview-of-the-use-of-artificial-neural-networks-in-lung-cancer-research
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EDITORIAL
Luca Bertolaccini, Piergiorgio Solli, Alessandro Pardolesi, Antonello Pasini
The artificial neural networks (ANNs) are statistical models where the mathematical structure reproduces the biological organisation of neural cells simulating the learning dynamics of the brain. Although definitions of the term ANN could vary, the term usually refers to a neural network used for non-linear statistical data modelling. The neural models applied today in various fields of medicine, such as oncology, do not aim to be biologically realistic in detail but just efficient models for nonlinear regression or classification...
April 2017: Journal of Thoracic Disease
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