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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926236/biofilms-benefiting-plants-exposed-to-zno-and-cuo-nps-studied-with-a-root-mimetic-hollow-fiber-membrane
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Michelle Bonebrake, Kaitlyn C Anderson, Jonathan Valiente, Astrid Rosa Jacobson, Joan E McLean, Anne J Anderson, David W Britt
Plants exist with a consortium of microbes that influence plant health, including response to biotic and abiotic stress. While nanoparticle (NP) - plant interactions are increasingly studied, the effect of NPs on the plant microbiome is less researched. Here a root-mimetic hollow fiber membrane (HFM) is presented for generating biofilms of plant-associated microbes nurtured by artificial root exudates (AREs) to correlate exudate composition with biofilm formation and response to NPs. Two microbial isolates from field-grown wheat, a bacillus endophyte and a pseudomonad root surface colonizer, were examined on HFMs fed with AREs varying in N and C composition...
September 19, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924210/kinase-inhibitor-screening-using-artificial-neural-networks-and-engineered-cardiac-biowires
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Genevieve Conant, Samad Ahadian, Yimu Zhao, Milica Radisic
Kinase inhibitors are often used as cancer targeting agents for their ability to prevent the activation of cell growth and proliferation signals. Cardiotoxic effects have been identified for some marketed kinase inhibitors that were not detected during clinical trials. We hypothesize that more predictive cardiac functional assessments of kinase inhibitors on human myocardium can be established by combining a high-throughput two-dimensional (2D) screening assay and a high-content three-dimensional (3D) engineered cardiac tissue (Biowire(TM)) based assay, and using human induced pluripotent stem cell-derived CMs (hiPSC-CMs)...
September 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923960/igh-isotype-specific-b-cell-receptor-expression-influences-b-cell-fate
#3
Pei Tong, Alessandra Granato, Teng Zuo, Neha Chaudhary, Adam Zuiani, Seung Seok Han, Rakesh Donthula, Akritee Shrestha, Debattama Sen, Jennifer M Magee, Michael P Gallagher, Cees E van der Poel, Michael C Carroll, Duane R Wesemann
Ig heavy chain (IgH) isotypes (e.g., IgM, IgG, and IgE) are generated as secreted/soluble antibodies (sIg) or as membrane-bound (mIg) B cell receptors (BCRs) through alternative RNA splicing. IgH isotype dictates soluble antibody function, but how mIg isotype influences B cell behavior is not well defined. We examined IgH isotype-specific BCR function by analyzing naturally switched B cells from wild-type mice, as well as by engineering polyclonal Ighγ1/γ1 and Ighε/ε mice, which initially produce IgG1 or IgE from their respective native genomic configurations...
September 18, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923919/multiple-interactions-between-an-arf-gef-complex-and-charged-lipids-determine-activation-kinetics-on-the-membrane
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Deepti Karandur, Agata Nawrotek, John Kuriyan, Jacqueline Cherfils
Lipidated small GTPases and their regulators need to bind to membranes to propagate actions in the cell, but an integrated understanding of how the lipid bilayer exerts its effect has remained elusive. Here we focused on ADP ribosylation factor (Arf) GTPases, which orchestrate a variety of regulatory functions in lipid and membrane trafficking, and their activation by the guanine-nucleotide exchange factor (GEF) Brag2, which controls integrin endocytosis and cell adhesion and is impaired in cancer and developmental diseases...
September 18, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922632/antibacterial-and-anti-biofouling-coating-on-hydroxyapatite-surface-based-on-peptide-modified-tannic-acid
#5
Xiao Yang, Pei Huang, Haihuan Wang, Shuang Cai, Yixue Liao, Ziqin Mo, Xinyuan Xu, Chunmei Ding, Changsheng Zhao, Jianshu Li
Hydroxyapatite-based implant is widely used in the fields of artificial teeth and bones. However, the problem of microbial communities on hydroxyapatite surfaces remain a great challenge. In order to inhibit bacterial adhesion and activity in a long term, a salivary acquired pellicle (SAP) bioinspired tannic acid (SAP3-TA) is synthesized and characterized. The SAP inspired peptide sequence DDDEEK has a good adsorption performance on the surface of hydroxyapatite (HA). Tannic acid (TA) is a natural polyphenolic compound that can be extracted from green tea, and it has been proved to have an effective antibacterial property...
September 6, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922555/laser-micro-ablation-of-fibrocartilage-tissue-effects-of-tissue-processing-on-porosity-modification-and-mechanics
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A M Matuska, P S McFetridge
The temporomandibular joint disk (TMJd) is an extremely dense and avascular fibrocartilaginous extracellular matrix (ECM) resulting in a limited regenerative capacity. The use of decellularized TMJd as a biocompatible scaffold to guide tissue regeneration is restricted by innate subcellular porosity of the ECM that hinders cellular infiltration and regenerative events. Incorporation of an artificial microporosity through laser micro-ablation (LMA) can alleviate these cell and diffusion based limitations. In this study, LMA was performed either before or after decellularization to assess to effect of surfactant treatment on porosity modification as well as the resultant mechanical and physical scaffold properties...
September 18, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part B, Applied Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921946/biomimetic-magnetosomes-as-versatile-artificial-antigen-presenting-cells-to-potentiate-t-cell-based-anticancer-therapy
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Qianmei Zhang, Wei Wei, Peiling Wang, Liping Zuo, Feng Li, Jin Xu, Xiaobo Xi, Xiaoyong Gao, Guanghui Ma, Hai-Yan Xie
Adoptive T-cell transfer for cancer therapy relies on both effective ex vivo T cell expansion and in vivo targeting performance. One promising but challenging method for accomplishing this purpose is to construct multifunctional artificial antigen-presenting cells (aAPCs). We herein developed biomimetic magnetosomes as versatile aAPCs, wherein magnetic nanoclusters were coated with azide-engineered leucocyte membranes and then decorated with T-cell stimuli through copper-free click chemistry. These novel nano aAPCs not only exhibited high performance for antigen-specific cytotoxic T cell (CTL) expansion and stimulation but also visually and effectively guided reinfused CTLs to tumor tissues through magnetic resonance imaging and magnetic control...
September 18, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921943/self-assembly-of-mesoscale-artificial-clathrin-mimics
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Yifan Kong, Mina-Elraheb S Hanna, Denys Zhuo, Katherine G Chang, Tara Bozorg-Grayeli, Nicholas A Melosh
Fluidic control and sampling in complex environments is an important process in biotechnology, materials synthesis, and microfluidics. An elegant solution to this problem has evolved in nature through cellular endocytosis, where the dynamic recruitment, self-assembly, and spherical budding of clathrin proteins allows cells to sample their external environment. Yet despite the importance and utility of endocytosis, artificial systems which can replicate this dynamic behavior have not been developed. Guided by clathrin's unusual structure, we created simplified metallic microparticles that capture the three-legged shape, particle curvature, and interfacial attachment characteristics of clathrin...
September 18, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921822/construction-of-human-induced-pluripotent-stem-cell-derived-oriented-bone-matrix-microstructure-by-using-in-vitro-engineered-anisotropic-culture-model
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Ryosuke Ozasa, Aira Matsugaki, Yoshihiro Isobe, Taro Saku, Hui-Suk Yun, Takayoshi Nakano
Bone tissue has anisotropic microstructure based on collagen/biological apatite orientation, which plays essential roles in the mechanical and biological functions of bone. However, obtaining an appropriate anisotropic microstructure during the bone regeneration process remains a great challenging. A powerful strategy for the control of both differentiation and structural development of newly-formed bone is required in bone tissue engineering, in order to realize functional bone tissue regeneration. In this study, we developed a novel anisotropic culture model by combining human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs) and artificially-controlled oriented collagen scaffold...
September 16, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921744/cholinergic-basal-forebrain-structures-are-not-essential-for-mediation-of-the-arousing-action-of-glutamate
#10
Zoltán Lelkes, Shamsiiat Abdurakhmanova, Tarja Porkka-Heiskanen
The cholinergic basal forebrain contributes to cortical activation and receives rich innervations from the ascending activating system. It is involved in the mediation of the arousing actions of noradrenaline and histamine. Glutamatergic stimulation in the basal forebrain results in cortical acetylcholine release and suppression of sleep. However, it is not known to what extent the cholinergic versus non-cholinergic basal forebrain projection neurones contribute to the arousing action of glutamate. To clarify this question, we administered N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA), a glutamate agonist, into the basal forebrain in intact rats and after destruction of the cholinergic cells in the basal forebrain with 192 immunoglobulin (Ig)G-saporin...
September 18, 2017: Journal of Sleep Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919247/the-effect-of-directed-photic-stimulation-of-the-pineal-on-experimental-parkinson-s-disease
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Gregory L Willis, Christopher B Freelance
The role of the circadian system in Parkinson's disease (PD) is a topic of increasing scientific interest. This has emerged from recent studies demonstrating an altered response of PD patients to treatment in relation to the phase of the light/dark cycle and from other work defining the functional significance of melanocytes in PD: a cell type that the nigro-striatal dopamine (NSD) system and circadian system both contain. The present study was undertaken to determine the sensitivity of the pineal, as the final common pathway of the circadian system, to light delivered directly to the pineal via surgical implantation of LEDs...
September 15, 2017: Physiology & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918078/assessment-of-environmental-impacts-and-operational-costs-of-the-implementation-of-an-innovative-source-separated-urine-treatment
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Elorri Igos, Mathilde Besson, Tomás Navarrete Gutiérrez, Ana Barbara Bisinella de Faria, Enrico Benetto, Ligia Barna, Aras Ahmadi, Mathieu Spérandio
Innovative treatment technologies and management methods are necessary to valorise the constituents of wastewater, in particular nutrients from urine (highly concentrated and can have significant impacts related to artificial fertilizer production). The FP7 project, ValuefromUrine, proposed a new two-step process (called VFU) based on struvite precipitation and microbial electrolysis cell (MEC) to recover ammonia, which is further transformed into ammonium sulphate. The environmental and economic impacts of its prospective implementation in the Netherlands were evaluated based on life cycle assessment (LCA) methodology and operational costs...
September 8, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918031/anti-adenoviral-artificial-micrornas-expressed-from-aav9-vectors-inhibit-human-adenovirus-infection-in-immunosuppressed-syrian-hamsters
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Katrin Schaar, Anja Geisler, Milena Kraus, Sandra Pinkert, Markian Pryshliak, Jacqueline F Spencer, Ann E Tollefson, Baoling Ying, Jens Kurreck, William S Wold, Robert Klopfleisch, Karoly Toth, Henry Fechner
Infections of immunocompromised patients with human adenoviruses (hAd) can develop into life-threatening conditions, whereas drugs with anti-adenoviral efficiency are not clinically approved and have limited efficacy. Small double-stranded RNAs that induce RNAi represent a new class of promising anti-adenoviral therapeutics. However, as yet, their efficiency to treat hAd5 infections has only been investigated in vitro. In this study, we analyzed artificial microRNAs (amiRs) delivered by self-complementary adeno-associated virus (scAAV) vectors for treatment of hAd5 infections in immunosuppressed Syrian hamsters...
September 15, 2017: Molecular Therapy. Nucleic Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918014/artificial-zinc-finger-transcription-factor-of-a20-suppresses-restenosis-in-sprague-dawley-rats-after-carotid-injury-via-the-ppar%C3%AE-pathway
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Zhaoyou Meng, Pan Gao, Lin Chen, Jing Peng, Jialu Huang, Min Wu, Kangning Chen, Zhenhua Zhou
The inhibition of inflammation and vascular smooth muscle cell (VSMC) proliferation is an ideal strategy to suppress intimal hyperplasia after percutaneous transluminal angioplasty (PTA). Evidence has indicated that overexpression of A20 suppresses neointima formation, but its low transfection efficiency limits its application. Hence, we upregulated A20 expression via transfection of rAd.ATF (recombinant adenovirus vector of artificial transcription factor) and rAd.A20 in rat carotid arteries after balloon dilatation (in vivo) and isolated VSMCs (in vitro)...
September 15, 2017: Molecular Therapy. Nucleic Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917780/quantifying-biodegradable-organic-matter-in-polluted-water-on-the-basis-of-coulombic-yield
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Yuan Liu, Ai-Xue Tuo, Xiao-Jun Jin, Xiang-Zhong Li, Hong Liu
Biodegradable organic matter (BOM) in polluted water plays a key role in various biological purification technologies. The five-day biochemical oxygen demand (BOD5) index is often used to determine the amount of BOM. However, standard BOD5 assays, centering on dissolved oxygen detection, have long testing times and often show severe deviation (error ≥ 15%). In the present study, the coulombic yield (Q) of a bio-electrochemical degradation process was determined, and a new index for BOM quantification was proposed...
January 1, 2018: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917507/a-facile-gold-nanoparticle-based-elisa-system-for-detection-of-osteopontin-in-saliva-towards-oral-cancer-diagnostics
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Debolina Chakraborty, Thangaraj Soundara Viveka, Krishnamurthy Arvind, Vidyarani Shyamsundar, Murhekar Kanchan, Sruthi Ann Alex, N Chandrasekaran, Ramshankar Vijayalakshmi, Amitava Mukherjee
BACKGROUND: In the current study, we emphasize that osteopontin is overexpressed in oral squamous cell carcinoma. Overexpression of osteopontin levels was confirmed by mRNA quantification studies and immunohistochemistry analysis. METHODS: A gold nanoparticle-based ELISA system was developed for non-invasive osteopontin detection. RESULTS: The incorporation of AuNRs (gold nanorods) or AuNSs (gold nanospheres) in the conventional ELISA improved the sensitivity of analyses...
September 13, 2017: Clinica Chimica Acta; International Journal of Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916495/enzymes-as-key-features-in-therapeutic-cell-mimicry
#17
Fabian Itel, Philipp S Schattling, Yan Zhang, Brigitte Städler
Cell mimicry is a nature inspired concept that aims to substitute for missing or lost (sub)cellular function. This review focuses on the latest advancements in the use of enzymes in cell mimicry for encapsulated catalysis and artificial motility in synthetic bottom-up assemblies with emphasis on the biological response in cell culture or more rarely in animal models. Entities across the length scale from nano-sized enzyme mimics, sub-micron sized artificial organelles and self-propelled particles (swimmers) to micron-sized artificial cells are discussed...
September 12, 2017: Advanced Drug Delivery Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916465/corrosive-effects-of-fluoride-on-titanium-under-artificial-biofilm
#18
Azusa Fukushima, Gen Mayanagi, Keiichi Sasaki, Nobuhiro Takahashi
PURPOSE: This study aimed to investigate the effect of sodium fluoride (NaF) on titanium corrosion using a biofilm model, taking environmental pH into account. METHODS: Streptococcus mutans cells were used as the artificial biofilm, and pH at the bacteria-titanium interface was monitored after the addition of 1% glucose with NaF (0, 225 or 900ppmF) at 37°C for 90min. In an immersion test, the titanium samples were immersed in the NaF solution (0, 225 or 900ppm F; pH 4...
September 12, 2017: Journal of Prosthodontic Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915407/differentiation-and-sarcomere-formation-in-skeletal-myocytes-directly-prepared-from-human-induced-pluripotent-stem-cells-using-a-sphere-based-culture
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Saowanee Jiwlawat, Eileen Lynch, Jennifer Glaser, Ivy Smit-Oistad, Jeremy Jeffrey, Jonathan M Van Dyke, Masatoshi Suzuki
Human induced-pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) are a promising resource for propagation of myogenic progenitors. Our group recently reported a unique protocol for the derivation of myogenic progenitors directly (without genetic modification) from human pluripotent cells using free-floating spherical culture. Here we expand our previous efforts and attempt to determine how differentiation duration, culture surface coatings, and nutrient supplements in the medium influence progenitor differentiation and formation of skeletal myotubes containing sarcomeric structures...
August 1, 2017: Differentiation; Research in Biological Diversity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28914992/an-effective-thermal-therapy-against-cancer-using-an-e-jet-3d-printing-method-to-prepare-implantable-magnetocaloric-mats
#20
Yikun Yang, Chunyi Tong, Juchang Zhong, Ruiying Huang, Weihong Tan, Zhikai Tan
Magnetic hyperthermia has been rapidly developed as a potential cancer treatment in recent years. Artificially induced hyperthermia close to a tumor can raise the temperature to 45°C causing tumor cell death. Herein, we introduce a novel method for rapid preparation of anti-cancer magnetocaloric PCL/Fe3 O4 mats capable of high-performance hyperthermia using E-jet 3D printing technology. Our 3D printed mats not only maintained the heating efficiency of traditional techniques for magnetic hyperthermia but also prolonged the effective therapy in vivo...
September 15, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part B, Applied Biomaterials
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