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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432958/membrane-fusion-between-baculovirus-budded-virus-enveloped-particles-and-giant-liposomes-generated-using-a-droplet-transfer-method-for-the-incorporation-of-recombinant-membrane-proteins
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Misako Nishigami, Takaaki Mori, Masahiro Tomita, Kingo Takiguchi, Kanta Tsumoto
Giant proteoliposomes are generally useful as artificial cell membranes in biochemical and biophysical studies, and various procedures for their preparation have been reported. We present here a novel preparation technique that involves the combination of i) cell-sized lipid vesicles (giant unilamellar vesicles, GUVs) that are generated using the droplet-transfer method, where lipid monolayer-coated water-in-oil microemulsion droplets interact with oil/water interfaces to form enclosed bilayer vesicles, and ii) budded viruses (BVs) of baculovirus (Autographa californica nucleopolyhedrovirus) that express recombinant transmembrane proteins on their envelopes...
April 13, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429613/effect-of-dietary-supplementation-with-carnosic-acid-or-vitamin-e-on-animal-performance-haematological-and-immunological-characteristics-of-artificially-reared-suckling-lambs-before-and-after-road-transport
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Lara Morán, Sonia Andrés, Carolina Blanco, Julio Benavides, María Martínez-Valladares, Aidan P Moloney, F Javier Giráldez
To elucidate the influence of dietary carnosic acid (CA) and vitamin E on animal performance, immune response indicators and haematological parameters before and after transport stress, 24 lambs were individually fed ad libitum with milk replacer (MR) using an auto-feeder. Once daily the lambs received MR alone (Group CON, n = 8), MR + 0.096 g CA/kg live weight (LW) (Group CARN, n = 8) or MR + 0.024 g of α-tocopheryl acetate per kg LW (Group VitE, n = 8). After reaching the target slaughter weight (12 ± 0...
April 21, 2017: Archives of Animal Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429314/evolutionary-origin-of-euglena
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Bożena Zakryś, Rafał Milanowski, Anna Karnkowska
Euglenids (Excavata, Discoba, Euglenozoa, Euglenida) is a group of free-living, single-celled flagellates living in the aquatic environments. The uniting and unique morphological feature of euglenids is the presence of a cell covering called the pellicle. The morphology and organization of the pellicle correlate well with the mode of nutrition and cell movement. Euglenids exhibit diverse modes of nutrition, including phagotrophy and photosynthesis. Photosynthetic species (Euglenophyceae) constitute a single subclade within euglenids...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428242/mapping-the-synthetic-dosage-lethality-network-of-cdk1-cdc28
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Christine Zimmermann, Ignacio Garcia, Manja Omerzu, Pierre Chymkowitch, Beibei Zhang, Jorrit M Enserink
Cdk1 (Cdc28 in yeast) is a cyclin dependent kinase (CDK) essential for cell cycle progression and cell division in normal cells. However, CDK activity also underpins proliferation of tumor cells, making it a relevant study subject. While numerous targets and processes regulated by Cdc28 have been identified, the exact functions of Cdc28 are only partially understood. To further explore the functions of Cdc28 we systematically overexpressed approximately 4800 genes in wild-type cells and in cells with artificially reduced Cdc28 activity...
April 19, 2017: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426555/creating-artificial-lymphoid-tissues-to-study-immunity-and-hematological-malignancies
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Shivem B Shah, Ankur Singh
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The specialized microenvironments of lymphoid tissue affect immune cell function and progression of disease. However, current animal models are low throughput and a large number of human diseases are difficult to model in animals. Animal models are less amenable to manipulation of tissue niche components, signalling pathways, epigenetics, and genome editing than ex vivo models. On the other hand, conventional 2D cultures lack the physiological relevance to study precise microenvironmental interactions...
April 19, 2017: Current Opinion in Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426191/genome-wide-abolishment-of-mobile-genetic-elements-using-genome-shuffling-and-crispr-cas-assisted-mage-allows-the-efficient-stabilization-of-a-bacterial-chassis
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Kinga Umenhoffer, Gábor Draskovits, Ákos Nyerges, Ildikó Karcagi, Balázs Bogos, Edit Tímár, Bálint Csörgő, Róbert Herczeg, István Nagy, Tamás Fehér, Csaba Pal, Gyorgy Posfai
The ideal bacterial chassis provides a simplified, stable and predictable host environment for synthetic biological circuits. Mutability and evolution can, however, compromise stability, leading to deterioration of artificial genetic constructs. By eliminating certain sources of instability, these undesired genetic changes can be mitigated. Specifically, deletion of prophages and insertion sequences, non-essential constituents of bacterial genomes, has been shown to be beneficial in cellular and genetic stabilization...
April 20, 2017: ACS Synthetic Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424328/toward-off-the-shelf-adoptive-t-cell-therapies
#7
Kwanghun Chung
Artificial thymic organoids may enable more efficient engineered T cell production for immunotherapy.
April 19, 2017: Science Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422669/bioinspired-approach-to-modeling-retinal-ganglion-cells-using-system-identification-techniques
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Philip J Vance, Gautham P Das, Dermot Kerr, Sonya A Coleman, T Martin McGinnity, Tim Gollisch, Jian K Liu
The processing capabilities of biological vision systems are still vastly superior to artificial vision, even though this has been an active area of research for over half a century. Current artificial vision techniques integrate many insights from biology yet they remain far-off the capabilities of animals and humans in terms of speed, power, and performance. A key aspect to modeling the human visual system is the ability to accurately model the behavior and computation within the retina. In particular, we focus on modeling the retinal ganglion cells (RGCs) as they convey the accumulated data of real world images as action potentials onto the visual cortex via the optic nerve...
April 12, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418904/a-consensus-hemagglutinin-based-vaccine-delivered-by-an-attenuated-salmonella-mutant-protects-chickens-against-heterologous-h7n1-influenza-virus
#9
Kim Je Hyoung, Irshad Ahmed Hajam, John Hwa Lee
H7N3 and H7N7 are highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) viruses and have posed a great threat not only for the poultry industry but for the human health as well. H7N9, a low pathogenic avian influenza (LPAI) virus, is also highly pathogenic to humans, and there is a great concern that these H7 subtypes would acquire the ability to spread efficiently between humans, thereby becoming a pandemic threat. A vaccine candidate covering all the three subtypes must, therefore, be an integral part of any pandemic preparedness plan...
March 18, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417363/carbohydrate-depolymerization-by-intricate-cellulosomal-systems
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Johanna Stern, Lior Artzi, Sarah Moraïs, Carlos M G A Fontes, Edward A Bayer
Cellulosomes are multi-enzymatic nanomachines that have been fine-tuned through evolution to efficiently deconstruct plant biomass. Integration of cellulosomal components occurs via highly ordered protein-protein interactions between the various enzyme-borne dockerin modules and the multiple copies of the cohesin modules located on the scaffoldin subunit. Recently, designer cellulosome technology has been established to provide insights into the architectural role of catalytic (enzymatic) and structural (scaffoldin) cellulosomal constituents for the efficient degradation of plant cell wall polysaccharides...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417068/photoacoustic-in-vitro-flow-cytometry-for-nanomaterial-research
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Dmitry A Nedosekin, Tariq Fahmi, Zeid A Nima, Jacqueline Nolan, Chengzhong Cai, Mustafa Sarimollaoglu, Enkeleda Dervishi, Alexei Basnakian, Alexandru S Biris, Vladimir P Zharov
Conventional flow cytometry is a versatile tool for drug research and cell characterization. However, it is poorly suited for quantification of non-fluorescent proteins and artificial nanomaterials without the use of additional labeling. The rapid growth of biomedical applications for small non-fluorescent nanoparticles (NPs) for drug delivery and contrast and therapy enhancement, as well as research focused on natural cell pigments and chromophores, demands high-throughput quantification methods for the non-fluorescent components...
June 2017: Photoacoustics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416967/rescuing-ethanol-photosynthetic-production-of-cyanobacteria-in-non-sterilized-outdoor-cultivations-with-a-bicarbonate-based-ph-rising-strategy
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Zhi Zhu, Guodong Luan, Xiaoming Tan, Haocui Zhang, Xuefeng Lu
BACKGROUND: Ethanol photosynthetic production based on cyanobacteria cell factories utilizing CO2 and solar energy provides an attractive solution for sustainable production of green fuels. However, the scaling up processes of cyanobacteria cell factories were usually threatened or even devastated by biocontaminations, which restricted biomass or products accumulations of cyanobacteria cells. Thus it is of great significance to develop reliable biocontamination-controlling strategies for promoting ethanol photosynthetic production in large scales...
2017: Biotechnology for Biofuels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416772/dna-methylation-of-mettl7a-gene-body-regulates-its-transcriptional-level-in-thyroid-cancer
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Shasha Zhou, Yihang Shen, Min Zheng, Linlin Wang, Raymond Che, Wanning Hu, Pin Li
DNA methylation is the best-studied epigenetic mechanism for regulating gene transcription and maintaining genome stability. Current research progress of transcriptional regulation by DNA methylation mostly focuses on promoter region where hypomethylated CpG islands are present transcriptional activity, as hypermethylated CpG islands generally result in gene repression. Recently, the DNA methylation patterns across the gene body (intragenic methylation) have increasingly attracted attention towards their role in transcriptional regulation and efficiency, due to the improvement of numerous genome-wide DNA methylation profiling studies...
March 13, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416382/isolation-pathogenicity-and-characterization-of-a-novel-bacterial-pathogen-streptococcus-uberis-from-diseased-mandarin-fish-siniperca-chuatsi
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Xia Luo, Xiaozhe Fu, Guoli Liao, Ouqin Chang, Zhibin Huang, Ningqiu Li
In recent years, mandarin fish had a high mortality rate associated with abnormal swimming, exophthalmia, corneal opacity and eye hemorrhage on a fish farm located at Foshan city, Guangdong province, China. Three isolates of Gram-positive, chain-forming cocci were recovered from moribund fish, and designated as SS131025-1, SS131025-2, and SS131025-3. These isolates were identified as Streptococcus uberis according to their morphologic and physio-biochemical characteristics as well as phylogenetic analysis based on their 16S rRNA and GapC gene sequences...
April 14, 2017: Microbial Pathogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415539/in-vitro-cytotoxicity-evaluation-of-nano-carbon-particles-with-different-sp-2-sp-3-ratios
#15
S S Li, B J Wu, Q Y Deng, Y B Guo, Y X Leng, N Huang
Graphitization occurs during the long-term service of a diamond-like carbon (DLC) modified artificial joint. Then, DLC wear debris, which are carbon particles with different sp(2)/sp(3) ratios and sizes ranging from the nano- to micro-meter scale produced. In this paper, to promote the application of DLC coating for artificial joint modification, the cytotoxicity of DLC debris (nano-carbon particles, NCs) with different sp(2)/sp(3) ratios was studied. The microstructure and physical characteristics of NCs with different sp(2)/sp(3) ratios were investigated by Raman spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM) and Dynamic Light Scattering (DLS)...
June 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415476/cellular-compatibility-of-nanocomposite-scaffolds-based-on-hydroxyapatite-entrapped-in-cellulose-network-for-bone-repair
#16
Faranak Beladi, Samaneh Saber-Samandari, Saeed Saber-Samandari
In the past few decades, artificial graft materials for bone tissue engineering have gained much importance. In this study, novel porous 3D nanocomposite scaffolds composed of polyacrylamide grafted cellulose and hydroxyapatite were proposed. They were characterized using scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX), and X-ray diffraction analysis (XRD). The swelling behavior of the scaffolds was examined in both water and phosphate buffer saline (PBS) solution...
June 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415432/fabrication-of-dicalcium-phosphate-dihydrate-coated-%C3%AE-tcp-granules-and-evaluation-of-their-osteoconductivity-using-experimental-rats
#17
Khairul Anuar Shariff, Kanji Tsuru, Kunio Ishikawa
β-Tricalcium phosphate (β-TCP) has attracted much attention as an artificial bone substitute owing to its biocompatibility and osteoconductivity. In this study, osteoconductivity of β-TCP bone substitute was enhanced without using growth factors or cells. Dicalcium phosphate dihydrate (DCPD), which is known to possess the highest solubility among calcium phosphates, was coated on β-TCP granules by exposing their surface with acidic calcium phosphate solution. The amount of coated DCPD was regulated by changing the reaction time between β-TCP granules and acidic calcium phosphate solution...
June 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415286/dissociation-between-two-subgroups-of-the-suprachiasmatic-nucleus-affected-by-the-number-of-damped-oscillated-neurons
#18
Changgui Gu, Huijie Yang, Jos Ht Rohling
In mammals, the main clock located in the suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN) of the brain synchronizes the body rhythms to the environmental light-dark cycle. The SCN is composed of about 2×10^{4} neurons which can be classified into three oscillatory phenotypes: self-sustained oscillators, damped oscillators, and arrhythmic neurons. Exposed to an artificial external light-dark cycle with a period of 22h instead of 24h, two subgroups of the SCN can become desynchronized (dissociated). The ventrolateral (VL) subgroup receives photic input and is entrained to the external cycle and a dorsomedial (DM) subgroup oscillates with its endogenous (i...
March 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415237/latent-geometry-of-bipartite-networks
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Maksim Kitsak, Fragkiskos Papadopoulos, Dmitri Krioukov
Despite the abundance of bipartite networked systems, their organizing principles are less studied compared to unipartite networks. Bipartite networks are often analyzed after projecting them onto one of the two sets of nodes. As a result of the projection, nodes of the same set are linked together if they have at least one neighbor in common in the bipartite network. Even though these projections allow one to study bipartite networks using tools developed for unipartite networks, one-mode projections lead to significant loss of information and artificial inflation of the projected network with fully connected subgraphs...
March 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414059/a-mouse-ocular-explant-model-that-enables-the-study-of-living-optic-nerve-head-events-after-acute-and-chronic-intraocular-pressure-elevation-focusing-on-retinal-ganglion-cell-axons-and-mitochondria
#20
Elizabeth C Kimball, Mary E Pease, Matthew R Steinhart, Ericka N Oglesby, Ian Pitha, Cathy Nguyen, Harry A Quigley
We developed an explant model of the mouse eye and optic nerve that facilitates the study of retinal ganglion cell axons and mitochondria in the living optic nerve head (ONH) in an ex vivo environment. Two transgenic mouse strains were used, one expressing yellow fluorescent protein in selected axons and a second strain expressing cyan fluorescent protein in all mitochondria. We viewed an explanted mouse eye and optic nerve by laser scanning microscopy at and behind the ONH, the site of glaucoma injury. Explants from previously untreated mice were studied with the intraocular pressure (IOP) set artificially at normal or elevated levels for several hours...
April 14, 2017: Experimental Eye Research
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