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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822899/a-coupled-diffusion-fluid-pressure-model-to-predict-cell-density-distribution-for-cells-encapsulated-in-a-porous-hydrogel-scaffold-under-mechanical-loading
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Feihu Zhao, Ted J Vaughan, Myles J Mc Garrigle, Laoise M McNamara
Tissue formation within tissue engineering (TE) scaffolds is preceded by growth of the cells throughout the scaffold volume and attachment of cells to the scaffold substrate. It is known that mechanical stimulation, in the form of fluid perfusion or mechanical strain, enhances cell differentiation and overall tissue formation. However, due to the complex multi-physics environment of cells within TE scaffolds, cell transport under mechanical stimulation is not fully understood. Therefore, in this study, we have developed a coupled multiphysics model to predict cell density distribution in a TE scaffold...
August 3, 2017: Computers in Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822864/tailoring-the-wettability-and-mechanical-properties-of-electrospun-poly-l-lactic-acid-poly-glycerol-sebacate-core-shell-membranes-for-biomedical-applications
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Yi Yan, Vitor Sencadas, Tiantian Jin, Xufeng Huang, Jun Chen, Dongbin Wei, Zhengyi Jiang
Tissue and biomedical engineering fields are in constant mutation and in searching for innovative processing techniques capable to tailor the material properties. In this work, poly(l-lactic acid) (PLLA) and elastomeric poly(glycerol sebacate) (PGS) were dissolved in the same solvents and electrospun together, in a single needle system. A core-shell structure where the hydrophilic PGS was placed onto the surface of the hydrophobic PLLA fibre was obtained for elastomeric concentrations up to 25wt%. It was found that the PLLA:PGS blends are immiscible and the blends present the melting temperatures of the individual polymers...
August 12, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822863/an-x-ray-absorption-fine-structure-spectroscopy-study-of-metal-sorption-to-graphene-oxide
#3
Allison R Showalter, Thomas A Duster, Jennifer E S Szymanowski, Chongzheng Na, Jeremy B Fein, Bruce A Bunker
Remediation and prevention of environmental contamination by toxic metals is an ongoing issue. Additionally, improving water filtration systems is necessary to prevent toxic metals from circulating through the water supply. Graphene oxide (GO) is a highly sorptive material for a variety of heavy metals under different ionic strength conditions over a wide pH range, making it a promising candidate for use in metal adsorption from contaminated sites or in filtration systems. We present X-ray absorption fine structure (XAFS) spectroscopy results investigating the binding environment of Cd (II), U(VI) and Pb(II) ions onto multi-layered graphene oxide (MLGO)...
August 14, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822858/comparison-of-genome-engineering-using-the-crispr-cas9-system-in-c-glabrata-wild-type-and-lig4-strains
#4
Yuke Cen, Bea Timmermans, Ben Souffriau, Johan M Thevelein, Patrick Van Dijck
Candida glabrata is reported as the second most prevalent human opportunistic fungal pathogen in North America and is threatening patients all over the world. Its incidence is rising, while it has developed resistance to the most widely used antifungal drugs, necessitating new approaches based on better insight into the biology of the organism. Despite its close phylogenetic relationship with Saccharomyces cerevisiae, generating precise genomic alterations in this species is problematic. Previously we have shown that deletion of LIG4, which encodes an enzyme involved in Non-Homologous End Joining (NHEJ), strongly enhances the probability of obtaining correctly modified transformants...
August 16, 2017: Fungal Genetics and Biology: FG & B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822812/determinants-of-thermostability-in-the-cytochrome-p450-fold
#5
REVIEW
Kurt L Harris, Raine E S Thomson, Silja J Strohmaier, Yosephine Gumulya, Elizabeth M J Gillam
Cytochromes P450 are found throughout the biosphere in a wide range of environments, serving a multitude of physiological functions. The ubiquity of the P450 fold suggests that it has been co-opted by evolution many times, and likely presents a useful compromise between structural stability and conformational flexibility. The diversity of substrates metabolized and reactions catalyzed by P450s makes them attractive starting materials for use as biocatalysts of commercially useful reactions. However, process conditions impose different requirements on enzymes to those in which they have evolved naturally...
August 16, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822794/lipidomics-informatics-for-life-science
#6
D Schwudke, A Shevchenko, N Hoffmann, R Ahrends
Lipidomics encompasses analytical approaches that aim to identify and quantify the complete set of lipids, defined as lipidome in a given cell, tissue or organism as well as their interactions with other molecules. The majority of lipidomics workflows is based on mass spectrometry and has been proven as a powerful tool in system biology in concert with other Omics disciplines. Unfortunately, bioinformatics infrastructures for this relatively young discipline are limited only to some specialists. Search engines, quantification algorithms, visualization tools and databases developed by the 'Lipidomics Informatics for Life-Science' (LIFS) partners will be restructured and standardized to provide broad access to these specialized bioinformatics pipelines...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822738/a-study-of-the-damage-behaviour-of-porcine-intervertebral-discs-in-a-bioreactor-environment
#7
M Azarnoosh, M Stoffel, B Markert
The intervertebral discs are cartilaginous, articulating structures that lie between vertebral bodies, allowing flexibility, transmission, modification, and also distribution of the forces to the spinal column. Disc degeneration is characterised by progressive loss of disc height and exaggerated radial bulging. Therefore, the spine becomes shorter, stiffer, and less mobile. In the last several decades, there is a strong need for a tissue engineering strategy that alleviates pain and restores spine function by directly addressing the underlying biological causes of disc degeneration...
August 9, 2017: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822737/printing-nature-unraveling-the-role-of-nacre-s-mineral-bridges
#8
Grace X Gu, Flavia Libonati, Susan D Wettermark, Markus J Buehler
Creating materials with strength and toughness has been a long-sought goal. Conventional engineering materials often face a trade-off between strength and toughness, prompting researchers seeking to overcome these limitations to explore more sophisticated materials, such as composites. This paradigm shift in material design is spurred by nature, which exhibits a plethora of heterogeneous materials that offer outstanding material properties, and many natural materials are widely regarded as examples of high-performing hybrid materials...
May 4, 2017: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822642/a-suicidal-strain-of-listeria-monocytogenes-is-effective-as-a-dna-vaccine-delivery-system-for-oral-administration
#9
Shubhra Sinha, Cheng-Yi Kuo, Joan K Ho, Paul J White, Jalal A Jazayeri, Colin W Pouton
In this study we determined the in vivo activity of model ovalbumin vaccines delivered by direct intramuscular delivery of plasmid DNA or oral delivery using a recombinant suicidal Listeria monocytogenes strain (rsΔ2). In a previous report we described how rsΔ2 is capable of delivering luciferase, as protein or DNA, in vitro, into non-dividing intestinal epithelial cells (Kuo et al., 2009). This is achieved by engineering a dual expression shuttle vector, pDuLX-Luc, that replicates in E. coli and rsΔ2 and drives gene expression from the Listeria promoter (Phly) as well as the eukaryotic cytomegalovirus promoter (CMV), thereby delivering both protein and plasmid DNA to the cell cytoplasm...
August 16, 2017: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822607/editorial-overview-chemical-biotechnology-interdisciplinary-approaches-for-the-engineering-of-nucleic-acids-proteins-and-cells
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EDITORIAL
Günter Mayer, Andreas Möglich
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
August 16, 2017: Current Opinion in Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822202/-q-marker-of-chinese-medicine-and-metabolic-regularity-of-co-network-compatibility-and-rainbow-potential
#11
Yan-Tao Yang, Sen Li, Jin-Ling Liu, Jin Zhou, Yi-Qun Zhou, Nai-Hong Chen, Fu-Yuan He
The effect of Chinese medicine (CM) compound prescription is the combined action results of single herbs based on the basic theory of Chinese medicine, and its function embodies the characteristics of multi components, multi targets and comprehensive effects. It is difficult to study the therapeutic material, establish quality standards or determine Q-marker, so we can't strictly monitor the quality of the whole process of CM. The identification of Q-marker has a profound influence on the whole process of the pharmaceutical engineering of CM...
June 2017: Zhongguo Zhong Yao za Zhi, Zhongguo Zhongyao Zazhi, China Journal of Chinese Materia Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822173/-breakthrough-in-key-science-and-technologies-in-dendrobium-catenatum-industry
#12
Ji-Ping Si, Qi Wang, Zhong-Jian Liu, Jing-Jing Liu, Yi-Bo Luo
In view of the significant difficulties of propagation, planting and simple product in Dendrobium catenatum(D. officinale)industry development, a series of research were carried out. Genome study showed that D. catenatum is a specie of diploid with 38 chromosomes and 28 910 protein-coding genes. It was identified that specific genes accumulated in different organs at the transcriptome level. We got an insight into the gene regulation mechanism of the loss of the endospermous seed, the wide ecological adaptability and the synthesis of polysaccharides, which provided a theoretical basis for genetic engineering breeding and development and utilization of active pharmaceutical ingredients...
June 2017: Zhongguo Zhong Yao za Zhi, Zhongguo Zhongyao Zazhi, China Journal of Chinese Materia Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822131/metabolic-engineering-of-photorespiration
#13
Martin K M Engqvist, Veronica G Maurino
The introduction of two alternative glycolate catabolic pathways in the chloroplasts of Arabidopsis thaliana rendered plants with increased biomass. To introduce these synthetic pathways, the selected genes were stepwise integrated in the nuclear genome of wild-type plants. These plants were transformed by Agrobacterium tumefaciens carrying the binary vectors using the floral dip method. Selection of transformants was conducted using different selection agents and the expression of the transgenes was confirmed by PCR and enzyme activity measurements...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822124/measurement-of-enzyme-activities
#14
Hermann Bauwe
The determination of enzyme activities in organ or organellar extracts is an important means of investigating metabolic networks and allows testing the success of enzyme-targeted genetic engineering. It also delivers information on intrinsic enzyme parameters such as kinetic properties or impact of effector molecules. This chapter provides protocols on how to assess activities of the enzymes of the core photorespiratory pathway, from 2-phosphoglycolate phosphatase to glycerate 3-kinase.
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822103/current-progress-in-innovative-engineered-antibodies
#15
REVIEW
William R Strohl
As of May 1, 2017, 74 antibody-based molecules have been approved by a regulatory authority in a major market. Additionally, there are 70 and 575 antibody-based molecules in phase III and phase I/II clinical trials, respectively. These total 719 antibody-based clinical stage molecules include 493 naked IgGs, 87 antibody-drug conjugates, 61 bispecific antibodies, 37 total Fc fusion proteins, 17 radioimmunoglobulins, 13 antibody fragments, and 11 immunocytokines. New uses for these antibodies are being discovered each year...
August 18, 2017: Protein & Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822011/part-i-the-emergence-of-degree-granting-biomedical-engineering-programs-in-sub-saharan-africa
#16
EDITORIAL
Brittany Ploss, William Reichert
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
August 18, 2017: Annals of Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821851/mass-production-of-bulk-artificial-nacre-with-excellent-mechanical-properties
#17
Huai-Ling Gao, Si-Ming Chen, Li-Bo Mao, Zhao-Qiang Song, Hong-Bin Yao, Helmut Cölfen, Xi-Sheng Luo, Fu Zhang, Zhao Pan, Yu-Feng Meng, Yong Ni, Shu-Hong Yu
Various methods have been exploited to replicate nacre features into artificial structural materials with impressive structural and mechanical similarity. However, it is still very challenging to produce nacre-mimetics in three-dimensional bulk form, especially for further scale-up. Herein, we demonstrate that large-sized, three-dimensional bulk artificial nacre with comprehensive mimicry of the hierarchical structures and the toughening mechanisms of natural nacre can be facilely fabricated via a bottom-up assembly process based on laminating pre-fabricated two-dimensional nacre-mimetic films...
August 18, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821847/overcoming-the-plasticity-of-plant-specialized-metabolism-for-selective-diterpene-production-in-yeast
#18
Codruta Ignea, Anastasia Athanasakoglou, Aggeliki Andreadelli, Maria Apostolaki, Minas Iakovides, Euripides G Stephanou, Antonios M Makris, Sotirios C Kampranis
Plants synthesize numerous specialized metabolites (also termed natural products) to mediate dynamic interactions with their surroundings. The complexity of plant specialized metabolism is the result of an inherent biosynthetic plasticity rooted in the substrate and product promiscuity of the enzymes involved. The pathway of carnosic acid-related diterpenes in rosemary and sage involves promiscuous cytochrome P450s whose combined activity results in a multitude of structurally related compounds. Some of these minor products, such as pisiferic acid and salviol, have established bioactivity, but their limited availability prevents further evaluation...
August 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821766/protein-composition-analysis-of-polyhedra-matrix-of-bombyx-mori-nucleopolyhedrovirus-bmnpv-showed-powerful-capacity-of-polyhedra-to-encapsulate-foreign-proteins
#19
Zhong-Jian Guo, Meng-Han Yu, Xian-Yun Dong, Wei-Li Wang, Ting Tian, Xian-Yin Yu, Xu-Dong Tang
Polyhedra can encapsulate other proteins and have potential applications as protein stabilizers. The extremely stable polyhedra matrix may provide a platform for future engineered micro-crystal devices. However, the protein composition of the polyhedra matrix remains largely unknown. In this study, the occlusion-derived virus (ODV)-removed BmNPV polyhedra matrix fraction was subjected to SDS-PAGE and then an LC-ESI-MS/MS analysis using a Thermo Scientific Q Exactive mass spectrometer. In total, 28 host and 91 viral proteins were identified...
August 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821762/multi-tissue-interactions-in-an-integrated-three-tissue-organ-on-a-chip-platform
#20
Aleksander Skardal, Sean V Murphy, Mahesh Devarasetty, Ivy Mead, Hyun-Wook Kang, Young-Joon Seol, Yu Shrike Zhang, Su-Ryon Shin, Liang Zhao, Julio Aleman, Adam R Hall, Thomas D Shupe, Andre Kleensang, Mehmet R Dokmeci, Sang Jin Lee, John D Jackson, James J Yoo, Thomas Hartung, Ali Khademhosseini, Shay Soker, Colin E Bishop, Anthony Atala
Many drugs have progressed through preclinical and clinical trials and have been available - for years in some cases - before being recalled by the FDA for unanticipated toxicity in humans. One reason for such poor translation from drug candidate to successful use is a lack of model systems that accurately recapitulate normal tissue function of human organs and their response to drug compounds. Moreover, tissues in the body do not exist in isolation, but reside in a highly integrated and dynamically interactive environment, in which actions in one tissue can affect other downstream tissues...
August 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
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