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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719964/discovery-of-parasite-eggs-in-archeological-residence-during-the-15th-century-in-seoul-korea
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Pyo Yeon Cho, Jung-Min Park, Myeong-Ki Hwang, Seo Hye Park, Yun-Kyu Park, Bo-Young Jeon, Tong-Soo Kim, Hyeong-Woo Lee
During civil engineering construction near Sejong-ro, Jongro-ku, Seoul, cultural sites were found that are thought to have been built in the 15th century. This area was home to many different people as well as the leaders of the Yi dynasty. To gain further insight into the life styles of the inhabitants of the old capital, soil samples were collected from various areas such as toilets, water foundations, and drainage ways. Parasite eggs were examined by microscopy after 5 g soil samples were rehydrated in 0...
June 2017: Korean Journal of Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719940/surgical-repair-of-neglected-bucket-handle-meniscal-tears-displaced-into-the-intercondylar-notch-clinical-and-radiological-results
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Engin Cetinkaya, Sarper Gursu, Murat Gul, Umit Selcuk Aykut, Rasit Ozcafer
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
July 18, 2017: Journal of Knee Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719821/bcg-old-workhorse-new-skills
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REVIEW
M Gengenbacher, N E Nieuwenhuizen, She Kaufmann
Bacille Calmette-Guérin (BCG), the only tuberculosis (TB) vaccine in clinical practice, has limitations in efficacy, immunogenicity and safety. Much current TB vaccine research focuses on engineering live mycobacteria to interfere with phagosome biology and host intracellular pathways including apoptosis and autophagy, with candidates such as BCG Δzmp1, BCG ΔureC::hly, BCG::ESX-1(Mmar), Mtb ΔphoP ΔfadD26, Mtb ΔRD1 ΔpanCD and M. smegmatis Δesx-3::esx-3(Mtb) in the development pipeline. Correlates of protection in preclinical studies include increased central memory CD4(+) T cells and recruitment of antigen-specific T cells to the lungs, with mucosal vaccination found to be superior to parenteral vaccination...
July 15, 2017: Current Opinion in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719738/an-activator-blocker-pair-provides-a-controllable-on-off-switch-for-a-ketosteroid-isomerase-active-site-mutant
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Vandana Lamba, Filip Yabukarski, Daniel Herschlag
Control of enzyme activity is fundamental to biology and represents a long-term goal in bioengineering and precision therapeutics. While several powerful molecular strategies have been developed, limitations remain in their generalizability and dynamic range. We demonstrate a control mechanism via separate small molecules that turn on the enzyme (activator) and turn off the activation (blocker). We show that a pocket created near the active site base of the enzyme ketosteriod isomerase (KSI) allows efficient and saturable base rescue when the enzyme's natural general base is removed...
July 18, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719734/tissue-engineering-of-a-composite-trachea-construct-using-autologous-rabbit-chondrocytes
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James E Dennis, Kristina G Bernardi, Thomas J Kean, Nelson E Liou, Tanya K Meyer
The repair of large tracheal segmental defects remains an unsolved problem. The goal of this study is to apply tissue engineering principles for the fabrication of large segmental trachea replacements. Engineered tracheal replacements composed of autologous cells ("neotracheas") were tested in a New Zealand White rabbit model. Neotracheas were formed in the rabbit neck by wrapping a silicone tube with consecutive layers of skin epithelium, platysma muscle and an engineered cartilage sheet, and allowing the construct to mature for 8-12 weeks...
July 18, 2017: Journal of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719630/oligo-and-dsdna-mediated-genome-editing-using-a-teta-dual-selection-system-in-escherichia-coli
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Young Shin Ryu, Sathesh-Prabu Chandran, Kyungchul Kim, Sung Kuk Lee
The ability to precisely and seamlessly modify a target genome is needed for metabolic engineering and synthetic biology techniques aimed at creating potent biosystems. Herein, we report on a promising method in Escherichia coli that relies on the insertion of an optimized tetA dual selection cassette followed by replacement of the same cassette with short, single-stranded DNA (oligos) or long, double-stranded DNA and the isolation of recombinant strains by negative selection using NiCl2. This method could be rapidly and successfully used for genome engineering, including deletions, insertions, replacements, and point mutations, without inactivation of the methyl-directed mismatch repair (MMR) system and plasmid cloning...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719578/de-novo-active-sites-for-resurrected-precambrian-enzymes
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Valeria A Risso, Sergio Martinez-Rodriguez, Adela M Candel, Dennis M Krüger, David Pantoja-Uceda, Mariano Ortega-Muñoz, Francisco Santoyo-Gonzalez, Eric A Gaucher, Shina C L Kamerlin, Marta Bruix, Jose A Gavira, Jose M Sanchez-Ruiz
Protein engineering studies often suggest the emergence of completely new enzyme functionalities to be highly improbable. However, enzymes likely catalysed many different reactions already in the last universal common ancestor. Mechanisms for the emergence of completely new active sites must therefore either plausibly exist or at least have existed at the primordial protein stage. Here, we use resurrected Precambrian proteins as scaffolds for protein engineering and demonstrate that a new active site can be generated through a single hydrophobic-to-ionizable amino acid replacement that generates a partially buried group with perturbed physico-chemical properties...
July 18, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719343/preparation-and-properties-of-polyvinyl-alcohol-pva-and-hydroxylapatite-ha-hydrogels-for-cartilage-tissue-engineering
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F Yuan, M Ma, L Lu, Z Pan, W Zhou, J Cai, S Luo, W Zeng, F Yin
A novel bioactive hydrogel for cartilage tissue based on polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) and hydroxylapatite (HA) were prepared, the effects of its component contents on the mechanical properties and microstructure of the hydrogel were investigated. The important properties of the scaffold composites, such as density, porosity, compressive modulus and microstructure were studied and analyzed through various measurements and methods. The biodegradability of hydrogel was evaluated by soaking the samples into artificial degradation solution at body temperature (36 - 37 oC) in vitro...
May 20, 2017: Cellular and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719187/exploring-the-role-of-habitat-on-the-wettability-of-cicada-wings
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Junho Oh, Catherine Dana, Sungmin Hong, Jessica K Roman, Kyoo D Jo, Je W Hong, Jonah Nguyen, Donald M Cropek, Marianne Alleyne, Nenad Miljkovic
Evolutionary pressure has pushed the wings of many insect species to develop micro/nanostructures that can significantly affect wettability and enable functionalities such as droplet jumping, self-cleaning, anti-fogging, anti-microbial, and anti-reflectivity. Significant effort is underway to understand the wing surface structure to establish rational design tools for the development of novel engineered materials. Most studies, however, have focused on superhydrophobic wings obtained from a single insect species, in particular, the Psaltoda claripennis cicada...
July 18, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719182/atomic-white-out-enabling-atomic-circuitry-through-mechanically-induced-bonding-of-single-hydrogen-atoms-to-a-silicon-surface
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Taleana Rochelle Huff, Hatem Labidi, Mohammad Rashidi, Mohammad Koleini, Roshan Achal, Mark Henry Salomons, Robert A Wolkow
We report the mechanically induced formation of a silicon-hydrogen covalent bond and its application in engineering nanoelectronic devices. We show that using the tip of a non-contact atomic force microscope (NC-AFM), a single hydrogen atom could be vertically manipulated. When applying a localized electronic excitation, a single hydrogen atom is desorbed from the hydrogen passivated surface and can be transferred to the tip apex as evidenced from a unique signature in frequency shift curves. In the absence of tunnel electrons and electric field in the scanning probe microscope junction at 0 V, the hydrogen atom at the tip apex is brought very close to a silicon dangling bond, inducing the mechanical formation of a silicon-hydrogen covalent bond and the passivation of the dangling bond...
July 18, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719144/maximizing-the-stability-of-metabolic-engineering-derived-whole-cell-biocatalysts
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REVIEW
Marvin Kadisch, Christian Willrodt, Michael Hillen, Bruno Bühler, Andreas Schmid
A systematic and powerful knowledge-based framework exists for improving the activity and stability of chemical catalysts and for empowering the commercialization of respective processes. In contrast, corresponding biotechnological processes are still scarce and characterized by case-by-case development strategies. A systematic understanding of parameters affecting biocatalyst efficiency, that is, biocatalyst activity and stability, is essential for a rational generation of improved biocatalysts. Today, systematic approaches only exist for increasing the activity of whole-cell biocatalysts...
July 18, 2017: Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719061/tailored-engineering-of-an-unusual-c4h9nh3-2-ch3nh3-2pb3br10-two-dimensional-multilayered-perovskite-ferroelectric-for-high-performance-photodetectors
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Junhua Luo, Lina Li, Zhihua Sun, Peng Wang, Weida Hu, Sasa Wang, Chengmin Ji, Maochun Hong
Two-dimensional (2D) layered hybrid perovskites have shown great potentials in optoelectronics. However, although great efforts have been made, 2D hybrid perovskite ferroelectrics remain rare. Here, we constructed the first ferroelectric with 2D multilayered perovskite framework, (C4H9NH3)2(CH3NH3)2Pb3Br10 (1), by tailored alloying mixed-organic-cations into the prototype of CH3NH3PbBr3. For the first time, concrete ferroelectricity was created by molecular reorientation and synergic ordering of organic cations, which is unprecedented for the known 2D hybrid perovskites...
July 18, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719022/engineering-the-surface-of-smart-nanocarriers-using-a-ph-thermal-gsh-responsive-polymer-zipper-for-precise-tumor-targeting-therapy-in-vivo
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Penghui Zhang, Yan Wang, Jing Lian, Qi Shen, Chen Wang, Bohan Ma, Yuchao Zhang, Tingting Xu, Jianxin Li, Yongping Shao, Feng Xu, Jun-Jie Zhu
Nanocarrier surface chemistry plays a vital role in mediating cell internalization and enhancing delivery efficiency during in vivo chemotherapy. Inspired by the ability of proteins to alter their conformation to mediate functions, a pH-/thermal-/glutathione-responsive polymer zipper consisting of cell-penetrating poly(disulfide)s and thermosensitive polymers bearing guanidinium/phosphate (Gu(+) /pY(-) ) motifs to spatiotemporally tune the surface composition of nanocarriers for precise tumor targeting and efficient drug delivery is developed...
July 18, 2017: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718923/using-homology-modeling-to-interrogate-binding-affinity-in-neutralization-of-ricin-toxin-by-a-family-of-single-domain-antibodies
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Andrea Bazzoli, David J Vance, Michael J Rudolph, Yinghui Rong, Siva Krishna Angalakurthi, Ronald T Toth, C Russell Middaugh, David B Volkin, David D Weis, John Karanicolas, Nicholas J Mantis
In this report we investigated, within a group of closely related single domain camelid antibodies (VH Hs), the relationship between binding affinity and neutralizing activity as it pertains to ricin, a fast-acting toxin and biothreat agent. The V1C7-like VH Hs (V1C7, V2B9, V2E8, and V5C1) are similar in amino acid sequence, but differ in their binding affinities and toxin-neutralizing activities. Using the X-ray crystal structure of V1C7 in complex with ricin's enzymatic subunit (RTA) as a template, Rosetta-based homology modeling coupled with energetic decomposition led us to predict that a single pairwise interaction between Arg29 on V5C1 and Glu67 on RTA was responsible for the difference in ricin toxin binding affinity between V1C7, a weak neutralizer, and V5C1, a moderate neutralizer...
July 18, 2017: Proteins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718902/pluripotent-stem-cell-based-platforms-in-cardiac-disease-modeling-and-drug-testing
#15
N Shaheen, A Shiti, L Gepstein
The ability to generate patient/disease-specific human pluripotent stem cell (hPSC)-derived cardiomyocytes (hPSC-CMs) brings a unique value to the fields of cardiac disease modeling, drug testing, drug discovery, and precision medicine. Further integration of emerging innovative technologies such as developmental-biology inspired differentiation into chamber-specific cardiomyocyte subtypes, genome-editing, tissue-engineering, and novel functional phenotyping methodologies should facilitate even more advanced investigations...
August 2017: Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718812/therapeutic-efficacy-of-the-novel-stimuli-sensitive-nano-ferritins-containing-doxorubicin-in-a-head-and-neck-cancer-model
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Verena Damiani, Elisabetta Falvo, Giulio Fracasso, Luca Federici, Martina Pitea, Vincenzo De Laurenzi, Gianluca Sala, Pierpaolo Ceci
Doxorubicin is employed alone or in combination for the treatment of several hematological and solid malignancies; despite its efficacy, there are associated cardiotoxicity limits both in its application in patients with heart disease risk factors and also in its long-term use. HFt-MP-PAS40 is a genetically engineered human ferritin heavy chain (HFt)-based construct able to efficiently entrap and deliver doxorubicin to cancer cells. HF-MP-PAS contains a short motif sequence (defined as MP) responsive to proteolytic cleavage by tumor matrix metalloproteases (MMPs), located between each HFt subunit and a masking polypeptide sequence rich in proline (P), alanine (A), and serine (S) residues (PAS)...
July 18, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718735/correction-re-tissue-engineering-part-c-2017-23-5-251-261
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No abstract text is available yet for this article.
July 2017: Tissue Engineering. Part C, Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718710/compressed-air-noise-reductions-from-using-advanced-air-gun-nozzles-in-research-and-development-environments
#18
Kurt Prieve, Amanda Rice, Peter C Raynor
The aims of this study were to evaluate sound levels produced by compressed air guns in research and development (R&D) environments, replace conventional air gun models with advanced noise-reducing air nozzles, and measure changes in sound levels to assess the effectiveness of the advanced nozzles as engineering controls for noise. Ten different R&D manufacturing areas that used compressed air guns were identified and included in the study. A-weighted sound level and Z-weighted octave band measurements were taken simultaneously using a single instrument...
August 2017: Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718646/exploring-the-relationship-between-nicotinic-acetylcholine-receptor-ligand-size-efficiency-efficacy-and-c-loop-opening
#19
Qianyun Ma, Han-Shen Tae, Guanzhao Wu, Tao Jiang, Rilei Yu
Nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (nAChRs) are ligand-gated ion channels mediating fundamental physiological activities in the nervous system, and have become important targets for drug design. For a long time, the acetylcholine binding protein (AChBP) has been used as surrogate to study the nAChR structure-function. Taking advantage of more than 100 AChBP crystal structures in the Protein DataBank (PDB), we explored the relationship between the size, efficiency and efficacy of nAChR ligands and the C-loop movement...
July 18, 2017: Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718632/systematic-approaches-to-efficiently-produce-2-3-butanediol-in-a-marine-cyanobacterium
#20
Nicole E Nozzi, Anna E Case, Austin L Carroll, Shota Atsumi
Cyanobacteria have attracted significant interest as a platform for renewable production of fuel and feedstock chemicals from abundant atmospheric carbon dioxide by way of photosynthesis. While great strides have been made in developing this technology in freshwater cyanobacteria, logistical issues remain in scale-up. Use of the cyanobacterium Synechococcus sp. PCC 7002 (7002) as a chemical production chassis could address a number of these issues given the higher tolerance to salt, light, and heat as well as the fast growth rate of 7002 in comparison to traditional model cyanobacteria such as Synechococcus elongatus PCC 7942 and Synechocystis sp...
July 18, 2017: ACS Synthetic Biology
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