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Michael Grasso
A central component of percutaneous nephrostolithotomy is an endoscopic lithotrite that safely and efficiently clears stone of all compositions from the intrarenal collecting system. The current multicenter trial studied 3 lithotrite combinations employing both mechanical ballistic and ultrasonic energy to fragment and evacuate with suction stone debris. What is clear from this work is that, with regard to the timely clearance of the stone burden and peri-operative complications, there is minimal difference between the devices studied, nothing special and nothing new...
November 22, 2017: Journal of Endourology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155710/dna-nanotubes-as-a-versatile-tool-to-study-semiflexible-polymers
#2
Jörg Schnauß, Martin Glaser, Jessica S Lorenz, Carsten Schuldt, Christin Möser, Martin Sajfutdinow, Tina Händler, Josef A Käs, David M Smith
Mechanical properties of complex, polymer-based soft matter, such as cells or biopolymer networks, can be understood in neither the classical frame of flexible polymers nor of rigid rods. Underlying filaments remain outstretched due to their non-vanishing backbone stiffness, which is quantified via the persistence length (lp), but they are also subject to strong thermal fluctuations. Their finite bending stiffness leads to unique, non-trivial collective mechanics of bulk networks, enabling the formation of stable scaffolds at low volume fractions while providing large mesh sizes...
October 25, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29139297/direct-exosome-quantification-via-bivalent-cholesterol-labeled-dna-anchor-for-signal-amplification
#3
Fang He, Hui Liu, Xinggang Guo, Bin-Cheng Yin, Bang-Ce Ye
Exosomes, as an important subpopulation of extracellular vesicles (EVs), play an important role in intercellular communications in various important pathophysiological processes, especially cancer-related. However, reliable and convenient quantitative methods for their determination are still technically challenging. In this study, we developed an efficient and direct method by combining immunoaffinity and lipid membrane surface modification into a single platform for specific isolation and accurate quantification of exosomes...
November 21, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137618/afeap-cloning-a-precise-and-efficient-method-for-large-dna-sequence-assembly
#4
Fanli Zeng, Jinping Zang, Suhua Zhang, Zhimin Hao, Jingao Dong, Yibin Lin
BACKGROUND: Recent development of DNA assembly technologies has spurred myriad advances in synthetic biology, but new tools are always required for complicated scenarios. Here, we have developed an alternative DNA assembly method named AFEAP cloning (Assembly of Fragment Ends After PCR), which allows scarless, modular, and reliable construction of biological pathways and circuits from basic genetic parts. METHODS: The AFEAP method requires two-round of PCRs followed by ligation of the sticky ends of DNA fragments...
November 14, 2017: BMC Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29091094/dna-nanotubes-assembled-from-tensegrity-triangle-tiles-with-circular-dna-scaffolds
#5
Noshin Afshan, Mashooq Ali, Meng Wang, Mirza Muhammad Faran Ashraf Baig, Shou-Jun Xiao
Using small circular DNA molecules of different lengths as scaffolds, we successfully synthesised DNA nanotubes consisting of Mao's DNA tensegrity triangle tiles with four-arm junctions (Holliday junctions) at all vertices. Due to the intrinsic curvature of the triangle tile and the consecutive tile alignment, the 2D arrays are organised in the form of nanotubes. Two sized triangle tiles with equilateral side lengths of 1.5 and 2.5 full helical turns are connected by the sticky ended cohesion of a duplex with a length of 2...
November 16, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29079784/in-vitro-seamless-stack-enzymatic-assembly-of-dna-molecules-based-on-a-strategy-involving-splicing-of-restriction-sites
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Dong Yu, Yanning Tan, Zhizhong Sun, Xuewu Sun, Xiabing Sheng, Tianshun Zhou, Ling Liu, Yi Mo, Beibei Jiang, Ning Ouyang, Xiaolin Yin, Meijuan Duan, Dingyang Yuan
The standard binary enzymatic assembly, which operates by inserting one DNA fragment into a plasmid, has a higher assembly success rate than the polynary enzymatic assembly, which inserts two or more fragments into the plasmid. However, it often leaves a nucleotide scar at the junction site. When a large DNA molecule is assembled stepwise into a backbone plasmid in a random piecewise manner, the scars will damage the structure of the original DNA sequence in the final assembled plasmids. Here, we propose an in vitro Seamless Stack Enzymatic Assembly (SSEA) method, a novel binary enzymatic assembly method involving a seamless strategy of splicing restriction sites via a stepwise process of multiple enzymatic reactions that does not leave nucleotide scars at the junction sites...
October 27, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28948693/dna-microcapsule-for-photo-triggered-drug-release-system
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Yukiko Kamiya, Yoshinobu Yamada, Takahiro Muro, Kazunori Matsuura, Hiroyuki Asanuma
In this study, we constructed spherical, photo-responsive microcapsules composed of three photo-switchable DNA strands. These strands first formed a three-way junction (TWJ) motif that further self-assembled to form microsphere through hybridization of the sticky-end regions of each branch. To serve as the photo-switch, multiple unmodified azobenzene (Azo) or 2,6-dimethyl-4-(methylthio)azobenzene (SDM-Azo) were introduced into the sticky-end regions via a D-threoninol linker. The DNA-capsule structure deformed upon trans-to-cis isomerization of Azo or SDM-Azo induced by specific light-irradiation...
September 25, 2017: ChemMedChem
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28914989/encapsulating-active-pharmaceutical-ingredients-in-self-assembling-adamantanes-with-short-dna-zippers
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Helmut Griesser, Alexander Schwenger, Clemens Richert
Formulating pharmaceutically active ingredients for drug delivery is a challenge. There is a need for new drug delivery systems that take up therapeutic molecules and release them into biological systems. We propose a novel mode of encapsulation that involves matrices formed through co-assembly of drugs with adamantane hybrids that feature four CG dimers as sticky ends. Such adamantanes are accessible via inexpensive solution-phase syntheses, and the resulting materials show attractive properties for controlled release...
September 15, 2017: ChemMedChem
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821153/combination-of-microsized-mineral-particles-and-rosin-as-a-basis-for-converting-cellulosic-fibers-into-sticky-superhydrophobic-paper
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Xiaoyan Yu, Peiwen Bian, Yang Xue, Xueren Qian, Haipeng Yu, Wenshuai Chen, Xiaohai Hu, Peng Wang, Dong Wu, Qinghui Duan, Limei Li, Jing Shen, Yonghao Ni
The unique features of cellulosic paper including flexibility, biodegradability, and low cost enables it as a versatile, sustainable biomaterial for promising applications. In the paper industry, microsized mineral particles are widely used in the production of printing/writing paper grades, while rosin derived from trees is the earliest internal sizing agent for paper hydrophobication. On the basis of existing commercial practices associated with the use of mineral particles and rosin in paper production, we present a process concept of converting cellulosic fibers (paper-grade pulp) into "sticky" superhydrophobic paper involving the use of microsized mineral particles and rosin (a tree-derived natural product, mainly a mixture of resin acids, especially abietic acid with chemical formula of C19H29COOH)...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815506/preparing-fosmid-mate-paired-libraries-using-cre-loxp-recombination
#10
Ze Peng, Jeff L Froula, Jan-Fang Cheng
Fosmid end sequencing has been widely utilized in genome sequence assemblies and genome structural variation studies. We have developed a new approach to construct fosmid paired-end libraries that is suitable for Illumina sequencing platform. This approach employs a newly modified fosmid vector (pFosClip) which contains two loxP sites with identical orientation and two inverse Illumina adaptor priming sites flanking the cloning site. DNA prepared from the fosmid library constructed with pFosClip can be treated with the Cre recombinase to remove most of the vector DNA, leaving only 107 bp of the vector sequence with insert DNA...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813590/understanding-the-elementary-steps-in-dna-tile-based-self-assembly
#11
Shuoxing Jiang, Fan Hong, Huiyu Hu, Hao Yan, Yan Liu
Although many models have been developed to guide the design and implementation of DNA tile-based self-assembly systems with increasing complexity, the fundamental assumptions of the models have not been thoroughly tested. To expand the quantitative understanding of DNA tile-based self-assembly and to test the fundamental assumptions of self-assembly models, we investigated DNA tile attachment to preformed "multi-tile" arrays in real time and obtained the thermodynamic and kinetic parameters of single tile attachment in various sticky end association scenarios...
September 26, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806061/construction-of-a-polyhedral-dna-12-arm-junction-for-self-assembly-of-wireframe-dna-lattices
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Ilenia Manuguerra, Guido Grossi, Rasmus P Thomsen, Jeppe Lyngsø, Jan S Pedersen, Jørgen Kjems, Ebbe S Andersen, Kurt V Gothelf
A variety of different tiles for the construction of DNA lattices have been developed since the structural DNA nanotechnology field was born. The majority of these are designed for the realization of close-packed structures, where DNA helices are arranged in parallel and tiles are connected through sticky ends. Assembly of such structures requires the use of cation-rich buffers to minimize repulsion between parallel helices, which poses limits to the application of DNA nanostructures. Wireframe structures, on the other hand, are less susceptible to salt concentration, but the assembly of wireframe lattices is limited by the availability of tiles and motifs...
September 26, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28764772/phlebotomine-sand-fly-survey-in-the-focus-of-leishmaniasis-in-madrid-spain-2012-2014-seasonal-dynamics-leishmania-infantum-infection-rates-and-blood-meal-preferences
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Estela González, Maribel Jiménez, Sonia Hernández, Inés Martín-Martín, Ricardo Molina
BACKGROUND: An unusual increase of human leishmaniasis cases due to Leishmania infantum is occurring in an urban area of southwestern Madrid, Spain, since 2010. Entomological surveys have shown that Phlebotomus perniciosus is the only potential vector. Direct xenodiagnosis in hares (Lepus granatensis) and rabbits (Oryctolagus cuniculus) collected in the focus area proved that they can transmit parasites to colonized P. perniciosus. Isolates were characterized as L. infantum. The aim of the present work was to conduct a comprehensive study of sand flies in the outbreak area, with special emphasis on P...
August 1, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28681900/tile-based-self-assembly-of-a-triple-helical-polysaccharide-into-cell-wall-like-mesoporous-nanocapsules
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Chaoxi Wu, Xiaoying Wang, Jianjing Wang, Zhen Zhang, Zhiping Wang, Yifei Wang, Shunqing Tang
Tile-based self-assembly is a robust system in the construction of three-dimensional DNA nanostructures but it has been rarely applied to other helical biopolymers. β-Glucan is an immunoactive natural polymer which exists in a triple helical conformation. Herein, we report that β-glucan, after modification using two types of short chain acyl groups, can self-assemble into tiles with inactivated sticky ends at the interface of two solvents. These tiles consist of a single layer of helices laterally aligned, and the sticky ends can be activated when a few acyl groups at the ends are removed; these tiles can further pack into mesoporous nanocapsules, in a similar process as the sticky DNA tiles pack into complex polyhedral nano-objects...
July 20, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28654071/protocols-for-c-brick-dna-standard-assembly-using-cpf1
#15
Shi-Yuan Li, Guo-Ping Zhao, Jin Wang
CRISPR-associated protein Cpf1 cleaves double-stranded DNA under the guidance of CRISPR RNA (crRNA), generating sticky ends. Because of this characteristic, Cpf1 has been used for the establishment of a DNA assembly standard called C-Brick, which has the advantage of long recognition sites and short scars. On a standard C-Brick vector, there are four Cpf1 recognition sites - the prefix (T1 and T2 sites) and the suffix (T3 and T4 sites) - flanking biological DNA parts. The cleavage of T2 and T3 sites produces complementary sticky ends, which allow for the assembly of DNA parts with T2 and T3 sites...
June 15, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28652345/dna-cytoskeleton-for-stabilizing-artificial-cells
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Chikako Kurokawa, Kei Fujiwara, Masamune Morita, Ibuki Kawamata, Yui Kawagishi, Atsushi Sakai, Yoshihiro Murayama, Shin-Ichiro M Nomura, Satoshi Murata, Masahiro Takinoue, Miho Yanagisawa
Cell-sized liposomes and droplets coated with lipid layers have been used as platforms for understanding live cells, constructing artificial cells, and implementing functional biomedical tools such as biosensing platforms and drug delivery systems. However, these systems are very fragile, which results from the absence of cytoskeletons in these systems. Here, we construct an artificial cytoskeleton using DNA nanostructures. The designed DNA oligomers form a Y-shaped nanostructure and connect to each other with their complementary sticky ends to form networks...
July 11, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28590320/sticky-silicone-oil
#17
Hamouda Hamdi Ghoraba, Adel Galal Zaky, Haithem Mamoun Abd Al Fatah, Emad El Din Mohamed El Gemai, Mohamed Amin Heikal
OBJECTIVE: To report and analyze the phenomenon of sticky silicone oil on the retina at the time of its removal. BACKGROUND: Silicone oil has been used for more than 25 years as a long-term retinal tamponade in the surgical management of patients with complex retinal detachments. When a decision to remove silicone oil was made at the end of the tamponade period, the system involved a number of different materials: silicone oil, aqueous solution with or without remnants of perfluorocarbon liquid plus the material of the cannula used to aspirate Silicone oil...
August 2017: Retina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28573294/transition-from-nematic-to-gyroid-type-cubic-soft-self-assembly-by-side-chain-engineering-of-%C3%AF-conjugated-sticky-rods
#18
Marco Poppe, Changlong Chen, Helgard Ebert, Silvio Poppe, Marko Prehm, Christoph Kerzig, Feng Liu, Carsten Tschierske
A sequence of liquid crystalline phases, involving cybotactic nematics, a lamellar phase, bicontinuous cubics and triangular honeycombs, was observed for oligo(phenylene ethynylene) based X-shaped bolapolyphiles with two long lateral alkyl chains and sticky ends provided by glycerol groups. In the cubic phase with Ia3[combining macron]d lattice - which is tailored by alkyl chain engineering - the aromatic cores are organized on the gyroid minimal surface in 3D curved layers of almost parallel aligned π-conjugated rods...
June 21, 2017: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28514850/dna-dendrimer-streptavidin-nanocomplex-an-efficient-signal-amplifier-for-construction-of-biosensing-platforms
#19
Yan Zhao, Shichao Hu, Huaming Wang, Kaiwen Yu, Yan Guan, Xiaoyun Liu, Na Li, Feng Liu
We develop a DNA dendrimer-streptavidin (SA) nanocomplex as a novel signal amplifier to create biosensing platforms for disease-related species. The DNA dendrimer-SA nanocomplex is fabricated by cross-linking the nonlinear hybridization chain reaction based DNA dendrimer with the SA-coupled linker DNA and possesses multiple sticky ends, a high molecular weight, and a hyperbranched nanostructure with large numbers of DNA duplexes. Taking advantage of the DNA dendrimer-SA nanocomplex and a label-free quartz crystal microbalance (QCM) technology, we first construct a mass-sensitive QCM biosensing platform for nucleic acids, which displays high selectivity and sensitivity, with a detection limit of 0...
May 25, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504444/diversity-ecology-and-seasonality-of-sand-flies-diptera-psychodidae-of-the-jenin-district-palestinian-territories
#20
Samir S Sawalha, Asad Ramlawi, Ramzi M Sansur, Ibrahim Mohammad Salem, Zuhair S Amr
The diversity, ecology, and seasonality for sand flies from two localities in Jenin District, the Palestinian Territories, were studied. A total of 12,579 sand flies (5,420 Phlebotomus and 7,159 Sergentomyia) were collected during the study period. The genera Phlebotomus and Sergentomyia are represented by 13 and nine species and subspecies, respectively. Species account was given for all collected species. CDC light traps yielded 7,649 (60.8%) of the total captured sand flies, while sticky traps and aspirators contributed to 36...
June 2017: Journal of Vector Ecology: Journal of the Society for Vector Ecology
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