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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29656541/a-novel-herpesvirus-associated-with-chronic-superficial-keratitis-and-proliferative-conjunctivitis-in-a-great-horned-owl-bubo-virginianus
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Molly D Gleeson, Bret A Moore, Sydney G Edwards, Sarah Stevens, April L Childress, James F X Wellehan, Jessica Robertson, Christopher J Murphy, Michelle G Hawkins, Joanne Paul-Murphy
An adult great-horned owl (Bubo virginianus; GHOW) presented with a history of recurrent corneal ulceration of the right eye (OD). Findings included ulcerative superficial keratitis, proliferative conjunctivitis, and iris pigmentary changes. The ulcer was initially nonresponsive to medical therapy, but showed rapid and appropriate healing following diamond burr debridement. Proliferative conjunctivitis markedly improved following topical antiviral therapy with cidofovir 1%, interferon alpha 2B ophthalmic solutions, and oral l-lysine...
April 14, 2018: Veterinary Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29656441/a-review-on-current-status-of-antiviral-sirna
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REVIEW
Abid Qureshi, Vaqar Gani Tantray, Altaf Rehman Kirmani, Abdul Ghani Ahangar
Viral diseases like influenza, AIDS, hepatitis, and Ebola cause severe epidemics worldwide. Along with their resistant strains, new pathogenic viruses continue to be discovered so creating an ongoing need for new antiviral treatments. RNA interference is a cellular gene-silencing phenomenon in which sequence-specific degradation of target mRNA is achieved by means of complementary short interfering RNA (siRNA) molecules. Short interfering RNA technology affords a potential tractable strategy to combat viral pathogenesis because siRNAs are specific, easy to design, and can be directed against multiple strains of a virus by targeting their conserved gene regions...
April 15, 2018: Reviews in Medical Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29656365/characterization-of-aav-vector-particle-stability-at-the-single-capsid-level
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Julien Bernaud, Axel Rossi, Anny Fis, Lara Gardette, Ludovic Aillot, Hildegard Büning, Martin Castelnovo, Anna Salvetti, Cendrine Faivre-Moskalenko
Virus families have evolved different strategies for genome uncoating, which are also followed by recombinant vectors. Vectors derived from adeno-associated viruses (AAV) are considered as leading delivery tools for in vivo gene transfer, and in particular gene therapy. Using a combination of atomic force microscopy (AFM), biochemical experiments, and physical modeling, we investigated here the physical properties and stability of AAV vector particles. We first compared the morphological properties of AAV vectors derived from two different serotypes (AAV8 and AAV9)...
April 14, 2018: Journal of Biological Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29656218/improved-hypocrellin-a-production-in-shiraia-bambusicola-by-light-dark-shift
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Chun Xiao Sun, Yan Jun Ma, Jian Wen Wang
Hypocrellin A (HA) is a major bioactive perylenequinone from the fruiting body of Shiraia bambusicola used for the treatment of skin diseases and developed as a photodynamic therapy (PDT) agent against cancers and viruses. The mycelial culture of S. bambusicola under dark is a biotechnological alternative for HA production but with low yield. In this study, light and dark conditions were investigated to develop effective elicitation on HA production in the cultures. Our results showed the constant light at 200 lx stimulated HA production without any growth retardation of mycelia...
April 9, 2018: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29656061/hypoxia-inducible-bidirectional-shrna-expression-vector-delivery-using-pei-chitosan-tba-copolymers-for-colorectal-cancer-gene-therapy
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Bita Javan, Fatemeh Atyabi, Majid Shahbazi
AIMS: This investigation was conducted to construct a hypoxia/colorectal dual-specific bidirectional short hairpin RNA (shRNA) expression vector and to transfect it into the colon cancer cell line HT-29 with PEI/chitosan-TBA nanoparticles for the simultaneous knock down of β-catenin and Bcl-2 under hypoxia. MAIN METHODS: To construct a pRNA-bipHRE-CEA vector, the carcinoma embryonic antigen (CEA) promoter designed in two directions and the vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) enhancer were inserted between two promoters for hypoxic cancer specific gene expression...
April 12, 2018: Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29655990/inorganic-kernel-supported-asymmetric-hybrid-vesicles-for-targeting-delivery-of-stat3-decoy-oligonucleotides-to-overcome-anti-her2-therapeutic-resistance-of-bt474r
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Kai Shi, Yan Fang, Shan Gao, Dongjuan Yang, Hongshu Bi, Jianxiu Xue, Anqi Lu, Yuai Li, Liyuan Ke, Xiaojie Lin, Xuechao Jin, Min Li
As a recombinant humanized monoclonal antibody that targets the extracellular region of HER2 tyrosine kinase receptor, trastuzumab (TRAZ) has demonstrated comparable clinical efficacy and improved survival in patients with HER2-positive breast cancer. Nevertheless, the therapeutic potential of TRAZ is often limited due to its frequent resistance to anti-HER2 therapy. Therefore, we investigate the reversal effect of STAT3-specific decoy oligonucleotides (STAT3-decoy ODNs) on TRAZ resistance, which contain the consensus sequence within the targeted gene promoter of STAT3...
April 12, 2018: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29655989/in-vivo-migration-of-mesenchymal-stem-cells-to-burn-injury-sites-and-their-therapeutic-effects-in-a-living-mouse-model
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Eun Jung Oh, Ho Won Lee, Senthilkumar Kalimuthu, Tae Jung Kim, Hyun Mi Kim, Se Hwan Baek, Liya Zhu, Ji Min Oh, Seung Hyun Son, Ho Yun Chung, Byeong-Cheol Ahn
Mesenchymal stem cell (MSC)-based therapy has emerged as a promising therapeutic strategy for tissue regeneration and repair. In this study, we non-invasively monitored the tracking of MSCs toward burn injury sites using MSCs expressing firefly luciferase (Fluc) gene in living mice, and evaluated the effects of the MSCs at the injury site. Murine MSCs co-expressing Fluc and green fluorescent protein (GFP) were established using a retroviral system (referred to as MSC/Fluc). To evaluate the ability of MSC migration toward burn injury sites, cutaneous burn injury was induced in the dorsal skin of mice...
April 12, 2018: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29655638/attenuation-of-the-niemann-pick-type-c2-disease-phenotype-by-intracisternal-administration-of-an-aavrh-10-vector-expressing-npc2
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Sandra Markmann, Jasmine Reid, Jonathan B Rosenberg, Bishnu P De, Stephen M Kaminsky, Ronald G Crystal, Dolan Sondhi
Niemann-Pick type C2 (NPC2) disease is a rare, neurodegenerative disorder caused by mutations in the NPC2 gene, leading to lysosomal accumulation of unesterified cholesterol and other lipids. It is characterized by hepatosplenomegaly, liver dysfunction and severe neurological manifestations, resulting in early death. There is no effective therapy for NPC2 disease. Here, we evaluated the effectiveness of an adeno-associated virus (AAV), serotype rh.10 gene transfer vector expressing the mouse Npc2 gene (AAVrh...
April 12, 2018: Experimental Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29655511/long-term-transcriptional-gene-silencing-by-rna-viruses
#9
Juozas Baltusnikas, Saulius Satkauskas, Kenneth Lundstrom
Long-term transcriptional gene silencing has been hampered by delivery issues. A potential solution is the application of RNA viruses that generate small RNAs without any DNA intermediate. Long-term therapy for various diseases is expected after a single administration.
April 11, 2018: Trends in Biochemical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29653419/a-sensitive-signal-on-photoelectrochemical-sensor-for-tetracycline-determination-using-visible-light-driven-flower-like-cn-biobr-composites
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Pengcheng Yan, Desheng Jiang, Yuhui Tian, Li Xu, Junchao Qian, Henan Li, Jiexiang Xia, Huaming Li
As a broad-spectrum antibiotic, tetracycline (TC) is widely used in agricultural purposes and human therapy. More attention is paid to TC as a serious threat to human health, including the fast spreading of antibiotic resistance gene and the serious toxicity to aquatic organisms. Therefore, the timely and accurate determination of TC residues is an urgent task to protect the safety of human. Herein, an effective and facile photoelectrochemical sensor platform based on carbon nitride/bismuth oxyhalide (CN/BiOBr) composites can be constructed for monitoring TC...
March 24, 2018: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29653206/late-effects-screening-guidelines-after-hematopoietic-cell-transplantation-hct-for-hemoglobinopathy-consensus-statement-from-the-second-pediatric-blood-and-marrow-transplant-consortium-international-conference-on-late-effects-after-pediatric-hct
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Shalini Shenoy, Javid Gaziev, Emanuele Angelucci, Allison King, Monica Bhatia, Angela Smith, Dorine Bresters, Anne E Haight, Christine N Duncan, Josu de la Fuente, Andrew C Dietz, K Scott Baker, Michael A Pulsipher, Mark C Walters
Allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT) can halt organ damage and eliminate symptoms in hemoglobin disorders, including sickle cell disease (SCD) and thalassemia major (TM). Managing the residual manifestations of pre-HCT disease complications and the long-term effects of HCT requires systematic monitoring, follow-up, and intervention when indicated. Late complications vary with age and disease status at HCT, and with transplant variables such as preparative regimen, donor source and compatibility, and immune reconstitution...
April 10, 2018: Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29653152/low-dose-norfloxacin-treated-leptospires-induce-less-il-1%C3%AE-release-in-j774a-1-cells-following-discrepant-leptospiral-gene-expression
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Yongguo Cao, Xufeng Xie, Wenlong Zhang, Dianjun Wu, Changchun Tu
Currently, accumulating evidence is challenging subtherapeutic therapy. Low-dose Norfloxacin (Nor) has been reported to suppress the immune response and worsen leptospirosis. In this study, we investigated the influence of low-dose Nor (0.03 μg/ml, 0.06 μg/ml, 0.125 μg/ml) on leptospiral gene expression and analyzed the immunomodulatory effects of low-dose Nor-treated leptospires in J774A.1 cells. To study the expression profiles of low-dose Nor-treated leptospires, we chose LipL71/LipL21 as reference genes determined by the geNorm applet in this experiment...
April 10, 2018: Microbial Pathogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29653048/different-length-hydrazone-activated-polymers-for-plasmid-dna-condensation-and-cellular-transfection
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Juan M Priegue, Irene Lostalé-Seijo, Daniel Crisan, Juan R Granja, Francisco Fernández-Trillo, Javier Montenegro
The recent advances in genetic engineering demand the development of conceptually new methods to prepare and identify efficient vectors for the intracellular delivery of different nucleotide payloads ranging from short single-stranded oligonucleotides to larger plasmid double-stranded circular DNAs. Although many challenges still have to be overcome, polymers hold great potential for intracellular nucleotide delivery and gene therapy. We here develop and apply the post-polymerization modification of polyhydrazide scaffolds, with different degree of polymerization, for the in situ preparation of amphiphilic polymeric vehicles for the intracellular delivery of a circular plasmid DNA...
April 13, 2018: Biomacromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29653010/-transformation-from-promyelocytic-leukemia-with-t-15-17-q22-q21-to-acute-monocytic-leukemia-with-t-11-17-q23-q21-in-a-case
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Zheng Wang, Ye Li, Hui Dang, Yan Shi, Qi He, Lin Feng, Li Bao, Yazhen Qin, Yanrong Liu, Xiaojun Huang, Yueyun Lai
OBJECTIVE: To report on a case of therapy-related acute monocytic leukemia(t-AML) with t(11;17) (q23;q21)/MLL-AF17q after successful treatment for acute promyelocytic leukemia(APL) with t(15;17) (q22;q21)/PML-RARα. METHODS: A MICM method (bone marrow morphology(M), immunophenotype(I), cytogenetics(C), and molecular biology(M)) was used for the diagnosis and classification of the disease at the time of onset and transformation. RESULTS: The patient was initially identified with typical morphology and immunophenotype of APL...
April 10, 2018: Zhonghua Yi Xue Yi Chuan Xue za Zhi, Zhonghua Yixue Yichuanxue Zazhi, Chinese Journal of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29652994/-association-of-osmr-gene-polymorphisms-with-dilated-cardiomyopathy-in-a-han-chinese-population
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Xiaohui Dai, Ying Peng, Bin Zhou, Chunmei Li, Huizi Song, Qingyu Dou, Xiaochuan Xie, Li Rao
OBJECTIVE: To assess the association of polymorphisms of oncostatin M receptor (OSMR) gene with dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) in a Han Chinese population. METHODS: For 351 DCM patients and 418 healthy controls, two single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) of the OSMR gene, namely rs2292016 (promoter, -100G/T) and rs2278329 (missense, Asp553Asn), were genotyped with a TaqMan SNP genotyping assay. Two hundred of the patients were also followed up for (49.85 ± 22.52) months...
April 10, 2018: Zhonghua Yi Xue Yi Chuan Xue za Zhi, Zhonghua Yixue Yichuanxue Zazhi, Chinese Journal of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29652858/oncosuppressors-and-oncogenes-role-in-haemangioma-genesis-and-potential-for-therapeutic-targeting
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REVIEW
Peace Mabeta
Genetic lesions in proto-oncogenes result in the perturbation of angiogenesis, the formation of neovessels from a pre-existing microvasculature. Similarly, the subversion of tumor suppressor genes promotes tumor vascularization. Excessive neovessel formation is associated with various neoplasms such as infantile hemangiomas (IH). Hemangiomas are the most common tumors in pediatric patients and at present have no definitive treatment. The pathogenesis of IH is not well understood; however, both vasculogenesis and angiogenesis are associated with hemangioma genesis...
April 13, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29652798/the-double-face-of-exosome-carried-micrornas-in-cancer-immunomodulation
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REVIEW
Romina Alfonsi, Ludovica Grassi, Michele Signore, Désirée Bonci
In recent years many articles have underlined the key role of nanovesicles, i.e., exosomes, as information carriers among biological systems including cancer. Tumor-derived exosomes (TEXs) are key players in the dynamic crosstalk between cancer cells and the microenvironment while promote immune system control evasion. In fact, tumors are undoubtedly capable of silencing the immune response through multiple mechanisms, including the release of exosomes. TEXs have been shown to boost tumor growth and promote progression and metastatic spreading via suppression or stimulation of the immune response towards cancer cells...
April 13, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29652478/isothermal-self-assembly-of-spermidine-dna-nanostructure-complex-as-a-functional-platform-for-cancer-therapy
#18
Dong Wang, Qian Liu, Di Wu, Binfeng He, Jin Li, Chengde Mao, Guansong Wang, Hang Qian
Programmable DNA nanostructure self-assembly offer great potentials in nanomedicine, drug delivery, biosensing and bioimaging. However, the intrinsically negative-charged DNA backbones, the instability of DNA nanostructures in physiological settings pose serious challenges to their practical applications. To overcome this challenge, a strategy that combines the magnesium-free DNA self-assembly and functionalization is proposed in this study. We hypothesize that naturally abundant spermidine may not only mediate the self-assembly of DNA nanostructures, but also shield them from harsh physiological environments...
April 13, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29652033/the-effect-of-virulence-genotypes-of-helicobacter-pylori-on-eradication-therapy-in-children
#19
Shuang-Hong Zhang, Xuan Zhu, Bi-Min Li, Hong Li
Background/Aim: It is important to eradicate Helicobacter pylori at an early stage in patients during childhood to potentially prevent the development of H. pylori-related diseases. Studies have demonstrated that the virulence genotype of H. pylori influences the efficacy of eradication therapy. The efficacy of triple therapy has decreased significantly, which has seriously affected the clinical outcome of children with H. pylori infection. In this study we aimed to investigate the influence of virulence genotypes of H...
April 13, 2018: Saudi Journal of Gastroenterology: Official Journal of the Saudi Gastroenterology Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29651947/transplantation-of-bdnf-gene-recombinant-mesenchymal-stem-cells-and-adhesive-peptide-modified-hydrogel-scaffold-for-spinal-cord-repair
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Li-Ming Li, Ling-Ling Huang, Xin-Chi Jiang, Jia-Chen Chen, Hong-Wei OuYang, Jian-Qing Gao
Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) are promising candidates for nerve tissue engineering. Brain derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) secreted by MSCs can function to increase neural differentiation and relieve inflammation response. Gene transfection technology is an efficient strategy to increase the secretion levels of cytokines and enhance cellular functions. However, transfection and in vivo gene expression of environmentally sensitive stem cells have been one of the most challenging subjects due to the requirement in both safety and transfection efficiency...
April 13, 2018: Current Gene Therapy
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