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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109145/-short-term-use-of-rapamycin-combined-with-tregs-prolongs-mouse-cardiac-graft-survival-but-attenuates-recipient-s-anti-tumor-immunity
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Ting Yan, Chen Luo, Xianmo Yang, Lei Ji, Shiqiao Luo
Objective To study the effect of short-term use of rapamycin(Rap) combined with regulatory T cells (Tregs) on the long-time survival of allogeneic mouse cardiac transplant, and its impact on the anti-tumor immunity of recipient. MethodsMouse Tregs were purified from recipients' spleen by magnetic activated cell sorting (MACS), and expanded by CD3/CD28 monoclonal antibody immunomagnetic beads and 2000 U/mL recombinant mouse IL-2 (rmIL-2) ex vivo. The purity was tested by fluorescence-activated cell sorting (FACS)...
February 2017: Xi Bao Yu Fen Zi Mian Yi Xue za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Cellular and Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109032/comparison-of-methods-and-tat-assessment-volumetric-aquios-cl-and-bead-based-facs-canto-ii-cytometers
#2
Valentina Grossi, Maria Infantino, Francesca Meacci, Emanuele Bellio, Valerio Bellio, Giovanna Ciotta, Fiorella Priami, Piercarlo Sarzi-Puttini, Fabiola Atzeni, Francesca Li Gobbi, Arianna Damiani, Maurizio Benucci, Mariangela Manfredi
BACKGROUND: Measurement of lymphocyte subpopulations is a crucial parameter in the diagnosis and monitoring of therapy in a wide variety of clinical conditions. We compared different flow cytometry-based methods to determine lymphocyte subsets counts of routine samples by volumetric AQUIOS CL (Beckman Coulter) and bead-based FACS CANTO II (BD Biosciences) cytometers.We evaluated the possible decrease of the labor intensive technical work using the fully automated AQUIOS CL system in the pre and post analytical steps in comparison with our routine flow cytometer FACS CANTO II, toward the reduction of laboratory analytical turnaround time (TAT)...
January 20, 2017: Cytometry. Part B, Clinical Cytometry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108248/a-new-efficient-method-of-generating-photoaffinity-beads-for-drug-target-identification
#3
Yoichi Nishiya, Tomoko Hamada, Masayuki Abe, Michio Takashima, Kyoko Tsutsumi, Katsuya Okawa
Affinity purification is one of the most prevalent methods for the target identification of small molecules. Preparation of an appropriate chemical for immobilization, however, is a tedious and time-consuming process. A decade ago, a photoreaction method for generating affinity beads was reported, where compounds are mixed with agarose beads carrying a photoreactive group (aryldiazirine) and then irradiated with ultraviolet light under dry conditions to form covalent attachment. Although the method has proven useful for identifying drug targets, the beads suffer from inefficient ligand incorporation and tend to shrink and aggregate, which can cause nonspecific binding and low reproducibility...
January 10, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107959/use-of-quantum-dot-beads-labeled-monoclonal-antibody-to-improve-the-sensitivity-of-a-quantitative-and-simultaneous-immunochromatographic-assay-for-neuron-specific-enolase-and-carcinoembryonic-antigen
#4
Kun Xiao, Kan Wang, Weijian Qin, Yafei Hou, Wenting Lu, Hao Xu, Yan Wo, Daxiang Cui
Detection of multiplex tumor markers was of great importance for cancer diagnosis. Immunochromatographic test strip (ICTS) was the most frequently-used point-of-care detection means. Herein, a convenient and fast method for simultaneous quantitative detection of neuron specific enolase (NSE) and carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) was developed based on ICTS using quantum dot beads (QBs) as marking material. Good monodispersity, high colloidal stability and carboxyl-modified (COOH-) QBs were used. For this method, two test lines were applied to the NC membrane for simultaneous analysis of CEA and NSE respectively...
March 1, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107756/photocatalytic-reduction-of-cs-i-ions-removed-by-combined-maghemite-titania-pva-alginate-beads-from-aqueous-solution
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Zohreh Majidnia, Mohamad Ali Fulazzaky
The presence of Cs(I) ions in nuclear wastewater becomes an important issue for the reason of its high toxicity. The development of adsorbent embedded metal-based catalysts that has sufficient adsorption capacity is expected for the removal of Cs(I) ions from contaminated water. This study tested the use of maghemite, titania and combined maghemite-titania polyvinyl alcohol (PVA)-alginate beads as an adsorbent to remove Cs(I) ions from aqueous solution with the variables of pH and initial concentration using batch experiments under sunlight...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106987/constructing-ultraporous-covalent-organic-frameworks-in-seconds-via-an-organic-terracotta-process
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Suvendu Karak, Sharath Kandambeth, Bishnu P Biswal, Himadri Sekhar Sasmal, Sushil Kumar, Pradip Pachfule, Rahul Banerjee
Research on covalent organic frameworks (COFs) has recently gathered significant momentum by the virtue of their predictive design, controllable porosity and long range ordering. However, the lack of solvent free and easy-to-perform synthesis processes appears to be the bottleneck towards their greener fabrication, thereby limiting their possible potential applications. To alleviate such shortcomings, we demonstrate a simple route towards the rapid synthesis of highly crystalline and ultraporous COFs in seconds using a novel salt-mediated crystallization approach...
January 20, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106345/blood-based-detection-of-ras-mutations-to-guide-anti-egfr-therapy-in-colorectal-cancer-patients-concordance-of-results-from-circulating-tumor-dna-and-tissue-based-ras-testing
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Wolff Schmiegel, Rodney J Scott, Susan Dooley, Wendy Lewis, Cliff J Meldrum, Peter Pockney, Brian Draganic, Steve Smith, Chelsee Hewitt, Hazel Philimore, Amanda Lucas, Elva Shi, Kateh Namdarian, Timmy Chan, Danilo Acosta, Su Ping-Chang, Andrea Tannapfel, Anke Reinacher-Schick, Waldemar Uhl, Christian Teschendorf, Heiner Wolters, Josef Stern, Richard Viebahn, Helmut Friess, Klaus-Peter Janssen, Ulrich Nitsche, Julia Slotta-Huspenina, Michael Pohl, Deepak Vangala, Alexander Baraniskin, Barbara Dockhorn-Dworniczak, Susanne Hegewisch-Becker, Philippe Ronga, Daniel L Edelstein, Frederick S Jones, Stephan Hahn, Stephen B Fox
An accurate blood-based RAS mutation assay to determine eligibility of metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC) patients for anti-EGFR therapy would benefit clinical practice by better informing decisions to administer treatment independent of tissue availability. The objective of this study was to determine the level of concordance between plasma and tissue RAS mutation status in patients with mCRC to gauge whether blood-based RAS mutation testing is a viable alternative to standard-of-care RAS tumor testing. RAS testing was performed on plasma samples from newly diagnosed metastatic patients, or from recurrent mCRC patients using the highly sensitive digital PCR technology, BEAMing (beads, emulsions, amplification, and magnetics), and compared with DNA sequencing data of respective FFPE (formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded) tumor samples...
November 16, 2016: Molecular Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106216/kinetics-of-polymer-collapse-effect-of-temperature-on-cluster-growth-and-aging
#8
Suman Majumder, Johannes Zierenberg, Wolfhard Janke
Using state of the art Monte Carlo simulations of a bead-spring model we investigate both the equilibrium and the nonequilibrium behavior of the homopolymer collapse. The equilibrium properties obtained via multicanonical sampling recover the well-known finite-size scaling behavior of collapse for our model polymer. For the nonequilibrium dynamics we study the collapse by quenching the homopolymer from an expanded coiled state into the globular phase. The sequence of events observed during the collapse is independent of the quench depth...
January 20, 2017: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106075/phosphatidylinositol-3-4-bisphosphate-regulates-neurite-initiation-and-dendrite-morphogenesis-via-actin-aggregation
#9
Shu-Xin Zhang, Li-Hui Duan, Shun-Ji He, Gui-Feng Zhuang, Xiang Yu
Neurite initiation is critical for neuronal morphogenesis and early neural circuit development. Recent studies showed that local actin aggregation underneath the cell membrane determined the site of neurite initiation. An immediately arising question is what signaling mechanism initiated actin aggregation. Here we demonstrate that local clustering of phosphatidylinositol 3,4-bisphosphate (PI(3,4)P2), a phospholipid with relatively few known signaling functions, is necessary and sufficient for aggregating actin and promoting neuritogenesis...
January 20, 2017: Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105607/tailoring-the-mesoscopic-tio2-layer-concomitant-parameters-for-enabling-high-performance-perovskite-solar-cells
#10
Taehyun Hwang, Sangheon Lee, Jinhyun Kim, Jaewon Kim, Chunjoong Kim, Byungha Shin, Byungwoo Park
Architectural control over the mesoporous TiO2 film, a common electron-transport layer for organic-inorganic hybrid perovskite solar cells, is conducted by employing sub-micron sized polystyrene beads as sacrificial template. Such tailored TiO2 layer is shown to induce asymmetric enhancement of light absorption notably in the long-wavelength region with red-shifted absorption onset of perovskite, leading to ~20% increase of photocurrent and ~10% increase of power conversion efficiency. This enhancement is likely to be originated from the enlarged CH3NH3PbI3(Cl) grains residing in the sub-micron pores rather than from the effect of reduced perovskite-TiO2 interfacial area, which is supported from optical bandgap change, haze transmission of incident light, and one-diode model parameters correlated with the internal surface area of microporous TiO2 layers...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105486/immobilization-of-alkaline-polygalacturonate-lyase-from-bacillus-subtilis-on-the-surface-of-bacterial-polyhydroxyalkanoate-nano-granules
#11
GanQiao Ran, Dan Tan, WeiEr Dai, XinLiang Zhu, JiPing Zhao, Qi Ma, XiaoYun Lu
Alkaline polygalacturonate lyase (PGL), one of the pectinolytic enzymes, has been widely used for the bioscouring of cotton fibers, biodegumming, and biopulp production. In our study, PGL from Bacillus subtilis was successfully immobilized on the surface of polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) nanogranules by fusing PGL to the N-terminal of PHA synthase from Ralstonia eutropha via a designed linker. The PGL-decorated PHA beads could be simply achieved by recombinant fermentation and consequent centrifugation. The fused PGL occupied 0...
January 20, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104718/boncat-enables-time-resolved-analysis-of-protein-synthesis-in-native-plant-tissue
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Weslee Glenn, Shannon E Stone, Samuel H Ho, Michael J Sweredoski, Annie Moradian, Sonja Hess, Julia Bailey-Serres, David A Tirrell
Proteomic plasticity undergirds stress responses in plants, and understanding such responses requires accurate measurement of the extent to which proteins levels are adjusted to counter external stimuli. Here, we adapt bioorthogonal non-canonical amino acid tagging (BONCAT) to interrogate protein synthesis in vegetative Arabidopsis thaliana seedlings. BONCAT relies on the translational incorporation of a non-canonical amino acid (ncAA) probe into cellular proteins. In this study, the probe is the methionine surrogate azidohomoalanine (Aha), which carries a reactive azide moiety in its amino acid side chain...
January 19, 2017: Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104390/progesterone-and-vip-cross-talk-enhances-phagocytosis-and-anti-inflammatory-profile-in-trophoblast-derived-cells
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Daiana Vota, Mariana Aguero, Esteban Grasso, Vanesa Hauk, Lucila Gallino, Elizabeth Soczewski, Claudia Pérez Leirós, Rosanna Ramhorst
Trophoblast cells produce several inmmuneregulators like the Vasoactive Intestinal Peptide (VIP) and P4 targeting multiple circuits, and also display an intese phagocytic ability allowing embryo implantation in a tolerogenic context. Here, we explored whether P4 and VIP- crosstalk modulates trophoblast cell function, focus on the phagocytic ability and the immune homeostasis maintenance. P4 enhanced the phagocytosis in trophoblast-derived cells quantified by the engulfment of latex-beads or eryptotic erythrocytes...
January 16, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103790/microrna-146a-rs2910164-is-associated-with-severe-preeclampsia-in-black-south-african-women-on-haart
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Niren Ray Maharaj, Prithiksha Ramkaran, Siddharthiya Pillay, Anil Amichund Chuturgoon
BACKGROUND: South African (SA) Black women have a high prevalence of preeclampsia and HIV, both conditions associated with increased inflammation. miR-146a is an inflammatory-associated miR and a common single nucleotide polymorphism (rs2910164) has been associated with several disease conditions. To date, this SNP has not been investigated in SA Black women. We therefore aimed to investigate the miR-146a G > C SNP in SA Blacks with preeclampsia, and further examine possible association among preeclamptic (PE) women with HIV infection on HAART...
January 19, 2017: BMC Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103516/molecularly-imprinted-polymers-for-sample-preparation-and-biosensing-in-food-analysis-progress-and-perspectives
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Jon Ashley, Mohammad-Ali Shahbazi, Krishna Kant, Vinayaka Aaydha Chidambara, Anders Wolff, Dang Duong Bang, Yi Sun
Molecularly imprinted polymers (MIPs) are biomimetics which can selectively bind to analytes of interest. One of the most interesting areas where MIPs have shown the biggest potential is food analysis. MIPs have found use as sorbents in sample preparation attributed to the high selectivity and high loading capacity. MIPs have been intensively employed in classical solid-phase extraction and solid-phase microextraction. More recently, MIPs have been combined with magnetic bead extraction, which greatly simplifies sample handling procedures...
January 11, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103316/alpha-melanocyte-stimulating-hormone-protects-against-cytokine-induced-barrier-damage-in-caco-2-intestinal-epithelial-monolayers
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Judit Váradi, András Harazin, Ferenc Fenyvesi, Katalin Réti-Nagy, Péter Gogolák, György Vámosi, Ildikó Bácskay, Pálma Fehér, Zoltán Ujhelyi, Gábor Vasvári, Eszter Róka, David Haines, Mária A Deli, Miklós Vecsernyés
Alpha-melanocyte-stimulating hormone (α-MSH) is a potent anti-inflammatory peptide with cytoprotective effect in various tissues. The present investigation demonstrates the ability of α-MSH to interact with intestinal epithelial cell monolayers and mitigate inflammatory processes of the epithelial barrier. The protective effect of α-MSH was studied on Caco-2 human intestinal epithelial monolayers, which were disrupted by exposure to tumor necrosis factor-α and interleukin-1β. The barrier integrity was assessed by measuring transepithelial electric resistance (TEER) and permeability for marker molecules...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103272/prevalence-and-determinants-of-oral-human-papillomavirus-infection-in-500-young-adults-from-italy
#17
Valentina Lupato, Dana Holzinger, Daniela Höfler, Anna Menegaldo, Paolo Giorgi Rossi, Annarosa Del Mistro, Maria Cristina Da Mosto, Michael Pawlita, Paolo Boscolo-Rizzo
Although the prevalence of human papillomavirus (HPV)-related oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma (OPSCC) is increasing in developed countries and becoming a relevant health issue, the natural history of oral HPV infection is still unclear. Estimating the infection's prevalence in specific populations and identifying risk factors can widen our understanding of its natural history and help to delineate appropriate prevention strategies. This study sought to (i) determine oral HPV prevalence and genotype distribution in a large series of young Italian adults, (ii) validate an oral rinse sampling/storage protocol, and (iii) pinpoint factors associated with oral HPV infection...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102038/edta-is-superior-to-dtt-treatment-for-overcoming-the-prozone-effect-in-hla-antibody-testing
#18
J Wang, J R Meade, N K Brown, J G Weidner, S R Marino
A limitation of solid-phase human leukocyte antigen (HLA) antibody assays is the falsely low/negative result of samples with high-titer antibodies, a phenomenon known as the prozone effect. Here we compared the efficacy of ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA) and dithiothreitol (DTT) treatment of serum samples in overcoming the prozone effect. A total of 21 serum samples were treated with either EDTA or DTT before HLA single antigen bead assay. The efficacy of prozone effect reversal, compared with untreated samples, was examined on fourfold, serially diluted samples, from neat to 1:256, using PBS as diluent...
February 2017: HLA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099874/igm-lgg-and-il-6-profiles-in-the-trypanosoma-brucei-brucei-monkey-model-of-human-african-trypanosomiasis
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Maxwell W Waema, Naomi W Maina, Maina Ngotho, Simon M Karanja, Beatrice M Gachie, Dawn N Maranga, John M Kagira
Human African trypanosomiasis (HAT) patients manifest immunological profiles, whose variations over time can be used to indicate disease progression. However, monitoring of these biomarkers in human patients is beset by several limitations which can be offset by using chronic animal models. A recent improved monkey model of HAT using a Trypanosoma brucei brucei isolate has been developed but the immunological profile has not been elucidated. The objectives of the current study was to determine the IgM, IgG and IL-6 profiles in blood and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) in vervet monkeys infected with T...
January 15, 2017: Acta Tropica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099425/genetic-ablation-of-bach1-gene-enhances-recovery-from-hyperoxic-lung-injury-in-newborn-mice-via-transient-upregulation-of-inflammatory-genes
#20
Masato Ito, Nobuhiko Nagano, Yukio Arai, Ryo Ogawa, Shingo Kobayashi, Yukiko Motojima, Hayato Go, Masanori Tamura, Kazuhiko Igarashi, Phyllis A Dennery, Fumihiko Namba
BACKGROUND: BTB and CNC homology 1 (Bach1) is a transcriptional repressor of heme oxygenase (HO)-1. The effects of Bach1 disruption on hyperoxic lung injury in newborn mice have not been determined. We aimed to investigate the role of Bach1 in the newborns exposed to hyperoxia. METHODS: Bach1(-/-) and WT newborn mice were exposed to 21% or 95% oxygen for 4 days and were then allowed to recover in room air. Lung histology was assessed and lung Bach1, HO-1, IL-6, and monocyte chemoattractant protein (MCP)-1 mRNA levels were evaluated using RT-PCR...
January 18, 2017: Pediatric Research
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