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P Martijn den Reijer, Mehri Tavakol, Nicole Lemmens-den Toom, Dikra Allouch, Sheila Thomas, Vannakambadi K Ganesh, Ya-Ping Ko, Henri A Verbrugh, Willem J B van Wamel
The fibronectin-binding protein A (FnBPA) is a cell surface-associated protein of Staphylococcus aureus which mediates adherence to the host extracellular matrix and is important for bacterial virulence. Previously, substantial sequence diversity was found among strains in the fibrinogen-binding A domain of this protein, and 7 different isotypes were described. The effect of this sequence diversity on the human antibody response, in terms of both antibody production and antibody function, remains unclear. In this study, we identify five different FnBPA A domain isotypes based on the sequence results of 22 clinical S...
March 2018: MSphere
Sarath Chandra Veerla, Da Reum Kim, Sung Yun Yang
Background: Controlled drug delivery system is highly important for not only prolonged the efficacy of drug but also cellular development for tissue engineering. A number of biopolymer composites and nanostructured carriers behave been used for the controlled drug delivery of therapeutics. Recently, in vitro microfluidic devices that mimic the human body have been developed for drug-delivery applications. Methods: A microfluidic channel was fabricated via a two-step process: (i) polydimethyl siloxane (PDMS) and curing agent were poured with a 10:2 mass ratio onto an acrylic mold with two steel pipes, and (ii) calcium alginate beads were synthesized using sodium alginate and calcium chloride solutions...
2018: Biomaterials Research
David S Hewings, Johanna Heideker, Taylur P Ma, Andrew P AhYoung, Farid El Oualid, Alessia Amore, Gregory T Costakes, Daniel Kirchhofer, Bradley Brasher, Thomas Pillow, Nataliya Popovych, Till Maurer, Carsten Schwerdtfeger, William F Forrest, Kebing Yu, John Flygare, Matthew Bogyo, Ingrid E Wertz
Activity-based probes (ABPs) are widely used to monitor the activity of enzyme families in biological systems. Inferring enzyme activity from probe reactivity requires that the probe reacts with the enzyme at its active site; however, probe-labeling sites are rarely verified. Here we present an enhanced chemoproteomic approach to evaluate the activity and probe reactivity of deubiquitinase enzymes, using bioorthogonally tagged ABPs and a sequential on-bead digestion protocol to enhance the identification of probe-labeling sites...
March 21, 2018: Nature Communications
I K Ragan, A S Davis, D S McVey, J A Richt, R R Rowland, W C Wilson
Rift Valley Fever virus (RVFV) is a mosquito-borne zoonotic virus that infects ruminants including cattle, sheep, goats, camels and buffalo. Multiplexing diagnostic assays that can simultaneously detect antibodies against multiple RVFV antigens offer a high throughput test for disease surveillance and vaccine evaluations. We describe the improvement and evaluation of a previously developed fluorescence microsphere immunoassay (FMIA) for the detection of IgG and IgM antibodies against the RVFV glycoproteins (Gn) and the immunogenic nucleocapsid protein (Np)...
March 21, 2018: Journal of Clinical Microbiology
Z H Lin, H Liu, L Zhu, X Yang, Y P Zhang, J Qian, H Y Liu
Objective: To explore the effects and possible mechanism of rapamycin (RAPA) on apoptosis of CD4+ CD25+ Tregs from the mouse severe aplastic anemia (SAA) model. Methods: The BALB/c female SAA model mice were induced by interferon-gamma in combination with busulphan. The SAA model mice were intraperitoneal injection with RAPA at daily dose of 0.5 mg/kg for 5 days (the RAPA-treated group, n =15) in the SAA group ( n =15) and the un-treated group ( n =15) were control. Bone marrow hematopoiesis changes were observed by the patho-morphological examination of femurs...
March 14, 2018: Zhonghua Xue Ye Xue za Zhi, Zhonghua Xueyexue Zazhi
G H Chen, H W Huang, Y Wang, H W Liu, L J Xu, X Ma, S L Xue, X F He, Y Wang, B Gu, C X Li, H Y Qiu, X W Tang, Z M Jin, M Miao, A N Sun, D P Wu
Objective: To study the specific killing effect of CD4 membrane protein targeted chimeric antigen receptor modified T (CAR-T) cell. Methods: The second generation CD4 targeted chimeric antigen receptor containing 4-1BB costimulation domain was insert into lentiviral vector through recombinant DNA technology. Lentivirus was prepared and packaged by 293T cells with four plasmids. Beads activated T cells were transduced with lentivirus and the transduction efficiency was checked with Protein L and flow cytometry...
February 14, 2018: Zhonghua Xue Ye Xue za Zhi, Zhonghua Xueyexue Zazhi
Svetlana Ferreira Lima, Marcela Lucas de Souza Bicalho, Rodrigo Carvalho Bicalho
Amplicon sequencing technique has been increasingly applied to the clinical setting as a sensitive diagnostic tool. Therefore, it is of great importance to develop a DNA extraction method that accurate isolates DNA from complex host-associated microbiota. Given the multifactorial etiology of clinical mastitis and the diversified lifestyle of bacterial species harboring in milk, here four distinct milk sample fractions: raw whole milk, milk fat, casein-pellet, and casein-pellet + fat from healthy cows and cows with clinical mastitis, were subjected to bead-beating DNA extraction, followed by high-throughput sequencing...
2018: PloS One
Juliana M Schöntag, Alcione A Alves, Luis G Romero Esquivel, Maurício L Sens
Population growth requires more food production and as a consequence, there is the indiscriminate use of agrochemicals, among them major group are carbamates. At times, runoff of pesticides leads to surface water pollution that serves as a source of public supply. Thus, the presence of these microcontaminants in surface water has become increasingly frequent. The treatment developed in this work uses the principle of adsorption as a technology for the removal of carbamates, more specifically carbofuran. Two methods of coating the polystyrene beads with iron oxide were used to adsorb these microcontaminants from the water...
March 21, 2018: Environmental Technology
Sicheng Tang, Yang Zhang, Pravat Dhakal, Laura Ravelo, Cheyenne L Anderson, Kevin M Collins, Françisco M Raymo
A photochemical strategy to encode fluorescence signals in vivo with spatial control was designed around the unique properties of a photoactivatable borondipyrromethene (BODIPY). The photoinduced disconnection of two oxazines, flanking a single BODIPY, in two consecutive steps produces a mixture of three emissive molecules with resolved fluorescence inside polymer beads. The relative amounts and emission intensities of the three fluorophores can be regulated precisely in each bead by adjusting the dose of activating photons to mark individual particles with distinct codes of fluorescence signals...
March 21, 2018: Journal of the American Chemical Society
Tomas Lorant, Mats Bengtsson, Torsten Eich, Britt-Marie Eriksson, Lena Winstedt, Sofia Järnum, Yvonne Stenberg, Anna-Karin Robertson, Kristina Mosén, Lars Björck, Lars Bäckman, Erik Larsson, Kathryn Wood, Gunnar Tufveson, Christian Kjellman
Safety, immunogenicity, pharmacokinetics and efficacy of the immunoglobulin G-degrading enzyme of Streptococcus pyogenes (IdeS, Imlifidase) was assessed in a single centre, open label ascending dose study in highly sensitised chronic kidney disease patients. Eight patients with cytotoxic panel-reactive antibodies (median cytotoxic PRA of 64%) at enrolment received 1 or 2 intravenous infusions of IdeS on consecutive days (0.12 mg/kg body weight x2 (n=3); 0.25 mg/kg x1 (n=3) or 0.25 mg/kg x2 (n=2)). IgG degradation was observed in all subjects after IdeS treatment, with <1% plasma IgG remaining within 48 hours and remaining low up to 7 days...
March 21, 2018: American Journal of Transplantation
Beatrice Heim, Marie-Theres Pertl, Ambra Stefani, Anna Heidbreder, Laura Zamarian, Elisabeth Brandauer, Bruno Averbeck, Margarete Delazer, Klaus Seppi, Birgit Högl, Werner Poewe, Atbin Djamshidian
Objectives: The objective of this study was to investigate perceptual decision-making and reflection impulsivity in drug naïve patients with restless legs syndrome (RLS) and patients with dopaminergic therapy. Methods: A total of 35 RLS patients (20 who were drug naïve regarding dopaminergic medication and 15 patients treated with dopaminergic therapy without augmentation or impulse control disorders) were included in this study. We used the Beads task and the Pixel task which assess reflection impulsivity and perceptual decision-making, respectively...
March 2018: Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology
Yue Zhang, Liying Zhang, Qi Zhang, Xitong Zhang, Tong Zhang, Bing Wang
Background: Brucea javanica oil (BJO), a traditional Chinese herbal medicine, has a variety of pharmacological activities and several BJO-related patent drugs have been widely used in China. Purpose: The objective of this study was to evaluate the gastric therapeutic effects of self-made BJO and its pharmaceutical potential to formulate novel BJO gastroretentive floating bead by comparing with commercial products. Methods: BJO was extracted from the seeds of B...
2018: Drug Design, Development and Therapy
Albert G Remacle, Swathi K Hullugundi, Jennifer Dolkas, Mila Angert, Andrei V Chernov, Alex Y Strongin, Veronica I Shubayev
BACKGROUND: In the peripheral nerve, pro-inflammatory matrix metalloproteinase (MMP)-9 performs essential functions in the acute response to injury. Whether MMP-9 activity contributes to late-phase injury or whether MMP-9 expression or activity after nerve injury is sexually dimorphic remains unknown. METHODS: Patterns of MMP-9 expression, activity and excretion were assessed in a model of painful peripheral neuropathy, sciatic nerve chronic constriction injury (CCI), in female and male rats...
March 20, 2018: Journal of Neuroinflammation
Christine F Markwalter, Lauren E Gibson, Lwiindi Mudenda, Danielle W Kimmel, Saidon Mbambara, Philip E Thuma, David W Wright
A rapid, on-bead ELISA for Plasmodium lactate dehydrogenase ( p LDH) and Plasmodium falciparum histidine-rich protein 2 (HRP2) was adapted for use with dried blood spot (DBS) samples. This assay detected both biomarkers from a single DBS sample with only 45 minutes of total incubation time and detection limits of 600 ± 500 pM ( p LDH) and 69 ± 30 pM (HRP2), corresponding to 150 and 24 parasites/μL, respectively. This sensitive and reproducible on-bead detection method was used to quantify p LDH and HRP2 in patient DBS samples from rural Zambia collected at multiple time points after treatment...
March 19, 2018: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
Qinqin Huang, Fu-Bing Wang, Chun-Hui Yuan, Zhaobo He, Lang Rao, Bo Cai, Bolei Chen, Susu Jiang, Zhiqiang Li, Jincao Chen, Wei Liu, Feng Guo, Zheng Ao, Shi Chen, Xing-Zhong Zhao
Background: Circulating tumor cells (CTCs) are a burgeoning topic in cancer biomarker discovery research with minimal invasive blood draws. CTCs can be used as potential biomarkers for disease prognosis, early cancer diagnosis and pharmacodynamics. However, the extremely low abundance of CTCs limits their clinical utility because of technical challenges such as the isolation and subsequent detailed molecular and functional characterization of rare CTCs from patient blood samples. Methods: In this study, we present a novel density gradient centrifugation method employing biodegradable gelatin nanoparticles coated on silicon beads for the isolation, release, and downstream analysis of CTCs from colorectal and breast cancer patients...
2018: Theranostics
Jingjiang Pi, Jie Liu, Tao Zhuang, Lin Zhang, Huimin Sun, Xiaoli Chen, Qian Zhao, Yashu Kuang, Sheng Peng, Xiaohui Zhou, Zuoren Yu, Ting Tao, Brian Tomlinson, Paul Chan, Ying Tian, Huimin Fan, Zhongmin Liu, Xiangjian Zheng, Edward Morrisey, Yuzhen Zhang
Rationale: Angiogenesis is critical for embryonic development and microRNAs fine-tune this process, but the underlying mechanisms remain incompletely understood. Methods: Endothelial cell (EC) specific miR302-367 line was used as gain-of-function and anti-miRs as loss-of-function models to investigate the effects of miR302-367 on developmental angiogenesis with embryonic hindbrain vasculature as an in vivo model and fibrin gel beads and tube formation assay as in vitro models. Cell migration was evaluated by Boyden chamber and scratch wound healing assay and cell proliferation by cell count, MTT assay, Ki67 immunostaining and PI cell cycle analysis...
2018: Theranostics
Salvatore Risitano, Luigi Sabatini, Francesco Atzori, Alessandro Massè, Pier Francesco Indelli
Periprosthetic joint infection (PJI) is a serious complication in total knee arthroplasty (TKA) and represents one of the most common causes of revision. The challenge for surgeons treating an infected TKA is to quickly obtain an infection-free joint in order to re-implant, when possible, a new TKA. Recent literature confirms the role of local antibiotic-loaded beads as a strong bactericidal, allowing higher antibiotic elution when compared with antibiotic loaded spacers only. Unfortunately, classical Polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) beads might allow bacteria adhesion, secondary development of antibiotic resistance and eventually surgical removal once antibiotics have eluted...
June 2018: Journal of Orthopaedics
Moon Hyung Choi, Ga Eun Park, Soon Nam Oh, Michael Yong Park, Sung Eun Rha, Young Joon Lee, Seung Eun Jung, Joon-Il Choi
RATIONALE AND OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the reproducibility of Modified Response Evaluation Criteria in Solid Tumors (mRECIST) for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) after transarterial chemoembolization (TACE) using multiphasic computed tomography. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The institutional review board approved this retrospective study. We evaluated 97 patients who underwent TACE (60 conventional TACE [cTACE] and 37 drug-eluting bead TACE [DEB-TACE]) for HCC from 2010 to 2014...
March 16, 2018: Academic Radiology
Xue-Juan Bai, Hong-Min Li, You-Rong Yang, Jun-Xian Zhang, Yan Liang, Xue-Qiong Wu
Relapse of pulmonary tuberculosis (PTB) is associated with a failure of the host immune system to control the invading Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Severe immunodeficiency or immune disorders may be the main reason for TB recurrence. This study aimed to quantify serum inflammatory cytokine and soluble adhesion molecule levels in Re-treated smear-positive PTB patients before and after re-anti-TB drug therapy. Serum samples were collected from 30 healthy controls and 215 Treated active PTB patients at baseline and 2, 4, and 6 months post-re-treatment...
March 16, 2018: Cytokine
Mathew Boban, Kevin Golovin, Brian Tobelmann, Omkar Gupte, Joseph M Mabry, Anish Tuteja
The utility of omniphobic surfaces stems from their ability to repel a multitude of liquids, possessing a broad range of surface tensions and polarities, by causing them to bead up and either roll or slide off. These surfaces may be self-cleaning, corrosion-resistant, heat-transfer enhancing, stain-resistant or resistant to mineral- or bio-fouling. The majority of reported omniphobic surfaces use texture, lubricants, and/or grafted monolayers to engender these repellent properties. Unfortunately, these approaches often produce surfaces with deficiencies in long-term stability, durability, scalability, or applicability to a wide range of substrates...
March 19, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
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