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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813013/recent-advances-in-electrospun-nanofiber-interfaces-for-biosensing-devices
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REVIEW
Eleni Sapountzi, Mohamed Braiek, Jean-François Chateaux, Nicole Jaffrezic-Renault, Florence Lagarde
Electrospinning has emerged as a very powerful method combining efficiency, versatility and low cost to elaborate scalable ordered and complex nanofibrous assemblies from a rich variety of polymers. Electrospun nanofibers have demonstrated high potential for a wide spectrum of applications, including drug delivery, tissue engineering, energy conversion and storage, or physical and chemical sensors. The number of works related to biosensing devices integrating electrospun nanofibers has also increased substantially over the last decade...
August 16, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812893/%C3%AE-sulfinyl-benzoates-as-precursors-to-li-and-mg-carbenoids-for-the-stereoselective-iterative-homologation-of-boronic-esters
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Giorgia Casoni, Murat Kucukdisli, James M Fordham, Matthew Burns, Eddie L Myers, Varinder K Aggarwal
The stereoselective reagent-controlled homologation of boronic esters is one of a small number of iteratable synthetic transformations that if automated could form the basis of a veritable molecule-making machine. Recently, α-stannyl triisopropylbenzoates and α-sulfinyl chlorides have emerged as useful building blocks for the iterative homologation of boronic esters. However, α-stannyl benzoates need to be prepared using stoichiometric amounts of the (+)- or (-)-enantiomer of the scarcely available and expensive diamine sparteine; also, these building blocks, together with the byproducts that are generated during homologation, are perceived as being toxic...
August 16, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812394/the-use-of-sustained-low-efficiency-dialysis-sled-in-massive-paracetamol-overdose
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Anselm Wong, Roger L K Tong, Liam Ryan, Tim Crozier, Andis Graudins
CONTEXT: Massive paracetamol ingestion causing mitochondrial dysfunction is uncommon. Use of sustained low-efficiency dialysis (SLED) to improve acidaemia and enhance paracetamol elimination has not been previously described. CASE DETAILS: A 44-year-old male presented to the emergency department 2.5 hours post overdose of 200 g (2.5 g/kg) of paracetamol. Examination revealed a BP 85/60 mmHg, pulse 112 bpm, temperature 33.9 °C and blood glucose of 13...
August 16, 2017: Clinical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811970/trial-watch-dendritic-cell-based-anticancer-immunotherapy
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REVIEW
Abhishek D Garg, Monica Vara Perez, Marco Schaaf, Patrizia Agostinis, Laurence Zitvogel, Guido Kroemer, Lorenzo Galluzzi
Dendritic cell (DC)-based vaccines against cancer have been extensively developed over the past two decades. Typically DC-based cancer immunotherapy entails loading patient-derived DCs with an appropriate source of tumor-associated antigens (TAAs) and efficient DC stimulation through a so-called "maturation cocktail" (typically a combination of pro-inflammatory cytokines and Toll-like receptor agonists), followed by DC reintroduction into patients. DC vaccines have been documented to (re)activate tumor-specific T cells in both preclinical and clinical settings...
2017: Oncoimmunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810931/a-comprehensive-regional-clinical-and-educational-ecpr-protocol-decreases-time-to-ecmo-in-patients-with-refractory-out-of-hospital-cardiac-arrest
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Brian Grunau, Sarah Carrier, Jamil Bashir, William Dick, Luke Harris, Robert Boone, Dan Kalla, Frank Scheuermeyer, Brian Twaites, Ron Straight, James Abel, Ken McDonald, Ruth MacRedmond, David Agulnik, Joe Finkler, Jeanne MacLeod, Jim Christenson, Anson Cheung
OBJECTIVE: Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation within CPR (ECPR) may improve survival for refractory out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA). We developed a prehospital, emergency department (ED), and hospital-based clinical and educational protocol to improve the key variable of time-to-ECPR (TTE). METHODS: In a single urban health region we involved key prehospital, clinical, and administrative stakeholders over a 2-year period, to develop a regional ECPR program with destination to a single urban tertiary care hospital...
August 16, 2017: CJEM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810739/a-hexa-rhodium-metallopeptide-catalyst-for-site-specific-functionalization-of-natural-antibodies
#6
Jun Ohata, Zachary T Ball
Preparation of antibody-drug conjugates (ADCs), an emerging class of targeted biological hybrid agents, necessitates precise control of conjugation reactivity. Antibodies have complex multi-stranded architectures, and specific modification of natu-ral antibodies has proven quite challenging. Here, we demonstrate that cooperative activity of a multi-metallic metallopeptide enables efficient site-specific antibody functionalization, based on molecular recognition of the constant Fc region. This interplay of multiple metal centers enables introduction of an orthogonal alkyne handle into monoclonal or polyclonal antibodies from different species...
August 16, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810713/co-opted-megasatellite-dna-drives-evolution-of-secondary-night-vision-in-azara-s-owl-monkey
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Akihiko Koga, Hideyuki Tanabe, Yuriko Hirai, Hiroo Imai, Masanori Imamura, Takao Oishi, Roscoe Stanyon, Hirohisa Hirai
Owl monkeys (genus Aotus) are the only taxon in simian primates that consists of nocturnal or otherwise cathemeral species. Their night vision is superior to that of other monkeys, apes, and humans but not as good as that of typical nocturnal mammals. This incomplete night vision has been used to conclude that these monkeys only secondarily adapted to a nocturnal lifestyle, or to their cathemeral lifestyle that involves high night-time activity. It is known that the rod cells of many nocturnal mammals possess a unique nuclear architecture in which heterochromatin is centrally located...
July 1, 2017: Genome Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810659/hyaluronic-acid-conjugation-facilitates-clearance-of-intracellular-bacterial-infections-by-streptomycin-with-neglectable-nephrotoxicity
#8
Yuanhao Qiu, Yilin Hou, Feifei Sun, Peng Chen, Dongdong Wang, Haibo Mu, Xiaoli Zhang, Kan Ding, Jinyou Duan
Antibiotics such as β-lactams and aminoglycosides are often subtherapeutic to intracellular infections due to their high hydrophilicity, resulting in low effectiveness against intracellular pathogens and the emergence of antibiotic resistance. Here we reported that an endogenous aminoglycan, hyaluronic acid could be an effective carbohydrate carrier of the aminoglycoside antibiotic, streptomycin against intracellular pathogens. This conjugation could enhance phagocytic activity, and facilitated the entry of streptomycin into host cells via a CD44-mediated pathway...
September 1, 2017: Glycobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810228/evolution-of-molecular-weight-and-fluorescence-of-effluent-organic-matter-efom-during-oxidation-processes-revealed-by-advanced-spectrographic-and-chromatographic-tools
#9
Zhiqiang Chen, Mo Li, Qinxue Wen, Nanqi Ren
Effluent organic matter (EfOM) is an emerging concern to receiving aquatic environment due to its refractory property. The degradation of EfOM in ozonation and other two advanced oxidation processes (AOPs), UV/H2O2 and UV/persulfate (PS), was investigated in this study. Fluorescence spectra coupled with parallel factor analysis (PARAFAC) and two-dimensional correlation gel permeation chromatography (2D-GPC) were used to track the evolution of EfOM during each oxidation process. Results showed that the degradation of EfOM indicated by dissolved organic carbon (DOC), UV254 and fluorescence components, fitted well with pseudo-first-order kinetic model during the oxidation processes...
August 4, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810146/swarm-intelligence-enhanced-detection-of-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-using-tumor-educated-platelets
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Myron G Best, Nik Sol, Sjors G J G In 't Veld, Adrienne Vancura, Mirte Muller, Anna-Larissa N Niemeijer, Aniko V Fejes, Lee-Ann Tjon Kon Fat, Anna E Huis In 't Veld, Cyra Leurs, Tessa Y Le Large, Laura L Meijer, Irsan E Kooi, François Rustenburg, Pepijn Schellen, Heleen Verschueren, Edward Post, Laurine E Wedekind, Jillian Bracht, Michelle Esenkbrink, Leon Wils, Francesca Favaro, Jilian D Schoonhoven, Jihane Tannous, Hanne Meijers-Heijboer, Geert Kazemier, Elisa Giovannetti, Jaap C Reijneveld, Sander Idema, Joep Killestein, Michal Heger, Saskia C de Jager, Rolf T Urbanus, Imo E Hoefer, Gerard Pasterkamp, Christine Mannhalter, Jose Gomez-Arroyo, Harm-Jan Bogaard, David P Noske, W Peter Vandertop, Daan van den Broek, Bauke Ylstra, R Jonas A Nilsson, Pieter Wesseling, Niki Karachaliou, Rafael Rosell, Elizabeth Lee-Lewandrowski, Kent B Lewandrowski, Bakhos A Tannous, Adrianus J de Langen, Egbert F Smit, Michel M van den Heuvel, Thomas Wurdinger
Blood-based liquid biopsies, including tumor-educated blood platelets (TEPs), have emerged as promising biomarker sources for non-invasive detection of cancer. Here we demonstrate that particle-swarm optimization (PSO)-enhanced algorithms enable efficient selection of RNA biomarker panels from platelet RNA-sequencing libraries (n = 779). This resulted in accurate TEP-based detection of early- and late-stage non-small-cell lung cancer (n = 518 late-stage validation cohort, accuracy, 88%; AUC, 0.94; 95% CI, 0...
August 14, 2017: Cancer Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810078/discovery-of-key-physicochemical-structural-and-spatial-properties-of-rna-targeted-bioactive-ligands
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Brittany S Morgan, Jordan E Forte, Rebecca N Culver, Yuqi Zhang, Amanda E Hargrove
While myriad non-coding RNAs are known to be essential in cellular processes and misregulated in diseases, the development of RNA-targeted small molecule probes has met with limited success. To elucidate guiding principles for selective small molecule:RNA recognition, we analyzed cheminformatic and shape-based descriptors for 104 RNA-targeted ligands with demonstrated biological activity (RNA-targeted BIoactive ligaNd Database, RBIND). We then compared R-BIND to both FDA-approved small molecule drugs and RNA ligands without reported bioactivity...
August 15, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809957/social-adaptation-in-multi-agent-model-of-linguistic-categorization-is-affected-by-network-information-flow
#12
Julian Zubek, Michał Denkiewicz, Juliusz Barański, Przemysław Wróblewski, Joanna Rączaszek-Leonardi, Dariusz Plewczynski
This paper explores how information flow properties of a network affect the formation of categories shared between individuals, who are communicating through that network. Our work is based on the established multi-agent model of the emergence of linguistic categories grounded in external environment. We study how network information propagation efficiency and the direction of information flow affect categorization by performing simulations with idealized network topologies optimizing certain network centrality measures...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809818/synthesis-of-5-galnac-conjugated-oligonucleotides-a-comparison-of-solid-and-solution-phase-conjugation-strategies
#13
Isaiah Cedillo, Dana Chreng, Elyse Engle, Lijian Chen, Andrew K McPherson, Andrew A Rodriguez
Antisense oligonucleotides (ASOs) conjugated to triantennary N-acetyl galactosamine (GalNAc) ligands represent an emerging approach to antisense therapy. Our current generation of GalNAc-ASO conjugates link the GalNAc to the 5'-terminus of the ASO. The conjugation reaction can be accomplished using solution-phase or solid-phase techniques. Here we show a direct comparison of a solution-phase and a solid-phase conjugation strategy. The solution-phase approach, using amine-pentafluorophenyl (PFP) ester coupling, is higher yielding and gives material of slightly higher purity, but requires several additional unit operations and longer production time...
August 15, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809049/evolution-of-mnc-and-lymphocyte-collection-settings-employing-different-spectra-optia-%C3%A2-leukapheresis-systems
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M Punzel, A Kozlova, A Quade, A H Schmidt, R Smith
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: The Spectra Optia(®) continuous mononuclear cell (CMNC apheresis) system has emerged as the preferred device in peripheral blood stem cell collections over the original two-step Spectra Optia(®) mononuclear cell (MNC apheresis) system. Until now, no comparative data were available for non-stimulated MNC collections that are required for immunotherapy. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We compared collection parameters and product composition for Spectra Optia MNC- as well as CMNC-apheresis systems in non-stimulated MNC collections from 35 registry donors intended for donor lymphocyte infusions...
August 14, 2017: Vox Sanguinis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808129/gene-duplication-in-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-improves-growth-on-adenosine
#15
Jean-Paul Toussaint, Anna Farrell-Sherman, Tamar Perla Feldman, Nicole E Smalley, Amy L Schaefer, E Peter Greenberg, Ajai A Dandekar
The laboratory strain of Pseudomonas aeruginosa, PAO1, activates genes for catabolism of adenosine using quorum sensing (QS). However, this strain is not well-adapted for growth on adenosine, with doubling times greater than 40 h. We previously showed that when PAO1 is grown on adenosine and casein, variants emerge that grow rapidly on adenosine. To understand the mechanism by which this adaptation occurs, we performed whole-genome sequencing of five isolates evolved for rapid growth on adenosine. All five genomes had a gene duplication-amplification (GDA) event covering several genes, including the quorum-regulated nucleoside hydrolase, nuh, and an adenine deaminase encoded by PA0148...
August 14, 2017: Journal of Bacteriology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808128/conjugative-plasmid-transfer-in-xylella-fastidiosa-is-dependent-on-tra-and-trb-operon-functions
#16
Lindsey P Burbank, Christopher R Van Horn
The insect-transmitted plant pathogen Xylella fastidiosa is capable of efficient horizontal gene transfer (HGT) and recombination. Natural transformation occurs at high rates in X. fastidiosa, but there also is evidence that certain strains of X. fastidiosa carry native plasmids equipped with transfer and mobilization genes, suggesting conjugation as an additional mechanism of HGT in some instances. Two operons, tra and trb, putatively encoding a conjugative Type IV secretion system are found in some but not all X...
August 14, 2017: Journal of Bacteriology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808106/quantifying-the-efficiency-of-photoprotection
#17
REVIEW
Alexander V Ruban
A novel emerging technology for the assessment of the photoprotective 'power' of non-photochemical fluorescence quenching (NPQ) has been reviewed and its insightful outcomes are explained using several examples. The principles of the method are described in detail as well as the work undertaken for its justification. This pulse amplitude modulated chlorophyll fluorescence approach has been applied for the past 5 years to quantify the photoprotective effectiveness of the NPQ and the light tolerance in Arabidopsis plants grown under various light conditions, during ontogenetic development as well as in a range of mutants impaired in carotenoid and protein biosynthesis...
September 26, 2017: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807916/inhibition-of-calcineurin-or-impdh-exerts-moderate-to-potent-antiviral-activity-against-norovirus-replication
#18
Wen Dang, Yuebang Yin, Yijin Wang, Wenshi Wang, Junhong Su, Dave Sprengers, Luc J W van der Laan, Krzysztof Felczak, Krzysztof W Pankiewicz, Kyeong-Ok Chang, Marion P G Koopmans, Herold J Metselaar, Maikel P Peppelenbosch, Qiuwei Pan
Norovirus is a major cause of acute gastroenteritis worldwide and has emerged as an important issue of chronic infection in transplantation patients. Since no approved antiviral is available, we evaluated the effects of different immunosuppressants and ribavirin on norovirus and explored their mechanism-of-actions by using a human norovirus (HuNV) replicon-harboring model and a surrogate murine norovirus (MNV) infectious model. Roles of corresponding drug targets were investigated by gain- or loss-of-function approaches...
August 14, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806683/asymmetric-polyplex-nanocapsules-loaded-with-photosentisizer-for-light-assisted-gene-transfer
#19
Xuemin Lu, Li Liu
Inefficient intracellular gene delivery is still a limitation for the clinical translation of gene therapy. Recently, photochemical internalization (PCI) has emerged with the opportunity to overcome endo-lysosomal sequestration in gene delivery, which utilizes photosensitizer (PS) plus light generating reactive oxygen species (ROS) at sub-lethal level to facilitate intracellularly targeted drug delivery. In this work, asymmetric polyplex-nanocapsules were prepared based on the triblock copolymers of PEG-PCL-PEI by using the simple solvent-injection method...
August 7, 2017: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806517/from-non-luminescent-cs4pbx6-x-cl-br-i-nanocrystals-to-highly-luminescent-cspbx3-nanocrystals-water-triggered-transformation-through-a-csx-stripping-mechanism
#20
Linzhong Wu, Huicheng Hu, Yong Xu, Shu Jiang, Min Chen, Qixuan Zhong, Di Yang, Qipeng Liu, Yun Zhao, Baoquan Sun, Qiao Zhang, Yadong Yin
We report a novel CsX-stripping mechanism which enables efficient chemical transformation of non-luminescent Cs4PbX6 (X = Cl, Br, I) nanocrystals (NCs) to highly luminescent CsPbX3 NCs. During the transformation, Cs4PbX6 NCs dispersed in a nonpolar solvent are converted into CsPbX3 NCs by stripping CsX through an interfacial reaction with water in a different phase. This process takes advantage of the high solubility of CsX in water as well as the ionic nature and high ion diffusion property of Cs4PbX6 NCs, and produces monodisperse and air-stable CsPbX3 NCs with controllable halide composition, tunable emission wavelength covering the full visible range, narrow emission width, and high photoluminescent quantum yield (up to 75%)...
August 14, 2017: Nano Letters
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