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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821762/multi-tissue-interactions-in-an-integrated-three-tissue-organ-on-a-chip-platform
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Aleksander Skardal, Sean V Murphy, Mahesh Devarasetty, Ivy Mead, Hyun-Wook Kang, Young-Joon Seol, Yu Shrike Zhang, Su-Ryon Shin, Liang Zhao, Julio Aleman, Adam R Hall, Thomas D Shupe, Andre Kleensang, Mehmet R Dokmeci, Sang Jin Lee, John D Jackson, James J Yoo, Thomas Hartung, Ali Khademhosseini, Shay Soker, Colin E Bishop, Anthony Atala
Many drugs have progressed through preclinical and clinical trials and have been available - for years in some cases - before being recalled by the FDA for unanticipated toxicity in humans. One reason for such poor translation from drug candidate to successful use is a lack of model systems that accurately recapitulate normal tissue function of human organs and their response to drug compounds. Moreover, tissues in the body do not exist in isolation, but reside in a highly integrated and dynamically interactive environment, in which actions in one tissue can affect other downstream tissues...
August 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820490/the-potentiodynamic-bottom-up-growth-of-the-tin-oxide-nanostructured-layer-for-gas-analytical-multisensor-array-chips
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Fedor S Fedorov, Dmitry Podgainov, Alexey Varezhnikov, Andrey Lashkov, Michail Gorshenkov, Igor Burmistrov, Martin Sommer, Victor Sysoev
We report a deposition of the tin oxide/hydroxide nanostructured layer by the potentiodynamic method from acidic nitrate solutions directly over the substrate, equipped with multiple strip electrodes which is employed as a gas-analytical multisensor array chip. The electrochemical synthesis is set to favor the growth of the tin oxide/hydroxide phase, while the appearance of metallic Sn is suppressed by cycling. The as-synthesized tin oxide/hydroxide layer is characterized by mesoporous morphology with grains, 250-300 nm diameter, which are further crystallized into fine SnO₂ poly-nanocrystals following heating to 300 °C for 24 h just on the chip...
August 18, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819269/characteristic-assessment-of-diesel-degrading-bacteria-immobilized-on-natural-organic-carriers-in-marine-environment-the-degradation-activity-and-nutrient
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Jianliang Xue, Yanan Wu, Zhixiu Liu, Menglu Li, Xiyu Sun, Huajun Wang, Bing Liu
Oil spill has led to severe environmental and ecological problems. Due to the harsh environmental conditions, the bioremediation technology is not successfully used to remedy the oil spill in marine environment. In this study, immobilization technology was used to immobilize bacteria on natural organic carriers (i.e., wood chips and maize straw). The higher surface area of in wood chips leads to larger biomass density (0.0242 gVSS/g) than that of maize straw of 0.0097 gVSS/g carrier. Compared with biodegradation efficiency of free bacteria (44...
August 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819205/fast-wide-volume-functional-imaging-of-engineered-in-vitro-brain-tissues
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G Palazzolo, M Moroni, A Soloperto, G Aletti, G Naldi, M Vassalli, T Nieus, F Difato
The need for in vitro models that mimic the human brain to replace animal testing and allow high-throughput screening has driven scientists to develop new tools that reproduce tissue-like features on a chip. Three-dimensional (3D) in vitro cultures are emerging as an unmatched platform that preserves the complexity of cell-to-cell connections within a tissue, improves cell survival, and boosts neuronal differentiation. In this context, new and flexible imaging approaches are required to monitor the functional states of 3D networks...
August 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811479/membrane-free-culture-and-real-time-barrier-integrity-assessment-of-perfused-intestinal-epithelium-tubes
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Sebastiaan J Trietsch, Elena Naumovska, Dorota Kurek, Meily C Setyawati, Marianne K Vormann, Karlijn J Wilschut, Henriëtte L Lanz, Arnaud Nicolas, Chee Ping Ng, Jos Joore, Stefan Kustermann, Adrian Roth, Thomas Hankemeier, Annie Moisan, Paul Vulto
In vitro models that better reflect in vivo epithelial barrier (patho-)physiology are urgently required to predict adverse drug effects. Here we introduce extracellular matrix-supported intestinal tubules in perfused microfluidic devices, exhibiting tissue polarization and transporter expression. Forty leak-tight tubules are cultured in parallel on a single plate and their response to pharmacological stimuli is recorded over 125 h using automated imaging techniques. A study comprising 357 gut tubes is performed, of which 93% are leak tight before exposure...
August 15, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810232/microfluidic-dielectrophoresis-device-for-trapping-counting-and-detecting-shewanella-oneidensis-at-the-cell-level
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Xiangyu Chen, Zhiting Liang, Daobo Li, Ying Xiong, Penghui Xiong, Yong Guan, Shuangyue Hou, Yue Hu, Shan Chen, Gang Liu, Yangchao Tian
Shewanella oneidensis, a model organism for electrochemical activity bacteria, has been widely studied at the biofilm level. However, to obtain more information regarding this species, it is essential to develop an approach to trap and detect S. oneidensis at the cell level. In this study, we report a rapid and label-free microfluidic platform for trapping, counting and detecting S. oneidensis cells. A microfluidic chip was integrated with a modified dielectrophoresis (DEP) trapping technique and hole arrays of different hole sizes...
August 8, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809012/comparative-genomics-as-a-foundation-for-evo-devo-studies-in-birds
#7
Phil Grayson, Simon Y W Sin, Timothy B Sackton, Scott V Edwards
Developmental genomics is a rapidly growing field, and high-quality genomes are a useful foundation for comparative developmental studies. A high-quality genome forms an essential reference onto which the data from numerous assays and experiments, including ChIP-seq, ATAC-seq, and RNA-seq, can be mapped. A genome also streamlines and simplifies the development of primers used to amplify putative regulatory regions for enhancer screens, cDNA probes for in situ hybridization, microRNAs (miRNAs) or short hairpin RNAs (shRNA) for RNA interference (RNAi) knockdowns, mRNAs for misexpression studies, and even guide RNAs (gRNAs) for CRISPR knockouts...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806521/determination-of-caspase-3-activity-and-its-inhibition-constant-by-combination-of-fluorescence-correlation-spectroscopy-with-a-microwell-chip
#8
Di Su, Xiaocai Hu, Chaoqing Dong, Jicun Ren
Caspase-3 is a key enzyme executing apoptosis during ontogenesis and homeostasis of multicellular organisms, and is a very important and potential drug target in treatment of apoptosis disturbance. So far, no commercial drugs for caspase-3 are available, and it is urgently necessitated to develop an effective method for caspase-3 activity assay and its inhibitor screening. In this paper, we propose a new method for determination of caspase-3 activity and its inhibition constant by combining single molecule fluorescence correlation spectroscopy (FCS) with a microwell chip...
August 14, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805976/ethics-of-animal-research-in-human-disease-remediation-its-institutional-teaching-and-alternatives-to-animal-experimentation
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REVIEW
Rajkumar Cheluvappa, Paul Scowen, Rajaraman Eri
Animals have been used in research and teaching for a long time. However, clear ethical guidelines and pertinent legislation were instated only in the past few decades, even in developed countries with Judeo-Christian ethical roots. We compactly cover the basics of animal research ethics, ethical reviewing and compliance guidelines for animal experimentation across the developed world, "our" fundamentals of institutional animal research ethics teaching, and emerging alternatives to animal research. This treatise was meticulously constructed for scientists interested/involved in animal research...
August 2017: Pharmacology Research & Perspectives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805361/medicare-program-hospital-inpatient-prospective-payment-systems-for-acute-care-hospitals-and-the-long-term-care-hospital-prospective-payment-system-and-policy-changes-and-fiscal-year-2018-rates-quality-reporting-requirements-for-specific-providers-medicare
#10
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We are revising the Medicare hospital inpatient prospective payment systems (IPPS) for operating and capital-related costs of acute care hospitals to implement changes arising from our continuing experience with these systems for FY 2018. Some of these changes implement certain statutory provisions contained in the Pathway for Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) Reform Act of 2013, the Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation Act of 2014, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015, the 21st Century Cures Act, and other legislation...
August 14, 2017: Federal Register
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800376/fetal-bovine-serum-fbs-past-present-future
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Jan van der Valk, Karen Bieback, Christiane Buta, Brett Cochrane, Wilhelm G Dirks, Jianan Fu, James J Hickman, Christiane Hohensee, Roman Kolar, Manfred Liebsch, Francesca Pistollato, Markus Schulz, Daniel Thieme, Tilo Weber, Joachim Wiest, Stefan Winkler, Gerhard Gstraunthaler
The supplementation of culture medium with fetal bovine serum (FBS, also referred to as 'fetal calf serum') is still common practice in cell culture applications. Due to a number of disadvantages in terms of quality and reproducibility of in vitro data, animal welfare concerns, and in light of recent cases of fraudulent marketing, the search for alternatives and the development of serum-free medium formulations gained global attention. Here, we report on the 3rd Workshop on FBS, Serum Alternatives and Serum-free Media, where (a) regulatory aspects, (b) the serum dilemma, (c) alternatives to FBS, (d) case-studies of serum-free in vitro applications, and (e) the establishment of serum-free databases, were discussed...
August 9, 2017: ALTEX
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798667/the-foxp2-driven-network-in-developmental-disorders-and-neurodegeneration
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Franz Oswald, Patricia Klöble, André Ruland, David Rosenkranz, Bastian Hinz, Falk Butter, Sanja Ramljak, Ulrich Zechner, Holger Herlyn
The transcription repressor FOXP2 is a crucial player in nervous system evolution and development of humans and songbirds. In order to provide an additional insight into its functional role we compared target gene expression levels between human neuroblastoma cells (SH-SY5Y) stably overexpressing FOXP2 cDNA of either humans or the common chimpanzee, Rhesus monkey, and marmoset, respectively. RNA-seq led to identification of 27 genes with differential regulation under the control of human FOXP2, which were previously reported to have FOXP2-driven and/or songbird song-related expression regulation...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797648/overview-of-transcriptomic-analysis-of-all-human-proteases-non-proteolytic-homologs-and-inhibitors-organ-tissue-and-ovarian-cancer-cell-line-expression-profiling-of-the-human-protease-degradome-by-the-clip-chip%C3%A2-dna-microarray
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REVIEW
Reinhild Kappelhoff, Xose S Puente, Claire H Wilson, Arun Seth, Carlos Lopez-Otin, Christopher M Overall
The protease degradome is defined as the complete repertoire of proteases and inhibitors, and their nonfunctional homologs present in a cell, tissues or organism at any given time. We review the tissue distribution of virtually the entire degradome in 23 different human tissues and 6 ovarian cancer cell lines. To do so, we developed the CLIP-CHIP™, a custom microarray based on a 70-mer oligonucleotide platform, to specifically profile the transcripts of the entire repertoire of 473 active human proteases, 156 protease inhibitors and 92 non-proteolytically active homologs known at the design date using one specific oligonucleotide per transcript...
August 7, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28795174/tissue-chips-innovative-tools-for-drug-development-and-disease-modeling
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REVIEW
L A Low, D A Tagle
The high rate of failure during drug development is well-known, however recent advances in tissue engineering and microfabrication have contributed to the development of microphysiological systems (MPS), or 'organs-on-chips' that recapitulate the function of human organs. These 'tissue chips' could be utilized for drug screening and safety testing to potentially transform the early stages of the drug development process. They can also be used to model disease states, providing new tools for the understanding of disease mechanisms and pathologies, and assessing effectiveness of new therapies...
August 10, 2017: Lab on a Chip
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28795092/-data-characterizing-microfabricated-human-blood-vessels-created-via-hydrodynamic-focusing
#15
Kyle A DiVito, Michael A Daniele, Steven A Roberts, Frances S Ligler, André A Adams
This data article provides further detailed information related to our research article titled "Microfabricated Blood Vessels Undergo Neovascularization" (DiVito et al., 2017) [1], in which we report fabrication of human blood vessels using hydrodynamic focusing (HDF). Hydrodynamic focusing with advection inducing chevrons were used in concert to encase one fluid stream within another, shaping the inner core fluid into 'bullseye-like" cross-sections that were preserved through click photochemistry producing streams of cellularized hollow 3-dimensional assemblies, such as human blood vessels (Daniele et al...
October 2017: Data in Brief
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794935/label-free-direct-electrical-detection-of-a-histidine-rich-protein-with-sub-femtomolar-sensitivity-using-an-organic-field-effect-transistor
#16
Tsukuru Minamiki, Yui Sasaki, Shizuo Tokito, Tsuyoshi Minami
The front cover artwork is provided by the group of Dr. Tsuyoshi Minami at the Institute of Industrial Science, the University of Tokyo (Japan). Easy-to-use sensing systems for on-site biomarker testing have been researched numerously, because conventional approaches for biomarker detection (e.g. enzyme linked-immunosorbent assays, etc.) are too complicated. In that regard, organic filed-effect transistors (OFETs) are some of the most promising platforms for construction of on-site testing systems. As OFETs can be easily fabricated on flexible substrates using wet processes, these are not only valuable transducers for chemo-/biosensors, but also the prospective device for rollable displays and low-cost radio frequency identification tags...
August 2017: ChemistryOpen
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28791351/altered-gene-expression-profile-in-a-rat-model-of-gentamicin-induced-ototoxicity-and-nephrotoxicity-and-the-potential-role-of-upregulated-ifi44-expression
#17
Jun-Gen Hu, Yu Fu, Jian-Ju Xu, Xian-Ping Ding, Hui-Qi Xie, Jesse Li-Ling
As demonstrated by Alport syndrome, the co‑occurrence of auditory and urinary system malformations, and gentamicin-induced ototoxicity and nephrotoxicity, the ears and kidneys potentially share certain molecular pathways. In the present study, microarray chips were used to analyze the changes in the gene expression profile using a rat model of gentamicin‑induced ototoxicity and nephrotoxicity, using rat liver tissue as a control. A number of genes were identified to exhibit similar expression changes in the rat ears and kidney tissues, among which microtubule‑associated protein 44 (Ifi44), was selected for further analysis to validate its expression changes and confirm potential involvement in the inflammation process in the disease model...
August 2, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28783776/odorous-volatile-organic-compounds-escherichia-coli-and-nutrient-concentrations-when-kiln-dried-pine-chips-and-corn-stover-bedding-are-used-in-beef-bedded-manure-packs
#18
Mindy J Spiehs, Elaine D Berry, James E Wells, David B Parker, Tami M Brown-Brandl
Pine ( spp.) bedding has been shown to lower the concentration of odorous volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and pathogenic bacteria compared with corn ( L.) stover bedding, but availability and cost limit the use of pine bedding in cattle confinement facilities. The objectives of this study were to determine if the addition of pine wood chips to laboratory-scaled bedded packs containing corn stover (i) reduced odorous VOC emissions; (ii) reduced total ; and (iii) changed the nutrient composition of the resulting manure-bedded packs...
July 2017: Journal of Environmental Quality
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28782042/polycomb-repressive-complex-1-modifies-transcription-of-active-genes
#19
Michelle Pherson, Ziva Misulovin, Maria Gause, Kathie Mihindukulasuriya, Amanda Swain, Dale Dorsett
This study examines the role of Polycomb repressive complex 1 (PRC1) at active genes. The PRC1 and PRC2 complexes are crucial for epigenetic silencing during development of an organism. They are recruited to Polycomb response elements (PREs) and establish silenced domains over several kilobases. Recent studies show that PRC1 is also directly recruited to active genes by the cohesin complex. Cohesin participates broadly in control of gene transcription, but it is unknown whether cohesin-recruited PRC1 also plays a role in transcriptional control of active genes...
August 2017: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28774030/additive-manufacturing-of-biomedical-constructs-with-biomimetic-structural-organizations
#20
REVIEW
Xiao Li, Jiankang He, Weijie Zhang, Nan Jiang, Dichen Li
Additive manufacturing (AM), sometimes called three-dimensional (3D) printing, has attracted a lot of research interest and is presenting unprecedented opportunities in biomedical fields, because this technology enables the fabrication of biomedical constructs with great freedom and in high precision. An important strategy in AM of biomedical constructs is to mimic the structural organizations of natural biological organisms. This can be done by directly depositing cells and biomaterials, depositing biomaterial structures before seeding cells, or fabricating molds before casting biomaterials and cells...
November 9, 2016: Materials
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