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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324611/automated-analysis-of-intracellular-dynamic-processes
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Yao Yao, Ihor Smal, Ilya Grigoriev, Maud Martin, Anna Akhmanova, Erik Meijering
The study of intracellular dynamic processes is of fundamental importance for understanding a wide variety of diseases and developing effective drugs and therapies. Advanced fluorescence microscopy imaging systems nowadays allow the recording of virtually any type of process in space and time with super-resolved detail and with high sensitivity and specificity. The large volume and high information content of the resulting image data, and the desire to obtain objective, quantitative descriptions and biophysical models of the processes of interest, require a high level of automation in data analysis...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323641/metal-artifacts-in-computed-tomography-for-radiation-therapy-planning-dosimetric-effects-and-impact-of-metal-artifact-reduction
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Drosoula Giantsoudi, Bruno De Man, Joost Verburg, Alexei Trofimov, Yannan Jin, Ge Wang, Lars Gjesteby, Harald Paganetti
A significant and increasing number of patients receiving radiation therapy present with metal objects close to, or even within, the treatment area, resulting in artifacts in computed tomography (CT) imaging, which is the most commonly used imaging method for treatment planning in radiation therapy. In the presence of metal implants, such as dental fillings in treatment of head-and-neck tumors, spinal stabilization implants in spinal or paraspinal treatment or hip replacements in prostate cancer treatments, the extreme photon absorption by the metal object leads to prominent image artifacts...
March 21, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319833/aortic-calcified-particles-modulate-valvular-endothelial-and-interstitial-cells
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Nicole C A van Engeland, Sergio Bertazzo, Padmini Sarathchandra, Ann McCormack, Carlijn V C Bouten, Magdi H Yacoub, Adrian H Chester, Najma Latif
BACKGROUND: Normal and calcified human valve cusps, coronary arteries, and aortae harbor spherical calcium phosphate microparticles of identical composition and crystallinity, and their role remains unknown. OBJECTIVE: The objective was to examine the direct effects of isolated calcified particles on human valvular cells. METHOD AND RESULTS: Calcified particles were isolated from healthy and diseased aortae, characterized, quantitated, and applied to valvular endothelial cells (VECs) and interstitial cells (VICs)...
March 3, 2017: Cardiovascular Pathology: the Official Journal of the Society for Cardiovascular Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315379/magnetic-nanoparticles-for-efficient-cell-transduction-with-semliki-forest-virus
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Baiba Kurena, Aleksandra Vežāne, Dace Skrastiņa, Olga Trofimova, Anna Zajakina
Semliki Forest virus (SFV) is a potential cancer gene therapy vector capable of providing high and transient expression of heterologous proteins in mammalian cells. However, SFV has shown suboptimal transduction levels in several cancer cell types as well as wide biodistribution of SFV has been observed after in vivo applications. Magnetic nanoparticles (MNPs) have been shown to increase cell transduction with several viral vectors in vitro under an external magnetic field and enhance magnetically guided viral vector delivery...
March 14, 2017: Journal of Virological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314363/raman-and-luminescent-spectra-of-sulfonated-zn-phthalocyanine-enhanced-by-gold-nanoparticles
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V Kavelin, O Fesenko, H Dubyna, C Vidal, T A Klar, C Hrelescu, L Dolgov
Sulfonated Zn phthalocyanine, as a prospective photosensitizer in the photodynamic therapy of tumors, is investigated by means of Raman, infrared, and fluorescence spectroscopies. Conventional and surface-enhanced spectra from this photosensitizer are obtained and compared. Gold nano-islands attached to silica cores (Au-SiO2) are proposed as nanostructures providing plasmonically enhanced signals. Pronounced enhancement of Raman and infrared spectral bands from sulfonated Zn phthalocyanine allows their more convenient assignment with vibrational modes of sulfonated Zn phthalocyanine...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314126/purification-of-foamy-viral-particles
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Ralf Spannaus, Christina Miller, Dirk Lindemann, Jochen Bodem
Foamy viruses are non-pathogenic retroviruses and represent a tool for vector development. For gene therapy applications and for analyses of viral protein composition infectious particles need to be purified, which has been difficult for foamy viruses in the past. Here, we describe a novel, simple, and fast purification method for prototype foamy viruses with high purity using size exclusion and affinity chromatography. More than 99,9% of the contaminating proteins were removed. The purified viruses were used to determine the amount of the incorporated Pol protein relative to Gag...
March 14, 2017: Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28304060/bio-inspired-hybrid-nanoparticles-promote-vascularized-bone-regeneration-in-a-morphology-dependent-manner
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Gaojie Yang, Haoming Liu, Xixi Hu, Zetao Chen, Thor E Friis, Jianglin Wang, Yin Xiao, Shengmin Zhang
Current major obstacles for translating the nanoparticle (NP) morphology-related function into therapeutic purposes come from the challenges in understanding the mechanisms that determine cell lineage commitment and constructing a NP-based 3D functional structure, and few studies have successfully demonstrated clear evidence of regulating in vivo tissue regeneration by NP morphology so far. Here, we show that nanoparticle geometry can be harnessed to mediate bone regeneration in a rat cranial defect model. We successfully synthesized hydroxyapatite NPs with well-defined morphologies using a modified liquid-solution-solid (LSS) method...
March 17, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303522/nanotechnology-for-the-treatment-of-melanoma-skin-cancer
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REVIEW
Lucas B Naves, Chetna Dhand, Jayarama Reddy Venugopal, Lakshminarayanan Rajamani, Seeram Ramakrishna, Luis Almeida
Melanoma is the most aggressive type of skin cancer and has very high rates of mortality. An early stage melanoma can be surgically removed, with a survival rate of 99%. This literature review intends to elucidate the possibilities to treat melanoma skin cancer using hybrid nanofibers developed by advanced electrospinning process. In this review we have shown that the enhanced permeability and retention is the basis for using nanotechnology, aiming topical drug delivery. The importance of the detection of skin cancer in the early stages is directly related to non-metastatic effects and survival rates of melanoma cells...
March 16, 2017: Progress in biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302921/deciphering-the-acute-cellular-phosphoproteome-response-to-irradiation-with-x-rays-protons-and-carbon-ions
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Martin Winter, Ivana Dokic, Julian Schlegel, Uwe Warnken, Jürgen Debus, Amir Abdollahi, Martina Schnölzer
Radiotherapy is a cornerstone of cancer therapy. The recently established particle therapy with raster-scanning protons and carbon ions landmarks a new era in the field of high-precision cancer medicine. However, molecular mechanisms governing radiation induced intracellular signaling remain elusive. Here, we present the first comprehensive proteomic and phosphoproteomic study applying stable isotope labeling by amino acids in cell culture (SILAC) in combination with high-resolution mass spectrometry to decipher cellular response to irradiation with X-rays, protons and carbon ions...
March 16, 2017: Molecular & Cellular Proteomics: MCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300659/milk-derived-exosomes-for-oral-delivery-of-paclitaxel
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Ashish K Agrawal, Farrukh Aqil, Jeyaprakash Jeyabalan, Wendy A Spencer, Joshua Beck, Beth W Gachuki, Sara S Alhakeem, Karine Oben, Radha Munagala, Subbarao Bondada, Ramesh C Gupta
In this report milk-derived exosomes have been investigated for oral delivery of the chemotherapeutic drug paclitaxel (PAC) as an alternative to conventional i.v. therapy for improved efficacy and reduced toxicity. PAC-loaded exosomes (ExoPAC) were found to have a particle size of ~108nm, a narrow particle size distribution (PDI ~0.190), zeta potential (~ -7mV) and a practical loading efficiency of ~8%. Exosomes and ExoPAC exhibited excellent stability in the presence of simulated-gastrointestinal fluids, and during the storage at -80°C...
March 11, 2017: Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology, and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300376/moving-gpu-opencl-based-monte-carlo-dose-calculation-toward-clinical-use-automatic-beam-commissioning-and-source-sampling-for-treatment-plan-dose-calculation
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Zhen Tian, Yongbao Li, Nima Hassan-Rezaeian, Steve B Jiang, Xun Jia
We have previously developed a GPU-based Monte Carlo (MC) dose engine on the OpenCL platform, named goMC, with a built-in analytical linear accelerator (linac) beam model. In this paper, we report our recent improvement on goMC to move it toward clinical use. First, we have adapted a previously developed automatic beam commissioning approach to our beam model. The commissioning was conducted through an optimization process, minimizing the discrepancies between calculated dose and measurement. We successfully commissioned six beam models built for Varian TrueBeam linac photon beams, including four beams of different energies (6 MV, 10 MV, 15 MV, and 18 MV) and two flattening-filter-free (FFF) beams of 6 MV and 10 MV...
March 2017: Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299759/optimizing-the-benefit-of-cns-radiation-therapy-in-the-pediatric-population-part-2-novel-methods-of-radiation-delivery
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REVIEW
Lindsay S Rowe, Andra V Krauze, Holly Ning, Kevin A Camphausen, Aradhana Kaushal
Newer approaches in the field of radiation therapy have raised the bar in the treatment of central nervous system (CNS) malignancies, with recognized advances that have aimed to increase the therapeutic index by improving conformality of the radiation dose to the planned target volume. Beyond these advances, the continued evolution of more effective systems for delivery of radiation to the CNS may offer further benefit not only to adults but also to pediatric patients, a cohort of the population that may be more sensitive to the long-term effects of radiation...
March 15, 2017: Oncology (Williston Park, NY)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299722/a-versatile-method-for-the-preparation-of-particle-loaded-microbubbles-for-multimodality-imaging-and-targeted-drug-delivery
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Joshua Owen, Calum Crake, Jeong Yu Lee, Dario Carugo, Estelle Beguin, Alexandre A Khrapitchev, Richard J Browning, Nicola Sibson, Eleanor Stride
Microbubbles are currently in clinical use as ultrasound contrast agents and under active investigation as mediators of ultrasound therapy. To improve the theranostic potential of microbubbles, nanoparticles can be attached to the bubble shell for imaging, targeting and/or enhancement of acoustic response. Existing methods for fabricating particle-loaded bubbles, however, require the use of polymers, oil layers or chemical reactions for particle incorporation; embed/attach the particles that can reduce echogenicity; impair biocompatibility; and/or involve multiple processing steps...
March 15, 2017: Drug Delivery and Translational Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298955/the-apolipoprotein-l1-gene-and-cardiovascular-disease
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Todd W Robinson, Barry I Freedman
Relative to those with European ancestry, African Americans have an excess incidence of nondiabetic chronic kidney disease predominantly due to two coding renal-risk variants in the apolipoprotein L1 gene (APOL1). This APOL1-kidney disease association is independent of systemic hypertension or blood pressure. Recent reports describe extra-renal effects of the APOL1 G1 and G2 renal-risk variants on cardiovascular disease (CVD), subclinical atherosclerosis, lipoprotein particle concentrations, and survival. However, results have been less consistent than those seen in kidney disease, and the observed APOL1 associations with CVD vary from risk to protective...
October 2016: Methodist DeBakey Cardiovascular Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298928/biological-characteristics-of-fluorescent-superparamagnetic-iron-oxide-labeled-human-dental-pulp-stem-cells
#15
Liang Ma, Ming-Wei Li, Yu Bai, Hui-Hui Guo, Sheng-Chao Wang, Qing Yu
Tracking transplanted stem cells is necessary to clarify cellular properties and improve transplantation success. In this study, we investigate the effects of fluorescent superparamagnetic iron oxide particles (SPIO) (Molday ION Rhodamine-B™, MIRB) on biological properties of human dental pulp stem cells (hDPSCs) and monitor hDPSCs in vitro and in vivo using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Morphological analysis showed that intracellular MIRB particles were distributed in the cytoplasm surrounding the nuclei of hDPSCs...
2017: Stem Cells International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298600/dengue-virus-ns2b-ns3-protease-inhibitors-exploiting-the-prime-side
#16
Kuan-Hung Lin, Akbar Ali, Linah Rusere, Djade I Soumana, Nese Kurt Yilmaz, Celia A Schiffer
The mosquito-transmitted dengue virus (DENV) infects millions of people in tropical and sub-tropical regions. Maturation of DENV particles requires proper cleavage of the viral polyprotein, including processing 8 of the 13 substrate cleavage sites by dengue NS2B-S3 protease. With no available direct-acting antiviral targeting DENV, NS2-S3 protease is a promising target for inhibitor design. Current design efforts focus on the nonprime side of the DENV protease active site, resulting in highly hydrophilic and nonspecific scaffolds...
March 15, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298296/fabrication-of-synthetic-mesenchymal-stem-cells-for-the-treatment-of-acute-myocardial-infarction-in-mice
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Lan Luo, Junnan Tang, Kodai Nishi, Chen Yan, Phuong-Uyen Dinh, Jhon Cores, Takashi Kudo, Jinying Zhang, Tao-Sheng Li, Ke Cheng
Rationale: Stem cell therapy faces a number of challenges. It is difficult to grow, preserve, and transport stem cells before they are administered to the patient. Synthetic analogs for stem cells represent a new approach to overcome these hurdles and hold the potential to revolutionize regenerative medicine. Objective: We aim to fabricate synthetic analogs of stem cells and test their therapeutic potential for treatment of acute myocardial infarction in mice. Methods and Results: We packaged secreted factors from human bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells (MSC) into Poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) PLGA microparticles and then coated them with MSC membranes...
March 15, 2017: Circulation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298268/effects-of-dietary-flavonoids-on-reverse-cholesterol-transport-hdl-metabolism-and-hdl-function
#18
REVIEW
Courtney L Millar, Quinn Duclos, Christopher N Blesso
Strong experimental evidence confirms that HDL directly alleviates atherosclerosis. HDL particles display diverse atheroprotective functions in reverse cholesterol transport (RCT), antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and antiapoptotic processes. In certain inflammatory disease states, however, HDL particles may become dysfunctional and proatherogenic. Flavonoids show the potential to improve HDL function through their well-documented effects on cellular antioxidant status and inflammation. The aim of this review is to summarize the basic science and clinical research examining the effects of dietary flavonoids on RCT and HDL function...
March 2017: Advances in Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28297991/solvent-free-molecular-level-modeling-of-self-assembling-amphiphiles-in-water
#19
Somajit Dey, Jayashree Saha
Aggregation mesophases of self-assembling amphiphiles in water are highly important in the context of biology (biomembranes), therapy (liposomes), industry (polymer surfactants), and condensed-matter physics (lyotropic liquid crystals). Besides helping to increase fundamental understanding of collective molecular behavior, simulations of these lyotropic phases are pivotal to technological and medical developments such as smart drug carriers for gene therapy. Implicit-solvent, coarse-grained, low resolution modeling with a simple pair potential is the key to realizing the larger length and time scales associated with such mesoscopic phenomena during a computer simulation...
February 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28297449/mri-quantification-of-pancreas-motion-as-a-function-of-patient-setup-for-particle-therapy-a-preliminary-study
#20
Giulia Fontana, Marco Riboldi, Chiara Gianoli, Cezarina I Chirvase, Gaetano Villa, Chiara Paganelli, Paul E Summers, Barbara Tagaste, Andrea Pella, Piero Fossati, Mario Ciocca, Guido Baroni, Francesca Valvo, Roberto Orecchia
Particle therapy (PT) has shown positive therapeutic results in local control of locally advanced pancreatic lesions. PT effectiveness is highly influenced by target localization accuracy both in space, since the pancreas is located in proximity to radiosensitive vital organs, and in time as it is subject to substantial breathing-related motion. The purpose of this preliminary study was to quantify pancreas range of motion under typical PT treatment conditions. Three common immobilization devices (vacuum cushion, thermoplastic mask, and compressor belt) were evaluated on five male patients in prone and supine positions...
September 2016: Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics
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