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Erika Jensen-Jarolim, Isabella Pali-Schöll, Franziska Roth-Walter
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Animal models published within the past 18 months on asthma, food allergy and anaphylaxis, all conditions of rising public health concern, were reviewed. RECENT FINDINGS: While domestic animals spontaneously develop asthma, food allergy and anaphylaxis, in animal models, divergent sensitization and challenge routes, dosages, intervals and antigens are used to induce asthmatic, food allergic or anaphylactic phenotypes. This must be considered in the interpretation of results...
March 24, 2017: Current Opinion in Allergy and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345623/liposomes-loaded-with-bioactive-lipids-enhance-antibacterial-innate-immunity-irrespective-of-drug-resistance
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Noemi Poerio, Francesca Bugli, Francesco Taus, Marilina B Santucci, Carlo Rodolfo, Francesco Cecconi, Riccardo Torelli, Francesco Varone, Riccardo Inchingolo, Fabio Majo, Vincenzina Lucidi, Sabrina Mariotti, Roberto Nisini, Maurizio Sanguinetti, Maurizio Fraziano
Phagocytosis is a key mechanism of innate immunity, and promotion of phagosome maturation may represent a therapeutic target to enhance antibacterial host response. Phagosome maturation is favored by the timely and coordinated intervention of lipids and may be altered in infections. Here we used apoptotic body-like liposomes (ABL) to selectively deliver bioactive lipids to innate cells, and then tested their function in models of pathogen-inhibited and host-impaired phagosome maturation. Stimulation of macrophages with ABLs carrying phosphatidic acid (PA), phosphatidylinositol 3-phosphate (PI3P) or PI5P increased intracellular killing of BCG, by inducing phagosome acidification and ROS generation...
March 27, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345045/bend-stretch-and-touch-locating-a-finger-on-an-actively-deformed-transparent-sensor-array
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Mirza Saquib Sarwar, Yuta Dobashi, Claire Preston, Justin K M Wyss, Shahriar Mirabbasi, John David Wyndham Madden
The development of bendable, stretchable, and transparent touch sensors is an emerging technological goal in a variety of fields, including electronic skin, wearables, and flexible handheld devices. Although transparent tactile sensors based on metal mesh, carbon nanotubes, and silver nanowires demonstrate operation in bent configurations, we present a technology that extends the operation modes to the sensing of finger proximity including light touch during active bending and even stretching. This is accomplished using stretchable and ionically conductive hydrogel electrodes, which project electric field above the sensor to couple with and sense a finger...
March 2017: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345025/optimization-of-a-neural-stem-cell-mediated-carboxylesterase-irinotecan-gene-therapy-for-metastatic-neuroblastoma
#4
Margarita Gutova, Leanne Goldstein, Marianne Metz, Anahit Hovsepyan, Lyudmila G Tsurkan, Revathiswari Tirughana, Lusine Tsaturyan, Alexander J Annala, Timothy W Synold, Zesheng Wan, Robert Seeger, Clarke Anderson, Rex A Moats, Philip M Potter, Karen S Aboody
Despite improved survival for children with newly diagnosed neuroblastoma (NB), recurrent disease is a significant problem, with treatment options limited by anti-tumor efficacy, patient drug tolerance, and cumulative toxicity. We previously demonstrated that neural stem cells (NSCs) expressing a modified rabbit carboxylesterase (rCE) can distribute to metastatic NB tumor foci in multiple organs in mice and convert the prodrug irinotecan (CPT-11) to the 1,000-fold more toxic topoisomerase-1 inhibitor SN-38, resulting in significant therapeutic efficacy...
March 17, 2017: Molecular Therapy Oncolytics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345017/proof-of-concept-demonstration-of-optimal-composite-mri-endpoints-for-clinical-trials
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Steven D Edland, M Colin Ard, Jaiashre Sridhar, Derin Cobia, Adam Martersteck, M Marsel Mesulam, Emily J Rogalski
BACKGROUND: Atrophy measures derived from structural MRI are promising outcome measures for early phase clinical trials, especially for rare diseases such as primary progressive aphasia (PPA), where the small available subject pool limits our ability to perform meaningfully powered trials with traditional cognitive and functional outcome measures. METHODS: We investigated a composite atrophy index in 26 PPA participants with longitudinal MRIs separated by two years...
September 2016: Alzheimer's & Dementia: Translational Research & Clinical Interventions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344030/antibacterial-activity-of-medicinal-plants-from-the-physicians-of-myddvai-a-13-th-century-welsh-medical-manuscript
#6
Charles Wagner, Jillian De Gezelle, Maureen Robertson, Keith Robertson, Mickey Wilson, Slavko Komarnytsky
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Antimicrobial drug resistance is a growing threat to global public health. Historical records and herbal texts relating to traditional Celtic medicine indicate an extensive pharmacopeia of plants for treating infections likely caused by microbes. However, a major barrier for successful integration of these remedies into mainstream practice is the current lack of accurate interpretation and scientific validation. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We applied Mobile Discovery approach to the Isle of Arran, Scotland, for in situ targeted screening of 83 out of 138 plants identified in Meddygion Myddvai (a 13(th) century Welsh manuscript) to treat conditions related to microbial infections, and an additional 18 plants from modern ethnobotanical knowledge on the island...
March 24, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343295/identification-of-sphingosine-1-phosphate-receptor-subtype-1-s1p1-as-a-pathogenic-factor-in-transient-focal-cerebral-ischemia
#7
Bhakta Prasad Gaire, Chi-Ho Lee, Arjun Sapkota, Sang Yeul Lee, Jerold Chun, Hee Jun Cho, Tae-Gyu Nam, Ji Woong Choi
Medically relevant roles of receptor-mediated sphingosine 1-phosphate (S1P) signaling have become a successful or promising target for multiple sclerosis or cerebral ischemia. Animal-based proof-of-concept validation for the latter is particularly through the neuroprotective efficacy of FTY720, a non-selective S1P receptor modulator, presumably via activation of S1P1. In spite of a clear link between S1P signaling and cerebral ischemia, it remains unknown whether the role of S1P1 is pathogenic or neuroprotective...
March 25, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342214/real-time-fmri-neurofeedback-in-adolescents-with-attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder
#8
Analucia A Alegria, Melanie Wulff, Helen Brinson, Gareth J Barker, Luke J Norman, Daniel Brandeis, Daniel Stahl, Anthony S David, Eric Taylor, Vincent Giampietro, Katya Rubia
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is associated with poor self-control, underpinned by inferior fronto-striatal deficits. Real-time functional magnetic resonance neurofeedback (rtfMRI-NF) allows participants to gain self-control over dysregulated brain regions. Despite evidence for beneficial effects of electrophysiological-NF on ADHD symptoms, no study has applied the spatially superior rtfMRI-NF neurotherapy to ADHD. A randomized controlled trial tested the efficacy of rtfMRI-NF of right inferior prefrontal cortex (rIFG), a key region that is compromised in ADHD and upregulated with psychostimulants, on improvement of ADHD symptoms, cognition, and inhibitory fMRI activation...
March 25, 2017: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340715/short-wave-infrared-chemical-imaging-as-future-tool-for-analysing-gunshot-residues-patterns-in-targets
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F E Ortega-Ojeda, M Torre-Roldán, C García-Ruiz
This work used chemical imaging in the short-wave infrared region for analysing gunshot residues (GSR) patterns in cotton fabric targets shot with conventional and non-toxic ammunition. It presents a non-destructive, non-toxic, highly visual and hiperspectral-based approach. The method was based on classical least squares regression, and was tested with the ammunition propellants and their standard components' spectra. The propellants' spectra were satisfactorily used (R(2) >0.966, and CorrCoef >0.982) for identifying the GSR irrespective of the type of ammunition used for the shooting...
May 15, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340554/cross-disease-analysis-of-co-functional-microrna-pairs-on-a-reconstructed-network-of-disease-gene-microrna-tripartite
#10
Hui Peng, Chaowang Lan, Yi Zheng, Gyorgy Hutvagner, Dacheng Tao, Jinyan Li
BACKGROUND: MicroRNAs always function cooperatively in their regulation of gene expression. Dysfunctions of these co-functional microRNAs can play significant roles in disease development. We are interested in those multi-disease associated co-functional microRNAs that regulate their common dysfunctional target genes cooperatively in the development of multiple diseases. The research is potentially useful for human disease studies at the transcriptional level and for the study of multi-purpose microRNA therapeutics...
March 24, 2017: BMC Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340289/remote-ischaemic-conditioning-decreases-blood-flow-and-improves-oxygen-extraction-in-patients-with-early-complex-regional-pain-syndrome
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T Hegelmaier, N Kumowski, T Mainka, J Vollert, O Goertz, M Lehnhardt, P K Zahn, C Maier, J Kolbenschlag
BACKGROUND: Remote ischaemic conditioning (RIC) is the cyclic application of non-damaging ischaemia leading to an increased tissue perfusion, among others triggered by NO (monoxide). Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is known to have vascular alterations such as increased blood shunting and decreased NO blood-levels, which in turn lead to decreased tissue perfusion. We therefore hypothesized that RIC could improve tissue perfusion in CRPS. METHOD: In this proof-of-concept study, RIC was applied in the following groups: in 21 patients with early CRPS with a clinical history less than a year, in 20 age/sex-matched controls and in 12 patients with unilateral nerve lesions via a tourniquet on the unaffected/non-dominant upper limb...
March 24, 2017: European Journal of Pain: EJP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339458/rapid-surveillance-for-vector-presence-rsvp-development-of-a-novel-system-for-detecting-aedes-aegypti-and-aedes-albopictus
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Brian L Montgomery, Martin A Shivas, Sonja Hall-Mendelin, Jim Edwards, Nicholas A Hamilton, Cassie C Jansen, Jamie L McMahon, David Warrilow, Andrew F van den Hurk
BACKGROUND: The globally important Zika, dengue and chikungunya viruses are primarily transmitted by the invasive mosquitoes, Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus. In Australia, there is an increasing risk that these species may invade highly urbanized regions and trigger outbreaks. We describe the development of a Rapid Surveillance for Vector Presence (RSVP) system to expedite presence- absence surveys for both species. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: We developed a methodology that uses molecular assays to efficiently screen pooled ovitrap (egg trap) samples for traces of target species ribosomal RNA...
March 24, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338375/an-updated-review-of-the-applied-physiology-of-american-collegiate-football-the-physical-demands-strength-conditioning-nutritional-considerations-and-injury-characteristics-of-america-s-favourite-game
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Hugh H K Fullagar, Robert McCunn, Andrew Murray
Whilst there are various avenues for performance improvement within collegiate American football (AF), there is no comprehensive evaluation of the collective array of resources around performance, physical conditioning and injury and training/game characteristics to guide future research and inform practitioners. Accordingly, the aim of the present review was to provide a current examination of these areas within collegiate AF. Recent studies show that there is a wide range of body compositions and strength characteristics between players, which appear to be influenced by playing position, level of play, training history/programming and time of season...
March 24, 2017: International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338355/the-potential-for-a-targeted-strength-training-programme-to-decrease-asymmetry-and-increase-performance-a-proof-of-concept-in-sprinting
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Scott R Brown, Erin R Feldman, Matt R Cross, Eric R Helms, Bruno Marrier, Pierre Samozino, Jean-Benoît Morin
The global application of horizontal force (FH) via hip extension is related to improvements in sprint performance (e.g. maximal velocity [vmax] and power [Pmax]). Little is known regarding the contribution of individual-leg FH and how a difference between the legs (asymmetry) might subsequently affect sprint performance. We assessed a single male athlete for pre-post outcomes of a targeted hip extension training programme on FH asymmetry and sprint performance metrics. An instrumented non-motorised treadmill was used to obtain individual-leg and global sprint kinetics and determine the athlete's strong and weak leg, with regards to the ability to produce FH while sprinting...
March 24, 2017: International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338289/a-sodium-ion-conducting-direct-formate-fuel-cell-generating-electricity-and-producing-base
#15
Yinshi Li, Ying Feng, Xianda Sun, Yaling He
A barrier that limits the development of the conventional cation-exchange membrane direct liquid fuel cells (CEM-DLFCs) is that the CEM-DLFCs need additional base to offer both alkaline environment and charge carriers. Herein, we propose a Na(+) -conducting direct formate fuel cell (Na-DFFC) that is operated in the absence of added base. A proof-of-concept Na-DFFC yields a peak power density of 33 mW cm(-2) at 60 °C, mainly because the hydrolysis of sodium formate provides enough OH(-) and Na(+) ions, proving the conceptual feasibility...
March 24, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337325/tetrahydroisoquinoline-7-carboxamide-derivatives-as-new-selective-discoidin-domain-receptor-1-ddr1-inhibitors
#16
Zhen Wang, Yali Zhang, Sergio G Bartual, Jinfeng Luo, Tingting Xu, Wenting Du, Qiuju Xun, Zhengchao Tu, Rolf A Brekken, Xiaomei Ren, Alex N Bullock, Guang Liang, Xiaoyun Lu, Ke Ding
Acute lung injury (ALI) is a deadly symptom for serious lung inflammation. Discoidin Domain Receptor 1 (DDR1) is a new potential target for anti-inflammatory drug discovery. A new selective tetrahydroisoquinoline-7-carboxamide based DDR1 inhibitor 7ae was discovered to tightly bind the DDR1 protein and potently inhibit its kinase function with a Kd value of 2.2 nM and an IC50 value of 6.6 nM, respectively. The compound dose-dependently inhibited lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced interleukin-6 (IL-6) and tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α) release in mouse primary peritoneal macrophages (MPMs)...
March 9, 2017: ACS Medicinal Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335574/proof-of-concept-development-of-snow-liquid-water-content-profiler-using-cs650-reflectometers-at-caribou-me-usa
#17
Carlos L Pérez Díaz, Jonathan Muñoz, Tarendra Lakhankar, Reza Khanbilvardi, Peter Romanov
The quantity of liquid water in the snowpack defines its wetness. The temporal evolution of snow wetness's plays a significant role in wet-snow avalanche prediction, meltwater release, and water availability estimations and assessments within a river basin. However, it remains a difficult task and a demanding issue to measure the snowpack's liquid water content (LWC) and its temporal evolution with conventional in situ techniques. We propose an approach based on the use of time-domain reflectometry (TDR) and CS650 soil water content reflectometers to measure the snowpack's LWC and temperature profiles...
March 21, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335487/electromagnetic-vortex-based-radar-imaging-using-a-single-receiving-antenna-theory-and-experimental-results
#18
Tiezhu Yuan, Hongqiang Wang, Yongqiang Cheng, Yuliang Qin
Radar imaging based on electromagnetic vortex can achieve azimuth resolution without relative motion. The present paper investigates this imaging technique with the use of a single receiving antenna through theoretical analysis and experimental results. Compared with the use of multiple receiving antennas, the echoes from a single receiver cannot be used directly for image reconstruction using Fourier method. The reason is revealed by using the point spread function. An additional phase is compensated for each mode before imaging process based on the array parameters and the elevation of the targets...
March 19, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335320/cellular-interactions-and-formation-of-an-epithelial-nanocoating-like-barrier-with-mesoporous-silica-nanoparticles
#19
Xuan Li, Ka Yan Pang, Tsz Wing Ng, Ping Chung Leung, Cheng Fei Zhang, Ken Cham-Fai Leung, Lijian Jin
Oral mucosa as the front-line barrier in the mouth is constantly exposed to a complex microenvironment with multitudinous microbes. In this study, the interactions of mesoporous silica nanoparticles (MSNs) with primary human gingival epithelial cells were analyzed for up to 72 h, and their diffusion capacity in the reconstructed human gingival epithelia (RHGE) and porcine ear skin models was further assessed at 24 h. It was found that the synthesized fluorescent mesoporous silica nanoparticles (RITC-NPs) with low cytotoxicity could be uptaken, degraded, and/or excreted by the human gingival epithelial cells...
October 27, 2016: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334977/sclip-an-integrated-platform-to-study-rna-protein-interactomes-in-biomedical-research-identification-of-cstf2tau-in-alternative-processing-of-small-nuclear-rnas
#20
Yulia Kargapolova, Michal Levin, Karl Lackner, Sven Danckwardt
RNA-binding proteins (RBPs) are central for gene expression by controlling the RNA fate from birth to decay. Various disorders arising from perturbations of RNA-protein interactions document their critical function. However, deciphering their function is complex, limiting the general functional elucidation of this growing class of proteins and their contribution to (patho)physiology. Here, we present sCLIP, a simplified and robust platform for genome-wide interrogation of RNA-protein interactomes based on crosslinking-immunoprecipitation and high-throughput sequencing...
February 28, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
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