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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221784/development-of-a-biosensor-concept-to-detect-the-production-of-cluster-specific-secondary-metabolites
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Yi-Qian Sun, Tobias Busche, Christian Rückert, Constanze Paulus, Yuriy Rebets, Renata Novakova, Joern Kalinowski, Andriy Luzhetskyy, Jan Kormanec, Olga N Sekurova, Sergey B Zotchev
Genome mining of actinomycete bacteria aims at the discovery of novel bioactive secondary metabolites that can be developed into drugs. A new repressor-based biosensor to detect activated secondary metabolite biosynthesis gene clusters in Streptomyces was developed. Biosynthetic gene clusters for undecylprodigiosin and coelimycin in the genome of Streptomyces lividans TK24, which encoded TetR-like repressors and appeared to be almost "silent" based on the RNA-seq data were chosen for the proof-of-principle studies...
February 21, 2017: ACS Synthetic Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221703/multiblock-copolymer-based-dual-dynamic-disulfide-and-supramolecular-crosslinked-self-healing-networks
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So Young An, Seung Man Noh, Jung Kwon Oh
A new multiblock copolymer self-healing strategy is reported that centers on the synthesis of block copolymers designed with different self-healing motifs incorporated into individual blocks. As a proof of concept, a novel pentablock copolymer (ABCBA) consisting of a poly(ethylene glycol) middle block and self-healable symmetric blocks of a polymethacrylate with pendant disulfide linkages and carboxylic acids is synthesized by a combination of consecutive controlled radical polymerization with hydrolytic cleavage...
February 21, 2017: Macromolecular Rapid Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221033/molecule-level-g-c3n4-coordinated-transition-metals-as-a-new-class-of-electrocatalysts-for-oxygen-electrode-reactions
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Yao Zheng, Yan Jiao, Yihan Zhu, Qiran Cai, Anthony Vasileff, Lu Hua Li, Yu Han, Ying Chen, Shi Zhang Qiao
Organometallic complexes with metal-nitrogen/carbon (M-N/C) coordination are the most important alternatives to precious metal catalysts for oxygen reduction and evolution reactions (ORR and OER) in energy conversion devices. Here, we designed and developed a range of molecule-level graphitic carbon nitride (g-C3N4) coordinated transition metals (M-C3N4) as a new generation of M-N/C catalysts for these oxygen electrode reactions. As a proof-of-concept example, we conducted theoretical evaluation and experimental validation on a cobalt-C3N4 catalyst with a desired molecular configuration, which possesses comparable electrocatalytic activity to that of precious metal benchmarks for the ORR and OER in alkaline media...
February 21, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220753/high-performance-communication-by-people-with-paralysis-using-an-intracortical-brain-computer-interface
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Chethan Pandarinath, Paul Nuyujukian, Christine H Blabe, Brittany L Sorice, Jad Saab, Francis R Willett, Leigh R Hochberg, Krishna V Shenoy, Jaimie M Henderson
Brain-computer interfaces (BCIs) have the potential to restore communication for people with tetraplegia and anarthria by translating neural activity into control signals for assistive communication devices. While previous pre-clinical and clinical studies have demonstrated promising proofs-of-concept (Serruya et al., 2002; Simeral et al., 2011; Bacher et al., 2015; Nuyujukian et al., 2015; Aflalo et al., 2015; Gilja et al., 2015; Jarosiewicz et al., 2015; Wolpaw et al., 1998; Hwang et al., 2012; Spüler et al...
February 21, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220124/in-vivo-efficacy-of-umbilical-cord-blood-stem-cell-derived-nk-cells-in-the-treatment-of-metastatic-colorectal-cancer
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John P Veluchamy, Silvia Lopez-Lastra, Jan Spanholtz, Fenna Bohme, Nina Kok, Daniëlle A M Heideman, Henk M W Verheul, James P Di Santo, Tanja D de Gruijl, Hans J van der Vliet
Therapeutic monoclonal antibodies against the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) act by inhibiting EGFR downstream signaling and by eliciting a natural killer (NK) cell-mediated antitumor response. The IgG1 mAb cetuximab has been used for treatment of RAS(wt) metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC) patients, showing limited efficacy. In the present study, we address the potential of adoptive NK cell therapy to overcome these limitations investigating two allogeneic NK cell products, i.e., allogeneic activated peripheral blood NK cells (A-PBNK) and umbilical cord blood stem cell-derived NK cells (UCB-NK)...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219029/versatile-transduction-scheme-based-on-electrolyte-gated-organic-field-effect-transistor-used-as-immunoassay-readout-system
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Benoît Piro, Dengjun Wang, Dihia Benaoudia, Alexandra Tibaldi, Guillaume Anquetin, Vincent Noël, Steeve Reisberg, Giorgio Mattana, Brianna Jackson
We report on an innovative heterogeneous bisphenol A (BPA) immunoassay based on an electrolyte-gated organic field-effect transistor whose organic semiconductor is poly(2,5-bis(3-tetradecylthiophen-2-yl)thieno[3,2-b]thiophene) co-crystallized with an alkyl derivative of bisphenol A. A decrease of the transistor output current is first observed upon antibody specific binding onto the organic semiconductor. Upon bisphenol A addition, the competitive dissociation of the antibody from the semiconductor surface leads to an opposite increase of the output current...
February 16, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218405/electricity-generation-by-pyrococcus-furiosus-in-microbial-fuel-cells-operated-at-90-%C3%A2-c
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Narendran Sekar, Chang-Hao Wu, Michael W W Adams, Ramaraja P Ramasamy
Hyperthermophiles are microorganisms that thrive in extremely hot environments with temperatures near and even above 100 (°) C. They are the most deeply rooted microorganisms on phylogenetic trees suggesting they may have evolved to survive in the early hostile earth. The simple respiratory systems of some of these hyperthermophiles made them potential candidates to develop microbial fuel cells (MFC) that can generate power at temperatures approaching the boiling point. We explored extracellular electron transfer ability of a hyperthermophilic archaeon Pyrococcus furiosus (Pf) by studying its ability to generate electricity in a two-chamber MFC...
February 20, 2017: Biotechnology and Bioengineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216187/recombinant-proteins-of-zaire-ebolavirus-induce-potent-humoral-and-cellular-immune-responses-and-protect-against-live-virus-infection-in-mice
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Axel T Lehrer, Teri-Ann S Wong, Michael M Lieberman, Tom Humphreys, David E Clements, Russell R Bakken, Mary Kate Hart, William D Pratt, John M Dye
Infections with filoviruses in humans are highly virulent, causing hemorrhagic fevers which result in up to 90% mortality. In addition to natural infections, the ability to use these viruses as bioterrorist weapons is of significant concern. Currently, there are no licensed vaccines or therapeutics available to combat these infections. The pathogenesis of disease involves the dysregulation of the host's immune system, which results in impairment of the innate and adaptive immune responses, with subsequent development of lymphopenia, thrombocytopenia, hemorrhage, and death...
February 16, 2017: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215711/biomarkers-for-cystic-fibrosis-drug-development
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REVIEW
Marianne S Muhlebach, J P Clancy, Sonya L Heltshe, Assem Ziady, Tom Kelley, Frank Accurso, Joseph Pilewski, Nicole Mayer-Hamblett, Elizabeth Joseloff, Scott D Sagel
PURPOSE: To provide a review of the status of biomarkers in cystic fibrosis drug development, including regulatory definitions and considerations, a summary of biomarkers in current use with supportive data, current gaps, and future needs. METHODS: Biomarkers are considered across several areas of CF drug development, including cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator modulation, infection, and inflammation. RESULTS: Sweat chloride, nasal potential difference, and intestinal current measurements have been standardized and examined in the context of multicenter trials to quantify CFTR function...
November 2016: Journal of Cystic Fibrosis: Official Journal of the European Cystic Fibrosis Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215085/peptide-functionalized-gold-nanoparticles-as-a-stimuli-responsive-contrast-medium-in-multi-photon-microscopy
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Johan Borglin, Robert Selegård, Daniel Aili, Marica B Ericson
There is a need for biochemical contrast mediators with high signal to noise ratios enabling non-invasive biomedical sensing, e.g., for neural sensing, protein-protein interactions, in addition to cancer diagnostics. The translational challenge is to develop a biocompatible approach ensuring high biochemical contrast while avoiding a raise of the background signal. We here present a concept where gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) can be utilized as a stimuli responsive contrast medium by chemically triggering their ability to exhibit multiphoton induced luminescence (MIL) when performing multi-photon laser scanning microscopy (MPM)...
February 20, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214710/a-preliminary-investigation-of-the-relationships-between-historical-crash-and-naturalistic-driving
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Anurag Pande, Sai Chand, Neeraj Saxena, Vinayak Dixit, James Loy, Brian Wolshon, Joshua D Kent
This paper describes a project that was undertaken using naturalistic driving data collected via Global Positioning System (GPS) devices to demonstrate a proof-of-concept for proactive safety assessments of crash-prone locations. The main hypothesis for the study is that the segments where drivers have to apply hard braking (higher jerks) more frequently might be the "unsafe" segments with more crashes over a long-term. The linear referencing methodology in ArcMap was used to link the GPS data with roadway characteristic data of US Highway 101 northbound (NB) and southbound (SB) in San Luis Obispo, California...
February 16, 2017: Accident; Analysis and Prevention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214578/increasing-lateralized-motor-activity-in-younger-and-older-adults-using-real-time-fmri-during-executed-movements
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Heather F Neyedli, Cassandra Sampaio-Baptista, Matthew A Kirkman, David Havard, Michael Lührs, Katie Ramsden, David D Flitney, Stuart Clare, Rainer Goebel, Heidi Johansen-Berg
Neurofeedback training involves presenting an individual with a representation of their brain activity and instructing them to alter the activity using the feedback. One potential application of neurofeedback is for patients to alter neural improve function. For example, there is evidence that greater laterality of movement-related activity is associated with better motor outcomes after stroke; so using neurofeedback to increase laterality may provide a novel route for improving outcomes. However, we must demonstrate that individuals can control relevant neurofeedback signals...
February 15, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213280/magnetic-lateral-flow-immunoassay-test-strip-development-considerations-for-proof-of-concept-evaluation
#13
R Connolly, R O' Kennedy
Lateral flow immunoassays (LFIA) have grown to become the predominant test device format for the diagnostics and point-of-care industries. The demand for robust and reproducible LFIAs has been facilitated through scale-up production methods using specialized and automated instruments. However, the feasibility of a LFIA device can still be evaluated in a small-scale laboratory setting through controlled manual preparation methods. The advent of super-paramagnetic (SPMP) labels for use in lateral flow has heralded the possibility of highly sensitive and stable LFIAs...
February 14, 2017: Methods: a Companion to Methods in Enzymology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212575/upregulation-of-mucin-glycoprotein-muc1-in-the-progression-to-esophageal-adenocarcinoma-and-therapeutic-potential-with-a-targeted-photoactive-antibody-drug-conjugate
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Mohammed Adil Butt, Hayley Pye, Rehan J Haidry, Dahmane Oukrif, Saif-U-Rehman Khan, Ignazio Puccio, Michael Gandy, Halla W Reinert, Ellie Bloom, Mohammed Rashid, Gokhan Yahioglu, Mahendra P Deonarain, Rifat Hamoudi, Manuel Rodriguez-Justo, Marco R Novelli, Laurence B Lovat
BACKGROUND: Mucin glycoprotein 1 (MUC1) is a glycosylated transmembrane protein on epithelial cells. We investigate MUC1 as a therapeutic target in Barrett's epithelium (BE) and esophageal adenocarcinoma (EA) and provide proof of concept for a light based therapy targeting MUC1. RESULTS: MUC1 was present in 21% and 30% of significantly enriched pathways comparing BE and EA to squamous epithelium respectively. MUC1 gene expression was x2.3 and x2.2 higher in BE (p=<0...
February 15, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212021/discovery-and-development-of-1-2-bromophenyl-sulfonyl-5-methoxy-3-4-methyl-1-piperazinyl-methyl-1h-indole-dimesylate-monohydrate-suvn-502-a-novel-potent-selective-and-orally-active-serotonin-6-5-ht6-receptor-antagonist-for-potential-treatment-of-alzheimer-s
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Ramakrishna Nirogi, Anil Shinde, Rama Sastry Kambhampati, Abdul Rasheed Mohammed, Sangram Keshari Saraf, Rajesh Kumar Badange, Thrinath Reddy Bandyala, Venugopalarao Bhatta, Kumar Bojja, Veena Reballi, Ramkumar Subramanian, Vijay Benade, Raghava Choudary Palacharla, Gopinadh Bhyrapuneni, Pradeep Jayarajan, Vinod Goyal, Venkat Jasti
Optimization of a novel series of 3-(piperazinylmethyl) indole derivatives as 5-hydroxytryptamine-6 receptor (5-HT6R) antagonists resulted in identification of 1-[(2-bromophenyl)sulfonyl]-5-methoxy-3-[(4-methyl-1-piperazinyl)methyl]-1H-indole dimesylate monohydrate (5al, SUVN-502) as a clinical candidate for potential treatment of cognitive disorders. It has high affinity at human 5-HT6R (Ki = 2.04 nM) and selectivity over 100 target sites which include receptors, enzymes, peptides, growth factors, ion channels, steroids, immunological factors, second messengers, and prostaglandins...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212009/2-2-bipyridyl-embedded-cycloparaphenylenes-as-a-general-strategy-to-investigate-nanohoop-based-coordination-complexes
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Jeff Van Raden, Shayan Louie, Lev N Zakharov, Ramesh Jasti
Owing to their unique cyclic architectures, tunable electronic properties, and supramolecular chemistries, cycloparaphenylenes (CPPs) have the potential to act as a new class of ligands for coordination cages, metal-organic frameworks (MOFs), as well as small-molecule transition-metal complexes. However, currently there is no general strategy to coordinate the cyclic framework to a variety of metal centers. We report here a general and scalable synthetic strategy to embed 2,2'-bipyridine units into the backbone of CPPs...
February 17, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211996/alternating-current-electrophoretic-deposition-for-the-immobilization-of-antimicrobial-agents-on-titanium-implant-surfaces
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Annabel Braem, Katrijn De Brucker, Nicolas Delattin, Manuela Sonja Killian, Maarten B J Roeffaers, Tomohiko Yoshioka, Satoshi Hayakawa, Patrik Schmuki, Bruno P A Cammue, Sannakaisa Virtanen, Karin Thevissen, Bram Neirinck
One prominent cause of implant failure is infection, therefore research is focusing on developing surface coatings that render the surface resistant to colonization by micro-organisms. Permanently attached coatings of antimicrobial molecules are of particular interest because of the reduced cytoxicity and lower risk of developing resistance compared to controlled release coatings. In this study, we focus on the chemical grafting of bioactive molecules on titanium. To concentrate the molecules at the metallic implant surface, we propose electrophoretic deposition (EPD) applying alternating current (AC) signals with an asymmetrical wave shape...
February 17, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210747/extent-of-field-change-in-colorectal-cancers-with-braf-mutation
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Aaron Poh, Heidi Sian Ying Chang, Kok Yang Tan, Xin Xiu Sam, Avery Khoo, Shoa Nian Choo, Min En Nga, Wei Keat Wan
INTRODUCTION: Sporadic colorectal cancers with BRAF mutations constitute two distinct subgroups of colorectal cancers. Recent studies have linked the presence of the BRAF mutation to a familial inheritance pattern. This was a proof-of-concept study that aimed to examine: (a) the extent of field change in sporadic colorectal cancers with BRAF mutation; and (b) the extent of resection margins required and the pattern of DNA mismatch repair protein loss in these tumours. METHODS: Eight microsatellite instability-high (MSI-H) tumours with positive BRAF mutation from an existing histopathological database were selected for BRAF mutation and mismatch repair protein analysis...
February 17, 2017: Singapore Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210720/vibrational-intensities-in-the-mobile-block-hessian-approximation
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Richard Terrett, Rob Stranger, Terry Frankcombe, Ronald J Pace
Herein we present a proof of concept for the recovery of vibrational intensities from density functional theory vibrational calculations performed in the Mobile Block Hessian (MBH) approximation, which constrains the internal degrees of freedom of designated subsets of a molecule. We compare and contrast the behaviour of this methodology with respect to conventional vibrational calculations, and characterise the performance and accuracy of our method with respect to the size of MBH constrained regions within a variety of species...
February 17, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208779/proof-of-concept-of-integrated-load-measurement-in-3d-printed-structures
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Michaël Hinderdael, Zoé Jardon, Margot Lison, Dieter De Baere, Wim Devesse, Maria Strantza, Patrick Guillaume
Currently, research on structural health monitoring systems is focused on direct integration of the system into a component or structure. The latter results in a so-called smart structure. One example of a smart structure is a component with integrated strain sensing for continuous load monitoring. Additive manufacturing, or 3D printing, now also enables such integration of functions inside components. As a proof-of-concept, the Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) technique was used to integrate a strain sensing element inside polymer (ABS) tensile test samples...
February 9, 2017: Sensors
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