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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922628/high-frequency-electroporation-efficiency-is-under-control-of-membrane-capacitive-charging-and-voltage-potential-relaxation
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Vitalij Novickij, Paulius Ruzgys, Audrius Grainys, Saulius Šatkauskas
The study presents the proof of concept for a possibility to achieve a better electroporation in the MHz pulse repetition frequency (PRF) region compared to the conventional low frequency protocols. The 200ns×10 pulses bursts of 10-14kV/cm have been used to permeabilize Chinese hamster ovary (CHO) cells in a wide range (1Hz-1MHz) of PRF. The permeabilization efficiency was evaluated using fluorescent dye assay (propidium iodide) and flow cytometry. It was determined that a threshold PRF exists when the relaxation of the cell transmembrane potential is longer than the delay between the consequent pulses, which results in accumulation of the charge on the membrane...
September 14, 2017: Bioelectrochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922598/proteolytic-unlocking-of-ultra-stable-twin-acylhydrazone-linkers-for-lysosomal-acid-triggered-release-of-anticancer-drugs
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Yiwu Zheng, Jing Ren, Yaqi Wu, Xiaoting Meng, Yibing Zhao, Chuanliu Wu
Targeted prodrugs exploiting cleavable linkers capable of responding to endogenous stimuli have increasingly been explored for cancer therapy. Successful application of these prodrug designs relies on the manipulation of both stability and responsiveness of the cleavable linkers, which, however, are difficult to be finely regulated, particularly for acid-responsive acylhydrazone bonds. Here we developed a new class of peptide-bridged twin-acylhydrazone linkers (PTA linkers) displaying both an ultrahigh stability and a rapid responsiveness-highly stable in neutral and acidic conditions due to effect of cooperativity between the two acylhydrazone bonds, easily cleavable in acidic conditions after enzymatically-triggered unlocking of the two bonds...
September 18, 2017: Bioconjugate Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922491/temporal-and-remote-tuning-of-piezophotonic-effect-induced-luminescence-and-color-gamut-via-modulating-magnetic-field
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Man-Chung Wong, Li Chen, Gongxun Bai, Long-Biao Huang, Jianhua Hao
Light-emitting materials have been extensively investigated because of their widespread applications in solid-state lighting, displays, sensors, and bioimaging. In these applications, it is highly desirable to achieve tunable luminescence in terms of luminescent intensity and wavelength. Here, a convenient physical approach of temporal and remote tuning of light-emitting wavelength and color is demonstrated, which is greatly different from conventional methods. It is shown that by modulating the frequency of magnetic-field excitation at room temperature, luminescence from the flexible composites of ZnS:Al, Cu phosphors induced by the piezophotonic effect can be tuned in real time and in situ...
September 18, 2017: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921431/cell-free-production-of-protein-biologics-within-24-h
#4
Challise J Sullivan, Erik D Pendleton, John Dresios
Protein biologics have emerged as a safe and effective group of drug products that can be used in a variety of medical disorders and clinical settings, including treatment of orphan diseases, personalized medicine, and point-of-care applications. However, the full potential of protein biologics for such applications will not be realized until there are methods available for rapid and cost-effective production of small scale products for individual needs. Here, we describe a modular and scalable method for rapid and adaptable production of protein-based medical products at small doses...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919888/the-sporothrix-schenckii-gene-encoding-for-the-ribosomal-protein-l6-has-constitutive-and-stable-expression-and-works-as-an-endogenous-control-in-gene-expression-analysis
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Elías Trujillo-Esquivel, José A Martínez-Álvarez, Diana M Clavijo-Giraldo, Nahúm V Hernández, Alberto Flores-Martínez, Patricia Ponce-Noyola, Héctor M Mora-Montes
Sporothrix schenckii is one of the causative agents of sporotrichosis, a worldwide-distributed mycosis that affects humans and other mammals. The interest in basic and clinical features of this organism has significantly increased in the last years, yet little progress in molecular aspects has been reported. Gene expression analysis is a set of powerful tools that helps to assess the cell response to changes in the extracellular environment, the genetic networks controlling metabolic pathways, and the adaptation to different growth conditions...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918634/an-engineered-probiotic-for-the-inhibition-of-salmonella-via-tetrathionate-induced-production-of-microcin-h47
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Jacob D Palmer, Emma Piattelli, Beth McCormick, Mark Silby, Christopher Brigham, Vanni Bucci
Complications arising from antibiotic-resistant bacteria are becoming one of the key issues in modern medicine. Members of drug-resistant Enterobacteriaceae spp. include opportunistic pathogens (e.g. Salmonella spp.) that are among the leading causes of morbidity and mortality worldwide. Overgrowth of these bacteria is considered a hallmark of intestinal dysbiosis. Microcins (small antimicrobial peptides) produced by some gut commensals can potentially cure these conditions by inhibiting these pathogens, and have been proposed as a viable alternative to antibiotic treatment...
September 17, 2017: ACS Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918456/testing-a-mobile-mindful-eating-intervention-targeting-craving-related-eating-feasibility-and-proof-of-concept
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Ashley E Mason, Kinnari Jhaveri, Michael Cohn, Judson A Brewer
Theoretically driven smartphone-delivered behavioral interventions that target mechanisms underlying eating behavior are lacking. In this study, we administered a 28-day self-paced smartphone-delivered intervention rooted in an operant conditioning theoretical framework that targets craving-related eating using mindful eating practices. At pre-intervention and 1-month post-intervention, we assessed food cravings among adult overweight or obese women (N = 104; M age = 46.2 ± 14.1 years; M BMI = 31...
September 16, 2017: Journal of Behavioral Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918110/emergent-behaviors-in-rbcs-flows-in-micro-channels-using-digital-particle-image-velocimetry
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F Cairone, D Ortiz, P J Cabrales, M Intaglietta, M Bucolo
The key points in the design of microfluidic Lab-On-a-Chips for blood tests are the simplicity of the microfluidic chip geometry, the portability of the monitoring system and the ease on-chip integration of the data analysis procedure. The majority of those, recently designed, have been used for blood separation, however their introduction, also, for pathological conditions diagnosis would be important in different biomedical contexts. To overcome this lack is necessary to establish the relation between the RBCs flow and blood viscosity changes in micro-vessels...
September 13, 2017: Microvascular Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918041/gapmer-antisense-oligonucleotides-suppress-the-mutant-allele-of-col6a3-and-restore-functional-protein-in-ullrich-muscular-dystrophy
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Elena Marrosu, Pierpaolo Ala, Francesco Muntoni, Haiyan Zhou
Dominant-negative mutations in the genes that encode the three major α chains of collagen type VI, COL6A1, COL6A2, and COL6A3, account for more than 50% of Ullrich congenital muscular dystrophy patients and nearly all Bethlem myopathy patients. Gapmer antisense oligonucleotides (AONs) are usually used for gene silencing by stimulating RNA cleavage through the recruitment of an endogenous endonuclease known as RNase H to cleave the RNA strand of a DNA-RNA duplex. In this study, we exploited the application of the allele-specific silencing approach by gapmer AON as a potential therapy for Collagen-VI-related congenital muscular dystrophy (COL6-CMD)...
September 15, 2017: Molecular Therapy. Nucleic Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917642/efficient-gene-editing-via-non-viral-delivery-of-crispr-cas9-system-using-polymeric-and-hybrid-microcarriers
#10
Alexander S Timin, Albert R Muslimov, Kirill V Lepik, Olga S Epifanovskaya, Alena I Shakirova, Ulrike Mock, Kristoffer Riecken, Maria V Okilova, Vladislav S Sergeev, Boris V Afanasyev, Boris Fehse, Gleb B Sukhorukov
CRISPR-Cas9 is a revolutionary genome-editing technology that has enormous potential for the treatment of genetic diseases. However, the lack of efficient and safe, non-viral delivery systems has hindered its clinical application. Here, we report on the application of polymeric and hybrid microcarriers, made of degradable polymers such as polypeptides and polysaccharides and modified by silica shell, for delivery of all CRISPR-Cas9 components. We found that these microcarriers mediate more efficient transfection than a commercially available liposome-based transfection reagent (>70% vs...
September 13, 2017: Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology, and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917628/an-engineered-biomarker-system-to-monitor-and-modulate-immune-clearance-of-cell-therapies
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Amy Singleton, Danika Khong, Ling-Yee Chin, Shilpaa Mukundan, Matthew Li, Biju Parekkadan
BACKGROUND AIMS: Cell transplants offer a new opportunity to deliver therapies with novel and complex mechanisms of action. Understanding the pharmacology of cell transplants is important to deliver this new therapy effectively. Currently, however, there are limited techniques to easily track cells after intravenous administration due to the dispersion of the graft throughout the entire body. METHODS: We herein developed an engineered cell system that secretes a luciferase enzyme to sensitively detect cell transplants independent of their locale by a simple blood test...
September 13, 2017: Cytotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916910/encompassing-atp-dna-insulin-and-protein-content-for-quantification-and-assessment-of-human-pancreatic-islets
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Meirigeng Qi, Shiela Bilbao, Elena Forouhar, Fouad Kandeel, Ismail H Al-Abdullah
Islet transplantation has made major progress to treat patients with type 1 diabetes. Islet mass and quality are critically important to ensure successful transplantation. Currently, islet status is evaluated using insulin secretion, oxygen consumption rate, or adenosine triphosphate (ATP) measurement. These parameters are evaluated independently and do not effectively predict islet status post-transplant. Therefore, assessing human pancreatic islets by encompassing ATP, DNA, insulin, and protein content from a single tissue sample would serve as a better predictor for islet status...
September 15, 2017: Cell and Tissue Banking
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916804/mapping-the-atomistic-structure-of-graded-core-shell-colloidal-nanocrystals
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Maksym Yarema, Yunhua Xing, Rainer T Lechner, Lukas Ludescher, Nikola Dordevic, Weyde M M Lin, Olesya Yarema, Vanessa Wood
Engineering the compositional gradient for core/shell semiconductor nanocrystals improves their optical properties. To date, however, the structure of graded core/shell nanocrystal emitters has only been qualitatively described. In this paper, we demonstrate an approach to quantify nanocrystal structure, selecting graded Ag-In-Se/ZnSe core/shell nanocrystals as a proof-of-concept material. A combination of multi-energy small-angle X-ray scattering and electron microscopy techniques enables us to establish the radial distribution of ZnSe with sub-nanometer resolution...
September 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916103/controlled-synchronized-actuation-of-microdroplets-by-gravity-in-a-superhydrophobic-3d-printed-device
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P E Oomen, J P S H Mulder, E Verpoorte, R D Oleschuk
Droplet manipulation over open surfaces allows one to perform assays with a large degree of control and high throughput, making them appealing for applications in drug screening or (bio)analysis. However, the design, manufacturing and operation of these systems comes with high technical requirements. In this study we employ a commercial, low-friction, superhydrophobic coating, Ultra-Ever Dry(®), on a 3D-printed microfluidic device. The device features individual droplet compartments, which allow the manipulation of discrete droplets (10-50 μL) actuated by gravity alone...
October 2, 2017: Analytica Chimica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916040/matrix-assisted-laser-desorption-ionization-mass-spectrometry-for-the-analysis-of-polyamines-in-plant-micro-tissues-using-cucurbituril-as-a-host-molecule
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Jun Ding, Simin Liu, Hua-Ming Xiao, Tian-Tian Ye, Ping Zhou, Yu-Qi Feng
In this study, a matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization (MALDI) mass spectrometry (MS) strategy using cucurbit[n]uril (CB[n]) as a host molecule is proposed for the analysis of low molecular weight (LMW) compounds in complex samples. As a proof-of-concept, CB[6] was selected as the host molecule, and endogenous polyamines in plant tissue were chosen as the target analytes. Due to the molecular recognition and mass shifting properties of CB[6], the ionic signals associated with polyamines were moved to the higher mass region (>1000 Da) after specifically binding to CB[6], while signal interference derived from the conventional organic matrix and the complex sample matrix remained in the low mass region because of the incompatibility of their molecular size with CB[6] cavities...
September 22, 2017: Analytica Chimica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915936/high-sensitivity-and-selectivity-in-quantitative-analysis-of-drugs-in-biological-samples-using-4-column-multidimensional-micro-uhplc-ms-enabling-enhanced-sample-loading-capacity
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Ronald de Vries, Liesbeth Vereyken, Isabelle François, Lieve Dillen, Rob J Vreeken, Filip Cuyckens
Sensitivity is often a critical parameter in quantitative bioanalyses in drug development. For liquid-chromatography-based methods, sensitivity can be improved by reducing the column diameter, but practical sensitivity gains are limited by the reduced sample loading capacity on small internal diameter (I.D.) columns. We developed a set-up that has overcome these limitations in sample loading capacity. The set-up uses 4 columns with gradually decreasing column diameters along the flow-path (2.1 → 1 → 0...
October 9, 2017: Analytica Chimica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915047/two-photon-absorption-in-pentacene-dimers-the-importance-of-the-tether-using-upconversion-as-an-indirect-route-to-singlet-fission
#17
Eleonora Garoni, Johannes Zirzlmeier, Bettina S Basel, Constantin Hetzer, Kenji Kamada, Dirk M Guldi, Rik R Tykwinski
In this proof of concept study, we show that intramolecular singlet fission (iSF) can be initiated from a singlet excited state accessed by two-photon absorption, rather than through a tradition route of direct one-photon excitation (OPE). Thus, iSF in pentacene dimers 2 and 3 is enabled through NIR irradiation at 775 nm, a wavelength where neither dimer exhibits linear absorption of light. The meta-phenylene and adamantyl tethers 2 and 3, respectively, are designed to feature superimposable geometry, which establishes that the electronic coupling between the two pentacenes is the significant structural feature that dictates iSF efficiency...
September 15, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28914912/quasiperiodic-one-dimensional-photonic-crystals-with-adjustable-multiple-photonic-bandgaps
#18
Andrey M Vyunishev, Pavel S Pankin, Sergey E Svyakhovskiy, Ivan V Timofeev, Stepan Ya Vetrov
We propose an elegant approach to produce photonic bandgap (PBG) structures with multiple photonic bandgaps by constructing quasiperiodic photonic crystals (QPPCs) composed of a superposition of photonic lattices with different periods. Generally, QPPC structures exhibit both aperiodicity and multiple PBGs due to their long-range order. They are described by a simple analytical expression, instead of quasiperiodic tiling approaches based on substitution rules. Here we describe the optical properties of QPPCs exhibiting two PBGs that can be tuned independently...
September 15, 2017: Optics Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28914612/bnc-nanoshells-a-novel-structure-for-atomic-storage
#19
Francisco Wellery Nunes Silva, Eduardo Cruz-Silva, Mauricio Terrones, Humberto Terrones, E B Barros
Quantum molecular dynamics (QMD) and density functional theory (DFT) are employed in this work in order to study the structural and electronics properties of carbon, Boron Nitride or hybrid BNC nanoshells (BNCNSs). The studied nanoshells can be formed by stacking two zigzag graphene nanoribbons (zGNRs), two zigzag Boron Nitride nanoribbons (zBNNRs) or one zigzag graphene nanoribbon on a Boron Nitride nanoribbon. In all cases only one of the edges of the ribbon is passivated, while the other one is left unpassivated...
September 15, 2017: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28914312/plasmon-induced-polymerization-using-a-ters-approach-a-platform-for-nanostructured-2d-1d-material-production
#20
Zhenglong Zhang, Marie Richard-Lacroix, Volker Deckert
Plasmon-induced chemical reactions have recently attracted great attention as a promising method for high efficiency light-energy conversion and proved to be useful in a wealth of different domains of chemistry and physics. One of the interesting and, so far, less explored avenues of such reactions is their potential for efficient, highly localized and controlled polymer production. Here, we present the first example of a localized, directed plasmon catalyzed polymerization process of a self-assembled monolayer on both silver and gold surfaces monitored by surface- and tip-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS and TERS)...
September 15, 2017: Faraday Discussions
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