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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535614/elucidating-bottlenecks-of-the-efficient-preparation-of-an-ab5-hexamer-mucosal-adjuvant-protein-ltm-by-genetic-engineering
#1
Di Liu, Fabiao Hu, Wenpeng Wang, Dong Wu, Xiujuan He, Wenyun Zheng, Haipeng Liu, Xingyuan Ma
Escherichia coli heat-labile enterotoxin (LT) and its non-toxic mutant (LTm) are well-known powerful mucosal adjuvants and immunogens. However, the yields of these adjuvants from genetically engineered strains remain at extremely low levels, thereby hindering their extensive application in fundamental and clinical research. Therefore, efficient production of these adjuvant proteins from genetically engineered microbes is a huge challenge in the field of molecular biology. In order to explore expression bottlenecks of LTm in E...
May 24, 2017: Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534764/traveling-to-angola-to-validate-a-paper-based-sickle-cell-disease-test
#2
Nathaniel Z Piety
When I started graduate school, I had no idea that it would take me halfway around the world to a small clinic in Cabinda, Angola, but I'm glad that it did. Since 2011, I have been a part of the team of engineers and clinicians, led by Dr. Sergey Shevkoplyas, working to develop a simple, low-cost, paper-based test for sickle cell disease-a common inherited blood disorder that is most prevalent in sub-Saharan Africa (Figure S1).
May 2017: IEEE Pulse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534706/analyses-of-thrombi-in-acute-ischemic-stroke-a-consensus-statement-on-current-knowledge-and-future-directions
#3
Simon F De Meyer, Tommy Andersson, Blaise Baxter, Martin Bendszus, Patrick Brouwer, Waleed Brinjikji, Bruce Cv Campbell, Vincent Costalat, Antoni Dávalos, Andrew Demchuk, Diederik Dippel, Jens Fiehler, Urs Fischer, Michael Gilvarry, Matthew J Gounis, Jan Gralla, Olav Jansen, Tudor Jovin, David Kallmes, Pooja Khatri, Kennedy R Lees, Elena López-Cancio, Charles Majoie, Henk Marquering, Ana Paula Narata, Raul Nogueira, Peter Ringleb, Adnan Siddiqui, István Szikora, David Vale, Rüdiger von Kummer, Albert J Yoo, Werner Hacke, David S Liebeskind
Limited data exist on clot composition and detailed characteristics of arterial thrombi associated with large vessel occlusion in acute ischemic stroke. Advances in endovascular thrombectomy and related imaging modalities have created a unique opportunity to analyze thrombi removed from cerebral arteries. Insights into thrombus composition, etiology, physical properties and neurovascular interactions may lead to future advancements in acute ischemic stroke treatment and improved clinical outcomes. Advances in imaging techniques may enhance clot characterization and inform therapeutic decision-making prior to treatment and reveal stroke etiology to guide secondary prevention...
January 1, 2017: International Journal of Stroke: Official Journal of the International Stroke Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534239/analysis-of-screening-electrocardiogram-for-the-subcutaneous-defibrillator-in-adults-with-congenital-heart-disease
#4
Vincent C Thomas, Mark Peterson, Martin McDaniel, Humberto Restrepo, Abraham Rothman, Amit Jain
Candidates for the subcutaneous implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (S-ICD) are screened using an electrocardiogram (S-ECG) tool to measure appropriate detection. We sought to define the S-ICD candidacy of congenital heart disease patients using the S-ECG tool. We also analyzed the reliability of the (S-ECG) tool between measurers in this population. Patients above the age of 12 and with a diagnosis associated with either a higher incidence of cardiac arrest or vascular access challenges were asked to undergo screening...
May 22, 2017: Pediatric Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533272/chimeric-pd-1-28-receptor-upgrades-low-avidity-t-cells-and-restores-effector-function-of-tumor-infiltrating-lymphocytes-for-adoptive-cell-therapy
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Ramona Schlenker, Luis Felipe Olguín-Contreras, Matthias Leisegang, Julia Schnappinger, Anja Disovic, Svenja Rühland, Peter J Nelson, Heinrich Leonhardt, Hartmann Harz, Susanne Wilde, Dolores J Schendel, Wolfgang Uckert, Gerald Willimsky, Elfriede Noessner
Inherent intermediate-to-low affinity T cell receptors (TCR) that develop during the natural course of immune responses may not allow sufficient activation for tumor elimination, making the majority of T cells suboptimal for adoptive T cell therapy (ATT). TCR affinity enhancement has been implemented to provide stronger T cell activity but carries the risk of creating undesired cross-reactivity leading to potential serious adverse effects in clinical application. We demonstrate here that engineering of low-avidity T cells recognizing a naturally processed and presented tumor-associated antigen with a chimeric PD-1:28 receptor increases effector function to levels seen with high-avidity T cells of identical specificity...
May 22, 2017: Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533102/real-time-electronic-dashboard-technology-and-its-use-to-improve-pediatric-radiology-workflow
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REVIEW
Randheer Shailam, Ariel Botwin, Markus Stout, Michael S Gee
The purpose of our study was to create a real-time electronic dashboard in the pediatric radiology reading room providing a visual display of updated information regarding scheduled and in-progress radiology examinations that could help radiologists to improve clinical workflow and efficiency. To accomplish this, a script was set up to automatically send real-time HL7 messages from the radiology information system (Epic Systems, Verona, WI) to an Iguana Interface engine, with relevant data regarding examinations stored in an SQL Server database for visual display on the dashboard...
March 19, 2017: Current Problems in Diagnostic Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533013/errors-associated-with-digital-preview-of-computer-engineered-complete-dentures-and-guidelines-for-reducing-them-a-technique-article
#7
Abdulaziz AlHelal, Brian J Goodacre, Mathew T Kattadiyil, Rajesh Swamidass
Patient reports, clinical studies, and systematic reviews reveal a rapid increase in interest in computer-engineered complete dentures (CECDs). The advantages of CECDs include a reduced number of visits, improved fit and retention, and electronic archiving. However, patient dissatisfaction has been reported with CECDs, which may be due to the lack of a trial placement appointment. This technique article identifies errors that occur when CECDs are previewed digitally and proposes guidelines and a checklist to reduce complications such as inadequate esthetics, poor tooth arrangement, misaligned occlusal plane, and inappropriate denture base characteristics...
May 20, 2017: Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532898/toughening-of-fibrous-scaffolds-by-mobile-mineral-deposits
#8
Justin Lipner, John J Boyle, Younan Xia, Victor Birman, Guy M Genin, Stavros Thomopoulos
Partially mineralized fibrous tissue situated between tendon and bone is believed to be tougher than either tendon or bone, possibly serving as a compliant, energy absorptive, protective barrier between the two. This tissue does not reform following surgical repair (e.g., rotator cuff tendon-to-bone re-attachment) and might be a factor in the poor outcomes following such surgeries. Towards our long-term goal of tissue engineered solutions to functional tendon-to-bone re-attachment, we tested the hypotheses that partially mineralized fibrous matrices can derive toughness from mobility of mineral along their fibers, and that in such cases toughness is maximized at levels of mineralization sufficiently low to allow substantial mobility...
May 19, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532690/combinatorial-drug-delivery-approaches-for-immunomodulation
#9
Joshua M Stewart, Benjamin G Keselowsky
Immunotherapy has been widely explored for applications to both augment or suppress intrinsic host immunity. Clinical achievements have seen a number of immunotherapeutic drugs displace established strategies like chemotherapy in treating immune-associated diseases. However, single drug approaches modulating an individual arm of the immune system are often incompletely effective. Imperfect mechanistic understanding and heterogeneity within disease pathology have seen monotherapies inadequately equipped to mediate complete disease remission...
May 19, 2017: Advanced Drug Delivery Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532182/tackling-a-novel-lethal-virus-a-focus-on-h7n9-vaccine-development
#10
Irina Isakova-Sivak, Larisa Rudenko
Avian-origin H7N9 influenza viruses first detected in humans in China in 2013 continue to cause severe human infections with a mortality rate close to 40%. These viruses are acknowledged as the subtype most likely to cause the next influenza pandemic. Areas covered: Here we review published data on the development of H7N9 influenza vaccine candidates and their evaluation in preclinical and clinical trials identified on PubMed database with the term "H7N9 influenza vaccine". In addition, a search with the same term was done on ClinicalTrials...
May 22, 2017: Expert Review of Vaccines
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532101/sonochemical-synthesis-of-fructose-1-6-bisphosphate-dicalcium-porous-microspheres-and-their-application-in-promotion-of-osteogenic-differentiation
#11
Chao Qi, Ding Zhou, Ying-Jie Zhu, Tuan-Wei Sun, Feng Chen, Chang-Qing Zhang
Human bone mesenchymal stem cells (hBMSCs) have the ability to differentiate into bone and cartilage for clinical bone regeneration. Biomaterials with an innate ability to stimulate osteogenic differentiation of hBMSCs into bone and cartilage are considered attractive candidates for the applications in bone tissue engineering and regeneration. In this paper, we synthesized fructose 1,6-bisphosphate dicalcium (Ca2FBP) porous microspheres by the sonochemical method, and investigated the ability of Ca2FBP for the promotion of the osteogenic differentiation of hBMSCs...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532076/sustained-drug-release-from-surface-modified-uhmwpe-for-acetabular-cup-lining-in-total-hip-implant
#12
R Manoj Kumar, Pallavi Gupta, Sandan Kumar Sharma, Akshat Mittal, Manish Shekhar, Vijayesh Kumar, B V Manoj Kumar, Partha Roy, Debrupa Lahiri
Despite sterilization and aseptic procedure, bacterial infection remains a key challenge in total hip arthroplasties. This fact emphasizes the urgent need for development of new implant systems, which should releases the drug in a controlled manner without sparing its mechanical and tribological properties. In this study, the lining material of the acetabular cup, in total hip implant, has been modified for sustained release of drugs, which should be available throughout the site of implantation to fight the post-operation bacterial infection...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531226/intercenter-validation-of-a-knowledge-based-model-for-automated-planning-of-volumetric-modulated-arc-therapy-for-prostate-cancer-the-experience-of-the-german-rapidplan-consortium
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Carolin Schubert, Oliver Waletzko, Christian Weiss, Dirk Voelzke, Sevda Toperim, Arnd Roeser, Silvia Puccini, Marc Piroth, Christian Mehrens, Jan-Dirk Kueter, Kirsten Hierholz, Karsten Gerull, Antonella Fogliata, Andreas Block, Luca Cozzi
PURPOSE: To evaluate the performance of a model-based optimisation process for volumetric modulated arc therapy applied to prostate cancer in a multicentric cooperative group. The RapidPlan (RP) knowledge-based engine was tested for the planning of Volumetric modulated arc therapy with RapidArc on prostate cancer patients. The study was conducted in the frame of the German RapidPlan Consortium (GRC). METHODS AND MATERIALS: 43 patients from one institute of the GRC were used to build and train a RP model...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531161/development-of-optimized-inhibitor-rnas-allowing-multisite-targeting-of-the-hcv-genome
#14
Cristina Romero-López, Thomas Lahlali, Beatriz Berzal-Herranz, Alfredo Berzal-Herranz
Engineered multivalent drugs are promising candidates for fighting infection by highly variable viruses, such as HCV. The combination into a single molecule of more than one inhibitory domain, each with its own target specificity and even a different mechanism of action, results in drugs with potentially enhanced therapeutic properties. In the present work, the anti-HCV chimeric inhibitor RNA HH363-10, which has a hammerhead catalytic domain and an aptamer RNA domain, was subjected to an in vitro selection strategy to isolate ten different optimised chimeric inhibitor RNAs...
May 22, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531117/immunobiology-of-newcastle-disease-virus-and-its-use-for-prophylactic-vaccination-in-poultry-and-as-adjuvant-for-therapeutic-vaccination-in-cancer-patients
#15
REVIEW
Volker Schirrmacher
Newcastle disease (ND) is one of the most important diseases of poultry worldwide. In the last decades, molecular research has gained a lot of new information about its causative agent, newcastledisease virus (NDV). In poultry industry, certain strains of NDV have been used for preventive vaccination for more than 60 years. NDV has also been applied to cancer patients with beneficial effects for about 50 years, but this is less well known. The molecular basis for these differential effects of NDV in birds and man have been elucidated in the last decades and are explained in this review...
May 20, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529939/naturally-engineered-maturation-of-cardiomyocytes
#16
REVIEW
Gaetano J Scuderi, Jonathan Butcher
Ischemic heart disease remains one of the most prominent causes of mortalities worldwide with heart transplantation being the gold-standard treatment option. However, due to the major limitations associated with heart transplants, such as an inadequate supply and heart rejection, there remains a significant clinical need for a viable cardiac regenerative therapy to restore native myocardial function. Over the course of the previous several decades, researchers have made prominent advances in the field of cardiac regeneration with the creation of in vitro human pluripotent stem cell-derived cardiomyocyte tissue engineered constructs...
2017: Frontiers in Cell and Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529904/mini-review-of-conventional-and-hypofractionated-radiation-therapy-combined-with-immunotherapy-for-non-small-cell-lung-cancer
#17
REVIEW
Allison M Campbell, Roy H Decker
A successful antitumoral response requires immunological activation as well as an antigenic pool capable of stimulating both the innate and the adaptive immune system. Recent advances in immunotherapy have been aimed at boosting the activation status of the innate and adaptive immune system, including cytokine administration, monoclonal antibodies engineered to target high yield elements in oncogenic signaling pathways, cancer vaccines, and checkpoint inhibitors. Herein, we examine the ways that radiation therapy induced cell death provides a pool of stimulus antigen, and draw parallels from the immunobiology of autoimmunity to explore how the immunogenicity of antigen derived from radiation-induced cell death might augment the antitumoral response...
April 2017: Translational Lung Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529898/preclinical-rationale-for-combining-radiation-therapy-and-immunotherapy-beyond-checkpoint-inhibitors-i-e-cart
#18
REVIEW
James P Flynn, Mark H O'Hara, Saumil J Gandhi
An increasing appreciation for the role of the immune system in targeting cancer cells over the last decade has led to the development of several immunomodulatory agents aimed at enhancing the systemic antitumor immune response. One such method is the use of T cells that are genetically engineered to express chimeric antigen receptors (CARs). The remarkable success of this approach in advanced hematologic malignancies has garnered much enthusiasm for using this novel tool in treating other cancers. However, multiple challenges have hampered the application of this therapy to a broader set of solid tumors, most notably lung cancer...
April 2017: Translational Lung Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529754/chitosan-poly-caprolactone-nanofibers-for-skin-repair
#19
Sheeny Lan Levengood, Ariane E Erickson, Fei-Chien Chang, Miqin Zhang
Dermal wounds, both acute and chronic, represent a significant clinical challenge and therefore the development of novel biomaterial-based skin substitutes to promote skin repair is essential. Nanofibers have garnered attention as materials to promote skin regeneration due to the similarities in morphology and dimensionality between nanofibers and native extracellular matrix proteins, which are critical in guiding cutaneous wound healing. Electrospun chitosan-poly(caprolactone) (CPCL) nanofiber scaffolds, which combine the important intrinsic biological properties of chitosan and the mechanical integrity and stability of PCL, were evaluated as skin tissue engineering scaffolds using a mouse cutaneous excisional skin defect model...
March 7, 2017: Journal of Materials Chemistry. B, Materials for Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528117/composite-elastomeric-polyurethane-scaffolds-incorporating-small-intestinal-submucosa-for-soft-tissue-engineering
#20
Lincui Da, Mei Gong, Anjing Chen, Yi Zhang, Yizhou Huang, Zhijun Guo, Shengfu Li, Jesse Li-Ling, Li Zhang, Huiqi Xie
Although soft tissue replacement has been clinically successful in many cases, the corresponding procedure has many limitations including the lack of resilience and mechanical integrity, significant donor-site morbidity, volume loss with time, and fibrous capsular contracture. These disadvantages can be alleviated by utilizing bio-absorbable scaffolds with high resilience and large strain, which are capable of stimulating natural tissue regeneration. Hence, the chemically crosslinked tridimensional scaffolds obtained by incorporating water-based polyurethane (PU) (which was synthesized from polytetramethylene ether glycol, isophorone diisocyanate, and 2,2-bis(hydroxymethyl) butyric acid) into a bioactive extracellular matrix consisting of small intestinal submucosa (SIS) have been tested in this study to develop a new approach for soft tissue engineering...
May 17, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
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