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R Zhang, Q Deng, S N Sui, X Jin, M F Zhao
Objective: To investigate the specific cytotoxicities of the second and third generations of chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) -engineered T cells (CAR-T) on different lymphomas. Methods: CAR-Ts were prepared by lentivirus packaging and infection of T cells. CCK-8, ELISA and Lactate dehydrogenase cytotoxicity assay were applied to detect the proliferation capacity, the secretion level of inflammatory factor and the specific cytotoxicity. Flow cytometry assay showed the specific cytotoxicity and residual level of CAR-T in lymphomas of treated mice...
October 14, 2017: Zhonghua Xue Ye Xue za Zhi, Zhonghua Xueyexue Zazhi
Víctor Jesús Somovilla, Iris Alicia Bermejo, Inês S Albuquerque, Nuria Martínez-Sáez, Jorge Castro-López, Fayna Garcia Martin, Ismael Compañón, Hiroshi Hinou, Shin-Ichiro Nishimura, Jesús Jiménez-Barbero, Juan Luis Asensio, Alberto Avenoza, Jesús H Busto, Ramon Hurtado-Guerrero, Jesús M Peregrina, Gonçalo J L Bernardes, Francisco Corzana
A structure-based design of a new generation tumor-associated glycopeptides with improved affinity against two anti-MUC1 antibodies is described. These unique antigens feature a fluorinated proline residue, such as a (4S)-4-fluoro-L-proline or 4,4-difluoroproline, at the most immunogenic domain. Binding assays using bio-layer interferometry reveal 3-fold to 10-fold affinity improvement with respect to the natural (glyco)peptides. According to X-ray crystallography and MD simulations, the fluorinated residues stabilize the antigen-antibody complex by enhancing key CH/π interactions...
November 22, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
Rodney A Velliquette, Arun Rajgopal, John Rebhun, Kelly Glynn
OBJECTIVE: To examine specific molecular mechanisms involved in modulating hepatic lipogenesis and mitochondria biogenesis signals by Lithospermum erythrorhizon (gromwell) root extract. METHODS: Stable cell lines with luciferase reporter constructs were generated to examine sterol regulatory element binding protein 1c (SREBP1c) and peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma, coactivator 1 (PGC1) α promoter activity and estrogen-related receptor (ERR) α response element activity...
November 22, 2017: Obesity
X-Y Zhu, D-C Feng, T Han
The external genitalia problems are cumbersome problems for both doctors and parents, as these abnormalities have a consequent impact on future generations. However, the affected young infants are unaware of the consequences due to immature emotional state. Further, the feeling of being different and inferior in affected young patients could give rise to negative emotions including depression, insecurity, anxiety, powerlessness, etc. These all factors collectively could cause a mental imbalance in the affected children...
October 2017: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
L Wang, L Ren, D Mitchell, G Casillas-Garcia, W Ren, C Ma, X X Xu, S Wen, F Wang, J Zhou, X Xu, W Hao, S X Dou, Y Du
The key to produce inorganic heterogeneous nanostructures, and to integrate multiple functionalities, is to enhance or at least retain the functionalities of different components of materials. However, this ideal scenario is often deteriorated at the interface of the heterogeneous nanostructures due to lattice mismatches, resulting in downgraded performance in most hybrid nanomaterials. Here, we report that there is a narrow window in controlling temperature in a Lewis acid-base reaction process to facilitate epitaxial alignment during the synthesis of hybrid nanomaterials...
November 22, 2017: Nanoscale
Sara P Y Che, Jeannie Y Park, Tracy Stokol
Tissue factor (TF)-expressing tumor-derived extracellular vesicles (EVs) can promote metastasis and pre-metastatic niche formation, but the mechanisms by which this occurs remain largely unknown. We hypothesized that generation of activated factor X (FXa) by TF expressed on tumor-derived EV could activate protease-activated receptors (PARs) on non-activated endothelial cells to induce a pro-adhesive and pro-inflammatory phenotype. We obtained EV from TF-expressing breast (MDA-MB-231) and pancreatic (BxPC3 and Capan-1) tumor cell lines...
2017: Frontiers in Oncology
Mikiyas K Assefa, Guang Wu, Trevor W Hayton
Reaction of [Ce(NR2)3] (R = SiMe3) with LiNO3 in THF, in the presence of 2,2,2-cryptand, results in the formation of the Ce(iii) "ate" complex, [Li(2,2,2-cryptand)][Ce(κ(2)-O2NO)(NR2)3] (1) in 38% yield. Photolysis of 1 at 380 nm affords [Li(2,2,2-cryptand)][Ce(O)(NR2)3] (2), in 33% isolated yield after reaction work-up. Complex 2 is the first reported example of a Ce(iv) oxo complex where the oxo ligand is not supported by hydrogen bonding or alkali metal coordination. Also formed during photolysis are [Li(2,2,2-cryptand)]2[(μ3-O){Ce(μ-O)(NR2)2}3] (3) and [Li(2,2,2-cryptand)][Ce(OSiMe3)(NR2)3] (4)...
November 1, 2017: Chemical Science
Deshan Hu, Xiuli Shan
The objective of this study was to analyze the effects of type-I collagen hydrogel of different concentrations on the growth and differentiation of rabbit chondrocytes. Articular cartilage from New Zealand white rabbits was harvested and cultured. Second-generation chondrocytes were collected for in vitro culture with 10, 7, and 5 mg/ml type-I collagen hydrogel, respectively (denoted as groups A, B, and C). After in vitro culture for 1 day, chondrocytes were stained with fluorescein diacetate (FDA)/propidium iodide (PI), and cell viability was observed by laser confocal microscopy...
December 2017: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
Esther Manor, Azhar Jabareen, Nurit Magal, Arei Kofman, Randi J Hagerman, Flora Tassone
Here we describe a case of a prenatal diagnosis of a male fetus that inherited the unstable allele from his full mutation mosaic mother (29, 160, >200 CGG repeats) reduced to a normal size range (19 CGG repeats). Haplotype analysis showed that the fetus 19 CGG repeats allele derived from the maternal unstable allele which was inherited from his maternal grandmother. No size mosaicism was detected by testing the DNA from in vitro cultured samples, including seventh passage culture as well as from two amniocentesis samples...
2017: Frontiers in Genetics
Alon Cna'ani, Reut Shavit, Jasmin Ravid, Javiera Aravena-Calvo, Oded Skaliter, Tania Masci, Alexander Vainstein
Floral scent has been studied extensively in the model plant Petunia. However, little is known about the intracellular fate of scent compounds. Here, we characterize the glycosylation of phenylpropanoid scent compounds in Petunia x hybrida. This modification reduces scent compounds' volatility, reactivity, and autotoxicity while increasing their water-solubility. Gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS) analyses revealed that flowers of petunia cultivars accumulate substantial amounts of glycosylated scent compounds and that their increasing level parallels flower development...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
Rita Caramalho, Joel D A Tyndall, Brian C Monk, Thomas Larentis, Cornelia Lass-Flörl, Michaela Lackner
Mucormycoses are emerging and potentially lethal infections. An increase of breakthrough infections has been found in cohorts receiving short-tailed azoles prophylaxis (e.g. voriconazole (VCZ)). Although VCZ is ineffective in vitro and in vivo, long-tailed triazoles such as posaconazole remain active against mucormycetes. Our goal was to validate the molecular mechanism of resistance to short-tailed triazoles in Mucorales. The paralogous cytochrome P450 genes (CYP51 F1 and CYP51 F5) of Rhizopus arrhizus, Rhizopus microsporus, and Mucor circinelloides were amplified and sequenced...
November 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
Yue Guo, Sung Heum Park, Byung Chun Choi, Jung Hyun Jeong, Jung Hwan Kim
A Bi(3+) and Eu(3+) ion co-doped Ba9Lu2Si6O24 single-phased phosphor was synthesized successfully via a conventional high-temperature solid-state reaction. X-ray diffraction, crystal structure analysis, diffuse reflectance and luminescent spectra, quantum efficiency measurements, and thermal stability analysis were applied to investigate the phase, structure, luminescent and thermal stability properties. From the analyses of the crystal structure and luminescent spectra, we observed four discernible Bi(3+) luminescent centers with peaks at ~363...
November 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
Omid Teymournejad, Mingqun Lin, Yasuko Rikihisa
The obligatory intracellular pathogen Ehrlichia chaffeensis lacks most genes that confer resistance to oxidative stress but can block reactive oxygen species (ROS) generation by host monocytes-macrophages. Bacterial and host molecules responsible for this inhibition have not been identified. To infect host cells, Ehrlichia uses the C terminus of its surface invasin, entry-triggering protein of Ehrlichia (EtpE; EtpE-C), which directly binds the mammalian cell surface receptor glycosylphosphatidylinositol-anchored protein DNase X...
November 21, 2017: MBio
Jehan AlHumaid, Fahad Al-Harbi, Maha El Tantawi, Abeer Elembaby
OBJECTIVE: The aim of the present study was to directly compare Carisolv and Papacarie regarding the volume of removed tissue (RT) and dentin mineral density (DMD) after excavation. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Twenty permanent molars were randomized into two groups where caries was excavated using Carisolv or Papacarie followed by removal of softened tissue by a blunt instrument. X-ray microtomography was used to scan teeth before and after excavation generating two- and three-dimensional images that were used to calculate the percentage of RT relative to baseline tooth tissue volume and DMD that was categorized into sound dentin (>1...
November 21, 2017: Acta Odontologica Scandinavica
Hiroshi Watanabe, Yoshikazu Nomura, Ami Kuribayashi, Tohru Kurabayashi
OBJECTIVES: We aimed to employ the Radia diagnostic software with the Safety and Efficacy of a New Emerging Dental X-ray Modality (SEDENTEXCT) image quality (IQ) phantom in computed tomography (CT), and to evaluate its validity. METHODS: The SEDENTEXCT IQ phantom and Radia diagnostic software were employed. The phantom was scanned using one medical full-body CT and two dento-maxillo-facial cone beam CTs. The obtained images were imported to the Radia software, and the spatial resolution outputs were evaluated...
November 21, 2017: Dento Maxillo Facial Radiology
Archana Kadam, Anand Pandit, Sanjay Patole
The authors present a case of Fragile X syndrome (FXS) in siblings from an Indian family with no developmental delay in previous generations. The boy presented with developmental delay, autistic features and defiant behaviours that raised clinical suspicion. He also had congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH). Social anxiety and difficulty in making friends were the subtle features in his sister with dull normal intelligence. FXS was confirmed by clinical features and DNA testing. Intervention was initiated for both the siblings...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Tropical Pediatrics
Shafagh A Waters, Alexandra M Livernois, Hardip Patel, Denis O'Meally, Jeff M Craig, Jennifer A Marshall Graves, Catherine M Suter, Paul D Waters
DNA methylation plays a key role in maintaining transcriptional silence on the inactive X chromosome of eutherian mammals. Beyond eutherians, there are limited genome wide data on DNA methylation from other vertebrates. Previous studies of X borne genes in various marsupial models revealed no differential DNA methylation of promoters between the sexes, leading to the conclusion that CpG methylation plays no role in marsupial X-inactivation. Using reduced representation bisulfite sequencing, we generated male and female CpG methylation profiles in four representative vertebrates (mouse, gray short-tailed opossum, platypus and chicken)...
November 17, 2017: Molecular Biology and Evolution
Emmanuel Di Piazza, Corentin Boilleau, Antoine Vacher, Khalissa Merahi, Lucie Norel, Karine Costuas, Thierry Roisnel, Sylvie Choua, Philippe Turek, Stéphane Rigaut
The preparation and properties of novel ruthenium carbon-rich complexes [(Ph-C≡C-)2-nRu(dppe)2(-C≡C-bipyM(hfac)2)n] (n = 1, 2; M = Cu(II), Mn(II); bipy = 2,2'-bipyridin-5-yl) characterized by single-crystal X-ray diffraction and designed for molecular magnetism are reported. With the help of EPR spectroscopy, we show that the neutral ruthenium system sets up a magnetic coupling between two remote paramagnetic Cu(II) units. More specifically, these copper compounds are unique examples of bimetallic and linear heterotrimetallic compounds for which a complete rationalization of the magnetic interactions could be made for exceptionally long distances between the spin carriers (8...
November 21, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
J Wang, H Peng, J Kong, T Zhao, S Zhang, X Cao
Ceftiofur (CEF), a broad-spectrum third-generation cephalosporin, exhibits a good activity against a broad range of gram-negative and gram-positive bacteria, including many that produce β-lactamase. To design a rational dosage regimen for the drug in lactating Holstein dairy cows, the pharmacokinetic properties of ceftiofur hydrochloride injection were investigated in six cows after intravenous, intramuscular, and subcutaneous administration of single dose of 2.2 mg/kg BW (body weight). Plasma concentration-time curves and relevant parameters were best described by noncompartmental analysis through WinNonlin 6...
November 21, 2017: Journal of Veterinary Pharmacology and Therapeutics
Karl Berggren, Björn Cederström, Mats Lundqvist, Erik Fredenberg
PURPOSE: It has been shown that breast tomosynthesis may improve sensitivity and specificity compared to 2D mammography, resulting in increased detection-rate of cancers or lowered call-back rates. The purpose of this study is to characterize a spectral photon-counting multi-slit breast tomosynthesis system that is able to do single-scan spectral imaging with multiple collimated x-ray beams. The system differs in many aspects compared to conventional tomosynthesis using energy-integrating flat-panel detectors...
November 21, 2017: Medical Physics
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