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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346435/aav9-mediated-engineering-of-autotransplanted-kidney-of-non-human-primates
#1
S Tomasoni, P Trionfini, N Azzollini, L Zentilin, M Giacca, S Aiello, L Longaretti, E Cozzi, N Baldan, G Remuzzi, A Benigni
Ex vivo gene transfer to the graft before transplantation is an attractive option for circumventing systemic side effects of chronic anti-rejection therapy. Gene delivery of the immunomodulatory protein CTLA4-Ig prevented chronic kidney rejection in a rat model of allotransplantation without the need for systemic immunosuppression. Here, we generated AAV2 and AAV9 vectors encoding for LEA29Y, an optimized version of CTLA4-Ig. Both LEA29Y vectors were equally efficient for reducing T-cell proliferation in vitro...
March 27, 2017: Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346107/a-high-throughput-method-for-measuring-drug-residence-time-using-the-transcreener-adp-assay
#2
Meera Kumar, Robert G Lowery
Analysis of drug-target residence times during drug development can result in improved efficacy, increased therapeutic window, and reduced side effects. Residence time can be estimated as the reciprocal of the dissociation rate ( koff) of an inhibitor from its target. The traditional methods for measuring koff require synthesis of labeled ligands or low-throughput label-free methods. To provide an alternative that is better suited to an automated high-throughput screening (HTS) environment, we adapted a classic "jump dilution" catalytic assay method for determination of koff values for kinase inhibitor drugs...
February 1, 2017: SLAS Discov
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346091/a-high-throughput-screening-model-of-the-tumor-microenvironment-for-ovarian-cancer-cell-growth
#3
Madhu Lal-Nag, Lauren McGee, Rajarshi Guha, Ernst Lengyel, Hilary A Kenny, Marc Ferrer
The tumor microenvironment plays an important role in the processes of tumor growth, metastasis, and drug resistance. We have used a multilayered 3D primary cell culture model that reproduces the human ovarian cancer metastatic microenvironment to study the effect of the microenvironment on the pharmacological responses of different classes of drugs on cancer cell proliferation. A collection of oncology drugs was screened to identify compounds that inhibited the proliferation of ovarian cancer cells growing as monolayers or forming spheroids, on plastic and on a 3D microenvironment culture model of the omentum metastatic site, and also cells already in preformed spheroids...
January 1, 2017: SLAS Discov
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343930/cost-effectiveness-of-different-post-retained-restorations
#4
Falk Schwendicke, Michael Stolpe
OBJECTIVES: Dentists can choose between metal and fiber post systems to provide post-retained restorations. The risk of tooth loss and other complications differs between different post systems, as do the initial treatment costs. We aimed to assess the cost-effectiveness of (1) cast metal (MC), (2) preformed metal (MP), (3) glass fiber (GF), and (4) carbon fiber (CF) post-retained restorations. METHODS: A mixed public-private payer's perspective within German healthcare was taken...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Endodontics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343765/human-cardiac-progenitor-cells-with-regenerative-potential-can-be-isolated-and-characterized-from-3d-electro-anatomic-guided-endomyocardial-biopsies
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Domenico D'Amario, Antonio Maria Leone, Maria Lucia Narducci, Costantino Smaldone, Dalgisio Lecis, Frediano Inzani, Marco Luciani, Andrea Siracusano, Federica La Neve, Melissa Manchi, Gemma Pelargonio, Francesco Perna, Piergiorgio Bruno, Massimo Massetti, Dario Pitocco, Donato Cappetta, Grazia Esposito, Konrad Urbanek, Antonella De Angelis, Francesco Rossi, Roberto Piacentini, Giulia Angelini, Domenica Donatella Li Puma, Claudio Grassi, Elisa De Paolis, Ettore Capoluongo, Valentina Silvestri, Biagio Merlino, Riccardo Marano, Filippo Crea
AIMS: In the present study, we aimed to develop a percutaneous approach and a reproducible methodology for the isolation and expansion of Cardiac Progenitor Cells (CPCs) from EndoMyocardial Biopsies (EMB) in vivo. Moreover, in an animal model of non-ischemic heart failure (HF), we would like to test whether CPCs obtained by this methodology may engraft the myocardium and differentiate. METHODS AND RESULTS: EMB were obtained using a preformed sheath and a disposable bioptome, advanced via right femoral vein in 12 healthy mini pigs, to the right ventricle...
March 1, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343241/in-vitro-activity-of-alpha-mangostin-in-killing-and-eradicating-staphylococcus-epidermidis-rp62a-biofilms
#6
Murugesan Sivaranjani, Manivannan Prakash, Shanmugaraj Gowrishankar, Janarthanam Rathna, Shunmugiah Karutha Pandian, Arumugam Veera Ravi
Alpha-mangostin (α-MG) has been reported to be an effective antibacterial agent against planktonic cells of many Gram-positive bacteria. However, the antibiofilm potency of α-MG remains unexplored till date. In this study, the antibiofilm and mature biofilm eradication ability of α-MG against Staphylococcus epidermidis RP62A (ATCC 35984) biofilms were evaluated. The minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) and minimum bactericidal concentration (MBC) of α-MG against S. epidermidis RP62A were found to be 1...
March 25, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341047/short-communication-effects-of-prill-size-of-a-palmitic-acid-enriched-fat-supplement-on-the-yield-of-milk-and-milk-components-and-nutrient-digestibility-of-dairy-cows
#7
J de Souza, J L Garver, C L Preseault, A L Lock
The objective of our experiment was to evaluate the effects of prill size of a palmitic acid-enriched fatty acid supplement (PA; 85% C16:0) on feed intake, nutrient digestibility, and production responses of dairy cows. Twenty-four primiparous and multiparous Holstein cows were assigned based on parity and production level to replicated 4×4 Latin squares balanced for carryover effects with 21-d periods. Treatments were a control diet (no added PA), or 2.0% PA added as a small prill size (PA-SM; 284±12.4µm), a medium prill size (PA-MD; 325±14...
January 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337706/clinical-and-radiological-outcomes-of-two-level-endoscopic-posterior-cervical-foraminotomy
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Myung Soo Youn, Myeong Hwan Shon, Yoon Jae Seong, Jong Ki Shin, Tae Sik Goh, Jung Sub Lee
PURPOSE: The efficacy and safety of endoscopic posterior cervical foraminotomy (EPCF) have been demonstrated for single-level cervical radiculopathy, but no report in the medical literature has described the clinical results of two-level EPCF. The aim of this study was to assess the clinical and radiological outcomes of two-level EPCF performed in patients with cervical radiculopathy. METHODS: Twenty-two consecutive patients (9 females and 13 males) that underwent two-level EPCF with cervical radiculopathy from January 2012 to January 2014 were included in this study...
March 23, 2017: European Spine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336976/the-hall-technique-10-years-on-questions-and-answers
#9
N P T Innes, D J P Evans, C C Bonifacio, M Geneser, D Hesse, M Heimer, M Kanellis, V Machiulskiene, J Narbutaité, I C Olegário, A Owais, M P Araujo, D P Raggio, C Splieth, E van Amerongen, K Weber-Gasparoni, R M Santamaria
It is ten years since the first paper on the Hall Technique was published in the British Dental Journal and almost 20 years since the technique first came to notice. Dr Norna Hall a (now retired) general dental practitioner from the north of Scotland had, for many years, been managing carious primary molar teeth by cementing preformed metal crowns over them, with no local anaesthesia, tooth preparation or carious tissue removal. This first report, a retrospective analysis of Dr Hall's treatments, caused controversy...
March 24, 2017: British Dental Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331211/association-between-the-mif-173g-c-polymorphism-and-serum-mif-levels-with-pulmonary-tuberculosis-a-meta-analysis
#10
Xiang Tong, Zhipeng Yan, Qilong Zhou, Sitong Liu, Jing Han, Yao Ma, Xue Yang, Hong Fan
Many studies have indicated that Macrophage migration inhibitory factor (MIF)-173G/C gene polymorphisms are associated with susceptibility to pulmonary tuberculosis (PTB). Additionally, some studies have suggested that there are higher levels of serum MIF in patients with PTB than the controls. However, the results of these studies were underpowered. The current study aimed to precisely evaluate the association between the MIF-173G/C polymorphism and serum MIF concentrations with PTB. Therefore, a systematic literature search was preformed to identify studies involving the indicated association...
March 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330784/vascular-endothelial-growth-factor-vegf-and-vegf-receptor-inhibitors-in-the-treatment-of-renal-cell-carcinomas
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REVIEW
Robert Roskoski
One Von Hippel-Lindau (VHL) tumor suppressor gene is lost in most renal cell carcinomas while the nondeleted allele exhibits hypermethylation-induced inactivation or inactivating somatic mutations. As a result of these genetic modifications, there is an increased production of VEGF-A and pro-angiogenic growth factors in this disorder. The important role of angiogenesis in the pathogenesis of renal cell carcinomas and other tumors has focused the attention of investigators on the biology of VEGFs and VEGFR1-3 and to the development of inhibitors of the intricate and multifaceted angiogenic pathways...
March 18, 2017: Pharmacological Research: the Official Journal of the Italian Pharmacological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330212/paper-wasp-nest-mediated-biosynthesis-of-silver-nanoparticles-for-antimicrobial-catalytic-anticoagulant-and-thrombolytic-applications
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Agbaje Lateef, Monsurat A Akande, Sunday A Ojo, Bolaji I Folarin, Evariste B Gueguim-Kana, Lorika S Beukes
Biosynthesis of silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) using nest extract of paper wasp (Polistes sp) was investigated in this work. The AgNPs were characterized by UV-Vis spectroscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), and transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and evaluated for antibacterial, antifungal, dye degradation, blood anticoagulation, and blood clot dissolution (thrombolytic) activities. The crystalline polydispersed AgNPs with size range of 12.5-95.55 nm absorbed maximally at 428 nm and showed anisotropic structures of sphere, triangle, hexagon, rod, and rhombus...
December 2016: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325038/benefit-of-rare-earth-smart-doping-and-material-nanostructuring-for-the-next-generation-of-er-doped-fibers
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Inna Savelii, Laurent Bigot, Bruno Capoen, Cedric Gonnet, Corinne Chanéac, Ekaterina Burova, Alain Pastouret, Hicham El-Hamzaoui, Mohamed Bouazaoui
Erbium-doped fiber amplifiers (EDFAs) for harsh environments require to develop specific fabrication methods of Er (3+)-doped fibers (EDFs) so as to limit the impact of radiation-induced absorption. In this context, a compromise has to be found between the concentration of Erbium and the glass composition. On the one hand, high concentration of Er (3+) ions helps to reduce the length of the EDF and hence the cumulated attenuation but generally leads to luminescence quenching mechanisms that limit the performances...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323895/stage-and-continuum-approaches-in-prehistoric-biface-production-a-north-american-perspective
#14
Michael J Shott
North American lithic analysis often assigns biface preforms to discrete, successive stages defined in Callahan's influential study. Yet recent research questions the stage concept, emphasizing instead a continuous view of the reduction process. To compare stage and continuum approaches, their assumptions are tested in experimental replicas, including Callahan's, and empirical Paleoindian preform assemblages. In these samples, biface reduction is a process that can be tracked and measured by continuous measures of size and reduction allometry...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321313/correlation-study-of-adenosine-deaminase-and-its-isoenzymes-in-type-2-diabetes-mellitus
#15
Lokendra Bahadur Sapkota, Sangita Thapa, Nuwadatta Subedi
OBJECTIVE: Adenosine deaminase (ADA) plays an important role in cell-mediated immunity and modulation of insulin activity. Its clinical and diagnostic significance in Nepalese type 2 diabetes is not yet characterized. So, this study's objective was to determine the isoenzymatic activities of ADA (ADA1, ADA2, and total ADA) and show its correlation with demographic, anthropometric, and biochemical characteristics of type 2 Nepalese subjects with diabetes. RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS: This is a hospital-based cross-sectional study including 80 type 2 diabetes mellitus (DM) patients and same number of age-matched and sex-matched healthy controls...
2017: BMJ Open Diabetes Research & Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320299/effects-of-seeding-on-lysozyme-amyloid-fibrillation-in-the-presence-of-epigallocatechin-and-polyethylene-glycol
#16
Li-Xiu Kong, Cheng-Ming Zeng
Preformed amyloid fibrils can act as seeds for accelerating protein fibrillation. In the present study, we examined the effects of preformed seeds on lysozyme amyloid fibrillation in the presence of two distinct inhibitors - epigallocatechin (EGC) and polyethylene glycol 2000 (PEG). The results demonstrated that the effects of fibrillar seeds on the acceleration of lysozyme fibrillation depended on the aggregation pathway directed by an inhibitor. EGC inhibited lysozyme fibrillation and modified the peptide chains with quinone moieties in a concentration-dependent manner...
February 2017: Biochemistry. Biokhimii︠a︡
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315735/very-rapid-amyloid-fibril-formation-by-a-bacterial-lipase-in-the-absence-of-a-detectable-lag-phase
#17
Fatemeh Rashno, Khosro Khajeh, Claudia Capitini, Reza H Sajedi, Maryam Monsef Shokri, Fabrizio Chiti
The conversion of proteins from their soluble states into well-organized amyloid fibrils has received abundant attention. This process typically consists of three stages: lag, growth and plateau phases. In this study, the process of amyloid fibril formation by lipase from Pseudomonas sp. after diluting out urea was examined by Thioflavin T (ThT) fluorescence, Congo red (CR) binding, 8-anilinonaphthalene-1-sulfonic acid (ANS) binding, dynamic light scattering (DLS), circular dichroism (CD) and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopies, X-ray diffraction (XRD) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM)...
March 15, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28304109/methicillin-resistant-staphylococcus-aureus-mrsa-a-controversial-food-borne-pathogen
#18
REVIEW
Daniil Sergelidis, Apostolos S Angelidis
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is a major cause of severe healthcare-associated (HA) infections. Although during the last decade the incidence of HA invasive infections has dropped, the incidence of community-associated MRSA (CA-MRSA) infections has risen among the general population. Moreover, CA-MRSA, livestock-associated MRSA (LA-MRSA) and HA MRSA (HA-MRSA) can be found in foods intended for human consumption. Several studies from different geographical areas have reported the presence of enterotoxin genes in several MRSA food isolates...
March 17, 2017: Letters in Applied Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303897/synergistic-efficacy-of-bisbenzimidazole-and-carbonyl-cyanide-3-chlorophenylhydrazone-combination-against-mdr-bacterial-strains
#19
Devapriya Sinha, Stuti Pandey, Raja Singh, Vinod Tiwari, Kirti Sad, Vibha Tandon
Activation of efflux systems and the formation of biofilm are majorly adapted by microbes to resist antimicrobial agents. PPEF (bisbenzimidazole) targeting topoisomerase IA is observed to be an effective bactericidal agent against both Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacterial strains and thus can be developed as potent broad-spectrum antibiotic against MDR strains. PPEF treatment did not cause target specific mutation instead it leads to up-regulation of efflux gene in E. coli K12 as a mechanism of resistance...
March 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303128/a-high-throughput-screening-platform-of-microbial-natural-products-for-the-discovery-of-molecules-with-antibiofilm-properties-against-salmonella
#20
Sonia Paytubi, Mercedes de La Cruz, Jose R Tormo, Jesús Martín, Ignacio González, Victor González-Menendez, Olga Genilloud, Fernando Reyes, Francisca Vicente, Cristina Madrid, Carlos Balsalobre
In this report, we describe a High-Throughput Screening (HTS) to identify compounds that inhibit biofilm formation or cause the disintegration of an already formed biofilm using the Salmonella Enteritidis 3934 strain. Initially, we developed a new methodology for growing Salmonella biofilms suitable for HTS platforms. The biomass associated with biofilm at the solid-liquid interface was quantified by staining both with resazurin and crystal violet, to detect living cells and total biofilm mass, respectively...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
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