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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777805/design-of-carboxymethyl-chitosan-based-heparin-mimicking-cross-linked-beads-for-safe-and-efficient-blood-purification
#1
Yilin Wang, Xuelian Huang, Chao He, YuPei Li, Weifeng Zhao, Changsheng Zhao
Safe and efficient carboxymethyl chitosan (CMC)-based heparin-mimicking cross-linked beads (CMC/PAMPS) as adsorbents for the clearance of low-density lipoprotein-cholesterol (LDL-c) in blood purification were prepared through hydrogen bonding interactions followed with in situ cross-linking with 2-acrylamido-2-methyl-1-propanesulfonicacid (AMPS). Fourier transform infrared spectra (FTIR), two-dimensional correlation FTIR spectroscopy (2D IR), thermal gravimetric analysis (TGA) and energy dispersive X-ray spectrometer (EDS) demonstrated the successful synthesis of CMC/PAMPS beads...
May 16, 2018: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777702/microrna-608-inhibits-human-hepatocellular-carcinoma-cell-proliferation-via-targeting-the-bet-family-protein-brd4
#2
Ling He, Dijuan Meng, Shi-Hu Zhang, Yi Zhang, Zhengming Deng, Lian-Bao Kong
Over-expression of the bromodomain and extraterminal (BET) family protein BRD4 is associated with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) progression. In the present study, we indentified a novel putative anti-BRD4 microRNA: microRNA-608 ("miR-608"). In HepG2 cells and primary human HCC cells, over-expression of miR-608, using a lentiviral construct, induced BRD4 downregulation and proliferation inhibition. Conversely, transfection of the miR-608 inhibitor increased BRD4 expression to promote HepG2 cell proliferation...
May 16, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777679/development-of-dnazyme-based-pcr-signal-cascade-amplification-for-visual-detection-of-listeria-monocytogenes-in-food
#3
Zhanmin Liu, Chenhui Yao, Cuiyun Yang, Yanming Wang, Sibao Wan, Junyi Huang
Listeria monocytogenes is an important food-borne pathogen, and it can cause severe diseases. Rapid detection of L. monocytogenes is crucial to control this pathogen. A simple and robust strategy based on the cascade of PCR and G-quadruplex DNAzyme catalyzed reaction was used to detect L. monocytogenes. In the presence of hemin and the aptamer formed during PCR, the catalytic horseradish peroxidase-mimicking G-quadruplex DNAzymes allow the colorimetric responses of target DNA from L. monocytogenes. This assay can detect genomic DNA of L...
May 16, 2018: Analytical Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777599/immense-random-colocalization-revealed-by-automated-high-content-image-cytometry-seriously-questions-fish-as-gold-standard-for-detecting-eml4-alk-fusion
#4
Gábor Smuk, Tamás Tornóczky, László Pajor, Ilse Chudoba, Béla Kajtár, Veronika Sárosi, Gábor Pajor
EML4-ALK gene fusion (inv2(p21p23)) of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) predisposes to tyrosine kinase inhibitor treatment. One of the gold standard diagnostics is the dual color (DC) break-apart (BA) FISH technique, however, the unusual closeness of the involved genes has been suggested to raise likelihood of random co-localization (RCL) of signals. Although this is suspected to decrease sensitivity (often to as low as 40-70%), the exact level and effect of RCL has not been revealed thus far. Signal distances were analyzed to the 0...
May 19, 2018: Cytometry. Part A: the Journal of the International Society for Analytical Cytology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777358/generation-of-genetically-engineered-animals-using-engineered-endonucleases
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REVIEW
Jong Geol Lee, Young Hoon Sung, In-Jeoung Baek
The key to successful drug discovery and development is to find the most suitable animal model of human diseases for the preclinical studies. The recent emergence of engineered endonucleases is allowing for efficient and precise genome editing, which can be used to develop potentially useful animal models for human diseases. In particular, zinc finger nucleases, transcription activator-like effector nucleases, and the clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeat systems are revolutionizing the generation of diverse genetically-engineered experimental animals including mice, rats, rabbits, dogs, pigs, and even non-human primates that are commonly used for preclinical studies of the drug discovery...
May 17, 2018: Archives of Pharmacal Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776484/corticotropin-releasing-factor-in-the-brain-and-blocking-spinal-descending-signals-induce-hyperalgesia-in-the-latent-sensitization-model-of-chronic-pain
#6
Wenling Chen, Yvette Taché, Juan Carlos Marvizón
Latent sensitization is a model of chronic pain in which an injury triggers a period of hyperalgesia followed by an apparent recovery, but in which pain sensitization persists but is suppressed by opioid and adrenergic receptors. One important characteristic of latent sensitization is that hyperalgesia can be triggered by acute stress. To determine whether the effect of stress is mimicked by the activation of corticotropin-releasing factor (CRF) signaling in the brain, rats with latent sensitization induced by injecting complete Freund's adjuvant (CFA, 50 μl) in one hind paw were given an intracerebroventricular (i...
June 15, 2018: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776003/the-vcd-pattern-of-the-%C3%AE-c-o-bands-in-isoindolinones
#7
Joanna Ewa Rode, Krzysztof Lyczko, Magdalena Jawiczuk, Robert Kawęcki, Wojciech Stańczyk, Agnieszka Jaglińska, Jan Cz Dobrowolski
The IR and VCD spectra of both enantiomers of Me, iPr, nBu, Ph and CH2Ph substituted isoindolinones in solution and KBr pellets were measured and interpreted with DFT calculations. The spectra in solution revealed no important differences in the C=O stretching vibration region while the interpretation of very distinct spectra taken in pellets required determining the crystal structures. The studied compounds crystallized in the P212121 (Me, iPr, CH2Ph), P31 (nBu), and P21 (Ph) space groups. We found that the quality of simulated spectra strongly depends on the substituent, the structure of the molecular cluster assumed, basis set, and use of the dispersion correction...
May 18, 2018: Chemphyschem: a European Journal of Chemical Physics and Physical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775815/simultaneous-magnetic-resonance-and-optical-elastography-acquisitions-comparison-of-displacement-images-and-shear-modulus-estimations-using-a-single-vibration-source
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Spencer T Brinker, Steven P Kearney, Thomas J Royston, Dieter Klatt
The mechanical properties of tissue are sensitive to pathological changes, which is the basis for using dynamic elastography as a diagnostic tool. The purpose of this study is a concurrent cross-modality comparison of two dynamic elastography methods, Magnetic Resonance Elastography (MRE) and Scanning Laser Doppler Vibrometry (SLDV) using a single vibration source method. Cylindrical soft tissue mimicking specimens of Plastisol and Ecoflex are stimulated with 60, 100, 150, and 250 Hz sinusoidal vibration during imaging...
May 8, 2018: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774360/histologic-mimics-of-malignant-melanoma
#9
Caroline Bsirini, Bruce R Smoller
Although spongiotic (eczematous), psoriatic and cutaneous skin infections are among the most common dermatology consultations, melanocytic lesions - including the different types of nevi and melanomas - are among those that cause a great deal of concern and stress to patients and their clinicians. A diagnosis of benign melanocytic nevus carries a very good prognosis. However, a diagnosis of melanoma might imply more aggressive treatment, lifelong surveillance and a worse prognosis. Differentiating between these conditions is not always a straightforward process for clinicians and pathologists...
May 18, 2018: Singapore Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774226/metastatic-gastric-signet-ring-cell-carcinoma-mimicking-crohn-s-disease
#10
Michael W Winter, Amr Dokmak, Zachary Marnoy, Shweta Sinagare, Alexander N Levy
Signet-ring cell carcinoma (SRCC) is an adenocarcinoma characterized by mucin-producing cells and most commonly arises in the stomach. Colonic SRCC can share features of colitis, including long segments of concentric bowel wall thickening and ulcerated mucosa with regions of sparing. We describe a rare case of metastatic gastric SRCC mimicking Crohn's disease. Our patient underwent 2 colonoscopies, and biopsies revealed chronic active inflammation with no evidence of malignancy. The diagnosis of SRCC was only made after colectomy was performed for recurrent bowel obstruction...
2018: ACG Case Reports Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774200/thickening-ligamentum-flavum-mimicking-tumor-in-the-epidural-space-of-the-cervical-spine
#11
Sung Hyun Bae, Dong Wuk Son, O Ik Kwon, Su Hun Lee, Jun Seok Lee, Geun Sung Song
In patients with tumors and spinal cord lesions, inflammation and tissue infection can result in mass effect detection on imaging. As a result, surgical biopsy procedures are often performed on the lesions. We report a rare case in which the thickening ligamentum flavum (LF) appeared to be a tumor in the epidural space of the cervical spine based on imaging findings. A 52-year-old man visited our outpatient clinic with severe shoulder pain and radicular pain in his right arm that had developed gradually after a traffic accident two months earlier...
April 2018: Korean Journal of Neurotrauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774194/improper-use-of-thrombolytic-agents-in-acute-hemiparesis-following-misdiagnosis-of-acute-ischemic-stroke
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Min Chan Kim, Seok Won Kim
Objective: Acute hemiparesis is often an early presentation of acute ischemic stroke, though it can occur in various disorders. This study aimed to investigate the improper use of thrombolytic agents for patients with acute hemiparesis, following the misdiagnosis of acute ischemic stroke. Methods: We analyzed the clinical and radiological data of nine patients initially misdiagnosed with cerebral stroke in the emergency room from May 2013 to January 2017. All the patients were treated with tissue plasminogen activator (TPA) owing to the presence of acute hemiparesis...
April 2018: Korean Journal of Neurotrauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774111/ceragenin-csa-13-as-free-molecules-and-attached-to-magnetic-nanoparticle-surfaces-induce-caspase-dependent-apoptosis-in-human-breast-cancer-cells-via-disruption-of-cell-oxidative-balance
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Ewelina Piktel, Izabela Prokop, Urszula Wnorowska, Grzegorz Król, Mateusz Cieśluk, Katarzyna Niemirowicz, Paul B Savage, Robert Bucki
Natural antimicrobial peptides and ceragenins, as non-peptide amphipathic mimics, have been proposed as anti-cancer agents. To date, it has been confirmed that cathelicidin LL-37 and ceragenin CSA-13, both in free form and immobilized on the surface of magnetic nanoparticles (MNP@LL-37, MNP@CSA-13) induce apoptosis in colon cancer cells. Nevertheless, the question remains whether ceragenins, as synthetic analogs of LL-37 peptide and mimicking a number of its properties, act as antineoplastic agents in breast cancer cells, where LL-37 peptide stimulates oncogenesis...
April 24, 2018: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773673/lysosomal-proteome-and-secretome-analysis-identifies-missorted-enzymes-and-their-non-degraded-substrates-in-mucolipidosis-iii-mouse-cells
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Giorgia Di Lorenzo, Renata Voltolini Velho, Dominic Winter, Melanie Thelen, Shiva Ahmadi, Michaela Schweizer, Raffaella De Pace, Kerstin Cornils, Timur Alexander Yorgan, Saskia Grüb, Irm Hermans-Borgmeyer, Thorsten Schinke, Sven Müller-Loennies, Thomas Braulke, Sandra Pohl
Targeting of soluble lysosomal enzymes requires mannose 6-phosphate (M6P) signals whose formation is initiated by the hexameric N-acetylglucosamine (GlcNAc)-1-phosphotransferase complex (α2β2γ2). Upon proteolytic cleavage by site-1 protease, the α/β-subunit precursor is catalytically activated but the functions of γ-subunits (Gnptg) in M6P modification of lysosomal enzymes are unknown. To investigate this, we analyzed the Gnptg expression in mouse tissues, primary cultured cells, and in Gnptg reporter mice in vivo, and found high amounts in the brain, eye, kidney, femur, vertebra and fibroblasts...
May 17, 2018: Molecular & Cellular Proteomics: MCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773654/genetic-code-expansion-and-live-cell-imaging-reveal-that-thr308-phosphorylation-is-irreplaceable-and-sufficient-for-akt1-activity
#15
Nileeka Balasuriya, Maya T Kunkel, Xuguang Liu, Kyle K Biggar, Shawn S-C Li, Alexandra C Newton, Patrick O'Donoghue
The proto-oncogene Akt/protein kinase B (PKB) is a pivotal signal transducer for growth and survival. Growth factor stimulation leads to Akt phosphorylation at two regulatory sites (Thr308, Ser473), acutely activating Akt signaling. Delineating the exact role of each regulatory site is, however, technically challenging and has remained elusive. Here, we used genetic code expansion to produce site-specifically phosphorylated Akt1 in order to dissect the contribution of each regulatory site to Akt1 activity. We achieved recombinant production of full length Akt1 containing site-specific pThr and pSer residues for the first time...
May 17, 2018: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773433/-cerebral-and-pulmonary-nocardiosis-to-nocardia-abscessus-in-an-immunocompetent-algerian-patient
#16
D Arrache, H Zait, V Rodriguez-Nava, E Bergeron, T Durand, M Yahiaoui, F Grenouillet, A Amrane, F Chaouche, A Baiod, K Madani, B Hamrioui
Nocardial brain abscess is often occurring in immunocompromised patients. It is uncommon in immunocompetent individuals. Here, the authors describe a case of cerebral and pulmonary nocardiosis mimicking a metastatic tumor in an apparently health 40-year-old Algerian male. The patient presented multiple brain abscess revealed by inaugural epileptic seizure. He was afebrile and presented with left hemiparesis. Staging imaging showed a nodular lung lesion in the apical segment of the right lower lobe. The patient underwent double craniotomy for resection of the lesion...
May 14, 2018: Journal de Mycologie Médicale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773286/acral-melanoma-mimicking-toe-gangrene-in-diabetic-foot
#17
Yunfang Han, Zhongzhi Jia
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
May 14, 2018: European Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773227/de1sign-of-synthetic-extracellular-matrices-for-probing-breast-cancer-cell-growth-using-robust-cyctocompatible-nucleophilic-thiol-yne-addition-chemistry
#18
Laura J Macdougall, Katherine L Wiley, April M Kloxin, Andrew P Dove
Controlled, three-dimensional (3D) cell culture systems are of growing interest for both tissue regeneration and disease, including cancer, enabling hypothesis testing about the effects of microenvironment cues on a variety of cellular processes, including aspects of disease progression. In this work, we encapsulate and culture in three dimensions different cancer cell lines in a synthetic extracellular matrix (ECM), using mild and efficient chemistry. Specifically, harnessing the nucleophilic addition of thiols to activated alkynes, we have created hydrogel-based materials with multifunctional poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) and select biomimetic peptides...
May 7, 2018: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772691/periodontal-tissues-maxillary-jaw-bone-and-tooth-regeneration-approaches-from-animal-models-analyses-to-clinical-applications
#19
REVIEW
Fareeha Batool, Marion Strub, Catherine Petit, Isaac Maximiliano Bugueno, Fabien Bornert, François Clauss, Olivier Huck, Sabine Kuchler-Bopp, Nadia Benkirane-Jessel
This review encompasses different pre-clinical bioengineering approaches for periodontal tissues, maxillary jaw bone, and the entire tooth. Moreover, it sheds light on their potential clinical therapeutic applications in the field of regenerative medicine. Herein, the electrospinning method for the synthesis of polycaprolactone (PCL) membranes, that are capable of mimicking the extracellular matrix (ECM), has been described. Furthermore, their functionalization with cyclosporine A (CsA), bone morphogenetic protein-2 (BMP-2), or anti-inflammatory drugs' nanoreservoirs has been demonstrated to induce a localized and targeted action of these molecules after implantation in the maxillary jaw bone...
May 16, 2018: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772516/acidic-amino-acids-a-new-type-of-enzyme-mimics-with-application-to-biosensing-and-evaluating-of-antioxidant-behaviour
#20
Ying Shi, Li Liu, Yuanyuan Yu, Yijuan Long, Huzhi Zheng
Nanomaterials have triggered tremendous interest to mimick peroxidase but rarely attention has been paid to small molecules. Herein we first found that acidic amino acids including l-glutamic acid (L-Glu) and l-aspartic acid (L-Asp) exhibited an intrinsic peroxidase-like activity, endowing acidic amino acids with the capability of catalysing the oxidation of the peroxidase substrates 3,3',5,5'-tetramethylbenzidine (TMB) to produce color reaction in the presence of H2 O2 . Reaction mechanism was further investigated by means of electron spin resonance spectroscopy (ESR), enzyme kinetics assay and quantum theoretical calculations, to verify and provide a good deal of insight into the catalytic process...
May 8, 2018: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
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