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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212811/polymorphisms-of-blood-forms-and-in-vitro-metacyclogenesis-of-trypanosoma-cruzi-i-ii-and-iv
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Camila Piva Abegg, Ana Paula de Abreu, Juliane Lopes da Silva, Silvana Marques de Araújo, Mônica Lúcia Gomes, Érika Cristina Ferreira, Max Jean de Ornelas Toledo
Trypanosoma cruzi is the etiologic agent of American trypanosomiasis has broad biological and genetic diversity. Remaining to be studied are polymorphisms of the blood forms and metacyclogenesis of different T. cruzi discrete typing units (DTUs). Our goal was to evaluate the relationship between T. cruzi DTUs, the morphology of blood trypomastigotes, and in vitro metacyclogenesis. T. cruzi strains that pertained to DTUs TcI, TcII, and TcIV from different Brazilian states were used. Parameters that were related to the morphology of eight strains were assessed in thin blood smears that were obtained from mice that were inoculated with blood or culture forms, depending on strain...
February 14, 2017: Experimental Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197988/in-vivo-and-in-vitro-degradation-comparison-of-pure-mg-mg-10gd-and-mg-2ag-a-short-term-study
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I Marco, A Myrissa, E Martinelli, F Feyerabend, R Willumeit-Römer, A M Weinberg, O Van der Biest
The purpose of this study was to compare short term in vitro and in vivo biodegradation studies with low purity Mg (> 99.94 %), Mg-10Gd and Mg-2Ag designed for biodegradable implant applications. Three in vitro testing conditions were applied, using (i) phosphate buffered saline (PBS), (ii) Hank's balanced salt solution (HBSS) and (iii) Dulbecco's modified eagle medium (DMEM) in 5 % CO2 under sterile conditions. Gas evolution and mass loss (ML) were assessed, as well as the degradation layer, by elemental mapping and scanning electron microscopy (SEM)...
February 13, 2017: European Cells & Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196886/replication-of-vibrio-cholerae-classical-ctx-phage
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Eun Jin Kim, Hyun Jin Yu, Je Hee Lee, Jae-Ouk Kim, Seung Hyun Han, Cheol-Heui Yun, Jongsik Chun, G Balakrish Nair, Dong Wook Kim
The toxigenic classical and El Tor biotype Vibrio cholerae serogroup O1 strains are generated by lysogenization of host-type-specific cholera toxin phages (CTX phages). Experimental evidence of the replication and transmission of an El Tor biotype-specific CTX phage, CTX-1, has explained the evolution of V. cholerae El Tor biotype strains. The generation of classical biotype strains has not been demonstrated in the laboratory, and the classical biotype-specific CTX phage, CTX-cla, is considered to be defective with regard to replication...
February 14, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193894/rules-of-rna-specificity-of-hnrnp-a1-revealed-by-global-and-quantitative-analysis-of-its-affinity-distribution
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Niyati Jain, Hsuan-Chun Lin, Christopher E Morgan, Michael E Harris, Blanton S Tolbert
Heterogeneous nuclear ribonucleoprotein A1 (hnRNP A1) is a multipurpose RNA-binding protein (RBP) involved in normal and pathological RNA metabolism. Transcriptome-wide mapping and in vitro evolution identify consensus hnRNP A1 binding motifs; however, such data do not reveal how surrounding RNA sequence and structural context modulate affinity. We determined the affinity of hnRNP A1 for all possible sequence variants (n = 16,384) of the HIV exon splicing silencer 3 (ESS3) 7-nt apical loop. Analysis of the affinity distribution identifies the optimal motif 5'-YAG-3' and shows how its copy number, position in the loop, and loop structure modulate affinity...
February 13, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193053/construction-of-an-in-vitro-gene-screening-system-of-the-e-coli-emre-transporter-using-liposome-display
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Atsuko Uyeda, Shintaro Nakayama, Yasuhiko Kato, Hajime Watanabe, Tomoaki Matsuura
Liposome display is a method that enables the directed evolution of membrane proteins in vitro. The method is based on the syntheses of membrane proteins using an in vitro transcription-translation system (IVTT) inside cell-sized phospholipid vesicles from a single copy of template DNA. So far, a large number of membrane proteins have been synthesized by IVTT; however, none of these proteins, except for α-hemolysin, has been tested for use in gene screening with liposome display. Here, using EmrE, a multidrug transporter from Escherichia coli,, as a model protein, we developed an in vitro screening system of the transporter gene based on its function, which was made possible by using liposome display...
December 20, 2016: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187297/a-universal-aptameric-biosensor-multiplexed-detection-of-small-analytes-via-aggregated-perylene-based-broad-spectrum-quencher
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Rong Hu, Xi Zhang, Qiang Xu, Dan-Qing Lu, Yun-Hui Yang, Quan-Qing Xu, Qiong Ruan, Liu-Ting Mo, Xiao-Bing Zhang
A universal aptameric system based on the taking advantage of double-stranded DNA/perylene diimide (dsDNA/PDI) as the signal probe was developed for multiplexed detection of small molecules. Aptamers are single-stranded DNA or RNA oligonucleotides which are selected in vitro by a process known as systematic evolution of ligands by exponential enrichment. In this work, we synthesized a new kind of PDI and reported this aggregated PDI could quench the double-stranded DNA (dsDNA)-labeled fluorophores with a high quenching efficiency...
January 24, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186882/multi-modality-imaging-enables-detailed-hemodynamic-simulations-in-dissecting-aneurysms-in-mice
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Evan Phillips, Paolo Di Achille, Matthew Bersi, Jay Humphrey, Craig Goergen
A multi-modality imaging based modeling approach was used to study complex unsteady hemodynamics and lesion growth in a dissecting abdominal aortic aneurysm model. We combined in vivo ultrasound (geometry and flow) and in vitro optical coherence tomography (geometry) to obtain the high resolution needed to construct detailed hemodynamic simulations over large portions of the murine vasculature, which include fine geometric complexities. We illustrate this approach for a spectrum of dissecting abdominal aortic aneurysms induced in male apolipoprotein E-null mice by high-dose angiotensin II infusion...
February 6, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28183996/antibiotic-tolerance-facilitates-the-evolution-of-resistance
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Irit Levin-Reisman, Irine Ronin, Orit Gefen, Ilan Braniss, Noam Shoresh, Nathalie Q Balaban
Controlled experimental evolution during antibiotic treatment can shed light on the processes leading to antibiotic resistance in bacteria. Recently, intermittent antibiotic exposures have been shown to lead rapidly to the evolution of tolerance, i.e., the ability to survive under treatment without developing resistance. However, whether tolerance delays or promotes the eventual emergence of resistance is unclear. Here, we used in vitro evolution experiments to explore this question. We found that in all cases tolerance preceded resistance...
February 9, 2017: Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28182717/error-baseline-rates-of-five-sample-preparation-methods-used-to-characterize-rna-virus-populations
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Jeffrey R Kugelman, Michael R Wiley, Elyse R Nagle, Daniel Reyes, Brad P Pfeffer, Jens H Kuhn, Mariano Sanchez-Lockhart, Gustavo F Palacios
Individual RNA viruses typically occur as populations of genomes that differ slightly from each other due to mutations introduced by the error-prone viral polymerase. Understanding the variability of RNA virus genome populations is critical for understanding virus evolution because individual mutant genomes may gain evolutionary selective advantages and give rise to dominant subpopulations, possibly even leading to the emergence of viruses resistant to medical countermeasures. Reverse transcription of virus genome populations followed by next-generation sequencing is the only available method to characterize variation for RNA viruses...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28182312/microfluidic-approaches-to-the-study-of-angiogenesis-and-the-microcirculation
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Ehsan Akbari, Griffin B Spychalski, Jonathan W Song
Microfluidic systems have emerged as a new class of perfusable in vitro culture models that have helped advance and refine our understanding of microvascular function. Cutting-edge microfluidic models have successfully integrated principles from quantitative analysis of vascular function, in vitro flow chambers, microfabrication techniques, and 3-D tissue scaffolds. Here we review the evolution of microfluidic systems, namely their progression from 2-D planar microchannel arrays to 3-D microtissue analogues, and highlight their recent contributions in elucidating the role of biomolecular transport and fluid mechanical stimuli in controlling angiogenesis...
February 9, 2017: Microcirculation: the Official Journal of the Microcirculatory Society, Inc
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28173762/binding-affinity-of-five-pbps-to-ostrinia-sex-pheromones
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Tiantao Zhang, Yaqi Sun, Kevin W Wanner, Brad S Coates, Kanglai He, Zhenying Wang
BACKGROUND: Pheromone binding proteins (PBPs) of male Lepidoptera function in chemical communication, mate attraction and recognition. Directional selection was previously predicted between PBP3 orthologs of Ostrinia furnacalis and Ostrinia nubilalis were interpreted as being involved in sexual isolation. RESULTS: In vitro assays show that recombinant male OfurPBP3 bound O. furnacalis sex pheromones, Z-12-tetradecenyl acetate (Z12-14:OAc) and E-12-tetradecenyl acetate (E12-14:OAc), as well as to ECB pheromones Z11- and E11-14:OAc...
February 7, 2017: BMC Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28170438/the-effective-rate-of-influenza-reassortment-is-limited-during-human-infection
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Ashley Sobel Leonard, Micah T McClain, Gavin J D Smith, David E Wentworth, Rebecca A Halpin, Xudong Lin, Amy Ransier, Timothy B Stockwell, Suman R Das, Anthony S Gilbert, Rob Lambkin-Williams, Geoffrey S Ginsburg, Christopher W Woods, Katia Koelle, Christopher J R Illingworth
We characterise the evolutionary dynamics of influenza infection described by viral sequence data collected from two challenge studies conducted in human hosts. Viral sequence data were collected at regular intervals from infected hosts. Changes in the sequence data observed across time show that the within-host evolution of the virus was driven by the reversion of variants acquired during previous passaging of the virus. Treatment of some patients with oseltamivir on the first day of infection did not lead to the emergence of drug resistance variants in patients...
February 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28169519/monitoring-molecules-in-neuroscience-then-and-now
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Margaret E Rice
The 16th International Conference on Monitoring Molecules in Neuroscience (MMiN) was held in Gothenburg, Sweden in late spring 2016. This conference originated as a methods meeting focused on in vivo voltammetric techniques and microdialysis. Over time, however, the scope has evolved to include a number of other methods for neurochemical detection that range from single-cell fluorescence in vitro and in vivo in animal models to whole-brain imaging in humans. Overall, MMiN provides a unique forum for introducing new developments in neurochemical detection, as well as for reporting exciting neurobiological insights provided by established and novel methods...
February 15, 2017: ACS Chemical Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28166967/embryonic-development-of-the-grass-pufferfish-takifugu-niphobles-from-egg-to-larvae
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V Gallego, M Yoshida, D Kurokawa, J F Asturiano, G J Fraser
Tetraodontidae (pufferfish) family members carry the smallest genomes among vertebrates, and these pocket-sized genomes have directly contributed to our understanding of the structure and evolution of higher animals. The grass pufferfish (Takifugu niphobles) could be considered a potential new model organism for comparative genomics and development due to the potential access to embryos, and availability of sequence data for two similar genomes: that of spotted green pufferfish (Tetraodon nigroviridis) and Fugu (Takifugu rubripes)...
March 1, 2017: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28163914/recent-advances-in-understanding-noroviruses
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Eric Bartnicki, Juliana Bragazzi Cunha, Abimbola O Kolawole, Christiane E Wobus
Noroviruses are the leading cause of acute gastroenteritis around the world. An individual living in the United States is estimated to develop norovirus infection five times in his or her lifetime. Despite this, there is currently no antiviral or vaccine to combat the infection, in large part because of the historical lack of cell culture and small animal models. However, the last few years of norovirus research were marked by a number of ground-breaking advances that have overcome technical barriers and uncovered novel aspects of norovirus biology...
2017: F1000Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28157638/probing-human-brain-evolution-and-development-in-organoids
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REVIEW
Stefano L Giandomenico, Madeline A Lancaster
Expansion of the neocortex is thought to underpin the higher cognitive abilities of a number of mammalian lineages, such as cetaceans, elephants, and primates, with humans exhibiting a particularly enlarged and dense cerebral cortex. However, the evolutionary and developmental mechanisms that led to this expansion are not well-understood and limited to correlative observations. Historically, this has been due to technical and ethical limitations owing to the intractability of various species for functional studies...
January 31, 2017: Current Opinion in Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28141894/what-was-old-is-new-again-thermal-adaptation-within-clonal-lineages-during-range-expansion-in-a-fungal-pathogen
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Cécile Robin, Audrey Andanson, Gilles Saint-Jean, Olivier Fabreguettes, Cyril Dutech
Range-expanding species are expected to gain an increasing importance in the context of global change. They provide a great opportunity to study contemporary evolutionary changes and to unravel the mechanisms of evolution. Cryphonectria parasitica, the causal agent of chestnut blight, originating from Asia, has been spread since the beginning of the 20th century into different continents. We took advantage of the C. parasitica recent emergence in northern France to study the changes in population genetic structure and in phenotypic traits along this colonization and climatic gradient...
January 31, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28132522/inhibition-of-nfe2l2-are-pathway-by-mitochondrial-ros-contributes-to-development-of-cardiomyopathy-and-left-ventricular-dysfunction-in-chagas-disease
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Jian-Jun Wen, Craig Porter, Nisha Jain Garg
AIMS: We investigated the effects of mitochondrial reactive oxygen species (mtROS) on NFE2L2 transcription factor activity during Trypanosoma cruzi (Tc) infection, and determined if enhancing the mtROS scavenging capacity preserved the heart function in Chagas disease. RESULTS: C57BL/6 wild type (WT, female) mice infected with Tc exhibited myocardial loss of mitochondrial membrane potential, complex-II driven coupled respiration, and 9-fold increase in mtROS production...
January 28, 2017: Antioxidants & Redox Signaling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28127392/bacterial-competition-and-quorum-sensing-signalling-shape-the-eco-evolutionary-outcomes-of-model-in-vitro-phage-therapy
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Rachel Mumford, Ville-Petri Friman
The rapid rise of antibiotic resistance has renewed interest in phage therapy - the use of bacteria-specific viruses (phages) to treat bacterial infections. Even though phages are often pathogen-specific, little is known about the efficiency and eco-evolutionary outcomes of phage therapy in polymicrobial infections. We studied this experimentally by exposing both quorum-sensing (QS) signalling PAO1 and QS-deficient lasR Pseudomonas aeruginosa genotypes (differing in their ability to signal intraspecifically) to lytic PT7 phage in the presence and absence of two bacterial competitors: Staphylococcus aureus and Stenotrophomonas maltophilia-two bacteria commonly associated with P...
February 2017: Evolutionary Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28126352/preclinical-evaluation-of-luffa-operculata-cogn-and-its-main-active-principle-in-the-treatment-of-bacterial-rhinosinusitis
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Leonardo Silva, Henrique Olival Costa, Flávia Coelho de Souza, Elaine Monteiro Cardoso Lopes, Suely Mitoi Ykko Ueda
INTRODUCTION: The prevalence of rhinosinusitis is quite high. Despite the widespread use of antibiotics for rhinosinusitis, there are other forms of treatment, including phytotherapy. One of the most widely used herbal medicines for treatment of rhinosinusitis is Luffa operculata. OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to evaluate the efficacy of topical nasal solution of the aqueous extract of L. operculata, determining the toxicity to its use and identifying the active principles presented in the aqueous extract...
December 26, 2016: Brazilian Journal of Otorhinolaryngology
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