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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079265/chimeric-antigen-receptor-t-cells-in-hematologic-malignancies
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Brandon R Shank, Bryan Do, Adrienne Sevin, Sheree E Chen, Sattva S Neelapu, Sandra B Horowitz
Patients with B cell hematologic malignancies who progress through first or second line chemotherapy have a poor prognosis. Early clinical trials with autologous anti-CD19 chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T cells have demonstrated promising results for patients who have relapsed or refractory disease. Lymphodepleting conditioning regimens including cyclophosphamide, fludarabine, pentostatin, bendamustine, interleukin-2, and total body irradiation are often administered prior to infusion of CAR T cells, allowing for greater T cell expansion...
January 12, 2017: Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079212/direct-digestion-of-living-cells-via-a-gel-based-strategy-for-mass-spectrometric-analysis
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Yun Xiong, Ying Zhang, Jun Yao, Guoquan Yan, Haojie Lu
A novel sample preparation method was established for proteomic analysis, during which living cells were absorbed into vacuum-dried polyacrylamide gel and directly digested into peptides for subsequent LC-MS/MS assays. As a consequence, both of the steps for cell lysis and protein extraction involved in a conventional digestion method were skipped.
January 12, 2017: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078984/rasburicase-induced-methemoglobinemia-in-a-patient-with-glucose-6-phosphate-dehydrogenase-deficiency
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Maliha Khan, Shilpa Paul, Saad Farooq, Thein Hlaing Oo, Priya Ramshesh, Nitin Jain
BACKGROUND: Rasburicase is commonly used in patients with hematologic malignancies for tumor lysis syndrome prophylaxis and management. Methemoglobinemia is a serious rare adverse effect of rasburicase, more common in patients with G6PD deficiency. Prompt diagnosis and appropriate management of this condition can make the difference between successful recovery and significant morbidity. Here we discuss the link of rasburicase with methemoglobinemia and the pathophysiology behind increased incidence of this side effect in G6PD deficient patients...
January 11, 2017: Current Drug Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077046/rational-use-of-rasburicase-for-the-treatment-and-management-of-tumor-lysis-syndrome
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Suhail A Shaikh, Bernard L Marini, Shannon M Hough, Anthony J Perissinotti
Purpose There is a lack of high-level evidence identifying meaningful outcomes and the optimal place in therapy of rasburicase in patients with, or at high risk for tumor lysis syndrome. The primary objective of this study was to evaluate and characterize outcomes resulting from an institution-specific guideline emphasizing supportive care, xanthine oxidase inhibitors, and lower doses of rasburicase. Methods In this retrospective chart review, we compared conservative rasburicase dosing, in accordance with newly developed UMHS tumor lysis syndrome guidelines, with aggressive rasburicase in adult patients (≥ 18 years of age) with hematological or solid tumor malignancies, and a uric acid level between 8 and 15 mg/dL...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Oncology Pharmacy Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076903/slamf7-engagement-restores-defective-effector-cd8-t-cells-activity-in-response-to-foreign-antigens-in-systemic-lupus-erythematosus
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Denis Comte, Maria P Karampetsou, Nobuya Yoshida, Katalin Kis-Toth, Vasileios C Kyttaris, George C Tsokos
OBJECTIVE: Effector CD8+ T cell function is impaired in SLE and associated with compromised ability to fight infections. SLAMF7 engagement has been shown to enhance NK cell degranulation. Thus, we characterized the expression and function of SLAMF7 on CD8+ T cells subsets isolated from peripheral blood of SLE patients and healthy subjects. METHODS: CD8+ T cell subset distribution, SLAMF7 expression and cytolytic enzyme expression (perforin, GzmA, GzmB) were monitored on cells isolated from SLE patients and healthy controls by flow cytometry...
January 11, 2017: Arthritis & Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076803/drunken-membranes-short-chain-alcohols-alter-fusion-of-liposomes-to-planar-lipid-bilayers
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Jason Paxman, Brady Hunt, David Hallan, Samuel R Zarbock, Dixon J Woodbury
Although the effects of ethanol on protein receptors and lipid membranes have been studied extensively, ethanol's effect on vesicles fusing to lipid bilayers is not known. To determine the effect of alcohols on fusion rates, we utilized the nystatin/ergosterol fusion assay to measure fusion of liposomes to a planar lipid bilayer (BLM). The addition of ethanol excited fusion when applied on the cis (vesicle) side, and inhibited fusion on the trans side. Other short-chain alcohols followed a similar pattern. In general, the inhibitory effect of alcohols (trans) occurs at lower doses than the excitatory (cis) effect, with a decrease of 29% in fusion rates at the legal driving limit of 0...
January 10, 2017: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074223/characterization-and-mechanism-of-anti-aeromonas-salmonicida-activity-of-a-marine-probiotic-strain-bacillus-velezensis-v4
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Xi-Yan Gao, Ying Liu, Li-Li Miao, Er-Wei Li, Guo-Xiang Sun, Ying Liu, Zhi-Pei Liu
The bacterium Aeromonas salmonicida is the causative agent of furunculosis, a systemic, ubiquitous disease of fish in the salmon family, characterized by high mortality and morbidity. Probiotics are a promising approach for prevention of furunculosis in aquaculture. A bacterial strain with anti-A. salmonicida properties, Bacillus velezensis V4, was isolated and the mechanisms underlying these properties were investigated. Anti-A. salmonicida compounds present in cell-free supernatant of V4 were purified and structurally identified as members of the iturin, macrolactin, and difficidin groups...
January 10, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074201/metabolic-stability-of-cells-for-extended-metabolomical-measurements-using-nmr-a-comparison-between-lysed-and-additionally-heat-inactivated-cells
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G Diserens, D Hertig, M Vermathen, B Legeza, C E Flück, J M Nuoffer, P Vermathen
NMR measurements for metabolic characterization of biological samples like cells, biopsies or plasma, may take several hours for advanced methods. Preanalytical issues, such as sample preparation and stability over the measurement time, may have a high impact on metabolite content, and potentially lead to misinterpretation. The aim of this study was therefore to investigate by (1)H HR-MAS NMR the impact of different cell handling preparation protocols on the stability of the cell metabolite content over the measurement time...
January 11, 2017: Analyst
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074108/cellulolytic-robolector-towards-an-automated-high-throughput-screening-platform-for-recombinant-cellulase-expression
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Martina Mühlmann, Martin Kunze, Joaquim Ribeiro, Bertram Geinitz, Christian Lehmann, Ulrich Schwaneberg, Ulrich Commandeur, Jochen Büchs
BACKGROUND: Cellulases are key player in the hydrolyzation of cellulose. Unfortunately, this reaction is slow and a bottleneck in the process chain from biomass to intermediates and biofuels due to low activities of the enzymes. To overcome this draw back, a lot of effort is put into the area of protein engineering, to modify these enzymes by directed evolution or rational design. Huge clone libraries are constructed and have to be screened for improved variants. High-throughput screening is the method of choice to tackle this experimental effort, but up to now only a few process steps are adapted to automated platforms and little attention has been turned to the reproducibility of clone rankings...
2017: Journal of Biological Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073563/genetic-and-toxinological-characterization-of-north-atlantic-strains-of-the-dinoflagellate-ostreopsis-and-allelopathic-interactions-with-toxic-and-non-toxic-species-from-the-genera-prorocentrum-coolia-and-gambierdiscus
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María García-Portela, Pilar Riobó, José Mariano Franco, Rosa Mª Bañuelos, Francisco Rodríguez
The genus Ostreopsis includes several toxic species that can develop blooms in benthic ecosystems, with potential harmful consequences for human health and marine invertebrates. Despite of this, little is known about the allelopathic interactions between these organisms and other co-occurring microalgae that exploit similar spatial and nutrient resources in benthic ecosystems. The aim of this study was to follow these interactions in cultures of two Ostreopsis ribotypes with different toxin profiles (O. cf...
December 2016: Harmful Algae
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073549/mass-entrapment-and-lysis-of-mesodinium-rubrum-cells-in-mucus-threads-observed-in-cultures-with-dinophysis
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K Ojamäe, P J Hansen, I Lips
The entrapment and death of the ciliate Mesodinium rubrum in the mucus threads in cultures with Dinophysis is described and quantified. Feeding experiments with different concentrations and predator-prey ratios of Dinophysis acuta, Dinophysis acuminata and M. rubrum to study the motility loss and aggregate formation of the ciliates and the feeding behaviour of Dinophysis were carried out. In cultures of either Dinophysis species, the ciliates became entrapped in the mucus, which led to the formation of immobile aggregates of M...
May 2016: Harmful Algae
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073534/turbulence-increases-the-risk-of-microcystin-exposure-in-a-eutrophic-lake-lake-taihu-during-cyanobacterial-bloom-periods
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Jian Zhou, Boqiang Qin, Xiaoxia Han, Lin Zhu
Toxic cyanobacterial harmful algal blooms (CyanoHABs) have posed serious water use and public health threats because of the toxins they produce, such as the microcystins (MCs). The direct physical effects of turbulence on MCs, however, have not yet been addressed and is still poorly elucidated. In this study, a 6-day mesocosm experiment was carried out to evaluate the effects of wind wave turbulence on the competition of toxic Microcystis and MCs production in highly eutrophicated and turbulent Lake Taihu, China...
May 2016: Harmful Algae
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073480/a-review-of-the-global-ecology-genomics-and-biogeography-of-the-toxic-cyanobacterium-microcystis-spp
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REVIEW
Matthew J Harke, Morgan M Steffen, Christopher J Gobler, Timothy G Otten, Steven W Wilhelm, Susanna A Wood, Hans W Paerl
This review summarizes the present state of knowledge regarding the toxic, bloom-forming cyanobacterium, Microcystis, with a specific focus on its geographic distribution, toxins, genomics, phylogeny, and ecology. A global analysis found documentation suggesting geographic expansion of Microcystis, with recorded blooms in at least 108 countries, 79 of which have also reported the hepatatoxin microcystin. The production of microcystins (originally "Fast-Death Factor") by Microcystis and factors that control synthesis of this toxin are reviewed, as well as the putative ecophysiological roles of this metabolite...
April 2016: Harmful Algae
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073408/-establishment-of-a-cell-co-culture-system-in-accordance-with-the-immunological-characteristics-of-chronic-hbv-infection
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H J Li, X Y Yang, F B Kang, F X Liu, D X Sun
Objective: To investigate whether the co-culture of Huh7.93 cells and peripheral blood mononucleated cells from chronic hepatitis B patients (cPBMCs) can simulate the replication features of hepatitis B virus (HBV) and immune function in chronic hepatitis B (CHB) patients, and to provide an in vitro cell co-culture system for the research on immune clearance in chronic HBV infection. Methods: Huh7.93 cells were cultured alone or co-cultured with peripheral blood mononucleated cells from healthy people who underwent physical examination (nPBMCs) or cPBMCs for 7 days...
December 20, 2016: Zhonghua Gan Zang Bing za Zhi, Zhonghua Ganzangbing Zazhi, Chinese Journal of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073298/extraperitoneal-vs-transperitoneal-robot-assisted-radical-prostatectomy-in-the-setting-of-prior-abdominal-or-pelvic-surgery
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David Horovitz, Changyong Feng, Edward M Messing, Jean Volny Joseph
INTRODUCTION: During Robotic-Assisted Radical Prostatectomy (RARP), the prostate may be approached extraperiteoneally (eRARP) or transperitoneally (tRARP). The former avoids the abdominal cavity which might be of benefit in patients who have had prior abdominal or pelvic surgery (PAPS). Our objective was to compare the outcomes of patients with PAPS undergoing either technique. METHODS: A retrospective review of patients treated with RARP from July 1, 2003-Dec. 31, 2014 with a minimum follow-up of 3 months was undertaken...
January 10, 2017: Journal of Endourology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072517/arthropod-innate-immune-systems-and-vector-borne-diseases
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Richard H G Baxter, Alicia Contet, Kathryn Krueger
Arthropods, especially ticks and mosquitoes, are the vectors for a number of parasitic and viral human diseases including malaria, sleeping sickness, Dengue and Zika. Yet arthropods show tremendous individual variation in their capacity to transmit disease. A key factor in this capacity is genetically encoded immune factors that counteract infection by the pathogen. Arthropod-specific pattern recognition receptors and protease cascades detect and respond to infection. Proteins such as antimicrobial peptides, thioester-containing proteins, and transglutaminases effect responses such as lysis, phagocytosis, melanization and agglutination...
January 10, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069947/first-passage-time-approach-to-controlling-noise-in-the-timing-of-intracellular-events
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Khem Raj Ghusinga, John J Dennehy, Abhyudai Singh
In the noisy cellular environment, gene products are subject to inherent random fluctuations in copy numbers over time. How cells ensure precision in the timing of key intracellular events despite such stochasticity is an intriguing fundamental problem. We formulate event timing as a first-passage time problem, where an event is triggered when the level of a protein crosses a critical threshold for the first time. Analytical calculations are performed for the first-passage time distribution in stochastic models of gene expression...
January 9, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069218/evaluation-of-a-biological-wastewater-treatment-system-combining-an-osa-process-with-ultrasound-for-sludge-reduction
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P M Romero-Pareja, C A Aragon, J M Quiroga, M D Coello
Sludge production is an undesirable by-product of biological wastewater treatment. The oxic-settling-anaerobic (OSA) process constitutes one of the most promising techniques for reducing the sludge produced at the treatment plant without negative consequences for its overall performance. In the present study, the OSA process is applied in combination with ultrasound treatment, a lysis technique, in a lab-scale wastewater treatment plant to assess whether sludge reduction is enhanced as a result of mechanical treatment...
May 2017: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068534/potential-effects-of-loading-nano-zero-valent-iron-discharged-on-membrane-fouling-in-an-anoxic-oxic-membrane-bioreactor
#19
Lijie Zhou, Weiqin Zhuang, Xin Wang, Ke Yu, Shufang Yang, Siqing Xia
A laboratory-scale submerged anoxic-oxic membrane bioreactor for municipal wastewater was operated to investigate the potential effects of loading suspended nano zero valent iron (nZVI, 25 and 50 mg/L) discharged on the membrane fouling. nZVI transformed rapidly into Fe(n+), generated reactive oxygen species (ROS) and caused oxidative stress. This result rapidly led to the cell lysis and bacteria death, and further resulted in the decrease of biomass and extracellular polymeric substances (EPS). nZVI also thinned the membrane fouling layer...
January 3, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067347/fc-microparticles-can-modulate-the-physical-extent-and-magnitude-of-complement-activity
#20
Brandon Alexander Holt, Michael C Bellavia, Daniel Potter, David White, Sean R Stowell, Todd Sulchek
The complement system is an integral component of the humoral immune system, and describes a cascade of interacting proteins responsible for the opsonization and lysis of foreign pathogens, in addition to the recruitment of immune cells. However, complement activation is also implicated in the progression and complication of immune dysfunctions such as sepsis. Microparticle (MP) biomaterials capable of tuning the local magnitude of serum complement activation could improve complement-mediated cytotoxicity to serum-resistant bacteria or calm an overactive immune response during sepsis...
January 9, 2017: Biomaterials Science
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