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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156792/liquid-biopsy-in-colon-cancer-comparison-of-different-circulating-dna-extraction-systems-following-absolute-quantification-of-kras-mutations-using-intplex-allele-specific-pcr
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Vera Kloten, Nadine Rüchel, Nadina Ortiz Brüchle, Janina Gasthaus, Nils Freudenmacher, Florian Steib, Jolein Mijnes, Julian Eschenbruch, Marcel Binnebösel, Ruth Knüchel, Edgar Dahl
Non-invasive molecular analysis of circulating tumor DNA (ctDNA) is a promising application in personalized cancer management, although there is still much to learn about the biological characteristics of ctDNA. The present study compared absolute amounts of KRAS mutated ctDNA and total circulating cell-free DNA (cfDNA) in colorectal cancer (CRC) patients (n=50) from various stages and healthy controls (n=8) by Intplex allele-specific and digital droplet PCR. In addition, the impact of two prominent extraction techniques (silica-based membrane vs...
October 17, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156756/mir-221-regulated-kit-level-by-wild-type-or-leukemia-mutant-runx1-a-determinant-of-single-myeloblast-fate-decisions-that-collectively-drives-or-hinders-granulopoiesis
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Stefano Rossetti, Michael J Anauo, Nicoletta Sacchi
RUNX1, a master transcription factor of hematopoiesis, was shown to orchestrate both cell proliferation and differentiation during granulopoiesis by regulating microRNAs (miRs). In this study, taking advantage of the miR-ON reporter system, we monitored first, how the granulocyte colony stimulation factor (GCSF) temporally modulates the concomitant level variation of miR-221 and one of its prototypic targets, the stem cell factor receptor KIT, in single 32D(miR-ON-221) myeloblasts expressing wild type RUNX1...
October 17, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156254/xenografted-tissue-models-for-the-study-of-human-endometrial-biology
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REVIEW
Satu Kuokkanen, Liyin Zhu, Jeffrey W Pollard
The human endometrium undergoes extensive morphological, biochemical and molecular changes under the influence of female sex steroid hormones. Besides the fact that estrogen stimulates endometrial cell proliferation and progesterone inhibits this proliferation and induces differentiation, there is limited knowledge about precise molecular mechanisms underlying human endometrial biology. The importance of paracrine signaling in endometrial physiology explains why in vitro culture of endometrial cells has been challenging...
November 10, 2017: Differentiation; Research in Biological Diversity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156123/a-nanopore-based-label-free-and-real-time-monitoring-assay-for-dna-methyltransferase-activity-and-inhibition
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Sana Rauf, Ling Zhang, Asghar Ali, Jalal Ahmad, Yang Liu, Jinghong Li
DNA methylation catalyzed by DNA methyltransferase plays an important role in many biological processes. However, conventional assays proposed for DNA methyltransferase activity are laborious and discontinuous. We describe a novel method for real-time monitoring of the activity and kinetics of Escherichia coli DNA adenine methyltransferase (Dam), using nanopore technique coupled with enzyme-linkage reactions. A double-stranded DNA probe AB having a recognition sequence 5'-GATC-3' for both Dam and MboI restriction endonuclease was prepared...
November 20, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156010/mitraclip-removal-surgical-techniques-to-preserve-native-mitral-valve-leaflets
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Guido Gelpi, Claudia Romagnoni, Paolo Romitelli, Riccardo Vismara
Transcatheter valve procedures are wide-spreading techniques for the treatment of heart valves pathologies. In case of implantation failure, the transcatheter device often needs to be removed. This procedure, which can alter the biological structure integrity, can limit the option available for the subsequent traditional surgery. One of the most popular devices for transcatheter mitral valve repair is the MitraClip system. In this work, we describe 2 different techniques for the surgical removal of MitraClip...
October 1, 2017: European Journal of Cardio-thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155944/molecular-interaction-search-tool-mist-an-integrated-resource-for-mining-gene-and-protein-interaction-data
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Yanhui Hu, Arunachalam Vinayagam, Ankita Nand, Aram Comjean, Verena Chung, Tong Hao, Stephanie E Mohr, Norbert Perrimon
Model organism and human databases are rich with information about genetic and physical interactions. These data can be used to interpret and guide the analysis of results from new studies and develop new hypotheses. Here, we report the development of the Molecular Interaction Search Tool (MIST; http://fgrtools.hms.harvard.edu/MIST/). The MIST database integrates biological interaction data from yeast, nematode, fly, zebrafish, frog, rat and mouse model systems, as well as human. For individual or short gene lists, the MIST user interface can be used to identify interacting partners based on protein-protein and genetic interaction (GI) data from the species of interest as well as inferred interactions, known as interologs, and to view a corresponding network...
November 16, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155848/an-electronic-health-record-based-model-predicts-statin-adherence-ldl-cholesterol-and-cardiovascular-disease-in-the-united-states-military-health-system
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Joseph E Lucas, Taylor C Bazemore, Celan Alo, Patrick B Monahan, Deepak Voora
HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors (or "statins") are important and commonly used medications to lower cholesterol and prevent cardiovascular disease. Nearly half of patients stop taking statin medications one year after they are prescribed leading to higher cholesterol, increased cardiovascular risk, and costs due to excess hospitalizations. Identifying which patients are at highest risk for not adhering to long-term statin therapy is an important step towards individualizing interventions to improve adherence. Electronic health records (EHR) are an increasingly common source of data that are challenging to analyze but have potential for generating more accurate predictions of disease risk...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155820/mass-spectrometry-based-quantification-of-the-cellular-response-to-ultraviolet-radiation-in-hela-cells
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Hong Xu, Xuanyi Chen, Nanjiao Ying, Meixia Wang, Xiaoli Xu, Rongyi Shi, Yuejin Hua
Ultraviolet (UV) irradiation is a common form of DNA damage that can cause pyrimidine dimers between DNA, which can cause gene mutations, even double-strand breaks and threaten genome stability. If DNA repair systems default their roles at this stage, the organism can be damaged and result in disease, especially cancer. To better understand the cellular response to this form of damage, we applied highly sensitive mass spectrometry to perform comparative proteomics of phosphorylation in HeLa cells. A total of 4367 phosphorylation sites in 2100 proteins were identified, many of which had not been reported previously...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155786/isolation-and-cultivation-of-adult-rat-cardiomyocytes
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Franziska Nippert, Rolf Schreckenberg, Klaus-Dieter Schlüter
In an intact heart, adjacent cells influence adult cardiomyocytes. With the method of isolation and cultivation of adult cardiomyocytes, a precise investigation of the behavior of these cells under specific treatments and environments is possible. This manuscript presents a protocol for successful isolation and cultivation of adult rat ventricular cardiomyocytes (ARVC). The rat is sacrificed by cervical dislocation under deep anesthesia. Then, the heart is extracted and the aorta is uncovered. Subsequently, perfusion on the Langendorff perfusion system with calcium depletion and collagenase treatment is performed...
October 19, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155754/a-method-for-growing-bio-memristors-from-slime-mold
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Eduardo Reck Miranda, Edward Braund
Our research is aimed at gaining a better understanding of the electronic properties of organisms in order to engineer novel bioelectronic systems and computing architectures based on biology. This specific paper focuses on harnessing the unicellular slime mold Physarum polycephalum to develop bio-memristors (or biological memristors) and bio-computing devices. The memristor is a resistor that possesses memory. It is the 4th fundamental passive circuit element (the other three are the resistor, the capacitor, and the inductor), which is paving the way for the design of new kinds of computing systems; e...
November 2, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155748/using-in-vitro-live-cell-imaging-to-explore-chemotherapeutics-delivered-by-lipid-based-nanoparticles
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Ann L B Seynhaeve, Timo L M Ten Hagen
Conventional imaging techniques can provide detailed information about cellular processes. However, this information is based on static images in an otherwise dynamic system, and successive phases are easily overlooked or misinterpreted. Live-cell imaging and time-lapse microscopy, in which living cells can be followed for hours or even days in a more or less continuous fashion, are therefore very informative. The protocol described here allows for the investigation of the fate of chemotherapeutic nanoparticles after the delivery of doxorubicin (dox) in living cells...
November 1, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155730/long-term-live-imaging-device-for-improved-experimental-manipulation-of-zebrafish-larvae
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Kayla Huemer, Jayne M Squirrell, Robert Swader, Kirsten Pelkey, Danny C LeBert, Anna Huttenlocher, Kevin W Eliceiri
The zebrafish larva is an important model organism for both developmental biology and wound healing. Further, the zebrafish larva is a valuable system for live high-resolution microscopic imaging of dynamic biological phenomena in space and time with cellular resolution. However, the traditional method of agarose encapsulation for live imaging can impede larval development and tissue regrowth. Therefore, this manuscript describes the zWEDGI (zebrafish Wounding and Entrapment Device for Growth and Imaging), which was designed and fabricated as a functionally compartmentalized device to orient larvae for high-resolution microscopy while permitting caudal fin transection within the device and subsequent unrestrained tail development and re-growth...
October 27, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155710/dna-nanotubes-as-a-versatile-tool-to-study-semiflexible-polymers
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Jörg Schnauß, Martin Glaser, Jessica S Lorenz, Carsten Schuldt, Christin Möser, Martin Sajfutdinow, Tina Händler, Josef A Käs, David M Smith
Mechanical properties of complex, polymer-based soft matter, such as cells or biopolymer networks, can be understood in neither the classical frame of flexible polymers nor of rigid rods. Underlying filaments remain outstretched due to their non-vanishing backbone stiffness, which is quantified via the persistence length (lp), but they are also subject to strong thermal fluctuations. Their finite bending stiffness leads to unique, non-trivial collective mechanics of bulk networks, enabling the formation of stable scaffolds at low volume fractions while providing large mesh sizes...
October 25, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155707/optimized-lc-ms-ms-method-for-the-high-throughput-analysis-of-clinical-samples-of-ivacaftor-its-major-metabolites-and-lumacaftor-in-biological-fluids-of-cystic-fibrosis-patients
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Elena K Schneider, Felisa Reyes-Ortega, Jian Li, Tony Velkov
Defects in the cystic fibrosis trans-membrane conductance regulator (CFTR) are the cause of cystic fibrosis (CF), a disease with life-threatening pulmonary manifestations. Ivacaftor (IVA) and ivacaftor-lumacaftor (LUMA) combination are two new breakthrough CF drugs that directly modulate the activity and trafficking of the defective CFTR-protein. However, there is still a dearth of understanding on pharmacokinetic/pharmacodynamic parameters and the pharmacology of ivacaftor and lumacaftor. The HPLC-MS technique for the simultaneous analysis of the concentrations of ivacaftor, hydroxymethyl-ivacaftor, ivacaftor-carboxylate, and lumacaftor in biological fluids in patients receiving standard ivacaftor or ivacaftor-lumacaftor combination therapy has previously been developed by our group and partially validated to FDA standards...
October 15, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155650/assessment-of-national-public-health-and-reference-laboratory-accra-ghana-within-framework-of-global-health-security
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Adaeze Ogee-Nwankwo, David Opare, Gifty Boateng, Mawuli Nyaku, Lia M Haynes, S Arunmozhi Balajee, Laura Conklin, Joseph P Icenogle, Paul A Rota, Diane Waku-Kouomou
The Second Year of Life project of the Global Health Security Agenda aims to improve immunization systems and strengthen measles and rubella surveillance, including building laboratory capacity. A new laboratory assessment tool was developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to assess the national laboratory in Ghana to improve molecular surveillance for measles and rubella. Results for the tool showed that the laboratory is well organized, has a good capacity for handling specimens, has a good biosafety system, and is proficient for diagnosis of measles and rubella by serologic analysis...
December 2017: Emerging Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155562/quantification-of-nanomaterial-nanomedicine-trafficking-in-vivo
#16
Liming Wang, Liang Yan, Jing Liu, Chunying Chen, Yuliang Zhao
Absorption, distribution, metabolism and excretion (ADME) of nanomaterials (NMs) or nanomedicines (NMs), are fundamental biological processes that dominate their nanomedical functions or nanotoxicities. Mostly, NMs exist in biological systems as a form of nanoparticles (NPs). However, to determine the composition, spatial distribution, and states of existence of NMs/NPs in vivo, upon entry into the body, as well as to monitor the dynamic changes of these information over time remain a challenge for the current analytical methodology due to their limited efficiently in characterizing interactions between these complex(nano)-complex(bio) systems...
November 20, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155421/characterization-of-neural-stem-cells-modified-with-hypoxia-neuron-specific-vegf-expression-system-for-spinal-cord-injury
#17
Y Yun, J Oh, Y Kim, G Kim, M Lee, Y Ha
Spinal cord injury (SCI) is an incurable disease causing an ischemic environment and functional defect, thus a new therapeutic approach is needed for SCI treatment. Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) is a potent therapeutic gene to treat SCI via angiogenesis and neuroprotection, and both tissue-specific gene expression and high gene delivery efficiency are important for successful gene therapy. Here we design the hypoxia/neuron dual-specific gene expression system (pEpo-NSE) and efficient gene delivery platform can be achieved by the combination ex vivo gene therapy with erythropoietin (Epo) enhancer, neuron-specific enolase (NSE) promoter and neural stem cells (NSCs)...
November 20, 2017: Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155408/dark-field-differential-dynamic-microscopy-enables-the-accurate-characterization-of-the-roto-translational-dynamics-of-bacteria-and-colloidal-clusters
#18
Roberto Cerbino, Davide Piotti, Marco Buscaglia, Fabio Giavazzi
Micro- and nanoscale objects with anisotropic shape are key components of a variety of biological systems and inert complex materials, and represent fundamental building blocks of novel self-assembly strategies. The time scale of their thermal motion is set by their translational and rotational diffusion coefficients, whose measurement may become difficult for relatively large particles with small optical contrast. Here we show that Dark Field Differential Dynamic Microscopy is the ideal tool for probing the roto-translational Brownian motion of shape anisotropic particles...
November 20, 2017: Journal of Physics. Condensed Matter: An Institute of Physics Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155401/reconstructing-phylogenetic-tree-using-a-protein-protein-interaction-technique
#19
Shamita Malik, Dolly Sharma, Sunil Kumar Khatri
In this study, a novel substitution method for finding potential protein-protein interactions (PPIs) has been discussed. This newly designed method for analyzing PPI also aids in the comparison of evolutionary distances. The method deals with various data sets, and additionally performs measurable assessment to determine PPIs is introduced. PPIs are biologically relevant and aid in better conceptual framework of phylogenetic profiling. The newly designed framework gives vision to relate the topological properties of the system with evolutionary behavior of datasets...
December 2017: IET Nanobiotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155366/applications-of-stimuli-responsive-nanoscale-drug-delivery-systems-in-translational-research
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REVIEW
Mengjie Gu, Xin Wang, Tan Boon Toh, Edward Kai-Hua Chow
Nanoscale drug delivery systems or nanocarriers have shown tremendous promise in the target-specific delivery of therapeutics as well as diagnostic agents. Additional properties can be introduced into nanocarriers to enhance the bioavailability and targeting efficiency of the transported drugs at diseased sites. Such nanocarriers are usually incorporated with stimuli-responsive components that can be triggered by specific stimuli (e.g., temperature, pH, or enzymes) and further induced by certain biological responses, such as enzyme hydrolysis and molecular conformational changes, leading to the controlled release of the transported molecules at targeted sites...
November 16, 2017: Drug Discovery Today
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