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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550299/microfluidic-isolation-of-circulating-tumor-cell-clusters-by-size-and-asymmetry
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Sam H Au, Jon Edd, Amy E Stoddard, Keith H K Wong, Fabio Fachin, Shyamala Maheswaran, Daniel A Haber, Shannon L Stott, Ravi Kapur, Mehmet Toner
Circulating tumor cell clusters (CTC clusters) are potent initiators of metastasis and potentially useful clinical markers for patients with cancer. Although there are numerous devices developed to isolate individual circulating tumor cells from blood, these devices are ineffective at capturing CTC clusters, incapable of separating clusters from single cells and/or cause cluster damage or dissociation during processing. The only device currently able to specifically isolate CTC clusters from single CTCs and blood cells relies on the batch immobilization of clusters onto micropillars which necessitates long residence times and causes damage to clusters during release...
May 26, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550283/high-resolution-bioelectrical-imaging-of-a%C3%AE-induced-network-dysfunction-on-cmos-meas-for-neurotoxicity-and-rescue-studies
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Hayder Amin, Thierry Nieus, Davide Lonardoni, Alessandro Maccione, Luca Berdondini
Neurotoxicity and the accumulation of extracellular amyloid-beta1-42 (Aβ) peptides are associated with the development of Alzheimer's disease (AD) and correlate with neuronal activity and network dysfunctions, ultimately leading to cellular death. However, research on neurodegenerative diseases is hampered by the paucity of reliable readouts and experimental models to study such functional decline from an early onset and to test rescue strategies within networks at cellular resolution. To overcome this important obstacle, we demonstrate a simple yet powerful in vitro AD model based on a rat hippocampal cell culture system that exploits large-scale neuronal recordings from 4096-electrodes on CMOS-chips for electrophysiological quantifications...
May 26, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549462/development-of-a-snp-panel-dedicated-to-parentage-assignment-in-french-sheep-populations
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F Tortereau, C R Moreno, G Tosser-Klopp, B Servin, J Raoul
BACKGROUND: The efficiency of breeding programs partly relies on the accuracy of the estimated breeding values which decreases when pedigrees are incomplete. Two reproduction techniques are mainly used by sheep breeders to identify the sires of lambs: animal insemination and natural matings with a single ram per group of ewes. Both methods have major drawbacks, notably time-consuming tasks for breeders, and are thus used at varying levels in breeding programs. As a consequence, the percentage of known sires can be very low in some breeds and results in less accurate estimated breeding values...
May 26, 2017: BMC Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549379/dynamically-tunable-plasmon-induced-transparency-in-on-chip-graphene-based-asymmetrical-nanocavity-coupled-waveguide-system
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Pingping Qiu, Weibin Qiu, Zhili Lin, Houbo Chen, Junbo Ren, Jia-Xian Wang, Qiang Kan, Jiao-Qing Pan
A graphene-based on-chip plasmonic nanostructure composed of a plasmonic bus waveguide side-coupled with a U-shaped and a rectangular nanocavities has been proposed and modeled by using the finite element method in this paper. The dynamic tunability of the plasmon-induced transparency (PIT) windows has been investigated. The results reveal that the PIT effects can be tuned via modifying the chemical potential of the nanocavities and plasmonic bus waveguide or by varying the geometrical parameters including the location and width of the rectangular nanocavity...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549169/regulatory-dynamics-of-11p13-suggest-a-role-for-ehf-in-modifying-cf-lung-disease-severity
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Lindsay R Stolzenburg, Rui Yang, Jenny L Kerschner, Sara Fossum, Matthew Xu, Andrew Hoffmann, Kay-Marie Lamar, Sujana Ghosh, Sarah Wachtel, Shih-Hsing Leir, Ann Harris
Mutations in the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) gene cause cystic fibrosis (CF), but are not good predictors of lung phenotype. Genome-wide association studies (GWAS) previously identified additional genomic sites associated with CF lung disease severity. One of these, at chromosome 11p13, is an intergenic region between Ets homologous factor (EHF) and Apaf-1 interacting protein (APIP). Our goal was to determine the functional significance of this region, which being intergenic is probably regulatory...
May 26, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547994/self-assembled-molecular-nanowires-for-high-performance-organic-transistors
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Luke R Fleet, James E Stott, Byron Villis, Salahud Din, Michele Serri, Gabriel Aeppli, Sandrine Heutz, Arokia Nathan
While organic semiconductors provide tantalising possibilities for low-cost, light-weight, flexible electronic devices, their current use in transistors - the fundamental building block - is rather limited as their speed and reliability is not competitive with their inorganic counterparts, and is simply too poor for many practical applications. Through self-assembly, highly ordered nanostructures can be prepared that have more competitive transport characteristics, but no simple, scalable method has been discovered that can produce devices based on such nanostructures...
May 26, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546915/label-free-and-regenerative-electrochemical-microfluidic-biosensors-for-continual-monitoring-of-cell-secretomes
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Su Ryon Shin, Tugba Kilic, Yu Shrike Zhang, Huseyin Avci, Ning Hu, Duckjin Kim, Cristina Branco, Julio Aleman, Solange Massa, Antonia Silvestri, Jian Kang, Anna Desalvo, Mohammed Abdullah Hussaini, Su-Kyoung Chae, Alessandro Polini, Nupura Bhise, Mohammad Asif Hussain, HeaYeon Lee, Mehmet R Dokmeci, Ali Khademhosseini
Development of an efficient sensing platform capable of continual monitoring of biomarkers is needed to assess the functionality of the in vitro organoids and to evaluate their biological responses toward pharmaceutical compounds or chemical species over extended periods of time. Here, a novel label-free microfluidic electrochemical (EC) biosensor with a unique built-in on-chip regeneration capability for continual measurement of cell-secreted soluble biomarkers from an organoid culture in a fully automated manner without attenuating the sensor sensitivity is reported...
May 2017: Advanced Science (Weinheim, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546219/inos-derived-nitric-oxide-induces-integrin-linked-kinase-endocytic-lysosome-mediated-degradation-in-the-vascular-endothelium
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Paula Reventun, Matilde Alique, Irene Cuadrado, Susana Marquez, Rocio Toro, Carlos Zaragoza, Marta Saura
OBJECTIVE: ILK (integrin-linked kinase) plays a key role in controlling vasomotor tone and is decreased in atherosclerosis. The objective of this study is to test whether nitric oxide (NO) regulates ILK in vascular remodeling. APPROACH AND RESULTS: We found a striking correlation between increased levels of inducible nitric oxide and decreased ILK levels in human atherosclerosis and in a mouse model of vascular remodeling (carotid artery ligation) comparing with inducible NO synthase knockout mice...
May 25, 2017: Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545837/emerging-technologies-for-prediction-of-drug-candidate-efficacy-in-the-preclinical-pipeline
#9
Denis Menshykau
The pharmaceutical industry is tackling increasingly complex multifactorial diseases, resulting in increases in research & development (R&D) costs and reductions in the success rates for drug candidates during Phase 2 and 3 clinical trials, with a lack of efficacy being the primary reason for drug candidate failure. This implies that the predictive power of current preclinical assays for drug candidate efficacy is suboptimal and, therefore, that alternatives should be developed. Here, I review emerging in vitro, imaging, and in silico technologies and discuss their potential contribution to drug efficacy assessment...
May 22, 2017: Drug Discovery Today
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545159/the-value-transformation-of-health-care-impact-on-neuromuscular-and-electrodiagnostic-medicine
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Pushpa Narayanaswami, Millie Suk, Lyell K Jones
INTRODUCTION: Beginning in 2017, most physicians who participate in Medicare are subject to the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA), the milestone legislation that signals the US health care system's transition from volume-based to value-based care. METHODS: Review of emerging trends in development of value-based healthcare systems in the US. RESULTS: MACRA and the resulting Quality Payment Program (QPP) create two participation pathways, the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and the Advanced Alternative Payment Model (AAPM) pathway...
May 25, 2017: Muscle & Nerve
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544921/in-situ-formed-copper-nanoparticles-templated-by-tdt-mediated-dna-for-enhanced-spr-sensor-based-dna-assay
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Pei-Xin Yuan, Sheng-Yuan Deng, Chen-Yu Zheng, Serge Cosnier, Dan Shan
For the efficient surface plasmon resonance (SPR)-based DNA assay researching, signal amplification tactics were absolutely necessary. In this work, a sensitive SPR-DNA sensor was developed by employing in situ synthesis of copper nanoparticles (CuNPs) templated by poly-T sequences DNA from terminal deoxynucleotidyl transferase (TdT)-mediated extension, and synergistically with nano-effect deposition as the mass relay. The objective of this strategy was manifold: firstly, tDNA hybridized with the optimal designed probes to active the TdT-mediated DNA extension onto the surface of SPR chip, resulted a long poly-T sequences ssDNA chain in dsDNA terminal onto surface of gold chip and characterized by SPR signal amplitudes...
May 18, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544598/from-extended-nano-fluidics-to-an-autonomous-solar-light-driven-micro-fuel-cell-device
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Yuriy Pihosh, Jin Uemura, Ivan Turkevych, Kazuma Mawatari, Yutaka Kazoe, Adelina Smirnova, Takehiko Kitamori
Autonomous micro/nano mechanical, chemical and biomedical sensors require persistent power sources scaled to their size. Realization of autonomous micro-power sources is a challenging task, as it requires combination of wireless energy supply, conversion, storage and delivery to the sensor. In this work, we realized solar light driven power source that consists of a micro fuel cell (μFC) and a photocatalytic micro fuel generator (μFG) integrated on a single microfluidic chip. The μFG produces hydrogen by photocatalytic water splitting under solar light...
May 23, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544514/dynamic-enhancer-function-in-the-chromatin-context
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Ido Goldstein, Gordon L Hager
Enhancers serve as critical regulatory elements in higher eukaryotic cells. The characterization of enhancer function has evolved primarily from genome-wide methodologies, including chromatin immunoprecipitation (ChIP-seq), DNase-I hypersensitivity (DNase-seq), digital genomic footprinting (DGF), and the chromosome conformation capture techniques (3C, 4C, and Hi-C). These population-based assays average signals across millions of cells and lead to enhancer models characterized by static and sequential binding...
May 22, 2017: Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews. Systems Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543827/estimations-of-linkage-disequilibrium-effective-population-size-and-roh-based-inbreeding-coefficients-in-spanish-churra-sheep-using-imputed-high-density-snp-genotypes
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P K Chitneedi, J J Arranz, A Suarez-Vega, E García-Gámez, B Gutiérrez-Gil
In this study, the availability of the Ovine HD SNP BeadChip (HD-chip) and the development of an imputation strategy provided an opportunity to further investigate the extent of linkage disequilibrium (LD) at short distances in the genome of the Spanish Churra dairy sheep breed. A population of 1686 animals, including 16 rams and their half-sib daughters, previously genotyped for the 50K-chip, was imputed to the HD-chip density based on a reference population of 335 individuals. After assessing the imputation accuracy for beagle v4...
May 22, 2017: Animal Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543796/mxd1-mediates-hypoxia-induced-cisplatin-resistance-in-osteosarcoma-cells-by-repression-of-the-pten-tumor-suppressor-gene
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Datong Zheng, Weiling Wu, Na Dong, Xiuqin Jiang, Jinjin Xu, Xi Zhan, Zhengdong Zhang, Zhenzhen Hu
Hypoxia-induced chemoresistance remains a major obstacle to treating osteosarcoma effectively. Mxd1, a member of the Myc/Max/Mxd family, was shown to be involved in the development of drug resistance under hypoxia. However, the effect of Mxd1 on hypoxia-induced cisplatin (CDDP) resistance and its mechanism in osteosarcoma have not been fully elucidated. In this study, we demonstrated that HIF-1α-induced Mxd1 contributed to CDDP resistance in hypoxic U-2OS and MG-63 cells. The knockdown of Mxd1 expression elevated PTEN expression at both protein and RNA levels in these hypoxic cells...
May 23, 2017: Molecular Carcinogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542710/behavioral-inferences-from-the-high-levels-of-dental-chipping-in-homo-naledi
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Ian Towle, Joel D Irish, Isabelle De Groote
OBJECTIVES: A variety of mechanical processes can result in antemortem dental chipping. In this study, chipping data in the teeth of Homo naledi are compared with those of other pertinent dental samples to give insight into their etiology. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Permanent teeth with complete crowns evidencing occlusal wear were examined macroscopically. The location, number, and severity of fractures were recorded and compared to those found in samples of two other South African fossil hominin species and in samples of nonhuman primates (n = 3) and recent humans (n = 7)...
May 24, 2017: American Journal of Physical Anthropology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542705/a-pump-free-microfluidic-3d-perfusion-platform-for-the-efficient-differentiation-of-human-hepatocyte-like-cells
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Louis Jun Ye Ong, Lor Huai Chong, Lin Jin, Pawan Kumar Singh, Poh Seng Lee, Hanry Yu, Abhishek Ananthanarayanan, Hwa Liang Leo, Yi-Chin Toh
The practical application of microfluidic liver models for in vitro drug testing is partly hampered by their reliance on human primary hepatocytes, which are limited in number and have batch-to-batch variation. Human stem cell-derived hepatocytes offer an attractive alternative cell source, although their 3D differentiation and maturation in a microfluidic platform have not yet been demonstrated. We develop a pump-free microfluidic 3D perfusion platform to achieve long-term and efficient differentiation of human liver progenitor cells into hepatocyte-like cells (HLCs)...
May 20, 2017: Biotechnology and Bioengineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542614/evaluation-of-the-sepsis-flow-chip-assay-for-the-diagnosis-of-blood-infections
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Antonio Galiana, Javier Coy, Adelina Gimeno, Noemi Marco Guzman, Francisco Rosales, Esperanza Merino, Gloria Royo, Juan Carlos Rodríguez
BACKGROUND: Blood infections are serious complex conditions that generally require rapid diagnosis and treatment. The big challenge is to reduce the time necessary to make a diagnosis with current clinical microbiological methods so as to improve the treatment given to patients. METHODS: In this study, we assess for the first time the Sepsis Flow Chip assay, which is a novel diagnostic assay for simultaneous rapid-detection of the vast majority of bloodstream pathogens, including Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria and fungi, in the same assay, and for the detection of most common antibiotic resistance genes...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542388/targeted-dna-methylation-in-pericentromeres-with-genome-editing-based-artificial-dna-methyltransferase
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Taiga Yamazaki, Yu Hatano, Tetsuya Handa, Sakiko Kato, Kensuke Hoida, Rui Yamamura, Takashi Fukuyama, Takayuki Uematsu, Noritada Kobayashi, Hiroshi Kimura, Kazuo Yamagata
To study the impact of epigenetic changes on biological functions, the ability to manipulate the epigenetic status of certain genomic regions artificially could be an indispensable technology. "Epigenome editing" techniques have gradually emerged that apply TALE or CRISPR/Cas9 technologies with various effector domains isolated from epigenetic code writers or erasers such as DNA methyltransferase, 5-methylcytosine oxidase, and histone modification enzymes. Here we demonstrate that a TALE recognizing a major satellite, consisting of a repeated sequence in pericentromeres, could be fused with the bacterial CpG methyltransferase, SssI...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542063/drivers-motivating-community-health-improvement-plan-completion-by-local-public-health-agencies-and-community-partners-in-the-rocky-mountain-region-and-western-plains
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Anne Hill, Holly J Wolf, Elaine Scallan, Jenny Case, Yvonne Kellar-Guenther
CONTEXT: There are numerous drivers that motivate completion of community health improvement plans (CHIPs). Some are more obvious and include voluntary public health accreditation, state requirements, federal and state funding, and nonprofit hospital requirements through IRS regulations. Less is known about other drivers, including involvement of diverse partners and belief in best practices, that may motivate CHIP completion. OBJECTIVE: This research investigated the drivers that motivated CHIP completion based on experiences of 51 local public health agencies (LPHAs)...
July 2017: Journal of Public Health Management and Practice: JPHMP
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