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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434006/unbiased-quantification-of-subplate-neuron-loss-following-neonatal-hypoxia-ischemia-in-a-rat-model
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Alexandra Mikhailova, Naveena Sunkara, Patrick S McQuillen
BACKGROUND: Cellular targets of neonatal hypoxia-ischemia (HI) include both oligodendrocyte and neuronal lineages with differences in the patterns of vulnerable cells depending upon the developmental stage at which the injury occurs. Injury to the developing white matter is a characteristic feature of human preterm brain injury. Data are accumulating, however, for neuronal injury in the developing cerebral cortex. In the most widely used rodent model of preterm HI brain injury, conflicting data have been reported regarding the sensitivity of subplate neurons to early neonatal HI, with some reports of selective vulnerability and others that find no increased loss of subplate neurons in comparison with other cortical layers...
April 22, 2017: Developmental Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433865/high-sensitivity-hplc-method-for-analysis-of-in-vivo-extracellular-gaba-using-optimized-fluorescence-parameters-for-o-phthalaldehyde-opa-sulfite-derivatives
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Shannon L Zandy, James M Doherty, Nathan D Wibisono, Rueben A Gonzales
Reversed-phase HPLC with derivatization using o-phthalaldehyde (OPA) and sulfite allows electrochemical detection of γ-aminobutyric acid (GABA) in microdialysis samples. However, OPA/sulfite derivatives have been reported to produce lower fluorescent yield than OPA derivatives using organic thiols as the nucleophile. To overcome this limitation we examined excitation and emission spectra, reaction time, pH, and concentration of reagents in the derivatization solution. Optimal detection parameters were determined as λex=220nm and λem=385nm for maximal fluorescence...
April 3, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433665/advancing-the-science-of-myocardial-recovery-with-mechanical-circulatory-support-a-working-group-of-the-national-heart-lung-and-blood-institute
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Stavros G Drakos, Francis D Pagani, Martha S Lundberg, J Timothy Baldwin
The medical burden of heart failure (HF) has spurred interest in clinicians and scientists to develop therapies to restore the function of a failing heart. To advance this agenda, the National Heart Lung Blood Institute (NHLBI) convened a Working Group of experts on June 2-3, 2016 in Bethesda Maryland to develop recommendations for the NHLBI aimed at advancing the science of cardiac recovery in the setting of mechanical circulatory support (MCS). MSC devices effectively reduce volume and pressure overload that drives the cycle of progressive myocardial dysfunction, thereby triggering structural and functional reverse remodeling...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Cardiac Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433629/a-novel-strategy-to-dissect-endogenous-gene-transcriptional-regulation-in-live-cells
#4
Wenqing Yang, Siliang Zhang, Yi Zhang, Xin Huang
Gene transcription is a central tenet of biology, traditionally measured by RT-PCR, microarray, or more recently, RNA sequencing. However, these measurements only provide a snapshot of the state of gene transcription and only represent an overall readout of complex transcriptional networks that regulate gene expression. In this report, we describe a novel strategy to dissect endogenous gene transcription regulation in live cells by knocking in a reporter gene, EGFP, under the control of the endogenous gene promoter, using the ARID1A gene as an example...
April 19, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433608/toward-biotechnology-in-space-high-throughput-instruments-for-in-situ-biological-research-beyond-earth
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REVIEW
Fathi Karouia, Kianoosh Peyvan, Andrew Pohorille
Space biotechnology is a nascent field aimed at applying tools of modern biology to advance our goals in space exploration. These advances rely on our ability to exploit in situ high throughput techniques for amplification and sequencing DNA, and measuring levels of RNA transcripts, proteins and metabolites in a cell. These techniques, collectively known as "omics" techniques have already revolutionized terrestrial biology. A number of on-going efforts are aimed at developing instruments to carry out "omics" research in space, in particular on board the International Space Station and small satellites...
April 19, 2017: Biotechnology Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433513/ortho-group-activation-of-a-bromopyrrole-ester-in-suzuki-miyaura-cross-coupling-reactions-application-to-the-synthesis-of-new-microtubule-depolymerizing-agents-with-potent-cytotoxic-activities
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John T Gupton, Scott Yeudall, Nakul Telang, Megan Hoerrner, Ellis Huff, Evan Crawford, Katie Lounsbury, Michael Kimmel, William Curry, Andrew Harrison, Wen Juekun, Alex Shimozono, Joe Ortolani, Kristin Lescalleet, Jon Patteson, Veronica Moore-Stoll, Cristina C Rohena, Susan L Mooberry, Ahmad J Obaidullah, Glen E Kellogg, James A Sikorski
New microtubule depolymerizing agents with potent cytotoxic activities have been prepared with a 5-cyano or 5-oximino group attached to a pyrrole core. The utilization of ortho activation of a bromopyrrole ester to facilitate successful Suzuki-Miyaura cross-coupling reactions was a key aspect of the synthetic methodology. This strategy allows for control of regiochemistry with the attachment of four completely different groups at the 2, 3, 4 and 5 positions of the pyrrole scaffold. Biological evaluations and molecular modeling studies are reported for these examples...
April 11, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433330/bivalent-rlp2086-trumenba%C3%A2-development-of-a-well-characterized-vaccine-through-commercialization
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Khurram Sunasara, John Cundy, Sriram Srinivasan, Brad Evans, Weiqiang Sun, Scott Cook, Eric Bortell, John Farley, Daniel Griffin, Michele Bailey Piatchek, Katherine Arch-Douglas
The phrase "Process is the Product" is often applied to biologics, including multicomponent vaccines composed of complex components that evade complete characterization. Vaccine production processes must be defined and locked early in the development cycle to ensure consistent quality of the vaccine throughout scale-up, clinical studies, and commercialization. This approach of front-loading the development work helped facilitate the accelerated approval of the Biologic License Application for the well-characterized vaccine bivalent rLP2086 (Trumenba®, Pfizer Inc) in 2014 under Breakthrough Therapy Designation...
April 19, 2017: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433326/status-of-the-development-of-a-vaccine-against-mycoplasma-bovis
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REVIEW
Jose Perez-Casal, Tracy Prysliak, Teresa Maina, Muhammad Suleman, Steve Jimbo
Mycoplasma bovis is an important pathogen of cattle and, despite numerous efforts an effective vaccine for control of the disease it causes remains elusive. Although we now know more about the biology of this pathogen, information is lacking about appropriate protective antigens, the type of immune response that confers protection and adjuvants selection. The use of conserved recombinant proteins, selected using in silico approaches, as components of a vaccine may be a better choice over bacterin-based vaccines due to the limited protection afforded by them and adverse reactions caused by them...
April 19, 2017: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433243/cocr-f75-scaffolds-produced-by-additive-manufacturing-influence-of-chemical-etching-on-powder-removal-and-mechanical-performance
#9
Brecht Van Hooreweder, Karel Lietaert, Bram Neirinck, Nicholas Lippiatt, Martine Wevers
Additive manufacturing techniques such as Selective Laser Melting (SLM) allow carefully controlled production of complex porous structures such as scaffolds. These advanced structures can offer many interesting advantages over conventionally produced products in terms of biological response and patient specific design. The surface finish of AM parts is often poor because of the layer wise nature of the process and adhering particles. Loosening of these particles after implantation should be avoided, as this could put the patient's health at risk...
June 2017: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433188/metabolic-engineering-of-saccharomyces-cerevisiae-for-production-of-spermidine-under-optimal-culture-conditions
#10
Sun-Ki Kim, Jung-Hyun Jo, Yong-Cheol Park, Yong-Su Jin, Jin-Ho Seo
Spermidine is a polyamine compound exhibiting important biological activities, such as increasing lifespan, inflammation reduction, and plant growth control. As such, many applications of spermidine as a bio-modulating agent are anticipated. However, sustainable and scalable production of spermidine has not been achieved yet. Therefore, construction of a spermidine production system using Saccharomyces cerevisiae was attempted in this study. In order to secrete spermidine into fermentation broth, TPO1 coding for the polyamine transporter was overexpressed in an engineered S...
June 2017: Enzyme and Microbial Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432755/mitochondria-and-ageing-role-in-heart-skeletal-muscle-and-adipose-tissue
#11
REVIEW
Kerstin Boengler, Maik Kosiol, Manuel Mayr, Rainer Schulz, Susanne Rohrbach
Age is the most important risk factor for most diseases. Mitochondria play a central role in bioenergetics and metabolism. In addition, several lines of evidence indicate the impact of mitochondria in lifespan determination and ageing. The best-known hypothesis to explain ageing is the free radical theory, which proposes that cells, organs, and organisms age because they accumulate reactive oxygen species (ROS) damage over time. Mitochondria play a central role as the principle source of intracellular ROS, which are mainly formed at the level of complex I and III of the respiratory chain...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Cachexia, Sarcopenia and Muscle
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432445/the-impact-of-transportation-and-translocation-on-dispersal-behaviour-in-the-invasive-cane-toad
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Lachlan Pettit, Matthew Greenlees, Richard Shine
Biological invasions transport organisms to novel environments; but how does the translocation process influence movement patterns of the invader? Plausibly, the stress of encountering a novel environment, or of the transport process, might induce rapid dispersal from the release site-potentially enhancing (or reducing) invader success and spread. We investigated the effect of transportation and release to novel environments on dispersal-relevant traits of one of the world's most notorious invaders, the cane toad (Rhinella marina)...
April 21, 2017: Oecologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432311/enteric-innervation-combined-with-proteomics-for-the-evaluation-of-the-effects-of-chronic-fluoride-exposure-on-the-duodenum-of-rats
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Carina Guimarães de Souza Melo, Juliana Vanessa Colombo Martins Perles, Jacqueline Nelisis Zanoni, Sara Raquel Garcia de Souza, Erika Xavier Santos, Aline de Lima Leite, Alessandro Domingues Heubel, Camila Oliveira E Souza, Juliana Gadelha de Souza, Marília Afonso Rabelo Buzalaf
Ingested fluoride (F) is absorbed mainly in the small intestine, which is controlled by the Enteric Nervous System (ENS). Although important intestinal symptomatology has been described after excessive F exposure, there have been no studies reporting the effects of F on the ENS. In this study, the effects of chronic F exposure were evaluated on the duodenums of rats through proteomic and morphological analyses. Concentrations of 0, 10, or 50 ppm of F were applied to the drinking water for 30 days. Immunofluorescence techniques were performed in the myenteric plexus of the duodenum to detect HuC/D, neuronal nitric oxide (nNOS), vasoactive intestinal peptide (VIP), calcitonin gene related peptide (CGRP), and substance P (SP)...
April 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432310/efficacy-of-alprostadil-for-preventing-of-contrast-induced-nephropathy-a-meta-analysis
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Jing-Zhan Zhang, Xiao-Jing Kang, Ying Gao, Ying-Ying Zheng, Ting-Ting Wu, Long Li, Fen Liu, Yi-Ning Yang, Xiao-Mei Li, Yi-Tong Ma, Xiang Xie
Contrast-induced nephropathy (CIN) has become the third-leading cause of hospital-acquired acute renal injury. Although alprostadil has been proposed as an effective preventative measure, this conclusion remains inconsistent. Thus, we performed a meta-analysis of the published studies on this topic to evaluate the preventative effect of alprostadil on CIN. Databases, including PubMed, the Web of Science, Cochrane Library, Wanfang, the China Biological Medicine Database (SinoMed) and the China National Knowledge Infrastructure (CNKI) were systematically searched...
April 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432223/fli1-level-during-megakaryopoiesis-affects-thrombopoiesis-and-platelet-biology
#15
Karen K Vo, Danuta J Jarocha, Randolph B Lyde, Vincent Hayes, Christopher S Thom, Spencer K Sullivan, Deborah L French, Mortimer Poncz
Friend Leukemia Virus Integration 1 (FLI1), a critical transcription factor (TF) during megakaryocyte differentiation, is amongst genes hemizygously deleted in Jacobsen syndrome, resulting in a macrothrombocytopenia termed Paris-Trousseau syndrome (PTSx). Recently, heterozygote human FLI1 mutations have been ascribed to cause thrombocytopenia. We studied induced-pluripotent stem cell (iPSC)-derived megakaryocytes (iMegs) to better understand these clinical disorders, beginning with iPSCs generated from a PTSx patient and iPSCs from a control line with a targeted heterozygous FLI1 knockout (FLI1(+/-))...
April 21, 2017: Blood
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431977/transcriptome-comparison-reveals-insights-into-muscle-response-to-hypoxia-in-blunt-snout-bream-megalobrama-amblycephala
#16
Bo-Xiang Chen, Shao-Kui Yi, Wei-Feng Wang, Yan He, Yan Huang, Ze-Xia Gao, Hong Liu, Wei-Min Wang, Huan-Ling Wang
The economic and biological significance of blunt snout bream (Megalobrama amblycephala) makes this species important to explore the underlying molecular mechanism of hypoxia response. In the present study, we compared the transcriptional responses to serious hypoxia in skeletal muscle among hypoxia tolerant (MT), sensitive (MS) and control (without hypoxia treatment, MC) M. amblycephala obtained according to the time difference of losing balance after hypoxia treatment. A total of 88,200,889 clean reads were generated and assembled into 44,493 unigenes...
April 18, 2017: Gene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431930/quantitative-proteomics-reveals-key-proteins-regulated-by-eicosapentaenoic-acid-in-endothelial-activation
#17
Lu Zhang, Kunhong Xiao, Xuyang Zhao, Xiaoli Sun, Jianshu Zhang, Xian Wang, Yi Zhu, Xu Zhang
Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), an n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid (PUFA), has been shown to decrease the risk of atherosclerosis by attenuating endothelial activation. In this study, we used mass spectrometry-based label-free quantitative proteomics to study the protective mechanisms of EPA and to identify key proteins that regulated by EPA in endothelial activation. Arachidonic acid (AA) was used as a control. HUVECs were pretreated with each of the two PUFAs, and then stimulated with TNFα as a model of endothelial activation...
April 18, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431800/genetic-predictors-of-antipsychotic-response-to-lurasidone-identified-in-a-genome-wide-association-study-and-by-schizophrenia-risk-genes
#18
Jiang Li, Akane Yoshikawa, Mark D Brennan, Timothy L Ramsey, Herbert Y Meltzer
Biomarkers which predict response to atypical antipsychotic drugs (AAPDs) increases their benefit/risk ratio. We sought to identify common variants in genes which predict response to lurasidone, an AAPD, by associating genome-wide association study (GWAS) data and changes (Δ) in Positive And Negative Syndrome Scale (PANSS) scores from two 6-week randomized, placebo-controlled trials of lurasidone in schizophrenia (SCZ) patients. We also included SCZ risk SNPs identified by the Psychiatric Genomics Consortium using a polygenic risk analysis...
April 18, 2017: Schizophrenia Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431753/eef2k-promotes-progression-and-radioresistance-of-esophageal-squamous-cell-carcinoma
#19
Hongcheng Zhu, Hongmei Song, Guangzong Chen, Xi Yang, Jia Liu, Yangyang Ge, Jing Lu, Qin Qin, Chi Zhang, Liping Xu, Xiaoke Di, Jing Cai, Jianxin Ma, Shu Zhang, Xinchen Sun
OBJECTIVES: To investigate the biological function of eEF2K in esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC). MATERIALS AND METHODS: Tissue microarrays containing 100 pairs of ESCC tumor and adjacent normal tissues were completed. Overexpression and knockdown of eEF2K were constructed in ECA-109 and TE-13 ESCC cells. DNA damage, cell viability, migration and invasion, radioresistance, apoptosis and autophagy were determined by immunofluorescence, CCK-8, transwell assay, colony formation assay, flow cytometry and western blot, respectively...
April 18, 2017: Radiotherapy and Oncology: Journal of the European Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431748/a-benchtop-biorobotic-platform-for-in-vitro-observation-of-muscle-tendon-dynamics-with-parallel-mechanical-assistance-from-an-elastic-exoskeleton
#20
Benjamin D Robertson, Siddarth Vadakkeveedu, Gregory S Sawicki
We present a novel biorobotic framework comprised of a biological muscle-tendon unit (MTU) mechanically coupled to a feedback controlled robotic environment simulation that mimics in vivo inertial/gravitational loading and mechanical assistance from a parallel elastic exoskeleton. Using this system, we applied select combinations of biological muscle activation (modulated with rate-coded direct neural stimulation) and parallel elastic assistance (applied via closed-loop mechanical environment simulation) hypothesized to mimic human behavior based on previously published modeling studies...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Biomechanics
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