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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29458214/effect-of-tetrahedral-dna-nanostructures-on-proliferation-and-osteo-odontogenic-differentiation-of-dental-pulp-stem-cells-via-activation-of-the-notch-signaling-pathway
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Mi Zhou, Nan-Xin Liu, Si-Rong Shi, Yong Li, Qi Zhang, Quan-Quan Ma, Tao-Ran Tian, Wen-Juan Ma, Xiao-Xiao Cai, Yun-Feng Lin
Dental pulp stem cells (DPSCs) derived from the human dental pulp tissue have multiple differentiation capabilities, such as osteo/odontogenic differentiation. Therefore, DPSCs are deemed as ideal stem cell sources for tissue regeneration. As new nanomaterials based on DNA, tetrahedral DNA nanostructures (TDNs) have tremendous potential for biomedical applications. Here, the authors aimed to explore the part played by TDNs in proliferation and osteo/odontogenic differentiation of DPSCs, and attempted to investigate if these cellular responses could be driven by activating the canonical Notch signaling pathway...
February 16, 2018: Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology, and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29458204/a-review-of-implantable-biosensors-for-closed-loop-glucose-control-and-other-drug-delivery-applications
#2
Kee Scholten, Ellis Meng
Closed-loop drug delivery promises autonomous control of pharmacotherapy through the continuous monitoring of biomarker levels. For decades, researchers have strived for portable closed-loop systems, capable of treating ambulatory patients with chronic conditions such as diabetes mellitus. After years of development, the first of these systems have left the laboratory and entered commercial use. This long-awaited advance reflects recent development of chronically stable implantable biosensors, able to accurately measure biomarker levels in vivo...
February 16, 2018: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29458140/hyaluronan-in-adipogenesis-adipose-tissue-physiology-and-systemic-metabolism
#3
REVIEW
Yi Zhu, Ilja L Kruglikov, Yucel Akgul, Philipp E Scherer
Hyaluronic acid (HA, also known as hyaluronan), is a non-sulfated linear glycosaminoglycan polymer consisting of repeating disaccharide units of d-glucuronic acid and N-acetyl-d-glucosamine abundantly present in the extracellular matrix. The sizes of hyaluronic acid polymers range from 5000 to 20,000,000 Da in vivo, and the functions of HA are largely dictated by its size. Due to its high biocompatibility, HA has been commonly used as soft tissue filler as well as a major component of biomaterial scaffolds in tissue engineering...
February 16, 2018: Matrix Biology: Journal of the International Society for Matrix Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29458125/pluripotent-stem-cells-for-uncovering-the-role-of-mitochondria-in-human-brain-function-and-dysfunction
#4
REVIEW
Annika Zink, Josef Priller, Alessandro Prigione
Mitochondrial dysfunctions are a known pathogenetic mechanism of a number of neurological and psychiatric disorders. At the same time, mutations in genes encoding for components of the mitochondrial respiratory chain cause mitochondrial diseases, which commonly exhibit neurological symptoms. Mitochondria are therefore critical for the functionality of the human nervous system. The importance of mitochondria stems from their key roles in cellular metabolism, calcium handling, redox and protein homeostasis, and overall cellular homeostasis through their dynamic network...
February 16, 2018: Journal of Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457981/reversible-surface-engineering-via-nitrone-mediated-radical-coupling
#5
Joachim Laun, Wouter Marchal, Vanessa Trouillet, Alexander Welle, An T Hardy, Marlies K Van Bael, Christopher Barner-Kowollik, Tanja Junkers
Efficient and simple polymer conjugation reactions are critical for introducing functionalities on surfaces. For polymer surface grafting, post polymerization modifications are often required, which can impose a significant synthetic hurdle. Here, we report two strategies that allow for reversible surface engineering via nitrone-mediated radical coupling (NMRC). Macroradicals stemming from activation of polymers generated by copper-mediated radical polymerization are grafted via radical trapping with a surface-immobilized nitrone or a solution-borne nitrone...
February 19, 2018: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457788/scn5a-the-greatest-hits-collection
#6
David S Park, Glenn I Fishman
Heart failure (HF) has been referred to as the cardiovascular epidemic of our time. Understanding the molecular determinants of HF disease progression and mortality risk is of utmost importance. In this issue of the JCI, Zhang et al. uncover an important link between clinical HF mortality risk and a common variant that regulates SCN5A expression through microRNA-dependent (miR-dependent)mechanisms. They also demonstrate that haploinsufficiency of SCN5A is associated with increased accumulation of reactive oxygen species (ROS) in a genetically engineered murine model...
February 19, 2018: Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457721/reconstructing-dynamic-promoter-activity-profiles-from-reporter-gene-data
#7
Soumya Kannan, Thomas Sams, Jérôme Maury, Christopher T Workman
Accurate characterization of promoter activity is important when designing expression systems for systems biology and metabolic engineering applications. Promoters that respond to changes in the environment enable the dynamic control of gene expression without the necessity of inducer compounds, for example. However, the dynamic nature of these processes poses challenges for estimating promoter activity. Most experimental approaches utilize reporter gene expression to estimate promoter activity. Typically the reporter gene encodes a fluorescent protein that is used to infer a constant promoter activity despite the fact that the observed output may be dynamic and is a number of steps away from the transcription process...
February 19, 2018: ACS Synthetic Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457708/stress-enhanced-interlayer-exchange-coupling-and-optical-mode-fmr-frequency-in-self-bias-fecob-ru-fecob-trilayers
#8
Shandong Li, Guo-Xing Miao, Derang Cao, Qiang Li, Jie Xu, Zheng Wen, Youyong Dai, Shi-Shen Yan, Yueguang Lü
Nowadays, the most popular method to increase ferromagnetic resonance (FMR) frequency (fr ) in self-bias soft magnetic films is to improve the anisotropy field HK . However, to push fr to higher frequencies only via raising HK becomes increasingly challenging since fr is already higher than 10 GHz by now. In this study, we fabricated a series of magnetically anisotropic FeCoB/Ru/FeCoB sandwich films possessing antiferromagnetic-like coupling and gradually increased uniaxial stress in the FeCoB sublayers from 52 to 110 MPa...
February 19, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457665/comparative-analysis-of-lipid-mediated-crispr-cas9-genome-editing-techniques
#9
Kelsey P Ringer, Mark G Roth, Mitchell S Garey, Ted B Piorczynski, Arminda Suli, Jason M Hansen, Jonathan K Alder
CRISPR-Cas technology has revolutionized genome engineering. While Cas9 was not the first programmable endonuclease identified, its simplicity of use has driven widespread adoption in a short period of time. While CRISPR-Cas genome editing holds enormous potential for clinical applications, its use in laboratory settings for genotype-phenotype studies and genome-wide screens has led to breakthroughs in the understanding of many molecular pathways. Numerous protocols have been described for introducing CRISPR-Cas components into cells, and here we sought to simplify and optimize a protocol for genome editing using readily available and inexpensive tools...
February 19, 2018: Cell Biology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457633/binding-efficiency-of-recombinant-collagen-binding-basic-fibroblast-growth-factors-cbd-bfgfs-and-their-promotion-for-nih-3t3-cell-proliferation
#10
Zhenxu Wu, Yulai Zhou, Li Chen, Mingxin Hu, Yu Wang, Linlong Li, Zongliang Wang, Peibiao Zhang
The recombinant basic fibroblast growth factor (bFGF) containing collagen-binding domain (CBD) has been found to be a potential therapeutic factor in tissue regeneration. However, its binding efficiency and quantification remain uncertain. In this research, massive recombinant bFGFs with good bioactivity for enhancing the proliferation of NIH-3T3 cells were achieved. An ELISA-based quantitative method was set up to investigate the binding efficiency of CBD-bFGFs on collagen films. It indicated that the CBDs significantly increased the collagen-binding ability of bFGF (P < ...
February 19, 2018: Biopolymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457629/antibody-glycoengineering-strategies-in-mammalian-cells
#11
Qiong Wang, Cheng-Yu Chung, Sandra Chough, Michael J Betenbaugh
As a key parameter impacting functional and structural heterogeneity, protein glycosylation is a critical quality attribute for antibody biotherapeutic manufacturing. The glycan patterns on recombinant antibodies, particularly on the conserved fragment crystallizable (Fc) region, can have significant effects on an antibody's functional activities including clearance rate, antibody-dependent cellular cytotoxicity (ADCC), complement-dependent cytotoxicity (CDC) and anti-inflammatory activity. In this review, we examined specific glycan attachments (fucosylation, sialylation, galactosylation, oligo-mannose and bisecting glycans) and their importance to antibody properties...
February 19, 2018: Biotechnology and Bioengineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457628/a-coupled-in-vitro-in-vivo-approach-for-engineering-a-heterologous-type-iii-pks-to-enhance-polyketide-biosynthesis-in-saccharomyces-cerevisiae
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Christopher R Vickery, Javier Cardenas, Marianne Bowman, Michael D Burkart, Nancy A Da Silva, Joseph P Noel
Polyketides are attractive compounds for uses ranging from biorenewable chemical precursors to high-value therapeutics. In many cases, synthesis in a heterologous host is required to produce these compounds in industrially relevant quantities. The type III polyketide synthase 2-pyrone synthase (2-PS) from Gerbera hybrida was used for the production of triacetic acid lactone (TAL) in Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Initial in vitro characterization of 2-PS led to the identification of active site variants with improved kinetic properties relative to wildtype...
February 19, 2018: Biotechnology and Bioengineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457597/injectable-collagen-rgd-systems-for-bone-tissue-engineering-applications
#13
Fu-Chen Kung
Imbalance crosslink density and polymer concentration gradient is formed within the traditional alginate hydrogel using calcium chloride as a crosslinking agent in external gelation for instantaneously process. In this studying, type I collagen (Col I) blended calcium salt form of poly(γ-glutamic acid) (γCaPGA) was mixing with RGD-modified alginate with convenient gelation process and suitable for practical use. The hydrophilicity of the resulting hydrogels was evaluated through swelling tests, water retention capacity tests, and water vapor permeation tests...
2018: Bio-medical Materials and Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457376/delivery-of-allogeneic-adipose-stem-cells-in-polyethylene-glycol-fibrin-hydrogels-as-an-adjunct-to-meshed-autografts-after-sharp-debridement-of-deep-partial-thickness-burns
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David M Burmeister, Randolph Stone, Nicole Wrice, Alfred Laborde, Sandra C Becerra, Shanmugasundaram Natesan, Robert J Christy
Harvesting of autografts results in donor site morbidities and is limited in scenarios such as large total body surface area burns. In these instances, coverage is increased by meshing grafts at the expense of delayed biologic closure. Moreover, graft meshing increases the likelihood of contraction and hypertrophic scarring, limits range of motion, and worsens cosmesis. Many tissue engineering technologies have touted the promise of adipose-derived stem cells (ASCs) for burn wounds. The primary objective of the current study was to determine feasibility and efficacy of in situ ASC delivery via PEGylated fibrin (FPEG) hydrogels as adjuncts to meshed split thickness skin grafts in a porcine model...
February 18, 2018: Stem Cells Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457296/silk-and-silk-like-supramolecular-materials
#15
REVIEW
Tanner D Fink, R Helen Zha
Silk is a source of marvel for centuries as one of nature's high-performance materials. More recently, chemical and structural analysis techniques have helped explore the relationship between silk's properties and its hierarchical structure. Furthermore, recombinant protein engineering as well as polymer and organic synthesis techniques have enabled the production of silk-like materials. It has become apparent that silk is a supramolecular polymer with many of the properties exhibited by well-known synthetic supramolecular materials, such as block copolymers, liquid crystals, thermoplastic elastomers, and self-assembling peptides...
February 19, 2018: Macromolecular Rapid Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457234/community-engagement-and-field-trials-of-genetically-modified-insects-and-animals
#16
Carolyn P Neuhaus
New techniques for the genetic modification of organisms are creating new strategies for addressing persistent public health challenges. For example, the company Oxitec has conducted field trials internationally-and has attempted to conduct field trials in the United States-of a genetically modified mosquito that can be used to control dengue, Zika, and some other mosquito-borne diseases. In 2016, a report commissioned by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine discussed the potential benefits and risks of another strategy, using gene drives...
January 2018: Hastings Center Report
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457197/inactivation-of-the-indole-diterpene-biosynthetic-gene-cluster-of-claviceps-paspali-by-agrobacterium-mediated-gene-replacement
#17
László Kozák, Zoltán Szilágyi, Barbara Vágó, Annamária Kakuk, László Tóth, István Molnár, István Pócsi
The hypocrealean fungus Claviceps paspali is a parasite of wild grasses. This fungus is widely utilized in the pharmaceutical industry for the manufacture of ergot alkaloids, but also produces tremorgenic and neurotoxic indole-diterpene (IDT) secondary metabolites such as paspalitrems A and B. IDTs cause significant losses in agriculture and represent health hazards that threaten food security. Conversely, IDTs may also be utilized as lead compounds for pharmaceutical drug discovery. Current protoplast-mediated transformation protocols of C...
February 19, 2018: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457193/genome-shuffling-and-ribosome-engineering-of-streptomyces-virginiae-for-improved-virginiamycin-production
#18
Qian-Qian Tong, Yue-Hui Zhou, Xiang-Song Chen, Jin-Yong Wu, Ping Wei, Li-Xia Yuan, Jian-Ming Yao
The production of virginiamycin (VGM) from Streptomyces virginiae was improved by genome shuffling and ribosome engineering companied with a high-throughput screening method integrating deep-well cultivation and the cylinder-plate detecting. First, a novel high-throughput method was developed to rapidly screen large numbers of VGM-producing mutants. Then, the starting population of genome shuffling was obtained through ultraviolet (UV) and microwave mutagenesis, and four mutants with higher productivity of VGM were selected for genome shuffling...
February 19, 2018: Bioprocess and Biosystems Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457125/enhanced-differentiation-of-dental-pulp-cells-cultured-on-microtubular-polymer-scaffolds-in-vitro
#19
Morteza Haeri, Karen Sagomonyants, Mina Mina, Liisa T Kuhn, A Jon Goldberg
Dental caries (tooth decay) is the most common chronic disease. Dental tissue engineering is a promising alternative approach to alleviate the shortcomings of the currently available restorative materials. Mimicking the natural extracellular matrix (ECM) could enhance the performance of tissue engineering scaffolds. In this study, we developed microtubular (~20 μm diameter) polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) scaffolds resembling the tubular (~2.5 μm diameter) structure of dentin, the collagen-based mineralized tissue that forms the major portion of teeth, to study the effect of scaffold architecture on differentiation of mouse dental pulp cells in vitro ...
June 2017: Regenerative Engineering and Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29456878/non-destructive-two-photon-excited-fluorescence-imaging-identifies-early-nodules-in-calcific-aortic-valve-disease
#20
Lauren M Baugh, Zhiyi Liu, Kyle P Quinn, Sam Osseiran, Conor L Evans, Gordon S Huggins, Philip W Hinds, Lauren D Black, Irene Georgakoudi
Calcifications occur during the development of healthy bone, and at the onset of calcific aortic-valve disease (CAVD) and many other pathologies. Although the mechanisms regulating early calcium deposition are not fully understood, they may provide targets for new treatments and for early interventions. Here, we show that two-photon excited fluorescence (TPEF) can provide quantitative and sensitive readouts of calcific nodule formation, in particular in the context of CAVD. Specifically, by means of the decomposition of TPEF spectral images from excised human CAVD valves and from rat bone prior to and following demineralization, as well as from calcific nodules formed within engineered gels, we identified an endogenous fluorophore that correlates with the level of mineralization in the samples...
November 2017: Nature Biomedical Engineering
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