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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431461/impact-of-superparamagnetic-iron-oxide-nanoparticles-on-vocal-fold-fibroblasts-cell-behavior-and-cellular-iron-kinetics
#1
Marina Pöttler, Anna Fliedner, Eveline Schreiber, Christina Janko, Ralf Philipp Friedrich, Christopher Bohr, Michael Döllinger, Christoph Alexiou, Stephan Dürr
PURPOSE: The voice is the most important instrument of communication. Tissue defects in the vocal fold (VF) area lead to serious reduction in quality of life, but thus far, no satisfactory VF implant exists. Therefore, we aim to establish a functional VF implant in a rabbit model by magnetic tissue engineering (MTE) using superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles (SPION). Hence, iron quantification over time as well as cell behavior studies upon SPION treatment are of great importance...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431378/development-of-novel-alternative-biodiesel-fuels-for-reducing-pm-emissions-and-pm-related-genotoxicity
#2
Po-Ming Yang, Chia-Chi Wang, Ying-Chi Lin, Syu-Ruei Jhang, Li-Jung Lin, Yuan-Chung Lin
This paper intend to investigate the effects of biodiesel fuel blends comprising of waste-cooking oil and butanol-diesel (B10W10-B10W40) under steady-state conditions. Both particulate organic carbon (OC) and PM including PM2.5 and PM10 significantly decreased with the increasing percentage of biodiesel fuel blends. The fuel blend of B10W40 also demonstrated the most effective function in reducing the emissions of PM10 and PM2.5 in the volume by 59.4% and 57.7%, respectively. Moreover, the emissions of nitrogen oxides decreased with the blending of B10W10-B10W40 (13...
April 18, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431373/development-and-validation-of-sustainability-criteria-of-administrative-green-schools-in-iran
#3
Hossein Meiboudi, Akramolmolok Lahijanian, Seyed Mohammad Shobeiri, Seyed Ali Jozi, Reza Azizinezhad
Environmental responsibility in school has led to the emergence of a variety of criteria to administer green schools' contributions to sustainability. Sustainability criteria of administrative green schools need validity, reliability and norms. The aim of the current study was to develop and validate assessment criteria for green schools in Iran based on the role of academia. A national survey was conducted to obtain data on sustainability criteria initiatives for green schools and the Iranian profile was defined...
April 18, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431330/gas-forming-liposomes-prepared-using-a-liposomal-magnetoporation-method
#4
Jae Min Lee, Dong Sup Kwag, Yu Seok Youn, Eun Seong Lee
In this study, we report a gas-forming drug carrier engineered using the liposomal magnetoporation method. The liposomes that were magnetoporated under a magnetic shear stress possessed an opened lipid bilayer hole. A photosensitizing model drug (chlorin e6: Ce6) and 1H-1H-2H-perfluoro-1-hexene (PFH, as a volatile gas-forming agent) were efficiently loaded into the opened holes of the magnetoporated liposomes. PFH in the liposomes is vaporized at 50°C and can initiate liposome destabilization. The experimental results demonstrated that the liposomes were destabilized at 50°C efficiently released Ce6 and enhanced Ce6-mediated phototoxicity against KB tumor cells...
April 12, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431327/dendrimer-conjugated-iron-oxide-nanoparticles-as-stimuli-responsive-drug-carriers-for-thermally-activated-chemotherapy-of-cancer
#5
Saumya Nigam, Dhirendra Bahadur
In recent years, functional nanomaterials have found an appreciable place in the understanding and treatment of cancer. This work demonstrates the fabrication and characterization of a new class of cationic, biocompatible, peptide dendrimers, which were then used for stabilizing and functionalizing magnetite nanoparticles for combinatorial therapy of cancer. The synthesized peptide dendrimers have an edge over the widely used PAMAM dendrimers due to better biocompatibility and negligible cytotoxicity of their degradation products...
April 13, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431299/not-that-neglected-base-rates-influence-related-and-unrelated-judgments
#6
Michał Białek
It is claimed that people are unable (or unwilling) to incorporate prior probabilities into posterior assessments, such as their estimation of the likelihood of a person with characteristics typical of an engineer actually being an engineer given that they are drawn from a sample including a very small number of engineers. This paper shows that base rates are incorporated in classifications (Experiment 1) and, moreover, that base rates also affect unrelated judgments, such as how well a provided description of a person fits a stereotypical engineer (Experiment 2)...
April 17, 2017: Acta Psychologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431262/immunologic-approaches-for-the-treatment-of-multiple-myeloma
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Leo Rasche, Niels Weinhold, Gareth J Morgan, Frits van Rhee, Faith E Davies
The FDA approval of two monoclonal antibodies in 2015has heralded a new era of targeted immunotherapies for multiple myeloma (MM). In this review we discuss the recent approaches using different immunological components to treat MM. In particular, we review current monoclonal antibody based therapies, engineered T- and NK cell products, 'off-target' immunomodulation, and strategies utilizing allogeneic cell transplantation in MM. We discuss how an immunologic approach offers promise for the treatment of this genetically heterogeneous disease, and how patients with acquired drug resistance may particularly benefit from these therapies...
April 6, 2017: Cancer Treatment Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431257/integrated-antimicrobial-and-antifouling-ultrafiltration-membrane-by-surface-grafting-peo-and-n-chloramine-functional-groups
#8
Shuhua Hou, Jialin Xing, Xue Dong, Jifu Zheng, Shenghai Li
Ultrafiltration membranes with integrated antimicrobial and antifouling properties were fabricated using an engineering thermoplastic (carboxylated cardopoly(aryl ether ketone, PEK-COOH). Different molecular weights of PEO (Mw: 120, 350, 550) were grafted to the PEK-COOH membrane surface via EDC/NHS methodology. N-chloramine modified membranes then were prepared by simple exposure to dilute sodium hypochlorite solution. The surface grafting processes were all performed in water (i.e. without organic solvent)...
April 11, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431252/engineered-regulatory-systems-modulate-gene-expression-of-human-commensals-in-the-gut
#9
Bentley Lim, Michael Zimmermann, Natasha A Barry, Andrew L Goodman
The gut microbiota is implicated in numerous aspects of health and disease, but dissecting these connections is challenging because genetic tools for gut anaerobes are limited. Inducible promoters are particularly valuable tools because these platforms allow real-time analysis of the contribution of microbiome gene products to community assembly, host physiology, and disease. We developed a panel of tunable expression platforms for the prominent genus Bacteroides in which gene expression is controlled by a synthetic inducer...
April 20, 2017: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431251/tunable-expression-tools-enable-single-cell-strain-distinction-in-the-gut-microbiome
#10
Weston R Whitaker, Elizabeth Stanley Shepherd, Justin L Sonnenburg
Applying synthetic biology to engineer gut-resident microbes provides new avenues to investigate microbe-host interactions, perform diagnostics, and deliver therapeutics. Here, we describe a platform for engineering Bacteroides, the most abundant genus in the Western microbiota, which includes a process for high-throughput strain modification. We have identified a novel phage promoter and translational tuning strategy and achieved an unprecedented level of expression that enables imaging of fluorescent-protein-expressing Bacteroides stably colonizing the mouse gut...
April 20, 2017: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431161/engineering-a-high-affinity-peptide-binding-site-into-the-anti-cea-mab-m5a
#11
Cindy Zer, Kendra N Avery, Kassondra Meyer, Leah Goodstein, Krzysztof P Bzymek, Gagandeep Singh, John C Williams
We have previously identified a cyclic peptide called meditope which binds to the central cavity of the Fab portion of cetuximab and shown that this peptide binding site can be grafted, or 'meditope-enabled', onto trastuzumab. This peptide has been shown to act as a hitch for the non-covalent attachment of imaging agents to meditope-enabled antibodies. Herein, we explore the process of grafting this peptide binding site onto M5A, an anti-CEA antibody in clinical trials for cancer diagnostics. In order to explore the contributions of the amino acids, we sequentially introduced pairs of amino acid substitutions into the Fab and then we reverse-substituted key residues in the presence of the other substitutions...
April 19, 2017: Protein Engineering, Design & Selection: PEDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430676/a-biomimetic-alternative-to-synthetic-hydroxyapatite-boron-containing-bone-like-hydroxyapatite-precipitated-from-simulated-body-fluid
#12
Mert Calis, Tugrul Tolga Demirtas, Alper Vatansever, Gulseren Irmak, Ahmet Hamdi Sakarya, Pergin Atilla, Figen Ozgur, Menemse Gumusderelioglu
BACKGROUND: Biological hydroxyapatite (HA), has several mechanical and physical advantages over the commercially available synthetic apatite (CAP-HA). The aim of this in vivo study was to investigate the effect of osteoinductive "bone-like hydroxyapatite" obtained from simulated body fluid (SBF) combined with osteoinductive "boron" (B) on bone healing. MATERIALS: Bone like nanohydroxyapatite (SBF-HA) was precipitated from 10× simulated body fluid (10×SBF). Thirty Sprague-Dawley rats were randomly divided into 5 experimental groups (n = 6 each)...
April 20, 2017: Annals of Plastic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430539/metabolic-pathway-rewiring-in-engineered-cyanobacteria-for-solar-to-chemical-and-solar-to-fuel-production-from-co2
#13
Han Min Woo
Photoautotrophic cyanobacteria have been developed to convert CO2 to valuable chemicals and fuels as solar-to-chemical (S2C) and solar-to-fuel (S2F) platforms. Here, I describe the rewiring of the metabolic pathways in cyanobacteria to better understand the endogenous carbon flux and to enhance the yield of heterologous products. The plasticity of the cyanobacterial metabolism has been proposed to be advantageous for the development of S2C and S2F processes. The rewiring of the sugar catabolism and of the phosphoketolase pathway in the central cyanobacterial metabolism allowed for an enhancement in the level of target products by redirecting the carbon fluxes...
April 21, 2017: Bioengineered
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430504/topological-exciton-bands-in-moir%C3%A3-heterojunctions
#14
Fengcheng Wu, Timothy Lovorn, A H MacDonald
Moiré patterns are common in van der Waals heterostructures and can be used to apply periodic potentials to elementary excitations. We show that the optical absorption spectrum of transition metal dichalcogenide bilayers is profoundly altered by long period moiré patterns that introduce twist-angle dependent satellite excitonic peaks. Topological exciton bands with nonzero Chern numbers that support chiral excitonic edge states can be engineered by combining three ingredients: (i) the valley Berry phase induced by electron-hole exchange interactions, (ii) the moiré potential, and (iii) the valley Zeeman field...
April 7, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430426/the-rosetta-all-atom-energy-function-for-macromolecular-modeling-and-design
#15
Rebecca Faye Alford, Andrew Leaver-Fay, Jeliazko R Jeliazkov, Matthew J O'Meara, Frank P DiMaio, Hahnbeom Park, Maxim V Shapovalov, P Douglas Renfrew, Vikram Khipple Mulligan, Kalli Kappel, Jason W Labonte, Michael Steven Pacella, Richard Bonneau, Philip Bradley, Roland L Dunbrack, Rhiju Das, David Baker, Brian Kuhlman, Tanja Kortemme, Jeffrey J Gray
Over the past decade, the Rosetta biomolecular modeling suite has informed diverse biological questions and engineering challenges ranging from interpretation of low-resolution structural data to design of nanomaterials, protein therapeutics, and vaccines. Central to Rosetta's success is the energy function: a model parameterized from small molecule and X-ray crystal structure data used to approximate the energy associated with each biomolecule conformation. This paper describes the mathematical models and physical concepts that underlie the latest Rosetta Energy Function, REF15...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430399/targeting-conformational-activation-of-cdk2-kinase
#16
Morgan Pellerano, Sergey Tcherniuk, Corine Perals, Thi Nhu Ngoc Van, Elsa Garcin, Florence Mahuteau-Betzer, Marie-Paule Teulade-Fichou, May C Morris
Cyclin-dependent kinases constitute attractive pharmacological targets for cancer therapeutics, yet inhibitors in clinical trials target the ATP-binding pocket of the CDK and therefore suffer from limited selectivity and emergence of resistance. The more recent development of allosteric inhibitors targeting conformational plasticity of protein kinases offers promising perspectives for therapeutics. In particular tampering with T-loop dynamics of CDK2 kinase would provide a selective means of inhibiting this kinase, by preventing its conformational activation...
April 21, 2017: Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430301/towards-a-bioengineered-kidney-recellularization-strategies-for-decellularized-native-kidney-scaffolds
#17
Michele Fedecostante, Oana G Onciu, Koen G C Westphal, Rosalinde Masereeuw
Patients with end-stage renal disease often undergo dialysis as a partial substitute for kidney function while waiting for their only treatment option: a kidney transplant. Several research directions emerged for alternatives in support of the ever-growing numbers of patients. Recent years brought big steps forward in the field, with researchers questioning and improving the current dialysis devices as well as moving towards the design of a bioengineered kidney. Whole-organ engineering is also being explored as a possibility, making use of animal or human kidney scaffolds for engineering a transplantable organ...
April 20, 2017: International Journal of Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430298/an-experimental-numerical-investigation-on-the-effects-of-macroporous-scaffold-geometry-on-cell-culture-parameters
#18
Hadis Eghbali, Michele M Nava, Gabriella Leonardi, Davod Mohebbi-Kalhori, Roberto Sebastiano, Abdolreza Samimi, Manuela T Raimondi
INTRODUCTION: Perfused bioreactors have been demonstrated to be effective in the delivery of nutrients and in the removal of waste products to and from the interior of cell-populated three-dimensional scaffolds. In this paper, a perfused bioreactor hosting a macroporous scaffold provided with a channel is used to investigate transport phenomena and culture parameters on cell growth. METHODS: MG63 human osteosarcoma cells were seeded on macroporous poly​(ε-caprolactone) scaffolds provided with a channel...
April 13, 2017: International Journal of Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430194/engineering-genetic-circuit-interactions-within-and-between-synthetic-minimal-cells
#19
Katarzyna P Adamala, Daniel A Martin-Alarcon, Katriona R Guthrie-Honea, Edward S Boyden
Genetic circuits and reaction cascades are of great importance for synthetic biology, biochemistry and bioengineering. An open question is how to maximize the modularity of their design to enable the integration of different reaction networks and to optimize their scalability and flexibility. One option is encapsulation within liposomes, which enables chemical reactions to proceed in well-isolated environments. Here we adapt liposome encapsulation to enable the modular, controlled compartmentalization of genetic circuits and cascades...
May 2017: Nature Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430192/a-monodisperse-transmembrane-%C3%AE-helical-peptide-barrel
#20
Kozhinjampara R Mahendran, Ai Niitsu, Lingbing Kong, Andrew R Thomson, Richard B Sessions, Derek N Woolfson, Hagan Bayley
The fabrication of monodisperse transmembrane barrels formed from short synthetic peptides has not been demonstrated previously. This is in part because of the complexity of the interactions between peptides and lipids within the hydrophobic environment of a membrane. Here we report the formation of a transmembrane pore through the self-assembly of 35 amino acid α-helical peptides. The design of the peptides is based on the C-terminal D4 domain of the Escherichia coli polysaccharide transporter Wza. By using single-channel current recording, we define discrete assembly intermediates and show that the pore is most probably a helix barrel that contains eight D4 peptides arranged in parallel...
May 2017: Nature Chemistry
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