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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651313/defect-engineered-oxides-for-enhanced-mechanochemical-destruction-of-halogenated-organic-pollutants
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Giovanni Cagnetta, Jun Huang, Mengnan Lu, Bin Wang, Yujue Wang, Shubo Deng, Gang Yu
Mechanochemical activation of metal oxides is studied by a novel methodology based on solid state reaction with a stable radical specie. Such approach corroborates that vacancy formation by high energy ball milling, also in nonreducible oxides, is responsible for electron release on particles' surfaces. This finding suggests a new defect engineering strategy to improve effectiveness of metal oxides as co-milling reagent for halogenated organic pollutant destruction. Results prove that high valent metal doping of a commonly employed co-milling reagent such as CaO determines 2...
June 19, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651246/development-of-a-perfusion-platform-for-dynamic-cultivation-of-in-vitro-skin-models
#2
Kay Strüver, Wolfgang Friess, Sarah Hedtrich
Reconstructed skin models are suitable test systems for toxicity testing and for basic investigations on (patho-)physiological aspects of human skin. Reconstructed human skin, however, has clear limitations such as the lack of immune cells and a significantly weaker skin barrier function compared to native human skin. Potential reasons for the latter might be the lack of mechanical forces during skin model cultivation which is performed classically in static well-plate setups. Mechanical forces and shear stress have a major impact on tissue formation and, hence, tissue engineering...
June 27, 2017: Skin Pharmacology and Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651191/probing-safety-of-nanoparticles-by-outlining-sea-urchin-sensing-and-signaling-cascades
#3
Andi Alijagic, Annalisa Pinsino
Among currently identified issues presenting risks and benefits to human and ocean health, engineered nanoparticles (ENP) represent a priority. Predictions of their economic and social impact appear extraordinary, but their release in the environment at an uncontrollable rate is in striking contrast with the extremely limited number of studies on environmental impact, especially on the marine environment. The sea urchin has a remarkable sensing environmental system whose function and diversity came into focus during the recent years, after sea urchin genome sequencing...
June 23, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651145/polymer-structure-property-requirements-for-stereolithographic-3d-printing-of-soft-tissue-engineering-scaffolds
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REVIEW
Ryan J Mondschein, Akanksha Kanitkar, Christopher B Williams, Scott S Verbridge, Timothy E Long
This review highlights the synthesis, properties, and advanced applications of synthetic and natural polymers 3D printed using stereolithography for soft tissue engineering applications. Soft tissue scaffolds are of great interest due to the number of musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, and connective tissue injuries and replacements humans face each year. Accurately replacing or repairing these tissues is challenging due to the variation in size, shape, and strength of different types of soft tissue. With advancing processing techniques such as stereolithography, control of scaffold resolution down to the μm scale is achievable along with the ability to customize each fabricated scaffold to match the targeted replacement tissue...
June 6, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651125/online-patient-information-on-vagus-nerve-stimulation-how-reliable-is-it-for-facilitating-shared-decision-making
#5
Ronak Ved, Naomi Cobbold, Kueni Igbagiri, Mark Willis, Paul Leach, Malik Zaben
PURPOSE: This study evaluates the quality of information available on the internet for carers of children with epilepsy considering treatment with Vagus Nerve Stimulation (VNS). METHODS: Selected key phrases were entered into two popular search engines (Google™, Yahoo™). These phrases were: "Vagus nerve stimulator", alone and in combination with "childhood epilepsy", "paediatric epilepsy" and "epilepsy in childhood"; "VNS", and "VNS epilepsy". The first 50 hits per search were then screened...
June 15, 2017: Seizure: the Journal of the British Epilepsy Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651106/computer-based-speech-therapy-for-childhood-speech-sound-disorders
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REVIEW
Lisa Furlong, Shane Erickson, Meg E Morris
BACKGROUND: With the current worldwide workforce shortage of Speech-Language Pathologists, new and innovative ways of delivering therapy to children with speech sound disorders are needed. Computer-based speech therapy may be an effective and viable means of addressing service access issues for children with speech sound disorders. AIM: To evaluate the efficacy of computer-based speech therapy programs for children with speech sound disorders. METHOD: Studies reporting the efficacy of computer-based speech therapy programs were identified via a systematic, computerised database search...
June 15, 2017: Journal of Communication Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651074/chimeric-antigen-receptor-engineered-natural-killer-and-natural-killer-t-cells-for-cancer-immunotherapy
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REVIEW
Dominique Bollino, Tonya J Webb
Natural killer (NK) cells of the innate immune system and NK T (NKT) cells, which have roles in both the innate and adaptive responses, are unique lymphocyte subsets that have similarities in their functions and phenotypes. Both cell types can rapidly respond to the presence of tumor cells and participate in immune surveillance and antitumor immune responses. This has incited interest in the development of novel cancer therapeutics based on NK and NKT cell manipulation. Chimeric antigen receptors (CARs), generated through the fusion of an antigen-binding region of a monoclonal antibody or other ligand to intracellular signaling domains, can enhance lymphocyte targeting and activation toward diverse malignancies...
June 9, 2017: Translational Research: the Journal of Laboratory and Clinical Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651073/hemophilia-a-inhibitor-treatment-the-promise-of-engineered-t-cell-therapy
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Kalpana Parvathaneni, Maha Abdeladhim, Kathleen P Pratt, David W Scott
Hemophilia A is a bleeding disorder caused by mutations in the gene encoding factor VIII (FVIII), a cofactor protein that is essential for normal blood clotting. Approximately, 1 in 3 patients with severe hemophilia A produce neutralizing antibodies (inhibitors) that block its biologic function in the clotting cascade. Current efforts to eliminate inhibitors consist of repeated FVIII injections under what is termed an "ITI" protocol (Immune Tolerance Induction). However, this method is extremely costly and approximately 30% of patients undergoing ITI do not achieve peripheral tolerance...
June 9, 2017: Translational Research: the Journal of Laboratory and Clinical Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651051/molecular-precision-at-micrometer-length-scales-hierarchical-assembly-of-dna-protein-nanostructures
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Daniel Schiffels, Veronika A Szalai, J Alexander Liddle
Robust self-assembly across length scales is a ubiquitous feature of biological systems, but remains challenging for synthetic structures. Taking a cue from biology - where disparate molecules work together to produce large, functional assemblies - we demonstrate how to engineer microscale structures with nanoscale features: Our self-assembly approach begins by using DNA polymerase to controllably create double-stranded DNA (dsDNA) sections on a single-stranded template. The single-stranded DNA (ssDNA) sections are then folded into a mechanically flexible skeleton by the origami method...
June 26, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650980/changes-in-transcript-levels-of-starch-hydrolysis-genes-and-raising-citric-acid-production-via-carbon-ion-irradiation-mutagenesis-of-aspergillus-niger
#10
Wei Hu, Wenjian Li, Hao Chen, Jing Liu, Shuyang Wang, Jihong Chen
The filamentous ascomycete Aspergillus niger is well known for its ability to accumulate citric acid for the hydrolysis of starchy materials. To improve citric acid productivity, heavy ion beam mutagenesis was utilized to produce mutant A.niger strains with enhanced production of citric acid in this work. It was demonstrated that a mutant HW2 with high concentration of citric acid was isolated after carbon ion irradiation with the energy of 80Mev/μ, which was obvious increase higher than the original strain from liquefied corn starch as a feedstock...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650878/leber-hereditary-optic-neuropathy-bridging-the-translational-gap
#11
Neringa Jurkute, Patrick Yu-Wai-Man
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Leber hereditary optic neuropathy (LHON) is the most common primary mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) genetic disorder in the population. We address the clinical evolution of the disease, the secondary etiological factors that could contribute to visual loss, and the challenging task of developing effective treatments. RECENT FINDINGS: LHON is characterized by a preclinical phase that reflects retinal ganglion cell (RGC) dysfunction before rapid visual deterioration ensues...
June 24, 2017: Current Opinion in Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650846/dosimetric-verification-in-water-of-a-monte-carlo-treatment-planning-tool-for-proton-helium-carbon-and-oxygen-ion-beams-at-the-heidelberg-ion-beam-therapy-center
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Thomas Tessonnier, Till Tobias Boehlen, Francesco Cerutti, Alfredo Ferrari, Paola Roberta Sala, Stephan Brons, Thomas Haberer, Juergen Debus, Katia Parodi, Andrea Mairani
The introduction of "new" ion species in particle therapy needs to be supported by a thorough assessment of their dosimetric properties and by treatment planning comparisons with clinically used proton and carbon ion beams. In addition to the latter two ions, helium and oxygen ion beams are foreseen at the Heidelberg Ion beam Therapy (HIT) center as potential assets for improving clinical outcomes in the near future. We present in this study a dosimetric validation of a FLUKA-based Monte Carlo Treatment Planning tool (MCTP) for protons, helium, carbon and oxygen ions for spread-out Bragg peaks...
June 26, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650647/highly-efficient-and-stable-sn-rich-perovskite-solar-cells-by-introducing-bromine
#13
Seojun Lee, Dong-Won Kang
Compositional engineering of recently-arising methylammonium (MA) lead (Pb) halide based perovskites is an essential approach for finding better perovskite compositions to resolve still remaining issues of toxic Pb, and long-term instability, etc. In this work, we carried out crystallographic, morphological, optical, and photovoltaic characterization of compositional MASn0.6Pb0.4I3-xBrx by gradually introducing bromine (Br) into parental Pb-Sn binary perovskite (MASn0.6Pb0.4I3) to elucidate its function in Sn-rich (Sn : Pb = 6 : 4) perovskites...
June 26, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650641/a-discovery-of-strong-metal-support-bonding-in-nano-engineered-au-fe3o4-dumbbell-like-nanoparticles-by-in-situ-transmission-electron-microscopy
#14
Chang Wan Han, Tej Choksi, Cory Adam Milligan, Paulami Majumdar, Michael J Manto, Yanran Cui, Xiahan Sang, Raymond R Unocic, Dmitry Y Zemlyanov, Chao Wang, Fabio H Ribeiro, Jeffrey Greeley, Volkan Ortalan
The strength of metal-support bonding in heterogeneous catalysts determines their thermal stability, therefore, a tremendous amount of effort has been expended to understand metal-support interactions. Herein, we report the discovery of an anomalous "strong metal-support bonding" between gold nanoparticles and "nano-engineered" Fe3O4 substrates by in-situ microscopy. During in-situ vacuum annealing of Au-Fe3O4 dumbbell-like nanoparticles, synthesized by the epitaxial growth of nano-Fe3O4 on Au nanoparticles, the gold nanoparticles transform into the gold thinfilms and wet the surface of nano-Fe3O4, as the surface reduction of nano-Fe3O4 proceeds...
June 26, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650586/a-complete-thermodynamic-analysis-of-enzyme-turnover-links-the-free-energy-landscape-to-enzyme-catalysis
#15
Hannah Bl Jones, Stephen A Wells, Erica J Prentice, Anthony Kwok, Liyin L Liang, Vickery L Arcus, Christopher R Pudney
Our understanding of how enzymes work is colored by static structure depictions where the enzyme scaffold is presented as either immobile, or in equilibrium between well-defined static conformations. Proteins however exhibit a large degree of motion over a broad range of timescales and magnitudes and this is defined thermodynamically by the enzyme free energy landscape (FEL). The role and importance of enzyme motion is extremely contentious. Much of the challenge is in the experimental detection of so called 'conformational sampling' involved in enzyme turnover...
June 26, 2017: FEBS Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650492/exploiting-the-biosynthetic-machinery-of-streptomyces-pilosus-to-engineer-a-water-soluble-zirconium-iv-chelator
#16
Tomas Richardson-Sanchez, William Tieu, Michael P Gotsbacher, Thomas J Telfer, Rachel Codd
The water solubility of a natural product-inspired octadentate hydroxamic acid chelator designed to coordinate Zr(iv)-89 has been improved by using a combined microbiological-chemical approach to engineer four ether oxygen atoms into the main-chain region of a methylene-containing analogue. First, an analogue of the trimeric hydroxamic acid desferrioxamine B (DFOB) that contained three main-chain ether oxygen atoms (DFOB-O3) was generated from cultures of the native DFOB-producer Streptomyces pilosus supplemented with oxybis(ethanamine) (OBEA), which competed against the native 1,5-diaminopentane (DP) substrate during DFOB assembly...
June 26, 2017: Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650487/engineering-thiophene-based-nanoparticles-to-induce-phototransduction-in-live-cells-under-illumination
#17
M Zangoli, F Di Maria, E Zucchetti, C Bossio, M R Antognazza, G Lanzani, R Mazzaro, F Corticelli, M Baroncini, G Barbarella
We report that nanoparticles prepared from appropriately functionalized polythiophenes once administered to live cells can acquire phototransduction properties under illumination, becoming photoactive sites able to absorb visible light and convert it to an electrical signal through cell membrane polarization. Amine-reactive fluorescent nanoparticles with pendant N-succinimidyl-ester groups (NPs-NHS) are prepared from polythiophenes alternating unsubstituted and 3-(2,5-dioxopyrrolidin-1-yl-8-octanoate)-substituted thiophenes by a nanoprecipitation method...
June 26, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650461/a-light-and-calcium-gated-transcription-factor-for-imaging-and-manipulating-activated-neurons
#18
Wenjing Wang, Craig P Wildes, Tanyaporn Pattarabanjird, Mateo I Sanchez, Gordon F Glober, Gillian A Matthews, Kay M Tye, Alice Y Ting
Activity remodels neurons, altering their molecular, structural, and electrical characteristics. To enable the selective characterization and manipulation of these neurons, we present FLARE, an engineered transcription factor that drives expression of fluorescent proteins, opsins, and other genetically encoded tools only in the subset of neurons that experienced activity during a user-defined time window. FLARE senses the coincidence of elevated cytosolic calcium and externally applied blue light, which together produce translocation of a membrane-anchored transcription factor to the nucleus to drive expression of any transgene...
June 26, 2017: Nature Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650444/nutrient-recycling-facilitates-long-term-stability-of-marine-microbial-phototroph-heterotroph-interactions
#19
Joseph A Christie-Oleza, Despoina Sousoni, Matthew Lloyd, Jean Armengaud, David J Scanlan
Biological interactions underpin the functioning of marine ecosystems, be it via competition, predation, mutualism or symbiosis processes. Microbial phototroph-heterotroph interactions propel the engine that results in the biogeochemical cycling of individual elements, and they are critical for understanding and modelling global ocean processes. Unfortunately, studies thus far have focused on exponentially growing cultures in nutrient-rich media, meaning knowledge of such interactions under in situ conditions is rudimentary at best...
June 26, 2017: Nature Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650437/antigen-capturing-nanoparticles-improve-the-abscopal-effect-and-cancer-immunotherapy
#20
Yuanzeng Min, Kyle C Roche, Shaomin Tian, Michael J Eblan, Karen P McKinnon, Joseph M Caster, Shengjie Chai, Laura E Herring, Longzhen Zhang, Tian Zhang, Joseph M DeSimone, Joel E Tepper, Benjamin G Vincent, Jonathan S Serody, Andrew Z Wang
Immunotherapy holds tremendous promise for improving cancer treatment. To administer radiotherapy with immunotherapy has been shown to improve immune responses and can elicit the 'abscopal effect'. Unfortunately, response rates for this strategy remain low. Herein we report an improved cancer immunotherapy approach that utilizes antigen-capturing nanoparticles (AC-NPs). We engineered several AC-NP formulations and demonstrated that the set of protein antigens captured by each AC-NP formulation is dependent on the NP surface properties...
June 26, 2017: Nature Nanotechnology
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