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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110464/alexithymia-in-people-with-subjective-cognitive-decline-mild-cognitive-impairment-and-mild-alzheimer-s-disease
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Mehmet Yuruyen, Fundan Engin Akcan, Gizem Cetiner Batun, Gozde Gultekin, Mesut Toprak, Hakan Yavuzer, Murat Emul
BACKGROUND: Behavioral and psychological symptoms are widely accepted as accelerator factors in progression to dementia. Although alexithymia is closely related to normal aging process and poor neurocognitive performance, alexithymia has not been included in these symptoms yet. AIMS: Here, we aimed to investigate alexithymia features in people with prominent clinical memory complaints. METHODS: The participants (n = 82) were classified into three groups as: subjective cognitive decline (n = 30), mild cognitive impairment (n = 27), and mild Alzheimer's disease (n = 25) after Mini-Mental State Examination, Clinical Dementia Rating Scale, neuropsychological test battery, Geriatric Depression Scale, and Hachinski Ischemic Scale...
January 21, 2017: Aging Clinical and Experimental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110459/calcium-phosphate-ceramics-and-polysaccharide-based-hydrogel-scaffolds-combined-with-mesenchymal-stem-cell-differently-support-bone-repair-in-rats
#2
Sophie Frasca, Françoise Norol, Catherine Le Visage, Jean-Marc Collombet, Didier Letourneur, Xavier Holy, Elhadi Sari Ali
Research in bone tissue engineering is focused on the development of alternatives to autologous bone grafts for bone reconstruction. Although multiple stem cell-based products and biomaterials are currently being investigated, comparative studies are rarely achieved to evaluate the most appropriate approach in this context. Here, we aimed to compare different clinically relevant bone tissue engineering methods and evaluated the kinetic repair and the bone healing efficiency supported by mesenchymal stem cells and two different biomaterials, a new hydrogel scaffold and a commercial hydroxyapatite/tricalcium phosphate ceramic, alone or in combination...
February 2017: Journal of Materials Science. Materials in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110414/expression-of-the-citrus-cstip2-1-gene-improves-tobacco-plant-growth-antioxidant-capacity-and-physiological-adaptation-under-stress-conditions
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Cristina P S Martins, Diana M Neves, Luciana C Cidade, Amanda F S Mendes, Delmira C Silva, Alex-Alan F Almeida, Mauricio A Coelho-Filho, Abelmon S Gesteira, Walter S Soares-Filho, Marcio G C Costa
Overexpression of the citrus CsTIP2;1 improves plant growth and tolerance to salt and drought stresses by enhancing cell expansion, H 2 O 2 detoxification and stomatal conductance. Tonoplast intrinsic proteins (TIPs) are a subfamily of aquaporins, belonging to the major intrinsic protein family. In a previous study, we have shown that a citrus TIP isoform, CsTIP2;1, is highly expressed in leaves and also transcriptionally regulated in leaves and roots by salt and drought stresses and infection by 'Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus', the causal agent of the Huanglongbing disease, suggesting its involvement in the regulation of the flow of water and nutrients required during both normal growth and stress conditions...
January 21, 2017: Planta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110279/walking-the-c4-pathway-past-present-and-future
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REVIEW
Robert T Furbank
The year 2016 marks 50 years since the publication of the seminal paper by Hatch and Slack describing the biochemical pathway we now know as C4 photosynthesis. This review provides insight into the initial discovery of this pathway, the clues which led Hatch and Slack and others to these definitive experiments, some of the intrigue which surrounds the international activities which led up to the discovery, and personal insights into the future of this research field. While the biochemical understanding of the basic pathways came quickly, the role of the bundle sheath intermediate CO2 pool was not understood for a number of years, and the nature of C4 as a biochemical CO2 pump then linked the unique Kranz anatomy of C4 plants to their biochemical specialization...
January 2017: Journal of Experimental Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110219/tgf-%C3%AE-engineered-mesenchymal-stem-cells-tgf-%C3%AE-mscs-for-treatment-of-type-1-diabetes-t1d-mice-model
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Saeed Daneshmandi, Mohammad Hossein Karimi, Ali Akbar Pourfathollah
OBJECTIVE: Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) are advantageous candidates for cell therapy of Type 1 diabetes (T1D). Considering immunomodulatory effect of MSC, in this study, we engineered MSCs with TGF-β gene to increase MSC potency for T1D therapy in mouse model. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Two plans were designed for prevention and treatment of diabetes, respectively. In both of them, MSCs were injected i.v. and then, the diabetes features including serum insulin, blood glucose, glucose tolerance, splenocytes proliferation, and IL-4/IFN-γ production were evaluated...
January 19, 2017: International Immunopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110114/tropoelastin-coated-plla-plga-scaffolds-promote-vascular-network-formation
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Shira Landau, Ariel A Szklanny, Giselle C Yeo, Yulia Shandalov, Elena Kosobrodova, Anthony S Weiss, Shulamit Levenberg
The robust repair of large wounds and tissue defects relies on blood flow. This vascularization is the major challenge faced by tissue engineering on the path to forming thick, implantable tissue constructs. Without this vasculature, oxygen and nutrients cannot reach the cells located far from host blood vessels. To make viable constructs, tissue engineering takes advantage of the mechanical properties of synthetic materials, while combining them with ECM proteins to create a natural environment for the tissue-specific cells...
January 11, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110078/escherichia-coli-hgt-engineered-for-high-glucose-throughput-even-under-slowly-growing-or-resting-conditions
#7
Annette Michalowski, Martin Siemann-Herzberg, Ralf Takors
Aerobic production-scale processes are constrained by the technical limitations of maximum oxygen transfer and heat removal. Consequently, microbial activity is often controlled via limited nutrient feeding to maintain it within technical operability. Here, we present an alternative approach based on a newly engineered Escherichia coli strain. This E. coli HGT (high glucose throughput) strain was engineered by modulating the stringent response regulation program and decreasing the activity of pyruvate dehydrogenase...
January 18, 2017: Metabolic Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110074/covalently-immobilized-vegf-mimicking-peptide-with-gelatin-methacrylate-enhances-microvascularization-of-endothelial-cells
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S Prakash Parthiban, Deepti Rana, Esmaiel Jabbari, Nadia Benkirane-Jessel, Murugan Ramalingam
: Clinically usable tissue-engineered constructs are currently limited due to their inability of forming microvascular networks necessary for adequate cellular oxygen and nutrient supply upon implantation. The aim of this study is to investigate the conditions necessary for microvascularization in a tissue-engineered construct using vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF). The construct was made of gelatin methacrylate (GelMA) based cell-laden hydrogel system, which was then covalently linked with VEGF-mimicking peptide (AcQK), using human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs) as the model cell...
January 18, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110073/sphingosine-1-phosphate-improves-endothelialization-with-reduction-of-thrombosis-in-recellularized-human-umbilical-vein-graft-by-inhibiting-syndecan-1-shedding-in-vitro
#9
Kai Hsia, Ming-Jie Yang, Wei-Min Chen, Chao-Ling Yao, Chih-Hsun Lin, Che-Chuan Loong, Yi-Long Huang, Ya-Ting Lin, Arthur D Lander, Hsinyu Lee, Jen-Her Lu
: Sphingosine-1-phosphate (S1P) has been known to promote endothelial cell (EC) proliferation and protect Syndecan-1 (SDC1) from shedding, thereby maintaining this antithrombotic signal. In the present study, we investigated the effect of S1P in the construction of a functional tissue-engineered blood vessel by using human endothelial cells and decellularized human umbilical vein (DHUV) scaffolds. Both human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVEC) and human cord blood derived endothelial progenitor cells (EPC) were seeded onto the scaffold with or without the S1P treatment...
January 18, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110071/living-nano-micro-fibrous-woven-fabric-hydrogel-composite-scaffolds-for-heart-valve-engineering
#10
Shaohua Wu, Bin Duan, Xiaohong Qin, Jonathan T Butcher
: Regeneration and repair of injured or diseased heart valves remains a clinical challenge. Tissue engineering provides a promising treatment approach to facilitate living heart valve repair and regeneration. Three-dimensional (3D) biomimetic scaffolds that possess heterogeneous and anisotropic features that approximate those of native heart valve tissue are beneficial to the successful in vitro development of tissue engineered heart valves (TEHV). Here we report the development and characterization of a novel composite scaffold consisting of nano- and micro-scale fibrous woven fabrics and 3D hydrogels by using textile techniques combined with bioactive hydrogel formation...
January 18, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110069/peptide-and-nucleic-acid-directed-self-assembly-of-cationic-nanovehicles-through-giant-unilamellar-vesicle-modification-targetable-nanocomplexes-for-in-vivo-nucleic-acid-delivery
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A D Tagalakis, R Maeshima, C Yu-Wai-Man, J Meng, F Syed, L-P Wu, A M Aldossary, D McCarthy, S M Moghimi, S L Hart
: One of the greatest challenges for the development of genetic therapies is the efficient targeted delivery of therapeutic nucleic acids. Towards this goal, we have introduced a new engineering initiative in self-assembly of biologically safe and stable nanovesicle complexes (∼90-140 nm) derived from giant unilamellar vesicle (GUV) precursors and comprising plasmid DNA or siRNA and targeting peptide ligands. The biological performance of the engineered nanovesicle complexes were studied both in vitro and in vivo and compared with cationic liposome-based lipopolyplexes...
January 18, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110068/a-photoresponsive-soft-interface-reversibly-controls-wettability-and-cell-adhesion-by-conformational-changes-in-a-spiropyran-conjugated-amphiphilic-block-copolymer
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Di He, Yoshinori Arisaka, Kenichi Masuda, Mitsuya Yamamoto, Naoya Takeda
: The functionalities of soft interfaces including cell adhesion can be enhanced by dynamic conversion of polymer properties and movement via external stimuli. Light is a superior stimulus, and various surfaces modified with photoreactive molecules have been prepared. However, in most of these studies, the surface properties are irreversibly changed due to photo-degradation, and reversible adhesion and collection of cells is not feasible. In this study, we developed a photoresponsive polymer soft interface that was able to spatiotemporally control wettability, cell adhesion, and detachment in a reversible manner...
January 18, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110067/poly-glycerol-sebacate-elastomer-supports-bone-regeneration-by-its-mechanical-properties-being-closer-to-osteoid-tissue-rather-than-to-mature-bone
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S H Zaky, K W Lee, J Gao, A Jensen, K Verdelis, Y Wang, A J Almarza, C Sfeir
: Mechanical load influences bone structure and mass. Arguing the importance of load-transduction, we investigated the mechanisms inducing bone formation using an elastomeric substrate. We characterized Poly (glycerol sebacate) (PGS) in-vitro for its mechanical properties, compatibility with osteoprogenitor cells regarding adhesion, proliferation, differentiation under compression versus static cultures and in-vivo for the regeneration of a rabbit ulna critical size defect. The load-transducing properties of PGS were compared in-vitro to a stiffer poly lactic-co- glycolic-acid (PLA/PGA) scaffold of similar porosity and interconnectivity...
January 18, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109905/cloning-genetic-engineering-and-characterization-of-tmof-expressed-in-saccharomyces-cerevisiae-to-control-larval-mosquitoes
#14
Borovsky Dov, Sabine Nauewelaers, Charles A Powell, Robert G Shatters
Trypsin modulating oostatic factor, a decapaptide isolated from the ovaries of A. aegypti, is the physiological factor that terminates the trypsin biosynthesis after the blood meal. Earlier results obtained from feeding mosquito larvae and injecting female mosquitoes with TMOF show that trypsin biosynthesis and egg development are inhibited, indicating that TMOF traverses the gut epithelial cells and modulates trypsin biosynthesis, making it a potential larvacidal peptide hormone. Therefore, TMOF and TMOF green fluorescent protein (GFP) fusion protein with a trypsin cleavage site, allowing TMOF release in the larval gut, were expressed in S...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Insect Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109898/composite-particles-based-on-particle-engineering-for-direct-compaction
#15
REVIEW
Zhe Li, Xiao Lin, Lan Shen, YanLong Hong, Yi Feng
Direct compaction (DC) is the preferred method for tablet production. However, only a minority of the active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) can be truly manufactured into tablets by DC so far due to that most of APIs lack sufficient functional properties required for DC. Particle engineering with co-processing provides a promising way to obtain various composite API and/or excipient particles with markedly improved functional properties, which makes successful tableting of them by DC possible. This review, as an informative update and supplement, covers the improvement of functional properties of composite API and/or excipient particles via co-processing based on recent developments and researches in the area of particle engineering for DC...
January 18, 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109812/chitosan-as-a-vehicle-for-growth-factor-delivery-various-preparations-and-their-applications-in-bone-tissue-regeneration
#16
REVIEW
Jayachandran Venkatesan, Sukumaran Anil, Se-Kwon Kim, Min Suk Shim
The replacement of conventional autografts and allografts by bone fragments constructed from alternate materials, cells, and molecules (growth factors, drugs, etc.) is an exciting prospect in the field of bone tissue engineering. Bone morphogenetic protein-2 (BMP-2) is a growth factor that has been extensively studied from this point of view. This review analyzes the relevance of chitosan and its derivatives and composites with various materials such as ceramics, heparin, silica, stem cells, titanium implants, etc...
January 18, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109811/production-and-characterization-of-bacterial-cellulose-membranes-with-hyaluronic-acid-from-chicken-comb
#17
Sabrina Alves de Oliveira, Bruno Campos da Silva, Izabel Cristina Riegel-Vidotti, Alexandre Urbano, Paula Cristina de Sousa Faria-Tischer, Cesar Augusto Tischer
The bacterial cellulose (BC), from Gluconacetobacter hansenii, is a biofilm with a high degree of crystallinity that can be used for therapeutic purposes and as a candidate for healing wounds. Hyaluronic acid (HA) is a constitutive polysaccharide found in the extracellular matrix and is a material used in tissue engineering and scaffolding for tissue regeneration. In this study, polymeric composites were produced in presence of hyaluronic acid isolated from chicken comb on different days of fermentation, specifically on the first (BCHA-SABT0) and third day (BCHA-SABT3) of fermentation...
January 18, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109773/exploring-polyvinylpyrrolidone-in-the-engineering-of-large-porous-plga-microparticles-via-single-emulsion-method-with-tunable-sustained-release-in-the-lung-in-vitro-and-in-vivo-characterization
#18
Rui Ni, Uwe Muenster, Jing Zhao, Lan Zhang, Eva-Maria Becker-Pelster, Martin Rosenbruch, Shirui Mao
Sustained pulmonary drug delivery is regarded as an effective strategy for local treatment of chronic lung diseases. Despite of the progress made so far, there remains a need for respirable drug loaded porous microparticles, where porosity of the microparticles can be readily engineered during the preparation process, with tunable sustained drug release upon lung deposition. In this work, polyvinyl pyrrolidone (PVP) was used as a novel porogen to engineer PLGA-based large porous particles (LPPs) using single emulsion method, with fine tuning of the porosity, sustained drug release both in vitro and in vivo...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109755/construction-of-agrobacterium-tumefaciens-mediated-tomato-black-ring-virus-infectious-cdna-clones
#19
Aleksandra Zarzyńska-Nowak, Inmaculada Ferriol, Bryce W Falk, Natasza Borodynko-Filas, Beata Hasiów-Jaroszewska
Tomato black ring virus (TBRV, genus Nepovirus) infects a wide range of economically important plants such as tomato, potato, tobacco and cucumber. Here, a successful construction of infectious full-length cDNA clones of the TBRV genomic RNAs (RNA1 and RNA2) is reported for the first time. The engineered constructs consisting of PCR-amplified DNAs were cloned into binary vector pJL89 immediately downstream of a double Cauliflower mosaic virus (CaMV) 35S promoter, and upstream of the Hepatitis delta virus (HDV) ribozyme and nopaline synthase terminator (NOS)...
January 18, 2017: Virus Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109571/in%C3%A2-vivo-tissue-engineering-of-human%C3%A2-airways
#20
Emmanuel Martinod, Joseph Paquet, Hervé Dutau, Dana M Radu, Morad Bensidhoum, Sébastien Abad, Yurdagül Uzunhan, Eric Vicaut, Hervé Petite
BACKGROUND: Airway transplantation remains a major challenge in thoracic surgery. Based on our previous laboratory work, we developed the techniques required to bioengineer a tracheal substitute in vivo using cryopreserved aortic allografts as biological matrices (Replacement of the Airways and/or the Pulmonary Vessels Using a Cryopreserved Arterial Allograft [TRACHEOBRONCART] Study, NCT01331863). We present here 2 patients who had a definitive tracheostomy for complex laryngotracheal stenoses refractory to conventional therapy...
January 18, 2017: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
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