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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346991/an-integrated-assessment-framework-for-the-analysis-of-multiple-pressures-in-aquatic-ecosystems-and-the-appraisal-of-management-options
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A Pistocchi, A Udias, B Grizzetti, E Gelati, P Koundouri, R Ludwig, A Papandreou, I Souliotis
The contribution illustrates an integrated assessment framework aimed at evaluating the relationships between multiple pressures and water body status for the purposes of river basin management. The framework includes the following steps. (1) Understanding how the different pressures affect the status of water bodies. This entails the characterization of biophysical state variables and the definition of a causal relationship between pressures and status. Therefore this step involves interaction between experts bearing ecological understanding and experts providing models to represent the effect of pressures...
January 1, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346890/high-throughput-system-wide-engineering-and-screening-for-microbial-biotechnology
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REVIEW
Yannick Vervoort, Alicia Gutiérrez Linares, Miguel Roncoroni, Chengxun Liu, Jan Steensels, Kevin J Verstrepen
Genetic engineering and screening of large number of cells or populations is a crucial bottleneck in today's systems biology and applied (micro)biology. Instead of using standard methods in bottles, flasks or 96-well plates, scientists are increasingly relying on high-throughput strategies that miniaturize their experiments to the nanoliter and picoliter scale and the single-cell level. In this review, we summarize different high-throughput system-wide genome engineering and screening strategies for microbes...
March 24, 2017: Current Opinion in Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346862/communication-about-dying-death-and-bereavement-a-systematic-review-of-children-s-literature
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Marina N F Arruda-Colli, Meaghann S Weaver, Lori Wiener
BACKGROUND: Children's books have the potential to facilitate communication about death for children living with a serious illness and for children coping with the death of a loved one. OBJECTIVES: This study examines the content of children's literature relevant to the topic of dying and death and identifies books providers can share with children and their families. DESIGN: A search of children's literature was conducted using four electronic databases and one additional search engine using the word "Death" or "Dying...
March 27, 2017: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346827/effects-of-cerium-oxide-and-ferrocene-nanoparticles-addition-as-fuel-borne-catalysts-on-diesel-engine-particulate-emissions-environmental-and-health-implications
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Zhi-Hui Zhang, Rajasekhar Balasubramanian
This study systematically examined the potential impacts of doping CeO2 and Fe(C5H5)2 nanoparticles as fuel-borne catalysts (FBCs) to ultralow sulfur diesel (ULSD) fuel on the physical, chemical and toxicological characteristics of diesel particulate matter (DPM). The FBCs-doped fuels are effective in promoting soot oxidation and reducing the DPM mass emissions, but lead to a significant increase in the total particle counts due to the formation of self-nucleated metallic nanoparticles. Compared to undoped ULSD, the FBCs-doped fuels result in higher concentrations of particle-phase polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and n-alkanes, higher fractions of organic carbon (OC) and water-soluble organic carbon (WSOC) in particles, show slight alterations in soot nanostructure, reduce soot ignition temperature and activation energy...
March 27, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346797/substituted-borosilicate-glasses-with-improved-osteogenic-capacity-for-bone-tissue-engineering
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João S Fernandes, Piergiorgio Gentile, Aileen Crawford, Ricardo A Pires, Paul V Hatton, Rui L Reis
Borosilicate bioactive glasses (BBGs) have shown the capacity to promote higher formation of new bone when compared with silicate bioactive glasses. Herein, we assessed the capacity of BBGs to induce osteogenic differentiation of bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells (BM-MSCs) as a function of their substituted divalent cations (Mg(2+), Ca(2+), Sr(2+)). To this purpose, we synthesized BBG particles by melt quenching. The cell viability, proliferation, and morphology (i.e., PrestoBlue(®), PicoGreen(®), and DAPI and Phalloidin stainings, respectively), as well as protein expression (i...
March 27, 2017: Tissue Engineering. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346796/harnessing-external-cues-development-and-evaluation-of-an-in-vitro-culture-system-for-osteochondral-tissue-engineering
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Deborah L Dorcemus, Eve O George, Caroline N Dealy, Syam P Nukavarapu
Over the last decade, engineered structures have been developed for osteochondral (OC) tissue regeneration. While the optimal structure design is yet to be determined, these scaffolds require in vitro evaluation before clinical use. However, the means by which complex scaffolds, such as OC scaffolds, can be tested are limited. Taking advantage of a mesenchymal stem cell's (MSC's) ability to respond to its surrounding we harness external cues, such as the cell's mechanical environment and delivered factors, to create an in vitro culture system for OC tissue engineering with a single cell source on a gradient yet integrated scaffold system...
March 24, 2017: Tissue Engineering. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346782/%C3%AE%C2%BA-carrageenan-enhances-the-biomineralization-and-osteogenic-differentiation-of-electrospun-phb-and-phbv-fibers
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Nowsheen Goonoo, Behnam Khanbabaee, Marc Steuber, Archana Bhaw-Luximon, Ulrich Jonas, Ullrich Pietsch, Dhanjay Jhurry, Holger Schönherr
Novel electrospun materials for bone tissue engineering were obtained by blending biodegradable polyhydroxybutyrate (PHB) or polyhydroxybutyrate valerate (PHBV) with the anionic sulfated polysaccharide κ-carrageenan (κ-CG) in varying ratios. In both systems, the two components phase separated as shown by FTIR, DSC and TGA. According to the contact angle data, κ-CG was localized preferentially at the fiber surface in PHBV/ κ-CG blends in contrast to PHB/ κ-CG, where the biopolymer was mostly found within the fiber...
March 27, 2017: Biomacromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346743/fabrication-of-a-mechanically-anisotropic-poly-glycerol-sebacate-membrane-for-tissue-engineering
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Chi-Nung Hsu, Pei-Yuan Lee, Ho-Yi Tuan-Mu, Chen-Yu Li, Jin-Jia Hu
Poly(glycerol sebacate) (PGS) has been used successfully as a scaffolding material for soft tissue engineering. PGS scaffolds, however, are usually mechanically isotropic, which may restrict their use in tissue repairs as many soft tissues in the body have anisotropic mechanical behaviors. Although various methods have been used to fabricate anisotropic scaffolds, it remains challenging to make anisotropic scaffolds from thermoset PGS. Here a new, simple method to fabricate an anisotropic PGS membrane which can then be used to construct thicker three-dimensional anisotropic scaffolds was developed...
March 27, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part B, Applied Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346697/car-t-cell-therapy-for-pancreatic-cancer
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REVIEW
Carl J DeSelm, Zachary E Tano, Anna M Varghese, Prasad S Adusumilli
Chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy utilizes genetic engineering to redirect a patient's own T cells to target cancer cells. The remarkable results in hematological malignancies prompted investigating this approach in solid tumors such as pancreatic cancer. The complex tumor microenvironment, stromal hindrance in limiting immune response, and expression of checkpoint blockade on T cells pose hurdles. Herein, we summarize the opportunities, challenges, and state of knowledge in targeting pancreatic cancer with CAR T-cell therapy...
March 27, 2017: Journal of Surgical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346643/evaluating-the-quality-and-readability-of-internet-information-sources-regarding-the-treatment-of-swallowing-disorders
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Ashley P O'Connell Ferster, Amanda Hu
The Internet has become a popular resource for patient education. The information it provides, however, is rarely peer-reviewed, and its quality may be a concern. Since the average American reads at an 8th grade level, the American Medical Association and the National Institutes of Health have recommended that health information be written at a 4th to 6th grade level. We performed a study to assess the quality and readability of online information regarding the treatment of swallowing disorders. A Google search for "swallowing treatment" was conducted...
March 2017: Ear, Nose, & Throat Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346435/aav9-mediated-engineering-of-autotransplanted-kidney-of-non-human-primates
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S Tomasoni, P Trionfini, N Azzollini, L Zentilin, M Giacca, S Aiello, L Longaretti, E Cozzi, N Baldan, G Remuzzi, A Benigni
Ex vivo gene transfer to the graft before transplantation is an attractive option for circumventing systemic side effects of chronic anti-rejection therapy. Gene delivery of the immunomodulatory protein CTLA4-Ig prevented chronic kidney rejection in a rat model of allotransplantation without the need for systemic immunosuppression. Here, we generated AAV2 and AAV9 vectors encoding for LEA29Y, an optimized version of CTLA4-Ig. Both LEA29Y vectors were equally efficient for reducing T-cell proliferation in vitro...
March 27, 2017: Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346403/near-infrared-optogenetic-pair-for-protein-regulation-and-spectral-multiplexing
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Taras A Redchuk, Evgeniya S Omelina, Konstantin G Chernov, Vladislav V Verkhusha
Multifunctional optogenetic systems are in high demand for use in basic and biomedical research. Near-infrared-light-inducible binding of bacterial phytochrome BphP1 to its natural PpsR2 partner is beneficial for simultaneous use with blue-light-activatable tools. However, applications of the BphP1-PpsR2 pair are limited by the large size, multidomain structure and oligomeric behavior of PpsR2. Here, we engineered a single-domain BphP1 binding partner, Q-PAS1, which is three-fold smaller and lacks oligomerization...
March 27, 2017: Nature Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346402/large-scale-design-of-robust-genetic-circuits-with-multiple-inputs-and-outputs-for-mammalian-cells
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Benjamin H Weinberg, N T Hang Pham, Leidy D Caraballo, Thomas Lozanoski, Adrien Engel, Swapnil Bhatia, Wilson W Wong
Engineered genetic circuits for mammalian cells often require extensive fine-tuning to perform as intended. We present a robust, general, scalable system, called 'Boolean logic and arithmetic through DNA excision' (BLADE), to engineer genetic circuits with multiple inputs and outputs in mammalian cells with minimal optimization. The reliability of BLADE arises from its reliance on recombinases under the control of a single promoter, which integrates circuit signals on a single transcriptional layer. We used BLADE to build 113 circuits in human embryonic kidney and Jurkat T cells and devised a quantitative, vector-proximity metric to evaluate their performance...
March 27, 2017: Nature Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346394/engineered-resistant-starch-ers-diet-shapes-colon-microbiota-profile-in-parallel-with-the-retardation-of-tumor-growth-in-in-vitro-and-in-vivo-pancreatic-cancer-models
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Concetta Panebianco, Kaarel Adamberg, Signe Adamberg, Chiara Saracino, Madis Jaagura, Kaia Kolk, Anna Grazia Di Chio, Paolo Graziano, Raivo Vilu, Valerio Pazienza
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Pancreatic cancer (PC) is ranked as the fourth leading cause of cancer-related deaths worldwide. Despite recent advances in treatment options, a modest impact on the outcome of the disease is observed so far. We have previously demonstrated that short-term fasting cycles have the potential to improve the efficacy of chemotherapy against PC. The aim of this study was to assess the effect of an engineered resistant-starch (ERS) mimicking diet on the growth of cancer cell lines in vitro, on the composition of fecal microbiota, and on tumor growth in an in vivo pancreatic cancer mouse xenograft model...
March 27, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346381/multifaceted-applications-of-chitosan-in-cancer-drug-delivery-and-therapy
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REVIEW
Anish Babu, Rajagopal Ramesh
Chitosan is a versatile polysaccharide of biological origin. Due to the biocompatible and biodegradable nature of chitosan, it is intensively utilized in biomedical applications in scaffold engineering as an absorption enhancer, and for bioactive and controlled drug release. In cancer therapy, chitosan has multifaceted applications, such as assisting in gene delivery and chemotherapeutic delivery, and as an immunoadjuvant for vaccines. The present review highlights the recent applications of chitosan and chitosan derivatives in cancer therapy...
March 27, 2017: Marine Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346234/outstanding-animal-studies-in-allergy-i-from-asthma-to-food-allergy-and-anaphylaxis
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Erika Jensen-Jarolim, Isabella Pali-Schöll, Franziska Roth-Walter
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Animal models published within the past 18 months on asthma, food allergy and anaphylaxis, all conditions of rising public health concern, were reviewed. RECENT FINDINGS: While domestic animals spontaneously develop asthma, food allergy and anaphylaxis, in animal models, divergent sensitization and challenge routes, dosages, intervals and antigens are used to induce asthmatic, food allergic or anaphylactic phenotypes. This must be considered in the interpretation of results...
March 24, 2017: Current Opinion in Allergy and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345933/structure-energy-relationships-of-halogen-bonds-in-proteins
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Matthew R Scholfield, Melissa Coates Ford, Anna-Carin Cecilia Carlsson, Hawera Butta, Ryan A Mehl, Pui Shing Ho
The structures and stabilities of proteins are defined by a series of weak non-covalent electrostatic, van der Waals, and hydrogen bond (HB) interactions. In this study, we have designed and engineered halogen bonds (XBs) site-specifically in order to study their structure-energy relationship in a model protein, T4 lysozyme. The evidence for XBs is the displacement of the aromatic side chain towards an oxygen acceptor, at distances that are at or less than the sums of their respective van der Waals radii, when the hydroxyl substituent of the wildtype tyrosine is replaced by an iodine...
March 27, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345913/molecular-engineering-of-phytoalexins-in-plants-benefits-and-limitations-for-food-and-agriculture
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Philippe Jeandet, Eric Courot, Christophe Clément, Sylvie Ricord, Jérôme Crouzet, Aziz Aziz, Sylvain Cordelier
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 27, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345910/pycgtool-automated-generation-of-coarse-grained-molecular-dynamics-models-from-atomistic-trajectories
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James A Graham, Jonathan W Essex, Syma Khalid
Development of coarse-grained (CG) molecular dynamics models is often a laborious process which commonly relies upon approximations to similar models, rather than systematic parametrisation. PyCGTOOL automates much of the construction of CG models via calculation of both equilibrium values and force constants of internal coordinates directly from atomistic molecular dynamics simulation trajectories. The derivation of bespoke parameters from atomistic simulations improves the quality of the CG model compared to the use of generic parameters derived from other molecules, while automation greatly reduces the time required...
March 27, 2017: Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345891/tailored-chemical-properties-of-4-arm-star-shaped-poly-d-l-lactide-as-cell-adhesive-three-dimensional-scaffolds
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Chelladurai Karthikeyan Balavigneswaran, Sanjeev Kumar Mahto, Subia Bano, Arumugam Prabhakar, Kheyanath Mitra, Vivek Rao, Munia Ganguli, Biswajit Ray, Pralay Maiti, Nira Misra
Biodegradable poly(lactic acid) (PLA) is widely used to fabricate 3D scaffolds for tissue regeneration. However, PLA lacks cell adhering functional moieties, which limit its successful application in tissue engineering. Herein, we have tailored the cell adhesive properties of star shaped poly(D,L-Lactide) (ss-PDLLA) by grafting gelatin to their 4 arms. Grafting of gelatin on PDLLA backbone was confirmed by 1H NMR and FTIR. The synthesized star shaped poly(D,L-Lactide)-b-Gelatin (ss-pLG) exhibited enhanced wettability and protein adsorption...
March 27, 2017: Bioconjugate Chemistry
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