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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334672/oxidative-and-interactive-challenge-of-cadmium-and-ocean-acidification-on-the-smooth-scallop-flexopecten-glaber
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Alessandro Nardi, Maura Benedetti, Daniele Fattorini, Francesco Regoli
Ocean acidification (OA) may affect sensitivity of marine organisms to metal pollution modulating chemical bioavailability, bioaccumulation and biological responsiveness of several cellular pathways. In this study, the smooth scallop Flexopecten glaber was exposed to various combinations of reduced pH (pH/pCO2 7.4/∼3000 μatm) and Cd (20 μg/L). The analyses on cadmium uptake were integrated with those of a wide battery of biomarkers including metallothioneins, single antioxidant defenses and total oxyradical scavenging capacity in digestive gland and gills, lysosomal membrane stability and onset of genotoxic damage in haemocytes...
January 8, 2018: Aquatic Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334529/midterm-outcome-of-kidney-transplantation-from-donors-with-thin-basement-membrane-nephropathy
#2
Chanjoong Choi, Sanghyun Ahn, Seung-Kee Min, Jongwon Ha, Curie Ahn, Yonsu Kim, Hajeong Lee, Sang-Il Min
BACKGROUND: Thin basement membrane nephropathy (TBMN) is the most common cause of persistent glomerular hematuria. Most individuals with TBMN show a benign course, although it can be difficult to distinguish it from early stages of progressive renal diseases. However, only limited studies address the prognosis of donors with TBMN and their recipients. METHODS: From 2007 to 2016, 11 recipients received kidney grafts from donors with TBMN, and their clinical data were analyzed retrospectively...
January 12, 2018: Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334397/recombinant-phosphatidylserine-binding-nanobodies-for-targeting-of-extracellular-vesicles-to-tumor-cells-a-plug-and-play-approach
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Sander A A Kooijmans, Jerney J J M Gitz-Francois, Raymond M Schiffelers, Pieter Vader
Extracellular vesicles (EVs) are increasingly being recognized as candidate drug delivery systems due to their ability to functionally transfer biological cargo between cells. However, manipulation of targeting properties of EVs through engineering of the producer cells can be challenging and time-consuming. As a novel approach to confer tumor targeting properties to isolated EVs, we generated recombinant fusion proteins of nanobodies against the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) fused to phosphatidylserine (PS)-binding domains of lactadherin (C1C2)...
January 15, 2018: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334370/scaffolds-that-mimic-antigen-presenting-cells-enable-ex-vivo-expansion-of-primary-t-cells
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Alexander S Cheung, David K Y Zhang, Sandeep T Koshy, David J Mooney
Therapeutic ex vivo T-cell expansion is limited by low rates and T-cell products of limited functionality. Here we describe a system that mimics natural antigen-presenting cells (APCs) and consists of a fluid lipid bilayer supported by mesoporous silica micro-rods. The lipid bilayer presents membrane-bound cues for T-cell receptor stimulation and costimulation, while the micro-rods enable sustained release of soluble paracrine cues. Using anti-CD3, anti-CD28, and interleukin-2, we show that the APC-mimetic scaffolds (APC-ms) promote two- to tenfold greater polyclonal expansion of primary mouse and human T cells compared with commercial expansion beads (Dynabeads)...
January 15, 2018: Nature Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334363/macrophage-membrane-coated-iron-oxide-nanoparticles-for-enhanced-photothermal-tumor-therapy
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Qian-Fang Meng, Lang Rao, Minghui Zan, Ming Chen, Guang-Tao Yu, Xiaoyun Wei, Zhuhao Wu, Yue Sun, Shi Shang Guo, Xing-Zhong Zhao, Fu-Bing Wang, Wei Liu
Nanotechnology possesses the potential to revolutionize the diagnosis and treatment of tumors. The ideal nanoparticles used for in vivo cancer therapy should own long blood circulation and active cancer targeting. Additionally, they should be innoxious and invisible to the immune system. Here, we developed a biomimetic nanoplatform with the above properties for cancer therapy. Macrophage membranes were reconstructed into vesicles and then coated onto magnetic iron oxide nanoparticles (Fe3O4 NPs). Inherited from the Fe3O4 core and the macrophage membrane shell, the resulting Fe3O4@MM NPs exhibited good biocompatibility, immune evasion, cancer targeting, and light-to-heat conversion capabilities...
January 15, 2018: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334310/dendritic-polyglycerol-nanoparticles-show-charge-dependent-bio-distribution-in-early-human-placental-explants-and-reduce-hcg-secretion
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Herbert Juch, Liudmila Nikitina, Sabine Reimann, Martin Gauster, Gottfried Dohr, Barbara Obermayer-Pietsch, Denise Hoch, Karin Kornmueller, Rainer Haag
A thorough understanding of nanoparticle bio-distribution at the feto-maternal interface will be a prerequisite for their diagnostic or therapeutic application in women of childbearing age and for teratologic risk assessment. Therefore, the tissue interaction of biocompatible dendritic polyglycerol nanoparticles (dPG-NPs) with first- trimester human placental explants were analyzed and compared to less sophisticated trophoblast-cell based models. First-trimester human placental explants, BeWo cells and primary trophoblast cells from human term placenta were exposed to fluorescence labeled, ∼5 nm dPG-NPs, with differently charged surfaces, at concentrations of 1 µM and 10 nM, for 6 and 24 h...
January 15, 2018: Nanotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334225/the-fate-of-poly-3-octylthiophene-transducer-in-solid-contact-ion-selective-electrodes
#7
Ewa Jaworska, Maciej Mazur, Krzysztof Maksymiuk, Agata Michalska
An experimental approach allowing visualization and quantification of underestimated spontaneous process of partition of conducting polymer transducer material to the ion-selective membrane phase is proposed. The approach proposed is based on optical properties of the transducer material applied, using polythiophene as a model system. It is shown that this process occurs not only during sensor preparation step but also during pretreatment of the sensor before use. As shown, this uncontrolled partition of the transducer to the receptor leads to conducting polymer contents in the membrane phase reaching 0...
January 15, 2018: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334195/exoproteome-profiling-reveals-the-involvement-of-the-foldase-prsa-in-the-cell-surface-properties-and-pathogenesis-of-staphylococcus-aureus
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Mei-Hui Lin, Chi-Chun Li, Jwu-Ching Shu, Hao-Wei Chu, Chao-Chin Liu, Chih-Ching Wu
Staphylococcus aureus is a bacterial pathogen that produces and exports many virulence factors that cause diseases in human. PrsA, a membrane-bound foldase, is expressed ubiquitously in Gram-positive bacteria and required for the folding of exported proteins into a stable and active structure. To understand the involvement of PrsA in post-translocational protein folding in S. aureus, a PrsA-deficient mutant of S. aureus HG001 was constructed. Using isobaric tags for relative and absolute quantification (iTRAQ)-based mass spectrometry analyses, the exoproteomes of PrsA mutant and wild type S...
January 15, 2018: Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334190/the-effects-of-low-levels-of-trivalent-ions-on-a-standard-strain-of-escherichia-coli-atcc-11775-in-aqueous-solutions
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Can Deng, Xinpeng Li, Xinkai Xue, Richard M Pashley
Considering the ever-growing usage of trivalent salts in water treatment, for example, lanthanum salts in rare earth, AlCl3 and FeCl3 , the effects of different trivalent cations on the bacterium Escherichia coli (E. coli) ATCC 11775 strain have been studied in aqueous solutions. From colony incubation studies, the colony-forming unit (CFU) densities were found to decrease significantly in the presence of even low levels (10-5  mol/L) of lanthanum chloride. This level of reduction in CFU number is comparable to the results obtained using the known bacteriocidal cationic surfactant, C14 TAB...
January 15, 2018: MicrobiologyOpen
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334188/soft-artificial-bladder-detrusor
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Xuxu Yang, Chengrui An, Shuting Liu, Tingyu Cheng, Varitsara Bunpetch, Yixiao Liu, Shurong Dong, Shijian Li, Xiaohui Zou, Tiefeng Li, Hongwei Ouyang, Zhaohui Wu, Wei Yang
Developing soft devices for invasive procedures bears great importance for human health. The softness and large strain actuation of responsive hydrogels promise the potential to fabricate soft devices, which can attach on and assist to the function of organs. The key challenges lie in the fabrication of soft devices with robust actuating ability and biocompatibility to the attached organ. This paper presents a solution that integrates the thermoresponsive hydrogel membrane with flexible electronics and silk scaffold into a balloon-like soft device...
January 15, 2018: Advanced Healthcare Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334183/engineering-polymersomes-for-diagnostics-and-therapy
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Jiayu Leong, Jye Yng Teo, Vinay K Aakalu, Yi Yan Yang, Hyunjoon Kong
Engineered polymer vesicles, termed as polymersomes, confer a flexibility to control their structure, properties, and functionality. Self-assembly of amphiphilic copolymers leads to vesicles consisting of a hydrophobic bilayer membrane and hydrophilic core, each of which is loaded with a wide array of small and large molecules of interests. As such, polymersomes are increasingly being studied as carriers of imaging probes and therapeutic drugs. Effective delivery of polymersomes necessitates careful design of polymersomes...
January 15, 2018: Advanced Healthcare Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334180/nitric-oxide-dependent-degradation-of-polyethylene-glycol-modified-single-walled-carbon-nanotubes-implications-for-intra-articular-delivery
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Kunal Bhattacharya, Cristiano Sacchetti, Pedro M Costa, Jens Sommertune, Birgit D Brandner, Andrea Magrini, Nicola Rosato, Nunzio Bottini, Massimo Bottini, Bengt Fadeel
Polyethylene glycol (PEG)-modified carbon nanotubes have been successfully employed for intra-articular delivery in mice without systemic or local toxicity. However, the fate of the delivery system itself remains to be understood. In this study 2 kDa PEG-modified single-walled carbon nanotubes (PNTs) are synthesized, and trafficking and degradation following intra-articular injection into the knee-joint of healthy mice are studied. Using confocal Raman microspectroscopy, PNTs can be imaged in the knee-joint and are found to either egress from the synovial cavity or undergo biodegradation over a period of 3 weeks...
January 15, 2018: Advanced Healthcare Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334034/improved-exogenous-dna-uptake-in-bovine-spermatozoa-and-gene-expression-in-embryos-using-membrane-destabilizing-agents-in-icsi-smgt
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Esther Sánchez-Villalba, María Elena Arias, Fabiola Zambrano, Pía Loren, Ricardo Felmer
Sperm-mediated gene transfer (SMGT) is a simple, fast, and economical biotechnological tool for producing transgenic animals. However, transgene expression with this technique in bovine embryos is still inefficient due to low uptake and binding of exogenous DNA in spermatozoa. The present study evaluated the effects of sperm membrane destabilization on the binding capacity, location and quantity of bound exogenous DNA in cryopreserved bovine spermatozoa using Triton X-100 (TX-100), lysolecithin (LL) and sodium hydroxide (NaOH)...
January 15, 2018: Zygote: the Biology of Gametes and Early Embryos
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333958/focal-mri-guided-salvage-high-dose-rate-brachytherapy-in-patients-with-radiorecurrent-prostate-cancer
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Metha Maenhout, Max Peters, Marco van Vulpen, Marinus A Moerland, Richard P Meijer, Maurice A A J van den Bosch, Paul L Nguyen, Steven J Frank, Jochem R N van der Voort van Zyp
INTRODUCTION: Whole-gland salvage treatment of radiorecurrent prostate cancer has a high rate of severe toxicity. The standard of care in case of a biochemical recurrence is androgen deprivation treatment, which is associated with morbidity and negative effects on quality of life. A salvage treatment with acceptable toxicity might postpone the start of androgen deprivation treatment, might have a positive influence on the patients' quality of life, and might even be curative. Here, toxicity and biochemical outcome are described after magnetic resonance imaging-guided focal salvage high-dose-rate brachytherapy in patients with radiorecurrent prostate cancer...
December 2017: Technology in Cancer Research & Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333918/modified-second-stage-hughes-tarsoconjunctival-reconstruction-for-lower-eyelid-defects
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Shruti Aggarwal, Christopher T Shah, Maria Kirzhner
To describe a novel technique utilizing an amniotic membrane graft (AMT) to create the mucocutaneous portion of the lower eyelid margin in a modified Hughes eyelid reconstruction for secondary revision or prevention of a hyperemic, hypertrophic conjunctival margin with excessive discharge. This was a retrospective, non-comparative interventional study. Thirty consecutive patients who underwent a modified Hughes reconstruction were included. The first step of the reconstruction was performed in a standard fashion using a tarsoconjunctival flap from the ipsilateral upper eyelid...
January 15, 2018: Orbit
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333859/chromatographic-separation-and-visual-detection-on-wicking-microfluidic-devices-quantitation-of-cu2-in-surface-ground-and-drinking-water
#16
Gayan C Bandara, Christopher Heist, Vincent T Remcho
Copper is widely applied in industrial and technological applications, and is an essential micro nutrient for humans and animals. However, exposure to high environmental levels of copper, especially through drinking water, can lead to copper toxicity, resulting in severe acute and chronic health effects. Therefore, regular monitoring of aqueous copper ions has become necessary as recent anthropogenic activities have led to elevated environmental concentrations of copper. On-site monitoring processes require an inexpensive, simple, and portable analytical approach capable of generating reliable qualitative and quantitative data efficiently...
January 15, 2018: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333754/a-guide-to-analysis-and-reconstruction-of-serial-block-face-scanning-electron-microscopy-data
#17
E Cocks, M Taggart, F C Rind, K White
Serial block face scanning electron microscopy (SBF-SEM) is a relatively new technique that allows the acquisition of serially sectioned, imaged and digitally aligned ultrastructural data. There is a wealth of information that can be obtained from the resulting image stacks but this presents a new challenge for researchers - how to computationally analyse and make best use of the large datasets produced. One approach is to reconstruct structures and features of interest in 3D. However, the software programmes can appear overwhelming, time-consuming and not intuitive for those new to image analysis...
January 15, 2018: Journal of Microscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333738/antibacterial-and-antifungal-activity-of-poly-lactic-acid-bovine-lactoferrin-nanofiber-membranes
#18
Raul Machado, André da Costa, Dina M Silva, Andreia C Gomes, Margarida Casal, Vitor Sencadas
Antimicrobial materials have become relevant for local therapies preventing microbial resistance induced by systemic antibiotic treatments. This work reports the development of electrospun poly(lactic acid) (PLLA) nanofiber membranes loaded with bovine lactoferrin (bLF) up to 20 wt%. The membranes present smooth and nondefective fibers with mean diameters between 717 ± 197 and 495 ± 127 nm, and an overall porosity of ≈80%. The hydrophobicity of the PLLA membranes is reduced by the presence of bLF. The release profile of bLF correlates with an anomalous transport model, with 17...
January 15, 2018: Macromolecular Bioscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333720/degree-of-sglt1-phosphorylation-is-associated-with-but-does-not-determine-segment-specific-glucose-transport-features-in-the-porcine-small-intestines
#19
Stefanie Klinger, Patrick Lange, Elisabeth Brandt, Karin Hustedt, Bernd Schröder, Gerhard Breves, Jens Herrmann
Glucose-induced electrogenic ion transport is higher in the porcine ileum compared with the jejunum despite equal apical abundance of SGLT1. The objective of this study was a detailed determination of SGLT1 and GLUT2 expressions at mRNA and protein levels along the porcine small intestinal axis. Phosphorylation of SGLT1 at serine 418 was assessed as a potential modulator of activity. Porcine intestinal tissues taken along the intestinal axis 1 h or 3 h after feeding were analyzed for relative mRNA (RT-PCR) and protein levels (immunoblot) of SGLT1, pSGLT1, GLUT2, (p)AMPK, β2 -receptor, and PKA substrates...
January 2018: Physiological Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333674/microrna-detection-by-dna-mediated-liposome-fusion
#20
Coline Jumeaux, Olov Wahlsten, Stephan Block, Eunjung Kim, Rona Chandrawati, Philip D Howes, Fredrik Höök, Molly M Stevens
Membrane fusion is a process of fundamental importance in biological systems that involves highly selective recognition mechanisms for the trafficking of molecular and ionic cargos. Mimicking natural membrane fusion mechanisms for the purpose of biosensor development holds great potential for amplified detection because relatively few highly discriminating targets lead to fusion and an accompanied engagement of a large payload of signal-generating molecules. In this work, sequence-specific DNA-mediated liposome fusion is used for the highly selective detection of microRNA...
December 7, 2017: Chembiochem: a European Journal of Chemical Biology
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