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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545669/are-russian-propolis-ethanol-extracts-the-future-for-the-prevention-of-medical-and-biomedical-implant-contaminations
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Ashwin Ambi, Julia Bryan, Katherine Borbon, Daniel Centeno, Tianchi Liu, Tung Po Chen, Thomas Cattabiani, Christian Traba
BACKGROUND: Most studies reveal that the mechanism of action of propolis against bacteria is functional rather than structural and is attributed to a synergism between the compounds in the extracts. HYPOTHESIS/PURPOSE: Propolis is said to inhibit bacterial adherence, division, inhibition of water-insoluble glucan formation, and protein synthesis. However, it has been shown that the mechanism of action of Russian propolis ethanol extracts is structural rather than functional and may be attributed to the metals found in propolis...
July 1, 2017: Phytomedicine: International Journal of Phytotherapy and Phytopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544366/enumeration-of-wt1-specific-cd8-t-cells-for-clinical-application-using-an-mhc-streptamer-based-no-wash-single-platform-flow-cytometric-assay
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Sarah Matko, Madeleine Teichert, Antje Tunger, Marc Schmitz, Martin Bornhauser, Torsten Tonn, Marcus Odendahl
The advent of novel strategies to generate leukemia-associated-antigen (LAA)-specific T cells for adoptive immunotherapies creates a demand for standardized good laboratory practice (GLP)-compliant enumeration assays to provide a secure clinical environment-whether it is to identify potential donors, define therapeutic doses for transplantation, or monitor clinical success. Here, we introduce a no-wash assay based on single-platform cell enumeration and Streptamer staining to determine the Wilms' tumor antigen 1 (WT1)-specific T cell immunity in clinical samples...
May 25, 2017: Cytometry. Part A: the Journal of the International Society for Analytical Cytology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534915/quantum-dot-based-sensitive-detection-of-disease-specific-exosome-in-serum
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Kseniia Boriachek, Md Nazmul Islam, Vinod Gopalan, Alfred K Lam, Nam-Trung Nguyen, Muhammad J A Shiddiky
Tumor-derived exosomes have emerged as promising cancer biomarkers due to their unique composition and functions. Herein, we report a stripping voltammetric immunoassay for the electrochemical detection of disease-specific exosomes using quantum dots as signal amplifiers. The assay involves three subsequent steps where bulk exosome populations are initially magnetically captured on magnetic beads by a generic tetraspanin antibody (e.g., CD9 or CD63) followed by the identification of disease-specific exosomes using cancer-related...
May 23, 2017: Analyst
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534038/analysis-of-mitochondrial-transfer-in-direct-co-cultures-of-human-monocyte-derived-macrophages-mdm-and-mesenchymal-stem-cells-msc
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Megan V Jackson, Anna D Krasnodembskaya
Mesenchymal stem/stromal cells (MSC) are adult stem cells which have been shown to improve survival, enhance bacterial clearance and alleviate inflammation in pre-clinical models of acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) and sepsis. These diseases are characterised by uncontrolled inflammation often underpinned by bacterial infection. The mechanisms of MSC immunomodulatory effects are not fully understood yet. We sought to investigate MSC cell contact-dependent communication with alveolar macrophages (AM), professional phagocytes which play an important role in the lung inflammatory responses and anti-bacterial defence...
May 5, 2017: Bio-protocol
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531838/antimicrobial-agents-triclosan-chloroxylenol-methylisothiazolinone-and-borax-used-in-cleaning-had-genotoxic-and-histopathologic-effects-on-rainbow-trout
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Erol Capkin, Tuna Ozcelep, Sevki Kayis, Ilhan Altinok
Triclosan (TRC), chloroxylenol (PCMX) and methylisothiazolinone (MIT) have been commonly used as an antimicrobial in soaps while borax (BRX) is used in household cleaning. After using these chemicals, they are washed down drains and getting into the aquatic ecosystem in which they may affect aquatic living organisms. In the present study, the chronic effects of TRC, PCMX, MIT and BRX on genotoxicity, gene expression and histopathology of rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) were evaluated for 40 days under semi static condition...
May 15, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531217/store-operated-ca2-entry-supports-contractile-function-in-hearts-of-hibernators
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Olga V Nakipova, Alexey S Averin, Edward V Evdokimovskii, Oleg Yu Pimenov, Leonid Kosarski, Dmitriy Ignat'ev, Andrey Anufriev, Yuri M Kokoz, Santiago Reyes, Andre Terzic, Alexey E Alekseev
Hibernators have a distinctive ability to adapt to seasonal changes of body temperature in a range between 37°C and near freezing, exhibiting, among other features, a unique reversibility of cardiac contractility. The adaptation of myocardial contractility in hibernation state relies on alterations of excitation contraction coupling, which becomes less-dependent from extracellular Ca2+ entry and is predominantly controlled by Ca2+ release from sarcoplasmic reticulum, replenished by the Ca2+-ATPase (SERCA)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526091/a-pre-therapeutic-coating-for-medical-devices-that-prevents-the-attachment-of-candida-albicans
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Diego Vargas-Blanco, Aung Lynn, Jonah Rosch, Rony Noreldin, Anthony Salerni, Christopher Lambert, Reeta P Rao
BACKGROUND: Hospital acquired fungal infections are defined as "never events"-medical errors that should never have happened. Systemic Candida albicans infections results in 30-50% mortality rates. Typically, adhesion to abiotic medical devices and implants initiates such infections. Efficient adhesion initiates formation of aggressive biofilms that are difficult to treat. Therefore, inhibitors of adhesion are important for drug development and likely to have a broad spectrum efficacy against many fungal pathogens...
May 19, 2017: Annals of Clinical Microbiology and Antimicrobials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524547/performance-of-a-new-generation-continuous-autotransfusion-device-including-fat-removal-and-consequences-for-quality-controls
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T F Seyfried, M Gruber, D Bitzinger, M T Pawlik, A Breu, B M Graf, E Hansen
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Cell salvage plays a key role in blood conservation. To maintain high performance, quality management is recommended. Accordingly, a new-generation autotransfusion device was tested for its performance and compared with its predecessor. Two different calculations of quality parameters were applied. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In an experimental study, the continuous autotransfusion devices CATSmart and Continuous Autotransfusion System (C.A...
May 19, 2017: Transfusion Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521061/extracellular-camp-activates-molecular-signalling-pathways-associated-with-sperm-capacitation-in-bovines
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Carlos Agustín I Alonso, Claudia E Osycka-Salut, Luciana Castellano, Andreína Cesari, Nicolás Di Siervi, Adrián Mutto, Anders Johannisson, Jane M Morrell, Carlos Davio, Silvina Perez-Martinez
STUDY QUESTION: Is extracellular cAMP involved in the regulation of signalling pathways in bovine sperm capacitation? SUMMARY ANSWER: Extracellular cAMP-induced sperm capacitation through the activation of different signalling pathways that involve phospholipase C (PLC), PKC/ERK1-2 signalling and an increase in sperm Ca2+ levels, as well as soluble AC and cAMP/protein kinase A (PKA) signalling. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: In order to fertilize the oocyte, ejaculated spermatozoa must undergo a series of changes in the female reproductive tract, known as capacitation...
May 18, 2017: Molecular Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28518171/fish-flow-a-protocol-for-the-concurrent-detection-of-mrna-and-protein-in-single-cells-using-fluorescence-in-situ-hybridization-and-flow-cytometry
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Riccardo Arrigucci, Yuri Bushkin, Felix Radford, Karim Lakehal, Pooja Vir, Richard Pine, December Martin, Jeffrey Sugarman, Yanlin Zhao, George S Yap, Alfred A Lardizabal, Sanjay Tyagi, Maria Laura Gennaro
We describe a flow-cytometry-based protocol for intracellular mRNA measurements in nonadherent mammalian cells using fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) probes. The method, which we call FISH-Flow, allows for high-throughput multiparametric measurements of gene expression, a task that was not feasible with earlier, microscopy-based approaches. The FISH-Flow protocol involves cell fixation, permeabilization and hybridization with a set of fluorescently labeled oligonucleotide probes. In this protocol, surface and intracellular protein markers can also be stained with fluorescently labeled antibodies for simultaneous protein and mRNA measurement...
June 2017: Nature Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516277/analysis-of-cellular-autofluorescence-in-touch-samples-by-flow-cytometry-implications-for-front-end-separation-of-trace-mixture-evidence
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M Katherine Philpott, Cristina E Stanciu, Ye Jin Kwon, Eduardo E Bustamante, Susan A Greenspoon, Christopher J Ehrhardt
The goal of this study was to survey optical and biochemical variation in cell populations deposited onto a surface through touch or contact and identify specific features that may be used to distinguish and then sort cell populations from separate contributors in a trace biological mixture. Although we were not able to detect meaningful biochemical variation in touch samples deposited by different contributors through preliminary antibody surveys, we did observe distinct differences in red autofluorescence emissions (650-670 nm), with as much as a tenfold difference in mean fluorescence intensities observed between certain pairs of donors...
May 18, 2017: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28510331/isolation-of-ready-to-use-adipose-derived-stem-cell-asc-pellet-for-clinical-applications-and-a-comparative-overview-of-alternate-methods-for-asc-isolation
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Edoardo Raposio, Nicolò Bertozzi
Current literature does not offer a standardized method to isolate adipose-derived stem cells (ASCs) for clinical applications and hence clinical studies using ASCs often show inconsistent results. Most of these studies borrow laboratory or benchside-derived protocols, which are complex, time consuming, and involve the use of chemical, animal-derived reagents. In this unit we describe a relatively simple and faster isolation protocol that allows collection of a ready-to-use ASC pellet for clinical application...
May 16, 2017: Current Protocols in Stem Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28508923/biomarkers-of-oxidative-damage-in-bacteria-for-the-assessment-of-sanitation-efficacy-in-lettuce-wash-water
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Andrea Cossu, Fang Dou, Glenn M Young, Nitin Nitin
In the fresh produce industry, validation of sanitation efficacy is critical to prevent cross-contamination of produce. The current validation approaches are either based on time-consuming plate counting assays or indirect measurements of chemical properties of wash water. In the study, the focus was to identify biomarkers that can provide direct assessment of oxidative damage in bacteria upon exposure to sanitizers in the presence of fresh produce and correlation of these oxidative biomarkers with logarithmic inactivation of bacteria...
May 16, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506582/dual-functional-small-molecule-fluorescent-probes-for-image-guided-estrogen-receptor-specific-targeting-coupled-potent-antiproliferative-potency-for-breast-cancer-therapy
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Lu Yang, Zhiye Hu, Junjie Luo, Chu Tang, Silong Zhang, Wentao Ning, Chune Dong, Jian Huang, Xianjun Liu, Hai-Bing Zhou
A strategy by integrating biological imaging into early stages of the drug discovery process can improve our understanding of drug activity during preclinical and clinical study. In this article, we designed and synthesized coumarin-based nonsteroidal type fluorescence ligands for drug-target binding imaging. Among these synthesized compounds, 3e, 3f and 3h showed potent ER binding affinity and 3e (IC50=0.012μM) exhibited excellent ERα antagonistic activity, its antiproliferative potency in breast cancer MCF-7 cells is equipotent to the approved drug tamoxifen...
May 4, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28503333/peritoneal-keratin-granulomatosis-associated-with-endometrioid-adenocarcinoma-of-the-uterine-corpus-in-a-woman-with-polycystic-ovaries-a-potential-pitfall-a-case-report-and-review-of-the-literature
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Helen J Trihia, Maria Papazian, Natasa Novkovic, John Provatas, Sotiria Tsangouri, Dimitrios C Papatheodorou
Peritoneal keratin granulomatosis is a rare condition included under granulomatous lesions of the peritoneum. It can be secondary to neoplasms of the female genital tract and can mimic carcinomatosis intraoperatively. A case of a 40-year-old woman with a history of polycystic ovaries and a chief complaint of vaginal bleeding is presented. She was diagnosed with endometrioid adenocarcinoma with squamous differentiation in endometrial curettings. Intraoperatively, many peritoneal nodules were found, interpreted as peritoneal carcinomatosis...
2017: Case Reports in Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28502006/fluorescence-in-situ-hybridization-of-cells-chromosomes-and-formalin-fixed-paraffin-embedded-tissues
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Ahmad Alamri, Jun Yeb Nam, Jan K Blancato
Fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) with DNA probes allows the visualization of gene copy number and localization of specific DNA targets with fluorescence microscopy. Cells in culture, metaphase chromosomes, and tissue sections are fixed and prepared on glass slides. Both the DNA in the cells and fluorescently labeled probe are denatured, and the labeled probe is allowed to hybridize to the cellular DNA. The slides are washed, counterstained, and viewed via fluorescence microscopy. We describe the basic method for preparing slides and probes for studies involving DNA copy number changes and structural chromosome rearrangements in formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded (FFPE) tissue sections and cell culture preparations...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28497155/influence-of-washing-and-quenching-in-profiling-the-metabolome-of-adherent-mammalian-cells-a-case-study-with-the-metastatic-breast-cancer-cell-line-mda-mb-231
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Rahul Vijay Kapoore, Rachael Coyle, Carolyn A Staton, Nicola J Brown, Seetharaman Vaidyanathan
Metabolome characterisation is a powerful tool in oncology. To obtain a valid description of the intracellular metabolome, two of the preparatory steps are crucial, namely washing and quenching. Washing must effectively remove the extracellular media components and quenching should stop the metabolic activities within the cell, without altering the membrane integrity of the cell. Therefore, it is important to evaluate the efficiency of the washing and quenching solvents. In this study, we employed two previously optimised protocols for simultaneous quenching and extraction, and investigated the effects of a number of washing steps/solvents and quenching solvent additives, on metabolite leakage from the adherent metastatic breast cancer cell line MDA-MB-231...
May 12, 2017: Analyst
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28494752/mda-met-conditioned-medium-augments-the-chemoattractant-dependent-migration-of-mda-met-cells-towards-hfob-conditioned-medium-and-increases-collagenase-activity
#18
Karis Chin-Quee, Henry J Donahue
BACKGROUND: Metastasis of breast cancer displays site-specificity towards bone. Recently, studies have emerged indicating that primary tumors may remotely influence creation of a pre-metastatic niche. In this study, we used human fetal osteoblastic cells and MDA-MET, a metastatic and preferentially bone homing derivative of the breast cancer cell line MDA-MB-231. We examined 1) whether secreted factors from MDA-MET cells increase generation of chemoattractants by human foetal osteoblastic cells 2) whether MDA-MET cells were responsive to these chemoattractants and 3) the identity of these chemoattractants...
May 11, 2017: BMC Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28494002/involvement-of-band3-in-the-efflux-of-sphingosine-1-phosphate-from-erythrocytes
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Makoto Kurano, Masako Nishikawa, Hiroyuki Kuma, Masahiro Jona, Yutaka Yatomi
Sphingosine 1-phosphate (S1P) is a bioactive lipid mediator that is thought to be involved in various diseases. Although the main source of S1P in the plasma is erythrocytes, how S1P is exported from erythrocytes has not been elucidated. When we differentiated K562 cells into erythroblast-like cells with sodium butyrate, we observed that the efflux of S1P was increased without increased expression of previously proposed S1P transporters, while the expression levels of Band3 were increased. Therefore, in this study, we investigated the involvement of Band 3, the most characteristic membranous transporter for erythrocytes, in S1P efflux, using 4,4'-diisothiocyanatodihydrostilbene-2,2'-disulfonic acid, disodium salt (H2DIDS), which is an inhibitor of Band3...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28492611/the-effect-of-topical-treatments-for-crs-on-the-sinonasal-epithelial-barrier
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M Ramezanpour, A Rayan, J L P Smith, S Vreugde
BACKGROUND: Several topical treatments are used in the management of Chronic Rhinosinusitis (CRS), some of which the safety and efficacy has yet to be determined. The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of commonly used topical treatments on the sinonasal epithelial barrier. METHODS: Normal saline (0.9% Sodium Chloride), hypertonic saline (3% Sodium Chloride), FESS Sinu-Cleanse Hypertonic, FLO Sinus Care and Budesonide 1 mg/ 2 ml were applied to the apical side of air-liquid interface (ALI) cultures of primary human nasal epithelial cells (HNECs) from CRS patients (n=3) and non-CRS controls (n=3) for 24 hours...
May 10, 2017: Rhinology
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