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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527321/short-term-exposure-to-gold-nanoparticle-suspension-impairs-swimming-behavior-in-a-widespread-calanoid-copepod
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François-Gaël Michalec, Markus Holzner, Alexandre Barras, Anne-Sophie Lacoste, Loïc Brunet, Jae-Seong Lee, Christian Slomianny, Rabah Boukherroub, Sami Souissi
Calanoid copepods play an important role in the functioning of marine and brackish ecosystems. Information is scarce on the behavioral toxicity of engineered nanoparticles to these abundant planktonic organisms. We assessed the effects of short-term exposure to nonfunctionalized gold nanoparticles on the swimming behavior of the widespread estuarine copepod Eurytemora affinis. By means of three-dimensional particle tracking velocimetry, we reconstructed the trajectories of males, ovigerous and non-ovigerous females...
May 17, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527187/quantitative-stereological-analysis-of-the-highly-porous-hydroxyapatite-scaffolds-using-x-ray-cm-and-sem
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Justyna Zygmuntowicz, Aneta Zima, Joanna Czechowska, Karol Szlazak, Anna Ślosarczyk, Katarzyna Konopka
BACKGROUND: Material properties of the scaffolds as well as their microstructure are vital in determining in vivo cellular response. Three-dimensional (3D), highly porous scaffolds are used in tissue engineering to provide a suitable microenvironment and to support regeneration of bone. Both pore sizes and their architecture, in particular interconnection density, impact functionality of scaffold during its biomedical applications. OBJECTIVE: In this paper a comparative study of the microstructure of highly porous hydroxyapatite scaffolds produced via gelcasting of foamed slurries and replication of polyurethane sponge were carried out...
2017: Bio-medical Materials and Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527116/genome-editing-in-drosophila-melanogaster-from-basic-genome-engineering-to-the-multipurpose-crispr-cas9-system
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REVIEW
Xingjie Ren, Kristof Holsteens, Haiyi Li, Jin Sun, Yifan Zhang, Lu-Ping Liu, Qingfei Liu, Jian-Quan Ni
Nowadays, genome editing tools are indispensable for studying gene function in order to increase our knowledge of biochemical processes and disease mechanisms. The extensive availability of mutagenesis and transgenesis tools make Drosophila melanogaster an excellent model organism for geneticists. Early mutagenesis tools relied on chemical or physical methods, ethyl methane sulfonate (EMS) and X-rays respectively, to randomly alter DNA at a nucleotide or chromosomal level. Since the discovery of transposable elements and the availability of the complete fly genome, specific genome editing tools, such as P-elements, zinc-finger nucleases (ZFNs) and transcription activator-like effector nucleases (TALENs), have undergone rapid development...
May 1, 2017: Science China. Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525394/modified-denatured-lysozyme-effectively-solubilizes-fullerene-c60-nanoparticles-in-water
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Marialuisa Siepi, Jane Politi, Principia Dardano, Angela Amoresano, Luca De Stefano, Daria Maria Monti, Eugenio Notomista
Fullerenes, allotropic forms of carbon, have very interesting pharmacological effects and engineering applications. However, a very low solubility both in organic solvents and water hinders their use. Fullerene C60, the most studied among fullerenes, can be dissolved in water only in the form of nanoparticles of variable dimensions and limited stability. Here the effect on the production of C60 nanoparticles by native and denatured hen egg white lysozyme, a highly basic protein, has been systematically studied...
May 19, 2017: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524743/nanoparticle-exposures-from-nano-enabled-toner-based-printing-equipment-and-human-health-state-of-science-and-future-research-needs
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Sandra Vanessa Pirela, John Martin, Dhimiter Bello, Philip Demokritou
Toner formulations used by laser printers (LP) and photocopiers (PC), collectively called "toner-based printing equipment" (TPE), are nano-enabled products (NEP) because they contain several engineered nanomaterials (ENM) that improve toner performance. It has been shown that during consumer use (printing), these ENM are released in the air, together with other semi-volatile organic nanoparticles, and newly formed gaseous co-pollutants such as volatile organic compounds (VOC). The aim of this review is to detail and analyze physico-chemical and morphological (PCM), as well as the toxicological properties of particulate matter (PM) emissions from TPE...
May 19, 2017: Critical Reviews in Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523623/microbial-population-shift-caused-by-sulfamethoxazole-in-engineered-soil-aquifer-treatment-e-sat-system
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Ashwinkumar P Rudrashetti, Niti B Jadeja, Deepa Gandhi, Asha A Juwarkar, Abhinav Sharma, Atya Kapley, R A Pandey
The engineered-Soil Aquifer Treatment (e-SAT) system was exploited for the biological degradation of Sulfamethoxazole (SMX) which is known to bio-accumulate in the environment. The fate of SMX in soil column was studied through laboratory simulation for a period of 90 days. About 20 ppm SMX concentration could be removed in four consecutive cycles in e-SAT. To understand the microbial community change and biological degradation of SMX in e-SAT system, metagenomic analysis was performed for the soil samples before (A-EBD) and after SMX exposure (B-EBD) in the e-SAT...
June 2017: World Journal of Microbiology & Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521693/from-tendon-injury-to-collagen-based-tendon-regeneration-overview-and-recent-advances
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Clément Rieu, Lise Picaut, Gervaise Mosser, Léa Trichet
Tendon injury is a clinical, societal and economical issue. Moreover, tendon repair represents an important clinical challenge, partly due to the mechanical constraints that occur at the junctions with muscle and bone. Several strategies have been developed for tendon repair. In this review, we first assess the importance of tendon injuries from different sites and their causes. After a short overview of tendon three-dimensional organization, the complexity of the perfect repair quest is presented ranging from current clinical procedures to new engineering scaffolds...
May 16, 2017: Current Pharmaceutical Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521688/vasculitis-following-influenza-vaccination-a-review-of-the-literature
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Toru Watanabe
BACKGROUND: Influenza vaccine is safe and effective for the general population as well as for patients with autoimmune diseases. However, although rare, vasculitis has been reported as an adverse event following influenza vaccination. OBJECT: The aims of this literature review were to identify patients who developed vasculitis following influenza vaccination and to clarify the clinical manifestations of vasculitis in these patients. METHODS: Using the PubMed database and search engine, we performed a search of the English-language literature by combining the term influenza vaccination with each term for a specific form of vasculitis from January 1966 through April 2016...
May 17, 2017: Current Rheumatology Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520407/controlling-configurational-isomerism-in-three-component-colloidal-hybrid-nanoparticles
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James M Hodges, Raymond E Schaak
Colloidal hybrid nanoparticles are solution-dispersible constructs that join together multiple distinct nanoscale materials through direct solid-solid interfaces. Given their multifunctionality and synergistic properties that emerge from interfacial coupling, hybrid nanoparticles are of interest for applications in biomedical imaging, solar energy conversion, heterogeneous catalysis, nanophotonics, and beyond. High-order hybrid nanoparticles, which incorporate three or more nanocrystal domains, offer greater tunability and functional diversity relative to one or two-component nanoparticles...
May 18, 2017: Accounts of Chemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28518114/preparation-and-in-vitro-characterization-of-magnetized-mir-modified-endothelial-cells
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Natalia Voronina, Heiko Lemcke, Frank Wiekhorst, Jens-Peter Kühn, Markus Frank, Gustav Steinhoff, Robert David
To date, the available surgical and pharmacological treatments for cardiovascular diseases (CVD) are limited and often palliative. At the same time, gene and cell therapies are highly promising alternative approaches for CVD treatment. However, the broad clinical application of gene therapy is greatly limited by the lack of suitable gene delivery systems. The development of appropriate gene delivery vectors can provide a solution to current challenges in cell therapy. In particular, existing drawbacks, such as limited efficiency and low cell retention in the injured organ, could be overcome by appropriate cell engineering (i...
May 2, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28518068/3d-magnetic-stem-cell-aggregation-and-bioreactor-maturation-for-cartilage-regeneration
#11
Aurore Van de Walle, Claire Wilhelm, Nathalie Luciani
Cartilage engineering remains a challenge due to the difficulties in creating an in vitro functional implant similar to the native tissue. An approach recently explored for the development of autologous replacements involves the differentiation of stem cells into chondrocytes. To initiate this chondrogenesis, a degree of compaction of the stem cells is required; hence, we demonstrated the feasibility of magnetically condensing cells, both within thick scaffolds and scaffold-free, using miniaturized magnetic field sources as cell attractors...
April 27, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28518000/comparison-of-simulated-microgravity-and-hydrostatic-pressure-for-chondrogenesis-of-hasc
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Liliana F Mellor, Andrew J Steward, Rachel C Nordberg, Michael A Taylor, Elizabeth G Loboa
BACKGROUND: Cartilage tissue engineering is a growing field due to the lack of regenerative capacity of native tissue. The use of bioreactors for cartilage tissue engineering is common, but the results are controversial. Some studies suggest that microgravity bioreactors are ideal for chondrogenesis, while others show that mimicking hydrostatic pressure is crucial for cartilage formation. A parallel study comparing the effects of loading and unloading on chondrogenesis has not been performed...
April 1, 2017: Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516795/a-comprehensive-guide-to-telocytes-and-their-great-potential-in-cardiovascular-system
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I Kucybala, P Janas, S Ciuk, W Cholopiak, W Klimek-Piotrowska, M K Holda
Telocytes, a recently discovered type of interstitial cells, have a very distinctive morphology - the small cell body with long extensions, named telopodes. In our review, apart from introducing general aspects of telocytes, we focus on properties, functions and future potential of those cells in cardiovascular system. However, physiological functions of telocytes in cardiovascular system are still regarded as quite enigmatic. Previous studies claim that they play a role in organogenesis and regeneration, bioelectrical signalling, mechanoelectrical coupling, anti-oxidative protection, angiogenesis and regulation of blood flow...
2017: Bratislavské Lekárske Listy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28514167/quantum-dot-peptide-fullerene-bioconjugates-for-visualization-of-in-vitro-and-in-vivo-cellular-membrane-potential
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Okhil Kumar Nag, Michael H Stewart, Jeffrey R Deschamps, Kimihiro Susumu, Eunkeu Oh, Vassiliy Tsytsarev, Qinggong Tang, Alexander L Efros, Roman Vaxenburg, Bryan J Black, Yungchia Chen, Thomas J O'Shaughnessy, Stella H North, Lauren D Field, Philip E Dawson, Joseph J Pancrazio, Igor L Medintz, Yu Chen, Reha S Erzurumlu, Alan L Huston, James B Delehanty
We report the development of a quantum dot (QD)-peptide-fullerene (C60) electron transfer (ET)-based nanobioconjugate for the visualization of membrane potential in living cells. The bioconjugate is comprised of (1) a central QD electron donor, (2) a membrane-inserting peptidyl linker, and (3) a C60 electron acceptor. The photoexcited QD donor engages in ET with the C60 acceptor resulting in quenching of QD photoluminescence (PL) that tracks positively with the number of C60 moieties arrayed around the QD. The nature of the QD-capping ligand also modulates the quenching efficiency; a neutral ligand coating facilitates greater QD quenching than a negatively charged carboxylated ligand...
May 17, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513838/the-emerging-role-of-npnt-in-tissue-injury-repair-and-bone-homeostasis
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REVIEW
Youqiang Sun, Vincent Kuek, Heng Qiu, Jennifer Tickner, Leilei Chen, Haibin Wang, Wei He, Jiake Xu
Nephronectin (NPNT), a highly conserved extracellular matrix protein, plays an important role in regulating cell adhesion, differentiation, spreading and survival. NPNT protein belongs to epidermal growth factor (EGF)-like superfamily and exhibits several common structural determinants; including EGF-like repeat domains, MAM domain (Meprin, A5 Protein, and Receptor Protein-Tyrosine Phosphatase µ), RGD motif (Arg-Gly-Asp) and a coiled-coil domain. It regulates integrins-mediated signaling pathways via the interaction of its RGD motif with integrin α8β1...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513656/restoring-the-biophysical-properties-of-decellularized-patches-through-recellularization
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Gigi Chi Ting Au-Yeung, Udi Sarig, Hadar Sarig, Hanumakumar Bogireddi, Tomer Bronshtein, Limor Baruch, Avihai Spizzichino, Jacob Bortman, Boey Yin Chiang Freddy, Marcelle Machluf, Subbu S Venkatraman
Various extracellular matrix (ECM) scaffolds, isolated through decellularization, were suggested as ideal biomimetic materials for 'Functional tissue engineering' (FTE). The decellularization process comprises a compromise between damaging and preserving the ultrastructure and composition of ECM-previously shown to affect cell survival, proliferation, migration, organization, differentiation and maturation. Inversely, the effects of cells on the ECM constructs' biophysical properties, under physiological-like conditions, remain still largely unknown...
May 17, 2017: Biomaterials Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513579/electricity-from-methane-by-reversing-methanogenesis
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Michael J McAnulty, Venkata G Poosarla, Kyoung-Yeol Kim, Ricardo Jasso-Chávez, Bruce E Logan, Thomas K Wood
Given our vast methane reserves and the difficulty in transporting methane without substantial leaks, the conversion of methane directly into electricity would be beneficial. Microbial fuel cells harness electrical power from a wide variety of substrates through biological means; however, the greenhouse gas methane has not been used with much success previously as a substrate in microbial fuel cells to generate electrical current. Here we construct a synthetic consortium consisting of: (i) an engineered archaeal strain to produce methyl-coenzyme M reductase from unculturable anaerobic methanotrophs for capturing methane and secreting acetate; (ii) micro-organisms from methane-acclimated sludge (including Paracoccus denitrificans) to facilitate electron transfer by providing electron shuttles (confirmed by replacing the sludge with humic acids), and (iii) Geobacter sulfurreducens to produce electrons from acetate, to create a microbial fuel cell that converts methane directly into significant electrical current...
May 17, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513143/interactive-effects-of-corrosion-copper-and-chloramines-on-legionella-and-mycobacteria-in-hot-water-plumbing
#18
William J Rhoads, Amy Pruden, Marc A Edwards
Complexities associated with drinking water plumbing systems can result in undesirable interactions among plumbing components, undermining engineering controls for opportunistic pathogens (OPs). In this study, we examine the effects of plumbing system materials and two commonly applied disinfectants, copper and chloramines, on water chemistry and the growth of Legionella and mycobacteria across a transect of bench- and pilot-scale hot water experiments carried out with the same municipal water supply. We discovered that copper released from corrosion of plumbing materials can initiate evolution of >1,100 times more hydrogen (H2) from water heater sacrificial anode rods than does presence of copper dosed as soluble cupric ions...
May 17, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513058/pro-myogenic-and-low-oxygen-culture-increases-expression-of-contractile-smooth-muscle-markers-in-human-fibroblasts
#19
Matija Veber, David Dolivo, Marsha Rolle, Tanja Dominko
Smooth muscle cells are essential for tissue engineering strategies to fabricate organs such as blood vessels, esophagus, and bladder, and to create disease models of these systems. In order for such therapies and models to be feasible, smooth muscle cells must be sourced effectively to enable production of large numbers of functional cells. In vitro, smooth muscle cells divide slowly and demonstrate short proliferative lifespans compared to other types of cells including stem cells and fibroblasts, limiting the number of cells that can be derived from expansion in culture of a primary isolation...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512715/management-of-rainwater-harvesting-and-its-impact-on-the-health-of-people-in-the-middle-east-case-study-from-yatta-town-palestine
#20
Ilke Celik, Lina M A Tamimi, Issam A Al-Khatib, Defne S Apul
Water-related diseases are a primary problem in Palestine where many residents revert to harvested rainwater as their primary water source due to water shortages within the area. From an environmental engineering perspective, it is already well known that certain situations (e.g., cross contamination) reduce drinking water quality and ultimately cause diseases in a population. In this study, we investigated the social practices and situations that may lead to lower disease occurrence. Towards this goal, we surveyed 382 residents in Yatta to collect data on the water-related diseases that they experienced and the specific situations that might affect the disease occurrences such as the residents' practices (i) for maintaining a high quality of cistern water, (ii) for maintaining the environment around the cistern, and (iii) for managing the wastewater...
June 2017: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
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