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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786767/oral-supplementation-of-lanthanum-zirconate-nanoparticles-moderately-affected-behavior-but-drastically-disturbed-leukocyte-count-serum-cholesterol-levels-and-antioxidant-parameters-from-vital-organs-of-albino-mice-in-a-gender-specific-manner
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Muhammad Nazar Aftab, Irum Naz Akram, Tafheem Khosa, Syeda Qandeel Zahra, Irum Bashir, Muhammad Naeem Ashiq, Furhan Iqbal
Lanthanum Zirconate nanoparticles (NPs) are used in blades of gas turbine engines to thermally insulate them and to protect them against hot and corrosive gas streams. However, the information regarding their biocompatibility is limited. The present study was aimed to report the effect of Lanthanum Zirconate NPs on selected aspects of behavior, serum biochemistry, complete blood count and antioxidant parameters from vital organs of albino mice in a gender specific manner. Albino mice, seven weeks old, were orally treated with 75 mg/ml solvent/Kg body weight of Lanthanum Zirconate nanoparticles for consecutive 22 days...
May 21, 2018: Metabolic Brain Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786560/microfabrication-of-liver-and-heart-tissues-for-drug-development
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REVIEW
Grace E Brown, Salman R Khetani
Drug-induced liver- and cardiotoxicity remain among the leading causes of preclinical and clinical drug attrition, marketplace drug withdrawals and black-box warnings on marketed drugs. Unfortunately, animal testing has proven to be insufficient for accurately predicting drug-induced liver- and cardiotoxicity across many drug classes, likely due to significant differences in tissue functions across species. Thus, the field of in vitro human tissue engineering has gained increasing importance over the last 10 years...
July 5, 2018: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786557/the-gene-regulatory-network-of-mesc-differentiation-a-benchmark-for-reverse-engineering-methods
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Johannes Meisig, Nils Blüthgen
A large body of data have accumulated that characterize the gene regulatory network of stem cells. Yet, a comprehensive and integrative understanding of this complex network is lacking. Network reverse engineering methods that use transcriptome data to derive these networks may help to uncover the topology in an unbiased way. Many methods exist that use co-expression to reconstruct networks. However, it remains unclear how these methods perform in the context of stem cell differentiation, as most systematic assessments have been made for regulatory networks of unicellular organisms...
July 5, 2018: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786553/from-skeletal-development-to-the-creation-of-pluripotent-stem-cell-derived-bone-forming-progenitors
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REVIEW
Wai Long Tam, Frank P Luyten, Scott J Roberts
Bone has many functions. It is responsible for protecting the underlying soft organs, it allows locomotion, houses the bone marrow and stores minerals such as calcium and phosphate. Upon damage, bone tissue can efficiently repair itself. However, healing is hampered if the defect exceeds a critical size and/or is in compromised conditions. The isolation or generation of bone-forming progenitors has applicability to skeletal repair and may be used in tissue engineering approaches. Traditionally, bone engineering uses osteochondrogenic stem cells, which are combined with scaffold materials and growth factors...
July 5, 2018: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785853/engineering-of-porphyrin-molecules-for-use-as-effective-cathode-interfacial-modifiers-in-organic-solar-cells-of-enhanced-efficiency-and-stability
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Marinos Tountas, Apostolis Verykios, Ermioni Polydorou, Andreas Kaltzoglou, Anastasia Soultati, Nikolaos Balis, Panagiotis A Angaridis, Michael Papadakis, Vasilis Nikolaou, Florian Auras, Leonidas C Palilis, Dimitris Tsikritzis, Evangelos Evangelou, Spyros Gardelis, Matroni Koutsoureli, George Papaioannou, Ioannis D Petsalakis, Stella Kennou, Dimitris Davazoglou, Panagiotis Argitis, Polycarpos Falaras, Athanassios G Coutsolelos, Maria Vasilopoulou
In the present work, we effectively modify the TiO2 electron transport layer of organic solar cells with an inverted architecture by using appropriately engineered porphyrin molecules. The results show that the optimized porphyrin modifier bearing two carboxylic acids as the anchoring groups and a triazine electron-withdrawing spacer significantly reduces the work function of TiO2 thereby reducing the electron extraction barrier. Moreover, the lower surface energy of the porphyrin-modified substrate results in better physical compatibility between the latter and the photoactive blend...
May 22, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785443/organic-inorganic-hybrid-perovskite-quantum-dots-with-high-plqy-and-enhanced-carrier-mobility-through-crystallinity-control-by-solvent-engineering-and-solid-state-ligand-exchange
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Jin Woo Choi, Hee Chul Woo, Xiaoguang Huang, Wan-Gil Jung, Bong-Joong Kim, Sie-Wook Jeon, Sang-Youp Yim, Jae-Suk Lee, Chang-Lyoul Lee
The photoluminescence quantum yield (PLQY) and charge carrier mobility of organic-inorganic perovskite QDs were enhanced by the optimization of crystallinity and surface passivation as well as solid-state ligand exchange. The crystallinity of perovskite QDs was determined by the Effective solvent field (Esol) of various solvents for precipitation. The solvent with high Esol could more quickly countervail the localized field generated by the polar solvent, and it causes fast crystallization of the dissolved precursor, which results in poor crystallinity...
May 22, 2018: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785047/rationally-designed-aav2-and-aavrh8r-capsids-provide-improved-transduction-in-the-retina-and-brain
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Jennifer A Sullivan, Lisa M Stanek, Michael J Lukason, Jie Bu, Shayla R Osmond, Elizabeth A Barry, Catherine R O'Riordan, Lamya S Shihabuddin, Seng H Cheng, Abraham Scaria
The successful application of adeno-associated virus (AAV) gene delivery vectors as a therapeutic paradigm will require efficient gene delivery to the appropriate cells in affected organs. In this study, we utilized a rational design approach to introduce modifications to the AAV2 and AAVrh8R capsids and the resulting variants were evaluated for transduction activity in the retina and brain. The modifications disrupted either capsid/receptor binding or altered capsid surface charge. Specifically, we mutated AAV2 amino acids R585A and R588A, which are required for binding to its receptor, heparan sulfate proteoglycans, to generate a variant referred to as AAV2-HBKO...
May 22, 2018: Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784994/designing-natural-and-synthetic-immune-tissues
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REVIEW
Emily A Gosselin, Haleigh B Eppler, Jonathan S Bromberg, Christopher M Jewell
Vaccines and immunotherapies have provided enormous improvements for public health, but there are fundamental disconnects between where most studies are performed-in cell culture and animal models-and the ultimate application in humans. Engineering immune tissues and organs, such as bone marrow, thymus, lymph nodes and spleen, could be instrumental in overcoming these hurdles. Fundamentally, designed immune tissues could serve as in vitro tools to more accurately study human immune function and disease, while immune tissues engineered for implantation as next-generation vaccines or immunotherapies could enable direct, on-demand control over generation and regulation of immune function...
May 21, 2018: Nature Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784932/molecular-size-modulates-pharmacokinetics-biodistribution-and-renal-deposition-of-the-drug-delivery-biopolymer-elastin-like-polypeptide
#9
Marija Kuna, Fakhri Mahdi, Alejandro R Chade, Gene L Bidwell
Elastin-like polypeptides (ELP) are engineered proteins that consist of repetitions of a five amino acid motif, and their composition is easily modified to adjust their physical properties and attach therapeutics. Because of the repetitive nature of the ELP sequence, polymer size is particularly amenable to manipulation. ELP fusion proteins are being actively developed as therapeutics for many disease applications, and how the ELP size and shape affects its pharmacokinetics and biodistribution is a critical question for the general field of ELP drug delivery...
May 21, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784011/extremely-low-frequency-electromagnetic-fields-promote-mesenchymal-stem-cell-migration-by-increasing-intracellular-ca-2-and-activating-the-fak-rho-gtpases-signaling-pathways-in-vitro
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Yingchi Zhang, Jiyuan Yan, Haoran Xu, Yong Yang, Wenkai Li, Hua Wu, Chaoxu Liu
BACKGROUND: The ability of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) to migrate to the desired tissues or lesions is crucial for stem cell-based regenerative medicine and tissue engineering. Optimal therapeutics for promoting MSC migration are expected to become an effective means for tissue regeneration. Electromagnetic fields (EMF), as a noninvasive therapy, can cause a lot of biological changes in MSCs. However, whether EMF can promote MSC migration has not yet been reported. METHODS: We evaluated the effects of EMF on cell migration in human bone marrow-derived MSCs...
May 21, 2018: Stem Cell Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782947/multifunctional-degradable-electronic-scaffolds-for-cardiac-tissue-engineering
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Ron Feiner, Sharon Fleischer, Assaf Shapira, Or Kalish, Tal Dvir
The capability to on-line sense tissue function, provide stimulation to control contractility and efficiently release drugs within an engineered tissue microenvironment may enhance tissue assembly and improve the therapeutic outcome of implanted engineered tissues. To endow cardiac patches with such capabilities we developed elastic, biodegradable, electronic scaffolds. The scaffolds were composed of electrospun albumin fibers that served as both a substrate and a passivation layer for evaporated gold electrodes...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782142/projection-based-3d-printing-of-cell-patterning-scaffolds-with-multi-scale-channels
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Dai Xue, Yancheng Wang, Jiaxin Zhang, Deqing Mei, Yue Wang, Shaochen Chen
To fully actualize artificial, cell-laden biological models in tissue engineering, such as 3D organoids and organs-on-a-chip systems, cells need to be patterned such that they can precisely mimic natural microenvironments in vitro. Despite increasing interest in this area, patterning cells at multiscales (~10 μm - 10 mm) remains a significant challenge in bioengineering. Here we report a projection-based 3D printing system that achieves rapid and high-resolution fabrication of hydrogel scaffolds featuring intricate channels for multi-scale cell patterning...
May 21, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782018/novel-method-of-plasmid-dna-delivery-to-mouse-bladder-urothelium-by-electroporation
#13
Chuan Yu, Ofir Stefanson, Yueli Liu, Zhu A Wang
Genetically engineered mouse models (GEMMs) are extremely valuable in revealing novel biological insights into the initiation and progression mechanisms of human diseases such as cancer. Transgenic and conditional knockout mice have been frequently used for gene overexpression or ablation in specific tissues or cell types in vivo. However, generating germline mouse models can be time-consuming and costly. Recent advancements in gene editing technologies and the feasibility of delivering DNA plasmids by viral infection have enabled rapid generation of non-germline autochthonous mouse cancer models for several organs...
May 3, 2018: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29781073/the-impact-of-concurrent-pelvic-organ-prolapse-reconstructive-surgery-on-midurethral-sling-procedure-outcome
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Buğra Çoşkun, Orhan S Aksakal, Bora Çoşkun, Engin Yurtçu, Mehmet Özgür Akkurt, Özgül Kafadar, Melike Doğanay
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the effect of concurrent pelvic organ prolapse (POP) reconstructive surgery on midurethral sling (MUS) procedure outcome. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The present retrospective study included 300 women with urodynamically diagnosed stress urinary incontinence that underwent MUS procedures with or without concurrent POP reconstructive surgery. Patients were divided into four groups according to the performed surgery; 1) transobturator tape (TOT), 2) TOT with POP surgery (anterior colporrhaphy, posterior colporrhaphy and vaginal hysterectomy), 3) tension free vaginal tape (TVT), 4) TVT with POP surgery...
2018: Ginekologia Polska
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29780570/engineering-a-microcirculation-for-perfusion-control-of-ex-vivo-assembled-organ-systems-challenges-and-opportunities
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REVIEW
Pavan Kottamasu, Ira Herman
Donor organ shortage remains a clear problem for many end-stage organ patients around the world. The number of available donor organs pales in comparison with the number of patients in need of these organs. The field of tissue engineering proposes a plausible solution. Using stem cells, a patient's autologous cells, or allografted cells to seed-engineered scaffolds, tissue-engineered constructs can effectively supplement the donor pool and bypass other problems that arise when using donor organs, such as who receives the organ first and whether donor organ rejection may occur...
January 2018: Journal of Tissue Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29780481/linking-defects-hierarchical-porosity-generation-and-desalination-performance-in-metal-organic-frameworks
#16
Weibin Liang, Lin Li, Jingwei Hou, Nicholas D Shepherd, Thomas D Bennett, Deanna M D'Alessandro, Vicki Chen
Composite membranes with defective metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) connect the emerging fields of MOF topological modification, MOF-polymer interfacial engineering and composite material functionalization. Although defective MOFs can be fabricated via thermal or chemical treatment, the relationship between hierarchical MOF structure and their performance in a polymeric membrane matrix has so far not been investigated. Here we show how a modulator fumarate-based MIL-53(Al) microwave synthesis process results in defective MOFs...
April 14, 2018: Chemical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779724/the-emerging-use-of-social-media-for-health-related-purposes-in-low-and-middle-income-countries-a-scoping-review
#17
Emily Hagg, V Susan Dahinten, Leanne M Currie
BACKGROUND: Social media allows for instant access to, and dissemination of, information around the globe. Access to social media in low- and middle-income countries has increased exponentially in recent years due to technological advances. Despite this growth, the use of social media in low- and middle-income countries is less well-researched than in high-income countries. OBJECTIVE: To identify, explore and summarize the current state of the literature on the use of social media for health in low- and middle-income countries...
July 2018: International Journal of Medical Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779717/the-design-and-evaluation-of-an-antimicrobial-resistance-surveillance-system-for-neonatal-intensive-care-units-in-iran
#18
Peyman Rezaei-Hachesu, Taha Samad-Soltani, Sajad Yaghoubi, Marjan GhaziSaeedi, Kayvan Mirnia, Hossein Masoumi-Asl, Reza Safdari
INTRODUCTION: Neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) have complex patients in terms of their diagnoses and required treatments. Antimicrobial treatment is a common therapy for patients in NICUs. To solve problems pertaining to empirical therapy, antimicrobial stewardship programs have recently been introduced. Despite the success of these programs in terms of data collection, there is still inefficiency in terms of analyzing and reporting the data. Thus, to successfully implement these stewardship programs, the design of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) surveillance systems is recommended as a first step...
July 2018: International Journal of Medical Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779478/exosomes-in-therapy-engineering-pharmacokinetic-and-future-applications
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Claudia Arenaccio, Chiara Chiozzini, Flavia Ferrantelli, Patrizia Leone, Eleonora Olivetta, Maurizio Federico
BACKGROUND: Eukaryotic cells release vesicles of different sizes under both physiological and pathological conditions. On the basis of the respective biogenesis, extracellular vesicles are classified as apoptotic bodies, microvesicles, and exosomes. Among these, exosomes are considered tools for innovative therapeutic interventions, especially when engineered with effector molecules. The delivery functions of exosomes are favored by a number of typical features. These include their small size (i...
May 20, 2018: Current Drug Targets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779378/bandgap-engineering-of-graphene-nanoribbons-by-control-over-structural-distortion
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Yunbin Hu, Peng Xie, Marzio De Corato, Alice Ruini, Shen Zhao, Felix Meggendorfer, Lasse Arnt Straasø, Loic Rondin, Patrick Simon, Juan Li, Jonathan J Finley, Michael Ryan Hansen, Jean-Sébastien Lauret, Elisa Molinari, Xinliang Feng, Johannes V Barth, Carlos-Andres Palma, Deborah Prezzi, Klaus Müllen, Akimitsu Narita
Amongst organic electronic materials, graphene nanoribbons (GNRs) offer extraordinary versatility as next-generation semiconducting materials for nanoelectronics and optoelectronics due to their tunable properties, including charge-carrier mobility, optical absorption and electronic bandgap, which are uniquely defined by their chemical structures. Although planar GNRs have been predominantly considered until now, non-planarity can be an additional parameter to modulate their property without changing the aromatic core...
May 19, 2018: Journal of the American Chemical Society
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