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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926545/immune-responses-to-bioengineered-organs
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Jordi Ochando, Dominique Charron, Pedro M Baptista, Basak E Uygun
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Organ donation in the United States registered 9079 deceased organ donors in 2015. This high percentage of donations allowed organ transplantation in 29 851 recipients. Despite increasing numbers of transplants performed in comparison with previous years, the numbers of patients that are in need for a transplant increase every year at a higher rate. This reveals that the discrepancy between the demand and availability of organs remains fundamental problem in organ transplantation...
December 6, 2016: Current Opinion in Organ Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925474/fiber-development-and-matrix-production-in-tissue-engineered-menisci-using-bovine-mesenchymal-stem-cells-and-fibrochondrocytes
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Mary Clare McCorry, Lawrence J Bonassar
Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) have been investigated with promising results for meniscus healing and tissue engineering. While MSCs are known to contribute to ECM production, less is known about how MSCs produce and align large organized fibers for application to tissue engineering the meniscus. The goal of this study was to investigate the capability of MSCs to produce and organize extracellular matrix molecules compared to meniscal fibrochondrocytes (FCCs). Bovine FCCs and MSCs were encapsulated in an anatomically accurate collagen meniscus using mono-culture and co-culture of each cell type...
December 7, 2016: Connective Tissue Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925275/nanoparticle-ag-co-exposure-reduces-the-accumulation-of-weathered-persistent-pesticides-by-earthworms
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Arnab Mukherjee, Joseph Hawthorne, Jason C White, Jason W Kelsey
Although the use of engineered nanomaterials continues to increase, an understanding of how these materials interact with co-existing contaminants in the environment is largely unknown. Here, the effect of Ag in bulk, ionic, and nanoparticle (NP; bare and polyvinyl pyrrolidone coated) form at 3 concentrations (0, 500, 1000, 2000 mg/kg; ion at 69, 138, 276 mg/kg) on the accumulation of field weathered chlordane and dichlorodiphenyldichloroethylene + metabolites (DDX) by Eisenia fetida (earthworm) was investigated...
December 7, 2016: Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925237/ambiguity-in-the-presentation-of-decellularized-tissue-composition-the-need-for-standardized-approaches
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Arne A N Bruyneel, Carolyn A Carr
Decellularization offers great potential to the field of tissue engineering, as this method gives rise to scaffold material with the native organ architecture by removing all cellular material and leaving much of the extracellular matrix (ECM) intact. However, many parameters may affect decellularization efficacy and ECM retention and, therefore, decellularization protocols need to be optimized for specific needs. This requires robust methods for comparison of decellularized tissue composition. Various representation methods are used in literature to express tissue composition (DNA, glycosaminoglycans, collagen, other ECM proteins, and growth factors)...
December 7, 2016: Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924818/an-ultra-tunable-platform-for-molecular-engineering-of-high-performance-crystalline-porous-materials
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Quan-Guo Zhai, Xianhui Bu, Chengyu Mao, Xiang Zhao, Luke Daemen, Yongqiang Cheng, Anibal J Ramirez-Cuesta, Pingyun Feng
Metal-organic frameworks are a class of crystalline porous materials with potential applications in catalysis, gas separation and storage, and so on. Of great importance is the development of innovative synthetic strategies to optimize porosity, composition and functionality to target specific applications. Here we show a platform for the development of metal-organic materials and control of their gas sorption properties. This platform can accommodate a large variety of organic ligands and homo- or hetero-metallic clusters, which allows for extraordinary tunability in gas sorption properties...
December 7, 2016: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924580/using-crispr-cas9-to-study-erk-signaling-in-drosophila
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Marta Forés, Aikaterini Papagianni, Laura Rodríguez-Muñoz, Gerardo Jiménez
Genome engineering using the clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR)-CRISPR associated nuclease 9 (Cas9) technology is revolutionizing biomedical research. CRISPR-Cas9 enables precise editing of genes in a wide variety of cells and organisms, thereby accelerating molecular studies via targeted mutagenesis, epitope tagging, and other custom genetic modifications. Here, we illustrate the CRISPR-Cas9 methodology by focusing on Capicua (Cic), a nuclear transcriptional repressor directly phosphorylated and inactivated by ERK/MAPK...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924233/the-impact-of-redundancy-and-teamwork-on-resilience-engineering-factors-by-fuzzy-mathematical-programming-and-analysis-of-variance-in-a-large-petrochemical-plant
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Ali Azadeh, Vahid Salehi, Mahsa Mirzayi
BACKGROUND: Resilience engineering (RE) is a new paradigm that can control incidents and reduce their consequences. Integrated RE includes four new factors-self-organization, teamwork, redundancy, and fault-tolerance-in addition to conventional RE factors. This study aimed to evaluate the impacts of these four factors on RE and determine the most efficient factor in an uncertain environment. METHODS: The required data were collected through a questionnaire in a petrochemical plant in June 2013...
December 2016: Safety and Health At Work
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924160/multivalent-targeting-based-delivery-of-therapeutic-peptide-using-ap1-elp-carrier-for-effective-cancer-therapy
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Vijaya Sarangthem, Yunjae Kim, Thoudam Debraj Singh, Bo-Yeon Seo, Sun-Ha Cheon, Young-Jin Lee, Byung-Heon Lee, Rang-Woon Park
Elastin-like polypeptide (ELP)-based drug delivery has been utilized for various applications including cancer therapies for many years. Genetic incorporation of internalization ligands and cell-targeting peptides along with ELP polymer enhanced tumor accumulation and retention time as well as stability and activities of the drug conjugates. Herein, we described a unique delivery system comprised of genetically engineered ELP incorporated with multiple copies of IL-4 receptor targeting peptide (AP1) periodically and proapoptotic peptide (KLAKLAK)2 referred to as AP1-ELP-KLAK...
2016: Theranostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924025/brenda-in-2017-new-perspectives-and-new-tools-in-brenda
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Sandra Placzek, Ida Schomburg, Antje Chang, Lisa Jeske, Marcus Ulbrich, Jana Tillack, Dietmar Schomburg
The BRENDA enzyme database (www.brenda-enzymes.org) has developed into the main enzyme and enzyme-ligand information system in its 30 years of existence. The information is manually extracted from primary literature and extended by text mining procedures, integration of external data and prediction algorithms. Approximately 3 million data from 83 000 enzymes and 137 000 literature references constitute the manually annotated core. Text mining procedures extend these data with information on occurrence, enzyme-disease relationships and kinetic data...
October 19, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922848/lung-regeneration-steps-toward-clinical-implementation-and-use
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Elizabeth A Calle, Katherine L Leiby, MichaSam B Raredon, Laura E Niklason
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Whole lung tissue engineering is a relatively new area of investigation. In a short time, however, the field has advanced quickly beyond proof of concept studies in rodents and now stands on the cusp of wide-spread scale up to large animal studies. Therefore, this technology is ever closer to being directly clinically relevant. RECENT FINDINGS: The main themes in the literature include refinement of the fundamental components of whole lung engineering and increasing effort to direct induced pluripotent stem cells and lung progenitor cells toward use in lung regeneration...
December 5, 2016: Current Opinion in Anaesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919888/identification-of-a-novel-lincomycin-resistance-mutation-associated-with-activation-of-antibiotic-production-in-streptomyces-coelicolor-a3-2
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Guojun Wang, Masumi Izawa, Xiaoge Yang, Dongbo Xu, Yukinori Tanaka, Kozo Ochi
Comparative genome sequencing analysis of a lincomycin-resistant strain of Streptomyces coelicolor A3 (2) and the wild type strain identified a novel mutation conferring a high level of lincomycin resistance. Surprisingly, the new mutation was an in-frame DNA deletion in the genes SCO4597-SCO4598, resulting in formation of the hybrid gene linR SCO4597 and SCO4598 encode two histidine kinases, which, together with SCO4596, encoding a response regulator, constitute a unique two-component system. Sequence analysis indicated that these three genes and their arrangement patterns are ubiquitous among all Streptomyces genomes sequenced to date, suggesting these genes play important regulatory roles...
December 5, 2016: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919066/designed-proteins-induce-the-formation-of-nanocage-containing-extracellular-vesicles
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Jörg Votteler, Cassandra Ogohara, Sue Yi, Yang Hsia, Una Nattermann, David M Belnap, Neil P King, Wesley I Sundquist
Complex biological processes are often performed by self-organizing nanostructures comprising multiple classes of macromolecules, such as ribosomes (proteins and RNA) or enveloped viruses (proteins, nucleic acids and lipids). Approaches have been developed for designing self-assembling structures consisting of either nucleic acids or proteins, but strategies for engineering hybrid biological materials are only beginning to emerge. Here we describe the design of self-assembling protein nanocages that direct their own release from human cells inside small vesicles in a manner that resembles some viruses...
November 30, 2016: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918651/rational-design-of-high-performance-wide-bandgap-%C3%A2-2-ev-polymer-semiconductors-as-electron-donors-in-organic-photovoltaics-exhibiting-high-open-circuit-voltages-%C3%A2-1-v
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Christos L Chochos, Athanasios Katsouras, Nicola Gasparini, Chrysanthos Koulogiannis, Tayebeh Ameri, Christoph J Brabec, Apostolos Avgeropoulos
Systematic optimization of the chemical structure of wide-bandgap (≈2.0 eV) "donor-acceptor" copolymers consisting of indacenodithiophene or indacenodithieno[3,2-b]thiophene as the electron-rich unit and thieno[3,4-c]pyrrole-4,6-dione as the electron-deficient moiety in terms of alkyl side chain engineering and distance of the electron-rich and electron-deficient monomers within the repeat unit of the polymer chain results in high-performance electron donor materials for organic photovoltaics. Specifically, preliminary results demonstrate extremely high open circuit voltages (V oc s) of ≈1...
December 5, 2016: Macromolecular Rapid Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918018/a-planar-model-of-the-vessel-wall-from-cellularized-collagen-scaffolds-focus-on-cell-matrix-interactions-in-mono-bi-and-tri-culture-models
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Caroline Loy, Sébastien Meghezi, Lucie Lévesque, Daniele Pezzoli, Heena Kumra, Dieter Reinhardt, Jayachandran N Kizhakkedathu, Diego Mantovani
The acquisition of new thorough knowledge on the interactions existing between vascular cells would represent a step forward in the engineering of vascular tissues. In this light, herein we designed a physiological-like tri-culture in vitro vascular wall model using a planar cellularized collagen gel as the scaffold. The model can be obtained in 24 h and features multi-layered hierarchical organization composed of a fibroblast-containing adventitia-like layer, a media-like layer populated by smooth muscle cells and an intima-like endothelial cell monolayer...
December 5, 2016: Biomaterials Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917819/pulsatile-flow-conditioning-of-three-dimensional-bioengineered-cardiac-ventricle
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Nikita M Patel, Ravi K Birla
Current physical stimuli mechanical stretch bioreactor studies focus on conditioning planar and/or tubular engineered cardiac constructs. The current 3D bioreactor models in cardiac tissue engineering use differential pressure loading for structural support as opposed to conditioning. The development of the pulsatile flow conditioned ventricle (PFCV) provides a 3D mechanical stretch conditioning method to generate pump function in the engineered cardiac left ventricle. The study utilizes a chitosan bioengineered open ventricle scaffold, to produce the in vitro PFCV model...
December 5, 2016: Biofabrication
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917703/principles-of-the-kenzan-method-for-robotic-cell-spheroid-based-3d-bioprinting
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Nicanor I Moldovan, Narutoshi Hibino, Koichi Nakayama
Bioprinting is a technology with the prospect to change the way many diseases are treated, by replacing the damaged tissues with live, de novo created bio-similar constructs. However, after more than a decade of incubation and many proofs-of-concept, the field is still in its infancy. The current stagnation is the consequence of its early success: the first bioprinters, and most of those which followed, were modified versions of the 3D printers used in additive manufacturing, redesigned for layer-by-layer dispersion of biomaterials...
December 4, 2016: Tissue Engineering. Part B, Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916739/bioengineered-tumoral-microtissues-recapitulate-desmoplastic-reaction-of-pancreatic-cancer
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Virginia Brancato, Valentina Comunanza, Giorgia Imparato, Davide Corà, Francesco Urciuolo, Alessio Noghero, Federico Bussolino, Paolo A Netti
: Many of the existing three-dimensional (3D) cancer models in vitro fail to represent the entire complex tumor microenvironment composed of cells and extra cellular matrix (ECM) and do not allow a reliable study of the tumoral features and progression. In this paper we reported a strategy to produce 3D in vitro microtissues of pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) for studying the desmoplastic reaction activated by the stroma-cancer crosstalk. Human PDAC microtissues were obtained by co-culturing pancreatic cancer cells (PT45) and normal or cancer-associated fibroblasts within biodegradable microcarriers in a spinner flask bioreactor...
December 1, 2016: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915288/modification-of-orthogonal-trnas-unexpected-consequences-for-sense-codon-reassignment
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Wil Biddle, Margaret A Schmitt, John D Fisk
Breaking the degeneracy of the genetic code via sense codon reassignment has emerged as a way to incorporate multiple copies of multiple non-canonical amino acids into a protein of interest. Here, we report the modification of a normally orthogonal tRNA by a host enzyme and show that this adventitious modification has a direct impact on the activity of the orthogonal tRNA in translation. We observed nearly equal decoding of both histidine codons, CAU and CAC, by an engineered orthogonal M. jannaschii tRNA with an AUG anticodon: tRNA(Opt) We suspected a modification of the tRNA(Opt)AUG anticodon was responsible for the anomalous lack of codon discrimination and demonstrate that adenosine 34 of tRNA(Opt)AUG is converted to inosine...
December 1, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914702/renal-xenotransplantation-experimental-progress-and-clinical-prospects
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Martin Wijkstrom, Hayato Iwase, Wayne Paris, Hidetaka Hara, Mohamed Ezzelarab, David K C Cooper
There are >100,000 patients waiting for kidney transplants in the United States and a vast need worldwide. Xenotransplantation, in the form of the transplantation of kidneys from genetically engineered pigs, offers the possibility of overcoming the chronic shortage of deceased and living human donors. These genetic manipulations can take the form of (i) knockout of pig genes that are responsible for the expression of antigens against which the primate (human or nonhuman primate) has natural "preformed" antibodies that bind and initiate complement-mediated destruction or (ii) the insertion of human transgenes that provide protection against the human complement, coagulation, or inflammatory responses...
November 30, 2016: Kidney International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914341/single-crystalline-titanium-dioxide-hollow-tetragonal-nanocones-with-large-exposed-101-facets-for-excellent-photocatalysis
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Zhengcui Wu, Yejing Xue, Zexian Zou, Xia Wang, Feng Gao
Crystal facet engineering and surface modification of semiconductor have become important strategies to improve photocatalytic activity by optimizing surface charge carrier separation/transfer and extending solar spectrum utilization. In this work, we report anatase single-crystalline TiO2 hollow tetragonal nanocones with large exposed (101) facets by a facile liquid-phase interfacial synthetic strategy, using the hydrolysis of tetrabutyltitanate with adscititious water in the organic solvent of cyclohexane and a capping agent of 1, 6-hexanediamine...
November 23, 2016: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
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