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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29355214/informed-consent-in-field-trials-of-gene-drive-mosquitoes
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Pamela A Kolopack, James V Lavery
The US National Academies' (NAS) recent report 'Gene Drives on the Horizon: Advancing Science, Navigating Uncertainty, and Aligning Research with Public Values' examines the requirements of responsible conduct in research involving gene drives in non-human organisms. Many of the complex ethical issues raised by the introduction of gene drive technologies for mosquito population control have been anticipated during the development and field-testing of earlier-generation genetic engineering approaches with mosquitoes...
December 11, 2017: Gates Open Res
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29354650/the-logics-of-metabolic-regulation-in-bacteria-challenges-biosensor-based-metabolic-engineering
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COMMENT
Matthieu Jules
Synthetic Biology (SB) aims at the rational design and engineering of novel biological functions and systems. By facilitating the engineering of living organisms, SB promises to facilitate the development of many new applications for health, biomanufacturing, and the environment. Over the last decade, SB promoted the construction of libraries of components enabling the fine-tuning of genetic circuits expression and the development of novel genome engineering methodologies for many organisms of interest. SB thus opened new perspectives in the field of metabolic engineering, which was until then mainly limited to (over)producing naturally synthesized metabolic compounds...
December 11, 2017: Microbial Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352963/three-dimensional-visualization-of-extracellular-matrix-networks-during-murine-development
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Andrea Acuna, Michael A Drakopoulos, Yue Leng, Craig J Goergen, Sarah Calve
The extracellular matrix (ECM) plays a crucial role in embryogenesis, serving both as a substrate to which cells attach and as an active regulator of cell behavior. However, little is known about the spatiotemporal expression patterns and 3D structure of ECM proteins during embryonic development. The lack of suitable methods to visualize the embryonic ECM is largely responsible for this gap, posing a major technical challenge for biologists and tissue engineers. Here, we describe a method of viewing the 3D organization of the ECM using a polyacrylamide-based hydrogel to provide a 3D framework within developing murine embryos...
January 15, 2018: Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352303/perfusion-decellularization-of-a-human-limb-a-novel-platform-for-composite-tissue-engineering-and-reconstructive-surgery
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Mattia Francesco Maria Gerli, Jacques Paul Guyette, Daniele Evangelista-Leite, Brian Burns Ghoshhajra, Harald Christian Ott
Muscle and fasciocutaneous flaps taken from autologous donor sites are currently the most utilized approach for trauma repair, accounting annually for 4.5 million procedures in the US alone. However, the donor tissue size is limited and the complications related to these surgical techniques lead to morbidities, often involving the donor sites. Alternatively, recent reports indicated that extracellular matrix (ECM) scaffolds boost the regenerative potential of the injured site, as shown in a small cohort of volumetric muscle loss patients...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351356/epha2-ephrin-a1-mediate-corneal-epithelial-cell-compartmentalization-via-adam10-regulation-of-egfr-signaling
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Nihal Kaplan, Rosa Ventrella, Han Peng, Sonali Pal-Ghosh, Constadina Arvanitis, Joshua Z Rappoport, Brian J Mitchell, Mary Ann Stepp, Robert M Lavker, Spiro Getsios
Purpose: Progenitor cells of the limbal epithelium reside in a discrete area peripheral to the more differentiated corneal epithelium and maintain tissue homeostasis. What regulates the limbal-corneal epithelial boundary is a major unanswered question. Ephrin-A1 ligand is enriched in the limbal epithelium, whereas EphA2 receptor is concentrated in the corneal epithelium. This reciprocal pattern led us to assess the role of ephrin-A1 and EphA2 in limbal-corneal epithelial boundary organization...
January 1, 2018: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349569/xyla-and-xylb-overexpression-as-a-successful-strategy-for-improving-xylose-utilization-and-poly-3-hydroxybutyrate-production-in-burkholderia-sacchari
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Linda P Guamán, Edmar R Oliveira-Filho, Carlos Barba-Ostria, José G C Gomez, Marilda K Taciro, Luiziana Ferreira da Silva
Despite the versatility and many advantages of polyhydroxyalkanoates as petroleum-based plastic substitutes, their higher production cost compared to petroleum-based polymers has historically limited their large-scale production. One appealing approach to reducing production costs is to employ less expensive, renewable feedstocks. Xylose, for example is an abundant and inexpensive carbon source derived from hemicellulosic residues abundant in agro-industrial waste (sugarcane bagasse hemicellulosic hydrolysates)...
January 19, 2018: Journal of Industrial Microbiology & Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348648/specific-cyclic-adp-ribose-phosphohydrolase-obtained-by-mutagenic-engineering-of-mn2-dependent-adp-ribose-cdp-alcohol-diphosphatase
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João Meireles Ribeiro, José Canales, Alicia Cabezas, Joaquim Rui Rodrigues, Rosa María Pinto, Iralis López-Villamizar, María Jesús Costas, José Carlos Cameselle
Cyclic ADP-ribose (cADPR) is a messenger for Ca2+ mobilization. Its turnover is believed to occur by glycohydrolysis to ADP-ribose. However, ADP-ribose/CDP-alcohol diphosphatase (ADPRibase-Mn) acts as cADPR phosphohydrolase with much lower efficiency than on its major substrates. Recently, we showed that mutagenesis of human ADPRibase-Mn at Phe37, Leu196 and Cys253 alters its specificity: the best substrate of the mutant F37A + L196F + C253A is cADPR by a short difference, Cys253 mutation being essential for cADPR preference...
January 18, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348555/novel-immunoinformatics-approaches-to-design-multi-epitope-subunit-vaccine-for-malaria-by-investigating-anopheles-salivary-protein
#8
Rajan Kumar Pandey, Tarun Kumar Bhatt, Vijay Kumar Prajapati
Malaria fever has been pervasive for quite a while in tropical developing regions causing high morbidity and mortality. The causal organism is a protozoan parasite of genus Plasmodium which spreads to the human host by the bite of hitherto infected female Anopheles mosquito. In the course of biting, a salivary protein of Anopheles helps in blood feeding behavior and having the ability to elicit the host immune response. This study represents a series of immunoinformatics approaches to design multi-epitope subunit vaccine using Anopheles mosquito salivary proteins...
January 18, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348551/designable-and-dynamic-single-walled-stiff-nanotubes-assembled-from-sequence-defined-peptoids
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Haibao Jin, Yan-Huai Ding, Mingming Wang, Yang Song, Zhihao Liao, Christina J Newcomb, Xuepeng Wu, Xian-Qiong Tang, Zheng Li, Yuehe Lin, Feng Yan, Tengyue Jian, Peng Mu, Chun-Long Chen
Despite recent advances in the assembly of organic nanotubes, conferral of sequence-defined engineering and dynamic response characteristics to the tubules remains a challenge. Here we report a new family of highly designable and dynamic nanotubes assembled from sequence-defined peptoids through a unique "rolling-up and closure of nanosheet" mechanism. During the assembly process, amorphous spherical particles of amphiphilic peptoid oligomers crystallize to form well-defined nanosheets before folding to form single-walled nanotubes...
January 18, 2018: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29347385/organization-and-scaling-in-water-supply-networks
#10
Likwan Cheng, Bryan W Karney
Public water supply is one of the society's most vital resources and most costly infrastructures. Traditional concepts of these networks capture their engineering identity as isolated, deterministic hydraulic units, but overlook their physics identity as related entities in a probabilistic, geographic ensemble, characterized by size organization and property scaling. Although discoveries of allometric scaling in natural supply networks (organisms and rivers) raised the prospect for similar findings in anthropogenic supplies, so far such a finding has not been reported in public water or related civic resource supplies...
December 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346984/mechanical-failure-in-amorphous-solids-scale-free-spinodal-criticality
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Itamar Procaccia, Corrado Rainone, Murari Singh
The mechanical failure of amorphous media is a ubiquitous phenomenon from material engineering to geology. It has been noticed for a long time that the phenomenon is "scale-free," indicating some type of criticality. In spite of attempts to invoke "Self-Organized Criticality," the physical origin of this criticality, and also its universal nature, being quite insensitive to the nature of microscopic interactions, remained elusive. Recently we proposed that the precise nature of this critical behavior is manifested by a spinodal point of a thermodynamic phase transition...
September 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346562/scaffold-free-trachea-regeneration-by-tissue-engineering-with-bio-3d-printing
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Daisuke Taniguchi, Keitaro Matsumoto, Tomoshi Tsuchiya, Ryusuke Machino, Yosuke Takeoka, Abdelmotagaly Elgalad, Kiyofumi Gunge, Katsunori Takagi, Yasuaki Taura, Go Hatachi, Naoto Matsuo, Naoya Yamasaki, Koichi Nakayama, Takeshi Nagayasu
OBJECTIVES: Currently, most of the artificial airway organs still require scaffolds; however, such scaffolds exhibit several limitations. Alternatively, the use of an autologous artificial trachea without foreign materials and immunosuppressants may solve these issues and constitute a preferred tool. The rationale of this study was to develop a new scaffold-free approach for an artificial trachea using bio-3D printing technology. Here, we assessed the circumferential tracheal replacement using scaffold-free trachea-like grafts generated from isolated cells in an inbred animal model...
January 15, 2018: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343065/perfect-adaptation-and-optimal-equilibrium-productivity-in-a-simple-microbial-biofuel-metabolic-pathway-using-dynamic-integral-control
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Corentin Briat, Mustafa H Khammash
The production of complex biomolecules by genetically engineered organisms is one of the most promising applications of metabolic engineering and synthetic biology. To obtain processes with high productivity, it is therefore crucial to design and implement efficient dynamic in-vivo regulation strategies. We consider here the microbial biofuel production model of Dunlop et al. (2010) for which we demonstrate that an antithetic dynamic integral control strategy can achieve robust perfect adaptation for the intracellular biofuel concentration in presence of poorly known network parameters and implementation errors in certain rate parameters of the controller...
January 17, 2018: ACS Synthetic Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341854/separation-of-brown-carbon-from-black-carbon-for-improve-and-csn-pm2-5-samples
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Judith C Chow, John G Watson, Mark C Green, Xiaoliang Wang, L-W Antony Chen, Dana L Trimble, Paul M Cropper, Steven D Kohl, Steven B Gronstal
The replacement of the DRI Model 2001 with Model 2015 thermal/optical analyzers (TOAs) results in continuity of the long-term organic carbon (OC) and elemental carbon (EC) data base, and it adds optical information with no additional carbon analysis effort. The value of multiwavelength light attenuation is that light absorption due to black carbon (BC) can be separated from that of brown carbon (BrC), with subsequent attribution to known sources such as biomass burning and secondary organic aerosols. There is evidence of filter loading effects for the 25% of all samples with the highest EC concentrations based on the ratio of light attenuation to EC...
January 17, 2018: Journal of the Air & Waste Management Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340876/biomaterials-and-regenerative-medicine-in-urology
#15
N F Davis, E M Cunnane, M R Quinlan, J J Mulvihill, N Lawrentschuk, D M Bolton, M T Walsh
Autologous gastrointestinal tissue is the gold standard biomaterial for urinary tract reconstruction despite its long-term neuromechanical and metabolic complications. Regenerative biomaterials have been proposed as alternatives; however many are limited by a poor host derived regenerative response and deficient supportive elements for effective tissue regeneration in vivo. Urological biomaterials are sub-classified into xenogenic extracellular matrices (ECMs) or synthetic polymers. ECMs are decellularised, biocompatible, biodegradable biomaterials derived from animal organs...
January 17, 2018: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340642/identifying-corneal-infections-in-formalin-fixed-specimens-using-next-generation-sequencing
#16
Zhigang Li, Florian P Breitwieser, Jennifer Lu, Albert S Jun, Laura Asnaghi, Steven L Salzberg, Charles G Eberhart
Purpose: We test the ability of next-generation sequencing, combined with computational analysis, to identify a range of organisms causing infectious keratitis. Methods: This retrospective study evaluated 16 cases of infectious keratitis and four control corneas in formalin-fixed tissues from the pathology laboratory. Infectious cases also were analyzed in the microbiology laboratory using culture, polymerase chain reaction, and direct staining. Classified sequence reads were analyzed with two different metagenomics classification engines, Kraken and Centrifuge, and visualized using the Pavian software tool...
January 1, 2018: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340148/reducing-unnecessary-culturing-a-systems-approach-to-evaluating-urine-culture-ordering-and-collection-practices-among-nurses-in-two-acute-care-settings
#17
Robert Redwood, Mary Jo Knobloch, Daniela C Pellegrini, Matthew J Ziegler, Michael Pulia, Nasia Safdar
Background: Inappropriate ordering and acquisition of urine cultures leads to unnecessary treatment of asymptomatic bacteriuria (ASB). Treatment of ASB contributes to antimicrobial resistance particularly among hospital-acquired organisms. Our objective was to investigate urine culture ordering and collection practices among nurses to identify key system-level and human factor barriers and facilitators that affect optimal ordering and collection practices. Methods: We conducted two focus groups, one with ED nurses and the other with ICU nurses...
2018: Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339220/a-new-chimeric-triple-reporter-fusion-protein-as-a-tool-for-in-vitro-and-in-vivo-multimodal-imaging-to-monitor-the-development-of-african-trypanosomes-and-leishmania-parasites
#18
Estefania Calvo Alvarez, Christelle Cren-Travaillé, Aline Crouzols, Brice Rotureau
Trypanosomiases and leishmaniases, caused by a group of related protist parasites, are Neglected Tropical Diseases currently threatening >500 million people worldwide. Reporter proteins have revolutionised the research on infectious diseases and have opened up new advances in the understanding of trypanosomatid-borne diseases in terms of both biology, pathogenesis and drug development. Here, we describe the generation and some applications of a new chimeric triple reporter fusion protein combining the red-shifted firefly luciferase PpyREH9 and the tdTomato red fluorescent protein, fused by the TY1 tag...
January 12, 2018: Infection, Genetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339095/patterning-the-gastrointestinal-epithelium-to-confer-regional-specific-functions
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REVIEW
Cayla A Thompson, Ann DeLaForest, Michele A Battle
The gastrointestinal (GI) tract, in simplest terms, can be described as an epithelial-lined muscular tube extending along the cephalocaudal axis from the oral cavity to the anus. Although the general architecture of the GI tract organs is conserved from end to end, the presence of different epithelial tissue structures and unique epithelial cell types within each organ enables each to perform the distinct digestive functions required for efficient nutrient assimilation. Spatiotemporal regulation of signaling pathways and downstream transcription factors controls GI epithelial morphogenesis during development to confer essential regional-specific epithelial structures and functions...
January 12, 2018: Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29338566/constructing-heparin-modified-pancreatic-decellularized-scaffold-to-improve-its-re-endothelialization
#20
Liancheng Xu, Yibing Guo, Yan Huang, Yicheng Xiong, Yang Xu, Xiaohong Li, Jingjing Lu, Lei Wang, Yao Wang, Yuhua Lu, Zhiwei Wang
Pancreas transplantation is considered as a promising therapeutic option with the potential to cure diabetes. However, efficacy of current clinical transplantation is limited by the donor organ. With regard to creating a functional pancreas-tissue equivalent for transplantation, vascularization remains a large obstacle. To enhance the angiogenic properties of pancreatic decellularized scaffold, surface modification of the vasculature was used to promote endothelialization efficiency. In this study, an endothelialized pancreatic decellularized scaffold was obtained through heparin modification under mild conditions...
January 1, 2018: Journal of Biomaterials Applications
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