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Mathieu Manassero, Adeline Decambron, Bui Truong Huu Thong, Véronique Viateau, Morad Bensidhoum, Hervé Petite
The use of tissue-engineered bone constructs is an appealing strategy to overcome drawbacks of autografts for the treatment of massive bone defects. As a model organism, the mouse has already been widely used in bone-related research. Large diaphyseal bone defect models in mice, however, are sparse and often use bone fixation which fills the bone marrow cavity and does not provide optimal mechanical stability. The objectives of the current study were to develop a critical-size, segmental, femoral defect in nude mice...
October 12, 2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
Jia Min Lee, Wai Yee Yeong
Bioprinting is an emerging technology that allows the assembling of both living and non-living biological materials into an ideal complex layout for further tissue maturation. Bioprinting aims to produce engineered tissue or organ in a mechanized, organized, and optimized manner. Various biomaterials and techniques have been utilized to bioprint biological constructs in different shapes, sizes and resolutions. There is a need to systematically discuss and analyze the reported strategies employed to fabricate these constructs...
October 21, 2016: Advanced Healthcare Materials
Ludovic Enkler, Delphine Richer, Anthony L Marchand, Dominique Ferrandon, Fabrice Jossinet
Among Candida species, the opportunistic fungal pathogen Candida glabrata has become the second most common causative agent of candidiasis in the world and a major public health concern. Yet, few molecular tools and resources are available to explore the biology of C. glabrata and to better understand its virulence during infection. In this study, we describe a robust experimental strategy to generate loss-of-function mutants in C. glabrata. The procedure is based on the development of three main tools: (i) a recombinant strain of C...
October 21, 2016: Scientific Reports
Ahmed Al-Imam, Rita Santacroce, Andres Roman-Urrestarazu, Robert Chilcott, Giuseppe Bersani, Giovanni Martinotti, Ornella Corazza
BACKGROUND: Fenetheylline, a psychostimulant drug, often branded as Captagon, is a combination of amphetamine and theophylline. Since the cessation of its legal production in 1986, counterfeited products have been produced illicitly in south-east Europe and far-east Asia. Its profitable trade has been linked to terrorist organizations, including Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. This study aims to reach up-to-date data, concerning the Captagon e-commerce and use in the Middle East...
October 21, 2016: Human Psychopharmacology
Joshua Giltinan, Eric Diller, Metin Sitti
At the sub-millimeter scale, capillary forces enable robust and reversible adhesion between biological organisms and varied substrates. Current human-engineered mobile untethered micromanipulation systems rely on forces which scale poorly or utilize gripper-part designs that promote manipulation. Capillary forces, alternatively, are dependent upon the surface chemistry (which is scale independent) and contact perimeter, which conforms to the part surface. We report a mobile capillary microgripper that is able to pick and place parts of various materials and geometries, and is thus ideal for microassembly tasks that cannot be accomplished by large tethered manipulators...
October 21, 2016: Lab on a Chip
Yuyang Long, Jing Xu, Dongsheng Shen, Yao Du, Huajun Feng
Leachate membrane concentrates containing high concentrations of organics and trace toxic compounds pose a major threat to the environment, and their treatment is an urgent issue. In this work, various coagulants were used to treat leachate membrane concentrates. Appropriate pH values for treatments with FeCl2, FeSO4, polyaluminum chloride, and FeCl3 were 3, 5, 5, and 4, respectively. FeCl3 achieved the highest total organic carbon (TOC) removal efficiency. The effect of the various anions in ferric coagulants [FeCl3, Fe2(SO4)3, and Fe(NO3)3] on the TOC removal efficiency was negligible...
October 17, 2016: Chemosphere
Shery Park, Hu Zhao, Mark Urata, Yang Chai
Repair of calvarial bony defects remains challenging for craniofacial surgeons. Injury experiments on animal calvarial bones are widely used to study healing mechanisms and test tissue engineering approaches. Previously we identified Gli1+ cells within the calvarial sutures as stem cells supporting calvarial bone turnover and injury repair. In this study, we tested the regenerative capacity of the suture region compared to other areas of calvarial bone. Injuries were made to mouse sagittal sutures or other areas of the calvarial bone at varying distances from the suture...
October 20, 2016: Stem Cells and Development
J Wu, A Platero Luengo, M A Gil, K Suzuki, C Cuello, M Morales Valencia, I Parrilla, C A Martinez, A Nohalez, J Roca, E A Martinez, J C Izpisua Belmonte
More than eighteen years have passed since the first derivation of human embryonic stem cells (ESCs), but their clinical use is still met with several challenges, such as ethical concerns regarding the need of human embryos, tissue rejection after transplantation and tumour formation. The generation of human induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) enables the access to patient-derived pluripotent stem cells (PSCs) and opens the door for personalized medicine as tissues/organs can potentially be generated from the same genetic background as the patient recipients, thus avoiding immune rejections or complication of immunosuppression strategies...
October 2016: Reproduction in Domestic Animals, Zuchthygiene
Karen De Amorim Bernstein, Thomas DeLaney
Achieving negative surgical margins can be challenging for skull base and spinal/paraspinal sarcomas. Data shows that pre- or post-operative radiation therapy improves local control. Delivery of sufficient dose of radiation can be difficult because of the proximity to normal organs/tissues that are sensitive to radiation therapy and therefore dose-limiting. A comprehensive literature search was conducted using PubMed search engine. The scarcity of prospective, randomized data limits the ability to generate definitive treatment recommendations...
October 2016: Journal of Surgical Oncology
S Negin Mortazavi, Donna Geddes, Fatemeh Hassanipour
This work presents a fluid dynamic study of milk flow in lactating human breast. The motivation for this study is in part to improve the fundamental understanding of transport processes in an important but insufficiently studied human organ, and in part to produce a new methodology for the understanding of the pathologies of lactation, which can have a huge impact on the health and well-being of a significant proportion of the population. This collaborative effort among lactation specialists and fluid dynamic engineers starts with a careful, statistically representative measurement of infant suckling patterns...
October 19, 2016: Journal of Biomechanical Engineering
Jeanne M O Eloundou-Mbebi, Anika Küken, Nooshin Omranian, Sabrina Kleessen, Jost Neigenfind, Georg Basler, Zoran Nikoloski
Maintenance of functionality of complex cellular networks and entire organisms exposed to environmental perturbations often depends on concentration robustness of the underlying components. Yet, the reasons and consequences of concentration robustness in large-scale cellular networks remain largely unknown. Here, we derive a necessary condition for concentration robustness based only on the structure of networks endowed with mass action kinetics. The structural condition can be used to design targeted experiments to study concentration robustness...
October 19, 2016: Nature Communications
Xiang Liu, Danijela Gregurec, Joseba Irigoyen, Angel Martinez, Sergio Moya, Roberto Ciganda, Philippe Hermange, Jaime Ruiz, Didier Astruc
Understanding the relationship between the location of nanoparticles (NPs) in an organic matrix and their catalytic performances is essential for catalyst design. Here we show that catalytic activities of Au, Ag and CuNPs stabilized by dendrimers using coordination to intradendritic triazoles, galvanic replacement or stabilization outside dendrimers strongly depends on their location. AgNPs are found at the inner click dendrimer periphery, whereas CuNPs and AuNPs are encapsulated in click dendrimer nanosnakes...
October 19, 2016: Nature Communications
Fariba Ghorbani, Mansoureh Feizabadi, Roya Farzanegan, Esmaeil Vaziri, Saeed Samani, Seyedamirmohammad Lajevardi, Lida Moradi, Mohammad Behgam Shadmehr
The present study evaluated tracheal regeneration studies using scientometric and co-occurrence analysis in order to identify the most important topics and assess their trends over the time. In order to provide the adequate search options, PubMed, Scopus and Web of Science (WOS) were used to cover various categories such as keywords, countries, organizations, and authors. Search results were obtained by employing Bibexcel . Co-occurrence analysis was applied to evaluate the publications. Finally, scientific maps, author's network, and country contributions were depicted using VOSviewer and NetDraw...
October 19, 2016: Tissue Engineering. Part B, Reviews
Lauren Sfakis, Tim Kamaldinov, Melinda Larsen, James Castracane, Alexander Khmaladze
Quantifying confocal images to enable location of specific proteins of interest in 3D is important for many tissue engineering applications. Quantification of protein localization is essential for evaluation of specific scaffold constructs for cell growth and differentiation for application in tissue engineering and tissue regeneration strategies. Although obtaining information regarding protein expression levels is important, the location of proteins within cells grown on scaffolds is often key to evaluating scaffold efficacy...
October 19, 2016: Tissue Engineering. Part C, Methods
Stacey S Huppert, Kathleen M Campbell
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Although the liver possesses a unique, innate ability to regenerate through mass compensation, transplantation remains the only therapy when damage outpaces regeneration, or liver metabolic capacity is irreversibly impacted. Recent insight from developmental biology has greatly influenced the advancement of alternative options to transplantation in these settings. RECENT FINDINGS: Factors known to direct liver cell specification, expansion, and differentiation have been used to generate hepatocyte-like cells from stem and somatic cells for developing cell therapies...
October 15, 2016: Current Opinion in Organ Transplantation
Hui Cheng, Yuanyuan Zhang, Hongyan Wang, Na Sun, Min Liu, Hongxia Chen, Renjun Pei
Riboswitches are functional non-coding RNA regulatory components that play an important role in the regulation of gene expression in diverse organisms. In particular, using riboswitches to modulate RNA interference (RNAi) enables temporal and spatial control of gene expression in mammalian cells. Herein, a ribozyme gene switch to activate RNAi was fabricated for the artificial regulation of versatile gene silencing through the interaction of an RNA aptamer with small molecules. The device comprised an allosteric HDV ribozyme with an embedded theophylline aptamer and a primary miRNA (pri-miRNA) to silence the MAP4K4 gene in hepatic (HepG2) cells, aiming to achieve dose-dependent control of the activation of RNAi, and then the regulation of the MAP4K4 gene by theophylline...
October 18, 2016: Molecular BioSystems
Mathias Klein, Martina Carrillo, Joeline Xiberras, Zia-Ul Islam, Steve Swinnen, Elke Nevoigt
One advantage of using glycerol as a carbon source for industrial bioprocesses is its higher degree of reduction compared to glucose. In order to exploit this reducing power for the production of reduced compounds thereby significantly increasing maximum theoretical yields, the electrons derived from glycerol oxidation must first be saved in the form of cytosolic NAD(P)H. However, the industrial platform organism Saccharomyces cerevisiae naturally uses a FAD-dependent pathway for glycerol catabolism transferring the electrons to the respiratory chain...
October 14, 2016: Metabolic Engineering
Mark W Lowdell, Amy Thomas
Advanced therapy medicinal products (ATMPs) represent the current pinnacle of 'patient-specific medicines' and will change the nature of medicine in the near future. They fall into three categories; somatic cell-therapy products, gene therapy products and cells or tissues for regenerative medicine, which are termed 'tissue engineered' products. The term also incorporates 'combination products' where a human cell or tissue is combined with a medical device. Plainly, many of these new medicines share similarities with conventional haematological stem cell transplant products and donor lymphocyte infusions as well as solid organ grafts and yet ATMPs are regulated as medicines and their development has remained predominantly in academic settings and within specialist centres...
October 17, 2016: British Journal of Haematology
Mehmet Emin Önger, Burcu Delibaş, Aysın Pınar Türkmen, Erkan Erener, Berrin Zuhal Altunkaynak, Süleyman Kaplan
Nerve injuries result in functional loss in the innervated organ or body parts, and recovery is difficult unless surgical treatment has been done. Different surgical treatments have been suggested for nerve repair. Tissue engineering related to growth factors has arisen as an alternative approach for triggering and improving nerve regeneration. Therefore, the aim of this review is to provide a comprehensive analysis related to growth factors as tools for optimizing the regeneration process. Studies and reviews on the use of growth factors for nerve regeneration were compiled over the course of the review...
October 17, 2016: Drug Discoveries & Therapeutics
Thiago Lopes Rocha, Nélia C Mestre, Simone Maria Teixeira Sabóia-Morais, Maria João Bebianno
Despite the wide application of quantum dots (QDs) in electronics, pharmacy and nanomedicine, limited data is available on their environmental health risk. To advance our current understanding of the environmental impact of these engineered nanomaterials, the aim of this review is to give a detailed insight on the existing information concerning the behaviour, transformation and fate of QDs in the aquatic environment, as well as on its mode of action (MoA), ecotoxicity, trophic transfer and biomagnification at various trophic levels (micro-organisms, aquatic invertebrates and vertebrates)...
October 13, 2016: Environment International
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