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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938216/efficient-removal-of-priority-hazardous-priority-and-emerging-pollutants-with-prunus-armeniaca-functionalized-biochar-from-aqueous-wastes-experimental-optimization-and-modeling
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Maja Turk Sekulić, Sabolč Pap, Zoran Stojanović, Nikola Bošković, Jelena Radonić, Tatjana Šolević Knudsen
This paper investigates the ability of the phosphoric acid functionalized Prunus armeniaca stones biochar (AsPhA) prepared by thermochemical activation to remove lead (Pb(2+)), cadmium (Cd(2+)), nickel (Ni(2+)), naproxen and chlorophenols from aqueous wastes. The engineered biochar was characterized using the Scanning Electron Microscopy, Energy-dispersive X-ray Spectroscopy, Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy and Brunauer, Emmett and Teller technique. The batch studies were performed by varying the initial pH of the solution (2-9), adsorbent dosage (0...
September 19, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936946/genetic-tools-for-the-enhancement-of-probiotic-properties
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Laura Ortiz-Velez, Robert Britton
The Lactobacillus genus is a diverse group of microorganisms, many of which are of industrial and medical relevance. Several Lactobacillus species have been used as probiotics, organisms that when present in sufficient quantities confer a health benefit to the host. A significant limitation to the mechanistic understanding of how these microbes provide health benefits to their hosts and how they can be used as therapeutic delivery systems has been the lack of genetic strategies to efficiently manipulate their genomes...
September 2017: Microbiology Spectrum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936671/use-of-the-cas9-orthologs-from-streptococcus-thermophilus-and-staphylococcus-aureus-for-non-homologous-end-joining-mediated-site-specific-mutagenesis-in-arabidopsis-thaliana
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Jeannette Steinert, Carla Schmidt, Holger Puchta
Since the discovery of the CRISPR/Cas system and its in vivo application for site-specific targeted mutagenesis, this technique is wildly used in a great variety of organisms, such as many plant species. Commonly used for this application is the Cas9 enzyme from Streptococcus pyogenes. Here, we describe the application of two Cas9 orthologs from Streptococcus thermophilus and Staphylococcus aureus for targeted non-homologous end-joining mediated mutagenesis in Arabidopsis thaliana. With both orthologs, we could show efficient inheritance of the induced mutations...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936561/artificial-sensory-organs-latest-progress
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Tatsuo Nakamura, Yuji Inada, Keiji Shigeno
This study introduces the latest progress on the study of artificial sensory organs, with a special emphasis on the clinical results of artificial nerves and the concept of in situ tissue engineering. Peripheral nerves have a strong potential for regeneration. An artificial nerve uses this potential to recover a damaged peripheral nerve. The polyglycolic acid collagen tube (PGA-C tube) is a bio-absorbable tube stuffed with collagen of multi-chamber structure that consists of thin collagen films. The clinical application of the PGA-C tube began in 2002 in Japan...
September 21, 2017: Journal of Artificial Organs: the Official Journal of the Japanese Society for Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936523/mesoporous-zno-nanocapsules-for-the-induction-of-enhanced-antigen-specific-immunological-responses
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Sumbul Afroz, Himadri Medhi, Somedutta Maity, Gillipsie Minhas, Srikanth Battu, Jeevan Giddaluru, Koushi Kumar, Pradip Paik, Nooruddin Khan
The application of nanotechnology in vaccinology has fuelled rapid advancement towards the design and development of nanovaccines. Nanoparticles have been found to enhance vaccine efficacy through the spatiotemporal orchestration of antigen delivery to secondary lymphoid organs and antigen-presentation by Antigen Presenting Cells (APCs) synchronized with stimulation of innate and adaptive immune responses. Metal based nanoparticles (MNPs) have been extensively engineered for the generation of nanovaccines owing to their intrinsic adjuvant-like properties and immunomodulatory functions...
September 22, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936269/microfibrous-scaffolds-enhance-endothelial-differentiation-and-organization-of-induced-pluripotent-stem-cells
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Joseph J Kim, Luqia Hou, Guang Yang, Nicholas P Mezak, Maureen Wanjare, Lydia M Joubert, Ngan F Huang
INTRODUCTION: Human induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) are a promising source of endothelial cells (iPSC-ECs) for engineering three-dimensional (3D) vascularized cardiac tissues. To mimic cardiac microvasculature, in which capillaries are oriented in parallel, we hypothesized that endothelial differentiation of iPSCs within topographically aligned 3D scaffolds would be a facile one-step approach to generate iPSC-ECs as well as induce aligned vascular organization. METHODS: Human iPSCs underwent endothelial differentiation within electrospun 3D polycaprolactone (PCL) scaffolds having either randomly oriented or parallel-aligned microfibers...
October 2017: Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28935941/modelling-compartmentalization-towards-elucidation-and-engineering-of-spatial-organization-in-biochemical-pathways
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Govind Menon, Chinedu Okeke, J Krishnan
Compartmentalization is a fundamental ingredient, central to the functioning of biological systems at multiple levels. At the cellular level, compartmentalization is a key aspect of the functioning of biochemical pathways and an important element used in evolution. It is also being exploited in multiple contexts in synthetic biology. Accurate understanding of the role of compartments and designing compartmentalized systems needs reliable modelling/systems frameworks. We examine a series of building blocks of signalling and metabolic pathways with compartmental organization...
September 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28935938/an-engineered-bispecific-dna-encoded-igg-antibody-protects-against-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-in-a-pneumonia-challenge-model
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Ami Patel, Antonio DiGiandomenico, Ashley E Keller, Trevor R F Smith, Daniel H Park, Stephanie Ramos, Katherine Schultheis, Sarah T C Elliott, Janess Mendoza, Kate E Broderick, Megan C Wise, Jian Yan, Jingjing Jiang, Seleeke Flingai, Amir S Khan, Kar Muthumani, Laurent Humeau, Lily I Cheng, Leslie Wachter-Rosati, C Kendall Stover, Niranjan Y Sardesai, David B Weiner
The impact of broad-spectrum antibiotics on antimicrobial resistance and disruption of the beneficial microbiome compels the urgent investigation of bacteria-specific approaches such as antibody-based strategies. Among these, DNA-delivered monoclonal antibodies (DMAbs), produced by muscle cells in vivo, potentially allow the prevention or treatment of bacterial infections circumventing some of the hurdles of protein IgG delivery. Here, we optimize DNA-delivered monoclonal antibodies consisting of two potent human IgG clones, including a non-natural bispecific IgG1 candidate, targeting Pseudomonas aeruginosa...
September 21, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934501/model-based-design-of-rna-hybridization-networks-implemented-in-living-cells
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Guillermo Rodrigo, Satya Prakash, Shensi Shen, Eszter Majer, José-Antonio Daròs, Alfonso Jaramillo
Synthetic gene circuits allow the behavior of living cells to be reprogrammed, and non-coding small RNAs (sRNAs) are increasingly being used as programmable regulators of gene expression. However, sRNAs (natural or synthetic) are generally used to regulate single target genes, while complex dynamic behaviors would require networks of sRNAs regulating each other. Here, we report a strategy for implementing such networks that exploits hybridization reactions carried out exclusively by multifaceted sRNAs that are both targets of and triggers for other sRNAs...
September 19, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934381/carboxysomes-metabolic-modules-for-co2-fixation
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Aiko Turmo, C Raul Gonzalez-Esquer, Cheryl A Kerfeld
The carboxysome is a bacterial microcompartment encapsulating the enzymes carbonic anhydrase and ribulose-1,5-bisphosphate carboxylase/oxygenase. As the site of CO2 fixation, it serves an essential role in the carbon dioxide concentrating mechanism of many chemoautotrophs and all cyanobacteria. Carboxysomes and other bacterial microcompartments self-assemble through specific protein-protein interactions that are typically mediated by conserved protein domains. In this review, we frame our current understanding of carboxysomes in the context of their component protein domains with their inherent function as the 'building blocks' of carboxysomes...
October 2, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933843/cspb0-9sn0-1ibr2-based-all-inorganic-perovskite-solar-cells-with-exceptional-efficiency-and-stability
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Jia Liang, Peiyang Zhao, Caixing Wang, Yanrong Wang, Yi Hu, Guoyin Zhu, Lianbo Ma, Jie Liu, Zhong Jin
The emergence of perovskite solar cells (PSCs) has generated enormous interests in the photovoltaic research community. Recently, cesium metal halides (CsMX3, M = Pb or Sn; X = I, Br, Cl or mixed halides) as a class of inorganic perovskites showed great promise for PSCs and other optoelectronic devices. However, CsMX3-based PSCs usually exhibit lower power conversion efficiencies (PCEs) than organic-inorganic hybrid PSCs, due to the unfavorable bandgaps. Herein, a novel mixed-Pb/Sn mixed-halide inorganic perovskite, CsPb0...
September 21, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932181/invasive-intraneural-interfaces-foreign-body-reaction-issues
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Fiorenza Lotti, Federico Ranieri, Gianluca Vadalà, Loredana Zollo, Giovanni Di Pino
Intraneural interfaces are stimulation/registration devices designed to couple the peripheral nervous system (PNS) with the environment. Over the last years, their use has increased in a wide range of applications, such as the control of a new generation of neural-interfaced prostheses. At present, the success of this technology is limited by an electrical impedance increase, due to an inflammatory response called foreign body reaction (FBR), which leads to the formation of a fibrotic tissue around the interface, eventually causing an inefficient transduction of the electrical signal...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931817/late-neoproterozoic-seawater-oxygenation-by-siliceous-sponges
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Michael Tatzel, Friedhelm von Blanckenburg, Marcus Oelze, Julien Bouchez, Dorothee Hippler
The Cambrian explosion, the rapid appearance of most animal phyla in the geological record, occurred concurrently with bottom seawater oxygenation. Whether this oxygenation event was triggered through enhanced nutrient supply and organic carbon burial forced by increased continental weathering, or by species engaging in ecosystem engineering, remains a fundamental yet unresolved question. Here we provide evidence for several simultaneous developments that took place over the Ediacaran-Cambrian transition: expansion of siliceous sponges, decrease of the dissolved organic carbon pool, enhanced organic carbon burial, increased phosphorus removal and seawater oxygenation...
September 20, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931717/mechanical-properties-of-sediment-determine-burrowing-success-and-influence-distribution-of-two-lugworm-species
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R L Crane, R A Merz
We apply new perspectives on how organisms burrow by examining the association of in situ variation in sediment mechanical properties with burrowing ability and species distribution of two sympatric lugworms, Abarenicola pacifica and Abarenicola claparedi We quantified the sediment's resistance to penetration and its grain size distribution at sites inhabited by each species. Abarenicola pacifica individuals were found in significantly harder to penetrate, more heterogeneous sediments. We compared worm burrowing ability using reciprocal transplant experiments...
September 15, 2017: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931079/an-evidence-based-evaluation-of-transferrable-skills-and-job-satisfaction-for-science-phds
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Melanie Sinche, Rebekah L Layton, Patrick D Brandt, Anna B O'Connell, Joshua D Hall, Ashalla M Freeman, Jessica R Harrell, Jeanette Gowen Cook, Patrick J Brennwald
PhD recipients acquire discipline-specific knowledge and a range of relevant skills during their training in the life sciences, physical sciences, computational sciences, social sciences, and engineering. Empirically testing the applicability of these skills to various careers held by graduates will help assess the value of current training models. This report details results of an Internet survey of science PhDs (n = 8099) who provided ratings for fifteen transferrable skills. Indeed, analyses indicated that doctoral training develops these transferrable skills, crucial to success in a wide range of careers including research-intensive (RI) and non-research-intensive (NRI) careers...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931004/the-logic-of-the-floral-transition-reverse-engineering-the-switch-controlling-the-identity-of-lateral-organs
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Jean-Louis Dinh, Etienne Farcot, Charlie Hodgman
Much laboratory work has been carried out to determine the gene regulatory network (GRN) that results in plant cells becoming flowers instead of leaves. However, this also involves the spatial distribution of different cell types, and poses the question of whether alternative networks could produce the same set of observed results. This issue has been addressed here through a survey of the published intercellular distribution of expressed regulatory genes and techniques both developed and applied to Boolean network models...
September 20, 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930148/elongation-of-axon-extension-for-human-ipsc-derived-retinal-ganglion-cells-by-a-nano-imprinted-scaffold
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Tien-Chun Yang, Jen-Hua Chuang, Waradee Buddhakosai, Wen-Ju Wu, Chen-Ju Lee, Wun-Syuan Chen, Yi-Ping Yang, Ming-Chia Li, Chi-Hsien Peng, Shih-Jen Chen
Optic neuropathies, such as glaucoma and Leber's hereditary optic neuropathy (LHON) lead to retinal ganglion cell (RGC) loss and therefore motivate the application of transplantation technique into disease therapy. However, it is a challenge to direct the transplanted optic nerve axons to the correct location of the retina. The use of appropriate scaffold can promote the proper axon growth. Recently, biocompatible materials have been integrated into the medical field, such as tissue engineering and reconstruction of damaged tissues or organs...
September 20, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929762/modulating-the-performance-of-an-asymmetric-organocatalyst-by-tuning-its-spatial-environment-in-a-metal-organic-framework
#18
Lujia Liu, Tian-You Zhou, Shane G Telfer
Systematically tuning the spatial environment around the active sites of synthetic catalysts is a difficult challenge. Here, we show how this can be accomplished in the pores of multicomponent metal-organic frameworks. This relies on embedding a catalytic unit in a pore of the MUF-77 framework and then tuning its environment by introducing different functional groups to the surrounding linkers. This approach benefits from the structural regularity of MUF-77, which places each component in a precise location to circumvent disorder...
September 20, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928772/tissue-engineering-to-repair-diaphragmatic-defect-in-a-rat-model
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G P Liao, Y Choi, K Vojnits, H Xue, K Aroom, F Meng, H Y Pan, R A Hetz, C J Corkins, T G Hughes, F Triolo, A Johnson, Kenneth J Moise, K P Lally, C S Cox, Y Li
Tissue engineering is an emerging strategy for repairing damaged tissues or organs. The current study explored using decellularized rat diaphragm scaffolds combined with human amniotic fluid-derived multipotent stromal cells (hAFMSC) to provide a scaffold, stem cell construct that would allow structural barrier function during tissue ingrowth/regeneration. We created an innovative cell infusion system that allowed hAFMSC to embed into scaffolds and then implanted the composite tissues into rats with surgically created left-sided diaphragmatic defects...
2017: Stem Cells International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927991/deciphering-cell-intrinsic-properties-a-key-issue-for-robust-organoid-production
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REVIEW
Nathalie Picollet-D'hahan, Monika E Dolega, Delphine Freida, Donald K Martin, Xavier Gidrol
We highlight the disposition of various cell types to self-organize into complex organ-like structures without necessarily the support of any stromal cells, provided they are placed into permissive 3D culture conditions. The goal of generating organoids reproducibly and efficiently has been hampered by poor understanding of the exact nature of the intrinsic cell properties at the origin of organoid generation, and of the signaling pathways governing their differentiation. Using microtechnologies like microfluidics to engineer organoids would create opportunities for single-cell genomics and high-throughput functional genomics to exhaustively characterize cell intrinsic properties...
September 16, 2017: Trends in Biotechnology
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