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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219808/photoluminescent-and-biodegradable-polycitrate-polyethylene-glycol-polyethyleneimine-polymers-as-highly-biocompatible-and-efficient-vectors-for-bioimaging-guided-sirna-and-mirna-delivery
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Min Wang, Yi Guo, Meng Yu, Peter X Ma, Cong Mao, Bo Lei
: Development of biodegradable and biocompatible non-viral vectors with intrinsical multifunctional properties such as bioimaging ability for highly efficient nucleic acids delivery still remains a challenge. Here, a biodegradable poly (1, 8-octanedio-citric acid)-co-polyethylene glycol grafted with polyethyleneimine (PEI) (POCG-PEI) polymers with the photoluminescent capacity were synthesized for nucleic acids delivery (siRNA and miRNA). POCG-PEI polymers can efficiently bind various nucleic acids, protect them against enzymatic degradation and release the genes in the presence of polyanionic heparin...
February 17, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218915/one-step-optogenetics-with-multifunctional-flexible-polymer-fibers
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Seongjun Park, Yuanyuan Guo, Xiaoting Jia, Han Kyoung Choe, Benjamin Grena, Jeewoo Kang, Jiyeon Park, Chi Lu, Andres Canales, Ritchie Chen, Yeong Shin Yim, Gloria B Choi, Yoel Fink, Polina Anikeeva
Optogenetic interrogation of neural pathways relies on delivery of light-sensitive opsins into tissue and subsequent optical illumination and electrical recording from the regions of interest. Despite the recent development of multifunctional neural probes, integration of these modalities in a single biocompatible platform remains a challenge. We developed a device composed of an optical waveguide, six electrodes and two microfluidic channels produced via fiber drawing. Our probes facilitated injections of viral vectors carrying opsin genes while providing collocated neural recording and optical stimulation...
February 20, 2017: Nature Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217874/fabricating-triple-sensitive-polymer-nano-aggregates-via-an-aqueous-iminoboronate-multicomponent-reaction
#3
Yanning Liu, Guo Li, Jiangang Chen, Zhaotie Liu, Zhongwen Liu, Jinqiang Jiang
A triple-sensitive polymer of poly(ethylene glycol)-iminoboronate nitrobenzyl ethanediol chelate (PEG-INEC) is efficiently fabricated via the convenient aqueous iminoboronate multi-component reaction (MCR) of methoxypolyethylene glycol amine (mPEG-NH2 ), 2-formylphenylboronic acid (FPBA), and bis(2-nitrophenyl) ethanediol (BNPE, a photo-cleavable nitrobenzyl alcohol derivate). The aqueous MCR synthetic procedure is followed using (1) H NMR and turbidity analysis. It is shown that polymer nano-aggregates of PEG-INEC in aqueous solution can be dissociated through the stimuli responsive reactions of the hydrophobic iminoboronate nitrobenzyl ethanediol chelates (INECs) when exposed to UV light, acid, and H2 O2 , respectively...
February 20, 2017: Macromolecular Rapid Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216317/tropomyosin-isoforms-specify-functionally-distinct-actin-filament-populations-in%C3%A2-vitro
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Gergana Gateva, Elena Kremneva, Theresia Reindl, Tommi Kotila, Konstantin Kogan, Laurène Gressin, Peter W Gunning, Dietmar J Manstein, Alphée Michelot, Pekka Lappalainen
Actin filaments assemble into a variety of networks to provide force for diverse cellular processes [1]. Tropomyosins are coiled-coil dimers that form head-to-tail polymers along actin filaments and regulate interactions of other proteins, including actin-depolymerizing factor (ADF)/cofilins and myosins, with actin [2-5]. In mammals, >40 tropomyosin isoforms can be generated through alternative splicing from four tropomyosin genes. Different isoforms display non-redundant functions and partially non-overlapping localization patterns, for example within the stress fiber network [6, 7]...
February 14, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215303/neurotrophic-factors-used-to-treat-spinal-cord-injury
#5
S I Hodgetts, A R Harvey
The application of neurotrophic factors as a therapy to improve morphological and behavioral outcomes after experimental spinal cord injury (SCI) has been the focus of many studies. These studies vary markedly in the type of neurotrophic factor that is delivered, the mode of administration, and the location, timing, and duration of the treatment. Generally, the majority of studies have had significant success if neurotrophic factors are applied in or close to the lesion site during the acute or the subacute phase after SCI...
2017: Vitamins and Hormones
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215090/nonviral-genome-editing-based-on-a-polymer-derivatized-crispr-nanocomplex-for-targeting-bacterial-pathogens-and-antibiotic-resistance
#6
Yoo Kyung Kang, Kyu Kwon, Jea Sung Ryu, Ha Neul Lee, Chankyu Park, Hyun Jung Chung
The overuse of antibiotics plays a major role in the emergence and spread of multidrug-resistant bacteria. A molecularly targeted, specific treatment method for bacterial pathogens can prevent this problem by reducing the selective pressure during microbial growth. Herein, we introduce a nonviral treatment strategy delivering genome editing material for targeting antibacterial resistance. We apply the CRISPR-Cas9 system, which has been recognized as an innovative tool for highly specific and efficient genome engineering in different organisms, as the delivery cargo...
February 19, 2017: Bioconjugate Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28204983/application-of-acetyl-coa-acetyltransferase-atoad-in-escherichia-coli-to-increase-3-hydroxyvalerate-fraction-in-poly-3-hydroxybutyrate-co-3-hydroxyvalerate
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Jong-Min Jeon, Hyun-Joong Kim, Shashi Kant Bhatia, Changmin Sung, Hyung-Min Seo, Jung-Ho Kim, Hyung-Yeon Park, Dahye Lee, Christopher J Brigham, Yung-Hun Yang
Polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) is a family of biodegradable polymers, and incorporation of different monomers can alter its physical properties. To produce the copolymer poly(3-hydroxybutyrate-co-3-hydroxyvalerate) (P(3HB-co-3HV)) containing a high level of 3-hydroxyvalerate (3HV) by altering acetyl-CoA pool levels, we overexpressed an acetyl-CoA acetyltransferase (atoAD) in an engineered E. coli strain, YH090, carrying PHA synthetic genes bktB, phaB, and phaC. It was found that, with introduction of atoAD and with propionate as a co-substrate, 3HV fraction in PHA was increased up to 7...
February 16, 2017: Bioprocess and Biosystems Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199112/mitochondrial-gene-therapy-advances-in-mitochondrial-gene-cloning-plasmid-production-and-nanosystems-targeted-to-mitochondria
#8
Eduarda Coutinho, Cátia Batista, Fani Sousa, João Queiroz, Diana Costa
Mitochondrial gene therapy seems to be a valuable and promising strategy to treat mitochondrial disorders. The use of a therapeutic vector based on mitochondrial DNA, along with its affinity to the site of mitochondria can be considered a powerful tool in the reestablishment of normal mitochondrial function. In line with this and for the first time, we successfully cloned the mitochondrial gene ND1 that was stably maintained in multi-copy pCAG-GFP plasmid, used to transform E. coli. This mitochondrial gene based plasmid was encapsulated into nanoparticles...
February 15, 2017: Molecular Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199098/compaction-and-transmembrane-delivery-of-pdna-differences-between-l-pei-and-two-types-of-amphiphilic-block-copolymers
#9
Alexander Raup, Hui Wang, Christopher V Synatschke, Valerie Jerome, Seema Agarwal, Dmitry V Pergushov, Axel H E Mueller, Ruth Freitag
Polycations are popular agents for non-viral delivery of DNA to mammalian cells. Adding hydrophobic, biodegradable, or cell penetrating functions could help to improve their performance, which at present is below that of viral agents. A crucial first step in gene delivery is the complexation of the DNA. The characteristics of these 'polyplexes' presumably influence or even determine the subsequent steps of membrane passage, intracellular travelling / DNA release, and nuclear up-take. Herein, polyplexes formed with linear poly(ethylenimine) (l-PEI) are compared to complexes generated with functionalized diblock copolymers...
February 15, 2017: Biomacromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198409/electrical-stimulation-using-conductive-polymer-polypyrrole-counters-reduced-neurite-outgrowth-of-primary-prefrontal-cortical-neurons-from-nrg1-ko-and-disc1-li-mice
#10
Qingsheng Zhang, Dorna Esrafilzadeh, Jeremy M Crook, Robert Kapsa, Elise M Stewart, Eva Tomaskovic-Crook, Gordon G Wallace, Xu-Feng Huang
Deficits in neurite outgrowth, possibly involving dysregulation of risk genes neuregulin-1 (NRG1) and disrupted in schizophrenia 1 (DISC1) have been implicated in psychiatric disorders including schizophrenia. Electrical stimulation using conductive polymers has been shown to stimulate neurite outgrowth of differentiating human neural stem cells. This study investigated the use of the electroactive conductive polymer polypyrrole (Ppy) to counter impaired neurite outgrowth of primary pre-frontal cortical (PFC) neurons from NRG1-knock out (NRG1-KO) and DISC1-locus impairment (DISC1-LI) mice...
February 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197596/amphiphilic-polymers-formed-from-ring-opening-polymerization-a-strategy-for-the-enhancement-of-gene-delivery
#11
Yi-Mei Zhang, Zheng Huang, Ji Zhang, Wan-Xia Wu, Yan-Hong Liu, Xiao-Qi Yu
Cationic liposomes and polymers are both important candidates for use as non-viral gene vectors. However, both of them have special shortcomings and application limits. This work is devoted to the combination of advantages of liposomes and polymers. The ring-opening polymerization strategy was used for the preparation of amphiphilic polymers from cyclen-based cationic small lipids. The non-hydrophobic polymer and the corresponding lipids were also prepared for performing structure-activity relationship studies...
February 15, 2017: Biomaterials Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191645/sticking-to-cellulose-exploiting-arabidopsis-seed-coat-mucilage-to-understand-cellulose-biosynthesis-and-cell-wall-polysaccharide-interactions
#12
Jonathan S Griffiths, Helen M North
The cell wall defines the shape of cells and ultimately plant architecture. It provides mechanical resistance to osmotic pressure while still being malleable and allowing cells to grow and divide. These properties are determined by the different components of the wall and the interactions between them. The major components of the cell wall are the polysaccharides cellulose, hemicellulose and pectin. Cellulose biosynthesis has been extensively studied in Arabidopsis hypocotyls, and more recently in the mucilage-producing epidermal cells of the seed coat...
February 13, 2017: New Phytologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28190533/the-roles-of-a-ribosomal-protein-s19-polymer-in-a-mouse-model-of-carrageenan-induced-acute-pleurisy
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Koji Yamanegi, Toru Kawakami, Naoko Yamada, Shunsuke Kumanishi, Hiroyuki Futani, Keiji Nakasho, Hiroshi Nishiura
C5-deficient mice usually present moderate neutrophil activation during the initiation phase of acute inflammation. Conversely, C5a receptor (C5aR)-deficient mice show unusually excessive activation of neutrophils. We identified the ribosomal protein S19 (RP S19) polymer, which is cross-linked at Lys122 and Gln137 by transglutaminases in apoptotic neutrophils, as a second C5aR ligand during the resolution phase of acute inflammation. The RP S19 polymer promotes apoptosis via the neutrophil C5aR and phagocytosis via the macrophage C5aR...
February 7, 2017: Immunobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187150/phylogenomic-analyses-reveal-the-diversity-of-laccase-coding-genes-in-fonsecaea-genomes
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Leandro Ferreira Moreno, Peiying Feng, Vinicius Almir Weiss, Vania Aparecida Vicente, J Benjamin Stielow, Sybren de Hoog
The genus Fonsecaea comprises black yeast-like fungi of clinical relevance, including etiologic agents of chromoblastomycosis and cerebral phaeohyphomycosis. Presence of melanin and assimilation of monoaromatic hydrocarbons and alkylbenzenes have been proposed as virulence factors. Multicopper oxidase (MCO) is a family of enzymes including laccases, ferroxidases and ascorbate oxidases which are able to catalyze the oxidation of various aromatic organic compounds with the reduction of molecular oxygen to water...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185478/multifunctional-magnetic-co-delivery-system-coated-with-polymer-mpeg-pll-fa-for-nasopharyngeal-cancer-targeted-therapy-and-mr-imaging
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Hailiang Li, Chaoping Fu, Xiangwan Miao, Quanming Li, Juan Zhang, Huikang Yang, Tao Liu, Xi Chen, Minqiang Xie
The gene and drug co-delivery system has become one of the primary strategies to overcome cancers. Here, we designed a multifunctional magnetic co-delivery system for nasopharyngeal carcinoma-targeted therapy and MR imaging. Aldehyde sodium alginate (ASA) was used to decorate the oxide iron and load cisplain through coordinate bond to form a core complex. The polymer shell poly(l-lysine)-methoxy-polyethylene glycol-folate was used to coat the core complex through electric interaction to give this nano-medicine a target ability...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Biomaterials Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28183619/self-healing-ph-sensitive-poly-methyl-vinyl-ether-alt-maleic-acid-based-supramolecular-hydrogels-formed-by-inclusion-complexation-between-cyclodextrin-and-adamantane
#16
Xiaoe Ma, Naizhen Zhou, Tianzhu Zhang, Wanjun Hu, Ning Gu
Self-healing materials are of interest for drug delivery, cell and gene therapy, tissue engineering, and other biomedical applications. In this work, on the base of biocompatible polymer poly(methyl vinyl ether-alt-maleic acid) (P(MVE-alt-MA)), host polymer β-cyclodextrin-grafted P(MVE-alt-MA) (P(MVE-alt-MA)-g-β-CD) and guest polymer adamantane-grafted P(MVE-alt-MA) (P(MVE-alt-MA)-g-Ad) were first prepared. Then through taking advantage of the traditional host-guest interaction of β-cyclodextrin and adamantane, a novel self-healing pH-sensitive physical P(MVE-alt-MA)-g-β-CD/P(MVE-alt-MA)-g-Ad supramolecular hydrogels were obtained after simply mixing the aqueous solution of host polymer and guest polymer...
April 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28183609/conjugation-of-poly-ethylene-glycol-to-poly-lactide-based-polyelectrolytes-an-effective-method-to-modulate-cytotoxicity-in-gene-delivery
#17
Xiaoshan Fan, Shan Jiang, Zibiao Li, Xian Jun Loh
Positively charged amphiphilic polymers comprising of poly(N,N-dimethylaminoethyl methacrylate) segments on both sides of a poly(l-lactic acid) segment was conjugated with poly(ethylene glycol) (DMA-PLLA-DMA@PEG). Efficient condensation of plasmid DNA by these polymers was shown. Cell toxicity studies demonstrated that the positively charged polymers with attached PEG exhibited much less cytotoxicity than polymers with no PEG in both HEK293 and Hela cell lines. PEGylation also resulted in polymers with enhanced haemo-compatibility...
April 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28181322/leunig_homolog-transcriptional-co-repressor-mediates-aluminum-sensitivity-through-pectin-methylesterase46-modulated-root-cell-wall-pectin-methylesterification-in-arabidopsis
#18
Xiaoyu Geng, Walter J Horst, John F Golz, Joanne E Lee, Zhaojun Ding, Zhong-Bao Yang
A major factor determining aluminum (Al) sensitivity in higher plants is the binding of Al to root cell walls. The Al binding capacity of cell walls is closely linked to the extent of pectin methylesterification, as presence of methyl groups attached to the pectin backbone reduces the net negative charge of this polymer and hence limits Al binding. Despite recent progress in understanding the molecular basis of Al resistance in a wide range of plants, it is not well understood how the methylation status of pectin is mediated in response to Al stress...
February 9, 2017: Plant Journal: for Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28181193/history-of-polymeric-gene-delivery-systems
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REVIEW
Peng Zhang, Ernst Wagner
As an option for genetic disease treatment and an alternative for traditional cancer chemotherapy, gene therapy achieves significant attention. Nucleic acid delivery, however, remains a main challenge in human gene therapy. Polymer-based delivery systems offer a safer and promising route for therapeutic gene delivery. Over the past five decades, various cationic polymers have been optimized for increasingly effective nucleic acid transfer. This resulted in a chemical evolution of cationic polymers from the first-generation polycations towards bioinspired multifunctional sequence-defined polymers and nanocomposites...
April 2017: Topics in Current Chemistry (Journal)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28180997/functional-characterization-of-a-novel-disaccharide-transporter-in-lobster-hepatopancreas
#20
Olivia Scheffler, Gregory A Ahearn
In animals, the accepted model of carbohydrate digestion and absorption involves reduction of disaccharides into the monosaccharides glucose, fructose, and galactose followed by their individual transmembrane transport into cells. In 2011, a gene for a distinct disaccharide sucrose transporter (SCRT) was found in Drosophila melanogaster and characterized in a yeast expression system. The purpose of the present investigation was to functionally identify and characterize a putative disaccharide transporter analog in the hepatopancreas of the American lobster, Homarus americanus...
February 8, 2017: Journal of Comparative Physiology. B, Biochemical, Systemic, and Environmental Physiology
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