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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29234462/a-precise-and-consistent-assay-for-major-wall-polymer-features-that-distinctively-determine-biomass-saccharification-in-transgenic-rice-by-near-infrared-spectroscopy
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Jiangfeng Huang, Ying Li, Yanting Wang, Yuanyuan Chen, Mingyong Liu, Youmei Wang, Ran Zhang, Shiguang Zhou, Jingyang Li, Yuanyuan Tu, Bo Hao, Liangcai Peng, Tao Xia
Background: The genetic modification of plant cell walls has been considered to reduce lignocellulose recalcitrance in bioenergy crops. As a result, it is important to develop a precise and rapid assay for the major wall polymer features that affect biomass saccharification in a large population of transgenic plants. In this study, we collected a total of 246 transgenic rice plants that, respectively, over-expressed and RNAi silenced 12 genes of the OsGH9 and OsGH10 family that are closely associated with cellulose and hemicellulose modification...
2017: Biotechnology for Biofuels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29234312/parallelized-aerobic-single-carbon-source-enrichments-from-different-natural-environments-contain-divergent-microbial-communities
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Theodore M Flynn, Jason C Koval, Stephanie M Greenwald, Sarah M Owens, Kenneth M Kemner, Dionysios A Antonopoulos
Microbial communities that inhabit environments such as soil can contain thousands of distinct taxa, yet little is known about how this diversity is maintained in response to environmental perturbations such as changes in the availability of carbon. By utilizing aerobic substrate arrays to examine the effect of carbon amendment on microbial communities taken from six distinct environments (soil from a temperate prairie and forest, tropical forest soil, subalpine forest soil, and surface water and soil from a palustrine emergent wetland), we examined how carbon amendment and inoculum source shape the composition of the community in each enrichment...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29232624/genomic-form-of-rhodopsin-dna-nanoparticles-rescued-autosomal-dominant-retinitis-pigmentosa-in-the-p23h-knock-in-mouse-model
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Rajendra Narayan Mitra, Min Zheng, Ellen R Weiss, Zongchao Han
Retinitis pigmentosa (RP) is a group of inherited retinal degenerative conditions and a leading cause of irreversible blindness. 25%-30% of RP cases are caused by inherited autosomal dominant (ad) mutations in the rhodopsin (Rho) protein of the retina, which impose a barrier for developing therapeutic treatments for this genetically heterogeneous disorder, as simple gene replacement is not sufficient to overcome dominant disease alleles. Previously, we have explored using the genomic short-form of Rho (sgRho) for gene augmentation therapy of RP in a Rho knockout mouse model...
December 5, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29232506/thiolactone-chemistry-based-combinatorial-methodology-to-construct-multifunctional-polymers-for-efficacious-gene-delivery
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Zengshi Zha, Yongyi Hu, Jean Mukerabigwi, Weijian Chen, Yuheng Wang, Chuanxin He, Zhishen Ge
Hydrophobic segments and amino moieties in polymeric nonviral gene vectors play important roles in overcoming a cas-cade of barriers for efficient gene delivery. However, it remains a great challenge to facilely construct well-defined multi-functional polymers through optimization of the amino and hydrophobic groups. Herein, we choose thiolactone chemistry to perform the ring opening reaction of varying hydrophobic groups-modified thiolactones by various amines to generate mercapto groups for further Michael addition reaction with poly[2-(acryloyloxy)ethyl methacrylate] (PAOEMA)...
December 12, 2017: Bioconjugate Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29232161/characterization-of-novel-missense-variants-of-serpina1-gene-causing-alpha-1-antitrypsin-deficiency
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Nerea Matamala, Beatriz Lara, Gema Gomez-Mariano, Selene Martínez, Diana Retana, Taiomara Fernandez, Ramona Angeles Silvestre, Irene Belmonte, Francisco Rodriguez-Frias, Marçal Vilar, Raquel Sáez, Igor Iturbe, Silvia Castillo, María Molina-Molina, Anna Texido, Gema Tirado-Conde, Jose Luis Lopez-Campos, Manuel Posada, Ignacio Blanco, Sabina Janciauskiene, Beatriz Martinez-Delgado
SERPINA1 gene is highly polymorphic, with more than one hundred variants described in databases. The SERPINA1 encodes alpha-1 antitrypsin (AAT) protein, and the severe deficiency of AAT is a major contributor to pulmonary emphysema and liver diseases. We report seven new variants in Spanish patients with AAT deficiency. All variants involved amino acid substitutions in different exons: PiSDonosti (S+Ser14Phe), PiTijarafe (Ile50Asn), PiSevilla (Ala58Asp), PiCadiz (Glu151Lys), PiTarragona (Phe227Cys), PiPuerto Real (Thr249Ala) and PiValencia (Lys328Glu)...
December 12, 2017: American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29223822/exposure-to-acrylamide-induces-cardiac-developmental-toxicity-in-zebrafish-during-cardiogenesis
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Mengmeng Huang, Jingjing Jiao, Jun Wang, Zhidan Xia, Yu Zhang
Acrylamide (AA), an environmental pollutant, has been linked to neurotoxicity, genotoxicity and carcinogenicity. AA is widely used to synthesize polymers for industrial applications, is widely found in Western-style carbohydrate-rich foods and cigarette smoke, and can also be detected in human umbilical cord blood and breast milk. This is the first study that demonstrated the cardiac developmental toxicity of AA in zebrafish embryos. Post-fertilization exposure to AA caused a clearly deficient cardiovascular system with a shrunken heart and abortive morphogenesis and function...
December 7, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222499/crystal-structure-of-an-rna-cleaving-dnazyme
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Hehua Liu, Xiang Yu, Yiqing Chen, Jing Zhang, Baixing Wu, Lina Zheng, Phensinee Haruehanroengra, Rui Wang, Suhua Li, Jinzhong Lin, Jixi Li, Jia Sheng, Zhen Huang, Jinbiao Ma, Jianhua Gan
In addition to storage of genetic information, DNA can also catalyze various reactions. RNA-cleaving DNAzymes are the catalytic DNAs discovered the earliest, and they can cleave RNAs in a sequence-specific manner. Owing to their great potential in medical therapeutics, virus control, and gene silencing for disease treatments, RNA-cleaving DNAzymes have been extensively studied; however, the mechanistic understandings of their substrate recognition and catalysis remain elusive. Here, we report three catalytic form 8-17 DNAzyme crystal structures...
December 8, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29219809/the-cell-wall-of-the-filamentous-anoxygenic-phototrophic-bacterium-oscillochloris-trichoides
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Olga I Keppen, Ruslan N Ivanovsky, Galina M Streshinskaya, Natalia V Lebedeva, Alexander S Shashkov, Andrey S Dmitrenok, Denis S Grouzdev
The filamentous anoxygenic phototrophic bacterium Oscillochloris trichoides DG-6 has been studied, and it has been shown that there are no lipopolysaccharides on the cell surface. Fatty acids hydroxylated at the C3 position, amino sugars and phosphate-containing compounds characteristic of lipid A have also not been found. The genes encoding for proteins responsible for the synthesis of lipopolysaccharides and the genes for the transport system, usually localized in the outer membrane of Gram-negative bacteria, have not been detected in the genome...
December 8, 2017: Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29219050/long-circulating-polymeric-nanoparticles-for-gene-drug-delivery
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Jiaming Hu, Yan Sheng, Junfeng Shi, Bohao Yu, Zhiqiang Yu, Guochao Liao
The major limitation in the improving polymeric nanoparticles into an efficient gene/drug delivery carrier is the rapid opsonization, phagocytic uptake by mononuclear phagocyte system and subsequent clearance from the bloodstream. The prolonged circulation time of nanoparticles in the blood is a prerequisite to realizing a controlled and targeted (passive or active targeting) release of the encapsulated gene/drug at the desired site of action. In this review, the factors such as biological barriers and physical barriers including particle size, shape, zeta potential, and hydrophilicity will be discussed, which can cause effects on blood clearance and organ accumulation...
December 7, 2017: Current Drug Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29214487/effects-of-dietary-poly-%C3%AE-hydroxybutyrate-phb-on-microbiota-composition-and-the-mtor-signaling-pathway-in-the-intestines-of-litopenaeus-vannamei
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Yafei Duan, Yue Zhang, Hongbiao Dong, Yun Wang, Jiasong Zhang
Poly-β-hydroxybutyrate (PHB) is a natural polymer of the short chain fatty acid β-hydroxybutyrate, which acts as a microbial control agent. The mammalian target of the rapamycin (mTOR) signaling pathway plays a crucial role in intestine inflammation and epithelial morphogenesis. In this study, we examined the composition of intestine microbiota, and mTOR signaling-related gene expression in Pacific white shrimp Litopenaeus vannamei fed diets containing different levels of PHB: 0% (Control), 1% (PHB1), 3% (PHB3), and 5% (PHB5) (w/w) for 35 days...
December 2017: Journal of Microbiology / the Microbiological Society of Korea
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29213323/defined-tetra-allelic-gene-disruption-of-the-4-coumarate-coenzyme-a-ligase-1-pv4cl1-gene-by-crispr-cas9-in-switchgrass-results-in-lignin-reduction-and-improved-sugar-release
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Jong-Jin Park, Chang Geun Yoo, Amy Flanagan, Yunqiao Pu, Smriti Debnath, Yaxin Ge, Arthur J Ragauskas, Zeng-Yu Wang
Background: The development of genome editing technologies offers new prospects in improving bioenergy crops like switchgrass (Panicum virgatum). Switchgrass is an outcrossing species with an allotetraploid genome (2n = 4x = 36), a complexity which forms an impediment to generating homozygous knock-out plants. Lignin, a major component of the plant cell wall and a contributor to cellulosic feedstock's recalcitrance to decomposition, stands as a barrier to efficient biofuel production by limiting enzyme access to cell wall polymers during the fermentation process...
2017: Biotechnology for Biofuels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29211954/sirna-delivery-with-chitosan-influence-of-chitosan-molecular-weight-degree-of-deacetylation-and-amine-to-phosphate-ratio-on-in-vitro-silencing-efficiency-hemocompatibility-biodistribution-and-in-vivo-efficacy
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Mohamad Gabriel Alameh, Marc Lavertu, Nicolas Tran-Khanh, Chi-Yuan Chang, Frédéric Lesage, Martine Bail, Vincent Darras, Anik Chevrier, Michael D Buschmann
Chitosan (CS) shows in vitro and in vivo efficacy for siRNA delivery, but with contradictory findings for incompletely characterized systems. To understand which parameters produce effective delivery, a library of precisely characterized chitosans was produced at different DDAs and Mn. Encapsulation and transfection efficiencies were characterized in vitro. Formulations were selected to examine the influence of Mn and N:P ratio on nanoparticle uptake, metabolic activity, genotoxicity, and in vitro transfection...
December 6, 2017: Biomacromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29211452/promoted-chondrogenesis-of-co-cultured-chondrocytes-and-mesenchymal-stem-cells-under-hypoxia-using-in-situ-forming-degradable-hydrogel-scaffolds
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Xiaobin Huang, Yong Hou, Leilei Zhong, Dechun Huang, Hongliang Qian, Marcel Karperien, Wei Chen
We investigated the effects of different oxygen tension (21% and 2.5% O2) on the chondrogenesis of different cell systems cultured in pH-degradable PVA hydrogels including human articular chondrocytes (hACs), human mesenchymal stem cells (hMSCs) and their co-cultures with a hAC/hMSC ratio of 20/80. These hydrogels were prepared with vinyl ether acrylate-functionalized PVA (PVA-VEA) and thiolated PVA-VEA (PVA-VEA-SH) via Michael-type addition reaction. The rheology tests determined the gelation of the hydrogels was controlled within 2-7 min dependent on the polymer concentrations...
December 6, 2017: Biomacromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29210156/selective-nascent-polymer-catch-and-release-enables-scalable-isolation-of-multi-kilobase-single-stranded-dna
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Elisha Krieg, William M Shih
Scalable methods currently are lacking for isolation of long ssDNA, an important material for numerous biotechnological applications. Conventional biomolecule purification strategies achieve target capture using solid supports, which are limited in scale and susceptible to contamination due to nonspecific adsorption and desorption on the substrate surface. We herein disclose Selective Nascent Polymer Catch and Release (SNAPCAR), a method that utilizes the reactivity of growing poly(acrylamide-co-acrylate) chains to capture acrylamide-labeled molecules in free solution...
December 5, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29208554/intracutaneous-delivery-of-gelatins-induces-lipolysis-and-suppresses-lipogenesis-of-adipocytes
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Sung-Min An, Keum-Yong Seong, Sang-Gu Yim, Young Jun Hwang, Seong Hwan Bae, Seung Yun Yang, Beum-Soo An
Due to growing interest in cosmetics and medical applications, therapeutic medications that reduce the amount of local subcutaneous adipose tissue have potential for obesity treatment. However, conventional methods such as surgical operation are restricted due to risk of complications. Here, we report a simple and effective method for local reduction of subcutaneous adipose tissue (AT) by using microneedle-assisted transdermal delivery of natural polymers. After in vitro screening tests, gelatin was selected as a therapeutic polymer to reduce accumulation of AT...
December 2, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29196703/induction-of-auxin-biosynthesis-and-wox5-repression-mediate-changes-in-root-development-in-arabidopsis-exposed-to-chitosan
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Federico Lopez-Moya, Nuria Escudero, Ernesto A Zavala-Gonzalez, David Esteve-Bruna, Miguel A Blázquez, David Alabadí, Luis V Lopez-Llorca
Chitosan is a natural polymer with applications in agriculture, which causes plasma membrane permeabilisation and induction of intracellular reactive oxygen species (ROS) in plants. Chitosan has been mostly applied in the phylloplane to control plant diseases and to enhance plant defences, but has also been considered for controlling root pests. However, the effect of chitosan on roots is virtually unknown. In this work, we show that chitosan interfered with auxin homeostasis in Arabidopsis roots, promoting a 2-3 fold accumulation of indole acetic acid (IAA)...
December 1, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29195038/well-defined-cationic-n-3-dimethylamino-propyl-methacrylamide-hydrochloride-based-co-polymers-for-sirna-delivery
#17
Pratyawadee Singhsa, Diana Diaz-Dussan, Hathaikarn Manuspiya, Ravin Narain
Cationic glycopolymers have shown to be excellent candidates for the fabrication of gene delivery devices due to their ability to electrostatically interact with negatively charged nucleic acids and the carbohydrate residues ensure enhanced stability and low toxicity of the polyplexes. The ability to engineer the polymers for optimized compositions, molecular weights and architectures is critical in the design of effective gene delivery vehicles. Therefore, in this study, the aqueous reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer polymerization (RAFT) was used to synthesize well-defined cationic glycopolymers with various cationic segments...
December 1, 2017: Biomacromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29193962/cell-penetrating-polymers-containing-guanidinium-trigger-apoptosis-in-human-hepatocellular-carcinoma-cells-unless-conjugated-to-a-targeting-n-acetyl-galactosamine-block
#18
Zhe Tan, Yogesh K Dhande, Theresa M Reineke
A series of 3-guanidinopropyl methacrylamide (GPMA)-based polymeric gene delivery vehicles were developed via aqueous reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT) polymerization. The polymers have been evaluated for their cellular internalization ability, transfection efficiency, and cytotoxicity. Two homopolymers: P(GPMA20), P(GPMA34), were synthesized to study the effect of guanidium polymer length on delivery efficiency and toxicity. In addition, an N-acetyl-d-galactosamine (GalNAc)-based hydrophilic block was incorporated to produce diblock polymers, which provides a neutral hydrophilic block that sterically protects plasmid-polymer complexes (polyplexes) from colloidal aggregation and aids polyplex targeting to hepatocytes via binding to asialoglycoprotein receptors (ASGPRs)...
December 1, 2017: Bioconjugate Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29191522/cyclodextrin-sirna-conjugates-as-versatile-gene-silencing-agents
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Meenakshi Malhotra, Matt Gooding, James C Evans, Daniel O'Driscoll, Raphael Darcy, Caitriona O'Driscoll
Functional siRNAs (luciferase and PLK1) have been conjugated to β-cyclodextrin and the ability of the conjugates to retain gene knockdown activity has been assessed by delivery to cancer cell lines using various formulations. Initially two formulations used complexation with polycations, namely Lipofectamine 2000 and an amphiphilic polycationic cyclodextrin. Gene knockdown results for human glioblastoma cells (U87) and prostate cancer cells (PC3, DU145) showed that conjugation to the cyclodextrin did not reduce gene silencing by the RNA...
November 27, 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29191048/drug-delivery-vectors-based-on-filamentous-bacteriophages-and-phage-mimetic-nanoparticles
#20
Zhigang Ju, Wei Sun
With the development of nanomedicine, a mass of nanocarriers have been exploited and utilized for targeted drug delivery, including liposomes, polymers, nanoparticles, viruses, and stem cells. Due to huge surface bearing capacity and flexible genetic engineering property, filamentous bacteriophage and phage-mimetic nanoparticles are attracting more and more attentions. As a rod-like bio-nanofiber without tropism to mammalian cells, filamentous phage can be easily loaded with drugs and directly delivered to the lesion location...
November 2017: Drug Delivery
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