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E J Kyriopoulos, A Kyriakopoulos, A Karonidis, A Gravvanis, I Gamatsi, C Tsironis, D Tsoutsos
Mucor fungus infection is a rare opportunistic infection, rapidly progressive and often fatal in immunocompromised patients, or in patients with chronic debilitating diseases. We report six cases of trauma patients with mucormycosis. Three had severe thermal burns, one of them with a medical history of diabetes mellitus. The other three patients suffered from severe soft tissue injuries caused by traffic accidents. In all cases there had been spontaneous exposure and contact of the wounds with soil. During hospitalization, fungi cultures and/or biopsies of all wounds were performed and all resulted positive...
December 31, 2015: Annals of Burns and Fire Disasters
Fang Chen, Weifeng Zhang, Junli Zhao, Peiyan Yang, Rui Ma, Haibin Xia
Objective To prepare Rev-erbβ knockout HEK293 cells using clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats/Cas 9 nuclease (CRISPR/Cas9) gene editing technology. Methods The knock-in or knockout of Rev-erbβ gene could be realized by single-guide RNA (sgRNA)-mediated Cas9 cutting of target DNA, and followed by DNA homologous recombination or non-homologous end joining-mediated DNA repair. Firstly, four sgRNAs were designed for Rev-erbβ gene. The sgRNA1 and sgRNA2 with the higher activity were respectively used to construct pCMV-hCas9-U6-Rev-erbβ sgRNA1 and pCMV-hCas9-U6-Rev-erbβ sgRNA2...
November 2016: Xi Bao Yu Fen Zi Mian Yi Xue za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Cellular and Molecular Immunology
Qiang Xu, Yang Shi, Ting Yu, Xuewen Xu, Yali Yan, Xiaohua Qi, Xuehao Chen
Cucumber is an economically important vegetable crop worldwide. Powdery mildew (PM) is one of the most severe diseases that can affect cucumber crops. There have been several research efforts to isolate PM resistance genes for breeding PM-resistant cucumber. In the present study, we used a chromosome segment substitution line, SSL508-28, which carried PM resistance genes from the donor parent, JIN5-508, through twelve generations of backcrossing with a PM-susceptible inbred line, D8. We performed whole-genome resequencing of SSL508-28 and D8 to identify single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs), and insertions and deletions (indels)...
2016: PloS One
L H Dünnweber, R Rödl, G Gosheger, F M Schiedel
Although clear advances have been made during the last 5 years, practical difficulties persist for patients and surgeons in procedures for intramedullary lengthening of long bones. In particular, precise adjustment of the desired amount of lengthening and technically reliable checking of the length actually achieved are problematic. An intramedullary nail with a new type of drive that exploits the shape memory effect has been constructed. The drive technology and the behavior of the intramedullary nail in situ were evaluated in a cadaver experiment...
October 10, 2016: Medical Engineering & Physics
A Burdzinska, B Dybowski, W Zarychta-Wisniewska, A Kulesza, R Zagozdzon, Z Gajewski, L Paczek
Cell therapy is emerging as an alternative treatment of stress urinary incontinence. However, many aspects of the procedure require further optimization. A large animal model is needed to reliably test cell delivery methods. In this study we aim to determine suitability of the goat as an experimental animal for testing intraurethral autologous cell transplantation in terms of urethral anatomy and cell culture parameters. The experiments were performed in 12 mature/aged female goats. Isolated caprine muscle derived cells (MDC) were myogenic in vitro and mesenchymal stem cells (MSC) population was able to differentiate into adipo-, osteo- and chondrogenic lineages...
October 14, 2016: Anatomical Record: Advances in Integrative Anatomy and Evolutionary Biology
Takashi Yamauchi, Hiroshi Takano, Keiwa Kin, Shuusaku Maeda
We herein report a successful repair of an internal iliac artery aneurysm in a renal transplant patient. At renal transplantation, the main renal artery and accessory renal artery had been anastomosed to the right internal iliac artery and right external iliac artery, respectively. The patient underwent resection and graft replacement of the iliac artery aneurysm with reattachment of the main renal artery to the right external iliac artery through a midline laparotomy with repeated topical cold perfusion for renal protection...
2016: Annals of Vascular Diseases
Fillip Port, Simon L Bullock
Reverse genetics-the creation of mutations in preselected target genes-has until recently been a bottleneck in many Drosophila projects. The advent of clustered, regularly interspaced, short palindromic repeat (CRISPR) genome engineering systems has transformed this situation. A short time after the in vitro demonstration of target site cleavage by the RNA-guided endonuclease CRISPR-associated nuclease 9 (Cas9) (Jinek et al., Science 337:816-821, 2012), hundreds of fly researchers are using CRISPR technology to generate loss-of-function mutant alleles in specific genes, as well as to create specific point mutations or tagged protein products...
2016: Methods in Molecular Biology
Hanchao Gao, Chengjiang Zhao, Xi Xiang, Yong Li, Yanli Zhao, Zesong Li, Dengke Pan, Yifan Dai, Hidetaka Hara, David K C Cooper, Zhiming Cai, Lisha Mou
Gene-knockout pigs hold great promise as a solution to the shortage of organs from donor animals for xenotransplantation. Several groups have generated gene-knockout pigs via clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR)/CRISPR-associated 9 (Cas9) and somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT). Herein, we adopted a simple and micromanipulator-free method, handmade cloning (HMC) instead of SCNT, to generate double gene-knockout pigs. First, we applied the CRISPR/Cas9 system to target α1,3-galactosyltransferase (GGTA1) and cytidine monophosphate-N-acetylneuraminic acid hydroxylase (CMAH) genes simultaneously in porcine fetal fibroblast cells (PFFs), which were derived from wild-type Chinese domestic miniature Wuzhishan pigs...
October 8, 2016: Journal of Reproduction and Development
Ryanne W Lieshout-Krikke, Dragoslav Domanovic, Wim De Kort, Wolfgang Mayr, Giancarlo M Liumbruno, Simonetta Pupella, Johann Kurz, Folke Knutson, Sheila Maclennan, Gilles Folléa
BACKGROUND: Two selection strategies for newly-registered blood donors are available: a single-visit selection called the standard selection procedure (SSP), and a two-stage selection named pre-donation and donation screening (PDS). This study reviews the selection strategies for newly-registered donors currently applied in European countries. MATERIAL AND METHODS: We collected data on donor selection procedures, blood donation, laboratory screening and HIV, HCV and HBV positive donors/donations from 2010 to 2013 in 30 European countries by using questionnaires...
September 27, 2016: Blood Transfusion, Trasfusione del Sangue
Bo-Young Lee, Jungwoo Oh, Ju-Yuel Baek, Heung Bae Jeon, Kwan Soo Kim
An efficient direct phthalic anhydride-mediated one-pot glycosylation method employing anomeric hydroxy arabinofuranose as glycosyl donor and triflic anhydride as activating agent has been developed. This method afforded the desired di- and oligoarabinofuranosides in good yields even in gram scale glycosylation when t-butylphthalic anhydride was used. Moreover, our new method can be further extended to the syntheses of repeating oligoarabinofuranoside and tetradecasaccharide arabinan motif found in mycobacterial cell wall...
October 10, 2016: Journal of Organic Chemistry
Felix Sellberg, Erik Berglund, Martin Ronaghi, Gabriel Strandberg, Helena Löf, Pehr Sommar, Norbert Lubenow, Folke Knutson, David Berglund
BACKGROUND: Platelet lysate is a readily available source of growth factors, and other mediators, which has been used in a variety of clinical applications. However, the product remains poorly standardized and the present investigation evaluates the composition of platelet lysate obtained from either fresh or stored pathogen-inactivated platelet units. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Platelet pooled units (n = 10) were obtained from healthy blood donors and tested according to standard procedures...
September 28, 2016: Transfusion and Apheresis Science
Avnish Kumar Seth, Pawan Rawal, Ruchika Bagga, Priti Jain
Forty-four-year-old male with ulcerative colitis (UC) for 11 years reported frequent relapse despite daily sulfasalazine 4 g, azathioprine 125 mg, and rectal 5-aminosalicylic acid. Repeated use of corticosteroids led to cataract. At enrollment, he was passing eight stools a day with blood with a Mayo score of 9 (3+1+3+2). Stool was negative for ova/cysts/acid fast bacilli and Clostridium difficile toxin assay. Rectal biopsy showed cryptitis, crypt abscess, and crypt distortion with no inclusion bodies, and cytomegalovirus DNA was negative...
September 2016: Indian Journal of Gastroenterology: Official Journal of the Indian Society of Gastroenterology
Sharmin Jahan, Qiang Zhang, Amit Pratush, Haiyang Xie, Hua Xiao, Liu-Yin Fan, Cheng-Xi Cao
Presented herein was a novel headspace single drop microextraction (HS-SDME) based on temperature gradient (TG) for on-site preconcentration technique of volatile and semi-volatile samples. Firstly, an inner vial cap was designed as a cooling device for acceptor droplet in HS-SDME unit to achieve fast and efficient microextraction. Secondly, for the first time an in-vial TG was generated between the donor phase in sample vial at 80oC and the acceptor droplet under the inner vial cap containing cooling liquid at -20°C for a TG-HS-SDME...
October 7, 2016: Analytical Chemistry
Yoko Karube, Yoshiyuki Ito, Morimichi Nishihira, Takashi Inoue, Osamu Araki, Sumiko Maeda, Satoshi Kobayashi, Masayuki Chida
A 58-year-old male underwent right lung transplantation from a brain-dead donor, after which acute rejection developed that was resistant to steroid pulse therapy. Rabbit-derived anti-thymocyte globulin (rATG) therapy was successful for controlling the rejection. However, following that therapy, the patient was affected by an opportunistic infection and suffered from repeated empyema. It is important to pay attention to immunosuppressive agent levels in blood following treatment, because ATG is a potent immunosuppressive drug and its effects can continue for more than 6 months after administration...
October 2016: Kyobu Geka. the Japanese Journal of Thoracic Surgery
Jennifer A Heerwig
Despite the importance of individual contributors to financing federal candidates, past work has largely neglected this crucial financial constituency in favor of research on corporate and trade political action committees (PACs). By contrast, in this study I offer the first analysis of aggregate contributions from the population of individual contributors to House candidates. Using an original big dataset constructed from over fifteen million Federal Election Commission (FEC) disclosure records, I identify individual contributors (rather than contributions) and trace the variation in their strategies across types of House candidates...
November 2016: Social Science Research
Shuo Huang, Liangliang Xu, Yuxin Sun, Sien Lin, Weidong Gu, Yamei Liu, Jinfang Zhang, Lin Chen, Gang Li
Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) have innate ability to self-renew and immunosuppressive functions, and differentiate into various cell types. They have become a promising cell source for treating many diseases, particular for bone regeneration. Osteoporosis is a common metabolic bone disorder with elevated systemic inflammation which in turn triggers enhanced bone loss. We hypothesize that systemic infusion of MSCs may suppress the elevated inflammation in the osteoporotic subjects and slow down bone loss. The current project was to address the following two questions: (1) Will a single dose systemic administration of allogenic MSCs have any effect on osteoporotic bone loss? (2) Will multiple administration of allogenic MSCs from single or multiple donors have similar effect on osteoporotic bone loss? 18 ovariectomized (OVX) rats were assigned into 3 groups: the PBS control group, MSCs group 1 (receiving 2x106 GFP-MSCs at Day 10, 46, 91 from the same donor following OVX) and MSCs group 2 (receiving 2x106 GFP-MSCs from three different donors at Day 10, 46, 91)...
2016: PloS One
Chul-Yong Park, Jin Jea Sung, Sang-Hwi Choi, Dongjin R Lee, In-Hyun Park, Dong-Wook Kim
Genome engineering technology using engineered nucleases has been rapidly developing, enabling the efficient correction of simple mutations. However, the precise correction of structural variations (SVs) such as large inversions remains limited. Here we describe a detailed procedure for the modeling or correction of large chromosomal rearrangements and short nucleotide repeat expansions using engineered nucleases in human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs) from a healthy donor and patients with SVs. This protocol includes the delivery of engineered nucleases with no donor template to hiPSCs, and genotyping and derivation/characterization of gene-manipulated hiPSC clones...
November 2016: Nature Protocols
Hye Lim Jang, Jung Yoon Cho, Mi Jin Kim, Eun Jeong Kim, Eun Young Park, Sung Ae Park, In Young Kim, Yong Sung Choi, Chong Woo Bae, Sung Hoon Chung
Human milk banks are a solution for mothers who cannot supply their own breast milk to their sick or hospitalized infants; premature infants, in particular, are unable to receive a full volume of breast milk for numerous reasons. As of December 2015, there was only one milk bank in a university hospital in Korea. We reviewed the basic characteristics of donors and recipients, and the amounts and contamination of breast milk donated at the Human Milk Bank in Kyung Hee University Hospital at Gangdong in Korea from 2008 to 2015...
November 2016: Journal of Korean Medical Science
Ilana Ariel, Galina Skarzinski, Vitali Belzer, Wiessam Abu Ahmad, Zaid Abassi, Michael Bursztyn
INTRODUCTION: Rat endovascular trophoblasts (EVasT) express smooth muscle (SM) proteins and contract ex vivo upon exposure to endothelin-1 (ET1) via receptors A and B (ETA, ETB). Presently, we investigated the EVasT response to NOS inhibition (N-Nitro-l-arginine methyl ester hydrochloride, l-NAME), and potentiation by NO donor [S-Nitroso-N-Acetyl-D,l-Penicillamine (SNAP)] following KCl precontraction. M&M: Luminal surface area (LSA) of remodeled spiral artery rings (SAR) devoid of SM was measured ex vivo upon exposure to l-NAME alone; l-NAME and ET1 representing the combined contractile effect of both ET1 receptors; l-NAME with ET1 and ETA antagonist, representing the isolated contractile effect via ETB...
October 2016: Placenta
L Thoma, G Muth
Conjugative DNA-transfer in the Gram-positive mycelial soil bacterium Streptomyces, well known for the production of numerous antibiotics, is a unique process involving the transfer of a double-stranded DNA molecule. Apparently it does not depend on a type IV secretion system but resembles the segregation of chromosomes during bacterial cell division. A single plasmid-encoded protein, TraB, directs the transfer from the plasmid-carrying donor to the recipient. TraB is a FtsK-like DNA-translocase, which recognizes a specific plasmid sequence, clt, via interaction with specific 8-bp repeats...
September 28, 2016: Plasmid
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