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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775771/a-detailed-analysis-of-the-arden-syntax-expression-grammar
#1
Stefan Kraus, Marc Rosenbauer, Lutz Schröder, Thomas Bürkle, Klaus-Peter Adlassnig, Dennis Toddenroth
OBJECTIVE: The Arden Syntax for Medical Logic Systems is a standard for encoding and sharing medical knowledge in the form of Medical Logic Modules. To improve accessibility for clinicians, the originators of the standard deliberately designed Arden Syntax expressions to resemble natural language, and parentheses around operands are not generally required. For certain patterns of nested expressions, however, the use of parentheses is mandatory, otherwise they are not accepted by an Arden Syntax environment...
May 15, 2018: Journal of Biomedical Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775669/nanogels-as-potential-drug-nanocarriers-for-cns-drug-delivery
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REVIEW
Arti Vashist, Ajeet Kaushik, Atul Vashist, Jyoti Bala, Roozbeh Nikkhah-Moshaie, Vidya Sagar, Madhavan Nair
Hydrogel-based drug delivery systems (DDSs) have versatile applications such, as tissue engineering, scaffolds, drug delivery, and regenerative medicines. The drawback of higher size and poor stability in such DDSs are being addressed by developing nano-sized hydrogel particles, known as nanogels, to achieve the desired biocompatibility and encapsulation efficiency for better efficacy than conventional bulk hydrogels. In this review, we describe advances in the development of nanogels and their promotion as nanocarriers to deliver therapeutic agents to the central nervous system (CNS)...
May 15, 2018: Drug Discovery Today
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775652/advances-and-prospects-of-bacillus-subtilis-cellular-factories-from-rational-design-to-industrial-applications
#3
REVIEW
Yang Gu, Xianhao Xu, Yaokang Wu, Tengfei Niu, Yanfeng Liu, Jianghua Li, Guocheng Du, Long Liu
Bacillus subtilis is the most characterized gram-positive bacterium that has significant attributes, such as growing well on cheap carbon sources, possessing clear inherited backgrounds, having mature genetic manipulation methods, and exhibiting robustness in large-scale fermentations. Till date, B. subtilis has been identified as attractive hosts for the production of recombinant proteins and chemicals. By applying various systems and synthetic biology tools, the productivity features of B. subtilis can be thoroughly analyzed and further optimized via metabolic engineering...
May 15, 2018: Metabolic Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775503/artificial-rod-and-cone-photoreceptors-with-human-like-spectral-sensitivities
#4
Byeongho Park, Heehong Yang, Tai Hwan Ha, Hyun Seo Park, Seung Ja Oh, Yong-Sang Ryu, Youngho Cho, Hyo-Suk Kim, Juyeong Oh, Dong Kyu Lee, Chulki Kim, Taikjin Lee, Minah Seo, Jaebin Choi, Young Min Jhon, Deok Ha Woo, Seok Lee, Seok Hwan Kim, Hyuk-Jae Lee, Seong Chan Jun, Hyun Seok Song, Tai Hyun Park, Jae Hun Kim
Photosensitive materials contain biologically engineered elements and are constructed using delicate techniques, with special attention devoted to efficiency, stability, and biocompatibility. However, to date, no photosensitive material has been developed to replace damaged visual-systems to detect light and transmit the signal to a neuron in the human body. In the current study, artificial nanovesicle-based photosensitive materials are observed to possess the characteristics of photoreceptors similar to the human eye...
May 18, 2018: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775293/mitigating-interfacial-potential-drop-of-cathode-solid-electrolyte-via-ionic-conductor-layer-to-enhance-interface-dynamics-for-solid-batteries
#5
Jia-Yan Liang, Xian-Xiang Zeng, Xu-Dong Zhang, Peng-Fei Wang, Jing-Yuan Ma, Ya-Xia Yin, Xiong-Wei Wu, Yu-Guo Guo, Lijun Wan
The rapid capacity decay caused by the poor contact and large polari-zation at the interface between the cathode and solid electrolytes is still a big challenge to overcome for high-power-density solid batteries. In this study, a superior Li+ conductive transition layer Li1.4Al0.4Ti1.6(PO4)3 is introduced to coat LiNi0.6Co0.2Mn0.2O2, as a model cathode, to mitigate polarization and enhance dynamic characteristics. The critical attribute for such superior dynamics is investigated by the atomic force microscopy with boundary potential analysis, revealing that the formed interfacial transition layer provides a gradual potential slope and sustain-released polarization, and endows the battery with improved cycling stability (90% after 100 cycles) and excellent rate capability (116 mA h g-1 at 2C) at room temperature, which enlightens the comprehension of interface engineering in the future solid batteries systems...
May 18, 2018: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774947/passive-engineering-mechanism-enhancement-of-a-flexor-digitorum-longus-tendon-transfer-procedure
#6
Connor M Pihl, Christina J Stender, Ravi Balasubramanian, Kylie M Edinger, Bruce J Sangeorzan, William R Ledoux
Standard treatments of adult acquired flatfoot deformity (AAFD) fail to correct associated dysfunction of the posterior tibial tendon (PTT). This study aimed to determine if a novel passive engineering mechanism (PEM) enhanced flexor digitorum longus (FDL) tendon transfer procedure would better restore physiologic PTT function to improve AAFD gait parameters compared to standard treatment. We evaluated the kinetic, pedobarographic, and kinematic effects of a pulley-based PEM-enhancement system utilizing a cadaveric flatfoot model and robotic gait simulator...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Orthopaedic Research: Official Publication of the Orthopaedic Research Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774608/virion-like-membrane-breaking-nanoparticles-with-tumor-activated-cell-and-tissue-dual-penetration-conquer-impermeable-cancer
#7
Xiao Zhang, Xianghui Xu, Yachao Li, Cheng Hu, Zhijun Zhang, Zhongwei Gu
Poor drug penetration into tumor cells and tissues is a worldwide difficulty in cancer therapy. A strategy is developed for virion-like membrane-breaking nanoparticles (MBNs) to smoothly accomplish tumor-activated cell-and-tissue dual-penetration for surmounting impermeable drug-resistant cancer. Tailor-made dendritic arginine-rich peptide prodrugs are designed to mimic viral protein transduction domains and globular protein architectures. Attractively, these protein mimics self-assemble into virion-like nanoparticles in aqueous solution, having highly ordered secondary structure...
May 17, 2018: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774083/engineered-microfluidic-bioreactor-for-examining-the-three-dimensional-breast-tumor-microenvironment
#8
Matthew Rogers, Tammy Sobolik, David K Schaffer, Philip C Samson, Andrew C Johnson, Philip Owens, Simona G Codreanu, Stacy D Sherrod, John A McLean, John P Wikswo, Ann Richmond
The interaction of cancer cells with the stromal cells and matrix in the tumor microenvironment plays a key role in progression to metastasis. A better understanding of the mechanisms underlying these interactions would aid in developing new therapeutic approaches to inhibit this progression. Here, we describe the fabrication of a simple microfluidic bioreactor capable of recapitulating the three-dimensional breast tumor microenvironment. Cancer cell spheroids, fibroblasts, and endothelial cells co-cultured in this device create a robust microenvironment suitable for studying in real time the migration of cancer cells along matrix structures laid down by fibroblasts within the 3D tumor microenvironment...
May 2018: Biomicrofluidics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774064/tumour-homing-chimeric-polypeptide-conjugated-polypyrrole-nanoparticles-for-imaging-guided-synergistic-photothermal-and-chemical-therapy-of-cancer
#9
Mengmeng Sun, Jianwen Guo, Hanjun Hao, Tong Tong, Kun Wang, Weiping Gao
Near-infrared (NIR)-absorbing conjugated polymer nanoparticles are interesting for imaging-guided combination therapy, especially for synergistic photothermal therapy and chemotherapy; however, most of them target tumours passively through the enhanced permeability and retention (EPR) effect, leading to low utilization efficiency. To address this problem, we report an active tumour-targeting strategy of tumour-homing chimeric polypeptide-conjugated NIR-absorbing conjugated-polymer nanoparticles as a new class of drug nanocarriers for imaging-guided combination therapy of cancer...
2018: Theranostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773877/a-simulation-model-for-coupled-heat-transfer-and-moisture-transport-under-the-action-of-heat-source-in-unsaturated-soils
#10
Hua Jin, Yi Guo, Hongkai Deng, Xin Qi, Jinpeng Gui
Ground source heat pump (GSHP) system has been installed as the air-conditioning system worldwide due to it has the characteristics of high efficiency, easy access and environmental protection. Since ground heat exchanger (GHE) plays a key role in the performance of GSHPs, many models of GHE have been proposed to simulate temperature distribution around the borehole. However, most of these models depict only the heat conduction process between buried pipes and surrounding soil based on the line source model or cylindrical source model...
May 17, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773398/sulfated-polysaccharide-mediated-tgf-%C3%AE-1-presentation-in-pre-formed-injectable-scaffolds-for-cartilage-tissue-engineering
#11
Neha Ashok Waghmare, Aditya Arora, Arijit Bhattacharjee, Dhirendra S Katti
In this work, a plant-derived polysaccharide carboxymethylcellulose (CMC) was chemically modified to incorporate sulfate groups to facilitate binding of cationic growth factors. The sulfated CMC (heparin mimic) was then used with CMC (glycosaminoglycan mimic) and gelatin (collagen mimic) to fabricate injectable pre-formed, macroporous scaffolds for cartilage tissue engineering. These scaffolds demonstrated high resilience and shape memory, thereby making them injectable through a 14G needle for up to 4-6 aspiration and injection cycles...
August 1, 2018: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773073/metabolome-analysis-based-design-and-engineering-of-a-metabolic-pathway-in-corynebacterium-glutamicum-to-match-rates-of-simultaneous-utilization-of-d-glucose-and-l-arabinose
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Hideo Kawaguchi, Kumiko Yoshihara, Kiyotaka Y Hara, Tomohisa Hasunuma, Chiaki Ogino, Akihiko Kondo
BACKGROUND: L-Arabinose is the second most abundant component of hemicellulose in lignocellulosic biomass, next to D-xylose. However, few microorganisms are capable of utilizing pentoses, and catabolic genes and operons enabling bacterial utilization of pentoses are typically subject to carbon catabolite repression by more-preferred carbon sources, such as D-glucose, leading to a preferential utilization of D-glucose over pentoses. In order to simultaneously utilize both D-glucose and L-arabinose at the same rate, a modified metabolic pathway was rationally designed based on metabolome analysis...
May 17, 2018: Microbial Cell Factories
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773055/crystal-engineering-upcoming-paradigm-for-efficacious-pulmonary-drug-delivery
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Preshita P Desai, Sanyat S Mapara, Vandana B Patravale
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Pulmonary drug delivery has transformed over a past few decades from being a platform for local pulmonary disease treatment to systemic drug delivery opportunities. In case of pulmonary delivery systems, particle properties are critical as they affect inhalation efficacy, pulmonary deposition, drug delivery and overall performance. With this in view, particle engineering has emerged as an advanced science that helps in designing of efficacious pulmonary delivery systems...
May 17, 2018: Current Pharmaceutical Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772290/nature-engineered-diatom-biosilica-as-drug-delivery-systems
#14
REVIEW
U T Uthappa, Varsha Brahmkhatri, G Sriram, Ho-Young Jung, Jingxian Yu, Nikita Kurkuri, Tejraj M Aminabhavi, Tariq Altalhi, Gururaj M Neelgund, Mahaveer D Kurkuri
Diatoms, unicellular photosynthetic algae covered with siliceous cell wall, are also called frustule. These are the most potential naturally available materials for the development of cost-effective drug delivery systems because of their excellent biocompatibility, high surface area, low cost and ease of surface modification. Mesoporous silica materials such as MCM-41 and SBA-15 have been extensively used in drug delivery area. Their synthesis is challenging, time consuming, requires toxic chemicals and are energy intensive, making the entire process expensive and non-viable...
May 14, 2018: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772051/optical-coherence-tomography-angiography-of-pigmented-paravenous-retinochoroidal-atrophy
#15
Maria Vittoria Cicinelli, Chiara Giuffrè, Alessandro Rabiolo, Maurizio Battaglia Parodi, Francesco Bandello
A 58-year-old man with bilateral pigmented paravenous retinochoroidal atrophy (PPRCA) associated with macular coloboma in the right eye underwent color fundus photography and fundus autofluorescence with the California ultra-widefield retinal imaging system (Optos, Dunfermline, UK), spectral-domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT) (Heidelberg Spectralis HRA + OCT; Heidelberg Engineering, Heidelberg, Germany), and en face OCT angiography (OCTA) (AngioPlex, Cirrus HD-OCT 5000; Carl Zeiss Meditec, Dublin, CA)...
May 1, 2018: Ophthalmic Surgery, Lasers & Imaging Retina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772009/ptra-a-reporter-system-for-monitoring-the-intracellular-dynamics-of-gene-expression
#16
Sabine G Wagner, Martin Ziegler, Hannes Löwe, Andreas Kremling, Katharina Pflüger-Grau
The presence of standardised tools and methods to measure and represent accurately biological parts and functions is a prerequisite for successful metabolic engineering and crucial to understand and predict the behaviour of synthetic genetic circuits. Many synthetic gene networks are based on transcriptional circuits, thus information on transcriptional and translational activity is important for understanding and fine-tuning the synthetic function. To this end, we have developed a toolkit to analyse systematically the transcriptional and translational activity of a specific synthetic part in vivo...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29771955/crispr-cas9-mediated-high-efficiency-knockout-of-the-eye-color-gene-vermillion-in-helicoverpa-zea-boddie
#17
Omaththage P Perera, Nathan S Little, Calvin A Pierce
Among various genome editing tools available for functional genomic studies, reagents based on clustered regularly interspersed palindromic repeats (CRISPR) have gained popularity due to ease and versatility. CRISPR reagents consist of ribonucleoprotein (RNP) complexes formed by combining guide RNA (gRNA) that target specific genomics regions and a CRISPR associated nuclease (Cas). The gRNA targeting specific gene sequences may be delivered as a plasmid construct that needs to be transcribed or as a synthetic RNA...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29771629/brain-uptake-of-multivalent-and-multi-specific-dvd-ig-proteins-after-systemic-administration
#18
Denise Karaoglu Hanzatian, Annette Schwartz, Farid Gizatullin, Jamie Erickson, Kangwen Deng, Ruth Villanueva, Christopher Stedman, Cristina Harris, Tariq Ghayur, Andrew Goodearl
Therapeutic monoclonal antibodies and endogenous IgG antibodies show limited uptake into the central nervous system (CNS) due to the blood-brain barrier (BBB), which regulates and controls the selective and specific transport of both exogenous and endogenous materials to the brain. The use of natural transport mechanisms, such as receptor-mediated transcytosis (RMT), to deliver antibody therapeutics into the brain have been studied in rodents and monkeys. Recent successful examples include monovalent bispecific antibodies and mono- or bivalent fusion proteins; however, these formats do not have the capability to bind to both the CNS target and the BBB transport receptor in a bivalent fashion as a canonical antibody would...
May 17, 2018: MAbs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29770593/stable-and-efficient-nitrogen-containing-carbon-based-electrocatalysts-for-reactions-in-energy-conversion-systems
#19
Sicong Wang, Zhenyuan Teng, Chengyin Wang, Guoxiu Wang
High activity and stability are crucial for practical electrocatalysts used for reactions in fuel cells, metal-air batteries and water electrolysis including ORR, HER, OER and oxidation reactions of formic acid and alcohols. N-C based electrocatalysts have shown promising prospects for catalyzing these reactions, however, there is no systematic review for strategies toward engineering active and stable N-C based electrocatalysts reported by far. Herein, a comprehensive comparison of recently reported N-C based electrocatalysts regarding both electrocatalytic activity and long-term stability is presented...
May 17, 2018: ChemSusChem
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29770507/flatlands-in-the-holy-land-the-evolution-of-layered-materials-research-in-israel
#20
REVIEW
Oded Hod, Michael Urbakh, Doron Naveh, Maya Bar-Sadan, Ariel Ismach
The experimental identification of fullerenes in 1985, carbon nanotubes in 1991, inorganic nanotubes in 1992, and graphene in 2004 are cornerstone events that have marked the beginning of the layered nanostructures era of materials science. Nowadays, the synthesis of such low-dimensional systems is a routine practice allowing the controlled fabrication of 0-, 1-, and 2D layered structures of diverse chemical compositions. These systems possess unique physical properties that stem from their structural anisotropy characterized by strong intralayer covalent bonding and weaker interlayer dispersive interactions...
May 16, 2018: Advanced Materials
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