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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938558/human-menstrual-blood-derived-mesenchymal-stem-cells-as-a-cellular-vehicle-for-malignant-glioma-gene-therapy
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Xiao-Jun Wang, Bing-Yu Xiang, Ya-Hui Ding, Lu Chen, Hai Zou, Xiao-Zhou Mou, Charlie Xiang
Despite many advances in conventional treatment strategies, there is no effective treatment modality for malignant gliomas. Gene therapy may offer a promising option for gliomas and several gene therapy approaches have shown anti-tumor efficiency in previous studies. Mesenchymal stem cell-based gene therapies, in which stem cells are genetically engineered to express therapeutic molecules, have shown tremendous potential because of their innate homing ability. In this study, human menstrual blood-derived MSCs (MenSC), a novel type of multipotential MSCs displays tropism for human malignant glioma when used as a gene delivery vehicle for therapeutics...
August 29, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938470/genetic-disruption-of-21-hydroxylase-in-zebrafish-causes-interrenal-hyperplasia
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Helen Eachus, Andreas Zaucker, James A Oakes, Aliesha Griffin, Meltem Weger, Tülay Güran, Angela Taylor, Abigail Harris, Andy Greenfield, Jonathan L Quanson, Karl-Heinz Storbeck, Vincent T Cunliffe, Ferenc Müller, Nils Krone
Congenital adrenal hyperplasia is a group of common inherited disorders leading to glucocorticoid deficiency. Most cases are caused by 21-hydroxylase deficiency (21OHD). The systemic consequences of imbalanced steroid hormone biosynthesis due to severe 21OHD remains poorly understood. Therefore, we have developed a zebrafish model for 21OHD, which focuses on the impairment of glucocorticoid biosynthesis. A single 21-hydroxylase gene (cyp21a2) is annotated in the zebrafish genome based on sequence homology. Our in silico analysis of the Cyp21a2 protein sequence suggests a sufficient degree of similarity for the usage of zebrafish cyp21a2 to model aspects of human 21OHD in vivo...
September 13, 2017: Endocrinology
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/28937978/a-new-discrete-dynamic-model-of-aba-induced-stomatal-closure-predicts-key-feedback-loops
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Réka Albert, Biswa R Acharya, Byeong Wook Jeon, Jorge G T Zañudo, Mengmeng Zhu, Karim Osman, Sarah M Assmann
Stomata, microscopic pores in leaf surfaces through which water loss and carbon dioxide uptake occur, are closed in response to drought by the phytohormone abscisic acid (ABA). This process is vital for drought tolerance and has been the topic of extensive experimental investigation in the last decades. Although a core signaling chain has been elucidated consisting of ABA binding to receptors, which alleviates negative regulation by protein phosphatases 2C (PP2Cs) of the protein kinase OPEN STOMATA 1 (OST1) and ultimately results in activation of anion channels, osmotic water loss, and stomatal closure, over 70 additional components have been identified, yet their relationships with each other and the core components are poorly elucidated...
September 22, 2017: PLoS Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937748/bio-optics-and-bio-inspired-optical-materials
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Sirimuvva Tadepalli, Joseph M Slocik, Maneesh K Gupta, Rajesh R Naik, Srikanth Singamaneni
Through the use of the limited materials palette, optimally designed micro- and nanostructures, and tightly regulated processes, nature demonstrates exquisite control of light-matter interactions at various length scales. In fact, control of light-matter interactions is an important element in the evolutionary arms race and has led to highly engineered optical materials and systems. In this review, we present a detailed summary of various optical effects found in nature with a particular emphasis on the materials and optical design aspects responsible for their optical functionality...
September 22, 2017: Chemical Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937660/a-low-power-consumption-algorithm-for-efficient-energy-consumption-in-zigbee-motes
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Daniel Vaquerizo-Hdez, Pablo Muñoz, María D R-Moreno, David F Barrero
Wireless Sensor Networks (WSNs) are becoming increasingly popular since they can gather information from different locations without wires. This advantage is exploited in applications such as robotic systems, telecare, domotic or smart cities, among others. To gain independence from the electricity grid, WSNs devices are equipped with batteries, therefore their operational time is determined by the time that the batteries can power on the device. As a consequence, engineers must consider low energy consumption as a critical objective to design WSNs...
September 22, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937584/targeted-delivery-of-sirna-with-ph-responsive-hybrid-gold-nanostars-for-cancer-treatment
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Hongyan Zhu, Wanwan Liu, Ziting Cheng, Ke Yao, Yu Yang, Bohui Xu, Gaoxing Su
In this work, we report the engineering of gold nanostars (GNS) to deliver small interfering RNA (siRNA) into HepG2 cells. The ligand DG-PEG-Lipoic acid (LA)-Lys-9R (hydrazone) was designed to functionalize GNS, and create the nanoparticles named as 9R/DG-GNS (hydrazone). In the ligand, 2-deoxyglucose (DG) is the targeting molecule, polyethylene glycol (PEG) helps to improve the dispersity and biocompatibility, 9-poly-d-arginine (9R) is employed to provide a positive surface charge and adsorb negative siRNA, and hydrazone bonds are pH-responsive and can avoid receptor-mediated endosomal recycling...
September 22, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937298/probing-the-toxicity-of-nanoparticles-a-unified-in-silico-machine-learning-model-based-on-perturbation-theory
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Riccardo Concu, Valeria V Kleandrova, Alejandro Speck-Planche, M Natália D S Cordeiro
Nanoparticles (NPs) are part of our daily life, having a wide range of applications in engineering, physics, chemistry, and biomedicine. However, there are serious concerns regarding the harmful effects that NPs can cause to the different biological systems and their ecosystems. Toxicity testing is an essential step for assessing the potential risks of the NPs, but the experimental assays are often very expensive and usually too slow to flag the number of NPs that may cause adverse effects. In silico models centered on quantitative structure-activity/toxicity relationships (QSAR/QSTR) are alternative tools that have become valuable supports to risk assessment, rationalizing the search for safer NPs...
September 22, 2017: Nanotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936979/advances-of-selectable-marker-genes-in-plastid-genetic-engineering
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Yong He, An Luo, Lian-Sheng Mu, Qiang Chen, Yan Zhang, Kai-Wun Yeh, Zhi-Hong Tian
Plastid genetic engineering is a safer, more precise, and more efficient transgene expression system than the nuclear genetic transformation system. It has been widely used in basic research and biotechnology applications as the next-generation transgenic technology in plants. Similar to nuclear genetic transformation, selection markers are needed in plastid genetic engineering to identify 'true' transformants and acquire homoplasmy. Because of the high copy number of plastids, maternal inheritance of the plastid genome, and the long process of homogenization of transplastomic plants, the selection markers for plastid genetic engineering are different from those used in the nuclear transformation system...
September 20, 2017: Yi Chuan, Hereditas
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/28936886/inducible-crispr-genome-editing-tool-classifications-and-future-trends
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Xiaofeng Dai, Xiao Chen, Qiuwu Fang, Jia Li, Zhonghu Bai
The discovery of CRISPR-Cas9/dCas9 system has reinforced our ability and revolutionized our history in genome engineering. While Cas9 and dCas9 are programed to modulate gene expression by introducing DNA breaks, blocking transcription factor recruitment or dragging functional groups towards the targeted sites, sgRNAs determine the genomic loci where the modulation occurs. The off-target problem, due to limited sgRNA specificity and genome complexity of many species, has posed concerns for the wide application of this revolutionary technique...
September 22, 2017: Critical Reviews in Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936795/the-ugly-truth-about-ourselves-and-our-robot-creations-the-problem-of-bias-and-social-inequity
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Ayanna Howard, Jason Borenstein
Recently, there has been an upsurge of attention focused on bias and its impact on specialized artificial intelligence (AI) applications. Allegations of racism and sexism have permeated the conversation as stories surface about search engines delivering job postings for well-paying technical jobs to men and not women, or providing arrest mugshots when keywords such as "black teenagers" are entered. Learning algorithms are evolving; they are often created from parsing through large datasets of online information while having truth labels bestowed on them by crowd-sourced masses...
September 21, 2017: Science and Engineering Ethics
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/28936646/apomixis-engineering-the-ability-to-harness-hybrid-vigor-in-crop-plants
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Joann A Conner, Peggy Ozias-Akins
Apomixis, commonly defined as asexual reproduction through seed, is a reproductive trait that occurs in only a few minor crops, but would be highly valuable in major crops. Apomixis results in seed-derived progenies that are genetically identical to their maternal parent. The advantage of apomixis would lie in seed propagation of elite food, feed, and biofuel crops that are heterozygous such as hybrid corn and switchgrass or self-pollinating crops for which no commercial-scale hybrid production system is available...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
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/28935692/probing-structure-function-relationships-in-early-events-in-photosynthesis-using-a-chimeric-photocomplex
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Kenji V P Nagashima, Mai Sasaki, Kanako Hashimoto, Shinichi Takaichi, Sakiko Nagashima, Long-Jiang Yu, Yuto Abe, Kenta Gotou, Tomoaki Kawakami, Mizuki Takenouchi, Yuuta Shibuya, Akira Yamaguchi, Takashi Ohno, Jian-Ren Shen, Kazuhito Inoue, Michael T Madigan, Yukihiro Kimura, Zheng-Yu Wang-Otomo
The native core light-harvesting complex (LH1) from the thermophilic purple phototrophic bacterium Thermochromatium tepidum requires Ca(2+) for its thermal stability and characteristic absorption maximum at 915 nm. To explore the role of specific amino acid residues of the LH1 polypeptides in Ca-binding behavior, we constructed a genetic system for heterologously expressing the Tch. tepidum LH1 complex in an engineered Rhodobacter sphaeroides mutant strain. This system contained a chimeric pufBALM gene cluster (pufBA from Tch...
September 21, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28935113/directed-evolution-of-glycopeptides-using-mrna-display
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Satoru Horiya, Jennifer K Bailey, Isaac J Krauss
Directed evolution is a useful method for the discovery of nucleic acids, peptides, or proteins that have desired binding abilities or functions. Because of the abundance and importance of glycosylation in nature, directed evolution of glycopeptides and glycoproteins is also highly desirable. However, common directed evolution platforms such as phage-, yeast-, or mammalian-cell display are limited for these applications by several factors. Glycan structure at each glycosylation site is not genetically encoded, and yeast and mammalian cells produce a heterogeneous mixture of glycoforms at each site on the protein...
2017: Methods in Enzymology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28935106/chemoenzymatic-glycan-remodeling-of-natural-and-recombinant-glycoproteins
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Qiang Yang, Lai-Xi Wang
N-glycosylation plays important roles in modulating the biological functions of glycoproteins, such as protein folding, stability, and immunogenicity. However, acquiring homogeneous glycoforms of glycoproteins has been a challenging task for functional studies and therapeutic applications. In this chapter, we describe an efficient chemoenzymatic glycan remodeling protocol for making homogeneous glycoproteins that involves enzymatic deglycosylation and subsequent reglycosylation procedures. Two therapeutic glycoproteins, Herceptin (trastuzumab, a therapeutic monoclonal antibody) and erythropoietin (EPO, a glycoprotein hormone), were chosen as the model systems...
2017: Methods in Enzymology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934664/targeted-h-triggered-bubble-generating-nanosystems-for-effective-therapy-in-cancer-cells
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Zhili Deng, Menghuan Tang, Li Zhao, Yijuan Long, Zuhuang Wen, Yuan Cheng, Huzhi Zheng
A novel targeting drug delivery system for cancer therapy based on H(+)-triggered bubble-generating nanosystems (BGNSs) was engineered. First, hollow mesoporous silica nanoparticles (HMSNs) were used to load doxorubicin (DOX). Then, the obtained drug-loaded HMSNs were treated with NaHCO3 to prepare the BGNSs. The BGNSs were coated with polydopamine (pDA), and finally, folic acids (FA) were anchored on the nanosystems to obtain the desired nanoscale drug delivery system (BGNSs@pDA-FA). BGNSs@pDA-FA was effectively internalized by cancer cells through folate receptor-mediated endocytosis and generated CO2 bubbles under the acidic environment of the lysosomes, thus enhancing lysosomal membrane permeability (LMP) to release caspase-3 into the cytoplasm, resulting in cancer cell death via an apoptosis-like pathway...
September 14, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
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
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