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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637178/the-at04a-vaccine-against-proprotein-convertase-subtilisin-kexin-type-9-reduces-total-cholesterol-vascular-inflammation-and-atherosclerosis-in-apoe-3leiden-cetp-mice
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Christine Landlinger, Marianne G Pouwer, Claudia Juno, José W A van der Hoorn, Elsbet J Pieterman, J Wouter Jukema, Guenther Staffler, Hans M G Princen, Gergana Galabova
Aims: Proprotein convertase subtilisin/kexin type 9 (PCSK9) has emerged as a promising therapeutic target for the treatment of hypercholesterolaemia and atherosclerosis. PCSK9 binds to the low density lipoprotein receptor and enhances its degradation, which leads to the reduced clearance of low density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDLc) and a higher risk of atherosclerosis. In this study, the AT04A anti-PCSK9 vaccine was evaluated for its therapeutic potential in ameliorating or even preventing coronary heart disease in the atherogenic APOE*3Leiden...
June 19, 2017: European Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637023/cationic-liquid-crystalline-nanoparticles-for-the-delivery-of-synthetic-rnai-based-therapeutics
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Emanuela Gentile, Taro Oba, Jing Lin, Ruping Shao, Feng Meng, Xiaobo Cao, Heather Y Lin, Majidi Mourad, Apar Pataer, Veerabhadran Baladandayuthapani, Dong Cai, Jack A Roth, Lin Ji
RNA interference (RNAi)-based therapeutics have been used to silence the expression of targeted pathological genes. Small interfering RNA (siRNAs) and microRNA (miRNAs) inhibitor have performed this function. However, short half-life, poor cellular uptake, and nonspecific distribution of small RNAs call for the development of novel delivery systems to facilitate the use of RNAi. We developed a novel cationic liquid crystalline nanoparticle (CLCN) to efficiently deliver synthetic siRNAs and miRNAs. CLCNs were prepared by using high-speed homogenization and assembled with synthetic siRNA or miRNA molecules in nuclease-free water to create CLCN/siRNA or miRNA complexes...
June 9, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636991/non-invasive-detection-of-somatic-mutations-using-next-generation-sequencing-in-primary-central-nervous-system-lymphoma
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Maxime Fontanilles, Florent Marguet, Élodie Bohers, Pierre-Julien Viailly, Sydney Dubois, Philippe Bertrand, Vincent Camus, Sylvain Mareschal, Philippe Ruminy, Catherine Maingonnat, Stéphane Lepretre, Elena-Liana Veresezan, Stéphane Derrey, Hervé Tilly, Jean-Michel Picquenot, Annie Laquerrière, Fabrice Jardin
PURPOSE: Primary central nervous system lymphomas (PCNSL) have recurrent genomic alterations. The main objective of our study was to demonstrate that targeted sequencing of circulating cell-free DNA (cfDNA) released by PCNSL at the time of diagnosis could identify somatic mutations by next-generation sequencing (NGS). PATIENTS AND METHODS: PlasmacfDNA and matched tumor DNA (tDNA) from 25 PCNSL patients were sequenced using an Ion Torrent Personal Genome Machine (Life Technologies®)...
June 1, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636952/human-leukocyte-antigen-f-presents-peptides-and-regulates-immunity-through-interactions-with-nk-cell-receptors
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Charles L Dulberger, Curtis P McMurtrey, Angelique Hölzemer, Karlynn E Neu, Victor Liu, Adriana M Steinbach, Wilfredo F Garcia-Beltran, Michael Sulak, Bana Jabri, Vincent J Lynch, Marcus Altfeld, William H Hildebrand, Erin J Adams
Evidence is mounting that the major histocompatibility complex (MHC) molecule HLA-F (human leukocyte antigen F) regulates the immune system in pregnancy, infection, and autoimmunity by signaling through NK cell receptors (NKRs). We present structural, biochemical, and evolutionary analyses demonstrating that HLA-F presents peptides of unconventional length dictated by a newly arisen mutation (R62W) that has produced an open-ended groove accommodating particularly long peptides. Compared to empty HLA-F open conformers (OCs), HLA-F tetramers bound with human-derived peptides differentially stained leukocytes, suggesting peptide-dependent engagement...
June 20, 2017: Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636350/integrating-a-semi-transparent-fullerene-free-organic-solar-cell-in-tandem-with-a-bivo4-photoanode-for-unassisted-solar-water-splitting
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Yuelin Peng, Gokul V Govindaraju, Dong Ki Lee, Kyoung-Shin Choi, Trisha L Andrew
We report an unassisted solar water splitting system powered by a diketopyrrolopyrrole (DPP)-containing semi-transparent organic solar cell. Two major merits of this fullerene-free solar cell enable its integration with a BiVO4 photoanode. First is the high open circuit voltage and high fill factor displayed by this single junction solar cell, which yields sufficient power to effect water splitting when serially-connected to an appropriate electrode/catalyst. Second, the wavelength-resolved photoaction spectrum of the DPP-based solar cell has minimal overlap with that of the BiVO4 photoanode, thus ensuring that light collection across these two components can be optimized...
June 21, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635367/in-vivo-and-in-vitro-depolymerizations-of-intracellular-medium-chain-length-poly-3-hydroxyalkanoates-produced-by-pseudomonas-putida-bet001
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Siti Nor Syairah Anis, Mohamad Suffian Mohamad Annuar, Khanom Simarani
In vivo and in vitro depolymerizations of intracellular medium-chain-length poly-3-hydroxyalkanoates (mcl-PHA) in Pseudomonas putida Bet001 grown on lauric acid was studied. Both processes were studied under optimum conditions for mcl-PHA depolymerization viz. 0.2 M Tris-HCl buffer, pH 9, ionic strength (I) = 0.2 M at 30 °C. For in vitro depolymerization studies, cell-free system was obtained from lysing bacterial cells suspension by ultrasonication at optimum conditions (frequency 37 kHz, 30% of power output, <25 (°)C for 120 minutes)...
June 21, 2017: Preparative Biochemistry & Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635335/a-novel-synergetic-targeting-strategy-for-glioma-therapy-employing-borneol-combination-with-angiopep-2-modified-dox-loaded-pamam-dendrimer
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Shunping Han, Hongyue Zheng, Yanping Lu, Yue Sun, Anhao Huang, Weidong Fei, Xiaowei Shi, Xiuling Xu, Jingjing Li, Fanzhu Li
Glioma is the most common primary malignant brain tumor and the effect of chemotherapy is hampered by low permeability across the blood-brain-barrier (BBB). Borneol is a time-honored 'Guide' drug in traditional Chinese medicine and has been proved to be capable of promoting free drugs into the brain efficiently, but there are still risks that free drugs, especially anti-glioma drugs, may be disassembled and metabolized before penetrating the BBB and caused the whole brain distribution. The purpose of this paper was to investigate whether borneol intervention could facilitate the BBB penetration and assist glioma treatment by combining with doxorubicin (DOX) loaded PAMAM dendrimers drug delivery system modified with Angiopep-2 (a ligand of the low-density lipoprotein receptor-related protein, which overexpress both in the BBB and gliomas)...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Drug Targeting
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635329/lead-induces-siberian-tiger-fibroblast-apoptosis-by-interfering-with-intracellular-homeostasis
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Zheng Liu, Hui Wang, Wenxiu Zhang, Ziao Yuan, Hongyi Yuan, Xueting Liu, Minghai Zhang, Xuesong Guo, Weijun Guan
Lead (Pb(2+)) is a poisonous heavy metal that causes many pathophysiological effects in living systems. Its toxicological effects are well known as it causes apoptosis of several cell types and tissues. This study aimed to determine the criteria required for early diagnosis of Pb(2+) poisoning in the Siberian tiger using a tiger population in China, to identify a safety Pb(2+) concentration threshold, and to provide suggestions for preventing Pb(2+) poisoning in Siberian tigers. We investigated the apoptotic effects of Pb(2+) (0, 32, 64, and 125 μM) for 12-48 h on Siberian tiger fibroblasts in vitro...
June 21, 2017: Drug and Chemical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635230/-the-expression-of-programmed-death-receptor-1-in-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-and-its-clinicopathological-features-and-prognosis-showed-a-connection-with-epidermal-growth-factor-receptor-gene-mutations
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H Yin, C G Liao, Y Q Wang, Z Li, L L Fan, M L Qian, N Lu
Objective: To investigate the relationships between the expression of programmed death 1 (PD-1) and the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) gene mutations in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). The study also attempted to investigate the clinicopathological features and prognosis in NSCLC patients. Methods: The expression of PD-1 protein in 88 cases of NSCLC tumor tissues and adjacent tissues was detected by immunohistochemistry. The mutations of EGFR in NSCLC were detected by Polymerase Chain Reaction-Amplification Refractory Mutation System(PCR-ARMS) method...
June 23, 2017: Zhonghua Zhong Liu za Zhi [Chinese Journal of Oncology]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634532/cellularizing-hydrogel-based-scaffolds-to-repair-bone-tissue-how-to-create-a-physiologically-relevant-micro-environment
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Mathieu Maisani, Daniele Pezzoli, Olivier Chassande, Diego Mantovani
Tissue engineering is a promising alternative to autografts or allografts for the regeneration of large bone defects. Cell-free biomaterials with different degrees of sophistication can be used for several therapeutic indications, to stimulate bone repair by the host tissue. However, when osteoprogenitors are not available in the damaged tissue, exogenous cells with an osteoblast differentiation potential must be provided. These cells should have the capacity to colonize the defect and to participate in the building of new bone tissue...
January 2017: Journal of Tissue Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634120/highly-reproducible-improved-label-free-quantitative-analysis-of-cellular-phosphoproteome-by-optimization-of-lc-ms-ms-gradient-and-analytical-column-construction
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Nagib Ahsan, Judson Belmont, Zhuo Chen, James G Clifton, Arthur R Salomon
Expanding the sequencing depth of the peptides with a statistically significant quantitative change derived from a biological stimulation is critical. Here we demonstrate that optimization of LC gradient and analytical column construction can reveal over 30,000 unique peptides and 23,000 phosphopeptides at high confidence. The quantitative reproducibility of different analytical workflows was evaluated by comparing the phosphoproteome of CD3/4 stimulated and unstimulated T-cells as a model system. A fritless, 50cm-long column packed with 1...
June 17, 2017: Journal of Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633046/macrophages-with-cellular-backpacks-for-targeted-drug-delivery-to-the-brain
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Natalia L Klyachko, Roberta Polak, Matthew J Haney, Yuling Zhao, Reginaldo J Gomes Neto, Michael C Hill, Alexander V Kabanov, Robert E Cohen, Michael F Rubner, Elena V Batrakova
Most potent therapeutics are unable to cross the blood-brain barrier following systemic administration, which necessitates the development of unconventional, clinically applicable drug delivery systems. With the given challenges, biologically active vehicles are crucial to accomplishing this task. We now report a new method for drug delivery that utilizes living cells as vehicles for drug carriage across the blood brain barrier. Cellular backpacks, 7-10 μm diameter polymer patches of a few hundred nanometers in thickness, are a potentially interesting approach, because they can act as drug depots that travel with the cell-carrier, without being phagocytized...
June 17, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633037/treatment-with-methotrexate-rituximab-and-cytosine-arabinoside-followed-by-autologous-stem-cell-transplantation-in-primary-central-nervous-system-lymphoma-a-single-center-experience
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Pinar Ataca Atilla, Erden Atilla, Sinem Civriz Bozdag, Meltem Kurt Yuksel, Selami Kocak Toprak, Pervin Topcuoglu, Taner Demirer, Osman Ilhan, Onder Arslan, Gunhan Gurman, Muhit Ozcan
OBJECTIVE/BACKGROUND: Primary central nervous system lymphoma (PCNSL) is associated with worst prognosis compared with other aggressive non-Hodgkin's lymphomas. However, recent trials have demonstrated that long-term progression-free survival can be achieved by immunochemotherapy. Our goal is to present our experience in aggressive PCNSL in this study. METHODS: We retrospectively evaluated the clinical features and management of 13 PCNSL patients who were diagnosed and treated between 2006 and 2015...
June 15, 2017: Hematology/oncology and Stem Cell Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632419/in-vitro-co-expression-of-human-amyloidogenic-immunoglobulin-light-and-heavy-chain-proteins-a-relevant-cell-based-model-of-al-amyloidosis
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Elena S Klimtchuk, Tatiana B Prokaeva, Brian H Spencer, Olga Gursky, Lawreen H Connors
Immunoglobulin (Ig) light chain (LC) amyloidosis (AL) is characterized by the overproduction and tissue deposition of monoclonal LC in various organs and tissues. The plasma circulating monoclonal LC is believed to be the precursor of the deposited protein and in vitro studies aimed at understanding AL pathobiology have mainly focused on LC and its variable domain. While 33% of patients have free circulating monoclonal LC, ∼40% feature LC complexed to heavy chain (HC) forming a monoclonal intact Ig; the significance of free vs...
June 20, 2017: Amyloid: the International Journal of Experimental and Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631801/morphology-of-elastic-nematic-liquid-crystal-membranes
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Pardis Rofouie, Damiano Pasini, Alejandro D Rey
Liquid crystalline phases found in many biological materials, such as actin, DNA, cellulose, and collagen can be responsible for the deformation of cell membranes. In this paper, cell membrane deformation is investigated through the coupling between liquid crystal anisotropy and membrane bending elasticity. The generalized shape equation for anisotropic interfaces, which resort to the Cahn-Hoffman capillarity vector, the Rapini-Papoular anchoring energy, and the Helfrich elastic energy, is applied to gain insight into the deformation of closed liquid crystal membranes...
June 20, 2017: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631386/toward-establishing-model-organisms-for-marine-protists-successful-transfection-protocols-for-parabodo-caudatus-kinetoplastida-excavata
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Fatma Gomaa, Paulo A Garcia, Jennifer Delaney, Peter R Girguis, Cullen R Buie, Virginia P Edgcomb
We developed protocols for, and demonstrated successful transfection of, the free-living kinetoplastid flagellate Parabodo caudatus with three plasmids carrying a fluorescence reporter gene (pEF-GFP with the EF1 alpha promoter, pUB-GFP with Ubiquitin C promoter, and pEYFP-Mitotrap with CMV promoter). We evaluated three electroporation approaches: 1) a square-wave electroporator designed for eukaryotes, 2) a novel microfluidic transfection system employing hydrodynamically-controlled electric field waveforms, and 3) a traditional exponential decay electroporator...
June 19, 2017: Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630667/evaluation-of-radical-scavenging-system-in-amoeba-chaos-carolinense-during-nutrient-deprivation
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Yuru Deng, Edlyn Li-Hui Lee, Ketpin Chong, Zakaria A Almsherqi
The frequent appearance of non-lamellar membrane arrangements such as cubic membranes (CMs) in cells under stressed or pathological conditions points to an intrinsic cellular response mechanism. CM represents highly curved, three-dimensional nano-periodic structures that correspond to mathematically well-defined triply periodic minimal surfaces. Specifically, cellular membrane may transform into CM organization in response to pathological, inflammatory and oxidative stress conditions. CM organization, thus, may provide an advantage to cope with various types of stress...
August 6, 2017: Interface Focus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629998/aloe-emodin-ae-nanoparticles-suppresses-proliferation-and-induces-apoptosis-in-human-lung-squamous-carcinoma-via-ros-generation-in-vitro-and-in-vivo
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Yuan-Yuan Wu, Jing-Hua Zhang, Jing-Hua Gao, Yong-Sheng Li
Human lung squamous cell carcinoma is a deadly cancer for which present therapeutic strategies are inadequate. And traditional chemotherapy results in severe systemic toxicity. Compounds from living organisms often exert a biological activity, triggering several targets, which may be useful for the improvement of novel pharmaceuticals. Aloe-emodin (AE), a well-known natural compound, is a primary component of anthraquinones in Aloe vera and exhibits anti-proliferative and apoptotic effects on various tumor cells...
June 16, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629979/nasal-vaccination-with-poly-%C3%AE-amino-ester-poly-d-l-lactide-co-glycolide-hybrid-nanoparticles
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Genada Sinani, Melike Sessevmez, M Koray Gök, Saadet Özgümüş, Alper Okyar, H Oya Alpar, Erdal Cevher
Mucosal vaccination stimulates both mucosal and systemic immunity. However, mucosal applications of vaccine antigens in their free form generally result in poor systemic immune responses and need adjuvantation. In this study, bovine serum albumin loaded, new hybridised poly(β-amino ester)-poly(d,l-lactide-co-glycolide) nanoparticles were prepared by double emulsion-solvent evaporation method, characterised and evaluated in vivo as nasal vaccine carriers. Cationic spherical particles with a mean size of 240nm, good physical stability and high encapsulation efficiency were obtained...
June 16, 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629893/a-new-nir-triggered-dox-and-icg-co-delivery-system-for-enhanced-multidrug-resistant-cancer-treatment-through-simultaneous-chemo-photothermal-photodynamic-therapy
#20
Yanna Yu, Zhipeng Zhang, Yun Wang, Hao Zhu, Fangzhou Li, Yuanyuan Shen, Shengrong Guo
It is a great challenge to combat multidrug resistant (MDR) cancer effectively. To address this issue, we developed a new near-infrared (NIR) triggered chemotherapeutic agent doxorubicin (DOX) and photosensitizer indocyanine green (ICG) co-release system by aid of NIR induced photothermal effect of gold nanocages (AuNCs) and temperature sensitive phase-change property of 1-tetradecanol at its melting point of 39°C, which could simultaneously exerted chemo/photothermal/photodynamic treatment on MDR human breast cancer MCF-7/ADR cells...
June 16, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
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