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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820961/optimized-streptavidin-for-fluorescent-labeling-of-biotinylated-targets
#1
Vesa P Hytönen
In order to develop a streptavidin-biotin system with optimal performance in fluorescent labeling, in this issue of Cell Chemical Biology, Jacobsen et al. (2017) focused on changing the surface density of amino groups present on streptavidin via lysine mutagenesis. The streptavidin mutant containing only one free amino group was found superior to other streptavidin variants and was named Flavidin for fluorophore-friendly streptavidin.
August 17, 2017: Cell Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819967/enzymatic-peg-poly-amine-co-disulfide-ester-nanoparticles-as-ph-and-redox-responsive-drug-nanocarriers-for-efficient-antitumor-treatment
#2
Ya Chen, Meifei Su, Yingqin Li, Jinbiao Gao, Chao Zhang, Zhong Cao, Jiangbing Zhou, Jie Liu, Zhaozhong Jiang
We have designed and constructed novel multifunctional nanoparticle drug delivery systems that are stable under physiological conditions and responsive to tumor-relevant pH and intracellular reduction potential. The nanoparticles were fabricated from enzymatically synthesized PEG-poly(ω-pentadecalactone-co-N-methyldiethyleneamine-co-3,3'-dithiodipropionate) (PEG-PPMD) and PEG-poly(ε-caprolactone-co-N-methyldiethyleneamine-co-3,3'-dithiodipropionate) (PEG-PCMD) block copolymers via self-assembly processes in aqueous solution...
August 18, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819717/mitigation-of-acute-aluminum-toxicity-by-sodium-selenite-and-n-acetylcysteine-in-adult-male-rats
#3
Naglaa H Nour-Eldein, El-Sayed A Hassanin, Wael M El-Sayed
The objective of this study is to investigate the toxic effects of aluminum and the potential alleviation of selenite and N-acetylcysteine (NAC) on this toxicity. Acute aluminum toxicity was induced by intraperitoneal (i.p.) injection of AlCl3 (30 mg Al(3+)/kg) for four consecutive days. Al(3+) damaged the synthetic capability and regeneration power of liver cells and induced inflammation. It also damaged the kidney and disturbed the lipid profile enhancing the total cholesterol level and LDL-cholesterol level increasing the risks of atherosclerosis...
August 17, 2017: Biological Trace Element Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819666/ph-responsive-prodrug-nanoparticles-based-on-a-sodium-alginate-derivative-for-selective-co-release-of-doxorubicin-and-curcumin-into-tumor-cells
#4
Cheng Gao, Fan Tang, Guiyi Gong, Jianxiang Zhang, Maggie P M Hoi, Simon M Y Lee, Ruibing Wang
In order to realize a combination of chemotherapy and selective drug release into tumor cells, novel pH-sensitive prodrugnanoparticles were designed and prepared via the self-assembly of a synthetic amphiphilic macromolecular prodrug for the selective co-delivery of doxorubicin (Dox) and curcumin (Cur). Dox was covalently conjugated to the oxidized sodium alginate through a Schiff base reaction to produce an amphiphilic macromolecular prodrug, and the prodrug was subsequently self-assembled into nanoparticles (Dox-NPs) in an aqueous solution, which were responsive to the acidic environment in tumor cells...
August 18, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819645/3d-imaging-of-optically-cleared-tissue-using-a-simplified-clarity-method-and-on-chip-microscopy
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Yibo Zhang, Yoonjung Shin, Kevin Sung, Sam Yang, Harrison Chen, Hongda Wang, Da Teng, Yair Rivenson, Rajan P Kulkarni, Aydogan Ozcan
High-throughput sectioning and optical imaging of tissue samples using traditional immunohistochemical techniques can be costly and inaccessible in resource-limited areas. We demonstrate three-dimensional (3D) imaging and phenotyping in optically transparent tissue using lens-free holographic on-chip microscopy as a low-cost, simple, and high-throughput alternative to conventional approaches. The tissue sample is passively cleared using a simplified CLARITY method and stained using 3,3'-diaminobenzidine to target cells of interest, enabling bright-field optical imaging and 3D sectioning of thick samples...
August 2017: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818532/myricetin-solid-lipid-nanoparticles-stability-assurance-from-system-preparation-to-site-of-action
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Dina M Gaber, Noha Nafee, Osama Y Abdallah
Myricetin - a natural flavonoid - has attracted a great interest due to its antioxidant and free-radical scavenging potential. However, its physicochemical instability critically impairs its dosage form design, evaluation and administration. In an attempt to protect from degradation, MYR was encapsulated into Gelucire-based solid lipid nanoparticles (SLNs). The impact of medium pH, processing temperature and different additives on the drug degradation either in free or nanoencapsulated form was assessed. MYR stability was further monitored in essential biorelevant fluids...
August 14, 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818490/inhibition-of-quorum-sensing-controlled-biofilm-formation-in-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-by-quorum-sensing-inhibitors
#7
Kalaiarasan Ellappan, Kottha Thirumalaswamy, Belgode Narasimha Harish, Gnanasambandam Vasuki, Veeresh Kumar Sali, James John
Antimicrobial therapy against extensively drug-resistant (XDR) P. aeruginosa biofilms is less efficient compared to the treatment of equal bacterial counts of free-floating planktonic cells, which has become a serious threat in hospital environment. P. aeruginosa regulate their cooperative activities and physiological process through a cell to cell chemical communication process called Quorum sensing (QS). This attracted our interest to synthesize, and to chemically characterize two anti-QS compounds, N-(4-{4-fluoroanilno} butanoyl) -L-homoserine lactone (FABHL) and N-(4-{4-chlororoanilno} butanoyl) -L-homoserine lactone (CABHL) to inhibit biofilm formation via disabling the QS circuits...
August 14, 2017: Microbial Pathogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817755/measuring-toxic-effects-and-time-to-treatment-failure-for-nivolumab-plus-ipilimumab-in-melanoma
#8
Alexander N Shoushtari, Claire F Friedman, Pedram Navid-Azarbaijani, Michael A Postow, Margaret K Callahan, Parisa Momtaz, Katherine S Panageas, Jedd D Wolchok, Paul B Chapman
Importance: Nivolumab plus ipilimumab (nivo + ipi) is a standard treatment of advanced melanoma. Two randomized trials describe high objective response rates by Response Evaluation Criteria in Solid Tumors. The trials assessed toxic effects using the Common Terminology Criteria for Adverse Events (CTCAE), which may underestimate incidence of clinically significant immune-related adverse events (AEs). Objective: To describe detailed toxic effects and time to treatment failure of patients with melanoma treated with nivo + ipi in a prospective cohort...
August 17, 2017: JAMA Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817603/expression-of-the-mhc-class-ii-in-triple-negative-breast-cancer-is-associated-with-tumor-infiltrating-lymphocytes-and-interferon-signaling
#9
In Ah Park, Seong-Hye Hwang, In Hye Song, Sun-Hee Heo, Young-Ae Kim, Won Seon Bang, Hye Seon Park, Miseon Lee, Gyungyub Gong, Hee Jin Lee
Tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes (TILs) have been known for their strong prognostic and predictive significance in triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC). Several mechanisms for TIL influx in TNBC have been elucidated. Major histocompatibility complex class II (MHC-II) is an essential component of the adaptive immune system and is generally restricted to the surface of antigen-presenting cells. However, it has been reported that interferon-gamma signaling may induce MHC-II in almost all cell types, including those derived from cancer...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817124/directed-differentiation-and-long-term-maintenance-of-epicardial-cells-derived-from-human-pluripotent-stem-cells-under-fully-defined-conditions
#10
Xiaoping Bao, Xiaojun Lian, Tongcheng Qian, Vijesh J Bhute, Tianxiao Han, Sean P Palecek
Here, we describe how to efficiently direct human pluripotent stem cells (hPSCs) differentiation into self-renewing epicardial cells in a completely defined, xeno-free system by temporal modulation of regulators of canonical Wnt signaling. Appropriate differentiation-stage-specific application of Gsk3 inhibitor, Wnt inhibitor, and Gsk3 inhibitor (GiWiGi) is sufficient to produce cells expressing epicardial markers and exhibiting epicardial phenotypes with a high yield and purity from multiple hPSC lines in 16 d...
September 2017: Nature Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816564/cytotoxicity-screening-and-cytokine-profiling-of-nineteen-nanomaterials-enables-hazard-ranking-and-grouping-based-on-inflammogenic-potential
#11
Kunal Bhattacharya, Gözde Kiliç, Pedro M Costa, Bengt Fadeel
Engineered nanomaterials (ENMs) are being produced for an increasing number of applications. Therefore, it is important to assess and categorize ENMs on the basis of their hazard potential. The immune system is the foremost defence against foreign bodies. Here we performed cytokine profiling of a panel of nineteen representative ENMs procured from the Joint Research Centre (JRC) and commercial sources. Physicochemical characterization was performed using dynamic light scattering. The ENMs were all shown to be endotoxin content free...
August 17, 2017: Nanotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815872/a-multimethod-computational-simulation-approach-for-investigating-mitochondrial-dynamics-and-dysfunction-in-degenerative-aging
#12
Timothy E Hoffman, Katherine J Barnett, Lyle Wallis, William H Hanneman
Research in biogerontology has largely focused on the complex relationship between mitochondrial dysfunction and biological aging. In particular, the mitochondrial free radical theory of aging (MFRTA) has been well accepted. However, this theory has been challenged by recent studies showing minimal increases in reactive oxygen species (ROS) as not entirely deleterious in nature, and even beneficial under the appropriate cellular circumstances. To assess these significant and nonintuitive observations in the context of a functional system, we have taken an in silico approach to expand the focus of the MFRTA by including other key mitochondrial stress response pathways, as they have been observed in the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans...
August 16, 2017: Aging Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815766/preparation-of-robust-metal-free-magnetic-nanoemulsions-encapsulating-low-molecular-weight-nitroxide-radicals-and-hydrophobic-drugs-directed-toward-mri-visible-targeted-delivery
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Rui Tamura, Kota Nagura, Yusa Takemoto, Satori Moronaga, Yoshiaki Uchida, Satoshi Shimono, Akihiko Shiino, Kenji Tanigaki, Tsukuru Amano, Fumi Yoshino, Yohei Noda, Satoshi Koizumi, Naoki Komatsu, Tatsuhisa Kato, Jun Yamauchi
With a view to developing a theranostic nanomedicine for magnetic resonance (MR) imaging-visible targeted drug delivery system, robust metal-free magnetic nanoemulsions (mean particle sizes of less than 20 nm) consisting of the biocompatible surfactant 1 and the incorporated hydrophobic low-molecular-weight 2,2,5-trimethyl-5-(4-alkoxy)phenylpyrrolidine-N-oxyl radicals [(±)-2] have been prepared in pH 7.4 phosphate-buffered saline. The structure of the nanoemulsions has been characterized by electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy, and dynamic light scattering and small angle neutron scattering measurements...
August 16, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815640/in-vitro-genotoxicity-of-airborne-ni-np-in-air-liquid-interface
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Siiri Latvala, Daniel Vare, Hanna L Karlsson, Karine Elihn
Studies using advanced toxicological methods enabling in vitro conditions that are more realistic are currently needed for understanding the risks of pulmonary exposure to airborne nanoparticles. Owing to the carcinogenicity of certain nickel compounds, the increased production of nickel nanoparticles (Ni-NPs) raises occupational safety concerns. The aim of this study was to investigate the genotoxicity of airborne Ni-NPs using a recently developed air-liquid interface exposure system. The wild-type Chinese hamster lung fibroblast cell line (V79) was used and cytotoxicity, DNA damage and mutagenicity were studied by testing colony forming efficiency, alkaline DNA unwinding and HPRT mutation assays, respectively...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Applied Toxicology: JAT
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815500/nanoparticle-mediated-recombinase-delivery-into-maize
#15
Susana Martin-Ortigosa, Brian G Trewyn, Kan Wang
We describe a non-DNA-based system for delivering Cre recombinase protein into maize tissue using gold-plated mesoporous silica nanoparticle (Au-MSN). Cre protein is first loaded into the pores of Au-MSNs and then delivered using the biolistic method to immature embryos of a maize line (Lox-corn), which harbors loxP sites flanking a selection and a reporter gene. The release of the Cre recombinase protein inside the plant cell leads to recombination at the loxP sites, eliminating both genes. Visual screening is used to identify recombination events, which can be regenerated to mature and fertile plants...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815494/use-of-the-dice-dual-integrase-cassette-exchange-system
#16
Alfonso P Farruggio, Mital S Bhakta, Michele P Calos
When constructing transgenic cell lines via plasmid DNA integration, precise targeting to a desired genomic location is advantageous. It is also often advantageous to remove the bacterial backbone, since bacterial elements can lead to the epigenetic silencing of neighboring DNA. The least cumbersome method to remove the plasmid backbone is recombinase-mediated cassette exchange (RMCE). RMCE is accomplished by arranging recombinase sites in the genome and in a donor plasmid such that a recombinase can both integrate the donor plasmid and excise its bacterial backbone...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815332/pilot-study-of-whole-blood-micrornas-as-potential-tools-for-diffuse-low-grade-gliomas-detection
#17
Catherine Gozé, Christelle Reynes, Lionel Forestier, Robert Sabatier, Hugues Duffau
Earlier diagnosis and longitudinal monitoring of diffuse low-grade gliomas (DLGG) increase overall survival by maximizing surgery efficacy and optimizing time for an adjuvant treatment when resection is incomplete. Presently, only imaging permits the non-invasive detection and monitoring of DLGG, but it lacks sensitivity. Measure of circulating microRNAs levels could represent a non-invasive alternative. We hypothesized that slow-growing DLGG induce overtime a systemic reaction impacting blood cells microRNA profiles, while the intact blood-brain barrier restricts the passage of tumor microRNAs into bloodstream...
August 16, 2017: Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815081/robot-assisted-minimally-invasive-thoraco-laparoscopic-esophagectomy-for-esophageal-cancer-in-the-upper-mediastinum
#18
Sylvia van der Horst, Teun Johannes Weijs, Jelle Pieter Ruurda, Nadia Haj Mohammad, Stella Mook, Lodewijk Adriaan Anton Brosens, Richard van Hillegersberg
BACKGROUND: Patients with upper third esophageal cancer or esophageal cancer with upper mediastinal paratracheal lymph node metastases are often precluded from surgery because of technical difficulties. With the aid of robotic surgery, an excellent overview and reach of the thoracic inlet can be accomplished. In this way, patients with upper mediastinal esophageal cancer are eligible for esophageal resection with curative intent. The aim of this study was to review the results of a consecutive series of patients who underwent robot-assisted minimally invasive esophagectomy (RAMIE) for tumors of the upper 1/3 of the esophagus or positive lymph nodes in the upper mediastinum...
July 2017: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814832/combinatorial-and-sequential-delivery-of-gemcitabine-and-oseltamivir-phosphate-from-implantable-poly-d-l-lactic-co-glycolic-acid-cylinders-disables-human-pancreatic-cancer-cell-survival
#19
Stephanie Allison Logan, Amanda J Brissenden, Myron R Szewczuk, Ronald J Neufeld
Combination therapies against multiple targets are currently being developed to prevent resistance to a single chemotherapeutic agent and to extirpate pre-existing resistance in heterogeneous cancer cells in tumors due to selective pressure from the single agent. Gemcitabine (GEM), a chemotherapeutic agent, is the current standard of care for patients with pancreatic cancer. Patients with pancreatic cancer receiving GEM have a low progression-free survival. Given the poor response rate to GEM, cancer cells are known to develop rapid resistance to this drug...
2017: Drug Design, Development and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814300/increasing-on-target-cleavage-efficiency-for-crispr-cas9-induced-large-fragment-deletion-in-myxococcus-xanthus
#20
Ying-Jie Yang, Ye Wang, Zhi-Feng Li, Ya Gong, Peng Zhang, Wen-Chao Hu, Duo-Hong Sheng, Yue-Zhong Li
BACKGROUND: The CRISPR/Cas9 system is a powerful tool for genome editing, in which the sgRNA binds and guides the Cas9 protein for the sequence-specific cleavage. The protocol is employable in different organisms, but is often limited by cell damage due to the endonuclease activity of the introduced Cas9 and the potential off-target DNA cleavage from incorrect guide by the 20 nt spacer. RESULTS: In this study, after resolving some critical limits, we have established an efficient CRISPR/Cas9 system for the deletion of large genome fragments related to the biosynthesis of secondary metabolites in Myxococcus xanthus cells...
August 16, 2017: Microbial Cell Factories
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