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Charlotte Volgers, Birke J Benedikter, Gert E Grauls, Paul H M Savelkoul, Frank R M Stassen
During infection, the release of nano-sized membrane vesicle is a process which is common both for bacteria and host cells. Host cell-derived membrane vesicles can be involved in innate and adaptive immunity whereas bacterial membrane vesicles can contribute to bacterial pathogenicity. To study the contribution of both membrane vesicle populations during infection is highly complicated as most vesicles fall within a similar size range of 30-300nm. Specialized techniques for purification are required and often no single technique complies on its own...
July 2017: Microbiological Research
Dan Liu, Xingrui Li, Junkai Zhou, Shibo Liu, Tian Tian, Yanling Song, Zhi Zhu, Leiji Zhou, Tianhai Ji, Chaoyong Yang
Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) is a popular laboratory technique for detection of disease-specific protein biomarkers with high specificity and sensitivity. However, ELISA requires labor-intensive and time-consuming procedures with skilled operators and spectroscopic instrumentation. Simplification of the procedures and miniaturization of the devices are crucial for ELISA-based point-of-care (POC) testing in resource-limited settings. Here, we present a fully integrated, instrument-free, low-cost and portable POC platform which integrates the process of ELISA and the distance readout into a single microfluidic chip...
May 4, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
Alek G Erickson, Taylor D Laughlin, Sarah M Romereim, Catherine N Sargus-Patino, Angela K Pannier, Andrew T Dudley
Defining the final size and geometry of engineered tissues through precise control of the scalar and vector components of tissue growth is a necessary benchmark for regenerative medicine, but it has proved to be a significant challenge for tissue engineers. The growth plate cartilage that promotes elongation of the long bones is a good model system for studying morphogenetic mechanisms because cartilage is composed of a single cell type, the chondrocyte; chondrocytes are readily maintained in culture; and growth trajectory is predominately in a single vector...
May 18, 2017: Tissue Engineering. Part A
Robert S Liwski, Anna L Greenshields, Robert A Bray, Howard M Gebel
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Fluorescence-based human leukocyte antigen (HLA) antibody detection methods, including flow cytometric crossmatch and single antigen bead assays revolutionized HLA antibody identification and assessment of immunological risk in transplant candidates and patients. Nevertheless, these assays are not flawless and their interpretation can be complex. This review highlights the limitations of the single antigen bead and flow cytometric crossmatch assays and discusses protocol modifications and interpretive approaches to address these issues...
May 13, 2017: Current Opinion in Organ Transplantation
Anna Häggmark-Månberg, Peter Nilsson, Jochen M Schwenk
Protein profiling through affinity proteomic approaches represents a powerful strategy for the analysis of human body fluids. Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), being the fluid proximal to the central nervous system, is commonly analyzed in the context of neurological diseases, and can offer novel insights into the physiological state of the brain. Ultimately, and by analyzing the presence of brain-derived proteins in larger sets of samples that represent different phenotypes, profiling of CSF may serve as an important source to discover and verify disease-associated markers...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
Ana Hernández-González, John Noh, María Jesús Perteguer, Teresa Gárate, Sukwan Handali
BACKGROUND: Currently, the reference standard assay for the serodiagnosis of neurocysticercosis (NCC) is the lentil lectin-bound glycoproteins/enzyme-linked immunoelectrotransfer blot (LLGP-EITB). The main disadvantage of this technique is the complexity of obtaining and purifying the LLGP extract. This could be solved by replacement with highly specific recombinant antigens from Taenia solium. Based on previous studies, we selected and produced the recombinant Ts8B2 and T24H proteins and applied them to three diagnostic techniques: western blot (WB), enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) and the multiplex bead-based assay (MBA)...
May 15, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
Allison G Aioub, Lindsay Dahora, Kelly Gamble, M G Finn
The copper-catalyzed azide-alkyne cycloaddition (CuAAC) reaction is a powerful tool for making connections in both organic reactions and biological systems. However, the use of this ligation process in living cells is limited by the toxicity associated with unbound copper ions. As an initial attempt to create peptide-based accelerating ligands capable of cellular expression, we performed synthesis and selection for such species on solid-phase synthesis beads bearing both candidate ligand and alkyne substrate...
May 15, 2017: Bioconjugate Chemistry
Yanting Shen, Fei Tian, Jing Tu, Rui Li, Zhenzhu Chen, Yunfei Bai, Qinyu Ge, Zuhong Lu
The reaction temperature is one of the main factors that affect the stability of emulsion PCR (emPCR). Focusing on this point, we applied the "DNA breathing" mechanism in BEAMing (Bead, Emulsion, Amplification, and Magnetic) and proposed a more stable emulsion amplification method. Compared to the conventional emPCR, this method provided excellent results. Firstly, more stable emulsion system resulted in higher percentage of single-molecular amplifications (73.17%). Secondly, an ordinary temperature-controlling device was enough...
June 22, 2017: Analytica Chimica Acta
Lei Zhang, Limin Wang, Khawar Ali Shahzad, Tao Xu, Xin Wan, Weiya Pei, Chuanlai Shen
Accumulating evidence indicates that bead-based artificial antigen-presenting cells (aAPCs) are a powerful tool to induce antigen-specific T cell responses in vitro and in vivo. To date, most conventional aAPCs have been generated by coupling an antigen signal (signal 1) and one or two costimulatory signals, such as anti-CD28 with anti-LFA1 or anti-4-1BB (signal 2), onto the surfaces of cell-sized or nanoscale magnetic beads or polyester latex beads. The development of a biodegradable scaffold and the combined use of multiple costimulatory signals as well as third signals for putative clinical applications is the next step in the development of this technology...
May 13, 2017: Cancer Immunology, Immunotherapy: CII
Robert S Liwski, Anna L Greenshields, Cathi Murphey, Robert A Bray, Howard M Gebel
The LABScreen single antigen bead assay (SAB) is a method widely used for the identification and monitoring of human leukocyte antigen (HLA) antibodies in patients pre-and post-transplant. While accurate testing of patient samples is key for optimal patient care, time can also be important, especially during deceased donor workups or post-transplant assessments. Here we describe the development and validation of the Rapid Optimized SAB (ROB) protocol, a modified version of the One Lambda LABScreen SAB (OLSAB) procedure, which reduces assay time from 85 to 25min (>70% reduction) without impacting assay quality or sensitivity...
May 10, 2017: Human Immunology
Melanie D Sivley, Eric L Wallace, David G Warnock, William J Benjamin
BACKGROUND: Fabry disease (FD) is a treatable multisystem disease caused by a defect in the alpha-galactosidase gene. Ocular signs of FD, including corneal verticillata, are among the earliest diagnostic findings. Conjunctival lymphangiectasia (CL) has not previously been associated with FD. METHODS: We examined the eyes of a cohort of 13 adult patients, eight men and five women, with documented classic FD, all treated with enzyme replacement therapy (ERT) at the University of Alabama at Birmingham between February 2014 and April 2015...
May 12, 2017: British Journal of Ophthalmology
Peng Zhang, Xin-Min Li, Xue-Ke Zhao, Xin Song, Ling Yuan, Fang-Fang Shen, Zong-Min Fan, Li-Dong Wang
BACKGROUND: Our previous genome-wide association study (GWAS) identified three independent single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in human major histocompatibility complex (MHC) region showing association with esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC). In this study, we increased GWAS sample size on MHC region and performed validation in an independent ESCC cases and normal controls with aim to find additional loci at MHC region showing association with an increased risk to ESCC. METHODS: The 1,077 ESCC cases and 1,733 controls were genotyped using Illumina Human 610-Quad Bead Chip, and 451 cases and 374 controls were genotyped using Illumina Human 660W-Quad Bead Chip...
2017: PloS One
Ting Xu, Qiang Zhang, Ya-Han Fan, Ru-Qing Li, Hua Lu, Shu-Ming Zhao, Tian-Lun Jiang
BACKGROUND: Accurate and reliable blood grouping is essential for safe blood transfusion. However, conventional methods are qualitative and use only single-antigen detection. We overcame these limitations by developing a simple, quantitative, and multiplexed detection method for blood grouping using quantum dots (QDs) and magnetic beads. METHODS: In the QD fluorescence assay (QFA), blood group A and B antigens were quantified using QD labeling and magnetic beads, and the blood groups were identified according to the R value (the value was calculated with the fluorescence intensity from dual QD labeling) of A and B antigens...
2017: International Journal of Nanomedicine
Giuseppe Calafiore, Alexander Koshelev, Thomas P Darlington, Nicholas J Borys, Mauro Melli, Aleksandr Polyakov, Giuseppe Cantarella, Frances I Allen, Paul Lum, Ed Wong, Simone Sassolini, Alexander Weber-Bargioni, P James Schuck, Stefano Cabrini, Keiko Munechika
One of the major challenges to the widespread adoption of plasmonic and nano-optical devices in real-life applications is the difficulty to mass-fabricate nano-optical antennas in parallel and reproducible fashion, and the capability to precisely place nanoantennas into devices with nanometer-scale precision. In this study, we present a solution to this challenge using the state-of-the-art ultraviolet nanoimprint lithography (UV-NIL) to fabricate functional optical transformers onto the core of an optical fiber in a single step, mimicking the 'campanile' near-field probes...
May 10, 2017: Scientific Reports
Youyi Qiu, Bin Zhou, Xiaojuan Yang, Dongping Long, Yan Hao, Peihui Yang
A novel single-cell analysis platform was fabricated using solid-state zinc-coadsorbed carbon quantum dot (ZnCQDs) nanocomposites as an electrochemiluminescence (ECL) probe for the detection of breast cancer cells and evaluation of the CD44 expression level. Solid-state ZnCQDs nanocomposite probes were constructed through the attachment of ZnCQDs to gold nanoparticles and then the loading of magnetic beads to amplify the ECL signal, exhibiting a remarkable 120-fold enhancement of the ECL intensity. Hyaluronic acid (HA)-functionalized solid-state probes were used to label a single breast cancer cell by the specific recognition of HA with CD44 on the cell surface, revealing more stable, sensitive, and effective tagging in comparison with the water-soluble CQDs...
May 15, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Kathleen Lewicki, Brandon Prioreschi, Karl Koenig, Benjamin Keeney, Meredith Bartelstein, Calin Moucha, Douglas Van Citters
INTRODUCTION: Patients, hospitals, and healthcare systems incur substantial burdens when infections result in total joint revisions. One potential solution to mitigate some of these burdens may be to transition from a two-stage infection treatment to a single-stage procedure. Off-label use of an absorbable calcium sulfate antibiotic carrier has been implemented in single-stage and two-stage procedures globally, with the goal of moving toward more single-stage revisions in the United States...
June 2017: Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
Fatimata Dembele, Mariana Tasso, Laura Trapiella-Alfonso, Xiang Zhen Xu, Mohamed Hanafi, Nicolas Lequeux, Thomas Pons
Fluorescent semiconductor quantum dots (QDs) exhibit several unique properties that make them suitable candidates for biomolecular sensing, including high brightness, photostability, broad excitation and narrow emission spectra. Assembling these QDs into robust and functionalizable nanosized clusters (QD-NSCs) can provide fluorescent probes that are several orders of magnitude brighter than individual QDs, thus allowing an even greater sensitivity of detection with simplified instrumentation. However, the formation of compact, anti-fouling, functionalizable and stable QD-NSCs remains a challenging task, especially for a use at ultra-low concentrations for single-molecule detection...
May 3, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Megan M Wancura, Ying Yan, Laura A Katz, Xyrus X Maurer-Alcalá
Blepharisma americanum, a member of the understudied ciliate class Heterotrichea, has a moniliform somatic macronucleus that resembles beads on a string. B. americanum is distinguishable by its pink coloration derived from the autofluorescent pigment blepharismin and tends to have a single somatic macronucleus with 3-6 nodes and multiple germline micronuclei. We used fluorescence confocal microscopy to explore the DNA content and amplification between the somatic and germline nuclei of B. americanum through its life cycle...
April 29, 2017: Journal of Eukaryotic Microbiology
Qiuyun Zhang, Fangfang Wei, Yutao Zhang, Fuhua Wei, Peihua Ma, Wei Zheng, Yongting Zhao, Hongliang Chen
A systematic study on copper (II)-alginate beads as catalysts for the synthesis of biodiesel via esterification of oleic acid and methanol is here reported for the first time. The chemical structure and morphologies of these catalysts were fully characterized by XRD, FT-IR, and SEM. The copper (II)-alginate beads showed a tubular structure with entangled reticulation. In the presence of copper (II)-alginate catalyst, the biodiesel conversion of 71.8% was achieved from oleic acid with methanol under the most mild conditions (1/10 oleic acid to methanol molar ratio, 250 mg catalyst, 70°C for 3 h), optimized by single-factor experiments...
2017: Journal of Oleo Science
Can Dincer, Richard Bruch, André Kling, Petra S Dittrich, Gerald A Urban
Multiplexed point-of-care testing (xPOCT), which is simultaneous on-site detection of different analytes from a single specimen, has recently gained increasing importance for clinical diagnostics, with emerging applications in resource-limited settings (such as in the developing world, in doctors' offices, or directly at home). Nevertheless, only single-analyte approaches are typically considered as the major paradigm in many reviews of point-of-care testing. Here, we comprehensively review the present diagnostic systems and techniques for xPOCT applications...
April 26, 2017: Trends in Biotechnology
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