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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29213313/agronomic-performance-of-populus-deltoides-trees-engineered-for-biofuel-production
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David Macaya-Sanz, Jin-Gui Chen, Udaya C Kalluri, Wellington Muchero, Timothy J Tschaplinski, Lee E Gunter, Sandra J Simon, Ajaya K Biswal, Anthony C Bryan, Raja Payyavula, Meng Xie, Yongil Yang, Jin Zhang, Debra Mohnen, Gerald A Tuskan, Stephen P DiFazio
Background: One of the major barriers to the development of lignocellulosic feedstocks is the recalcitrance of plant cell walls to deconstruction and saccharification. Recalcitrance can be reduced by targeting genes involved in cell wall biosynthesis, but this can have unintended consequences that compromise the agronomic performance of the trees under field conditions. Here we report the results of a field trial of fourteen distinct transgenic Populus deltoides lines that had previously demonstrated reduced recalcitrance without yield penalties under greenhouse conditions...
2017: Biotechnology for Biofuels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29176801/increasing-vaccine-production-using-pulsed-ultrasound-waves
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Jida Xing, Shrishti Singh, Yupeng Zhao, Yan Duan, Huining Guo, Chenxia Hu, Allan Ma, Rajan George, James Z Xing, Ankarao Kalluri, Isaac Macwan, Prabir Patra, Jie Chen
Vaccination is a safe and effective approach to prevent deadly diseases. To increase vaccine production, we propose that a mechanical stimulation can enhance protein production. In order to prove this hypothesis, Sf9 insect cells were used to evaluate the increase in the expression of a fusion protein from hepatitis B virus (HBV S1/S2). We discovered that the ultrasound stimulation at a frequency of 1.5 MHz, intensity of 60 mW/cm2, for a duration of 10 minutes per day increased HBV S1/S2 by 27%. We further derived a model for transport through a cell membrane under the effect of ultrasound waves, tested the key assumptions of the model through a molecular dynamics simulation package, NAMD (Nanoscale Molecular Dynamics program) and utilized CHARMM force field in a steered molecular dynamics environment...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29111753/biogenic-nanostructured-porous-silicon-as-a-carrier-for-stabilization-and-delivery-of-natural-therapeutic-species
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Nguyen T Le, Jhansi R Kalluri, Armando Loni, Leigh T Canham, Jeffery L Coffer
Nanostructured mesoporous silicon (pSi) derived from the silicon-accumulator plant Tabasheer (Bambuseae) is demonstrated to serve as a potential carrier matrix for carrying and stabilizing naturally active, but otherwise metastable, therapeutic agents. Particularly, in this study, garlic oil containing phytochemicals (namely, allicin) that are capable of inhibiting Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) bacterial growth were incorporated into Tabasheer-derived porous silicon. Thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) indicated that relatively high amounts of the extract (53...
November 13, 2017: Molecular Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29101086/beyond-idiopathic-pulmonary-fibrosis-diagnosis-multidisciplinary-care-with-an-early-integrated-palliative-approach-is-associated-with-a-decrease-in-acute-care-utilization-and-hospital-deaths
#4
Meena Kalluri, Francisca Claveria, Emily Ainsley, Maged Haggag, Susan Armijo-Olivo, Janice Richman-Eisenstat
CONTEXT: Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF) is a progressive, incurable interstitial lung disease with heavy symptom burden and poor quality of life. The last year of life is characterized by increased acute care utilization and hospital deaths. Clinical guidelines recommend early integration of palliative care but is rarely implemented. In 2012, we reorganized our clinic into a multidisciplinary team comprising two pulmonologists (expertise in ILD and palliative respiratory care respectively), nurse, respiratory therapist, physiotherapist, and a dietitian...
October 31, 2017: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29092591/continued-search-for-better-prediction-of-aided-speech-understanding-in-multi-talker-environments
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Jing Xia, Sridhar Kalluri, Christophe Micheyl, Ervin Hafter
To better understand issues of hearing-aid benefit during natural listening, this study examined the added demand placed by the goal of understanding speech over the more typically studied goal of simply recognizing speech sounds. The study compared hearing-aid benefit in two conditions, and examined factors that might account for the observed benefits. In the phonetic condition, listeners needed only identify the correct sound to make a correct response. In the semantic condition, listeners had to understand what they had heard to respond correctly, because the answer did not include any keywords from the spoken speech...
October 2017: Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29090640/listening-into-2030-workshop-an-experiment-in-envisioning-the-future-of-hearing-and-communication-science
#6
Simon Carlile, Gregory Ciccarelli, Jane Cockburn, Anna C Diedesch, Megan K Finnegan, Ervin Hafter, Simon Henin, Sridhar Kalluri, Alexander J E Kell, Erol J Ozmeral, Casey L Roark, Jessica E Sagers
Here we report the methods and output of a workshop examining possible futures of speech and hearing science out to 2030. Using a design thinking approach, a range of human-centered problems in communication were identified that could provide the motivation for a wide range of research. Nine main research programs were distilled and are summarized: (a) measuring brain and other physiological parameters, (b) auditory and multimodal displays of information, (c) auditory scene analysis, (d) enabling and understanding shared auditory virtual spaces, (e) holistic approaches to health management and hearing impairment, (f) universal access to evolving and individualized technologies, (g) biological intervention for hearing dysfunction, (h) understanding the psychosocial interactions with technology and other humans as mediated by technology, and (i) the impact of changing models of security and privacy...
January 2017: Trends in Hearing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29071224/process-physicochemical-characterization-and-in-vitro-assessment-of-albendazole-microcrystals
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Vandana Kr, Prasanna Raju Yalavarthi, Harini Chowdary Vadlamudi, Jagadesh Kumar Yadav Kalluri, Arun Rasheed
Purpose: Albendazole is a poorly soluble drug which limits its oral bioavailability. The study was focussed to enhance the solubility by in-situ micronization. Methods: Albendazole microcrystals were prepared by solvent change method using gum karaya and hupu gum as stabilizing agents and the effect of each stabilizer on the prepared microcrystals were studied. FT-IR, DSC, XRD and SEM analysis were performed as a part of characterization studies. The formulations were evaluated for micromeritics, solubility and drug release...
September 2017: Advanced Pharmaceutical Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29066027/interferon-beta-specific-t-cells-are-associated-with-the-development-of-neutralizing-antibodies-in-interferon-beta-treated-multiple-sclerosis-patients
#8
Sudhakar Reddy Kalluri, Verena Grummel, Zsuzsanna Hracsko, Viola Pongratz, Verena Pernpeintner, Christiane Gasperi, Dorothea Buck, Bernhard Hemmer
Beta-interferons are still among the most commonly used drugs to treat Multiple Sclerosis (MS). The use of beta-interferons is limited by the development of anti-drug antibodies (ADA), which may abrogate the treatment effect of the drug. Although the antibody response has been well studied, little is known about the T cell response to interferon-beta (IFN-β). We investigated T cell responses in four treatment naïve MS patients and twenty-three patients treated with IFN-β who had or had not developed ADA to IFN-β...
October 20, 2017: Journal of Autoimmunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936513/solar-cells-with-pbs-quantum-dot-sensitized-tio2-multiwalled-carbon-nanotube-composites-sulfide-titania-gel-and-tin-sulfide-coated-c-fabric
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Ramesh K Kokal, Melepurath Deepa, Ankarao Kalluri, Shrishti Singh, Isaac Macwan, Prabir K Patra, Jeff Gilarde
Novel approaches to boost quantum dot solar cell (QDSC) efficiencies are in demand. Herein, three strategies are used: (i) a hydrothermally synthesized TiO2-multiwalled carbon nanotube (MWCNT) composite instead of conventional TiO2, (ii) a counter electrode (CE) that has not been applied to QDSCs until now, namely, tin sulfide (SnS) nanoparticles (NPs) coated over a conductive carbon (C)-fabric, and (iii) a quasi-solid-state gel electrolyte composed of S(2-), an inert polymer and TiO2 nanoparticles as opposed to a polysulfide solution based hole transport layer...
October 4, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929903/predictors-of-hearing-aid-outcomes
#10
Enrique A Lopez-Poveda, Peter T Johannesen, Patricia Pérez-González, José L Blanco, Sridhar Kalluri, Brent Edwards
Over 360 million people worldwide suffer from disabling hearing loss. Most of them can be treated with hearing aids. Unfortunately, performance with hearing aids and the benefit obtained from using them vary widely across users. Here, we investigate the reasons for such variability. Sixty-eight hearing-aid users or candidates were fitted bilaterally with nonlinear hearing aids using standard procedures. Treatment outcome was assessed by measuring aided speech intelligibility in a time-reversed two-talker background and self-reported improvement in hearing ability...
January 2017: Trends in Hearing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921953/new-antimony-selenide-nickel-oxide-photocathode-boosts-the-efficiency-of-graphene-quantum-dot-co-sensitized-solar-cells
#11
Ankita Kolay, Ramesh K Kokal, Ankarao Kalluri, Isaac Macwan, Prabir K Patra, Partha Ghosal, Melepurath Deepa
A novel assembly of a photocathode and a photoanode is investigated to explore their complementary effects in enhancing the photovoltaic performance of a quantum-dot solar cell (QDSC). While p-type nickel oxide (NiO) has been used previously, antimony selenide (Sb2Se3) has not been used in a QDSC, especially as a component of a counter electrode (CE) architecture that doubles as the photocathode. Here, near-infrared (NIR) light-absorbing Sb2Se3 nanoparticles (NPs) coated over electrodeposited NiO nanofibers on a carbon (C) fabric substrate was employed as the highly efficient photocathode...
October 11, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28863614/towards-a-joint-reflection-distortion-otoacoustic-emission-profile-results-in-normal-and-impaired-ears
#12
Carolina Abdala, Radha Kalluri
Otoacoustic emissions (OAEs) provide salient information about cochlear function and dysfunction. Two broad classes of emissions, linear reflection and nonlinear distortion, arise via distinct cochlear processes and hence, appear to provide independent information about cochlear health and hearing. Considered in combination, these two OAE types may characterize sensory hearing loss most effectively. In this study, the level-dependent growth of stimulus-frequency OAEs (a reflection-type emission) and distortion-product OAEs (a distortion-type emission) were measured in ten normal-hearing ears and eight ears with slight-to-moderate sensorineural hearing loss...
August 2017: Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28855213/exosomes-from-glioma-associated-mesenchymal-stem-cells-increase-the-tumorigenicity-of-glioma-stem-like-cells-via-transfer-of-mir-1587
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Javier Figueroa, Lynette M Phillips, Tal Shahar, Anwar Hossain, Joy Gumin, Hoon Kim, Andrew J Bean, George A Calin, Juan Fueyo, Edgar T Walters, Raghu Kalluri, Roel G Verhaak, Frederick F Lang
Tumor-stromal communications impact tumorigenesis in ways that are incompletely understood. Here, we show that glioma-associated human mesenchymal stem cells (GA-hMSC), a newly identified stromal component of glioblastoma, release exosomes that increase the proliferation and clonogenicity of tumor-initiating glioma stem-like cells (GSC). This event leads to a significantly greater tumor burden and decreased host survival compared with untreated GSCs in orthotopic xenografts. Analysis of the exosomal content identified miR-1587 as a mediator of the exosomal effects on GSCs, in part via downregulation of the tumor-suppressive nuclear receptor corepressor NCOR1...
November 1, 2017: Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802717/chronic-d609-treatment-interferes-with-cell-cycle-and-targets-the-expression-of-olig2-in-glioma-stem-like-cells
#14
Haviryaji S G Kalluri, John S Kuo, Robert J Dempsey
Glioma Stem-like Cells (GSCs) isolated from patient derived tumors have high metabolic activity and survive in the absence of exogenous growth factors. We recently demonstrated that acute D609 (Tricyclodecan-9-yl-xanthogenate), a PC-PLC inhibitor with anti-oxidative property, can decrease the ATP content & GADD45β protein in GSCs cultured without growth factors, but not in the presence of growth factors. In this study we examined the effect of chronic D609 treatment on GSCs cultured in complete medium containing growth factors...
November 5, 2017: European Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28775207/development-of-aggressive-pancreatic-ductal-adenocarcinomas-depends-on-granulocyte-colony-stimulating-factor-secretion-in-carcinoma-cells
#15
Michael W Pickup, Philip Owens, Agnieszka E Gorska, Anna Chytil, Fei Ye, Chanjuan Shi, Valerie M Weaver, Raghu Kalluri, Harold L Moses, Sergey V Novitskiy
The survival rate for pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) remains low. More therapeutic options to treat this disease are needed, for the current standard of care is ineffective. Using an animal model of aggressive PDAC (Kras/p48(TGFβRIIKO)), we discovered an effect of TGFβ signaling in regulation of G-CSF secretion in pancreatic epithelium. Elevated concentrations of G-CSF in PDAC promoted differentiation of Ly6G(+) cells from progenitors, stimulated IL10 secretion from myeloid cells, and decreased T-cell proliferation via upregulation of Arg, iNOS, VEGF, IL6, and IL1b from CD11b(+) cells...
September 2017: Cancer Immunology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720851/microneedle-patch-delivery-of-influenza-vaccine-during-pregnancy-enhances-maternal-immune-responses-promoting-survival-and-long-lasting-passive-immunity-to-offspring
#16
E Stein Esser, Joanna A Pulit-Penaloza, Haripriya Kalluri, Devin McAllister, Elena V Vassilieva, Elizabeth Q Littauer, Nadia Lelutiu, Mark R Prausnitz, Richard W Compans, Ioanna Skountzou
Influenza virus causes life-threatening infections in pregnant women and their newborns. Immunization during pregnancy is the most effective means of preventing maternal and infant mortality/morbidity; however, influenza vaccination rates of pregnant women remain under 50%. Furthermore, the availability of vaccines in low-resource populations is limited. Skin immunization with microneedle patches (MN) is a novel and safe vaccination platform featuring thermostable vaccine formulations. Cold-chain independence and the potential for self-administration can expand influenza vaccination coverage in developing countries...
July 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28688108/a-physiologically-based-pharmacokinetic-modelling-approach-to-predict-buprenorphine-pharmacokinetics-following-intravenous-and-sublingual-administration
#17
Hari V Kalluri, Hongfei Zhang, Steve N Caritis, Raman Venkataramanan
AIMS: Opioid dependence is associated with high morbidity and mortality. Buprenorphine (BUP) is approved by the Food and Drug Administration to treat opioid dependence. There is a lack of clear consensus on the appropriate dosing of BUP due to interpatient physiological differences in absorption/disposition, subjective response assessment and other patient comorbidities. The objective of the present study was to build and validate robust physiologically based pharmacokinetic (PBPK) models for intravenous (IV) and sublingual (SL) BUP as a first step to optimizing BUP pharmacotherapy...
November 2017: British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28669739/an-evidence-based-recommendation-to-increase-the-dosing-frequency-of-buprenorphine-during-pregnancy
#18
Steve N Caritis, Jaime R Bastian, Hongfei Zhang, Hari Kalluri, Dennis English, Michael England, Stephanie Bobby, Raman Venkataramanan
BACKGROUND: Dose-adjusted plasma concentrations of buprenorphine are significantly decreased during pregnancy compared with the nonpregnant state. This observation suggests that pregnant women may need a higher dose of buprenorphine than nonpregnant individuals to maintain similar drug exposure (plasma concentrations over time after a dose). The current dosing recommendations for buprenorphine during pregnancy address the total daily dose of buprenorphine to be administered, but the frequency of dosing is not clearly addressed...
October 2017: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28666680/the-safety-immunogenicity-and-acceptability-of-inactivated-influenza-vaccine-delivered-by-microneedle-patch-tiv-mnp-2015-a-randomised-partly-blinded-placebo-controlled-phase-1-trial
#19
Nadine G Rouphael, Michele Paine, Regina Mosley, Sebastien Henry, Devin V McAllister, Haripriya Kalluri, Winston Pewin, Paula M Frew, Tianwei Yu, Natalie J Thornburg, Sarah Kabbani, Lilin Lai, Elena V Vassilieva, Ioanna Skountzou, Richard W Compans, Mark J Mulligan, Mark R Prausnitz
BACKGROUND: Microneedle patches provide an alternative to conventional needle-and-syringe immunisation, and potentially offer improved immunogenicity, simplicity, cost-effectiveness, acceptability, and safety. We describe safety, immunogenicity, and acceptability of the first-in-man study on single, dissolvable microneedle patch vaccination against influenza. METHODS: The TIV-MNP 2015 study was a randomised, partly blinded, placebo-controlled, phase 1, clinical trial at Emory University that enrolled non-pregnant, immunocompetent adults from Atlanta, GA, USA, who were aged 18-49 years, naive to the 2014-15 influenza vaccine, and did not have any significant dermatological disorders...
August 12, 2017: Lancet
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644693/supplemental-oxygen-in-interstitial-lung-disease-an-art-in-need-of-science
#20
Kerri A Johannson, Sachin R Pendharkar, Kirk Mathison, Charlene D Fell, Jordan A Guenette, Meena Kalluri, Martin Kolb, Christopher J Ryerson
Interstitial lung disease (ILD) comprises a large and heterogeneous group of disorders that often lead to progressive fibrosis and premature death. Oxygen supplementation is typically used in patients with advanced lung disease with resting hypoxemia; however, there is a paucity of evidence guiding the use of supplemental oxygen in ILD, and significant heterogeneity in clinical practice. It remains unclear whether supplemental oxygen improves clinically meaningful outcomes, and the role of ambulatory oxygen supplementation in isolated exertional hypoxemia is particularly controversial...
September 2017: Annals of the American Thoracic Society
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