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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29160628/the-role-of-chitin-and-chitosan-in-peripheral-nerve-reconstruction
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Michał Bąk, Olga N Gutkowska, Ewa Wagner, Jerzy Gosk
Chitin is a natural polysaccharide commonly found in nature and chitosan is its partially deacetylated derivative. The properties of both biopolymers allow their wide use in medicine and various industries. This paper presents the possibilities offered by chitin and chitosan for the creation of neurotubes utilized in peripheral nerve repair procedures. In the initial part of this manuscript, experimental studies on both polysaccharides carried out by numerous authors have been presented and their results have been discussed...
January 2017: Polimery W Medycynie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29159853/the-use-of-cell-conditioned-medium-for-musculoskeletal-tissue-regeneration
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REVIEW
Francesca Veronesi, Veronica Borsari, Maria Sartori, Monia Orciani, Monica Mattioli-Belmonte Cima, Milena Fini
Tissue regenerative medicine combines the use of cells, scaffolds and molecules to repair damaged tissues. Different cell types are employed for musculoskeletal diseases, both differentiated and mesenchymal stromal cells (MSCs). In recent years, the hypothesis that cell-based therapy is guided principally by cell-secreted factors has become increasingly popular. The aim of the present literature review was to evaluate preclinical and clinical studies that used conditioned medium (CM), rich in cell-factors, for musculoskeletal regeneration with a cell-free approach...
November 20, 2017: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158836/a-laser-activated-biocompatible-theranostic-nanoagent-for-targeted-multimodal-imaging-and-photothermal-therapy
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Liming Deng, Xiaojun Cai, Danli Sheng, Yang Yang, Eric M Strohm, Zhigang Wang, Haitao Ran, Dong Wang, Yuanyi Zheng, Pan Li, Tingting Shang, Yi Ling, Fengjuan Wang, Yang Sun
Multifunctional nanoparticles have been reported for cancer detection and treatment currently. However, the accurate diagnosis and efficient treatment for tumors are still not satisfied. Here we report on the development of targeted phase change multimodal polymeric nanoparticles for the imaging and treatment of HER2-positive breast cancer. METHODS: We evaluated the multimodal imaging capabilities of the prepared nanoparticles in vitro using agar-based phantoms. The targeting performance and cytotoxicity of the nanoparticles were examined in cell culture using SKBR3 (over-expressing HER2) and MDA-MB-231 (HER2 negative) cells...
2017: Theranostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156557/the-invasive-region-of-glioblastoma-defined-by-5ala-guided-surgery-has-an-altered-cancer-stem-cell-marker-profile-compared-to-central-tumour
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Stuart J Smith, Mohammed Diksin, Saachi Chhaya, Shwetha Sairam, Maria A Estevez-Cebrero, Ruman Rahman
Glioblastoma, a WHO grade IV astrocytoma, is a highly aggressive and heterogeneous tumour that infiltrates deeply into surrounding brain parenchyma, making complete surgical resection impossible. Despite chemo-radiotherapy, the residual cell population within brain parenchyma post-surgery causes inevitable recurrence. Previously, the tumour core has been the focus of research and the basis for targeted therapeutic regimes, which have failed to improve survival in clinical trials. Here, we focus on the invasive margin as defined by the region with 5-aminolevulinic acid (5ALA) (GliolanTM) fluorescence at surgery beyond the T1 enhancing region on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)...
November 18, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156138/plasmonic-sensing-with-3d-printed-optics
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Samuel S Hinman, Kristy S McKeating, Quan Cheng
Three-dimensional (3D) printing has undergone an exponential growth in popularity due to its revolutionary and near limitless manufacturing capabilities. Recent trends have seen this technology utilized across a variety of scientific disciplines, including the measurement sciences, but precise fabrication of optical components for high performance biosensing has not yet been demonstrated. We report here 3D printing of high-quality, custom prisms by stereolithography that enable Kretschmann- configured plasmonic sensing of bacterial toxins...
November 20, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156126/two-dimensional-tantalum-carbide-mxenes-composite-nanosheets-for-multiple-imaging-guided-photothermal-tumor-ablation
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Chen Dai, Yu Chen, Xiangxiang Jing, Lihua Xiang, Dayang Yang, Han Lin, Zhuang Liu, Xiaoxia Han, Rong Wu
MXenes, an emerging family of graphene-analogues two-dimensional (2D) materials, have attracted continuous and tremendous attentions in many application fields because of their intrinsic physiochemical properties and high performance in versatile applications. In this work, we report on the construction of tantalum carbide (Ta4C3) MXene-based composite nanosheets for multiple imaging-guided photothermal tumor ablation, which has been achieved by rational choice of the composition of MXenes and their surface functionalization...
November 20, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155813/post-guidance-signaling-by-extracellular-matrix-associated-slit-slit-n-maintains-fasciculation-and-position-of-axon-tracts-in-the-nerve-cord
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Krishna Moorthi Bhat
Axon-guidance by Slit-Roundabout (Robo) signaling at the midline initially guides growth cones to synaptic targets and positions longitudinal axon tracts in discrete bundles on either side of the midline. Following the formation of commissural tracts, Slit is found also in tracts of the commissures and longitudinal connectives, the purpose of which is not clear. The Slit protein is processed into a larger N-terminal peptide and a smaller C-terminal peptide. Here, I show that Slit and Slit-N in tracts interact with Robo to maintain the fasciculation, the inter-tract spacing between tracts and their position relative to the midline...
November 20, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154189/novel-theranostic-zinc-phthalocyanine-phospholipid-complex-self-assembled-nanoparticles-for-imaging-guided-targeted-photodynamic-treatment-with-controllable-ros-production-and-shape-assisted-enhanced-cellular-uptake
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Jinyuan Ma, Yang Li, Guihua Liu, Ai Li, Yilin Chen, Xinyi Zhou, Dengyue Chen, Zhenqing Hou, Xuan Zhu
The novel drug delivery system based on self-assembly of zinc phthalocyanine-soybean phosphatidylcholine (ZnPc-SPC) complex was developed by a co-solvent method followed by a nanoprecipitaion technique. DSPE-PEG-methotrexate (DSPE-PEG-MTX) was introduced on the surface of ZnPc-SPC self-assembled nanoparticles (ZS) to endow them with folate receptor-targeting property. NMR, XRD, FTIR, and UV-vis-NIR analysis demonstrated the weak molecular interaction between ZnPc and SPC. The ZS functionalized with DSPE-PEG-MTX (ZSPM) was successfully constructed with an average particle size of ∼170nm, a narrow size distribution, and could remain physiologically stable for at least 7days...
October 24, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153417/the-efficacy-of-transbronchial-needle-aspiration-with-endobronchial-ultrasonography-using-a-guide-sheath-for-peripheral-pulmonary-lesions-suspected-to-be-lung-cancer
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Ken Arimura, Yasuo Sekine, Kenzo Hiroshima, Akitoshi Sato, Mizue Hasegawa, Hideki Katsura, Etsuko Tagaya, Mitsuko Kondo, Jun Tamaoki
BACKGROUND: The efficacy of transbronchial needle aspiration (TBNA) with endobronchial ultrasonography using a guide sheath (EBUS-GS) for cases of peripheral pulmonary lesions (PPLs) has not been well established. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of TBNA with EBUS-GS for PPLs. METHODS: We evaluated 130 patients suspected to have lung cancer who underwent transbronchial brushing (brushing), transbronchial biopsy (TBB), and TBNA with EBUS-GS...
November 2017: Respiratory Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29152066/identification-and-validation-of-fgfr2-peptide-for-detection-of-early-barrett-s-neoplasia
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Juan Zhou, Lei He, Zhijun Pang, Henry D Appelman, Rork Kuick, David G Beer, Meng Li, Thomas D Wang
The incidence of esophageal adenocarcinoma (EAC) is rising rapidly, and early detection within the precursor state of Barrett's esophagus (BE) is challenged by flat premalignant lesions that are difficult detect with conventional endoscopic surveillance. Overexpression of cell surface fibroblast growth factor receptor 2 (FGFR2) is an early event in progression of BE to EAC, and is a promising imaging target. We used phage display to identify the peptide SRRPASFRTARE that binds specifically to the extracellular domain of FGFR2...
October 20, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149479/cripsr-cas-expands-dynamic-range-of-gene-expression-from-t7rnap-promoters
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Sean R McCutcheon, Kwan Lun Chiu, Daniel D Lewis, Cheemeng Tan
BACKGROUND: Reducing leaky gene expression is critical for improving protein yield of recombinant bacteria and stability of engineered cellular circuits in synthetic biology. Leaky gene expression occurs when a genetic promoter is not fully repressed, leading to unintended protein synthesis in the absence of stimuli. Existing work has devised specific molecular strategies for reducing leaky gene expression of each promoter. Main Method and Results: In contrast, we describe a repurposed, modular CRISPRi system that attenuates leaky gene expression using a series of single-guide RNAs targeting the PT7/LacO1 ...
November 17, 2017: Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148179/clinical-implications-of-de-barsy-syndrome
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Lindsay L Warner, David A Olsen, Hugh M Smith
BACKGROUND: De Barsy syndrome is a rare, autosomal recessive syndrome characterized by cutis laxa, progeroid appearance, ophthalmic opacification, skeletal malformations, growth delays, and intellectual disability. AIMS: The aim of this case series is to identify the anesthetic considerations in the clinical management of patients with de Barsy syndrome. METHODS: A retrospective case review from 1968 to 2016 was performed at a single tertiary medical center to identify patients with de Barsy syndrome who underwent anesthesia for diagnostic and surgical procedures...
November 17, 2017: Paediatric Anaesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148091/intrinsic-subtypes-of-breast-cancers-initially-assessed-as-probably-benign-or-of-low-suspicion-on-ultrasonography-differ-according-to-tumor-size
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Jieun Koh, Min Jung Kim, Hee Jung Moon, Jung Hyun Yoon, Vivian Youngjean Park, Eun-Kyung Kim
OBJECTIVES: To investigate whether the intrinsic subtypes of breast cancers initially assessed as American College of Radiology Breast Imaging and Reporting System (BI-RADS) category 3 or 4a differ according to tumor size. METHODS: A total of 444 breast cancers in 439 patients initially assessed as BI-RADS 3 or 4a through ultrasound-guided core needle biopsy were included. Tumors were classified by the size criterion of 10 mm or smaller or larger than 10 mm and categorized as the luminal type (estrogen receptor [ER] positive and/or progesterone receptor [PR] positive and human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 [HER2] negative), HER2 type (HER2 positive regardless of ER or PR status), or triple-negative type (ER negative, PR negative, and HER2 negative)...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine: Official Journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147571/a-surprising-treatment-response-in-a-patient-with-rare-isolated-growth-hormone-deficiency-type-ib
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Jordan Yardain Amar, Kimberly Borden, Elizabeth Watson, Talin Arslanian
Isolated Growth Hormone Deficiency (IGHD) is a rare cause of short stature, treated with the standard regimen of subcutaneous synthetic growth hormone (GH). Patients typically achieve a maximum height velocity in the first year of treatment, which then tapers shortly after treatment is stopped. We report a case of a 9-year-old male who presented with short stature (<3rd percentile for age and race). Basal hormone levels showed undetectable serum IGF1. Skeletal wrist age was consistent with chronologic age...
2017: Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146648/economic-evaluation-of-an-e-mental-health-intervention-for-patients-with-retinal-exudative-diseases-who-receive-intraocular-anti-vegf-injections-e-pseye-protocol-for-a-randomised-controlled-trial
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Hilde P A van der Aa, Ger H M B van Rens, Frank D Verbraak, Machteld Bosscha, Marc A Koopmanschap, Hannie C Comijs, Pim Cuijpers, Ruth M A van Nispen
INTRODUCTION: Because of the great potential of vascular endothelial growth factor inhibitors (anti-VEGF) for retinal exudative diseases, an increased number of patients receives this treatment. However, during this treatment, patients are subjected to frequent invasive intravitreal injections, and the effects on reversing the process of vision loss are uncertain, which may have negative consequences for patients' mental health. One in three patients experience at least mild symptoms of depression/anxiety...
November 15, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145025/coupling-of-on-column-trypsin-digestion-peptide-mapping-and-principal-component-analysis-for-stability-and-biosimilarity-assessment-of-recombinant-human-growth-hormone
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Sara M Shatat, Basma M Eltanany, Abeer A Mohamed, Medhat A Al-Ghobashy, Faten A Fathalla, Samah S Abbas
Peptide mapping (PM) is a vital technique in biopharmaceutical industry. The fingerprint obtained helps to qualitatively confirm host stability as well as verify primary structure, purity and integrity of the target protein. Yet, in-solution digestion followed by tandem mass spectrometry is not suitable as a routine quality control test. It is time consuming and requires sophisticated, expensive instruments and highly skilled operators. In an attempt to enhance the fuctionality of PM and extract multi-dimentional data about various critical quality attributes and comparability of biosimilars, coupling of PM generated using immobilized trypsin followed by HPLC-UV to principal component analysis (PCA) is proposed...
November 11, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144983/albumin-coordinated-assembly-of-clearable-platinum-nanodots-for-photo-induced-cancer-theranostics
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Yong'an Tang, Tao Yang, Qiaoli Wang, Xiaoyan Lv, Xue Song, Hengte Ke, Zhengqing Guo, Xiaoqing Huang, Jun Hu, Zifu Li, Peng Yang, Xiangliang Yang, Huabing Chen
Photoactive noble metal nanoparticles are of increasing importance toward personalized cancer therapy in the field of precision nanomedicine. A critical challenge remains in the exploration of clinically potential noble metal nanoparticles for highly efficient cancer theranostics. Here, we introduce albumin-coordinated assembly of clearable Pt nanodots (Pt-NDs) with monodisperse nanostructure as high-performance theranostic agents for imaging-guided photothermal tumor ablation. We precisely manipulate the reduction and growth of tetravalent Pt ions into ultrasmall nanodots through albumin-directed growth kinetics, thereby leading to the synthesis of monodisperse 6...
October 20, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143459/the-spatial-patterning-of-rgd-and-bmp-2-mimetic-peptides-at-the-subcellular-scale-modulates-human-mesenchymal-stem-cells-osteogenesis
#18
I Bilem, L Plawinski, P Chevallier, C Ayela, E D Sone, G Laroche, M C Durrieu
Engineering artificial extracellular matrices (ECMs), based on the biomimicry of the spatial distribution of proteins and growth factors within their native microenvironment, is of great importance for understanding mechanisms of bone tissue regeneration. Herein, photolithography is used to decorate glass surfaces with subcellular patterns of RGD and BMP-2 ligands; two mimetic peptides recognized to be involved in stem cells osteogenesis. The biological relevance of well-defined RGD and BMP-2 patterned surfaces is evaluated by investigating the differentiation of human mesenchymal stem cells (hMSCs) into osteoblasts, in the absence of induction media...
November 16, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141239/exposing-toxoplasma-gondii-hiding-inside-the-vacuole-a-role-for-gbps-autophagy-and-host-cell-death
#19
REVIEW
Jeroen P Saeij, Eva-Maria Frickel
The intracellular parasite Toxoplasma gondii resides inside a vacuole, which shields it from the host's intracellular defense mechanisms. The cytokine interferon gamma (IFNγ) upregulates host cell effector pathways that are able to destroy the vacuole, restrict parasite growth and induce host cell death. Interferon-inducible GTPases such as the Guanylate Binding Proteins (GBPs), autophagy proteins and ubiquitin-driven mechanisms play important roles in Toxoplasma control in mice and partly also in humans. The host inflammasome is regulated by GBPs in response to bacterial infection in murine cells and may also respond to Toxoplasma infection...
November 12, 2017: Current Opinion in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29139494/discovery-of-nicoyamycin-a-an-inhibitor-of-uropathogenic-escherichia-coli-growth-in-low-iron-environments
#20
Laura A Mike, Ashootosh Tripathi, Connor M Blankenship, Alyssa Saluk, Pamela J Schultz, Giselle Tamayo-Castillo, David H Sherman, Harry L T Mobley
High-throughput screening and activity-guided purification identified nicoyamycin A, a natural product comprised of an uncommon 3-methyl-1,4-dioxane ring incorporated into a desferrioxamine-like backbone via a spiroaminal linkage. Nicoyamycin A potently inhibits uropathogenic Escherichia coli growth in low iron medium, a promising step toward developing novel antibiotics to treat recalcitrant bacterial infections.
November 15, 2017: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
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