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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911494/determining-functional-aptamer-protein-interaction-by-biolayer-interferometry
#1
Xinhui Lou, Martin Egli, Xianbin Yang
Short single-stranded nucleic acids called aptamers are widely being explored as recognition molecules of high affinity and specificity for binding a wide range of target molecules, particularly protein targets. In biolayer interferometry (BLI), a simple Dip-and-Read approach in which the aptamer-coated biosensors are dipped into microplate wells is used to study the interactions between an aptamer and its target protein. Here we describe the protocol for the analysis of the interaction between a well-characterized anti-thrombin RNA aptamer with thrombin (Basic Protocol)...
December 1, 2016: Current Protocols in Nucleic Acid Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27872080/classical-%C3%AE-lactamase-inhibitors-potentiate-the-activity-of-daptomycin-against-methicillin-resistant-staphylococcus-aureus-and-colistin-against-acinetobacter-baumannii
#2
George Sakoulas, Warren Rose, Andrew Berti, Joshua Olson, Jason Mungia, Poochit Nonejuie, Eleanna Sakoulas, Michael J Rybak, Joseph Pogliano, Victor Nizet
We asked whether beta-lactamase inhibitors (BLIs) increased the activity of daptomycin (DAP) against methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), peptide antibiotic colistin (COL) against emerging Gram-negative nosocomial pathogen Acinetobacter baumannii, and human host defense peptide cathelicidin LL37 against either pathogen. DAP and LL37 kill curves were performed with or without BLIs against MRSA, vancomycin-intermediate S. aureus (VISA) and heterogeneous-VISA (hVISA). COL and LL37 kill curves were performed against A...
November 21, 2016: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27869796/longitudinal-microcomputed-tomography-derived-biomarkers-for-lung-metastasis-detection-in-a-syngeneic-mouse-model-added-value-to-bioluminescence-imaging
#3
Eyra Marien, Amy Hillen, Frank Vanderhoydonc, Johannes V Swinnen, Greetje Vande Velde
With more patients dying from metastasis than from primary cancers, metastasis is a very important area in cancer research. Investigators thereby heavily rely on animal models of metastasis to common organs such as the lung to improve our insight into the pathogenesis and to research novel therapeutic approaches to combat metastasis. In this experimental context, novel tools that allow longitudinal monitoring of lung metastasis in individual animals are highly needed. We have therefore evaluated for the first time microcomputed tomography (μCT) as a very efficient and crossvalidated means to noninvasively and repeatedly monitor metastasis to the lung in individual, free-breathing syngeneic mice...
November 21, 2016: Laboratory Investigation; a Journal of Technical Methods and Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27835905/cxcr4-antagonists-suppress-small-cell-lung-cancer-progression
#4
Sanaz Taromi, Gian Kayser, Julie Catusse, Dominik von Elverfeldt, Wilfried Reichardt, Friederike Braun, Wolfgang A Weber, Robert Zeiser, Meike Burger
Small cell lung cancer (SCLC) is an aggressive tumor with poor prognosis due to early metastatic spread and development of chemoresistance. Playing a key role in tumor-stroma interactions the CXCL12-CXCR4 axis may be involved in both processes and thus represent a promising therapeutic target in SCLC treatment. In this study we investigated the effect of CXCR4 inhibition on metastasis formation and chemoresistance using an orthotopic xenograft mouse model. This model demonstrates regional spread and spontaneous distant metastases closely reflecting the clinical situation in extensive SCLC...
November 9, 2016: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27834322/a-structural-epidemiological-genetic-overview-of-klebsiella-pneumoniae-carbapenemases-kpcs
#5
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C H Swathi, Rosy Chikala, K S Ratnakar, V Sritharan
Klebsiella pneumoniae carbapenemases (KPCs) are plasmid encoded carbapenem hydrolyzing enzymes which have the potential to spread widely through gene transfer. The instability of upstream region of blaKPC accelerates emergence of different isoforms. Routine antibiotic susceptibility testing failed to detect KPC producers and some commercial kits have been launched for early identification of KPC producers. Notable among the drugs under development against KPC are mostly derivatives of polymixin; ß-lactamase inhibitor NXL104 with combination of oxyimino cephalosporin as well as with ceftazidime; a novel tricyclic carbapenem, LK-157, potentially useful against class A and class C enzymes; BLI-489-a bicyclic penem derivative; PTK-0796, a tetracycline derivative and ACHN-490...
July 2016: Indian Journal of Medical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27833162/near-infrared-bioluminescent-proteins-for-two-color-multimodal-imaging
#6
Konstantin A Rumyantsev, Konstantin K Turoverov, Vladislav V Verkhusha
Bioluminescence imaging became a widely used technique for noninvasive study of biological processes in small animals. Bioluminescent probes with emission in near-infrared (NIR) spectral region confer the advantage of having deep tissue penetration capacity. However, there are a very limited number of currently available luciferases that exhibit NIR bioluminescence. Here, we engineered two novel chimeric probes based on RLuc8 luciferase fused with iRFP670 and iRFP720 NIR fluorescent proteins. Due to an intramolecular bioluminescence resonance energy transfer (BRET) between RLuc8 and iRFPs, the chimeric luciferases exhibit NIR bioluminescence with maxima at 670 nm and 720 nm, respectively...
November 11, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27821441/beta-lactamase-inhibitors-enhance-the-synergy-between-beta-lactam-antibiotics-and-daptomycin-against-methicillin-resistant-staphylococcus-aureus
#7
Karl Evans R Henson, Juwon Yim, Jordan R Smith, George Sakoulas, Michael J Rybak
The evidence for using combination therapy for the treatment of serious methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections is growing. In this study, we investigate the synergistic effect of daptomycin combined with piperacillin+tazobactam and ampicillin+sulbactam against MRSA using time-kill experiments. Six of 8 strains demonstrated synergy between DAP and the β-lactam/β-lactamase inhibitor (BLI) combination. In 5/8 strains, the synergy occurred only in the presence of the BLI, highlighting a role for BLIs in peptide-beta-lactam synergy...
November 7, 2016: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27816587/enzyme-linked-aptamer-based-competitive-biolayer-interferometry-biosensor-for-palytoxin
#8
Shunxiang Gao, Xin Zheng, Bo Hu, Mingjuan Sun, Jihong Wu, Binghua Jiao, Lianghua Wang
In this study, we coupled biolayer interferometry (BLI) with competitive binding assay through an enzyme-linked aptamer and developed a real-time, ultra-sensitive, rapid quantitative method for detection of the marine biotoxin palytoxin. Horseradish peroxidase-labeled aptamers were used as biorecognition receptors to competitively bind with palytoxin, which was immobilized on the biosensor surface. The palytoxin: horseradish peroxidase-aptamer complex was then submerged in a 3,3'-diaminobenzidine solution, which resulted in formation of a precipitated polymeric product directly on the biosensor surface and a large change in the optical thickness of the biosensor layer...
September 25, 2016: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27812769/use-of-non-invasive-imaging-to-monitor-response-to-aflibercept-treatment-in-murine-models-of-colorectal-cancer-liver-metastases
#9
Karianne G Fleten, Kine M Bakke, Gunhild M Mælandsmo, Andreas Abildgaard, Kathrine Røe Redalen, Kjersti Flatmark
The liver is the most frequent metastatic site in colorectal cancer (CRC), and relevant orthotopic in vivo models are needed to study the efficacy of anticancer drugs in the metastatic setting. A challenge when utilizing such models is monitoring tumor growth during the experiments. In this study, experimental liver metastases were established in nude mice by splenic injection of the CRC cell lines HT29 and HCT116, and the mice were treated with the antiangiogenic drug aflibercept. Tumor growth was monitored using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and bioluminescence imaging (BLI)...
November 3, 2016: Clinical & Experimental Metastasis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27809256/in-vivo-follow-up-of-brain-tumor-growth-via-bioluminescence-imaging-and-fluorescence-tomography
#10
Coralie Genevois, Hugues Loiseau, Franck Couillaud
Reporter gene-based strategies are widely used in experimental oncology. Bioluminescence imaging (BLI) using the firefly luciferase (Fluc) as a reporter gene and d-luciferin as a substrate is currently the most widely employed technique. The present paper compares the performances of BLI imaging with fluorescence imaging using the near infrared fluorescent protein (iRFP) to monitor brain tumor growth in mice. Fluorescence imaging includes fluorescence reflectance imaging (FRI), fluorescence diffuse (optical) tomography (fDOT), and fluorescence molecular Imaging (FMT(®))...
October 31, 2016: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27804974/mesenchymal-stem-cells-combined-with-hepatocyte-growth-factor-therapy-for-attenuating-ischaemic-myocardial-fibrosis-assessment-using-multimodal-molecular-imaging
#11
Huizhu Chen, Rui Xia, Zhenlin Li, Lizhi Zhang, Chunchao Xia, Hua Ai, Zhigang Yang, Yingkun Guo
Clinically, myocardial fibrosis is increasingly being recognized as a new therapeutic target for ischaemic heart diseases. The aim of this study was to investigate whether noninvasive multimodal molecular imaging could be used to dynamically assess whether the combination of bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells (BMSCs) and hepatocyte growth factor (HGF) therapy can synergistically attenuate myocardial fibrosis after myocardial infarction (MI). MI was induced in 28 rats by coronary ligation with subsequent injection of BMSCs/HGF, BMSCs, HGF, or saline into the border zone under echocardiography guidance...
November 2, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27793268/spontaneous-metastases-in-immunocompetent-mice-harboring-a-primary-tumor-driven-by-oncogene-latent-membrane-protein-1-from-epstein-barr-virus
#12
Pu-Yuan Chang, Yenlin Huang, Tzu-Yuan Hung, Kowit-Yu Chong, Yu-Sun Chang, Chuck C-K Chao, Kai-Ping N Chow
BACKGROUND: In vitro and clinical studies suggest that the oncogene LMP1 (latent membrane protein 1) encoded by Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) plays a role in the development of nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC) and the formation of metastases in immunocompetent individuals. However, whether LMP1 itself is sufficient to drive these events in immunocompetent hosts remains elusive due to the lack of appropriate experimental models. The aim of this study was to study LMP1-dependent tumorigenesis and metastasis in BALB/c mice inoculated with BALB/c-3T3 cells expressing N-LMP1 (a Taiwanese NPC variant)...
August 2016: Biomedical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27769988/influencing-the-tumor-microenvironment-phase-2-study-of-copper-depletion-with-tetrathiomolybdate-in-high-risk-breast-cancer-and-preclinical-models-of-lung-metastases
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Nancy Chan, Amy Willis, Naomi Kornhauser, Maureen M Ward, Sharrell B Lee, Eleni Nackos, Bo Ri Seo, Ellen Chuang, Tessa Cigler, Anne Moore, Diana Donovan, Marta Vallee Cobham, Veronica Fitzpatrick, Sarah Schneider, Alysia Wiener, Jessica Guillaume-Abraham, Elnaz Anjom, Richard Zelkowitz, J David Warren, Maureen E Lane, Claudia Fischbach, Vivek Mittal, Linda Vahdat
PURPOSE: Bone marrow derived progenitor cells; including VEGFR2+ endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs) and copper-dependent pathways model the tumor microenvironment. We hypothesized that copper depletion (CD) using tetrathiomolybdate (TM) would reduce EPCs in high risk for relapse breast cancer (BC) patients (pts). We investigated the effect of TM on the tumor microenvironment in preclinical models. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN: Stage 2 triple negative BC (TNBC), Stage 3 and stage 4 without any evidence of disease, (NED) BC pts, received oral TM to maintain ceruloplasmin (Cp) between 8-17mg/dL for 2 years or until relapse...
October 21, 2016: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27767185/a-multimodality-imaging-model-to-track-viable-breast-cancer-cells-from-single-arrest-to-metastasis-in-the-mouse-brain
#14
Katie M Parkins, Amanda M Hamilton, Ashley V Makela, Yuanxin Chen, Paula J Foster, John A Ronald
Cellular MRI involves sensitive visualization of iron-labeled cells in vivo but cannot differentiate between dead and viable cells. Bioluminescence imaging (BLI) measures cellular viability, and thus we explored combining these tools to provide a more holistic view of metastatic cancer cell fate in mice. Human breast carcinoma cells stably expressing Firefly luciferase were loaded with iron particles, injected into the left ventricle, and BLI and MRI were performed on days 0, 8, 21 and 28. The number of brain MR signal voids (i...
October 21, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27751220/-effect-of-%C3%AE-lactamase-detection-on-reducing-the-incidence-of-antibiotic-associated-diarrhea-in-children-with-severe-bacterial-pneumonia
#15
Yun Xiang, Zai-Hua Wang, Ping Cai, Zhen Zhang
OBJECTIVE: To study the effect of β-lactamase (BLs) detection and β-lactam/β-lactamase inhibitor (BL/BLI) on the incidence of antibiotic-associated diarrhea (AAD) in children with severe bacterial pneumonia. METHODS: The clinical data of the children with bacterial severe pneumonia were retrospectively studied. Of all the patients, 248 using amoxicillin/clavulanate but without BLs detection and 323 using amoxicillin (BLs negative) or amoxicillin/clavulanate (BLs positive) were used as the amoxicillin group; 208 patients using piperacillin/tazobactam but without BLs detection and 291 patients using piperacillin (BLs negative) or piperacillin/tazobactam (BLs positive) were used as the piperacillin group; and 191 patients using cefoperazone/sulbactam but without BLs detection and 341 patients using cefoperazone (BLs negative) or cefoperazone/sulbactam (BLs positive) were used as the cefoperazone group...
October 2016: Zhongguo Dang Dai Er Ke za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Contemporary Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27738428/blue-laser-imaging-bright-improves-endoscopic-recognition-of-superficial-esophageal-squamous-cell-carcinoma
#16
Akira Tomie, Osamu Dohi, Nobuaki Yagi, Hiroaki Kitae, Atsushi Majima, Yusuke Horii, Tomoko Kitaichi, Yuriko Onozawa, Kentaro Suzuki, Reiko Kimura-Tsuchiya, Tetsuya Okayama, Naohisa Yoshida, Kazuhiro Kamada, Kazuhiro Katada, Kazuhiko Uchiyama, Takeshi Ishikawa, Tomohisa Takagi, Osamu Handa, Hideyuki Konishi, Yuji Naito, Yoshito Itoh
Background/Aims. The aim of this study was to evaluate the endoscopic recognition of esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC) using four different methods (Olympus white light imaging (O-WLI), Fujifilm white light imaging (F-WLI), narrow band imaging (NBI), and blue laser imaging- (BLI-) bright). Methods. We retrospectively analyzed 25 superficial ESCCs that had been examined using the four different methods. Subjective evaluation was provided by three endoscopists as a ranking score (RS) of each image based on the ease of detection of the cancerous area...
2016: Gastroenterology Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27725837/dynamic-tracking-human-mesenchymal-stem-cells-tropism-following-smoke-inhalation-injury-in-nod-scid-mice
#17
MeiJuan Song, Qi Lv, XiuWei Zhang, Juan Cao, ShuLi Sun, PeiXin Xiao, ShiKe Hou, Hui Ding, ZiQuan Liu, WenLong Dong, JinQiang Wang, Xue Wang, ZhiGuang Sun, Man Tian, HaoJun Fan
Multiple preclinical evidences have supported the potential value of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) for treatment of acute lung injury (ALI). However, few studies focus on the dynamic tropism of MSCs in animals with acute lung injury. In this study, we track systemically transplanted human bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells (hBMSCs) in NOD/SCID mice with smoke inhalation injury (SII) through bioluminescence imaging (BLI). The results showed that hBMSCs systemically delivered into healthy NOD/SCID mouse initially reside in the lungs and then partially translocate to the abdomen after 24 h...
2016: Stem Cells International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27723631/clinical-effect-of-a-mouthwash-containing-anacardium-occidentale-linn-on-plaque-and-gingivitis-control-a-randomized-controlled-trial
#18
Carlos Eduardo Bezerra Gomes, Dhiogo Gonçalves Cavalcante, José Eduardo Girão Filho, Flávio Nogueira da Costa, Sérgio Luís da Silva Pereira
BACKGROUND: Plaque-associated gingivitis is a prevalent disease and research in its treatment using herbal agents must be encouraged to verify which would be a useful addition to the current range or chemotherapeutic treatment options. AIMS: The aim of this study was to evaluate the clinical effect of a mouth rinse containing 10% Anacardium occidentale (AO) Linn., a typical plant commonly found in the Northeast Region of Brazil, on the reduction of plaque and gingivitis in comparison to a gold-standard chemotherapeutic agent...
July 2016: Indian Journal of Dental Research: Official Publication of Indian Society for Dental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27681121/immune-and-nonimmune-compartment-specific-interferon-responses-are-critical-determinants-of-herpes-simplex-virus-induced-generalized-infections-and-acute-liver-failure
#19
Zachary M Parker, Tracy Jo Pasieka, George A Parker, David A Leib
: The interferon (IFN) response to viral pathogens is critical for host survival. In humans and mouse models, defects in IFN responses can result in lethal herpes simplex virus 1 (HSV-1) infections, usually from encephalitis. Although rare, HSV-1 can also cause fulminant hepatic failure, which is often fatal. Although herpes simplex encephalitis has been extensively studied, HSV-1 generalized infections and subsequent acute liver failure are less well understood. We previously demonstrated that IFN-αβγR(-/-) mice are exquisitely susceptible to liver infection following corneal infection with HSV-1...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27671061/a-bioluminescent-francisella-tularensis-schu-s4-strain-enables-noninvasive-tracking-of-bacterial-dissemination-and-the-evaluation-of-antibiotics-in-an-inhalational-mouse-model-of-tularemia
#20
Charlotte A Hall, Helen C Flick-Smith, Sarah V Harding, Helen S Atkins, Richard W Titball
Bioluminescence imaging (BLI) enables real-time, noninvasive tracking of infection in vivo and longitudinal infection studies. In this study, a bioluminescent Francisella tularensis strain, SCHU S4-lux, was used to develop an inhalational infection model in BALB/c mice. Mice were infected intranasally, and the progression of infection was monitored in real time using BLI. A bioluminescent signal was detectable from 3 days postinfection (3 dpi), initially in the spleen and then in the liver and lymph nodes, before finally becoming systemic...
December 2016: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
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