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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28868553/origins-of-the-enhanced-affinity-of-rna-protein-interactions-triggered-by-rna-phosphorodithioate-backbone-modification
#1
Xianbin Yang, N Dinuka Abeydeera, Feng-Wu Liu, Martin Egli
The well-characterized interaction between the MS2 coat protein and its cognate RNA hairpin was used to evaluate changes in affinity as a result of phosphorodithioate (PS2) replacing phosphate by biolayer interferometry (BLI). A structure-based analysis of the data provides insights into the origins of the enhanced affinity of RNA-protein interactions triggered by the PS2 moiety.
September 21, 2017: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28861163/image-guided-stem-cells-with-functionalized-self-assembling-peptide-nanofibers-for-treatment-of-acute-myocardial-infarction-in-a-mouse-model
#2
Xiao Li, Ying-Ying Chen, Xiu-Mei Wang, Kai Gao, Yun-Zhou Gao, Jian Cao, Zhuo-Li Zhang, Jing Lei, Zheng-Yu Jin, Yi-Ning Wang
AIM: To investigate the survival of bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells (BMSCs) and the therapeutic effect for acute myocardial infarction (AMI) after co-transplantation with the functionalized self-assembling peptide nanofiber RAD/PRG or RAD/KLT. METHODS: AMI of balb/c mice was induced. Mice were randomly divided into four groups, and received treatment of phosphate buffered saline (PBS) (Group A), GFP/Fluc-BMSCs (Group B), GFP/Fluc-BMSCs + RAD/PRG (Group C), and GFP/Fluc-BMSCs + RAD/KLT (Group D), respectively...
2017: American Journal of Translational Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819459/exosomes-derived-from-natural-killer-cells-exert-therapeutic-effect-in-melanoma
#3
Liya Zhu, Senthilkumar Kalimuthu, Prakash Gangadaran, Ji Min Oh, Ho Won Lee, Se Hwan Baek, Shin Young Jeong, Sang-Woo Lee, Jaetae Lee, Byeong-Cheol Ahn
Objective: Exosomes are nanovesicles that are released from normal and tumor cells and are detectable in cell culture supernatant and human biological fluids. Although previous studies have explored exosomes released from cancer cells, little is understood regarding the functions of exosomes released by normal cells. Natural killer (NK) cells display rapid immunity to metastatic or hematological malignancies, and efforts have been undertaken to clinically exploit the antitumor properties of NK cells. However, the characteristics and functions of exosomes derived from NK cells remain unknown...
2017: Theranostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803060/predictions-of-biochar-production-and-torrefaction-performance-from-sugarcane-bagasse-using-interpolation-and-regression-analysis
#4
Wei-Hsin Chen, Hung-Jen Hsu, Gopalakrishnan Kumar, Wojciech M Budzianowski, Hwai Chyuan Ong
This study focuses on the biochar formation and torrefaction performance of sugarcane bagasse, and they are predicted using the bilinear interpolation (BLI), inverse distance weighting (IDW) interpolation, and regression analysis. It is found that the biomass torrefied at 275°C for 60min or at 300°C for 30min or longer is appropriate to produce biochar as alternative fuel to coal with low carbon footprint, but the energy yield from the torrefaction at 300°C is too low. From the biochar yield, enhancement factor of HHV, and energy yield, the results suggest that the three methods are all feasible for predicting the performance, especially for the enhancement factor...
August 3, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802648/designing-binding-kinetic-assay-on-the-bio-layer-interferometry-bli-biosensor-to-characterize-antibody-antigen-interactions
#5
Vishal Kamat, Ashique Rafique
The Octet biosensors provide a high-throughput alternative to the well-established surface plasmon resonance (SPR) and SPR imaging (SPRi) biosensors to characterize antibody-antigen interactions. However, the utility of the Octet biosensors for accurate and reproducible measurement of binding rate constants of monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) is limited due to challenges such as analyte rebinding, and mass transport limitation (MTL). This study focuses on addressing these challenges and provides experimental conditions to reliably measure kinetics of mAb-antigen interactions...
August 10, 2017: Analytical Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802032/deciphering-critical-amino-acid-residues-to-modify-and-enhance-the-binding-affinity-of-ankyrin-scaffold-specific-to-capsid-protein-of-human-immunodeficiency-virus-type-1
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Somphot Saoin, Tanchanok Wisitponchai, Kannaporn Intachai, Koollawat Chupradit, Sutpirat Moonmuang, Sawitree Nangola, Kuntida Kitidee, Kanda Fanhchaksai, Vannajan Sanghiran Lee, Saw-See Hong, Pierre Boulanger, Phimonphan Chuankhayan, Chun-Jung Chen, Chatchai Tayapiwatana
BACKGROUND: AnkGAG1D4 is an artificial ankyrin repeat protein which recognizes the capsid protein (CA) of the human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) and exhibits the intracellular antiviral activity on the viral assembly process. Improving the binding affinity of AnkGAG1D4 would potentially enhance the AnkGAG1D4-mediated antiviral activity. OBJECTIVE: To augment the affinity of AnkGAG1D4 scaffold towards its CA target, through computational predictions and experimental designs...
August 8, 2017: Asian Pacific Journal of Allergy and Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28792505/fluorescence-imaging-of-bombesin-and-transferrin-receptor-expression-is-comparable-to-18f-fdg-pet-in-early-detection-of-sorafenib-induced-changes-in-tumor-metabolism
#7
Jen-Chieh Tseng, Nara Narayanan, Guojie Ho, Kevin Groves, Jeannine Delaney, Bagna Bao, Jun Zhang, Jeffrey Morin, Sylvie Kossodo, Milind Rajopadhye, Jeffrey D Peterson
Physical measurement of tumor volume reduction is the most commonly used approach to assess tumor progression and treatment efficacy in mouse tumor models. However, it is relatively insensitive, and often requires long treatment courses to achieve gross physical tumor destruction. As alternatives, several non-invasive imaging methods such as bioluminescence imaging (BLI), fluorescence imaging (FLI) and positron emission tomography (PET) have been developed for more accurate measurement. As tumors have elevated glucose metabolism, 18F-fludeoxyglucose (18F-FDG) has become a sensitive PET imaging tracer for cancer detection, diagnosis, and efficacy assessment by measuring alterations in glucose metabolism...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28763491/endoscopic-features-of-lymphoid-follicles-using-blue-laser-imaging-bli-endoscopy-in-the-colorectum-and-its-association-with-chronic-bowel-symptoms
#8
Tomomitsu Tahara, Kazuya Takahama, Sayumi Tahara, Dai Yoshida, Noriyuki Horiguchi, Tomohiko Kawamura, Masaaki Okubo, Mitsuo Nagasaka, Yoshihito Nakagawa, Makoto Urano, Tomoyuki Shibata, Tetsuya Tuskamoto, Hiro-O Ieda, Makoto Kuroda, Naoki Ohmiya
BACKGROUND/AIM: In the colorectum, lymphoid follicles hyperplasia (LH) is sometimes observed as small, round, yellowish-white nodules. The novel image-enhanced endoscopy system named blue laser imaging (BLI) provides enhanced the contrast of surface vessels using lasers for light illumination. We investigated the endoscopic features of LH observed by using BLI endoscopy and its association with chronic bowel symptoms. PATIENTS/METHODS: 300 participants undergoing colonoscopy for various indications were enrolled...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28760708/experimental-design-and-modeling-approach-to-evaluate-efficacy-of-%C3%AE-lactam-%C3%AE-lactamase-inhibitor-combinations
#9
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Sherwin K B Sy, Hartmut Derendorf
BACKGROUND: A β-lactamase inhibitor (BLI) confers susceptibility of β-lactamase-expressing multidrug resistant (MDR) organisms to the partnering β-lactam (BL). AIMS: To discuss the experimental design and modeling strategies for 2-drug combination, using ceftazidime- and aztreonam-avibactam combinations, as examples. SOURCES: The information came from several publications on avibactam in vitro time-kill studies and corresponding pharmacodynamic models...
July 28, 2017: Clinical Microbiology and Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743804/paracrine-effects-of-the-pluripotent-stem-cell-derived-cardiac-myocytes-salvage-the-injured-myocardium
#10
Atsushi Tachibana, Michelle R Santoso, Morteza Mahmoudi, Praveen Shukla, Lei Wang, Mihoko Bennett, Andrew B Goldstone, Mouer Wang, Masahiro Fukushi, Antje D Ebert, Y Joseph Woo, Eric Rulifson, Phillip C Yang
RATIONALE: Cardiac myocytes derived from pluripotent stem cells have demonstrated the potential to mitigate damage of the infarcted myocardium and improve left ventricular ejection fraction. However, the mechanism underlying the functional benefit is unclear. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate whether the transplantation of cardiac-lineage differentiated derivatives enhance myocardial viability and restore left ventricular ejection fraction more effectively than undifferentiated pluripotent stem cells after a myocardial injury...
September 1, 2017: Circulation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28740515/in-vivo-tracking-of-chemokine-receptor-cxcr4-engineered-mesenchymal-stem-cell-migration-by-optical-molecular-imaging
#11
Senthilkumar Kalimuthu, Ji Min Oh, Prakash Gangadaran, Liya Zhu, Ho Won Lee, Ramya Lakshmi Rajendran, Se Hwan Baek, Yong Hyun Jeon, Shin Young Jeong, Sang-Woo Lee, Jaetae Lee, Byeong-Cheol Ahn
CXCR4, the stromal cell-derived factor-1 receptor, plays an important role in the migration of hematopoietic progenitor/stem cells to injured and inflamed areas. Noninvasive cell tracking methods could be useful for monitoring cell fate. Therefore, in this study, we evaluated the efficacy of an intravenous infusion of genetically engineered mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) overexpressing CXC chemokine receptor 4 (CXCR4) to home to the tumor, by optical imaging. We constructed a retroviral vector containing CXCR with dual reporter genes, eGFP and Fluc2, under the control of an EF1α promoter (pBABE-EF1α-CXCR4-eGFP-IRES-Fluc2)...
2017: Stem Cells International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729049/quantification-of-metastatic-load-in-a-syngeneic-murine-model-of-metastasis
#12
Luke J Taus, Roberto E Flores, Thomas N Seyfried
Bioluminescence imaging (BLI) is an established method for evaluating metastatic load in preclinical cancer models; however, BLI can produce observational error due to differences in substrate concentration and signal depth. In our syngeneic murine model of metastasis (VM-M3), we used a quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR) method of DNA quantification to bypass these limitations. Liver, spleen, and brain from VM/Dk (VM) mice bearing VM-M3 tumor cells were first imaged ex vivo with BLI. qPCR quantification of tumor cell DNA was then performed on DNA extracted from these organs...
October 1, 2017: Cancer Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715404/an-il-8-transiently-transgenized-mouse-model-for-the-in-vivo-long-term-monitoring-of-inflammatory-responses
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Gabriella Bergamini, Fabio Stellari, Angela Sandri, Maria M Lleo, Gaetano Donofrio, Francesca Ruscitti, Federico Boschi, Andrea Sbarbati, Gino Villetti, Paola Melotti, Claudio Sorio
Airway inflammation is often associated with bacterial infections and represents a major determinant of lung disease. The in vivo determination of the pro-inflammatory capabilities of various factors is challenging and requires terminal procedures, such as bronchoalveolar lavage and the removal of lungs for in situ analysis, precluding longitudinal visualization in the same mouse. Here, lung inflammation is induced through the intratracheal instillation of Pseudomonas aeruginosa culture supernatant (SN) in transiently transgenized mice expressing the luciferase reporter gene under the control of a heterologous IL-8 bovine promoter...
July 7, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28698001/biolayer-interferometry-predicts-elisa-performance-of-monoclonal-antibody-pairs-for-plasmodium-falciparum-histidine-rich-protein-2
#14
C F Markwalter, I K Jang, R A Burton, G J Domingo, D W Wright
Predicting antibody pair performance in a sandwich format streamlines development of antibody-based diagnostics and laboratory research tools, such as enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays (ELISAs) and lateral flow immunoassays (LFAs). We have evaluated panels of monoclonal antibodies against the malarial parasite biomarker Plasmodium falciparum histidine rich protein 2 (HRP2), including 9 new monoclonal antibodies, using biolayer interferometry (BLI) and screened antibody pairs in a checkerboard ELISA. This study showed BLI predicts antibody pair ELISA performance for HRP2...
October 1, 2017: Analytical Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28694510/non-invasive-imaging-of-engineered-human-tumors-in-the-living-chicken-embryo
#15
Benedict Jefferies, Florian Lenze, Anuja Sathe, Nguyen Truong, Martina Anton, Rüdiger von Eisenhart-Rothe, Roman Nawroth, Philipp Mayer-Kuckuk
The growing interest in engineered tumor models prompted us to devise a method for the non-invasive assessment of such models. Here, we report on bioluminescence imaging (BLI) for the assessment of engineered tumor models in the fertilized chicken egg, i.e, chick chorioallantoic membrane (CAM) assay. One prostate cancer (PC-3) and two osteosarcoma (MG63 and HOS) cell lines were modified with luciferase reporter genes. To create engineered tumors, these cell lines were seeded either onto basement membrane extract (BME) or gelfoam scaffolds, and subsequently grafted in vivo onto the CAM...
July 10, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28680144/transplanted-adipose-derived-stem-cells-can-be-short-lived-yet-accelerate-healing-of-acid-burn-skin-wounds-a-multimodal-imaging-study
#16
Ghulam Muhammad, Jiadi Xu, Jeff W M Bulte, Anna Jablonska, Piotr Walczak, Miroslaw Janowski
The incidence of accidental and intentional acid skin burns is rising. Current treatment strategies are mostly inadequate, leaving victims disfigured and without treatment options. Here, we have shown that transplantation of adipose-derived stem cells (ASCs) accelerates the process of acid burn wound-healing. Pre-conditioning of ASCs using ascorbic acid (AA) or hypoxic conditions provided additional benefit. While the wounds were ultimately healed in all mice, histological analysis revealed that, in non-transplanted animals, the number of hair follicles was reduced...
July 5, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28676501/lifespan-extension-by-peroxidase-dual-oxidase-mediated-ros-signaling-through-pyrroloquinoline-quinone-in-c-elegans
#17
Hiroyuki Sasakura, Hiroki Moribe, Masahiko Nakano, Kazuto Ikemoto, Kosei Takeuchi, Ikue Mori
Reactive oxygen species (ROS), originally characterized based on their harmful effects on cells or organisms, are now recognized as important signal molecules regulating various biological processes. In particular, low levels of ROS released from mitochondria extend lifespan. Here, we identified a novel mechanism of generating appropriate levels of ROS at the plasma membrane through a peroxidase/dual oxidase system, which could extend lifespan in Caenorhabditis elegans (C. elegans). A redox co-factor, pyrroloquinoline quinone (PQQ), activates dual oxidase (DUOX)/BLI-3 to produce the ROS H2O2 at the plasma membrane, which is subsequently degraded by peroxidase/MLT-7, eventually ensuring the adequate levels of ROS...
July 4, 2017: Journal of Cell Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28665606/large-area-co-assembly-of-nanowires-for-flexible-transparent-smart-windows
#18
Jin-Long Wang, Yi-Ruo Lu, Hui-Hui Li, Jian-Wei Liu, Shu-Hong Yu
Electrochromic devices with controllable color switching, low cost, and energy-saving advantages have been widely used as smart windows, rear-view car mirrors, displays, and so on. However, the devices are seriously limited for flexible electronics as they are traditionally fabricated on indium tin oxide (ITO) substrates which will lose their conductivity after bending cycles (the resistance significantly changed from 200 Ω to 6.56 MΩ when the bending radius was 1.2 cm). Herein, we report a new route for large area coassembly of nanowires (NWs), resulting in the formation of multilayer ordered nanowire (NW) networks with tunable conductivity (7-40 Ω/sq) and transmittance (58-86% at 550 nm) for fabrication of flexible transparent electrochromic devices, showing good stability of electrochromic switching behaviors...
July 18, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28656177/giardia-colonizes-and-encysts-in-high-density-foci-in-the-murine-small-intestine
#19
N R Barash, C Nosala, J K Pham, S G McInally, S Gourguechon, B McCarthy-Sinclair, S C Dawson
Giardia lamblia is a highly prevalent yet understudied protistan parasite causing significant diarrheal disease worldwide. Hosts ingest Giardia cysts from contaminated sources. In the gastrointestinal tract, cysts excyst to become motile trophozoites, colonizing and attaching to the gut epithelium. Trophozoites later differentiate into infectious cysts that are excreted and contaminate the environment. Due to the limited accessibility of the gut, the temporospatial dynamics of giardiasis in the host are largely inferred from laboratory culture and thus may not mirror Giardia physiology in the host...
May 2017: MSphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620589/transcriptomic-profiling-of-high-density-giardia-foci-encysting-in-the-murine-proximal-intestine
#20
Jonathan K Pham, Christopher Nosala, Erica Y Scott, Kristofer F Nguyen, Kari D Hagen, Hannah N Starcevich, Scott C Dawson
Giardia is a highly prevalent, understudied protistan parasite causing significant diarrheal disease worldwide. Its life cycle consists of two stages: infectious cysts ingested from contaminated food or water sources, and motile trophozoites that colonize and attach to the gut epithelium, later encysting to form new cysts that are excreted into the environment. Current understanding of parasite physiology in the host is largely inferred from transcriptomic studies using Giardia grown axenically or in co-culture with mammalian cell lines...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
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