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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209385/a-comparison-of-the-pro-angiogenic-potential-of-human-induced-pluripotent-stem-cell-derived-endothelial-cells-and-induced-endothelial-cells-in-a-murine-model-of-peripheral-arterial-disease
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Zoe E Clayton, Gloria S C Yuen, Sara Sadeghipour, Jack D Hywood, Jack W T Wong, Ngan F Huang, Martin K C Ng, John P Cooke, Sanjay Patel
BACKGROUND: Endothelial cells derived from human induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSC-ECs) promote angiogenesis, and more recently induced endothelial cells (iECs) have been generated via fibroblast trans-differentiation. These cell types have potential as treatments for peripheral arterial disease (PAD). However, it is unknown whether different reprogramming methods produce cells that are equivalent in terms of their pro-angiogenic capabilities. OBJECTIVES: We aimed to directly compare iPSC-ECs and iECs in an animal model of PAD, in order to identify which cell type, if any, displays superior therapeutic potential...
January 31, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208301/biomolecular-interaction-assays-identified-dual-inhibitors-of-glutaminase-and-glutamate-dehydrogenase-that-disrupt-mitochondrial-function-and-prevent-growth-of-cancer-cells
#2
Min Zhu, Jinzhang Fang, Jingjing Zhang, Zheng Zhang, Jianhui Xie, Yan Yu, Jennifer Jin Ruan, Zhao Chen, Wei Hou, Gensheng Yang, Weike Su, Benfang Helen Ruan
Glutaminase (KGA/isoenzyme GAC) is an emerging and important drug target for cancer. Traditional methods for assaying glutaminase activity are coupled with several other enzymes. Such coupled assays do not permit the direct and stringent characterization of specific glutaminase inhibitors. Ebselen was identified as a potent 9 nM KGA inhibitor in the KGA/glutamate oxidase (GO)/horse radish peroxidase (HRP) coupled assay but showed very weak activity in inhibiting the growth of glutamine-dependent cancer cells...
February 7, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194885/in-vivo-bioluminescence-imaging-of-neurogenesis-the-role-of-the-blood-brain-barrier-in-an-experimental-model-of-parkinson-s-disease
#3
Inga B Fricke, Sonja Schelhaas, Bastian Zinnhardt, Thomas Viel, Sven Hermann, Sébastien Couillard-Després, Andreas H Jacobs
Bioluminescence imaging in transgenic mice expressing firefly luciferase in Doublecortin(+) (Dcx) neuroblasts might serve as a powerful tool to study the role of neurogenesis in models of brain injury and neurodegeneration using non-invasive, longitudinal in vivo imaging. Therefore, we aimed to use BLI in B6(Cg)-Tyrc-2J/J Dcx-Luc (Doublecortin-Luciferase, Dcx-Luc) mice to investigate its suitability to assess neurogenesis in a unilateral injection model of Parkinson's disease. We further aimed to assess the blood brain barrier leakage associated with the intranigral 6-OHDA injection to evaluate its impact on substrate delivery and bioluminescence signal intensity...
February 13, 2017: European Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193491/linked-color-imaging-improves-endoscopic-visibility-of-colorectal-nongranular-flat-lesions
#4
Takuto Suzuki, Taro Hara, Yoshiyasu Kitagawa, Hideyuki Takashiro, Rino Nankinzan, Osamu Sugita, Taketo Yamaguchi
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: As a newly developed image-enhanced endoscopy (IEE) technique, linked-color imaging (LCI) provides very bright images with enhanced color tones. With the objective of improving the detection rate of colorectal flat tumor lesions, which are difficult to detect, we examined the usefulness of LCI from the viewpoint of visibility. METHODS: Fifty-three consecutive nongranular flat tumors were used in this study. Endoscopic images were acquired by white-light imaging (WLI), blue-laser imaging (BLI)-bright, and LCI modes...
February 10, 2017: Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28179102/impact-of-surface-grafting-density-of-peg-macromolecules-on-dually-fluorescent-silica-nanoparticles-used-for-the-in-vivo-imaging-of-subcutaneous-tumors
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Laurent Adumeau, Coralie Genevois, Lydia Roudier, Christophe Schatz, Franck Couillaud, Stéphane Mornet
BACKGROUND: In the context of systematically administered nanomedicines, the physicochemistry of NP surfaces must be controlled as a prerequisite to improve blood circulation time, and passive and active targeting. In particular, there is a real need to develop NP stealth and labelling for both in vivo and microscopic fluorescence imaging in a mice model. METHODS: We have synthesized NIR/red dually fluorescent silica nanoparticles of 19nm covalently covered by a PEG layer of different grafting density in the brush conformational regime by using a reductive amination reaction...
February 4, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28147226/detectability-of-colorectal-neoplastic-lesions-using-a-novel-endoscopic-system-with-blue-laser-imaging-a-multicenter-randomized-controlled-trial
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Hiroaki Ikematsu, Taku Sakamoto, Kazutomo Togashi, Naohisa Yoshida, Takashi Hisabe, Shinsuke Kiriyama, Koji Matsuda, Yoshikazu Hayashi, Takahisa Matsuda, Shozo Osera, Kazuhiro Kaneko, Kenichi Utano, Yuji Naito, Hiroshi Ishihara, Masayuki Kato, Kenichi Yoshimura, Hideki Ishikawa, Hironori Yamamoto, Yutaka Saito
BACKGROUND & AIM: Most studies have not reported an improvement in the detection of adenoma with the use of image-enhanced colonoscopy methods, possibly due to the darkness of the images. To overcome this limitation, a new-generation endoscopic system has been developed. This system has 2 blue-laser imaging (BLI) observation modes. The BLI observation was set to BLI-bright mode to detect lesions. We aimed to evaluate the efficacy of BLI in detecting lesions. METHODS: This study was designed as a randomized controlled trial with participants from 8 institutions...
January 29, 2017: Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28119366/bioluminescence-imaging-enhances-analysis-of-drug-responses-in-a-patient-derived-xenograft-model-of-pediatric-all
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Luke Jones, Jennifer Richmond, Kathryn Evans, Hernan Carol, Duohui Jing, Raushan T Kurmasheva, Catherine A Billups, Peter J Houghton, Malcolm A Smith, Richard B Lock
PURPOSE: Robust preclinical models of pediatric acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) are essential in prioritizing promising therapies for clinical assessment in high-risk patients. Patient-derived xenograft (PDX) models of ALL provide a clinically relevant platform for assessing novel drugs, with efficacy generally assessed by enumerating circulating human lymphoblasts in mouse peripheral blood (PB) as an indicator of disease burden. While allowing indirect measurement of disease burden in real-time, this technique cannot assess treatment effects on internal reservoirs of disease...
January 24, 2017: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28116942/local-application-of-adipose-derived-mesenchymal-stem-cells-supports-the-healing-of-fistula-prospective-randomised-study-on-rat-model-of-fistulising-crohn-s-disease
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Ondrej Ryska, Zuzana Serclova, Ondrej Mestak, Eva Matouskova, Pavel Vesely, Iveta Mrazova
OBJECTIVE: Local application of adipose-derived mesenchymal stem cells (ADSC) represents a novel approach for the management of perianal fistula in patients with Crohn's disease. A randomised study on an animal model was performed to investigate the efficacy and to detect the distribution of implanted ADSCs by bioluminescence (BLI). MATERIALS AND METHODS: A caecostomy was used as a fistula model in 32 Lewis rats. The ADSCs were isolated from transgenic donor expressing firefly luciferase...
January 24, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28114886/application-of-hairless-mouse-strain-to-bioluminescence-imaging-of-arc-expression-in-mouse-brain
#9
Hironori Izumi, Tetsuya Ishimoto, Hiroshi Yamamoto, Hisashi Mori
BACKGROUND: Bioluminescence imaging (BLI) is a powerful technique for monitoring the temporal and spatial dynamics of gene expression in the mouse brain. However, the black fur, skin pigmentation and hair regrowth after depilation of mouse interfere with BLI during developmental and daily examination. The aim of this study was to extend the application of Arc-Luc transgenic (Tg) mice to the BLI of neuronal activity in the mouse brain by introducing the hairless (HL) gene and to examine Arc-Luc expression at various developmental stages without interference from black fur, skin pigmentation, and hair regrowth...
January 23, 2017: BMC Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095660/draft-genome-of-toxocara-canis-a-pathogen-responsible-for-visceral-larva-migrans
#10
Jinhwa Kong, Jungim Won, Jeehee Yoon, UnJoo Lee, Jong-Il Kim, Sun Huh
This study aimed at constructing a draft genome of the adult female worm Toxocara canis using next-generation sequencing (NGS) and de novo assembly, as well as to find new genes after annotation using functional genomics tools. Using an NGS machine, we produced DNA read data of T. canis. The de novo assembly of the read data was performed using SOAPdenovo. RNA read data were assembled using Trinity. Structural annotation, homology search, functional annotation, classification of protein domains, and KEGG pathway analysis were carried out...
December 2016: Korean Journal of Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28042324/mapping-sentinel-lymph-node-metastasis-by-dual-probe-optical-imaging
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Xiangyu Yang, Zhe Wang, Fuwu Zhang, Guizhi Zhu, Jibin Song, Gao-Jun Teng, Gang Niu, Xiaoyuan Chen
Purpose: Sentinel lymph node biopsy (SLNB) has emerged as the preferred standard procedure in patients with breast cancer, melanoma and other types of cancer. Herein, we developed a method to intra-operatively map SLNs and differentiate tumor metastases within SLNs at the same time, with the aim to provide more accurate and real-time intraoperative guidance. Experimental Design: Hyaluronic acid (HA), a ligand of lymphatic vessel endothelial hyaluronan receptor (LYVE)-1, is employed as a SLN mapping agent after being conjugated with a near-infrared fluorophore (Cy5...
2017: Theranostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28041876/a-functional-bioluminescent-zebrafish-screen-for-enhancing-hematopoietic-cell-homing
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Yuliana Astuti, Ashley C Kramer, Amanda L Blake, Bruce R Blazar, Jakub Tolar, Mandy E Taisto, Troy C Lund
To discover small molecules that modulate hematopoietic cell homing after adoptive transfer, we created a transgenic zebrafish expressing firefly luciferase downstream of the ubiquitin promoter (ubi:luc) to serve as a hematopoietic donor. Bioluminescence imaging (BLI) was used to detect and follow ubi:luc hematopoietic cells that homed to the marrow as early as 1 day post-transplant. BLI was able to detect the biological effect of prostaglandin E2 on early homing/engraftment of donor hematopoietic cells. This system was utilized in a functional screen of small molecules to enhance homing/engraftment...
January 10, 2017: Stem Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28039488/upar-targeted-optical-near-infrared-nir-fluorescence-imaging-and-pet-for-image-guided-surgery-in-head-and-neck-cancer-proof-of-concept-in-orthotopic-xenograft-model
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Anders Christensen, Karina Juhl, Morten Persson, Birgitte Wittenborg Charabi, Jann Mortensen, Katalin Kiss, Giedrius Lelkaitis, Niclas Rubek, Christian von Buchwald, Andreas Kjær
PURPOSE: Urokinase-like Plasminogen Activator Receptor (uPAR) is overexpressed in a variety of carcinoma types, and therefore represents an attractive imaging target. The aim of this study was to assess the feasibility of two uPAR-targeted probes for PET and fluorescence tumor imaging in a human xenograft tongue cancer model. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN AND RESULTS: Tumor growth of tongue cancer was monitored by bioluminescence imaging (BLI) and MRI. Either ICG-Glu-Glu-AE105 (fluorescent agent) or 64Cu-DOTA-AE105 (PET agent) was injected systemically, and fluorescence imaging or PET/CT imaging was performed...
December 27, 2016: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28038988/serial-in-vivo-imaging-of-transplanted-allogeneic-neural-stem-cell-survival-in-a-mouse-model-of-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis
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Amit K Srivastava, Sarah K Gross, Akshata A Almad, Camille A Bulte, Nicholas J Maragakis, Jeff W M Bulte
Neural stem cells (NSCs) are being investigated as a possible treatment for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) through intraspinal transplantation, but no longitudinal imaging studies exist that describe the survival of engrafted cells over time. Allogeneic firefly luciferase-expressing murine NSCs (Luc(+)-NSCs) were transplanted bilaterally (100,000 cells/2μl) into the cervical spinal cord (C5) parenchyma of pre-symptomatic (63day-old) SOD1(G93A) ALS mice (n=14) and wild-type age-matched littermates (n=14)...
March 2017: Experimental Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27982543/in-vivo-bioluminescence-imaging-using-orthotopic-xenografts-towards-patient-s-derived-xenograft-medulloblastoma-models
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Fatemeh Asadzadeh, Veronica Ferrucci, Pasqualino DE Antonellis, Massimo Zollo
BACKGROUND: Medulloblastoma is a cerebellar neoplasia of the central nervous system. Four molecular subgrups have been identified (MBWNT, MBSHH, MBgroup3 and MBgroup4) with distinct genetics and clinical outcome. Among these, MBgroup3-4 are highly metastatic with the worst prognosis. The current standard therapy includes surgery, radiation and chemotherapy. Thus, specific treatments adapted to cure those different molecular subgroups are needed. The use of orthotopic xenograft models, together with the non-invasive in vivo biolumiscence imaging (BLI) technology, is emerging during preclinical studies to test novel therapeutics for medulloblastoma treatment...
March 2017: Quarterly Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27974198/proline-catabolism-modulates-innate-immunity-in-caenorhabditis-elegans
#16
Haiqing Tang, Shanshan Pang
Metabolic pathways are regulated to fuel or instruct the immune responses to pathogen threats. However, the regulatory roles for amino acid metabolism in innate immune responses remains poorly understood. Here, we report that mitochondrial proline catabolism modulates innate immunity in Caenorhabditis elegans. Modulation of proline catabolic enzymes affects host susceptibility to bacterial pathogen Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Mechanistically, proline catabolism governs reactive oxygen species (ROS) homeostasis and subsequent activation of SKN-1, a critical transcription factor regulating xenobiotic stress response and pathogen defense...
December 13, 2016: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911494/determining-functional-aptamer-protein-interaction-by-biolayer-interferometry
#17
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
#18
George Sakoulas, Warren Rose, Andrew Berti, Joshua Olson, Jason Munguia, 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), the peptide antibiotic colistin (COL) against the emerging Gram-negative nosocomial pathogen Acinetobacter baumannii, and the 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...
February 2017: 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
#19
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
#20
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
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