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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340065/the-next-three-decades-of-the-comet-assay-a-report-of-the-11th-international-comet-assay-workshop
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Gudrun Koppen, Amaya Azqueta, Bertrand Pourrut, Gunnar Brunborg, Andrew R Collins, Sabine A S Langie
The International Comet Assay Workshops are a series of scientific conferences dealing with practical and theoretical aspects of the Comet Assay (single-cell gel electrophoresis)-a simple method for detecting DNA strand breaks. The first paper describing such an assay was published over 30 years ago in 1984 by Swedish researchers O. Ostling and K. J. Johanson. Appropriately, the theme for the 2015 meeting was looking to the future: 'The Next 3 Decades of the Comet Assay'. The programme included 25 oral and 43 poster presentations depicting the latest advances in technical developments as well as applications of the comet assay in genotoxicity testing (in vitro and in vivo) and biomonitoring of both humans and the environment...
March 4, 2017: Mutagenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336071/sensitive-protein-detection-and-quantification-in-paper-based-microfluidics-for-the-point-of-care
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Caitlin E Anderson, Kamal G Shah, Paul Yager
The design of appropriate diagnostic assays for the point of care requires development of suitable biosensors, detection methods, and diagnostic platforms for sensitive, quantitative detection of biological analytes. Protein targets in particular are especially challenging to detect quantitatively and sensitively due to the lack of amplification strategies akin to nucleic acid amplification. However, recent advances in transducer and biosensor design, new detection labels, and paper-based microfluidics may realize the goal of sensitive, fast, portable, and low-cost protein detection...
2017: Methods in Enzymology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333109/angiotensin-i-converting-enzyme-ace-inhibitory-peptides-from-plants
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REVIEW
Ceren Daskaya-Dikmen, Aysun Yucetepe, Funda Karbancioglu-Guler, Hayrettin Daskaya, Beraat Ozcelik
Hypertension is an important factor in cardiovascular diseases. Angiotensin-I-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors like synthetic drugs are widely used to control hypertension. ACE-inhibitory peptides from food origins could be a good alternative to synthetic drugs. A number of plant-based peptides have been investigated for their potential ACE inhibitor activities by using in vitro and in vivo assays. These plant-based peptides can be obtained by solvent extraction, enzymatic hydrolysis with or without novel food processing methods, and fermentation...
March 23, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331958/nucleic-acid-sensing-with-enzyme-dna-binding-protein-conjugates-cascade-and-simple-dna-nanostructures
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Gülsen Betül Aktas, Vasso Skouridou, Lluis Masip
A versatile and universal DNA sensing platform is presented based on enzyme-DNA binding protein tags conjugates and simple DNA nanostructures. Two enzyme conjugates were thus prepared, with horseradish peroxidase linked to the dimeric single-chain bacteriophage Cro repressor protein (HRP-scCro) and glucose oxidase linked to the dimeric headpiece domain of Escherichia coli LacI repressor protein (GOx-dHP), and used in conjunction with a hybrid ssDNA-dsDNA detection probe. This probe served as a simple DNA nanostructure allowing first for target recognition through its target-complementary single-stranded DNA (ssDNA) part and then for signal generation after conjugate binding on the double-stranded DNA (dsDNA) containing the specific binding sites for the dHP and scCro DNA binding proteins...
March 22, 2017: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324858/dual-lanthanide-doped-complexes-the-development-of-a-time-resolved-ratiometric-fluorescent-probe-for-anthrax-biomarker-and-a-paper-based-visual-sensor
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Qi-Xian Wang, Shi-Fan Xue, Zi-Han Chen, Shi-Hui Ma, Shengqiang Zhang, Guoyue Shi, Min Zhang
In this work, a novel time-resolved ratiometric fluorescent probe based on dual lanthanide (Tb: terbium, and Eu: europium)-doped complexes (Tb/DPA@SiO2-Eu/GMP) has been designed for detecting anthrax biomarker (dipicolinic acid, DPA), a unique and major component of anthrax spores. In such complexes-based probe, Tb/DPA@SiO2 can serve as a stable reference signal with green fluorescence and Eu/GMP act as a sensitive response signal with red fluorescence for ratiometric fluorescent sensing DPA. Additionally, the probe exhibits long fluorescence lifetime, which can significantly reduce the autofluorescence interferences from biological samples by using time-resolved fluorescence measurement...
March 16, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322619/raising-the-bar-on-traumatic-brain-injury-biomarker-research-methods-make-a-difference
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Linda Papa, Kevin K W Wang
Research in blood-based traumatic brain injury (TBI) biomarkers has imploded over the last two decades and continues to grow at an unwavering pace. Commercialization of these biomarkers is ongoing, with a number of companies seeking FDA approval to market their test for clinical application. Although there are many papers being published, many lack the rigorous reporting required to adequately evaluate these markers for clinical use. Too often, there are inadequate sample sizes, inappropriate control groups and outcome measures, variable definitions of TBI, inconsistencies in when samples are drawn relative to time of injury, variability in how samples are processed and performance characteristics of the assays themselves are rarely known or poorly described...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Neurotrauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299685/fabrication-of-lab-on-paper-using-porous-au-paper-electrode-application-to-tumor-marker-electrochemical-immunoassays
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Shenguang Ge, Yan Zhang, Mei Yan, Jiadong Huang, Jinghua Yu
A simple, low-cost, and sensitive electrochemical lab-on-paper assay is developed based on a novel gold nanoparticle modified porous paper working electrode for use in point-of-care testing (POCT). Electrochemical methods are introduced for lab-on-paper based on screen-printed paper electrodes. To further improve specificity, performance, and sensitivity for point-of-care testing, a novel porous Au-paper working electrode (Au-PWE) is designed for lab-on-paper using growth of an interconnected Au nanoparticle (NP) layer on the surface of cellulose fibers in order to enhance the conductivity of the paper sample zone and immobilize the primary antibodies (Ab1)...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298422/a-dye-assisted-paper-based-point-of-care-assay-for-fast-and-reliable-blood-grouping
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Hong Zhang, Xiaopei Qiu, Yurui Zou, Yanyao Ye, Chao Qi, Lingyun Zou, Xiang Yang, Ke Yang, Yuanfeng Zhu, Yongjun Yang, Yang Zhou, Yang Luo
Fast and simultaneous forward and reverse blood grouping has long remained elusive. Forward blood grouping detects antigens on red blood cells, whereas reverse grouping identifies specific antibodies present in plasma. We developed a paper-based assay using immobilized antibodies and bromocresol green dye for rapid and reliable blood grouping, where dye-assisted color changes corresponding to distinct blood components provide a visual readout. ABO antigens and five major Rhesus antigens could be detected within 30 s, and simultaneous forward and reverse ABO blood grouping using small volumes (100 μl) of whole blood was achieved within 2 min through on-chip plasma separation without centrifugation...
March 15, 2017: Science Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293287/aptamer-based-sandwich-type-biosensors
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REVIEW
Ho Bin Seo, Man Bock Gu
Sandwich-type biosensor platforms have drawn lots of attentions due to its superior features, compared to other platforms, in terms of its stable and reproducible responses and easy enhancement in the detection sensitivity. The sandwich-type assays can be developed by utilizing a pair of receptors, which bind to the different sites of the same target. In this mini-review paper, the sandwich-type biosensors using either pairs of aptamers or aptamer-antibody pairs are reviewed in terms of its targets and platforms, the schematic designs, and their analytical performance...
2017: Journal of Biological Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28287952/single-molecule-observation-of-dna-compaction-by-meiotic-protein-sycp3
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Johanna L Syrjänen, Iddo Heller, Andrea Candelli, Owen R Davies, Erwin J G Peterman, Gijs J L Wuite, Luca Pellegrini
In a previous paper (Syrjänen et al., 2014), we reported the first structural characterisation of a synaptonemal complex (SC) protein, SYCP3, which led us to propose a model for its role in chromosome compaction during meiosis. As a component of the SC lateral element, SYCP3 has a critical role in defining the specific chromosome architecture required for correct meiotic progression. In the model, the reported compaction of chromosomal DNA caused by SYCP3 would result from its ability to bridge distant sites on a DNA molecule with the DNA-binding domains located at each end of its strut-like structure...
March 13, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28287501/evaluation-of-maltose-based-cationic-liposomes-with-different-hydrophobic-tails-for-plasmid-dna-delivery
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Bo Li, Liangliang Deng, Meiyan Liu, Youlin Zeng
In this paper, three cationic glycolipids with different hydrophobic chains Malt-DiC12MA (IX a), Malt-DiC14MA (IX b) and Malt-DiC16MA (IX c) were constructed by using maltose as starting material via peracetylation, selective 1-O-deacetylation, trichloroacetimidation, glycosylation, azidation, deacetylation, Staudinger reaction, tertiary amination and quaternization. Target compounds and some intermediates were characterized by ¹H-NMR, (13)C-NMR, ¹H-¹H COSY and ¹H-(13)C HSQC. The results of gel electrophoresis assay, atomic force microscopy images (AFM) and dynamic light scattering (DLS) demonstrate that all the liposomes could efficiently bind and compact DNA (N/P ratio less than 2) into nanoparticles with proper size (88 nm-146 nm, PDI < 0...
March 12, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28287382/effect-of-dabigatran-on-a-prothrombinase-based-assay-for-detecting-activated-protein-c-resistance-an-ex-vivo-and-in-vitro-study-in-normal-subjects-and-factor-v-leiden-carriers
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Gianluca Gessoni, Sara Valverde, Letizia Valle, Pierpaolo Caruso, Francesca Gessoni, Roberto Valle
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to evaluate ex vivo and in vitro interference of a direct factor IIa inhibitor, dabigatran, on a prothrombinase-based assay to detect activated protein C resistance. MATERIALS AND METHODS: An ex vivo study was performed in six heterozygous factor V Leiden carriers and 12 normal subjects without the factor V Leiden mutation who were treated with dabigatran. An in vitro study was also performed considering 12 plasma samples (six from normal subjects and six from heterozygous factor V Leiden carriers) spiked with dabigatran...
March 7, 2017: Blood Transfusion, Trasfusione del Sangue
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28286520/acetylcholinesterase-inhibitors-assay-using-colorimetric-ph-sensitive-strips-and-image-analysis-by-a-smartphone
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Adam Kostelnik, Alexander Cegan, Miroslav Pohanka
Smartphones are widely spread and their usage does not require any trained personnel. Recently, smartphones were successfully used in analytical chemistry as a simple detection tool in some applications. This paper focuses on immobilization of acetylcholinesterase (AChE) onto commercially available pH strips with stabilization in the gelatin membrane. AChE degrades acetylcholine into choline and acetic acid which causes color change of acid-base indicator. Smartphone served as a tool for measurement of indicator color change from red to orange while inhibitors blocked this process...
2017: International Journal of Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28286420/hlbt-100-a-highly-potent-anti-cancer-flavanone-from-tillandsia-recurvata-l-l
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Henry I C Lowe, Ngeh J Toyang, Charah T Watson, Kenneth N Ayeah, Joseph Bryant
BACKGROUND: The incidence and mortalities from cancers remain on the rise worldwide. Despite significant efforts to discover and develop novel anticancer agents, many cancers remain in the unmet need category. As such, efforts to discover and develop new and more effective and less toxic agents against cancer remain a top global priority. Our drug discovery approach is natural products based with a focus on plants. Tillandsia recurvata (L.) L. is one of the plants selected by our research team for further studies based on previous bioactivity findings on the anticancer activity of this plant...
2017: Cancer Cell International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28282412/bead-mediated-separation-of-microparticles-in-droplets
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Sida Wang, Ki-Joo Sung, Xiaoxia Nina Lin, Mark A Burns
Exchange of components such as particles and cells in droplets is important and highly desired in droplet microfluidic assays, and many current technologies use electrical or magnetic fields to accomplish this process. Bead-based microfluidic techniques offer an alternative approach that uses the bead's solid surface to immobilize targets like particles or biological material. In this paper, we demonstrate a bead-based technique for exchanging droplet content by separating fluorescent microparticles in a microfluidic device...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28281264/resonance-energy-transfer-based-nucleic-acid-hybridization-assays-on-paper-based-platforms-using-emissive-nanoparticles-as-donors
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Samer Doughan, M Omair Noor, Yi Han, Ulrich J Krull
Quantum dots (QDs) and upconverting nanoparticles (UCNPs) are luminescent nanoparticles (NPs) commonly used in bioassays and biosensors as resonance energy transfer (RET) donors. The narrow and tunable emissions of both QDs and UCNPs make them versatile RET donors that can be paired with a wide range of acceptors. Ratiometric signal processing that compares donor and acceptor emission in RET-based transduction offers improved precision, as it accounts for fluctuations in the absolute photoluminescence (PL) intensities of the donor and acceptor that can result from experimental and instrumental variations...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28272703/the-study-of-endogenous-hepatocyte-growth-factor-in-the-pathogenesis-of-intracranial-aneurysms
#17
L-L Yu, Y-J Liu, Z-H Wang, L Shi, L-X Liu
OBJECTIVE: Inflammation as a significant influence factor plays an important role in the formation and rupture of intracranial aneurysms. However, based on plenty of related studies, it is believed that the hepatocyte growth factor (HGF) is able to prevent vascular inflammation. This paper, therefore, explored the role and mechanism of endogenous HGF in the pathogenesis of intracranial aneurysms. MATERIALS AND METHODS: 16 blood samples were collected from the intracranial aneurysms and the lumens of the femoral artery of 16 patients...
February 2017: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28271104/a-fully-disposable-and-integrated-paper-based-device-for-nucleic-acid-extraction-amplification-and-detection
#18
Ruihua Tang, Hui Yang, Yan Gong, MinLi You, Zhi Liu, Jane Ru Choi, Ting Wen, Zhiguo Qu, Qibing Mei, Feng Xu
Nucleic acid testing (NAT) has been widely used for disease diagnosis, food safety control and environmental monitoring. At present, NAT mainly involves nucleic acid extraction, amplification and detection steps that heavily rely on large equipment and skilled workers, making the test expensive, time-consuming, and thus less suitable for point-of-care (POC) applications. With advances in paper-based microfluidic technologies, various integrated paper-based devices have recently been developed for NAT, which however require off-chip reagent storage, complex operation steps and equipment-dependent nucleic acid amplification, restricting their use for POC testing...
March 8, 2017: Lab on a Chip
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28270823/mlpa-based-analysis-of-copy-number-variation-in-plant-populations
#19
Anna Samelak-Czajka, Malgorzata Marszalek-Zenczak, Malgorzata Marcinkowska-Swojak, Piotr Kozlowski, Marek Figlerowicz, Agnieszka Zmienko
Copy number variants (CNVs) are intraspecies duplications/deletions of large DNA segments (>1 kb). A growing number of reports highlight the functional and evolutionary impact of CNV in plants, increasing the need for appropriate tools that enable locus-specific CNV genotyping on a population scale. Multiplex ligation-dependent probe amplification (MLPA) is considered a gold standard in genotyping CNV in humans. Consequently, numerous commercial MLPA assays for CNV-related human diseases have been created...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28269525/impact-of-prostate-biopsy-tumor-amount-on-imaging-based-prognostics-employing-transductive-semi-supervised-regression
#20
Faisal M Khan, Casimir A Kulikowski
For newly diagnosed prostate cancer patients with a positive biopsy, there are a variety of treatment options to consider. To aid physicians and patients in their decision making, a variety of predictive assays have emerged within the last decade, many of them imaging based. These assays build predictive models for survival analysis to provide personalized risk assessments for the patients. However, there have rarely been any published studies on how the amount of tumor in the positive prostate biopsy affects the predictive power of these imaging based assays...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
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