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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821080/investigation-of-chitosan-s-antibacterial-activity-against-vancomycin-resistant-microorganisms-and-their-biofilms
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Eduardo M Costa, Sara Silva, Mariana Veiga, Sandra Vicente, Freni K Tavaria, Manuela E Pintado
Vancomycin-resistant microorganisms are a hurdle that traditional antibiotics struggle to overcome. These difficulties have led to search for new solutions based on natural products. Chitosan has been recognized as an effective antibacterial agent against a vast array of microorganisms including antibiotic resistant ones. As such, this work aimed to evaluate chitosan as an alternative to traditional antibiotics in the management/control of two vancomycin-resistant microorganisms, VRSA and VREF, in planktonic and sessile settings...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820955/integration-of-an-in-situ-maldi-based-high-throughput-screening-process-a-case-study-with-receptor-tyrosine-kinase-c-met
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Katrin Beeman, Jens Baumgärtner, Manuel Laubenheimer, Karlheinz Hergesell, Martin Hoffmann, Ulrich Pehl, Frank Fischer, Jan-Carsten Pieck
Mass spectrometry (MS) is known for its label-free detection of substrates and products from a variety of enzyme reactions. Recent hardware improvements have increased interest in the use of matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight (MALDI-TOF) MS for high-throughput drug discovery. Despite interest in this technology, several challenges remain and must be overcome before MALDI-MS can be integrated as an automated "in-line reader" for high-throughput drug discovery. Two such hurdles include in situ sample processing and deposition, as well as integration of MALDI-MS for enzymatic screening assays that usually contain high levels of MS-incompatible components...
August 1, 2017: SLAS Discovery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820895/identification-of-leishmania-donovani-antigen-in-circulating-immune-complexes-of-visceral-leishmaniasis-subjects-for-diagnosis
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Fauzia Jamal, Pushkar Shivam, Sarita Kumari, Manish Kumar Singh, Abul Hasan Sardar, Pushpanjali, Selvasankar Murugesan, Shyam Narayan, Anil Kumar Gupta, Krishna Pandey, V N R Das, Vahab Ali, Sanjiva Bimal, Pradeep Das, Shubhankar K Singh
The unreliability of most of the existing antibody-based diagnostic kits to discriminate between active and treated VL cases, relapse situation and reinfection are a major hurdle in controlling the cases of Kala-azar in an endemic area. An antigen targeted diagnostic approaches can be an attractive strategy to overcome these problems. Hence, this study was focused on identifying the Leishmania antigens, lies in circulating immune complex (CICs), can be used for diagnostic as well as prognostic purposes. The present study was conducted on peripheral blood samples of 115 human subjects, based on isolation of CICs...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820533/actinomycetes-still-a-source-of-novel-antibiotics
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REVIEW
Olga Genilloud
Covering: 2006 to 2017Actinomycetes have been, for decades, one of the most important sources for the discovery of new antibiotics with an important number of drugs and analogs successfully introduced in the market and still used today in clinical practice. The intensive antibacterial discovery effort that generated the large number of highly potent broad-spectrum antibiotics, has seen a dramatic decline in the large pharma industry in the last two decades resulting in a lack of new classes of antibiotics with novel mechanisms of action reaching the clinic...
August 18, 2017: Natural Product Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819275/a-novel-in-vitro-potency-assay-of-antisera-against-thai-naja-kaouthia-based-on-nicotinic-acetylcholine-receptor-binding
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Kavi Ratanabanangkoon, Pavinee Simsiriwong, Kritsada Pruksaphon, Kae Yi Tan, Sukanya Eursakun, Choo Hock Tan, Bunkuea Chantrathonkul, Wongsakorn Wongwadhunyoo, Sirida Youngchim, Nget Hong Tan
Snake envenomation is an important medical problem. One of the hurdles in antivenom development is the in vivo assay of antivenom potency which is expensive, gives variable results and kills many animals. We report a novel in vitro assay involving the specific binding of the postsynaptic neurotoxins (PSNTs) of elapid snakes with purified Torpedo californica nicotinic acetylcholine receptor (nAChR). The potency of an antivenom is determined by its antibody ability to bind and neutralize the PSNT, thus preventing it from binding to nAChR...
August 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817801/a-sensitized-igf1-treatment-restores-corticospinal-axon-dependent-functions
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Yuanyuan Liu, Xuhua Wang, Wenlei Li, Qian Zhang, Yi Li, Zicong Zhang, Junjie Zhu, Bo Chen, Philip R Williams, Yiming Zhang, Bin Yu, Xiaosong Gu, Zhigang He
A major hurdle for functional recovery after both spinal cord injury and cortical stroke is the limited regrowth of the axons in the corticospinal tract (CST) that originate in the motor cortex and innervate the spinal cord. Despite recent advances in engaging the intrinsic mechanisms that control CST regrowth, it remains to be tested whether such methods can promote functional recovery in translatable settings. Here we show that post-lesional AAV-assisted co-expression of two soluble proteins, namely insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF1) and osteopontin (OPN), in cortical neurons leads to robust CST regrowth and the recovery of CST-dependent behavioral performance after both T10 lateral spinal hemisection and a unilateral cortical stroke...
August 16, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815490/generating-genetically-modified-mice-a-decision-guide
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Ivo J Huijbers
The generation of a new genetically modified mouse strain is a big hurdle to take for many researchers. It is often unclear which steps and decisions have to be made prior to obtaining the desired mouse model. This review aims to help researchers by providing a decision guide that answers the essential questions that need to be asked before generating the most suitable genetically modified mouse line in the most optimal timeframe. The review includes the latest technologies in both the stem cell culture and gene editing tools, particularly CRISPR/Cas9, and provides compatibility guidelines for selecting among the different types of genetic modifications that can be introduced in the mouse genome and the various routes for introducing these modifications into the mouse germline...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815315/emerging-gene-therapies-for-genetic-hearing-loss
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REVIEW
Hena Ahmed, Olga Shubina-Oleinik, Jeffrey R Holt
Gene therapy, or the treatment of human disease using genetic material, for inner ear dysfunction is coming of age. Recent progress in developing gene therapy treatments for genetic hearing loss has demonstrated tantalizing proof-of-principle in animal models. While successful translation of this progress into treatments for humans awaits, there is growing interest from patients, scientists, clinicians, and industry. Nonetheless, it is clear that a number of hurdles remain, and expectations for total restoration of auditory function should remain tempered until these challenges have been overcome...
August 16, 2017: Journal of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology: JARO
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812848/the-elephants-in-the-room-sex-hiv-and-lgbt-populations-in-mena-intersectionality-in-lebanon-comment-on-improving-the-quality-and-quantity-of-hiv-data-in-the-middle-east-and-north-africa-key-challenges-and-ways-forward
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Rachel L Kaplan, Cynthia El Khoury
In response to this insightful editorial, we wish to provide commentary that seeks to highlight recent successes and illuminate the often unspoken hurdles at the intersections of culture, politics, and taboo. We focus on sexual transmission and draw examples from Lebanon, where the pursuit of data in quality and quantity is teaching us lessons about the way forward and where we are experiencing many of the challenges referenced in the editorial such as discrepancies between national statistics and rates derived via research as well as the impact of protracted political conflict and displacement...
December 4, 2016: International Journal of Health Policy and Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812513/how-to-convince-yourself-you-ve-got-what-it-takes
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Mandy Day-Calder
After submitting a job application, you must of course wait to hear if you have passed the first hurdle. It can be a frustrating period but there's nothing you can do to alter this outcome.
August 16, 2017: Nursing Standard
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812262/systolic-dysfunction-in-infarcted-mice-does-not-necessarily-lead-to-heart-failure-need-to-refine-preclinical-models
#11
María Villalba-Orero, Marina López-Olañeta, Pablo García-Pavía, Enrique Lara-Pezzi
Heart failure (HF) is a major cause of death and hospitalization worldwide. Despite advances in reducing mortality, prognosis remains poor and prevalence has reached epidemic proportions. The limitations of available preclinical models represent a major hurdle in the development of new therapies. Myocardial infarction (MI) is a main cause of HF in humans, and mouse models of MI are often used to study HF mechanisms and experimental treatments. We investigated whether MI in mice constitutes an appropriate model of HF...
August 15, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Translational Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810803/driving-cars-on-the-highway-to-solid-cancer-some-considerations-on-the-adoptive-therapy-with-car-t-cells
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Hinrich Abken
Adoptive therapy with chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) redirected T cells achieved lasting remissions in hematologic malignancies even in terminal stages of the disease; exploring CAR T cell therapy in the treatment of solid tumors has just begun, balancing efficacy versus toxicity in early phase trials. In contrast to leukemia/lymphoma, solid tumors display a tremendously variable biology demanding different strategies to make a T cell attack successful in the long-term. We summarize current developments, discuss the hurdles and consider some modifications to improve the CAR T cell therapy in the treatment of solid tumors...
August 16, 2017: Human Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810066/-oh-the-places-you-ll-go-by-bringing-developmental-science-into-the-world
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Roberta M Golinkoff, Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, Rachel Grob, Mark Schlesinger
Urie Bronfenbrenner and Ernest Boyer argued for leaving the laboratory to conduct rigorous developmental research in the real world where children are found-in the places they go. Contributions to this special issue meet Bronfenbrenner and Boyer's call while at the same time recognizing the continued importance of laboratory research. These articles range from a review of research on the arts to a language intervention in Senegal to large-scale dissemination and intervention projects designed to communicate the best developmental science to families, public agencies, and schools...
August 15, 2017: Child Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806871/bioreducible-hydrophobin-stabilized-supraparticles-for-selective-intracellular-release
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Daniele Maiolo, Claudia Pigliacelli, Paola Sánchez Moreno, Martina Bruna Violatto, Laura Talamini, Ilaria Tirotta, Rosanna Piccirillo, Massimo Zucchetti, Lavinia Morosi, Roberta Frapolli, Gabriele Candiani, Paolo Bigini, Pierangelo Metrangolo, Francesca Baldelli Bombelli
One of the main hurdles in nanomedicine is the low stability of drug-nanocarrier complexes as well as the drug delivery efficiency in the region-of-interest. Here, we describe the use of the film-forming protein hydrophobin HFBII to organize dodecanethiol-protected gold nanoparticles (NPs) into well-defined supraparticles (SPs). The obtained SPs are exceptionally stable in vivo and efficiently encapsulate hydrophobic drug molecules. The HFBII film prevents massive release of the encapsulated drug, which, instead, is activated by selective SP disassembly triggered intracellularly by glutathione reduction of the protein film...
August 17, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806581/engineered-systems-for-therapeutic-angiogenesis
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REVIEW
Shane Browne, Abhay Pandit
Ischemic disease caused by insufficient blood supply leads to a lack of oxygen and nutrients and a build-up of waste products in the affected tissue. Therapeutic angiogenesis, as a means to enhance perfusion of tissues with an inadequate blood supply, holds great promise for the treatment of ischemic disease. A wide range of factors that play a key role in physiological angiogenesis have been identified and trialed as pro-angiogenic agents. However, as yet pro-angiogenic treatments have failed to be translated clinically, owing to both lack of efficacy and safety concerns regarding the use of doses considerably larger than is typical present under physiological conditions...
August 11, 2017: Current Opinion in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804866/virally-vectored-vaccine-delivery-medical-needs-mechanisms-advantages-and-challenges
#16
Daniel D Pinschewer
Vaccines represent one of the most successful chapters in the history of medicine. Over the past decades, the advent of recombinant cDNA technology has enabled the biomedical community to genetically engineer viruses for vaccine delivery purposes. As a starting point, this review evaluates the unmet medical needs, which drive scientists and industry to exploit such fundamentally new technology for human vaccination. The author discusses the molecular functioning, production and safety profile of replication-competent and -deficient viral vector systems, representing two fundamentally distinct classes of "genetic vaccines"...
August 14, 2017: Swiss Medical Weekly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804779/language-mapping-using-t2-prepared-bold-functional-mri-in-the-presence-of-large-susceptibility-artifacts-initial-results-in-patients-with-brain-tumor-and-epilepsy
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Jun Hua, Xinyuan Miao, Shruti Agarwal, Chetan Bettegowda, Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa, John Laterra, Peter C M Van Zijl, James J Pekar, Jay J Pillai
At present, presurgical functional mapping is the most prevalent clinical application of functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). Signal dropouts and distortions caused by susceptibility effects in the current standard echo planar imaging (EPI)-based fMRI images are well-known problems and pose a major hurdle for the application of fMRI in several brain regions, many of which are related to language mapping in presurgical planning. Such artifacts are particularly problematic in patients with previous surgical resection cavities, craniotomy hardware, hemorrhage, and vascular malformation...
June 2017: Tomography: a Journal for Imaging Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804605/up-regulation-of-mir-21-decreases-chemotherapeutic-effect-of-dendrosomal-curcumin-in-breast-cancer-cells
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Mohammad Javad Dehghan Esmatabadi, Baharak Farhangi, Maryam Montazeri, Hamideh Monfared, Roohollah Nakhaei Sistani, Majid Sadeghizadeh
OBJECTIVES: Despite the good results of anticancer activities by curcumin, there are some hurdles that limit the use of curcumin as an anticancer agent. Many methods were examined to overcome this defect like the use of the dendrosomal curcumin (DNC). There is increasing evidence that miRNAs play important roles in biological processes. In this study, we focus on the roles of microRNA-21 in the anti-cancer effects of DNC in breast cancer. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Also, we have used different methods such as MTT, apoptosis, cell cycle analysis, transwell migration assay and RT-PCR to find out more...
April 2017: Iranian Journal of Basic Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801576/disrupting-glutamine-metabolic-pathways-to-sensitize-gemcitabine-resistant-pancreatic-cancer
#19
Ru Chen, Lisa A Lai, Yumi Sullivan, Melissa Wong, Lei Wang, Jonah Riddell, Linda Jung, Venu G Pillarisetty, Teresa A Brentnall, Sheng Pan
Pancreatic cancer is a lethal disease with poor prognosis. Gemcitabine has been the first line systemic treatment for pancreatic cancer. However, the rapid development of drug resistance has been a major hurdle in gemcitabine therapy leading to unsatisfactory patient outcomes. With the recent renewed understanding of glutamine metabolism involvement in drug resistance and immuno-response, we investigated the anti-tumor effect of a glutamine analog (6-diazo-5-oxo-L-norleucine) as an adjuvant treatment to sensitize chemoresistant pancreatic cancer cells...
August 11, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801108/breaching-barriers-in-glioblastoma-part-ii-targeted-drug-delivery-and-lipid-nanoparticles
#20
REVIEW
Ana Miranda, María Blanco-Prieto, João Sousa, Alberto Pais, Carla Vitorino
Tailored nanocarriers have gained huge research focus for brain drug delivery, aimed at combating several neuro-oncological conditions, such as the glioblastoma multiforme (GBM). The progress of knowledge on the pathogenesis of GBM has allowed identifying the major hurdles for efficient treatment, encompassing biological interfaces (blood-brain barrier and blood-brain tumour barrier), specificities of tumour microenvironment, as well as both bulk and glioma stem cell subpopulations. These findings provided new insights into the molecular basis of GBM, being a strong driving force behind development of targeted nanomedicines in this area...
August 8, 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
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