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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108235/the-use-of-bacteriophages-to-biocontrol-oral-biofilms
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Szymon P Szafrański, Andreas Winkel, Meike Stiesch
Infections induced by oral biofilms include caries, as well as periodontal, and peri-implant disease, and may influence quality of life, systemic health, and expenditure. As bacterial biofilms are highly resistant and resilient to conventional antibacterial therapy, it has been difficult to combat these infections. An innovative alternative to the biocontrol of oral biofilms could be to use bacteriophages or phages, the viruses of bacteria, which are specific, non-toxic, self-proliferating, and can penetrate into biofilms...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100080/the-commercialization-of-genome-editing-technologies
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Katelyn Brinegar, Ali K Yetisen, Sun Choi, Emily Vallillo, Guillermo U Ruiz-Esparza, Anand M Prabhakar, Ali Khademhosseini, Seok-Hyun Yun
The emergence of new gene-editing technologies is profoundly transforming human therapeutics, agriculture, and industrial biotechnology. Advances in clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR) have created a fertile environment for mass-scale manufacturing of cost-effective products ranging from basic research to translational medicine. In our analyses, we evaluated the patent landscape of gene-editing technologies and found that in comparison to earlier gene-editing techniques, CRISPR has gained significant traction and this has established dominance...
January 18, 2017: Critical Reviews in Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094982/bacterial-genome-editing-via-a-designed-toxin-antitoxin-cassette
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Jie Wu, Aihua Deng, Qinyun Sun, Hua Bai, Zhaopeng Sun, Xiuling Shang, Yun Zhang, Qian Liu, Yong Liang, Shuwen Liu, Yongsheng Che, Tingyi Wen
Manipulating the bacterial genomes in an efficient manner is essential to biological and biotechnological research. Despite usage of various modules for genomic editing with counter-selectable markers including the toxin genes, an easy-to-use and highly designable toxin-antitoxin (TA) cassette without causing any leakages is urgently needed for efficient genome editing of the Gram-positive bacteria. Here, we reprogramed the bacterial TA systems as a toxin counter-selectable cassette regulated by an antitoxin switch (TCCRAS) for genetic modifications in the extensively studied and utilized Gram-positive bacteria, B...
January 17, 2017: ACS Synthetic Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094771/orphan-gpr182-suppresses-erk-mediated-intestinal-proliferation-during-regeneration-and-adenoma-formation
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Daniel O Kechele, R Eric Blue, Bailey Zwarycz, Scott T Espenschied, Amanda T Mah, Marni B Siegel, Charles M Perou, Shengli Ding, Scott T Magness, P Kay Lund, Kathleen M Caron
Orphan GPCRs provide an opportunity to identify potential pharmacological targets, yet their expression patterns and physiological functions remain challenging to elucidate. Here, we have used a genetically engineered knockin reporter mouse to map the expression pattern of the Gpr182 during development and adulthood. We observed that Gpr182 is expressed at the crypt base throughout the small intestine, where it is enriched in crypt base columnar stem cells, one of the most active stem cell populations in the body...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092363/mouse-models-of-uv-induced-melanoma-genetics-pathology-and-clinical-relevance
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Chi-Ping Day, Rachel Marchalik, Glenn Merlino, Helen Michael
Melanocytes, a neural crest cell derivative, produce pigment to protect keratinocytes from ultraviolet radiation (UVR). Although melanocytic lesions such as nevi and cutaneous malignant melanomas are known to be associated with sun exposure, the role of UVR in oncogenesis is complex and has yet to be clearly elucidated. UVR appears to have a direct mutational role in inducing or promoting melanoma formation as well as an indirect role through microenvironmental changes. Recent advances in the modeling of human melanoma in animals have built platforms upon which prospective studies can begin to investigate these questions...
January 16, 2017: Laboratory Investigation; a Journal of Technical Methods and Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089890/single-chromosome-gains-commonly-function-as-tumor-suppressors
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Jason M Sheltzer, Julie H Ko, John M Replogle, Nicole C Habibe Burgos, Erica S Chung, Colleen M Meehl, Nicole M Sayles, Verena Passerini, Zuzana Storchova, Angelika Amon
Aneuploidy is a hallmark of cancer, although its effects on tumorigenesis are unclear. Here, we investigated the relationship between aneuploidy and cancer development using cells engineered to harbor single extra chromosomes. We found that nearly all trisomic cell lines grew poorly in vitro and as xenografts, relative to genetically matched euploid cells. Moreover, the activation of several oncogenic pathways failed to alleviate the fitness defect induced by aneuploidy. However, following prolonged growth, trisomic cells acquired additional chromosomal alterations that were largely absent from their euploid counterparts and that correlated with improved fitness...
December 29, 2016: Cancer Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088078/genetically-tailored-magnetosomes-used-as-mri-probe-for-molecular-imaging-of-brain-tumor
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M Boucher, F Geffroy, S Prévéral, L Bellanger, E Selingue, G Adryanczyk-Perrier, M Péan, C T Lefèvre, D Pignol, N Ginet, S Mériaux
We investigate here the potential of single step production of genetically engineered magnetosomes, bacterial biogenic iron-oxide nanoparticles embedded in a lipid vesicle, as a new tailorable magnetic resonance molecular imaging probe. We demonstrate in vitro the specific binding and the significant internalization into U87 cells of magnetosomes decorated with RGD peptide. After injection at the tail vein of glioblastoma-bearing mice, we evidence in the first 2 h the rapid accumulation of both unlabeled and functionalized magnetosomes inside the tumor by Enhanced Permeability and Retention effects...
December 19, 2016: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079940/reproductive-modification-in-forest-plantations-impacts-on-biodiversity-and-society
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REVIEW
Steven H Strauss, Kristin N Jones, Haiwei Lu, Joshua D Petit, Amy L Klocko, Matthew G Betts, Berry J Brosi, Robert J Fletcher, Mark D Needham
1000 I. 1000 II. 1001 III. 1014 IV. 1015 V. 1016 1016 References 1016 SUMMARY: Genetic engineering (GE) can be used to improve forest plantation productivity and tolerance of biotic and abiotic stresses. However, gene flow from GE forest plantations is a large source of ecological, social and legal controversy. The use of genetic technologies to mitigate or prevent gene flow has been discussed widely and should be technically feasible in a variety of plantation taxa. However, potential ecological effects of such modifications, and their social acceptability, are not well understood...
February 2017: New Phytologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077318/alcohol-microbiome-life-style-influence-alcohol-and-non-alcoholic-organ-damage
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REVIEW
Manuela G Neuman, Samuel W French, Samir Zakhari, Stefen Malnick, Helmut K Seitz, Lawrence B Cohen, Mikko Salaspuro, Andreea Voinea Griffin, Andrei Barasch, Irina A Kirpich, Paul G Thomes, Laura W Schrum, Terrence M Donohue, Kusum Kharbanda, Marcus Cruz, Mihai Opris
This paper is based upon the "8th Charles Lieber's Satellite Symposium" organized by Manuela G. Neuman at the Research Society on Alcoholism Annual Meeting, onJune 25, 2016 at New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. The integrative symposium investigated different aspects of alcohol-induced liver disease (ALD) as well as non-alcohol-induced liver disease (NAFLD) and possible repair. We revealedthe basic aspects of alcohol metabolism that may be responsible for the development of liver diseaseas well as the factors that determine the amount, frequency and which type of alcohol misuse leads to liver and gastrointestinal diseases...
January 7, 2017: Experimental and Molecular Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28075428/balanced-secretion-of-anti-cea-x-anti-cd3-diabody-chains-using-the-2a-self-cleaving-peptide-maximizes-diabody-assembly-and-tumor-specific-cytotoxicity
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K Mølgaard, M Compte, N Nuñez-Prado, S L Harwood, L Sanz, L Alvarez-Vallina
Adoptive transfer of genetically engineered human cells secreting bispecific T cell engagers has shown encouraging therapeutic effects in preclinical models of cancer. However, reducing the toxicity and improving the effectiveness of this emerging immunotherapeutic strategy will be critical to its successful application. We have demonstrated that for gene-based bispecific antibody strategies, two-chain diabodies have a better safety profile than single-chain tandem scFvs, because their reduced tendency to form aggregates reduces the risk of inducing antigen-independent T cell activation...
January 11, 2017: Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074746/oncology-s-trojan-horse-using-viruses-to-battle-cancer
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Heena J Mavani, Jeannette Y Wick
: In 2016, the American health care system was faced with more than 1.6 million new cases of cancer, and individuals older than 65 years of age will be affected disproportionately. Many older individuals are poor candidates for traditional treatments (e.g., chemotherapy, radiation) because of actual or potential treatment-related adverse events. Researchers continuously look for novel therapeutic strategies, and an exciting new one is on the horizon: virotherapy. Viruses' ability to infect and kill human cells makes them promising cancer treatments...
December 1, 2016: Consultant Pharmacist: the Journal of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068664/fusion-peptide-improves-stability-and-bioactivity-of-single-chain-antibody-against-rabies-virus
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Hualong Xi, Kaixin Zhang, Yanchun Yin, Tiejun Gu, Qing Sun, Linqing Shi, Renxia Zhang, Chunlai Jiang, Wei Kong, Yongge Wu
The combination of rabies immunoglobulin (RIG) with a vaccine is currently effective against rabies infections, but improvements are needed. Genetic engineering antibody technology is an attractive approach for developing novel antibodies to replace RIG. In our previous study, a single-chain variable fragment, scFv57R, against rabies virus glycoprotein (RVGP) was constructed. However, its inherent weak stability and short half-life compared with the parent RIG may limit its diagnostic and therapeutic application...
January 9, 2017: Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067821/influence-of-nitrogen-availability-on-growth-of-two-transgenic-birch-species-carrying-the-pine-gs1a-gene
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Vadim G Lebedev, Nina P Kovalenko, Konstantin A Shestibratov
An alternative way to increase plant productivity through the use of nitrogen fertilizers is to improve the efficiency of nitrogen utilization via genetic engineering. The effects of overexpression of pine glutamine synthetase (GS) gene and nitrogen availability on growth and leaf pigment levels of two Betula species were studied. Untransformed and transgenic plants of downy birch (B. pubescens) and silver birch (B. pendula) were grown under open-air conditions at three nitrogen regimes (0, 1, or 10 mM) for one growing season...
January 6, 2017: Plants (Basel, Switzerland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067500/retargeting-a-dual-acting-srna-for-multiple-mrna-transcript-regulation
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Ashwin Lahiry, Samuel D Stimple, David W Wood, Richard A Lease
Multi-targeting small regulatory RNAs (sRNAs) represent a potentially useful tool for metabolic engineering applications. Natural multi-targeting sRNAs govern bacterial gene expression by binding to the translation initiation regions of protein-coding mRNAs through simple base pairing. We designed an Escherichia coli based genetic system to create and assay dual-acting retargeted-sRNA variants. The variants can be assayed for coordinate translational regulation of two alternate mRNA leaders fused to independent reporter genes...
January 9, 2017: ACS Synthetic Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062213/anti-fibrotic-effects-of-bone-morphogenetic-protein-7-modified-bone-marrow-mesenchymal-stem-cells-on-silica-induced-pulmonary-fibrosis
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Xiaoli Li, Guoliang An, Yan Wang, Di Liang, Zhonghui Zhu, Ximeng Lian, Piye Niu, Caixia Guo, Lin Tian
Silicosis is an occupational lung disease caused by exposure to small particles of crystalline silica, which ultimately results in diffuse pulmonary fibrosis. Evidence indicates an anti-fibrotic role of bone morphogenetic protein-7 (BMP-7) and bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells (BMSCs) in lung diseases. Therefore, strategies incorporating genetic engineering and stem cell biology might have a tremendous potential to treat critical injuries and diseases. Therefore, we modified BMSCs to overexpress the BMP-7 gene (BMP-7-BMSCs) by lentivirus transduction, and then evaluated whether fibrotic processes were inhibited by these cells in vivo...
January 4, 2017: Experimental and Molecular Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28061428/phytoremediation-strategies-for-soils-contaminated-with-heavy-metals-modifications-and-future-perspectives
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REVIEW
Nadeem Sarwar, Muhammad Imran, Muhammad Rashid Shaheen, Wajid Ishaque, Muhammad Asif Kamran, Amar Matloob, Abdur Rehim, Saddam Hussain
Presence of heavy metals in agricultural soils is of major environmental concern and a great threat to life on the earth. A number of human health risks are associated with heavy metals regarding their entry into food chain. Various physical, chemical and biological techniques are being used to remove heavy metals and metalloids from soils. Among them, phytoremediation is a good strategy to harvest heavy metals from soils and have been proven as an effective and economical technique. In present review, we discussed various sources and harmful effects of some important heavy metals and metalloids, traditional phytoremediation strategies, mechanisms involved in phytoremediation of these metals, limitations and some recent advances in phytoremediation approaches...
December 23, 2016: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28060828/enhancement-of-microbial-biodesulfurization-via-genetic-engineering-and-adaptive-evolution
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Jia Wang, Robert R Butler, Fan Wu, Jean-François Pombert, John J Kilbane, Benjamin C Stark
In previous work from our laboratories a synthetic gene encoding a peptide ("Sulpeptide 1" or "S1") with a high proportion of methionine and cysteine residues had been designed to act as a sulfur sink and was inserted into the dsz (desulfurization) operon of Rhodococcus erythropolis IGTS8. In the work described here this construct (dszAS1BC) and the intact dsz operon (dszABC) cloned into vector pRESX under control of the (Rhodococcus) kstD promoter were transformed into the desulfurization-negative strain CW25 of Rhodococcus qingshengii...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28059871/modified-nanoantibodies-increase-sensitivity-in-avidin-biotin-immunohistochemistry
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Anthony Wong, Chelsea Sykora, Lewis Rogers, Jennifer Higginbotham, Jiwu Wang
Revealing the spatial arrangement of molecules within a tissue through immunohistochemistry (IHC) is an invaluable tool in biomedical research and clinical diagnostics. Choosing both the appropriate antibody and amplification system is paramount to the pathologic interpretation of the tissue at hand. The use of single domain VHH nanoantibodies (nAbs) promise more robust and consistent results in IHC, but are rarely used as an alternative to conventional immunoglobulin G (IgG) antibodies. nAbs are originally obtained from llamas and are the smallest antigen-binding fragments available...
January 4, 2017: Applied Immunohistochemistry & Molecular Morphology: AIMM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28058735/safe-use-of-anti-cd154-monoclonal-antibody-in-pig-islet-xenotransplantation-in-monkeys
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Rita Bottino, Michael F Knoll, Joshua Graeme-Wilson, Edwin C Klein, David Ayares, Massimo Trucco, David K C Cooper
Anti-CD154mAb is a powerful co-stimulation blockade agent that is efficacious in preventing rejection, even in xenogeneic settings. It has been used in the majority of successful long-term pig-to-non-human primate islet transplantation models. However, its clinical use was halted as a result of thromboembolic complications that were also observed in preclinical and clinical organ transplantation models. An anti-CD154mAb was administered to 14 streptozotocin-induced diabetic cynomolgus monkey recipients of porcine islets, some of which received the agent for many months...
January 6, 2017: Xenotransplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057848/a-pipeline-for-drug-target-identification-and-validation
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Eusebio Manchado, Chun-Hao Huang, Nilgun Tasdemir, Darjus F Tschaharganeh, John E Wilkinson, Scott W Lowe
Rapid and affordable tumor profiling has led to an explosion of genomic data that is facilitating the development of new cancer therapies. The potential of therapeutic strategies aimed at inactivating the oncogenic lesions that contribute to the aberrant survival and proliferation of tumor cells has yielded remarkable success in some malignancies such as BRAF-mutant melanoma and BCR-ABL expressing chronic myeloid leukemia. However, the direct inhibition of several well-established oncoproteins in some of these cancers is not possible or produces only transient benefits...
January 5, 2017: Cold Spring Harbor Symposia on Quantitative Biology
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