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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213468/microencapsulation-of-lefty-secreting-engineered-cells-for-pulmonary-fibrosis-therapy-in-mice
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Hongge Ma, Shupei Qiao, Zeli Wang, Shuai Geng, Yufang Zhao, Xiaolu Hou, Weiming Tian, Xiongbiao Chen, Lifen Yao
Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is a progressive disease that causes unremitting deposition of extracellular matrix proteins, thus resulting in distortion of the pulmonary architecture and impaired gas exchange. Associated with high morbidity and mortality, IPF is generally refractory to current pharmacological therapies. Lefty A, a potent inhibitor of transforming growth factor (TGF)-β signaling, has been shown to have promising antifibrotic ability in vitro for the treatment of renal fibrosis and other potential organ fibroses...
February 17, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213069/a-pilot-study-of-cell-mediated-gene-therapy-for-spinal-cord-injury-in-mini-pigs
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Islamov Rustem Robertovich, Sokolov Mikhail Evgenyevich, Bashirov Farid Vagizovich, Fadeev Filip Olegovich, Shmarov Maxim Michaylovich, Naroditskiy Boris Savelyevich, Povysheva Tatyana Vyacheslavovna, Shaymardanova Gulnara Ferdinantovna, Yakupov Radik Albertovich, Chelyshev Yuri Aleksandrovich, Lavrov Igor Aleksandrovich
Currently, in clinical practice there is no efficient way to overcome the sequences of neurodegeneration after spinal cord traumatic injury. Using a new experimental model of spinal cord contusion injury on miniature pigs, we proposed to deliver therapeutic genes encoding vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), glial cell line-derived neurotrophic factor (GDNF) and neural cell adhesion molecule (NCAM) to the damaged area, using umbilical cord blood mononuclear cells (UCBC). In this study, genetically engineered UCBC (2×10(6) cells in 200 ml of saline) were injected intrathecally to mini-pigs 10days after SCI...
February 14, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211911/three-dimensional-printing-of-calcium-sulfate-and-mesoporous-bioactive-glass-scaffolds-for-improving-bone-regeneration-in-vitro-and-in-vivo
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Xin Qi, Peng Pei, Min Zhu, Xiaoyu Du, Chen Xin, Shichang Zhao, Xiaolin Li, Yufang Zhu
In the clinic, bone defects resulting from infections, trauma, surgical resection and genetic malformations remain a significant challenge. In the field of bone tissue engineering, three-dimensional (3D) scaffolds are promising for the treatment of bone defects. In this study, calcium sulfate hydrate (CSH)/mesoporous bioactive glass (MBG) scaffolds were successfully fabricated using a 3D printing technique, which had a regular and uniform square macroporous structure, high porosity and excellent apatite mineralization ability...
February 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211673/capillary-microfluidics-assembled-virus-like-particle-bio-nano-receptor-interfaces-for-label-free-biosensing
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Faheng Zang, Konstantinos Gerasopoulos, Adam D Brown, James N Culver, Reza Ghodssi
In this paper, a capillary microfluidics-integrated sensor system is developed for rapid assembly of bionanoreceptor interfaces on-chip and label-free biosensing. Genetically engineered Tobacco mosaic virus (TMV) virus-like particle (VLP), displaying thousands copies of identical receptor peptides FLAG-tags, are utilized as nanoceptors for antibody sensing. Controlled and accelerated assembly of VLP receptor layer on impedance sensor has been achieved using capillary effect and surface evaporation from an open-channel capillary microfluidic system...
February 17, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210626/osteogenic-differentiation-capacity-of-in-vitro-cultured-human-skeletal-muscle-for-expedited-bone-tissue-engineering
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Chunlei Miao, Lulu Zhou, Lufeng Tian, Yingjie Zhang, Wei Zhang, Fanghong Yang, Tianyi Liu, Shengjian Tang, Fangjun Liu
Expedited bone tissue engineering employs the biological stimuli to harness the intrinsic regenerative potential of skeletal muscle to trigger the reparative process in situ to improve or replace biological functions. When genetically modified with adenovirus mediated BMP2 gene transfer, muscle biopsies from animals have demonstrated success in regenerating bone within rat bony defects. However, it is uncertain whether the human adult skeletal muscle displays an osteogenic potential in vitro when a suitable biological trigger is applied...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209298/utidelone-plus-capecitabine-versus-capecitabine-alone-for-heavily-pretreated-metastatic-breast-cancer-refractory-to-anthracyclines-and-taxanes-a-multicentre-open-label-superiority-phase-3-randomised-controlled-trial
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Pin Zhang, Tao Sun, Qingyuan Zhang, Zhongyu Yuan, Zefei Jiang, Xiao Jia Wang, Shude Cui, Yuee Teng, Xi-Chun Hu, Junlan Yang, Hongming Pan, Zhongsheng Tong, Huiping Li, Qiang Yao, Yongsheng Wang, Yongmei Yin, Ping Sun, Hong Zheng, Jing Cheng, Jinsong Lu, Baochun Zhang, Cuizhi Geng, Jian Liu, Roujun Peng, Min Yan, Shaohua Zhang, Jian Huang, Li Tang, Rongguo Qiu, Binghe Xu
BACKGROUND: Utidelone, a genetically engineered epothilone analogue, has shown promise as a potential treatment for breast cancer in phase 1 and 2 trials. The aim of this phase 3 trial was to compare the efficacy and safety of utidelone plus capecitabine versus capecitabine alone in patients with metastatic breast cancer. METHODS: We did a multicentre, open-label, superiority, phase 3, randomised controlled trial in 26 hospitals in China. Eligible participants were female patients with metastatic breast cancer refractory to anthracycline and taxane chemotherapy regimens...
February 10, 2017: Lancet Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207974/aamyb1-and-its-orthologue-atmyb61-affect-terpene-metabolism-and-trichome-development-in-artemisia-annua-and-arabidopsis-thaliana
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Luis Matías-Hernández, Weimin Jiang, Ke Yang, Kexuan Tang, Peter E Brodelius, Soraya Pelaz
The effective anti-malarial drug artemisinin (AN) isolated from Artemisia annua is relatively expensive due to the low content in the plant as it is only synthesized within the glandular trichomes. Therefore, genetic engineering of A. annua is one of the most promising approaches to improve AN yield. In this work, AaMYB1 transcription factor has been identified and characterized. When AaMYB1 is overexpressed in A. annua, either exclusively in trichomes or in the whole plant, essential AN biosynthetic genes are also overexpressed and consequently AN amount significantly increased...
February 16, 2017: Plant Journal: for Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202353/the-potential-clinical-promise-of-multimodality-metronomic-chemotherapy-revealed-by-preclinical-studies-of-metastatic-disease
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Robert S Kerbel, Yuval Shaked
We present a rationale for further clinical development and assessment of metronomic chemotherapy on the basis of unexpected results obtained in translational mouse models of cancer involving treatment of advanced metastatic disease. Historically, mouse cancer therapy models have been dominated by treating established primary tumors or early stage low volume microscopic disease. Treatment of primary tumors is also almost always the case when using genetically engineered mouse models (GEMMS) of cancer or patient-derived xenografts (PDXs)...
February 12, 2017: Cancer Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28201977/targeting-the-immune-niche-within-the-bone-marrow-microenvironment-the-rise-of-immunotherapy-in-multiple-myeloma
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Klaus Podar, D Jäger
Multiple Myeloma (MM) cells inhibit the development of an effective anti-MM immune response via defects in T cell function, ineffective antigen presentation; reduced phagocytic capacity; natural killer and dendritic cell dysfunction; decreased responsiveness to IL-2 and defects in B cell immunity; upregulation of inhibitory pathways; and production of excessive pro-inflammatory cytokines. Moreover, immune cells including plasmacytoid dendritic cells and macrophages trigger tumor cell proliferation, survival, and drug resistance...
February 13, 2017: Current Cancer Drug Targets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199172/behavioral-phenotyping-assays-for-genetic-mouse-models-of-neurodevelopmental-neurodegenerative-and-psychiatric-disorders
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Stacey J Sukoff Rizzo, Jacqueline N Crawley
Animal models offer heuristic research tools to understand the causes of human diseases and to identify potential treatments. With rapidly evolving genetic engineering technologies, mutations identified in a human disorder can be generated in the mouse genome. Phenotypic outcomes of the mutation are then explicated to confirm hypotheses about causes and to discover effective therapeutics. Most neurodevelopmental, neurodegenerative, and psychiatric disorders are diagnosed primarily by their prominent behavioral symptoms...
February 8, 2017: Annual Review of Animal Biosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195642/functional-mucous-layer-and-healing-of-proximal-colonic-anastomoses-in-an-experimental-model
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J W A M Bosmans, A C H M Jongen, G M H Birchenough, E E L Nyström, M J J Gijbels, J P M Derikx, N D Bouvy, G C Hansson
BACKGROUND: Anastomotic leakage (AL) is the most dreaded complication after colorectal surgery, causing high morbidity and mortality. Mucus is a first line of defence against external factors in the gastrointestinal tract. In this study, the structural mucus protein Muc2 was depleted in genetically engineered mice and the effect on healing of colonic anastomoses studied in an experimental model. METHODS: Mice of different Muc2 genotypes were used in a proximal colonic AL model...
February 13, 2017: British Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194788/protein-kinase-a-regulates-c-terminally-truncated-cav-1-2-in-xenopus-oocytes-roles-of-n-and-c-termini-of-the-%C3%AE-1c-subunit
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Shimrit Oz, Ines Pankonien, Anouar Belkacemi, Veit Flockerzi, Enno Klussmann, Hannelore Haase, Nathan Dascal
β-Adrenergic stimulation enhances Ca(2+) currents via L-type, voltage-gated CaV 1.2 channels, strengthening cardiac contraction. The signaling via β-adrenergic receptors (β-ARs) involves elevation of cyclic AMP (cAMP) levels and activation of protein kinase A (PKA). However, how PKA affects the channel remains controversial. Recent studies in heterologous systems and genetically engineered mice stress the importance of the posttranslational proteolytic truncation of distal C-terminus (dCT) of the main (α1C ) subunit...
February 14, 2017: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28190779/lentiviral-transfer-of-%C3%AE-globin-with-fusion-gene-nup98-hoxa10hd-expands-hematopoietic-stem-cells-and-ameliorates-murine-%C3%AE-thalassemia
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Hui Fen Zhao, Allistair Abraham, Yoon-Sang Kim, Yong-Dong Wang, Tamara Pestina, Jun Zhan, Keith Humphries, Arthur W Nienhuis, Derek A Persons
Recently, an engineered Homeobox-nucleoporin fusion gene, NUP98-HOXA10HD or NA10HD, was reported to expand and maintain murine hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs). We postulated that NA10HD would increase the number of human γ-globin-expressing cells to therapeutic levels. We developed a double gene lentiviral vector encoding both human γ-globin and NA10HD, which was used to transduce human peripheral blood CD34(+) cells and increased engraftment 2- to 2.5-fold at 15 weeks post-transplantation in immunodeficient mice...
February 9, 2017: Molecular Therapy: the Journal of the American Society of Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187156/krilldb-a-de-novo-transcriptome-database-for-the-antarctic-krill-euphausia-superba
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Gabriele Sales, Bruce E Deagle, Enrica Calura, Paolo Martini, Alberto Biscontin, Cristiano De Pittà, So Kawaguchi, Chiara Romualdi, Bettina Meyer, Rodolfo Costa, Simon Jarman
Antarctic krill (Euphausia superba) is a key species in the Southern Ocean with an estimated biomass between 100 and 500 million tonnes. Changes in krill population viability would have catastrophic effect on the Antarctic ecosystem. One looming threat due to elevated levels of anthropogenic atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) is ocean acidification (lowering of sea water pH by CO2 dissolving into the oceans). The genetics of Antarctic krill has long been of scientific interest for both for the analysis of population structure and analysis of functional genetics...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28181678/safety-and-immunological-efficacy-of-a-dna-vaccine-encoding-the-androgen-receptor-ligand-binding-domain-ar-lbd
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Brian M Olson, Eric S Bradley, Thomas Sawicki, Weixiong Zhong, Erik A Ranheim, Jordan E Bloom, Viswa T Colluru, Laura E Johnson, Brian T Rekoske, Jens C Eickhoff, Douglas G McNeel
BACKGROUND: The androgen receptor (AR) is a key oncogenic driver of prostate cancer, and has been the primary focus of prostate cancer treatment for several decades. We have previously demonstrated that the AR is also an immunological target antigen, recognized in patients with prostate cancer, and targetable by means of vaccines in rodent models with delays in prostate tumor growth. The current study was performed to determine the safety and immunological efficacy of a GMP-grade plasmid DNA vaccine encoding the ligand-binding domain (LBD) of the AR, pTVG-AR...
February 9, 2017: Prostate
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28179977/programmable-genome-editing-tools-and-their-regulation-for-efficient-genome-engineering
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Tuhin Kumar Guha, Alvan Wai, Georg Hausner
Targeted genome editing has become a powerful genetic tool for studying gene function or for modifying genomes by correcting defective genes or introducing genes. A variety of reagents have been developed in recent years that can generate targeted double-stranded DNA cuts which can be repaired by the error-prone, non-homologous end joining repair system or via the homologous recombination-based double-strand break repair pathway provided a suitable template is available. These genome editing reagents require components for recognizing a specific DNA target site and for DNA-cleavage that generates the double-stranded break...
2017: Computational and Structural Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28178965/effect-of-glucose-on-poly-%C3%AE-glutamic-acid-metabolism-in-bacillus-licheniformis
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Wencheng Yu, Zhen Chen, Hong Ye, Peize Liu, Zhipeng Li, Yuanpeng Wang, Qingbiao Li, Shan Yan, Chuan-Jian Zhong, Ning He
BACKGROUND: Poly-gamma-glutamic acid (γ-PGA) is a promising macromolecule with potential as a replacement for chemosynthetic polymers. γ-PGA can be produced by many microorganisms, including Bacillus species. Bacillus licheniformis CGMCC2876 secretes γ-PGA when using glycerol and trisodium citrate as its optimal carbon sources and secretes polysaccharides when using glucose as the sole carbon source. To better understand the metabolic mechanism underlying the secretion of polymeric substances, SWATH was applied to investigate the effect of glucose on the production of polysaccharides and γ-PGA at the proteome level...
February 8, 2017: Microbial Cell Factories
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28177413/selenium-biofortification-and-phytoremediation-phytotechnologies-a-review
#18
Michela Schiavon, Elizabeth A H Pilon-Smits
The element selenium (Se) is both essential and toxic for most life forms, with a narrow margin between deficiency and toxicity. Phytotechnologies using plants and their associated microbes can address both of these problems. To prevent Se toxicity due to excess environmental Se, plants may be used to phytoremediate Se from soil or water. To alleviate Se deficiency in humans or livestock, crops may be biofortified with Se. These two technologies may also be combined: Se-enriched plant material from phytoremediation could be used as green fertilizer or as fortified food...
January 2017: Journal of Environmental Quality
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28176947/silencing-of-foxp3-enhances-the-antitumor-efficacy-of-gm-csf-genetically-modified-tumor-cell-vaccine-against-b16-melanoma
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Antonio Miguel, Luis Sendra, Verónica Noé, Carles J Ciudad, Francisco Dasí, David Hervas, María José Herrero, Salvador F Aliño
The antitumor response after therapeutic vaccination has a limited effect and seems to be related to the presence of T regulatory cells (Treg), which express the immunoregulatory molecules CTLA4 and Foxp3. The blockage of CTLA4 using antibodies has shown an effective antitumor response conducing to the approval of the human anti-CTLA4 antibody ipilimumab by the US Food and Drug Administration. On the other hand, Foxp3 is crucial for Treg development. For this reason, it is an attractive target for cancer treatment...
2017: OncoTargets and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28176138/regulation-of-saccharomyces-cerevisiae-genetic-engineering-on-the-production-of-acetate-esters-and-higher-alcohols-during-chinese-baijiu-fermentation
#20
Wei Li, Jian-Hui Wang, Cui-Ying Zhang, Hong-Xia Ma, Dong-Guang Xiao
Acetate esters and higher alcohols greatly influence the quality and flavor profiles of Chinese Baijiu (Chinese liquor). Various mutants have been constructed to investigate the interactions of ATF1 overexpression, IAH1 deletion, and BAT2 deletion on the production of acetate esters and higher alcohols. The results showed that the overexpression of ATF1 under the control of the PGK1 promoter with BAT2 and IAH1 double-gene deletion led to a higher production of acetate esters and a lower production of higher alcohols than the overexpression of ATF1 with IAH1 deletion or overexpression of ATF1 with BAT2 deletion...
February 7, 2017: Journal of Industrial Microbiology & Biotechnology
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