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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524743/nanoparticle-exposures-from-nano-enabled-toner-based-printing-equipment-and-human-health-state-of-science-and-future-research-needs
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Sandra Vanessa Pirela, John Martin, Dhimiter Bello, Philip Demokritou
Toner formulations used by laser printers (LP) and photocopiers (PC), collectively called "toner-based printing equipment" (TPE), are nano-enabled products (NEP) because they contain several engineered nanomaterials (ENM) that improve toner performance. It has been shown that during consumer use (printing), these ENM are released in the air, together with other semi-volatile organic nanoparticles, and newly formed gaseous co-pollutants such as volatile organic compounds (VOC). The aim of this review is to detail and analyze physico-chemical and morphological (PCM), as well as the toxicological properties of particulate matter (PM) emissions from TPE...
May 19, 2017: Critical Reviews in Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522830/inhibition-of-endocytic-lipid-antigen-presentation-by-common-lipophilic-environmental-pollutants
#2
Manju Sharma, Xiang Zhang, Shuangmin Zhang, Liang Niu, Shuk-Mei Ho, Aimin Chen, Shouxiong Huang
Environmental pollutants as non-heritable factors are now recognized as triggers for multiple human inflammatory diseases involving T cells. We postulated that lipid antigen presentation mediated by cluster of differentiation 1 (CD1) proteins for T cell activation is susceptible to lipophilic environmental pollutants. To test this notion, we determined whether the common lipophilic pollutants benzo[a]pyrene and diesel exhaust particles impact on the activation of lipid-specific T cells. Our results demonstrated that the expression of CD1a and CD1d proteins, and the activation of CD1a- and CD1d-restricted T cells were sensitively inhibited by benzo[a]pyrene even at the low concentrations detectable in exposed human populations...
May 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515232/the-nuclear-export-factor-crm1-controls-juxta-nuclear-microtubule-dependent-virus-transport
#3
I-Hsuan Wang, Christoph J Burckhardt, Artur Yakimovich, Matthias K Morf, Urs F Greber
Transport of large cargo through the cytoplasm requires motor proteins and polarized filaments. Viruses that replicate in the nucleus of post-mitotic cells use microtubules and the dynein/dynactin motor to traffic to the nuclear membrane, and deliver their genome through nuclear pore complexes (NPCs) into the nucleus. How virus particles (virions) or cellular cargo are transferred from microtubules to the NPC is unknown. Here, we analyzed trafficking of incoming cytoplasmic adenoviruses by single particle tracking and super-resolution microscopy...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Cell Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28509652/risk-assessment-of-zinc-oxide-a-cosmetic-ingredient-used-as-a-uv-filter-of-sunscreens
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Kyu-Bong Kim, Young Woo Kim, Seong Kwang Lim, Tae Hyun Roh, Du Yeon Bang, Seul Min Choi, Duck Soo Lim, Yeon Joo Kim, Seol-Hwa Baek, Min-Kook Kim, Hyo-Seon Seo, Min-Hwa Kim, Hyung Sik Kim, Joo Young Lee, Sam Kacew, Byung-Mu Lee
Zinc oxide (ZnO), an inorganic compound that appears as a white powder, is used frequently as an ingredient in sunscreens. The aim of this review was to examine the toxicology and risk assessment of ZnO based upon available published data. Recent studies on acute, sub-acute, and chronic toxicities of ZnO indicated that this compound is virtually non-toxic in animal models. However, it was reported that ZnO nanoparticles (NP) (particle size, 40 nm) induced significant changes in anemia-related hematologic parameters and mild to moderate pancreatitis in male and female Sprague-Dawley rats at 536...
2017: Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health. Part B, Critical Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506460/mechanisms-of-ubiquitin-nucleosome-recognition-and-regulation-of-53bp1-chromatin-recruitment-by-rnf168-169-and-rad18
#5
Qi Hu, Maria Victoria Botuyan, Gaofeng Cui, Debiao Zhao, Georges Mer
The protein 53BP1 plays a central regulatory role in DNA double-strand break repair. 53BP1 relocates to chromatin by recognizing RNF168-mediated mono-ubiquitylation of histone H2A Lys15 in the nucleosome core particle dimethylated at histone H4 Lys20 (NCP-ubme). 53BP1 relocation is terminated by ubiquitin ligases RNF169 and RAD18 via unknown mechanisms. Using nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy and biochemistry, we show that RNF169 bridges ubiquitin and histone surfaces, stabilizing a pre-existing ubiquitin orientation in NCP-ubme to form a high-affinity complex...
May 18, 2017: Molecular Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28497777/phase-i-ii-clinical-trial-to-assess-safety-and-efficacy-of-intratumoral-and-subcutaneous-injection-of-hvj-e-in-castration-resistant-prostate-cancer-patients
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K Fujita, Y Nakai, A Kawashima, T Ujike, A Nagahara, T Nakajima, T Inoue, C M Lee, M Uemura, Y Miyagawa, Y Kaneda, N Nonomura
Inactivated Sendai virus particles (hemagglutinating virus of Japan envelope (HVJ-E)) have a novel antitumor effect: HVJ-E fused to prostate cancer cells via cell surface receptor causes apoptosis of prostate cancer cells in vitro and in vivo. HVJ-E also induces antitumor immunity by activating natural killer (NK) cells and cytotoxic T cells and suppressing regulatory T cells in vivo. We conducted an open-label, single-arm, phase I/II clinical trial in patients with castration-resistant prostate cancer (CRPC) to determine the safety and efficacy of intratumoral and subcutaneous injection of HVJ-E...
May 12, 2017: Cancer Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28496150/long-non-coding-rna-particle-bridges-histone-and-dna-methylation
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Valerie Bríd O'Leary, Sarah Hain, Doris Maugg, Jan Smida, Omid Azimzadeh, Soile Tapio, Saak Victor Ovsepian, Michael John Atkinson
PARTICLE (Gene PARTICL- 'Promoter of MAT2A-Antisense RadiaTion Induced Circulating LncRNA) expression is transiently elevated following low dose irradiation typically encountered in the workplace and from natural sources. This long non-coding RNA recruits epigenetic silencers for cis-acting repression of its neighbouring Methionine adenosyltransferase 2A gene. It now emerges that PARTICLE operates as a trans-acting mediator of DNA and histone lysine methylation. Chromatin immunoprecipitation sequencing (ChIP-seq) and immunological evidence established elevated PARTICLE expression linked to increased histone 3 lysine 27 trimethylation...
May 11, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28491076/a-proteomic-approach-suggests-unbalanced-proteasome-functioning-induced-by-the-growth-promoting-bacterium-kosakonia-radicincitans-in-arabidopsis
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Katja Witzel, Suayib Üstün, Monika Schreiner, Rita Grosch, Frederik Börnke, Silke Ruppel
Endophytic plant growth-promoting bacteria have significant impact on the plant physiology and understanding this interaction at the molecular level is of particular interest to support crop productivity and sustainable production systems. We used a proteomics approach to investigate the molecular mechanisms underlying plant growth promotion in the interaction of Kosakonia radicincitans DSM 16656 with Arabidopsis thaliana. Four weeks after the inoculation, the proteome of roots from inoculated and control plants was compared using two-dimensional gel electrophoresis and differentially abundant protein spots were identified by liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28486433/human-indoor-exposure-to-airborne-halogenated-flame-retardants-influence-of-airborne-particle-size
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Mark J La Guardia, Erika D Schreder, Nancy Uding, Robert C Hale
Inhalation of halogenated flame-retardants (HFRs) released from consumer products is an important route of exposure. However, not all airborne HFRs are respirable, and thus interact with vascular membranes within the gas exchange (alveolar) region of the lung. HFRs associated with large (>4 µm), inhalable airborne particulates are trapped on the mucosal lining of the respiratory tract and then are expelled or swallowed. The latter may contribute to internal exposure via desorption from particles in the digestive tract...
May 9, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28485617/quantitative-detection-of-benzoyl-peroxide-in-wheat-flour-using-line-scan-macroscale-raman-chemical-imaging
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Jianwei Qin, Moon S Kim, Kuanglin Chao, Maria Gonzalez, Byoung-Kwan Cho
A high-throughput Raman chemical imaging method was developed for direct inspection of benzoyl peroxide (BPO) mixed in wheat flour. A 5 W, 785 nm line laser (240 mm long and 1 mm wide) was used as a Raman excitation source in a push-broom Raman imaging system. Hyperspectral Raman images were collected in a wavenumber range of 103-2881 cm(-1) from dry wheat flour mixed with BPO at eight concentrations (w/w) from 50 to 6400 ppm. A sample holder with a sampling volume of 150 × 100 × 2 mm(3) was used to present a thin layer (2 mm thick) of the powdered sample for line-scan image acquisition with a spatial resolution of 0...
January 1, 2017: Applied Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28484962/controlled-release-of-second-generation-mtor-inhibitors-to-restrain-inflammation-in-primary-immune-cells
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Emily A Gosselin, Lisa H Tostanoski, Christopher M Jewell
Autoimmune disease occurs when the immune system incorrectly targets the body's own tissue. Inflammatory CD4(+) T cell phenotypes, such as TH1 and TH17, are key drivers of this attack. Recent studies demonstrate treatment with rapamycin-a key inhibitor of the mTOR pathway-can skew T cell development, moving T cell responses away from inflammatory phenotypes and toward regulatory T cells (TREGS). TREGS are important in inducing and maintaining tolerance to self-antigens, creating new potential to treat autoimmune diseases more effectively and specifically...
May 8, 2017: AAPS Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28476333/identification-of-4-arylidene-curcumin-analogues-as-novel-proteasome-inhibitors-for-potential-anticancer-agents-targeting-19s-regulatory-particle-associated-deubiquitinase
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Xin Yue, Yinglin Zuo, Hongpeng Ke, Jiaming Luo, Lanlan Lou, Wenjing Qin, Youqiao Wang, Ziyi Liu, Daoyuan Chen, Haixia Sun, Weichao Zheng, Cuige Zhu, Ruimin Wang, Gesi Wen, Jun Du, Binhua Zhou, Xianzhang Bu
The proteasomal 19S regulatory particle (RP) associated deubiquitinases (DUBs) have attracted much attention owing to its potential as a therapeutic target for cancer therapy. Identification of new entities against 19S RP associated DUBs and illustration of the underlying mechanisms is crucial for discovery of novel proteasome blockers. In this study, a series of 4-arylidene curcumin analogues were identified as potent proteasome inhibitor by preferentially blocking deubiquitinase function of proteasomal 19S RP with moderate 20S CP inhibition...
May 2, 2017: Biochemical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28475211/short-dna-containing-%C3%AF-sites-enhances-dna-stability-and-gene-expression-in-e-coli-cell-free-transcription-translation-systems
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Ryan Marshall, Colin S Maxwell, Scott P Collins, Chase L Beisel, Vincent Noireaux
E. coli cell-free transcription-translation (TXTL) systems offer versatile platforms for advanced biomanufacturing and for prototyping synthetic biological parts and devices. Production and testing could be accelerated with the use of linear DNA, which can be rapidly and cheaply synthesized. However, linear DNA is efficiently degraded in TXTL preparations from Escherichia coli. Here, we show that double-stranded DNA encoding χ sites-eight base-pair sequences preferentially bound by the RecBCD recombination machinery-stabilizes linear DNA and greatly enhances the TXTL-based expression and activity of a fluorescent reporter gene, simple regulatory cascades, and T7 bacteriophage particles...
May 5, 2017: Biotechnology and Bioengineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28463571/accurate-identification-and-quantification-of-dna-species-by-next-generation-sequencing-in-adeno-associated-viral-vectors-produced-in-insect-cells
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Magalie Penaud-Budloo, Emilie Lecomte, Aurélien Guy-Duché, Sylvie Saleun, Alain Roulet, Céline Lopez-Roques, Benoît Tournaire, Benjamin Cogné, Adrien Léger, Veronique Blouin, Pierre Lindenbaum, Philippe Moullier, Eduard Ayuso
Recombinant adeno-associated viral vectors (rAAV) have proven excellent tools for the treatment of many genetic diseases and other complex diseases. However, the illegitimate encapsidation of DNA contaminants within viral particles constitutes a major safety concern for rAAV-based therapies. Moreover, the development of rAAV vectors for early-phase clinical trials has revealed the limited accuracy of the analytical tools used to characterize these new and complex drugs. While most published data concerning residual DNA in rAAV preparations have been generated by quantitative PCR, we recently developed a novel single-strand virus sequencing (SSV-Seq) method for quantification of DNA contaminants in AAV vectors produced in mammalian cells by next-generation sequencing (NGS)...
May 2, 2017: Human Gene Therapy Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28461266/in-vitro-release-testing-method-development-for-ophthalmic-ointments
#15
Quanying Bao, Jie Shen, Rajan Jog, Carmen Zhang, Bryan Newman, Yan Wang, Stephanie Choi, Diane J Burgess
It is essential as well as challenging to develop a reliable in vitro release testing method for determining whether differences in release profiles exist between qualitatively and quantitatively equivalent ophthalmic ointment formulations. There is a lack of regulatory guidance on in vitro release testing methods for ophthalmic formulations. Three different in vitro release testing methods 1) USP apparatus 4 with semisolid adapters; 2) USP apparatus 2 with enhancer cells; and 3) Franz diffusion cells were investigated...
April 29, 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446664/analysis-of-competing-hiv-1-splice-donor-sites-uncovers-a-tight-cluster-of-splicing-regulatory-elements-within-exon-2-2b
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Anna-Lena Brillen, Lara Walotka, Frank Hillebrand, Lisa Müller, Marek Widera, Stephan Theiss, Heiner Schaal
The HIV-1 accessory protein Vif is essential for viral replication by counteracting the host restriction factor APOBEC3G (A3G), and balanced levels of both proteins are required for efficient viral replication. Non-coding exons 2/2b contain the Vif start codon between their alternatively used splice donors 2 and 2b (D2 and D2b). For the vif mRNA, intron 1 must be removed, while intron 2 must be retained. Thus, splice acceptor 1 (A1) must be activated by U1 snRNP binding to either D2 or D2b, while splicing at D2 or D2b must be prevented...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442575/structure-and-energetics-of-pairwise-interactions-between-proteasome-subunits-rpn2-rpn13-and-ubiquitin-clarify-a-substrate-recruitment-mechanism
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Ryan T VanderLinden, Casey W Hemmis, Tingting Yao, Howard Robinson, Christopher P Hill
The 26S proteasome is a large cellular assembly that mediates the selective degradation of proteins in the nucleus and cytosol and is an established target for anti-cancer therapeutics. Protein substrates are typically targeted to the proteasome through modification with a polyubiquitin chain, which can be recognized by several proteasome-associated ubiquitin receptors. One of these receptors, RPN13/ADRM1, is recruited to the proteasome through direct interaction with the large scaffolding protein RPN2 within the 19S regulatory particle...
April 25, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439515/endogenous-retroviruses-with-us-and-against-us
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Thomas J Meyer, Jimi L Rosenkrantz, Lucia Carbone, Shawn L Chavez
Mammalian genomes are scattered with thousands of copies of endogenous retroviruses (ERVs), mobile genetic elements that are relics of ancient retroviral infections. After inserting copies into the germ line of a host, most ERVs accumulate mutations that prevent the normal assembly of infectious viral particles, becoming trapped in host genomes and unable to leave to infect other cells. While most copies of ERVs are inactive, some are transcribed and encode the proteins needed to generate new insertions at novel loci...
2017: Frontiers in Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433707/genetic-susceptibility-to-toxicologic-lung-responses-among-inbred-mouse-strains-following-exposure-to-carbon-nanotubes-and-profiling-of-underlying-gene-networks
#19
Evan A Frank, Vinicius S Carreira, Kumar Shanmukhappa, Mario Medvedovic, Daniel R Prows, Jagjit S Yadav
The risk of human exposure to fiber nanoparticles has risen in recent years due to increases in the manufacture and utilization of carbon nanotubes (CNTs). CNTs are present as airborne particulates in occupational settings and their hazard potential has been demonstrated in experimental lung exposure studies using inbred mouse strains. However, it is not known whether different inbred strains differ in lung responses to CNTs by virtue of their genetics. In this work, common inbred strains (BALB/c, C57Bl/6, DBA/2, and C3H/He) were exposed to CNTs via oropharyngeal aspiration and lung histology and bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) samples were evaluated over 28days with the objective of evaluating sensitivity/resistance among strains...
April 19, 2017: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427840/aav-id-a-rapid-and-robust-assay-for-batch-to-batch-consistency-evaluation-of-aav-preparations
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Simon Pacouret, Mohammed Bouzelha, Rajani Shelke, Eva Andres-Mateos, Ru Xiao, Anna Maurer, Mathieu Mevel, Heikki Turunen, Trisha Barungi, Magalie Penaud-Budloo, Frédéric Broucque, Véronique Blouin, Philippe Moullier, Eduard Ayuso, Luk H Vandenberghe
Adeno-associated virus (AAV) vectors are promising clinical candidates for therapeutic gene transfer, and a number of AAV-based drugs may emerge on the market over the coming years. To insure the consistency in efficacy and safety of any drug vial that reaches the patient, regulatory agencies require extensive characterization of the final product. Identity is a key characteristic of a therapeutic product, as it ensures its proper labeling and batch-to-batch consistency. Currently, there is no facile, fast, and robust characterization assay enabling to probe the identity of AAV products at the protein level...
April 17, 2017: Molecular Therapy: the Journal of the American Society of Gene Therapy
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