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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732031/breast-tissue-ablation-with-irreversible-electroporation-in-rabbits-a-safety-and-feasibility-study
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Wenlong Zhang, Wanning Wang, Wei Chai, Xiaomei Luo, Jiannan Li, Jian Shi, Liqi Bi, Lizhi Niu
BACKGROUND AND AIM: Irreversible electroporation (IRE) was confirmed to control several solid tumors effectively in vivo. Our preclinical study aimed to assess the feasibility and safety of IRE in the breast of rabbit. METHODS: Thirty New Zealand white rabbits were randomly divided into 3 groups of 10 rabbits (control group, IRE group A, and B). Two mono-electrode needles were inserted into the breast tissue by percutaneous puncture. Electrocardiogram and vital signs were monitored before, during, and after ablation...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731029/nrp2-is-sufficient-to-instruct-circuit-formation-of-mitral-cells-to-mediate-odour-induced-attractive-social-responses
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Kasumi Inokuchi, Fumiaki Imamura, Haruki Takeuchi, Ryang Kim, Hiroyuki Okuno, Hirofumi Nishizumi, Haruhiko Bito, Takefumi Kikusui, Hitoshi Sakano
Odour information induces various innate responses that are critical to the survival of the individual and for the species. An axon guidance molecule, Neuropilin 2 (Nrp2), is known to mediate targeting of olfactory sensory neurons (primary neurons), to the posteroventral main olfactory bulb (PV MOB) in mice. Here we report that Nrp2-positive (Nrp2(+)) mitral cells (MCs, second-order neurons) play crucial roles in transmitting attractive social signals from the PV MOB to the anterior part of medial amygdala (MeA)...
July 21, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721494/a-comprehensive-characterization-of-parameters-affecting-high-frequency-irreversible-electroporation-lesions
#3
Tyler Miklovic, Eduardo L Latouche, Matthew R DeWitt, Rafael V Davalos, Michael B Sano
Several focal therapies are being investigated clinically to treat tumors in which surgery is contraindicated. Many of these ablation techniques, such as radiofrequency ablation and microwave ablation, rely on thermal damage mechanisms which can put critical nerves or vasculature at risk. Irreversible electroporation (IRE) is a minimally invasive, non-thermal technique to destroy tumors. A series of short electric pulses create nanoscale defects in the cell membrane, eventually leading to cell death. Typical IRE protocols deliver a series of 50-100 µs monopolar pulses...
July 18, 2017: Annals of Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721397/hivis-dna-or-hivisopt-dna-priming-followed-by-cmdr-vaccinia-based-boosts-induce-both-humoral-and-cellular-murine-immune-responses-to-hiv
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J Hinkula, S Petkov, K Ljungberg, D Hallengärd, A Bråve, M Isaguliants, T Falkeborn, S Sharma, V Liakina, M Robb, M Eller, B Moss, G Biberfeld, E Sandström, C Nilsson, K Markland, P Blomberg, B Wahren
BACKGROUND: In order to develop a more effective prophylactic HIV-1 vaccine it is important optimize the components, improve Envelope glycoprotein immunogenicity as well as to explore prime-boost immunization schedules. It is also valuable to include several HIV-1 subtype antigens representing the world-wide epidemic. METHODS: HIVIS-DNA plasmids which include Env genes of subtypes A, B and C together with Gag subtypes A and B and RTmut/Rev of subtype B were modified as follows: the Envelope sequences were shortened, codon optimized, provided with an FT4 sequence and an immunodominant region mutated...
June 2017: Heliyon
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720284/modeling-of-plasmas-for-biomedicine
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REVIEW
Natalia Yu Babaeva, George V Naidis
Studies in plasma medicine, which are currently actively expanding, are of multidisciplinary character, involving physical, chemical and biological processes. Rapid progress has been achieved in this field due to synergy between experimental and theoretical/computational methods. Joint use of diagnostic tools and computations gives a better understanding of mechanisms of interaction of plasma with bio-objects. This review focuses on recent achievements in modeling of plasma for biomedical applications. Various computational approaches used in these studies are described...
July 15, 2017: Trends in Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717654/fusion-to-flaviviral-leader-peptide-targets-hiv-1-reverse-transcriptase-for-secretion-and-reduces-its-enzymatic-activity-and-ability-to-induce-oxidative-stress-but-has-no-major-effects-on-its-immunogenic-performance-in-dna-immunized-mice
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Anastasia Latanova, Stefan Petkov, Yulia Kuzmenko, Athina Kilpeläinen, Alexander Ivanov, Olga Smirnova, Olga Krotova, Sergey Korolev, Jorma Hinkula, Vadim Karpov, Maria Isaguliants, Elizaveta Starodubova
Reverse transcriptase (RT) is a key enzyme in viral replication and susceptibility to ART and a crucial target of immunotherapy against drug-resistant HIV-1. RT induces oxidative stress which undermines the attempts to make it immunogenic. We hypothesized that artificial secretion may reduce the stress and make RT more immunogenic. Inactivated multidrug-resistant RT (RT1.14opt-in) was N-terminally fused to the signal providing secretion of NS1 protein of TBEV (Ld) generating optimized inactivated Ld-carrying enzyme RT1...
2017: Journal of Immunology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717398/preclinical-evaluation-of-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-triggered-dendritic-cells-expressing-the-viral-oncogenic-driver-of-merkel-cell-carcinoma-for-therapeutic-vaccination
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Kerstin F Gerer, Michael Erdmann, Sine R Hadrup, Rikke Lyngaa, Lena-Marie Martin, Reinhard E Voll, Beatrice Schuler-Thurner, Gerold Schuler, Niels Schaft, Stefanie Hoyer, Jan Dörrie
BACKGROUND: Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC) is a rare but very aggressive skin tumor that develops after integration of a truncated form of the large T-antigen (truncLT) of the Merkel cell polyomavirus (MCV) into the host's genome. Therapeutic vaccination with dendritic cells (DCs) loaded with tumor antigens is an active form of immunotherapy, which intends to direct the immune system towards tumors which express the respective vaccination antigens. METHODS: Cytokine-matured monocyte-derived DCs of healthy donors and MCC patients were electroporated with mRNA encoding the truncLT...
July 2017: Therapeutic Advances in Medical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716921/toll-ligand-sp%C3%A3-tzle3-controls-melanization-in-the-stripe-pattern-formation-in-caterpillars
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Yûsuke KonDo, Shinichi Yoda, Takayuki Mizoguchi, Toshiya Ando, Junichi Yamaguchi, Kimiko Yamamoto, Yutaka Banno, Haruhiko Fujiwara
A stripe pattern is an aposematic or camouflage coloration often observed among various caterpillars. However, how this ecologically important pattern is formed is largely unknown. The silkworm dominant mutant Zebra (Ze) has a black stripe in the anterior margin of each dorsal segment. Here, fine linkage mapping of 3,135 larvae revealed a 63-kbp region responsible for the Ze locus, which contained three candidate genes, including the Toll ligand gene spätzle3 (spz-3). Both electroporation-mediated ectopic expression and RNAi analyses showed that, among candidate genes, only processed spz-3 induced melanin pigmentation and that Toll-8 was the candidate receptor gene of spz-3 This Toll ligand/receptor set is also involved in melanization of other mutant Striped (p(S) ), which has broader stripes...
July 17, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716091/suppression-of-the-phytoene-synthase-gene-egcrtb-alters-carotenoid-content-and-intracellular-structure-of-euglena-gracilis
#9
Shota Kato, Mika Soshino, Shinichi Takaichi, Takahiro Ishikawa, Noriko Nagata, Masashi Asahina, Tomoko Shinomura
BACKGROUND: Photosynthetic organisms utilize carotenoids for photoprotection as well as light harvesting. Our previous study revealed that high-intensity light increases the expression of the gene for phytoene synthase (EgcrtB) in Euglena gracilis (a unicellular phytoflagellate), the encoded enzyme catalyzes the first committed step of the carotenoid biosynthesis pathway. To examine carotenoid synthesis of E. gracilis in response to light stress, we analyzed carotenoid species and content in cells grown under various light intensities...
July 17, 2017: BMC Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714529/immunologic-responses-to-a-novel-dna-vaccine-targeting-human-papillomavirus-11-e6e7
#10
Julie Ahn, Shiwen Peng, Chien-Fu Hung, Richard B S Roden, Tzyy-Choou Wu, Simon R Best
OBJECTIVES/HYPOTHESIS: Recurrent respiratory papillomatosis (RRP) is a benign disease caused by human papillomavirus (HPV) types 6 and 11. Although a prophylactic vaccine against RRP is available, a therapeutic vaccine is needed to treat those already infected. The objective of our study was to design and test a DNA vaccine targeting HPV11 proteins. STUDY DESIGN: Preclinical scientific investigation. METHODS: A DNA vaccine encoding the HPV11 E6 and E7 genes linked to calreticulin (CRT) was generated...
July 17, 2017: Laryngoscope
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712958/enhancing-oxidative-stress-resistance-in-bifidobacterium-thermophilum-using-a-novel-overexpression-vector-and-transformation-protocol
#11
Marc J A Stevens, Adriano Venturini, Christophe Lacroix, Leo Meile
Bifidobacterium thermophilum is encountered in the GI-tract of pigs and infants. Here we provide a transformation protocol for B. thermophilum and a novel expression vector for this species. The protocol resulted in transformation rates of 1×10(3) transformed cells per μg DNA. Transformation was shown to be dependent on the presence of fructo-oligosaccharides during growth, polyethylene glycol in the electroporation buffer, and on methylation of the vector. The Escherichia coli - B. thermophilum shuttle vector pLFB1012 for heterologous gene expression was constructed harbouring the glyceraldehyde 3-phosphate dehydrogenase promoter from Bifidobacterium longum (Pgap)...
July 13, 2017: Plasmid
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710644/non-electrolytic-microelectroporation
#12
Chenang Lyu, Jianping Wang, Boris Rubinsky
Micro and nano technologies are of increasing importance in microfluidics devices used for electroporation (electroporation - the permeabilization of the cell membrane with brief high electric field pulses). Electrochemical reactions of electrolysis occur whenever an electric current flows between an electrode and an ionic solution. It can have substantial detrimental effects, both on the cells and solutions during the electroporation. As electrolysis is a surface phenomenon, between electrodes and solution, the extent of electrolysis is increased in micro and nano electroporation over macro-electroporation, because the surface area of the electrodes in micro and nano electroporation is much larger...
September 2017: Biomedical Microdevices
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709447/cryptic-amyloidogenic-elements-in-mutant-nefh-causing-charcot-marie-tooth-2-trigger-aggresome-formation-and-neuronal-death
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Arnaud Jacquier, Cécile Delorme, Edwige Belotti, Raoul Juntas-Morales, Guilhem Solé, Odile Dubourg, Marianne Giroux, Claude-Alain Maurage, Valérie Castellani, Adriana Rebelo, Alexander Abrams, Stephan Züchner, Tanya Stojkovic, Laurent Schaeffer, Philippe Latour
Neurofilament heavy chain (NEFH) gene was recently identified to cause autosomal dominant axonal Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease (CMT2cc). However, the clinical spectrum of this condition and the physio-pathological pathway remain to be delineated. We report 12 patients from two French families with axonal dominantly inherited form of CMT caused by two new mutations in the NEFH gene. A remarkable feature was the early involvement of proximal muscles of the lower limbs associated with pyramidal signs in some patients...
July 14, 2017: Acta Neuropathologica Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708990/electroporation-by-concentric-type-needle-electrodes-and-arrays
#14
Yi Kung, Alexey Lihachev, Saulius Šatkauskas, Keng-Li Lan, Wen-Shiang Chen
The efficacy of genomic medicine depends on gene transfer efficiency. In this area, electroporation has been found to be a highly promising method for physical gene transfer. However, electroporation raises issues related to electrical safety, tissue damage, and the number of required wounds. Concentric-type needle electrodes seek to address these issues by using a lower bias (10V), a single wound, fewer processing steps, and a smaller working area (≈10mm(3)), thus offering greater accuracy and precision...
July 8, 2017: Bioelectrochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28699530/gene-delivery-with-organic-electronic-biomaterials
#15
Kathryn Frances Anne Clancy, John George Hardy
Gene therapy may be capable of treating a variety of diseases, a prerequisite of which is the successful delivery of polynucleic acids (e.g., DNA, RNA) to a patient's cells. Delivery can be achieved technologically (e.g., using electroporation), using viruses (natural gene delivery vectors) or non-viral vectors (e.g., lipids, nanoparticles, polymers). This article aims to give the reader an overview of the use of organic electronic materials (i.e., fullerenes, graphenes and conjugated polymers) as non-viral gene delivery vectors...
July 10, 2017: Current Pharmaceutical Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28699509/combination-of-multifunctional-nanoparticles-and-interventional-techniques-makes-each-other-going-further-in-the-field-of-cancer-treatment
#16
Haibo Shao, Tengchuang Ma, Duo Hong, Wenhan Xu, Shuai Li, Ronald S Arellano, Ke Xu
Nano-oncology and interventional oncology are both rapidly emerging fields in loco-regional cancer therapies. Synergistic combination of both fields offers drastic improvement in performance and efficacy of cancer killings. Interventional techniques such selective arterial catheterization, irreversible electroporation (IRE) and radiofrequency ablation (RFA) had dramatically enhance the cancer targetability and anticancer efficacy of nanoparticles (NPs). Furthermore, there is synergistic effect by using different interventional techniques together on NPs assisted cancer treatment...
July 10, 2017: Current Drug Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28699500/cell-derived-exosomes-as-promising-carriers-for-drug-delivery-and-targeted-therapy
#17
Xinyi Wang, Haiyang Zhang, Haiou Yang, Ming Bai, Tao Ning, Shuang Li, Jialu Li, Ting Deng, Guoguang Ying, Yi Ba
Exosomes are small vesicles that are secreted by various types of cells, known to mediate signal transduction between cells. During recent years, novel carriers for the delivery of targeted drugs, chemotherapy drugs and RNAs are under development, which is believed to be beneficial for patients. Considering issues of drug nano-formulations in bloodstream, such as nano-toxicity and rapid clearance by mononuclear phagocyte system, exosomes derived from either patient's cells or bodyfluids, seem to be an optimal option...
July 10, 2017: Current Cancer Drug Targets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28687747/lamin-b1-levels-modulate-differentiation-into-neurons-during-embryonic-corticogenesis
#18
Sameehan Mahajani, Caterina Giacomini, Federica Marinaro, Davide De Pietri Tonelli, Andrea Contestabile, Laura Gasparini
Lamin B1, a key component of the nuclear lamina, plays an important role in brain development. Ablation of endogenous Lamin B1 (Lmnb1) in the mouse strongly impairs embryonic brain development and corticogenesis. However, the mechanisms underlying these neurodevelopmental effects are unknown. Here, we report that Lamin B1 levels modulate the differentiation of murine neural stem cells (NSCs) into neurons and astroglial-like cells. In vitro, endogenous Lmnb1 depletion favors NSC differentiation into glial fibrillar acidic protein (GFAP)-immunoreactive cells over neurons, while overexpression of human Lamin B1 (LMNB1) increases the proportion of neurons...
July 7, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28687312/direction-of-commissural-axon-projections-in-different-regions-of-the-spinal-cord-during-chicken-embryonic-development
#19
Han Li, Ciqing Yang, Narazah Mohd Yusoff, Badrul Hisham Yahaya, Juntang Lin
Few researchers have investigated the direction of commissural axon projections on the contralateral side of the vertebrate embryonic spinal cord, especially for comparison between its different regions. In this study, pCAGGS-GFP plasmid expression was limited to different regions of the chicken embryonic spinal cord (cervical, anterior limb, anterior thorax, posterior thorax and posterior limb) at E3 using in ovo electroporation with modified electrodes and optimal electroporation conditions. Then open-book technique was performed at E6 to analyse the direction of axon projections in different spinal cord regions...
July 4, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28687047/the-role-of-irreversible-electroporation-ire-for-locally-advanced-pancreatic-cancer-a-systematic-review-of-safety-and-efficacy
#20
Daniel Ansari, Stina Kristoffersson, Roland Andersson, Magnus Bergenfeldt
OBJECTIVES: Irreversible electroporation (IRE) is a new modality for tumor ablation. Electrodes are placed around the tumor, and a pulsed, direct current with a field strength of 2000 V/cm is delivered. The direct current drives cells into apoptosis and cell death without causing significant heating of the tissues, which spares the extracellular matrix and proteins. The purpose of this review was to evaluate current experience of IRE for the ablation of pancreatic cancer. MATERIAL AND METHODS: We searched PubMed for all studies of IRE in human pancreatic cancer in English reporting at least 10 patients...
July 7, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Gastroenterology
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