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  1. Evaluation of antioxidant defense systems in H4IIE cells infected with a retroviral vector.

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    Oh, Soo Jin; Chae, Jooyoung; Zhu, Hongmei; Hien, Tran Thi; Lee, Kiho; Kim, Hwan Mook; Kang, Keon Wook; Song, Gyu Yong; Kang, Jong Seong; Kim, Bong-Hee; Kwon, Kwang-il; Kim, Sang Kyum

    2010-06-01

    Retroviral gene transfer technology is frequently used to establish stable transgenic cell lines. However, no studies to date have evaluated antioxidant defense systems in cells infected with retroviral particles. In the present study, we examined the effects of retroviral infection on antioxidant defense systems using H4IIE cells infected with a retrovirus that overexpresses green fluorescent protein (retro-H4IIE cells). Total oxyradical scavenging capacity and glutathione (GSH), malondialdehyde, and peroxide levels were not significantly altered in retro-H4IIE cells; however, retro-H4IIE cells showed a higher resistance against cytotoxicity, GSH depletion, and malondialdehyde elevation under H(2)O(2)-induced oxidative stress conditions. Immunoblot analysis showed that alpha-class GSH S-transferase (GST) was increased 2.5-fold in retro-H4IIE cells as compared with H4IIE cells; however, catalase, GSH peroxidase-1, peroxiredoxin-1, and thioredoxin-1 remained unaltered or slightly decreased. l-Buthionine-(S,R)-sulfoximine, a GSH synthesis inhibitor, and 1-chloro-2,4-dinitrobenzene, a GST substrate and competitive inhibitor, decreased the difference in H(2)O(2) responses between the two cell types. These results support the hypothesis that the resistance of retro-H4IIE cells to H(2)O(2) can be attributed to an increase in alpha-class GST expression, as levels of GSH and GSH peroxidase-1 were not altered. The present study suggests that antioxidant enzyme expression may change during the establishment of stable transformed cell lines using retroviral techniques.

  2. The phytoestrogen daidzein affects the antioxidant enzyme system of rat hepatoma H4IIE cells.

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    Röhrdanz, Elke; Ohler, Sandra; Tran-Thi, Quynh-Hoa; Kahl, Regine

    2002-03-01

    Phytoestrogens such as the soy isoflavonoid daidzein have potential health benefits. The antioxidant properties of phytoestrogens are considered to be responsible in part for their protective effects. The antioxidant enzyme (AOE) system plays an important role in the defense of cells against oxidative insults. To determine whether flavonoids can exert antioxidative effects not only directly but also indirectly by modulating the AOE system, we investigated the influence of the flavonoid daidzein on the expression of different AOE. Daidzein treatment of hepatoma H4IIE cells increased catalase mRNA expression two- to threefold. Expression levels of copper zinc superoxide dismutase (CuZnSOD) were not affected by exposure to daidzein. Manganese superoxide dismutase (MnSOD) mRNA expression levels decreased slightly and glutathione peroxidase (GPx) levels increased slightly after daidzein exposure. Changes in AOE mRNA expression levels were significant at 300 micromol/L daidzein. To elucidate the mechanisms underlying the strong increase in catalase mRNA, transfection experiments were performed. Transient transfection of hepatoma cells with reporter plasmids containing different parts of the upstream region of the catalase gene showed a significant one- to threefold increase in reporter gene activity after daidzein exposure. This indicates that daidzein can directly activate the rat catalase promoter region. Despite the increase in catalase mRNA, daidzein pretreatment of cells did not protect against oxidative stress resulting from H(2)O(2) exposure. On the contrary, daidzein itself exerted a mild oxidative stress. In conclusion, the changes in the AOE system provoked by daidzein affected the oxidant rather than the antioxidant properties of daidzein.

  3. Osmoregulated taurine transport in H4IIE hepatoma cells and perfused rat liver.

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    Warskulat, U; Wettstein, M; Häussinger, D

    1997-01-01

    The effects of aniso-osmotic exposure on taurine transport were studied in H4IIE rat hepatoma cells. Hyperosmotic (405 mosmol/l) exposure of H4IIE cells stimulated Na+-dependent taurine uptake and led to an increase in taurine transporter (TAUT) mRNA levels, whereas hypo-osmotic (205 mosmol/l) exposure diminished both taurine uptake and TAUT mRNA levels when compared with normo-osmotic (305 mosmol/l) control incubations. Taurine uptake increased 30-40-fold upon raising the ambient osmolarity from 205 to 405 mosmol/l. When H4IIE cells and perfused livers were preloaded with taurine, hypo-osmotic cell swelling led to a rapid release of taurine from the cells. The taurine efflux, but not taurine uptake, was sensitive to 4,4'-di-isothiocyanatostilbene-2,2'-disulphonic acid (DIDS), suggestive of an involvement of DIDS-sensitive channels in mediating volume-regulatory taurine efflux. Whereas in both H4IIE rat hepatoma cells and primary hepatocytes TAUT mRNA levels were strongly dependent upon ambient osmolarity, mRNAs for other osmolyte transporters, i.e. the betaine transporter BGT-1 and the Na+/myo-inositol transporter SMIT, were not detectable. In line with this, myo-inositol uptake by H4IIE hepatoma cells was low and was not stimulated by hyperosmolarity. However, despite the absence of BGT-1 mRNA, a slight osmosensitive uptake of betaine was observed, but the rate was less than 10% of that of taurine transport. This study identifies a constitutively expressed and osmosensitive TAUT in H4IIE cells and the use of taurine as a main osmolyte, whereas betaine and myo-inositol play little or no role in the osmolyte strategy in these cells. This is in contrast with rat liver macrophages, in which betaine has been shown to be a major osmolyte. PMID:9032454

  4. The H4IIE cell bioassay as an indicator of dioxin-like chemicals in wildlife and the environment.

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    Whyte, J J; Schmitt, C J; Tillitt, D E

    2004-01-01

    The H4IIE cell bioassay has proven utility as a screening tool for planar halogenated hydrocarbons (PHHs) and structurally similar chemicals accumulated in organisms from the wild. This bioassay has additional applications in hazard assessment of PHH exposed populations. In this review, the toxicological principles, current protocols, performance criteria, and field applications for the assay are described. The H4IIE cell bioassay has several advantages over the analytical measurement of PHHs in environmental samples, but conclusions from studies can be strengthened when both bioassay and analytical chemistry data are presented together. Often, the bioassay results concur with biological effects in organisms and support direct measures of PHHs. For biomonitoring purposes and prioritization of PHH-contaminated environments, the H4IIE bioassay may be faster and less expensive than analytical measurements. The H4IIE cell bioassay can be used in combination with other biomarkers such as in vivo measurements of CYP1A1 induction to help pinpoint the sources and identities of dioxin-like chemicals. The number of studies that measure H4IIE-derived TCDD-EQs continues to increase, resulting in subtle improvements over time. Further experiments are required to determine if TCDD-EQs derived from mammalian cells are adequate predictors of toxicity to non-mammalian species. The H4IIE cell bioassay has been used in over 300 published studies, and its combination of speed, simplicity, and ability to integrate the effects of complex contaminant mixtures makes it a valuable addition to hazard assessment and biomonitoring studies.

  5. The H4IIE cell bioassay as an indicator of dioxin-like chemicals in wildlife and the environment

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    White, J.J.; Schmitt, C. J.; Tillitt, D. E.

    2004-01-01

    The H4IIE cell bioassay has proven utility as a screening tool for planar halogenated hydrocarbons (PHHs) and structurally similar chemicals accumulated in organisms from the wild. This bioassay has additional applications in hazard assessment of PHH exposed populations. In this review, the toxicological principles, current protocols, performance criteria, and field applications for the assay are described. The H4IIE cell bioassay has several advantages over the analytical measurement of PHHs in environmental samples, but conclusions from studies can be strengthened when both bioassay and analytical chemistry data are presented together. Often, the bioassay results concur with biological effects in organisms and support direct measures of PHHs. For biomonitoring purposes and prioritization of PHH-contaminated environments, the H4IIE bioassay may be faster and less expensive than analytical measurements. The H4IIE cell bioassay can be used in combination with other biomarkers such as in vivo measurements of CYP1A1 induction to help pinpoint the sources and identities of dioxin-like chemicals. The number of studies that measure H4IIE-derived TCDD-EQs continues to increase, resulting in subtle improvements over time. Further experiments are required to determine if TCDD-EQs derived from mammalian cells are adequate predictors of toxicity to non-mammalian species. The H4IIE cell bioassay has been used in over 300 published studies, and its combination of speed, simplicity, and ability to integrate the effects of complex containment mixtures makes it a valuable addition to hazard assessment and biomonitoring studies.

  6. Pancreatic Transdifferentiation and Glucose-Regulated Production of Human Insulin in the H4IIE Rat Liver Cell Line

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    Ren, Binhai; Tao, Chang; Swan, Margaret Anne; Joachim, Nichole; Martiniello-Wilks, Rosetta; Nassif, Najah T.; O’Brien, Bronwyn A.; Simpson, Ann M.

    2016-01-01

    Due to the limitations of current treatment regimes, gene therapy is a promising strategy being explored to correct blood glucose concentrations in diabetic patients. In the current study, we used a retroviral vector to deliver either the human insulin gene alone, the rat NeuroD1 gene alone, or the human insulin gene and rat NeuroD1 genes together, to the rat liver cell line, H4IIE, to determine if storage of insulin and pancreatic transdifferentiation occurred. Stable clones were selected and expanded into cell lines: H4IIEins (insulin gene alone), H4IIE/ND (NeuroD1 gene alone), and H4IIEins/ND (insulin and NeuroD1 genes). The H4IIEins cells did not store insulin; however, H4IIE/ND and H4IIEins/ND cells stored 65.5 ± 5.6 and 1475.4 ± 171.8 pmol/insulin/5 × 106 cells, respectively. Additionally, several β cell transcription factors and pancreatic hormones were expressed in both H4IIE/ND and H4IIEins/ND cells. Electron microscopy revealed insulin storage vesicles in the H4IIE/ND and H4IIEins/ND cell lines. Regulated secretion of insulin to glucose (0–20 mmol/L) was seen in the H4IIEins/ND cell line. The H4IIEins/ND cells were transplanted into diabetic immunoincompetent mice, resulting in normalization of blood glucose. This data shows that the expression of NeuroD1 and insulin in liver cells may be a useful strategy for inducing islet neogenesis and reversing diabetes. PMID:27070593

  7. Pancreatic Transdifferentiation and Glucose-Regulated Production of Human Insulin in the H4IIE Rat Liver Cell Line.

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    Ren, Binhai; Tao, Chang; Swan, Margaret Anne; Joachim, Nichole; Martiniello-Wilks, Rosetta; Nassif, Najah T; O'Brien, Bronwyn A; Simpson, Ann M

    2016-04-08

    Due to the limitations of current treatment regimes, gene therapy is a promising strategy being explored to correct blood glucose concentrations in diabetic patients. In the current study, we used a retroviral vector to deliver either the human insulin gene alone, the rat NeuroD1 gene alone, or the human insulin gene and rat NeuroD1 genes together, to the rat liver cell line, H4IIE, to determine if storage of insulin and pancreatic transdifferentiation occurred. Stable clones were selected and expanded into cell lines: H4IIEins (insulin gene alone), H4IIE/ND (NeuroD1 gene alone), and H4IIEins/ND (insulin and NeuroD1 genes). The H4IIEins cells did not store insulin; however, H4IIE/ND and H4IIEins/ND cells stored 65.5 ± 5.6 and 1475.4 ± 171.8 pmol/insulin/5 × 10⁶ cells, respectively. Additionally, several β cell transcription factors and pancreatic hormones were expressed in both H4IIE/ND and H4IIEins/ND cells. Electron microscopy revealed insulin storage vesicles in the H4IIE/ND and H4IIEins/ND cell lines. Regulated secretion of insulin to glucose (0-20 mmol/L) was seen in the H4IIEins/ND cell line. The H4IIEins/ND cells were transplanted into diabetic immunoincompetent mice, resulting in normalization of blood glucose. This data shows that the expression of NeuroD1 and insulin in liver cells may be a useful strategy for inducing islet neogenesis and reversing diabetes.

  8. Nitroreduction of 2,4-dinitrotoluene in vitro by cytochrome P-450 induced H4IIE cells.

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    Mitchell, W R; Burrows, E P

    1995-07-01

    Conditions have been established for H4IIE rat hepatoma cell cultures in which effects of cytochrome P-450 induction on the metabolism of a munitions wastestream pollutant can be studied. Under these conditions, the polychlorinated hydrocarbon 2,3,4,7,8-pentachlorodibenzfuran (PCDBF) induced cytochrome P-450 (1A1) aryl hydrocarbon hydroxylase (AHH) activity over a wide range of concentrations without significant cytotoxic effects. The munition pollutant 2,4-dinitrotoluene (2,4-DNT) did not induce AHH activity itself, but its metabolism was considerably altered when applied to PCDBF induced cultures. Production of amino nitrotoluene isomers was greatly enhanced in induced cultures as compared to uninduced controls, as was the conversion of radiolabeled 2,4-DNT to relatively more polar metabolites. To some extent, the results with H4IIE cells parallel those reported for animals exposed to 2,4-DNT after induction of cytochrome P-450 AHH activity. The preliminary findings suggest that with further development and validation, H4IIE cultures could be of use in characterizing metabolites that result from exposure to chemical mixtures involving a P-450 (1A1) inducer.

  9. Resveratrol induces apoptotic cell death in rat H4IIE hepatoma cells but necrosis in C6 glioma cells.

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    Michels, G; Wätjen, W; Weber, N; Niering, P; Chovolou, Y; Kampkötter, A; Proksch, P; Kahl, R

    2006-08-15

    Resveratrol (trans-3,5,4',-trihydroxystilbene) is assumed to possess cancer-preventive and cancer-therapeutic properties. The aim of this project was to analyze cellular effects of resveratrol in metabolically active H4IIE rat hepatoma cells in comparison to metabolically poorly active C6 rat glioma cells. Resveratrol is rapidly taken up by both cell types and acts as a potent intracellular antioxidant. On the other hand, resveratrol in higher concentrations is relatively toxic to both cell lines as measured by the neutral red accumulation assay. In H4IIE cells, resveratrol concentrations rapidly decline to very low levels during the first hours of incubation due to formation of resveratrol glucuronides. The first resveratrol effect found at 3h after the start of resveratrol treatment was the induction of mild DNA damage as detected by the comet assay. Cell death was caused via induction of apoptosis as detected by caspase activation, oligonucleosomal DNA fragmentation and formation of apoptotic nuclei. Following DNA damage, resveratrol led to an activation of caspases 2 and 8/10 at 6h and consequently of caspase 3 at 12h, but failed to activate caspase 9. In contrast to H4IIE cells, resveratrol is not metabolised in C6 glioma cells and accumulates to concentrations which are assumed to drive the cell into necrosis. This suggests that the mode of cell death caused by resveratrol and the usefulness of resveratrol for cancer prevention and treatment critically depends on the metabolic capacity of the tumor cell to be eradicated.

  10. 3-Methylcholanthrene elicits DNA adduct formation in the CYP1A1 promoter region and attenuates reporter gene expression in rat H4IIE cells

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    Moorthy, Bhagavatula . E-mail: bmoorthy@bcm.tmc.edu; Muthiah, Kathirvel; Fazili, Inayat S.; Kondraganti, Sudha R.; Wang Lihua; Couroucli, Xanthi I.; Jiang Weiwu

    2007-03-23

    Cytochrome CYP1A (CYP1A) enzymes catalyze bioactivation of 3-methylcholanthrene (MC) to genotoxic metabolites. Here, we tested the hypothesis that CYP1A2 catalyzes formation of MC-DNA adducts that are preferentially formed in the promoter region of CYP1A1, resulting in modulation of CYP1A1 gene expression. MC bound covalently to plasmid DNA (50 {mu}g) containing human CYP1A1 promoter (pGL3-1A1), when incubated with wild-type (WT) liver microsomes (2 mg) and NAPPH 37 {sup o}C for 2 h, giving rise to 9 adducts, as determined by {sup 32}P-postlabeling. Eighty percent of adducts was located in the promoter region. Transient transfection of the adducted plasmids into rat hepatoma (H4IIE) cells for 16 h, followed by MC (1 {mu}M) treatment for 24 h inhibited reporter (luciferase) gene expression by 75%, compared to unadducted controls. Our results suggest that CYP1A2 plays a key role in sequence-specific MC-DNA adduct formation in the CYP1A1 promoter region, leading to attenuation of CYP1A1 gene expression.

  11. Chenodeoxycholic acid increases the induction of CYP1A1 in HepG2 and H4IIE cells

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    IBRAHIM, ZEIN SHABAN

    2015-01-01

    Bile acids are considered to promote carcinogenesis. Cytochrome P450 1A1 (CYP1A1) plays a critical role in the biotransformation of drugs and procarcinogens. This study aimed to investigate the ability of bile acids to modulate CYP1A1 expression. Treatment of HepG2 cells with chenodeoxycholic acid (CDCA) and Sudan III (S.III) upregulated CYP1A1 transcriptional activity in HepG2 cells and CYP1A1 mRNA expression in H4IIE cells. Pretreatment of the HepG2 and H4IIE cells with CDCA upregulated the S.III-induced CYP1A transcriptional activity and mRNA expression. The CDCA-induced enhancement of CYP1A1 was not abolished by the p38 inhibitor SB203580. However, exposure of the cells to the mitogen-activated protein kinase kinase (MEK)1/2 inhibitor PD98059 suppressed the CDCA-induced enhancement of CYP1A1. These results show the ability of CDCA to upregulate CYP1A1 transcription and expression, which may explain the hepatocarcinogenesis-inducing effect of cholestasis. The CDCA-induced upregulation of CYP1A1 most probably proceeded through MEK1/2 activation, indicating that this may be a therapeutic target to prevent the cancer-promoting effects of excessive amounts of bile acids. PMID:26640583

  12. Probing the control elements of the CYP1A1 switching module in H4IIE hepatoma cells.

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    Broccardo, Carolyn J; Billings, Ruth E; Andersen, Melvin E; Hanneman, William H

    2005-11-01

    Previous research from our laboratory has shown a switch-like response to PCB 126 mediated CYP1A1 induction in primary rat hepatocytes and in H4IIE rat hepatoma cells. On a single cell level, cells appear to be either "on" or "off" for CYP1A1 induction at a given dose; some cells never respond to PCB 126. These cells represent a non-responding population. Cells that are switched "on" by PCB 126 display varying levels of induction, much like the dimmer on a light switch. The goal of the present research is to begin to uncover the mechanism for this switch-like response to CYP1A1 induction in H4IIE rat hepatoma cells. The AhR pathway is modulated by multiple co-activators and by phosphorylation. This research focuses on the phosphorylation cascades initiated by PCB 126 and the role they play in CYP1A1 induction. Our research reveals a likely role for protein kinase C (PKC) in this switch response. Inhibition of PKC by H-7 dramatically reduced the percent of cells that express CYP1A1 in response to PCB 126 treatment, as determined by flow cytometry. The effect of H-7 was concentration dependent, decreasing the number of cells expressing CYP1A1 rather than decreasing the level of CYP1A1 in all cells. This finding provides further evidence for the switch-like behavior of CYP1A1 induction and implicates PKC in this response to PCB126. The protein kinase inhibitor, HA-1004, had only a minor effect on CYP1A1 induction. A high-throughput immunoblot screen for 40 proteins revealed the regulation of several proteins/phosphoproteins by PCB 126. Most importantly, two proteins containing phosphoserine/phoshothreonine residues were increased by PCB126 treatment. However, PKC translocation studies and activity studies failed to verify that PCB126 activates PKC. It is possible that constitutive PKC activity is sufficient to maintain phosphorylation of critical components of the AhR pathway. Immunoblotting studies showed that MAP kinases ERK and JNK are not activated by PCB 126 in H

  13. Protective and detrimental effects of kaempferol in rat H4IIE cells: Implication of oxidative stress and apoptosis

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    Niering, Petra; Michels, Gudrun; Waetjen, Wim . E-mail: wim.waetjen@uni-duesseldorf.de; Ohler, Sandra; Steffan, Baerbel; Chovolou, Yvonni; Kampkoetter, Andreas; Proksch, Peter; Kahl, Regine

    2005-12-01

    Flavonoids are ubiquitous substances in fruits and vegetables. Among them, the flavonol kaempferol contributes up to 30% of total dietary flavonoid intake. Flavonoids are assumed to exert beneficial effects on human health, e.g., anticancer properties. For this reason, they are used in food supplements at high doses. The aim of this project was to determine the effects of kaempferol on oxidative stress and apoptosis in H4IIE rat hepatoma cells over a broad concentration range. Kaempferol is rapidly taken up and glucuronidated by H4IIE cells. The results demonstrate that kaempferol protects against H{sub 2}O{sub 2}-induced cellular damage at concentrations which lead to cell death and DNA strand breaks in the absence of H{sub 2}O{sub 2}-mediated oxidative stress. Preincubation with 50 {mu}M kaempferol exerts protection against the loss of cell viability induced by 500 {mu}M H{sub 2}O{sub 2} (2 h) while the same concentration of kaempferol reduces cell viability by 50% in the absence of H{sub 2}O{sub 2} (24 h). Preincubation with 50 {mu}M kaempferol ameliorates the strong DNA damage induced by 500 {mu}M H{sub 2}O{sub 2} while 50 {mu}M kaempferol leads to a significant increase of DNA breakage in the absence of H{sub 2}O{sub 2}. Preincubation with 50 {mu}M kaempferol reduces H{sub 2}O{sub 2}-mediated caspase-3 activity by 40% (4 h) while the same concentration of kaempferol leads to the formation of a DNA ladder in the absence of H{sub 2}O{sub 2} (24 h). It is concluded that the intake of high dose kaempferol in food supplements may not be advisable because in our cellular model protective kaempferol concentrations can also induce DNA damage and apoptosis by themselves.

  14. Carrier effects of dosing the H4IIE cells with 3,3',4,4'-tetrachlorobiphenyl (PCB77) in dimethyl sulfoxide or isooctane.

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    Yu, K O; Fisher, J W; Burton, G A; Tillitt, D E

    1997-08-01

    A rat hepatoma cell line, H4IIE, serves as a bioassay tool to assess the potential toxicity of dioxin-like chemicals, including polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB) in environmental samples. PCB exposure to these cells induces cytochrome (CYP) P4501A1 activity in a dose-dependent fashion, thus allowing assessment of mixtures. The objective of this study was to determine the effect of different carriers, dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) and isooctane on the concentrations of PCBs in the H4IIE cells and induction of CYP1A1 activity as measured by ethoxyresorufin O-deethylase (EROD) activity. H4IIE cells were dosed with three micrograms of UL-14C-PCB77/plate dissolved in DMSO or isooctane, and were harvested at sequential time periods for 4 days. PCB77 concentration and EROD activity were measured in the cells. EROD activity was greater when using DMSO as compared to isooctane, while there was no difference in the distribution of PCB77-derived radioactivities within the cell culture system based upon the carrier solvent used to deliver PCB77.

  15. Relative induction potency of benzo(a)pyrene and dibenzo(a,h) anthracene in environmental samples using the H4IIE cell bioassay

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    Willett, K.; Gardinali, P.; Sericano, J.; Wade, T.; Safe, S.

    1995-12-31

    The induction of ethoxyresorufin O-deethylase (EROD) activity in H4IIE cells has proven to be a useful assay for assessing the toxic equivalents of complex mixtures of halogenated aromatic hydrocarbons and related compounds in environmental samples. However, there is often a discrepancy between bioassay induction results and toxic equivalents calculated from chemical analysis of samples; the former yielding higher I-TEQs (induction/toxic equivalents). Polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) are a class of chemicals which can significantly contribute to I-TEQ estimates. Benzo(a)pyrene (BAP) and dibenzo(a,h)anthracene (DBA) are both carcinogenic PAHs found in environmental samples, specifically oysters (Crassostrea virginica) collected from Galveston Bay. Dose-response studies were conducted with H4IIE cells to determine the relative induction potency of these two PAHs relative to 2,3,7,8-TCDD. Using probit analysis, the I-TEFs were 0.00144 and 0.0095 for BAP and DBA, respectively. Reconstituted PAH mixtures (744 to 4,466 ng/g total PAHs) with constant percentages of BAP (4.5%) and DEA (3.5%) yielded bioassay derived I-TEQs which ranged from 0.52 to 1.44 ng/g. Oysters treated with the same PAH mix for 30 days differentially accumulated the DBA and BAP over the time course. The bioassay derived I-TEQs of extracts from these oysters ranged from 0.99 to 6.14 ng/g whereas the calculated values using only the I-TEQs of BAP and BDA ranged from 0.04 to 0.57 accounting for only 5--10% of the observed induction response. These results indicate that presence of other PAHs in the treated oyster extracts are highly active as inducers of EROD activity in the H4IIE bioassay.

  16. Carrier effects of dosing the h4iie cells with 3,3′,4,4tt´etrachlorobiphenyl (PCB77) in dimethyl sulfoxide or isooctane

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    Yu, Kyung O.; Fisher, Jeff W.; Burton, G. Allen; Tillitt, Donald E.

    1997-01-01

    A rat hepatoma cell line, H4IIE serves as a bioassay tool to assess the potential toxicity of dioxin-like chemicals, including polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB) in environmental samples. PCB exposure to these cells induces cytochrome (CYP) P4501A1 activity in a dose-dependent fashion, thus allowing assessment of mixtures. The objective of this study was to determine the effect of different carriers, dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) and isooctane on the concentrations of PCBs in the H411E cells and induction of CYPIA1 activity as measured by ethoxyresorufm O-deethylase (EROD) activity. H4IIE cells were dosed with three micrograms of UL-14C-PCB77/ plate dissolved in DMSO or isooctane, and were harvested at sequential time periods for 4 days. PCB77 concentration and EROD activity were measured in the cells. EROD activity was greater when using DMSO as compared to isooctane, while there was no difference in the distribution of PCB77-derived radioactivities within the cell culture system based upon the carrier solvent used to deliver PCB77.

  17. Evaluation of planar halogenated and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in estuarine sediments using ethoxyresorufin-O-deethylase induction of H4IIE cells

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    Gale, R.W.; Long, E.R.; Schwartz, T.R.; Tillitt, D.E.

    2000-01-01

    Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and planar halogenated hydrocarbons (PHHs), including polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins (PCDDs), dibenzofurans (PCDFs), and biphenyls (PCBs) were determined in fractionated sediment extracts from the Hudson-Raritan estuary and Newark Bay, New Jersey, USA, as part of a comprehensive risk assessment. Contributions of PCDDs/PCDFs, PCBs, and PAHs to the total toxic equivalents (TEQs) were measured using an H4IIE bioassay and calculated from instrumentally determined concentrations using international toxic equivalency factors. The H4IIE TEQs of whole and fractionated extracts were compared to calculated TEQs to investigate the applicability of the bioassay approach for evaluating 7-ethoxyresorufin-O-deethylease induction by PHHs and PAHs present together in complex mixtures. Although 2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin contributed from 41 to 79% of the calculated TEQs from PCDDs/PCDFs and planar PCBs in all sediments sampled, the PAH-containing fractions accounted for >80% of the total TEQs determined either instrumentally or by bioassay. Calculated TEQs from PAHs, based on reported toxic equivalency factors for only seven PAHs, were severalfold greater than the bioassay-derived TEQs of PAH-only fractions of the sediment extracts. Significant correlations were observed between bioassay and instrumentally determined toxic equivalents in the more purified fractions but not in fractions only purified by size-exclusion or argentate chromatographies alone.

  18. Effects of oolong tea on gene expression of gluconeogenic enzymes in the mouse liver and in rat hepatoma H4IIE cells.

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    Yasui, Kensuke; Miyoshi, Noriyuki; Tababe, Hiroki; Ishigami, Yoko; Fukutomi, Ryuuta; Imai, Shinjiro; Isemura, Mamoru

    2011-09-01

    Tea has many beneficial effects. We have previously reported that green tea and a catechin-rich green tea beverage modulated the gene expression of the gluconeogenic enzymes glucose-6-phosphatase (G6Pase) and phosphoenolpyruvate carboxykinase (PEPCK) in the normal murine liver. In the present study, we examined the effects of oral administration of oolong tea on the hepatic expression of gluconeogenesis-related genes in the mouse. The intake of oolong tea for 4 weeks reduced the hepatic expression of G6Pase and PEPCK together with that of the transcription factor hepatocyte nuclear factor (HNF) 4α. When rat hepatoma H4IIE cells were incubated in the presence of oolong tea, the expression of these genes was repressed in accordance with the findings in vivo. The reduced protein expression of PEPCK and HNF4α was also demonstrated. We then fractionated oolong tea by sequential extraction with three organic solvents to give three fractions and the residual fraction (Fraction IV). In addition to organic fractions, Fraction IV, which was devoid of low-molecular-weight catechins such as (-)-epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), had effects similar to those of oolong tea on H4IIE cells. Fraction IV repressed the gene expression of insulin-like growth factor binding protein 1, as insulin did. This activity was different from that of EGCG. The present findings suggest that drinking oolong tea may help to prevent diabetes and that oolong tea contains a component or components with insulin-like activity distinguishable from EGCG. Identification of such component(s) may open the way to developing a new drug for diabetes.

  19. Dietary exposure to polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins and dibenzofurans via fish consumption and dioxin-like activity in fish determined by H4IIE-luc bioassay.

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    Chan, Janet Kit Yan; Man, Yu Bon; Xing, Guan Hua; Wu, Sheng Chun; Murphy, Margaret B; Xu, Ying; Wong, Ming H

    2013-10-01

    Dietary exposure to polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins and dibenzofurans (PCDD/Fs) via fish consumption in two major electronic (e) waste sites: Guiyu (GY), Guangdong Province and Taizhou (TZ), Zhejiang Province, and dioxin-like activity in fish determined by H4IIE-luc bioassay. In the present study, all fish were below EU's maximum allowable concentration in muscle of fish (4 pg WHO-TEQ/g wet wt), except crucian (4.28 pg WHO-TEQ/g wet wt) and silver carps (7.49 pg WHO-TEQ/g wet wt) collected from GY rivers. Moreover, the residual concentration in bighead carp collected from GY (2.15 pg WHO-TEQ/g wet wt) was close to the EU's action level (3 pg WHO-TEQ/g wet wt) which gives "early warning" to the competent authorities and operators to take measures to eliminate contamination. In addition, results indicated that the maximum human intake of PCDD/Fs via freshwater fish consumption in GY was 4.31 pg WHO-TEQ/kg bw/day, which exceeds the higher end of the tolerable daily intake recommended by the WHO, EC-SCF and JECFA (1-4, 2 and 2.3 pg WHO-TEQ/kg bw/day respectively). Furthermore, H4IIE-luc cell bioassay provides a very sensitive and cost-efficient screening tool for assessing the overall dioxin-like toxicity in the study, and is therefore valuable for high-throughput environmental monitoring studies. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  20. Melatonin Represses Oxidative Stress-Induced Activation of the MAP Kinase and mTOR Signaling Pathways in H4IIE Hepatoma Cells Through Inhibition of Ras

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    Kimball, Scot R.; Abbas, Ahmed; Jefferson, Leonard S.

    2009-01-01

    SUMMARY Reactive oxygen species (ROS) have been implicated in the pathogenesis of a variety of diseases, and antioxidant treatment is currently being investigated as a potential therapy to attenuate the detrimental effects of ROS-mediated oxidative stress. Melatonin is a potent naturally produced antioxidant, which acts through various mechanisms to ameliorate the toxic effects of ROS. However, little is known about the mechanisms or signaling pathways through which melatonin acts to reverse the effects of ROS. In the present study, the effect of melatonin treatment on the hydrogen peroxide (H2O2)-induced activation of the mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) and mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) signaling pathways was assessed in H4IIE hepatoma cells. It was found that melatonin strongly attenuated H2O2-induced activation of the ERK1/2 and p38 MAP kinases, as well as several of their downstream targets. Melatonin also attenuated the H2O2-induced phosphorylation of Akt and the Akt substrate mTOR, as well as a downstream target of mTOR action, 4E-BP1. Upregulation of ERK1/2, p38, and Akt signaling by H2O2 was accompanied by activation of Ras, an effect that was blocked by melatonin. Overall, the results suggest that melatonin acts to prevent many of the H2O2-induced alterations in the MAPK and mTOR signaling pathways through inhibition of Ras, at least in H4IIE hepatoma cells. PMID:18410586

  1. Insensitive explosive

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    Lee, Kien-yin; Storm, C.B.

    1991-12-31

    This invention relates to the field of chemistry and, more particularly, to explosives. This invention is the result of a contract with the Department of Energy (Contract No. W-7405-ENG-36). It is desirable to use explosives in weapons and other applications which are less sensitive than the common explosives RDX, TNT, and HMX, since there have been catastrophic explosions of munitions which use these compounds. In preliminary characterization and sensitivity testing, it has been found that 3-amino-5-nitro-1,2,4-triazole (ANTA) is a promising insensitive high explosive. This report details the safety, production, and physical properties of ANTA.

  2. Fibre based cellular transfection.

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    Tsampoula, X; Taguchi, K; Cizmár, T; Garces-Chavez, V; Ma, N; Mohanty, S; Mohanty, K; Gunn-Moore, F; Dholakia, K

    2008-10-13

    Optically assisted transfection is emerging as a powerful and versatile method for the delivery of foreign therapeutic agents to cells at will. In particular the use of ultrashort pulse lasers has proved an important route to transiently permeating the cell membrane through a multiphoton process. Though optical transfection has been gaining wider usage to date, all incarnations of this technique have employed free space light beams. In this paper we demonstrate the first system to use fibre delivery for the optical transfection of cells. We engineer a standard optical fibre to generate an axicon tip with an enhanced intensity of the remote output field that delivers ultrashort (~ 800 fs) pulses without requiring the fibre to be placed in very close proximity to the cell sample. A theoretical model is also developed in order to predict the light propagation from axicon tipped and bare fibres, in both air and water environments. The model proves to be in good agreement with the experimental findings and can be used to establish the optimum fibre parameters for successful cellular transfection. We readily obtain efficiencies of up to 57 % which are comparable with free space transfection. This advance paves the way for optical transfection of tissue samples and endoscopic embodiments of this technique.

  3. Androgen insensitivity syndrome.

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    Hughes, Ieuan A; Davies, John D; Bunch, Trevor I; Pasterski, Vickie; Mastroyannopoulou, Kiki; MacDougall, Jane

    2012-10-20

    Androgen insensitivity syndrome in its complete form is a disorder of hormone resistance characterised by a female phenotype in an individual with an XY karyotype and testes producing age-appropriate normal concentrations of androgens. Pathogenesis is the result of mutations in the X-linked androgen receptor gene, which encodes for the ligand-activated androgen receptor--a transcription factor and member of the nuclear receptor superfamily. This Seminar describes the clinical manifestations of androgen insensitivity syndrome from infancy to adulthood, reviews the mechanism of androgen action, and shows examples of how mutations of the androgen receptor gene cause the syndrome. Management of androgen insensitivity syndrome should be undertaken by a multidisciplinary team and include gonadectomy to avoid gonad tumours in later life, appropriate sex-hormone replacement at puberty and beyond, and an emphasis on openness in disclosure.

  4. Complete Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome.

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    Hashmi, Asra; Hanif, Farha; Hanif, Shumaila Muhammad; Abdullah, Farhan Essa; Shamim, Muhammad Shahid

    2008-07-01

    The incidence of Complete Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome (CAIS) is about 1 in 20,000. People with CAIS are normal appearing females, despite the presence of testes and a 46, XY chromosome constitution. We came across a case in which a 17 years old girl presented with the complaint of inguinal hernia and amenorrhea. Subsequent investigations were done revealing absence of female internal genitalia and the presence of abdominal mass, possibly testes. Syndrome has been linked to mutations in AR, the gene for the human Androgen Receptor, located at Xq11-12 leading to the insensitivity of the receptor to testosterone. Gonadectomy was performed and life long Hormone replacement therapy was advised.

  5. Graphene based gene transfection

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    Feng, Liangzhu; Zhang, Shuai; Liu, Zhuang

    2011-03-01

    Graphene as a star in materials research has been attracting tremendous attentions in the past few years in various fields including biomedicine. In this work, for the first time we successfully use graphene as a non-toxic nano-vehicle for efficient gene transfection. Graphene oxide (GO) is bound with cationic polymers, polyethyleneimine (PEI) with two different molecular weights at 1.2 kDa and 10 kDa, forming GO-PEI-1.2k and GO-PEG-10k complexes, respectively, both of which are stable in physiological solutions. Cellular toxicity tests reveal that our GO-PEI-10k complex exhibits significantly reduced toxicity to the treated cells compared to the bare PEI-10k polymer. The positively charged GO-PEI complexes are able to further bind with plasmid DNA (pDNA) for intracellular transfection of the enhanced green fluorescence protein (EGFP) gene in HeLa cells. While EGFP transfection with PEI-1.2k appears to be ineffective, high EGFP expression is observed using the corresponding GO-PEI-1.2k as the transfection agent. On the other hand, GO-PEI-10k shows similar EGFP transfection efficiency but lower toxicity compared with PEI-10k. Our results suggest graphene to be a novel gene delivery nano-vector with low cytotoxicity and high transfection efficiency, promising for future applications in non-viral based gene therapy.Graphene as a star in materials research has been attracting tremendous attentions in the past few years in various fields including biomedicine. In this work, for the first time we successfully use graphene as a non-toxic nano-vehicle for efficient gene transfection. Graphene oxide (GO) is bound with cationic polymers, polyethyleneimine (PEI) with two different molecular weights at 1.2 kDa and 10 kDa, forming GO-PEI-1.2k and GO-PEG-10k complexes, respectively, both of which are stable in physiological solutions. Cellular toxicity tests reveal that our GO-PEI-10k complex exhibits significantly reduced toxicity to the treated cells compared to the bare PEI

  6. Transfection using DEAE-dextran.

    PubMed

    Selden, R F

    2001-05-01

    Two protocols for DEAE-dextran transfection of cells are provided in this unit. The Basic Protocol describes a procedure used to transfect adherent cells and the first Alternate Protocol presents a method used to transfect suspension cells. If an increase in transfection efficiency is needed, cells can be treated with chloroquine as described in the second Alternate Protocol.

  7. Androgen insensitivity syndrome.

    PubMed

    Hughes, Ieuan Arwel; Werner, Ralf; Bunch, Trevor; Hiort, Olaf

    2012-10-01

    The androgen insensitivity syndromes (AIS) fall within the generic category of 46,XY DSD (disorder of sex development) and present as phenotypes associated with complete or partial resistance to the action of androgens. Three categories are recognized: complete androgen insensitivity syndrome (CAIS), partial androgen insensitivity syndrome (PAIS), mild androgen insensitivity syndrome (MAIS). The androgen receptor (AR) is encoded by an 8 exon gene on the X chromosome long arm. More than 800 mutations in the AR gene have been reported in AIS patients (www.androgendb.mcgill.ca/). They are distributed throughout the gene with a preponderance located in the ligand binding domain. The most severe mutations are generally associated with a CAIS phenotype, but the correlation is less defined in PAIS. CAIS presents typically as primary amenorrhoea in an adolescent female and less commonly in infancy with bilateral inguinal/labial swellings due to testes. The differential diagnosis in CAIS is limited, whereas in PAIS, numerous other causes of DSD can also produce the typical phenotype of micropenis, severe hypospadias and bifid scrotum. Management issues in CAIS involve timing of gonadectomy, appropriate hormone replacement therapy and assessment of the need for vaginal dilation or rarely, vaginal surgery. The risk of gonadal germ cell tumor is low during childhood and adolescence but increases in later adulthood. Expert psychological counseling is mandatory to manage the disconnect between chromosomal, gonadal and phenotypic sex and to choreograph the evolving process of disclosure from late childhood through to maturity. It is implicit that management in AIS requires a multidisciplinary team and engagement with patient advocacy groups.

  8. [Congenital insensitivity to pain].

    PubMed

    Popko, Janusz; Karpiński, Michał; Guszczyn, Tomasz

    2014-02-01

    Congenital insensitivity to pain belongs to rare diseases called hereditary sensory neuropathy (HSN). The disturbance of sense and secondary harms are creating clinical picture. The aim of this report was to describe therapeutic problems with which we met with a three siblings with congenital insensitivity to pain. The authors have described three children with congenital insensitivity to pain. The disease was diagnosed at the age of 3-5. These children painlessly have broken their lower limbs. These fractures were late diagnosed what resulted in a badly healed deformation of legs. For this reason, the right knee of the oldest boy had to be stiffened. This boy had also late diagnosed the left hip luxation, and hematomas had arisen, which become filled with pus. The boy was in sepsis and a dramatic life-and-death struggle was performed. A purulent focuses were removed from abdomen and femoral head was also resected. The other two siblings had fractures and infections, but not such severe as the oldest boy. It is well known that a causal treatment of this disease in unknown. Patients must learn to avoid mechanical and thermal trauma. It is the only way to prevent complications of this disease.

  9. Transfection using DEAE-dextran.

    PubMed

    Gulick, T

    2001-05-01

    Transfection of cultured mammalian cells using diethylaminoethyl (DEAE)-dextran/DNA can be an attractive alternative to other transfection methods in many circumstances. The major advantages of the technique are its relative simplicity and speed, limited expense, and remarkably reproducible interexperimental and intraexperimental transfection efficiency. Disadvantages include inhibition of cell growth and induction of heterogeneous morphological changes in cells. Furthermore, the concentration of serum in the culture medium must be transiently reduced during the transfection. In general, DEAE-dextran DNA transfection is ideal for transient transfections with promoter/reporter plasmids in analyses of promoter and enhancer functions, and is suitable for overexpression of recombinant protein in transient transfections or for generation of stable cell lines using vectors designed to exist in the cell as episomes. This unit presents a general description of DEAE-dextran transfection, as well as two more specific protocols for typical experimental applications. The basic protocol is suitable for transfection of anchorage-dependent (attached) cells. For cells that grow in suspension, electroporation or lipofection is usually preferred, although DEAE-dextran-mediated transfection can be used.

  10. Transfection using DEAE-dextran.

    PubMed

    Gulick, Tod

    2003-08-01

    Transfection of cultured mammalian cells using diethylaminoethyl (DEAE)-dextran/DNA can be an attractive alternative to other transfection methods in many circumstances. The major advantages of the technique are its relative simplicity and speed, limited expense, and remarkably reproducible interexperimental and intraexperimental transfection efficiency. Disadvantages include inhibition of cell growth and induction of heterogeneous morphological changes in cells. Furthermore, the concentration of serum in the culture medium must be transiently reduced during the transfection. In general, DEAE-dextran DNA transfection is ideal for transient transfections with promoter/reporter plasmids in analyses of promoter and enhancer functions, and is suitable for overexpression of recombinant protein in transient transfections or for generation of stable cell lines using vectors designed to exist in the cell as episomes. This unit presents a general description of DEAE-dextran transfection, as well as two more specific protocols for typical experimental applications. The basic protocol is suitable for transfection of anchorage-dependent (attached) cells. For cells that grow in suspension, electroporation or lipofection is usually preferred, although DEAE-dextran-mediated transfection can be used.

  11. Transfection using DEAE-dextran.

    PubMed

    Gulick, T

    2001-05-01

    Transfection of cultured mammalian cells using diethylaminoethyl (DEAE)-dextran/DNA can be an attractive alternative to other transfection methods in many circumstances. The major advantages of the technique are its relative simplicity and speed, limited expense, and remarkably reproducible interexperimental and intraexperimental transfection efficiency. Disadvantages include inhibition of cell growth and induction of heterogeneous morphological changes in cells. Furthermore, the concentration of serum in the culture medium must be transiently reduced during the transfection. In general, DEAE-dextran DNA transfection is ideal for transient transfections with promoter/reporter plasmids in analyses of promoter and enhancer functions, and is suitable for overexpression of recombinant protein in transient transfections or for generation of stable cell lines using vectors designed to exist in the cell as episomes. This unit presents a general description of DEAE-dextran transfection, as well as two more specific protocols for typical experimental applications. The Basic Protocol is suitable for transfection of anchorage-dependent (attached) cells. For cells that grow in suspension, electroporation or lipofection is usually preferred, although DEAE-dextran-mediated transfection can be used.

  12. [Congenital insensitivity to pain].

    PubMed

    Danziger, N; Willer, J-C

    2009-02-01

    Congenital insensitivity to pain (CIP) is a rare syndrome with various clinical expressions, characterized by a dramatic impairment of pain perception since birth. In the 1980s, progress in nerve histopathology allowed to demonstrate that CIP was almost always a manifestation of hereditary sensory and autonomic neuropathies (HSAN) involving the small-calibre (A-delta and C) nerve fibres which normally transmit nociceptive inputs along sensory nerves. Identification of the genetic basis of several clinical subtypes has led to a better understanding of the mechanisms involved, emphasizing in particular the crucial role of nerve growth factor (NGF) in the development and survival of nociceptors. Recently, mutations of the gene coding for the sodium channel Nav1.7--a voltage-dependent sodium channel expressed preferentially on peripheral nociceptors and sympathetic ganglia--have been found to be the cause of CIP in patients showing a normal nerve biopsy. This radical impairment of nociception mirrors the hereditary pain syndromes associated with "gain of function" mutations of the same ion channel, such as familial erythromelalgia and paroxysmal extreme pain disorder. Future research with CIP patients may identify other proteins specifically involved in nociception, which might represent potential targets for chronic pain treatment. Moreover, this rare clinical syndrome offers the opportunity to address interesting neuropsychological issues, such as the role of pain experience in the construction of body image and in the empathic representation of others' pain.

  13. Androgen insensitivity syndrome.

    PubMed

    Mendoza, Nicolás; Motos, Miguel Angel

    2013-01-01

    Androgen insensitivity syndrome (AIS) is a disorder caused by a mutation of the gene encoding the androgen receptor (AR; Xq11-q12). The prevalence of AIS has been estimated to be one case in every 20,000 to 64,000 newborn males for the complete syndrome (CAIS), and the prevalence is unknown for the partial syndrome (PAIS). The symptoms range from phenotypically normal males with impaired spermatogenesis to phenotypically normal women with primary amenorrhea. Various forms of ambiguous genitalia have been observed at birth. The diagnosis is confirmed by determining the exact mutation in the AR gene. PAIS individuals require precise diagnosis as early as possible so that the sex can be assigned, treatment can be recommended, and they can receive proper genetic counseling. After birth, differential diagnosis should be performed using other forms of abnormal sexual differentiation of primary amenorrhea. The treatment of AIS is based on reinforcement sexual identity, gonadectomy planning, and hormone replacement therapy. The prognosis for CAIS is good if the testicular tissue is removed at the appropriate time. For PAIS, the prognosis depends on the ambiguity of the genitalia and physical and psychosocial adjustment to the assigned sex.

  14. Androgen insensitivity syndrome.

    PubMed

    Mongan, Nigel P; Tadokoro-Cuccaro, Rieko; Bunch, Trevor; Hughes, Ieuan A

    2015-08-01

    Androgen insensitivity syndrome (AIS) results from androgen receptor dysfunction and is a common cause of disorder of sex development. The AIS phenotype largely depends on the degree of residual androgen receptor (AR) activity. This review describes the molecular action of androgens and the range of androgen receptor gene mutations, essential knowledge to understand the pathogenesis of the complete and partial forms of this syndrome. A multidisciplinary approach is recommended for clinical management from infancy through to adulthood. Hormone replacement therapy is needed following gonadectomy. Patients who choose to retain the gonads are at risk of developing germ cell tumors for which sensitive circulating tumor markers may soon become available. Whilst the contribution of AR dysfunction to complete AIS is well understood, the involvement of the AR and associated proteins as contributors to partial AIS is an area of active research. Disorders of sex development such as AIS which are related to AR dysfunction offer a breadth of manifestations for the clinician to manage and opportunities for further research on the mechanism of androgen action.

  15. Transfection of Platyhelminthes.

    PubMed

    Moguel, Bárbara; Bobes, Raúl J; Carrero, Julio C; Laclette, Juan P

    2015-01-01

    Flatworms are one of the most diverse groups within Lophotrochozoa with more than 20,000 known species, distributed worldwide in different ecosystems, from the free-living organisms in the seas and lakes to highly specialized parasites living in a variety of hosts, including humans. Several infections caused by flatworms are considered major neglected diseases affecting countries in the Americas, Asia, and Africa. For several decades, a particular interest on free-living flatworms was due to their ability to regenerate considerable portions of the body, implying the presence of germ cells that could be important for medicine. The relevance of reverse genetics for this group is clear; understanding the phenotypic characteristics of specific genes will shed light on developmental traits of free-living and parasite worms. The genetic manipulation of flatworms will allow learning more about the mechanisms for tissue regeneration, designing new and more effective anthelmintic drugs, and explaining the host-parasite molecular crosstalk so far partially inaccessible for experimentation. In this review, availability of transfection techniques is analyzed across flatworms, from the initial transient achievements to the stable manipulations now developed for free-living and parasite species.

  16. Transfection of Platyhelminthes

    PubMed Central

    Moguel, Bárbara; Bobes, Raúl J.; Carrero, Julio C.; Laclette, Juan P.

    2015-01-01

    Flatworms are one of the most diverse groups within Lophotrochozoa with more than 20,000 known species, distributed worldwide in different ecosystems, from the free-living organisms in the seas and lakes to highly specialized parasites living in a variety of hosts, including humans. Several infections caused by flatworms are considered major neglected diseases affecting countries in the Americas, Asia, and Africa. For several decades, a particular interest on free-living flatworms was due to their ability to regenerate considerable portions of the body, implying the presence of germ cells that could be important for medicine. The relevance of reverse genetics for this group is clear; understanding the phenotypic characteristics of specific genes will shed light on developmental traits of free-living and parasite worms. The genetic manipulation of flatworms will allow learning more about the mechanisms for tissue regeneration, designing new and more effective anthelmintic drugs, and explaining the host-parasite molecular crosstalk so far partially inaccessible for experimentation. In this review, availability of transfection techniques is analyzed across flatworms, from the initial transient achievements to the stable manipulations now developed for free-living and parasite species. PMID:26090388

  17. The dipeptide H-Trp-Arg-OH (WR) Is a PPARα agonist and reduces hepatic lipid accumulation in lipid-loaded H4IIE cells.

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    Jia, Yaoyao; Kim, Jong-Ho; Nam, Bora; Kim, Jiyoung; Lee, Ji Hae; Kim, Kyung Ok; Hwang, Kwang Yeon; Lee, Sung-Joon

    2015-01-01

    Dipeptides absorbed by the intestinal epithelium are delivered to circulation, but their metabolic roles are not yet clearly understood. We investigated the biological activities of a dietary dipeptide, H-Trp-Arg-OH (WR), on the regulation of peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor (PPAR) α activity. Reporter gene assays revealed that WR dose-dependently induced PPARα transactivation. Surface plasmon resonance experiments demonstrated that WR interacts directly with the PPARα ligand binding domain, and time-resolved fluorescence energy transfer analyses revealed recruitment of a co-activator peptide, fluorescein-PGC1α, to PPARα, confirming the direct binding of WR to PPARα and occurrence of conformational changes. WR induced cellular fatty acid uptake and the expression of PPARα response genes in fatty acid oxidation, thus reducing intracellular triglyceride accumulation in lipid-loaded hepatocytes. In conclusion, the dietary dipeptide WR activates PPARα and reduces hepatic lipid accumulation in lipid-loaded hepatocytes.

  18. CHARACTERIZATION OF THE H4IIE RAT HEPATOMA CELL BIOASSAY AS A TOOL FOR ASSESSING TOXIC POTENCY OF PLANAR HALOGENATED HYDROCARBONS IN ENVIRONMENTAL SAMPLES. (R823881)

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  19. Imperfection Insensitive Thin Shells

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    Ning, Xin

    The buckling of axially compressed cylindrical shells and externally pressurized spherical shells is extremely sensitive to even very small geometric imperfections. In practice this issue is addressed by either using overly conservative knockdown factors, while keeping perfect axial or spherical symmetry, or adding closely and equally spaced stiffeners on shell surface. The influence of imperfection-sensitivity is mitigated, but the shells designed from these approaches are either too heavy or very expensive and are still sensitive to imperfections. Despite their drawbacks, these approaches have been used for more than half a century. This thesis proposes a novel method to design imperfection-insensitive cylindrical shells subject to axial compression. Instead of following the classical paths, focused on axially symmetric or high-order rotationally symmetric cross-sections, the method in this thesis adopts optimal symmetry-breaking wavy cross-sections (wavy shells). The avoidance of imperfection sensitivity is achieved by searching with an evolutionary algorithm for smooth cross-sectional shapes that maximize the minimum among the buckling loads of geometrically perfect and imperfect wavy shells. It is found that the shells designed through this approach can achieve higher critical stresses and knockdown factors than any previously known monocoque cylindrical shells. It is also found that these shells have superior mass efficiency to almost all previously reported stiffened shells. Experimental studies on a design of composite wavy shell obtained through the proposed method are presented in this thesis. A method of making composite wavy shells and a photogrametry technique of measuring full-field geometric imperfections have been developed. Numerical predictions based on the measured geometric imperfections match remarkably well with the experiments. Experimental results confirm that the wavy shells are not sensitive to imperfections and can carry axial compression

  20. Optimizing Transfection of Primary Human Umbilical Vein Endothelial Cells Using Commercially Available Chemical Transfection Reagents

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    Hunt, Michelle A.; Currie, Margaret J.; Robinson, Bridget A.; Dachs, Gabi U.

    2010-01-01

    Primary cells, such as HUVEC, are notoriously difficult to transfect and are susceptible to the toxic effects of transfection reagents. A transfection reagent with a high transfection efficiency and low cytotoxicity was sought to retain sufficient viability of transfected HUVEC for subsequent assays. Nine chemical transfection reagents, currently commercially available, were compared for their ability to transfect HUVEC in vitro. A plasmid expressing the enhanced GFP (EGFP) was used for transfection, followed by flow cytometry of transfected HUVEC to determine the proportion of EGFP-expressing cells as a measure of transfection efficiency. Lipofectamine 2000 and Lipofectamine LTX (Invitrogen, Carlsbad, CA, USA) gave the highest transfection efficiencies of the reagents tested. Lipofectamine LTX was identified as the optimal transfection reagent as a result of its higher transfection efficiency at shorter periods of time following transfection when cytotoxicity was limited, allowing sufficient yield of transfected HUVEC for use in subsequent assays. PMID:20592869

  1. Integrated Electrowetting Nanoinjector for Single Cell Transfection

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    Shekaramiz, Elaheh; Varadarajalu, Ganeshkumar; Day, Philip J.; Wickramasinghe, H. Kumar

    2016-01-01

    Single cell transfection techniques are essential to understand the heterogeneity between cells. We have developed an integrated electrowetting nanoinjector (INENI) to transfect single cells. The high transfection efficiency, controlled dosage delivery and ease of INENI fabrication promote the widespread application of the INENI in cell transfection assays. PMID:27374766

  2. Fox-7 for Insensitive Boosters

    DTIC Science & Technology

    2010-08-01

    Sensitivity RDX. Current research interests include the characterisation of multiphase blast explosives, and the effect of ageing on properties of...momentum. Rounding of this nature is highly desirable in terms of both compaction and flow properties. Application of continuous ultrasound with...1989) An Evaluation of Ethylene-Vinyl Acetate Copolymers as Desensitizers for RDX in Insensitive Booster Compositions Prepared by Slurry Coating

  3. Molecular biology of androgen insensitivity.

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    Jääskeläinen, Jarmo

    2012-04-16

    Androgen insensitivity syndrome (AIS) is the most common specific cause of 46,XY disorder in sex development. The androgen signaling pathway is complex but so far, the only gene linked with AIS is the androgen receptor (AR). Mutations in the AR are found in most subjects with complete AIS but in partial AIS, the rate has varied 28-73%, depending on the case selection. More than 400 different mutations in AR leading to AIS have been reported. Most mutations are missense substitutions located in the ligand binding domain of the receptor. However, when systematically screened, a substantial amount of mutations can be detected also in the N-terminal domain encoded by exon 1. Within this exon lie two trinucleotide, CAG and GGN repeat regions which are polymorphic in length. Their role in androgen insensitivity is somewhat unclear. Recent advances in protein modeling have resulted in better understanding of the mechanism of known AR mutations.

  4. Neutron Detector Gamma Insensitivity Criteria

    SciTech Connect

    Kouzes, Richard T.; Ely, James H.; Lintereur, Azaree T.; Stephens, Daniel L.

    2009-10-21

    The shortage of 3He has triggered the search for an effective alternative neutron detection technology for radiation portal monitor applications. Any new detection technology must satisfy two basic criteria: 1) it must meet the neutron detection efficiency requirement, and 2) it must be insensitive to gamma ray interference at a prescribed level, while still meeting the neutron detection requirement. It is the purpose of this document to define this latter criterion.

  5. Insensitive fuze train for high explosives

    SciTech Connect

    Cutting, Jack L.; Lee, Ronald S.; Von Holle, William G.

    1994-01-01

    A generic insensitive fuze train to initiate insensitive high explosives, such as PBXW-124. The insensitive fuze train uses a slapper foil to initiate sub-gram quantities of an explosive, such as HNS-IV or PETN. This small amount of explosive drives a larger metal slapper onto a booster charge of an insensitive explosive, such as UF-TATB. The booster charge initiates a larger charge of an explosive, such as LX-17, which in turn, initiates the insensitive high explosive, such as PBXW-124.

  6. Insensitive fuze train for high explosives

    SciTech Connect

    Cutting, J.L.; Lee, R.S.; Von Holle, W.G.

    1994-01-04

    A generic insensitive fuze train to initiate insensitive high explosives, such as PBXW-124 is described. The insensitive fuze train uses a slapper foil to initiate sub-gram quantities of an explosive, such as HNS-IV or PETN. This small amount of explosive drives a larger metal slapper onto a booster charge of an insensitive explosive, such as UF-TATB. The booster charge initiates a larger charge of an explosive, such as LX-17, which in turn, initiates the insensitive high explosive, such as PBXW-124. 3 figures.

  7. Insensitive fuze train for high explosives

    DOEpatents

    Cutting, J.L.; Lee, R.S.; Von Holle, W.G.

    1994-01-04

    A generic insensitive fuze train to initiate insensitive high explosives, such as PBXW-124 is described. The insensitive fuze train uses a slapper foil to initiate sub-gram quantities of an explosive, such as HNS-IV or PETN. This small amount of explosive drives a larger metal slapper onto a booster charge of an insensitive explosive, such as UF-TATB. The booster charge initiates a larger charge of an explosive, such as LX-17, which in turn, initiates the insensitive high explosive, such as PBXW-124. 3 figures.

  8. Calcium Phosphate Transfection of Primary Hippocampal Neurons

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    DiBona, Victoria L.; Wu, Qian; Zhang, Huaye

    2013-01-01

    Calcium phosphate precipitation is a convenient and economical method for transfection of cultured cells. With optimization, it is possible to use this method on hard-to-transfect cells like primary neurons. Here we describe our detailed protocol for calcium phosphate transfection of hippocampal neurons cocultured with astroglial cells. PMID:24300106

  9. SIP: Systematics-Insensitive Periodograms

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    Angus, Ruth

    2016-09-01

    SIP (Systematics-Insensitive Periodograms) extends the generative model used to create traditional sine-fitting periodograms for finding the frequency of a sinusoid by including systematic trends based on a set of eigen light curves in the generative model in addition to using a sum of sine and cosine functions over a grid of frequencies, producing periodograms with vastly reduced systematic features. Acoustic oscillations in giant stars and measurement of stellar rotation periods can be recovered from the SIP periodograms without detrending. The code can also be applied to detection other periodic phenomena, including eclipsing binaries and short-period exoplanet candidates.

  10. Co-transfection and tandem transfection of HEK293A cells for overexpression and RNAi experiments.

    PubMed

    Xie, Zhen-Li; Shao, Shu-Li; Lv, Jian-Wei; Wang, Chang-He; Yuan, Cheng-Zhi; Zhang, Wei-Wei; Xu, Xing-Jun

    2011-03-01

    pIRES2-EGFP was employed and a non-target shRNA expressing plasmid was constructed to simulate overexpression and RNAi (RNA interference) experiments. Transfection of pIRES2-EGFP into HEK293A cells by cationic lipids VigoFect demonstrated that transfection efficiency increased in a dose-dependent manner with amount of DNA plasmid used, and optimal transfection time and cell density should be identified to reach a compromise of higher transfection efficiency and lower toxicity. Co-transfection experiments indicated that the two co-transfected plasmids were equivalently delivered into the same cells, and the co-transfection efficiency was rarely affected by cell density and proportion of the two plasmids. However, plasmid-receipted cells seemed indisposed to accept plasmid again during the second transfection, and very low co-transfection efficiency was observed in tandem transfection.

  11. Gamma-insensitive optical sensor

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    Kruger, H.W.

    1994-03-15

    An ultraviolet/visible/infrared gamma-insensitive gas avalanche focal plane array is described comprising a planar photocathode and a planar anode pad array separated by a gas-filled gap and across which is applied an electric potential. Electrons ejected from the photocathode are accelerated sufficiently between collisions with the gas molecules to ionize them, forming an electron avalanche. The gap acts like a proportional counter. The array of anode pad are mounted on the front of an anode plate and are connected to matching contact pads on the back of the anode via feed through wires. Connection of the anode to signal processing electronics is made from the contact pads using standard indium bump techniques, for example. 6 figures.

  12. Molecular basis of androgen insensitivity.

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    Brinkmann, A O

    2001-06-20

    Androgens are important steroid hormones for expression of the male phenotype. They have characteristic roles during male sexual differentiation, during development and maintenance of secondary male characteristics, and during the initiation and maintenance of spermatogenesis. The two most important androgens in this respect are testosterone and 5 alpha-dihydrotestosterone. Each androgen has its own specific role during male sexual differentiation, testosterone is involved in the development and differentiation of Wolffian duct derived structures, whereas 5 alpha-dihydrotestosterone, a metabolite of testosterone, is the active ligand in the urogenital sinus and tubercle and their derived structures. The actions of androgens are mediated by the androgen receptor. This ligand dependent transcription factor belongs to the superfamily of nuclear receptors, including those for the other steroid hormones. The androgen receptor gene is located on the X-chromosome at Xq11--12 and codes for a protein with a molecular mass of approximately 110 kDa. Only one androgen receptor cDNA has been identified sofar, despite two different ligands. It is generally accepted that defects in the androgen receptor gene prevent the normal development of both internal and external male structures in 46, XY individuals. The end-organ resistance to androgens has been designated as androgen insensitivity syndrome (AIS) and is distinct from other forms of male pseudohermaphroditism like 17 beta-hydroxy-steroid dehydrogenase type 3 deficiency, leydig cell hypoplasia due to inactivating LH receptor mutations or 5 alpha-reductase type 2 deficiency. Furthermore, two additional pathological situations are associated with abnormal androgen receptor structure and function -- spinal and bulbar muscular atrophy (SBMA, or Kennedy's disease) and prostate cancer. In the AR gene, four different types of mutations have been detected in DNA from individuals with AIS -- (i) single point mutations resulting in

  13. INSENSITIVE HIGH-NITROGEN COMPOUNDS

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    D. CHAVEZ; ET AL

    2001-03-01

    The conventional approach to developing energetic molecules is to chemically place one or more nitro groups onto a carbon skeleton, which is why the term ''nitration'' is synonymous to explosives preparation. The nitro group carries the oxygen that reacts with the skeletal carbon and hydrogen fuels, which in turn produces the heat and gaseous reaction products necessary for driving an explosive shock. These nitro-containing energetic molecules typically have heats of formation near zero and therefore most of the released energy is derived from the combustion process. Our investigation of the tetrazine, furazan and tetrazole ring systems has offered a different approach to explosives development, where a significant amount of the chemical potential energy is derived from their large positive heats of formation. Because these compounds often contain a large percentage of nitrogen atoms, they are usually regarded as high-nitrogen fuels or explosives. A general artifact of these high-nitrogen compounds is that they are less sensitive to initiation (e.g. by impact) when compared to traditional nitro-containing explosives of similar performances. Using the precursor, 3,6-bis-(3,5-dimethylpyrazol-1-yl)-s-tetrazine, several useful energetic compounds based on the s-tetrazine system have been synthesized and studied. Some of the first compounds are 3,6-diamino-s-tetrazine-1,4-dioxide (LAX-112) and 3,6-dihydrazino-s-tetrazine (DHT). LAX-112 was once extensively studied as an insensitive explosive by Los Alamos; DHT is an example of a high-nitrogen explosive that relies entirely on its heat of formation for sustaining a detonation. Recent synthesis efforts have yielded an azo-s-tetrazine, 3,3'-azobis(6-amino-s-tetrazine) or DAAT, which has a very high positive heat of formation. The compounds, 4,4'-diamino-3,3'-azoxyfurazan (DAAF) and 4,4'-diamino-3,3'-azofurazan (DAAzF), may have important future roles in insensitive explosive applications. Neither DAAF nor DAAzF can be

  14. Gamma-insensitive optical sensor

    DOEpatents

    Kruger, Hans W.

    1994-01-01

    An ultra-violet/visible/infra-red gamma-insensitive gas avalanche focal plane array comprising a planar photocathode and a planar anode pad array separated by a gas-filled gap and across which is applied an electric potential. Electrons ejected from the photocathode are accelerated sufficiently between collisions with the gas molecules to ionize them, forming an electron avalanche. The gap acts like a proportional counter. The array of anode pad are mounted on the front of an anode plate and are connected to matching contact pads on the back of the anode via feed through wires. Connection of the anode to signal processing electronics is made from the contact pads using standard indium bump techniques, for example.

  15. Norrbottnian congenital insensitivity to pain.

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    Minde, Jan K

    2006-04-01

    Congenital insensitivity to pain is a rare hereditary neuropathy. We present patients from a large family in Norrbotten, Sweden with a mutation in the nerve growth factor beta gene (NGFbeta). Using a model of recessive inheritance, we identified an 8.3-Mb region on chromosome 1p11.2-p13.2 shared by the affected individuals in the family. Analysis of candidate genes in the disease-critical region revealed a mutation in the coding region of the NGFbeta gene specific for the disease haplotype. All three severely affected individuals were homozygous for the mutation. The disease haplotype was also observed in both unaffected and mildly affected family members, but in heterozygote form. We have identified 43 patients, 3 homozygous and 40 heterozygous. The homozygous patients have a severe congenital form with onset of symptoms at an early age, most often affecting the lower extremities with insidious progressive joint swellings or painless fractures. Fracture healing was normal, but the arthropathy was progressive, resulting in disabling Charcot joints with gross deformity and instability. These patients lacked deep pain perception in bones and joints and had no protective reflexes, leading to gross bone and joint complications. They also had abnormal temperature perception but normal ability to sweat. There was no mental retardation. Clinically, they fit best into the group HSAN type V. Sural nerve biopsies showed a moderate loss of thin myelinated fibers (Adelta-fibers) and a severe reduction of unmyelinated fibers (C-fibers). 14 of the 40 heterozygous adult patients had mild or moderate problems with joint deformities, usually with only slight discomfort. Treatment was conservative with (if needed) different kinds of orthosis and in three cases joint replacement. Nine patients had neuropathy, and nine patients had no symptoms. In congenital disorders like these, it is important to evaluate the age and also the slowly progressive nature, when considering treatment

  16. Optimization of Gene Transfection in Murine Myeloma Cell Lines using Different Transfection Reagents

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    Shabani, Mahdi; Hemmati, Sheyda; Hadavi, Reza; Amirghofran, Zahra; Jeddi-Tehrani, Mahmood; Rabbani, Hodjatallah; Shokri, Fazel

    2010-01-01

    Purification and isolation of cellular target proteins for monoclonal antibody (MAb) production is a difficult and time-consuming process. Immunization of mice with murine cell lines stably transfected with genes coding for xenogenic target molecules is an alternative method for mouse immunization and MAb production. Here we present data on transfection efficiency of some commercial reagents used for transfection of murine myeloma cell lines. Little is known about transfectability of murine myeloma cell lines by different transfection reagents. Mouse myeloma cell lines (SP2/0, NS0, NS1, Ag8, and P3U1) were transfected with pEGFP-N1 vector using Lipofectamine 2000, jetPEI and LyoVec commercial transfection reagents in different combinations. The transfection permissible HEK293-FT cell line was used as a control in transfection procedure. Transfected cells, expressing the Enhanced Green Fluorescent Protein (EGFP), were analyzed by flow cytometry 48 hrs post transfection. Our results showed transfection efficiency of 71%, 57% and 22% for HEK293-FT, 5.5%, 3.4% and 1% for SP2/0, 55.7%, 21.1% and 9.3% for NS0, 8.2%, 6% and 5.5% for NS1, 22%, 49.2% and 5.5% for Ag8 and 6.3%, 21.5% and 4.6% for P3U1 cell lines after transfection with Lipofectamine 2000, jetPEI and LyoVec reagents, respectively. Our data indicate that NS0 and Ag8 are efficiently transfected by Lipofectamine 2000 and jetPEI reagents. Finally, we propose Ag8 and NS0 cell lines as suitable host cells for efficient expression of target genes which can be used for mouse immunization and MAb production. PMID:23408356

  17. Genetics Home Reference: congenital insensitivity to pain

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    ... have a complete loss of the sense of smell (anosmia). Congenital insensitivity to pain is considered a ... to cells that detect sensations such as touch, smell, and pain. Related Information What does it mean ...

  18. Congenital Insensitivity to Pain (HSNA type IV).

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    Millichap, J Gordon

    2015-04-01

    Investigators from New York University, NY, studied 14 patients with congenital insensitivity to pain with anhidrosis (CIPA), compared to 10 patients with chronically deficient sympathetic activity (pure autonomic failure), and 15 normal age-matched controls.

  19. Genetics Home Reference: androgen insensitivity syndrome

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    ... typically raised as females and have a female gender identity. Affected individuals have male internal sex organs ( ... and may have a male or a female gender identity. People with mild androgen insensitivity are born ...

  20. Strain Insensitive Optical Phase Locked Loop

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    Egalon, Claudio O. (Inventor); Rogowski, Robert S. (Inventor)

    1998-01-01

    A strain sensor uses optical fibers including strain insensitive portions and a strain sensitive portion. The optical fibers form a sensitive arm of an optical phase locked loop (OPLL). The use of the OPLL allows for multimode optical fiber to be used in a strain insensitive configuration. Only strain information for the strain sensitive portion is monitored rather than the integrated strain measurements commonly made with optical fiber sensors.

  1. Ballistic transfection of mammalian cells in vivo

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    Kolesnikov, V.A.; Zelenin, A.V.; Zelenina, I.A.

    1995-11-01

    The method of ballistic transfection initially proposed for genetic transformation of plants was used for animal cells in vitro and in situ. The method consists in bombarding the transfected cells with microparticles of heavy metals carrying foreign DNA. Penetrating the cell nucleus, the microparticles transport the introduced gene. Successful genetic transformation of the cultured mouse cells and fish embryos was realized, and this allowed the study of mammalian cells in situ. The performed studies allowed us to demonstrate expression of the reporter genes of chloramphenicol acetyltransferase, galactosidase, and neomycin phosphotransferase in the mouse liver, mammary gland and kidney explants, in the liver and cross-striated muscle of mouse and rat in situ, and in developing mouse embryos at the stages of two-cell embryo, morula, and blastocyst. All these genes were introduced by ballistic transfection. In the liver and cross-striated muscle the transgene activity was detected within two to three months after transfection. Thus, the ballistic introduction of the foreign genes in the cells in situ was demonstrated, and this opens possibilities for the use of this method in gene therapy. Methodical aspects of the bombarding and transfection are considered in detail, and the published data on transfection and genetic transformation of mammalian cells are discussed. 41 refs., 13 figs., 1 tab.

  2. Optimization of renal transfection using a renal suction-mediated transfection method in mice.

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    Taniguchi, Yota; Kawakami, Shigeru; Fuchigami, Yuki; Oyama, Natsuko; Yamashita, Fumiyoshi; Konishi, Satoshi; Shimizu, Kazunori; Hashida, Mitsuru

    2016-01-01

    We previously developed a suction-mediated transfection method in mice. The purpose of this study was to optimize the suction-mediated transfection conditions using a pressure-controlled computer system for efficient and safe kidney-targeted gene delivery in mice. Naked pCMV-Luc was injected into the tail vein in mice, and then the right kidney was suctioned by a device of the suction pressure-controlled system. The effects of renal transfection conditions, such as the suction pressure degree, suction pressure waveform and device area were evaluated by measuring luciferase expression. In addition, renal injury was examined. The renal suction-mediated transfection method at -30 kPa showed high transgene expression. The renal suction waveform did not affect the transfection activity. Under the optimized conditions, the high transgene expression was mostly observed at the renal suctioned site. The transfection conditions used did not induce histological defects or increases in two renal injury biomarkers (Kidney injury molecule-1 mRNA and Clusterin mRNA). We have clarified the transfection conditions for efficient and safe transfection in the kidney using the suction-mediated transfection method in mice.

  3. Laparoscopic gonedectomy in a case of complete androgen insensitivity syndrome.

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    Bhaskararao, G; Himabindu, Y; Nayak, Samir Rajan; Sriharibabu, M

    2014-07-01

    Complete Androgen insensitivity syndrome is a disorder of hormone resistance characterized by a female phenotype in an individual with an XY karyotype. The pathogenesis of CAIS involves a defective androgen receptor gene located on X-chromosome at Xq11-12and end organ insensitivity to androgens, although androgen concentrations are appropriate for the age of the patient. There are three major types of androgen insensitivity syndrome: Complete androgen insensitivity syndrome, minimal androgen insensitivity syndrome, and partial androgen insensitivity syndrome. Management of androgen insensitivity syndrome includes multidisciplinary approach and involves gonedectomy to avoid gonadal tumors in later life. Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) and psychological support are required in long-term basis.

  4. Phase-Insensitive Ultrasonic Testing System

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    Madaras, Eric I.

    1995-01-01

    Ultrasonic testing system developed for use in revealing hidden disbonds at rough, inaccessible interfaces between layers of material. Includes array of small piezoelectric transducers, receiving outputs electronically processed individually and combined in such way as to make system phase-insensitive, overcoming limitations imposed by phase-sensitivity. Development of present ultrasonic system and phase-insensitive-array technique which based motivated by need to detect disbonds under conditions of bondline inhibitor, liner, and fuel at ends of segments of solid rocket motor of space shuttle. Here, liner-to-fuel bondline very rough with respect to ultrasonic wavelength.

  5. Phase-Insensitive Ultrasonic Testing System

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    Madaras, Eric I.

    1995-01-01

    Ultrasonic testing system developed for use in revealing hidden disbonds at rough, inaccessible interfaces between layers of material. Includes array of small piezoelectric transducers, receiving outputs electronically processed individually and combined in such way as to make system phase-insensitive, overcoming limitations imposed by phase-sensitivity. Development of present ultrasonic system and phase-insensitive-array technique which based motivated by need to detect disbonds under conditions of bondline inhibitor, liner, and fuel at ends of segments of solid rocket motor of space shuttle. Here, liner-to-fuel bondline very rough with respect to ultrasonic wavelength.

  6. Equation of state of insensitive high explosives

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    Ree, F H; Van Thiel, M; Viecelli, J A

    1998-08-12

    Detonation of an insensitive high explosive formulated with a fluorine containing binder produces a large amount of condensed carbon and gaseous HF product, which transforms into CF{sub 4} as the pressure is increased. The former (carbon condensation) is characterized by slow energy release, while the latter (HF) has no shockwave data. We have identified that these two items are the key factors, which make reliable prediction of the performance of an insensitive high explosive very difficult. This paper describes physical models to address these issues and apply the models to analyze experimental data of LX-17.

  7. Root formation in ethylene-insensitive plants.

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    Clark, D G; Gubrium, E K; Barrett, J E; Nell, T A; Klee, H J

    1999-09-01

    Experiments with ethylene-insensitive tomato (Lycopersicon esculentum) and petunia (Petunia x hybrida) plants were conducted to determine if normal or adventitious root formation is affected by ethylene insensitivity. Ethylene-insensitive Never ripe (NR) tomato plants produced more below-ground root mass but fewer above-ground adventitious roots than wild-type Pearson plants. Applied auxin (indole-3-butyric acid) increased adventitious root formation on vegetative stem cuttings of wild-type plants but had little or no effect on rooting of NR plants. Reduced adventitious root formation was also observed in ethylene-insensitive transgenic petunia plants. Applied 1-aminocyclopropane-1-carboxylic acid increased adventitious root formation on vegetative stem cuttings from NR and wild-type plants, but NR cuttings produced fewer adventitious roots than wild-type cuttings. These data suggest that the promotive effect of auxin on adventitious rooting is influenced by ethylene responsiveness. Seedling root growth of tomato in response to mechanical impedance was also influenced by ethylene sensitivity. Ninety-six percent of wild-type seedlings germinated and grown on sand for 7 d grew normal roots into the medium, whereas 47% of NR seedlings displayed elongated tap-roots, shortened hypocotyls, and did not penetrate the medium. These data indicate that ethylene has a critical role in various responses of roots to environmental stimuli.

  8. Complete androgen insensitivity syndrome--a review.

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    Oakes, Meghan B; Eyvazzadeh, Aimee D; Quint, Elisabeth; Smith, Yolanda R

    2008-12-01

    This review paper highlights important diagnostic and therapeutic concerns for girls with Complete Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome (CAIS). CAIS is an androgen receptor defect disorder associated with vaginal and uterine agenesis in women with a 46,XY karyotype. The major clinical issues surrounding this syndrome include timing of gonadectomy, hormone replacement, vaginal dilation, and attention to psychological issues.

  9. Transfectability of rough strains of Salmonella typhimurium.

    PubMed Central

    Bursztyn, H; Sgaramella, V; Ciferri, O; Lederberg, J

    1975-01-01

    Cells of rough (but not smooth) strains of Salmonella typhimurium become competent for transfection by phage P22 deoxyribonucleic acid after treatment with 0.1 M CaCl2. The yield of infectious centers is about 10(-8) per genome equivalent of deoxyribonucleic acid. However, different sorts of rough strains vary in their ability to become competent in a fashion that can be correlated with the level of the genetic block in cell wall lipopolysaccharide synthesis. The most amenable strains are blocked by defects in the addition of galactose units I and II of the lipopolysaccharide by the inability to synthesize uridine 5'-diphosphate-galactose (galE point mutants and gal deletion mutants). Strains blocked only in the addition of galactose I, glucose I, or heptose II have low levels of transfectability, whereas strains with either more complete or more deficient lipopolysaccharide core are not competent for transfection. When normal lipopolysaccharide synthesis is restored either genetically or by furnishing exogenous galactose (galE point mutants that can still use it), the cells are not longer competent for transfection. PMID:1104596

  10. Optimizacion of Babesia bovis transfection methods

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    The tick borne Babesia parasites remain an important limitation for development of cattle industries worldwide. A stable transfection of Babesia bovis will be useful for functional analysis of the recently sequenced B. bovis genome and to design improved methods to control Babesia infections. In thi...

  11. [Case of complete androgen insensitivity syndrome].

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    Ohba, Kojiro; Hayashida, Yasushi; Hakariya, Hironobu; Ichinose, Syunsuke; Naitou, Shinji

    2009-05-01

    Androgen insensitivity syndrome, gonadectomy, estrogen supplementation a 23-year-old single female visited our gynecological clinic because of primary amenorrhea. The patient's breast development was good. However the patient had thin pubic hair and blind-ending vagina. Serum levels of estrogen E2, testosterone, luteinizing hormone (LH) and follide stimulating hormone (FSH) were 37.0, 497 pg/ml, 22.0 and 8.7 mIU/ml, respectively. Chromosomal analysis was a karyotype of 46, XY. There was no uterus and no ovaries. However, there were bilateral inguinal elastic masses which were gonads. The patient was diagnosed with complete androgen insensitivity syndrome and bilateral gonadectomy was performed. The postoperative course was good and the patient is receiving estrogen replacement therapy.

  12. Insensitive Munitions Development for General Purpose Bombs

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    1990-08-01

    combat readiness. There has been a concerted effort by industry and A i r Force explosive development teams t o provide an energetic material w h...Insensitive Munitions Development for General Purpose Bombs 5a. CONTRACT NUMBER 5b. GRANT NUMBER 5c. PROGRAM ELEMENT NUMBER 6. AUTHOR(S) 5d...house efforts, the Air Force has stimulated commercial industry involvement i n explosives research and development . output from this ef for t has

  13. Congenital insensitivity to pain in one family.

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    Svec, Andrey; Feldinszka, Jana; Kokavec, Milan

    2016-12-09

    Congenital insensitivity to pain (CIP) is a rare autosomal recessive genetic disease caused by mutation in several different genes. The diagnosis requires the combined skills and cooperation of pediatricians, neurologists, radiologists, pathologists, and orthopedic surgeons. Orthopedic manifestations of CIP include delayed diagnosis of fractures, nonunions, Charcot arthropathy, avascular necrosis, osteomyelitis, joint dislocations, and heterotopic ossifications. We present case reports of two brothers with CIP with various orthopedic manifestations and methods of surgical treatment with 10 years of follow-up.

  14. Insensitive TATP Training Aid by Microencapsulation

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    Oxley, J. C.; Smith, J. L.; Canino, J. N.

    2015-07-01

    There is a need in the explosives detection community for an insensitive, storage-stable source of triacetone triperoxide (TATP). To achieve this, the solvent evaporation microencapsulation technique was used to disperse TATP in a plastic matrix. This lowered the shock sensitivity greatly and prevented loss of TATP at room temperature, allowing for easy long-term storage. It was then demonstrated that pure TATP vapor was released on demand from the matrix by heating.

  15. Photonic crystal based polarization insensitive flat lens

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    Turduev, M.; Bor, E.; Kurt, H.

    2017-07-01

    The paper proposes a new design of an inhomogeneous artificially created photonic crystal lens structure consisting of annular dielectric rods to efficiently focus both transverse electric and transverse magnetic polarizations of light into the same focal point. The locations of each individual cell that contains the annular dielectric rods are determined according to a nonlinear distribution function. The inner and outer radii of the annular photonic dielectric rods are optimized with respect to the polarization insensitive frequency response of the transmission spectrum of the lens structure. The physical background of the polarization insensitive focusing mechanism is investigated in both spatial and frequency domains. Moreover, polarization independent wavefront transformation/focusing has been explored in detail by investigating the dispersion relation of the structure. Corresponding phase index distribution of the lens is attained for polarization insensitive normalized frequency range of a/λ  =  0.280 and a/λ  =  0.300, where a denotes the lattice constant of the designed structure and λ denotes the wavelength of the incident light. We show the wave transformation performance and focal point movement dynamics for both polarizations of the lens structure by specially adjusting the length of the structure. The 3D finite-difference time domain numerical analysis is also performed to verifiy that the proposed design is able to focus the wave regardless of polarization into approximately the same focal point (difference between focal distances of both polarizations stays below 0.25λ) with an operating bandwidth of 4.30% between 1476 nm and 1541 nm at telecom wavelengths. The main superiorities of the proposed lens structure are being all dielectric and compact, and having flat front and back surfaces, rendering the proposed lens design more practical in the photonic integration process in various applications such as optical switch

  16. Imaging characteristics of androgen insensitivity syndrome.

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    Tank, Jay; Knoll, Abraham; Gilet, Anthony; Kim, Susanne

    2015-01-01

    Androgen insensitivity syndrome (AIS), also known as testicular feminization, is a genetic disorder which leads to lack of response to androgens caused by a defect in the androgen receptor. It is relatively uncommon and is usually diagnosed through clinical symptoms, laboratory findings, physical exam, radiological imaging, and genetic analysis. Our case is a middle-aged woman with complete AIS and demonstrates the importance of the various imaging modalities that are implemented in initially diagnosing and assisting in surgical management.

  17. The dipeptide H-Trp-Glu-OH (WE) shows agonistic activity to peroxisome proliferator-activated protein-α and reduces hepatic lipid accumulation in lipid-loaded H4IIE cells.

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    Jia, Yaoyao; Kim, Jong-Ho; Nam, Bora; Kim, Jiyoung; Lee, Ji Hae; Hwang, Kwang-Yeon; Lee, Sung-Joon

    2014-07-01

    Dipeptides digested from dietary proteins can be directly absorbed by the intestine and delivered to the circulatory system. However, the dipeptides' metabolic roles and biological activities are largely unknown. Lipid-loaded HII4E cells stimulated with H-Trp-Glu-OH (WE) exhibited reduced lipid accumulation, of which the effect was abolished by peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor (PPAR) α gene knock down. A luciferase assay showed that the WE dipeptide induced PPARα transactivation in a dose-dependent manner. Surface plasmon resonance and time-resolved fluorescence resonance energy transfer analyses demonstrated that WE interacts directly with the PPARα ligand binding domain (KD, 120 μM; EC50, 83 μM). Cells stimulated with WE induced PPARα and its responsive genes and increased cellular fatty acid uptake. In conclusion, WE reduces hepatic lipid accumulation in lipid-loaded hepatocytes via the activation of PPARα by a direct interaction.

  18. Suppressive effects of caraway (Carum carvi) extracts on 2, 3, 7, 8-tetrachloro-dibenzo-p-dioxin-dependent gene expression of cytochrome P450 1A1 in the rat H4IIE cells.

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    Naderi-Kalali, B; Allameh, A; Rasaee, M J; Bach, H-J; Behechti, A; Doods, K; Kettrup, A; Schramm, K-W

    2005-04-01

    Cytochrome P450 1A1 (CYP1A1) is among the cytochrome P450 classes known to convert xenobiotics and endogenous compounds to toxic and/or carcinogenic metabolites. Suppression of CYP1A1 over expression by certain compounds is implicated in prevention of cancer caused by chemical carcinogens. Chemopreventive agents containing high levels of flavonoids and steroids-like compounds are known to suppress CYP1A1. This study was carried out for assessment of the genomic and proteomic effects of caraway (Carum carvi) extracts containing high levels of both flavonoids and steroid-like substances on ethoxy resorufin dealkylation (EROD) activity and CYP1A1 at mRNA levels. Rat hepatoma cells co-treated with a CYP1A1 inducer i.e. TCDD (2, 3, 7, 8-tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin) and different preparations of caraway extracts at concentrations of 0, 0.13, 1.3, and 13 microM in culture medium. After incubation (37 degrees C and 7% CO2 for 20 h), changes in EROD specific activity recorded and compared in cells under different treatments. The results show that caraway seed extract prepared in three different organic solvents suppressed the enzyme activity in hepatoma cells in a dose-dependent manner. The extracts added above 0.13 microM could significantly inhibit EROD activity and higher levels of each extract (1.3 and 13 microM) caused approximately 10-fold suppression in the enzyme activity. Accordingly, data obtained from the RT-PCR (TaqMan) clearly showed the suppressive effects of plant extract on CYP1A1-related mRNA expression. These data clearly show that substances in caraway seeds extractable in organic solvents can potentially reverse the TCDD-dependent induction in cytochrome P450 1A1.

  19. Lipid-based Transfection Reagents Exhibit Cryo-induced Increase in Transfection Efficiency

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    Sork, Helena; Nordin, Joel Z; Turunen, Janne J; Wiklander, Oscar PB; Bestas, Burcu; Zaghloul, Eman M; Margus, Helerin; Padari, Kärt; Duru, Adil D; Corso, Giulia; Bost, Jeremy; Vader, Pieter; Pooga, Margus; Smith, CI Edvard; Wood, Matthew JA; Schiffelers, Raymond M; Hällbrink, Mattias; Andaloussi, Samir EL

    2016-01-01

    The advantages of lipid-based transfection reagents have permitted their widespread use in molecular biology and gene therapy. This study outlines the effect of cryo-manipulation of a cationic lipid-based formulation, Lipofectamine 2000, which, after being frozen and thawed, showed orders of magnitude higher plasmid delivery efficiency throughout eight different cell lines, without compromising cell viability. Increased transfection efficiency with the freeze-thawed reagent was also seen with 2'-O-methyl phosphorothioate oligonucleotide delivery and in a splice-correction assay. Most importantly, a log-scale improvement in gene delivery using the freeze-thawed reagent was seen in vivo. Using three different methods, we detected considerable differences in the polydispersity of the different nucleic acid complexes as well as observed a clear difference in their surface spreading and sedimentation, with the freeze-thawed ones displaying substantially higher rate of dispersion and deposition on the glass surface. This hitherto overlooked elevated potency of the freeze-thawed reagent facilitates the targeting of hard-to-transfect cells, accomplishes higher transfection rates, and decreases the overall amount of reagent needed for delivery. Additionally, as we also saw a slight increase in plasmid delivery using other freeze-thawed transfection reagents, we postulate that freeze-thawing might prove to be useful for an even wider variety of transfection reagents. PMID:27111416

  20. Antibody production by in vivo RNA transfection.

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    Romani, Bizhan; Kavyanifard, Amirarsalan; Allahbakhshi, Elham

    2017-09-07

    Monoclonal antibodies have a variety of applications in research and medicine. Here, we report development of a new method for production of monoclonal antibodies. Our method relies on in vivo RNA transfection rather than peptide vaccination. We took advantage of RNA transcripts complexed with DOTMA and DOPE lipids to transfect mice. Intravenous administration of our RNA vaccine to mice resulted in expression of the antigenic peptides by splenic dendritic cells and detection of the antigens in the serum. The RNA vaccine stimulated production of specific antibodies against the RNA-encoded peptides. We produced monoclonal antibodies against viral, bacterial, and human antigens. In addition, we showed that our RNA vaccine stimulated humoral immunity and rescued mice infected with influenza A virus. Our method could be used as an efficient tool to generate monoclonal antibodies and to stimulate humoral immunity for research and medical purposes.

  1. Toward Contactless Biology: Acoustophoretic DNA Transfection

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    Vasileiou, Thomas; Foresti, Daniele; Bayram, Adem; Poulikakos, Dimos; Ferrari, Aldo

    2016-01-01

    Acoustophoresis revolutionized the field of container-less manipulation of liquids and solids by enabling mixing procedures which avoid contamination and loss of reagents due to the contact with the support. While its applications to chemistry and engineering are straightforward, additional developments are needed to obtain reliable biological protocols in a contactless environment. Here, we provide a first, fundamental step towards biological reactions in air by demonstrating the acoustophoretic DNA transfection of mammalian cells. We developed an original acoustophoretic design capable of levitating, moving and mixing biological suspensions of living mammalians cells and of DNA plasmids. The precise and sequential delivery of the mixed solutions into tissue culture plates is actuated by a novel mechanism based on the controlled actuation of the acoustophoretic force. The viability of the contactless procedure is tested using a cellular model sensitive to small perturbation of neuronal differentiation pathways. Additionally, the efficiency of the transfection procedure is compared to standard, container-based methods for both single and double DNA transfection and for different cell types including adherent growing HeLa cancer cells, and low adhesion neuron-like PC12 cells. In all, this work provides a proof of principle which paves the way to the development of high-throughput acoustophoretic biological reactors. PMID:26828312

  2. Toward Contactless Biology: Acoustophoretic DNA Transfection

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    Vasileiou, Thomas; Foresti, Daniele; Bayram, Adem; Poulikakos, Dimos; Ferrari, Aldo

    2016-02-01

    Acoustophoresis revolutionized the field of container-less manipulation of liquids and solids by enabling mixing procedures which avoid contamination and loss of reagents due to the contact with the support. While its applications to chemistry and engineering are straightforward, additional developments are needed to obtain reliable biological protocols in a contactless environment. Here, we provide a first, fundamental step towards biological reactions in air by demonstrating the acoustophoretic DNA transfection of mammalian cells. We developed an original acoustophoretic design capable of levitating, moving and mixing biological suspensions of living mammalians cells and of DNA plasmids. The precise and sequential delivery of the mixed solutions into tissue culture plates is actuated by a novel mechanism based on the controlled actuation of the acoustophoretic force. The viability of the contactless procedure is tested using a cellular model sensitive to small perturbation of neuronal differentiation pathways. Additionally, the efficiency of the transfection procedure is compared to standard, container-based methods for both single and double DNA transfection and for different cell types including adherent growing HeLa cancer cells, and low adhesion neuron-like PC12 cells. In all, this work provides a proof of principle which paves the way to the development of high-throughput acoustophoretic biological reactors.

  3. Bend-insensitive optical fibers for FTTH applications

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    Li, Ming-Jun

    2009-01-01

    This paper reviews recent development in bend-insensitive fibers for fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) applications. First, requirements for bend-insensitive fibers are discussed. Then different design approaches for reducing fiber bending loss are described and compared. A new bend-insensitive fiber using the nano-engineered ring design is presented in detail.

  4. Complete Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome in Three Sisters

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    Verim, Levent

    2014-01-01

    Disorders of sexual development (DSD) are congenital anomalies due to atypical development of chromosomes, gonads and anatomy. Complete androgen insensitivity syndrome (CAIS), also known as testicular feminization (TF) is a rare DSD disease. The majority of CAIS patients apply to hospital with the complaint of primary amenorrhea or infertility. Given that CAIS patients are all phenotypically female while having 46, XY karyotypes, CAIS diagnosis should be disclosed in an age-appropriate manner preferably by a mental health professional. Cases are reported here for three 46XY siblings consistent with CAIS. PMID:24520507

  5. Immunotherapy of a murine tumor with interleukin 2. Increased sensitivity after MHC class I gene transfection.

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    Weber, J S; Jay, G; Tanaka, K; Rosenberg, S A

    1987-12-01

    We have shown that two weakly immunogenic MCA sarcomas developed in our laboratory that are sensitive to high-dose IL-2 immunotherapy express class I MHC in vivo and in vitro. Two nonimmunogenic MCA sarcomas are relatively insensitive to IL-2 therapy and express minimal or no class I MHC molecules in vivo and in vitro. To study the role of MHC in the therapy of tumors with IL-2, a class I-deficient murine melanoma, B16BL6, was transfected with the Kb class I gene. Expression of class I MHC rendered B16BL6 advanced pulmonary macrometastases sensitive to IL-2 immunotherapy. 3-d micrometastases of CL8-2, a class I transfected clone of B16BL6, were significantly more sensitive to IL-2 therapy than a control nontransfected line. Expression of Iak, a class II MHC molecule, had no effect on IL-2 therapy of transfectant pulmonary micrometastases in F1 mice. By using lymphocyte subset depletion with mAbs directed against Lyt-2, therapy of class I transfectant macrometastases with high-dose IL-2 was shown to involve an Lyt-2 cell. In contrast, regression of micrometastases treated with low-dose IL-2 involved Lyt-2+ cells, but regression mediated by high doses of IL-2 did not. We hypothesize that both LAK and Lyt-2+ T cells effect IL-2-mediated elimination of micrometastases, but only Lyt-2+ T cells are involved in macrometastatic regression. Low doses of IL-2 stimulate Lyt-2+ cells to eliminate class I-expressing micrometastases, but high doses of IL-2 can recruit LAK cells to mediate regression of micrometastases independent of class I expression. Only high-dose IL-2, mediating its effect predominantly via Lyt-2+ cells, is capable of impacting on MHC class I-expressing macrometastases. Macrometastases devoid of class I MHC antigens appear to be resistant to IL-2 therapy.

  6. A General RNA Motif for Cellular Transfection

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    Magalhães, Maria LB; Byrom, Michelle; Yan, Amy; Kelly, Linsley; Li, Na; Furtado, Raquel; Palliser, Deborah; Ellington, Andrew D; Levy, Matthew

    2012-01-01

    We have developed a selection scheme to generate nucleic acid sequences that recognize and directly internalize into mammalian cells without the aid of conventional delivery methods. To demonstrate the generality of the technology, two independent selections with different starting pools were performed against distinct target cells. Each selection yielded a single highly functional sequence, both of which folded into a common core structure. This internalization signal can be adapted for use as a general purpose reagent for transfection into a wide variety of cell types including primary cells. PMID:22233578

  7. Isolation, culture, and transfection of melanocytes.

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    Godwin, Lauren S; Castle, Joanna T; Kohli, Jaskaren S; Goff, Philip S; Cairney, Claire J; Keith, W Nicol; Sviderskaya, Elena V; Bennett, Dorothy C

    2014-06-03

    Located in the basal epidermis and hair follicles, melanocytes of the integument are responsible for its coloration through production of melanin pigments. Melanin is produced in lysosomal-like organelles called melanosomes. In humans, this skin pigmentation acts as an ultraviolet radiation filter. Abnormalities in the division of melanocytes are quite common, with potentially oncogenic growth usually followed by cell senescence producing benign naevi (moles), or occasionally melanoma. Therefore, melanocytes are a useful model for studying melanoma, as well as pigmentation and organelle transport and the diseases affecting these mechanisms. This chapter focuses on the isolation, culture, and transfection of human and murine melanocytes. The first basic protocol describes the primary culture of melanocytes from human skin and the maintenance of growing cultures. The second basic protocol details the subculture and preparation of mouse keratinocyte feeder cells. The primary culture of melanocytes from mouse skin is described in the third basic protocol, and, lastly, the fourth basic protocol outlines a technique for transfecting melanocytes and melanoma cells.

  8. Optimization of conditions for transfection with the Sofast gene vector.

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    Zhou, Lei; Liu, Fan; Qiao, Fang-Fang; Tong, Man-Li; Fu, Zuo-Gen; Dan, Bing; Yang, Tian-Ci; Zhang, Zhong-Ying

    2011-01-01

    We previously reported the synthesis and characterization of a novel cationic polymer gene vector. The present article further explored and optimized the working conditions of the Sofast gene vector both in vitro and in vivo, and improved its performance. The transfection conditions of Sofast, such as cell type, cell density, transfection time, N/P values and analysis time after transfection, were further explored. Moreover, the effects of the fusion peptide diINF-7 on transfection efficiency were examined. Sofast was successfully applied for the transfection of exogenous genes into more than 40 types of cell lines derived from humans, mice, monkeys and other species. When the cells were 50-80% confluent, Sofast possessed a better transfection efficiency. In most cases, Sofast also had a higher transfection efficiency when it was used to transfect cells that were seeded for several hours and had adhered to the substrate. The results from in vitro experiments indicate that the recommended Sofast to DNA mass ratio is 16:1, and the optimum analysis time after transfection is 48 h. The salt concentration in the Sofast working solution markedly affected the transfection efficiency. When conducting in vivo transfection, the working solution should be salt-free, whereas for in vitro transfection, it is more appropriate for the working solution to include certain salt concentrations. Finally, the results confirm that diINF-7 significantly promotes the transfection efficiency of Sofast. In conclusion, the present research not only established the optimal conditions for Sofast in the transfection of commonly used cells, but also built the foundations for in vivo and in vitro applications of Sofast, as well as its use in clinical practice.

  9. Bend-insensitive fiber based vibration sensor

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    Xu, Yanping; Lu, Ping; Baset, Farhana; Bhardwaj, Vedula Ravi; Bao, Xiaoyi

    2014-05-01

    We report two novel fiber-optic vibration sensors based on standard telecom bend-insensitive fiber (BIF). A tapered BIF forming a fiber Mach-Zehnder interferometer could measure continuous and damped vibration from 1 Hz up to 500 kHz. An enclosed microcantilever is fabricated inside the BIF by chemical etching and fusion spliced with a readout singlemode fiber that exhibits a frequency range from 5 Hz to 10 kHz with high signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) up to 68 dB. The unique double cladding structure of the BIF ensures both sensors with advantages of compactness, high resistance to the external disturbance and stronger mechanical strength.

  10. Congenital insensitivity to pain and anhidrosis.

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    Sasnur, Ashok H; Sasnur, Prakash A; Ghaus-Ul, Raza Shamikh Muneer

    2011-05-01

    Congenital insensitivity to pain and anhidrosis (CIPA) is a rare reported entity characterised by disturbance in the pain and temperature perception due to involvement of the autonomic and sensory nervous system. It is an autosomal recessive trait with several defects of the gene NTRK1 coding for the neurotrophic tyrosine kinase - a nerve growth factor receptor on chromosome 1q21-q22. Traumatic fractures are common and, because of lack of pain, may go unrecognised for prolonged periods, resulting in nonunion or pseudoarthrosis. A Charcot joint may be the end result. Treatment complications are very common in these patients and range from infection to wound breakdown to failure of fixation. We report here a rare case of CIPA in a 9-year-old girl and her younger male sibling with generalised absence of pain, anhidrosis and its orthopaedic implications.

  11. Birefringence insensitive optical coherence domain reflectometry system

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    Everett, Matthew J.; Davis, Joseph G.

    2002-01-01

    A birefringence insensitive fiber optic optical coherence domain reflectometry (OCDR) system is provided containing non-polarization maintaining (non-PM) fiber in the sample arm and the reference arm without suffering from signal degradation caused by birefringence. The use of non-PM fiber significantly reduces the cost of the OCDR system and provides a disposable or multiplexed section of the sample arm. The dispersion in the reference arm and sample arm of the OCDR system are matched to achieve high resolution imaging. This system is useful in medical applications or for non-medical in situ probes. The disposable section of non-PM fiber in the sample arm can be conveniently replaced when contaminated by a sample or a patient.

  12. Polarization-Insensitive Metalenses at Visible Wavelengths.

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    Khorasaninejad, M; Zhu, A Y; Roques-Carmes, C; Chen, W T; Oh, J; Mishra, I; Devlin, R C; Capasso, F

    2016-11-09

    In this Letter, we demonstrate highly efficient, polarization-insensitive planar lenses (metalenses) at red, green, and blue wavelengths (λ = 660, 532, and 405 nm). Metalenses with numerical apertures (NA) of 0.85 and 0.6 and corresponding efficiencies as high as 60% and 90% are achieved. These metalenses are less than 600 nm-thick and can focus incident light down to diffraction-limited spots as small as ∼0.64λ and provide high-resolution imaging. In addition, the focal spots are very symmetric with high Strehl ratios. The single step lithography and compatibility with large-scale fabrication processes make metalenses highly promising for widespread applications in imaging and spectroscopy.

  13. Partial Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome Presenting with Gynecomastia.

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    Lee, Sung Won; Kwak, Dong Shin; Jung, In Sub; Kwak, Joo Hee; Park, Jung Hwan; Hong, Sang Mo; Lee, Chang Bum; Park, Yong Soo; Kim, Dong Sun; Choi, Woong Hwan; Ahn, You Hern

    2015-06-01

    Gynecomastia is a benign enlargement of the male breast caused by the proliferation of glandular breast tissue. Determining the various causes of gynecomastia such as physiological causes, drugs, systemic diseases, and endocrine disorders is important. Androgen insensitivity syndrome (AIS) is a rare endocrine disorder presenting with gynecomastia and is a disorder of male sexual differentiation caused by mutations within the androgen receptor gene. All individuals with AIS have the 46 XY karyotype, although AIS phenotypes can be classified as mild, partial or complete and can differ among both males and females including ambiguous genitalia or infertility in males. We experienced a case of partial AIS presenting with gynecomastia and identified the androgen receptor gene mutation.

  14. Prenatal diagnosis of androgen insensitivity syndrome.

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    Bianca, S; Cataliotti, A; Bartoloni, G; Torrente, I; Barrano, B; Boemi, G; Lo Presti, M; Indaco, L; Barone, C; Ettore, G

    2009-01-01

    Androgen insensitivity syndrome (AIS) (OMIM 300068) is an X-linked recessive genetic disorder with an XY karyotype that is caused by androgen receptor (AR) defects. We report a prenatal diagnosis case with clinical and molecular findings. The fetal phenotype was female, moreover the autopsy revealed the presence of abdominal testes confirmed by histopathological examination. The AR gene molecular analysis performed on the fetal DNA showed the presence of a c.2493C>T change in exon 4. The single nucleotide change resulted in a Q711X amino acid substitution within the AR ligand-binding domain of the protein that has never been described before in the literature. AIS is an important consideration in pregnancies that show sex discordance in ultrasonography and karyotype results with the opportunity to perform molecular analysis of the AR gene in order to confirm the diagnosis.

  15. Enhancement of the efficiency of femtosecond optical transfection

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    Praveen, Bavishna B.; Stevenson, David; Antkowiak, Maciej; Gunn-Moore, Frank J.; Dholakia, Kishan

    2010-12-01

    Cell transfection is the process in which extra cellular nucleic acids such as DNA, RNA, Si-RNA can be deliberately injected into the cytoplasm of the cell. This technique of cell transfection forms a central tool in the hands of a cell biologist to explore the mechanism within the cell. In optical transfection a well focused laser spot alters the permeability of the cell membrane so as to allow the entry of extra-nuclear materials into the cell. Femto-second optical transfection have proved to be better than other laser based cell transfection, owing to the three dimensionally confined multi-photon effects on the cell membrane thereby leaving the rest of the cell unaffected. Even though the femto-second optical transfection has proved to be sterile, non-invasive and highly selective, it has to improve in terms of efficiency, and throughput to address real life problems. We report here a method to achieve significant enhancement in the efficiency of femto-second optical transfection. The protocol of the transfection procedure is modified by adding a suitable biochemical reagent - Nupherin-neuron - into the cell medium during the transfection, which can assist the delivery of DNA into the nucleus once the DNA gets injected into the cytoplasm of the cell. We achieved a 3 fold enhancement in the transfection efficiency with this modified protocol. Also we report for the first time the transfection of recently trypsinised cells with a very high transfection efficiency, which would pave way to the development of high throughput microfluidic optical transfection devices.

  16. Enhancement of the efficiency of femtosecond optical transfection

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    Praveen, Bavishna B.; Stevenson, David; Antkowiak, Maciej; Gunn-Moore, Frank J.; Dholakia, Kishan

    2011-08-01

    Cell transfection is the process in which extra cellular nucleic acids such as DNA, RNA, Si-RNA can be deliberately injected into the cytoplasm of the cell. This technique of cell transfection forms a central tool in the hands of a cell biologist to explore the mechanism within the cell. In optical transfection a well focused laser spot alters the permeability of the cell membrane so as to allow the entry of extra-nuclear materials into the cell. Femto-second optical transfection have proved to be better than other laser based cell transfection, owing to the three dimensionally confined multi-photon effects on the cell membrane thereby leaving the rest of the cell unaffected. Even though the femto-second optical transfection has proved to be sterile, non-invasive and highly selective, it has to improve in terms of efficiency, and throughput to address real life problems. We report here a method to achieve significant enhancement in the efficiency of femto-second optical transfection. The protocol of the transfection procedure is modified by adding a suitable biochemical reagent - Nupherin-neuron - into the cell medium during the transfection, which can assist the delivery of DNA into the nucleus once the DNA gets injected into the cytoplasm of the cell. We achieved a 3 fold enhancement in the transfection efficiency with this modified protocol. Also we report for the first time the transfection of recently trypsinised cells with a very high transfection efficiency, which would pave way to the development of high throughput microfluidic optical transfection devices.

  17. Plasma-mediated transfection of RPE

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    Palanker, D.; Chalberg, T.; Vankov, A.; Huie, P.; Molnar, F. E.; Butterwick, A.; Calos, M.; Marmor, M.; Blumenkranz, M. S.

    2006-02-01

    A major obstacle in applying gene therapy to clinical practice is the lack of efficient and safe gene delivery techniques. Viral delivery has encountered a number of serious problems including immunological reactions and malignancy. Non-viral delivery methods (liposomes, sonoporation and electroporation) have either low efficiency in-vivo or produce severe collateral damage to ocular tissues. We discovered that tensile stress greatly increases the susceptibility of cellular membranes to electroporation. For synchronous application of electric field and mechanical stress, both are generated by the electric discharge itself. A pressure wave is produced by rapid vaporization of the medium. To prevent termination of electric current by the vapor cavity it is ionized thus restoring its electric conductivity. For in-vivo experiments with rabbits a plasmid DNA was injected into the subretinal space, and RPE was treated trans-sclerally with an array of microelectodes placed outside the eye. Application of 250-300V and 100-200 μs biphasic pulses via a microelectrode array resulted in efficient transfection of RPE without visible damage to the retina. Gene expression was quantified and monitored using bioluminescence (luciferase) and fluorescence (GFP) imaging. Transfection efficiency of RPE with this new technique exceeded that of standard electroporation by a factor 10,000. Safe and effective non-viral DNA delivery to the mammalian retina may help to materialize the enormous potential of the ocular gene therapy. Future experiments will focus on continued characterization of the safety and efficacy of this method and evaluation of long-term transgene expression in the presence of phiC31 integrase.

  18. [Comparison of efficiency and cytotoxicity of different transfection reagents in transfecting RIP140-siRNA into Kupffer cells].

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    Li, Ji; Liu, Zuojin

    2015-12-01

    To compare the efficiency and cytotoxicity of different transfection reagents used in transfection of RIP140-siRNA into Kupffer cells to optimize the transfection conditions. Kupffer cells were transfected with RIP140-siRNA labeled with GFP as the reporter gene using lipofectamine 2000, Roche reagent (X-treme GENE siRNA Transfection Reagent) and puro screening lentivirus (1.0×10(8) TU/mL) as the transfection reagents. The transfection effect was observed under a fluorescent inverted microscope, and laser scanning confocal microscopy was used to analyze RIP140 expression in trasnfected Kupffer cells. Flow cytometry was performed to detect cell apoptosis, and CCK-8 test was used to evaluate the cell proliferation inhibition. RT-RCR and Western blotting were performed to detect the expressions of RIP140 mRNA and protein in the trasnfected cells. Puro screening lentivirus yielded the highest cell transfection efficiency, which exceeded 90%, followed by Roche reagent and then by lipofectamine 2000. Flow cytometry and CCK-8 test showed that the cytotoxicity was the mildest with Roche reagent, moderate with lentivirus, and severe with lipofectamine 2000. The cells trasnfected with lentivirus showed a significantly lower RIP140 expression than cells trasnfected with lipofectamine 2000 and Roche reagent (P<0.05). In Kupffer cells, lentivirus-mediated transfection, as compared with the other two trasnfection reagents, can achieve good transfection efficiency with a relativelty low cytotoxicity, and allows for better controllability and stability of the trasnfectiion conditions.

  19. Congenital Insensitivity to Pain: Novel SCN9A Missense and In-Frame Deletion Mutations

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    Cox, James J; Sheynin, Jony; Shorer, Zamir; Reimann, Frank; Nicholas, Adeline K; Zubovic, Lorena; Baralle, Marco; Wraige, Elizabeth; Manor, Esther; Levy, Jacov; Woods, C Geoffery; Parvari, Ruti

    2010-01-01

    SCN9A encodes the voltage-gated sodium channel Nav1.7, a protein highly expressed in pain-sensing neurons. Mutations in SCN9A cause three human pain disorders: bi-allelic loss of function mutations result in Channelopathy-associated Insensitivity to Pain (CIP), whereas activating mutations cause severe episodic pain in Paroxysmal Extreme Pain Disorder (PEPD) and Primary Erythermalgia (PE). To date, all mutations in SCN9A that cause a complete inability to experience pain are protein truncating and presumably lead to no protein being produced. Here, we describe the identification and functional characterization of two novel non-truncating mutations in families with CIP: a homozygously-inherited missense mutation found in a consanguineous Israeli Bedouin family (Nav1.7-R896Q) and a five amino acid in-frame deletion found in a sporadic compound heterozygote (Nav1.7-ΔR1370-L1374). Both of these mutations map to the pore region of the Nav1.7 sodium channel. Using transient transfection of PC12 cells we found a significant reduction in membrane localization of the mutant protein compared to the wild type. Furthermore, voltage clamp experiments of mutant-transfected HEK293 cells show a complete loss of function of the sodium channel, consistent with the absence of pain phenotype. In summary, this study has identified critical amino acids needed for the normal subcellular localization and function of Nav1.7. © 2010 Wiley-Liss, Inc. PMID:20635406

  20. Transfection of mammalian cells using block copolypeptide vesicles.

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    Sun, Victor Z; Choe, Uh-Joo; Rodriguez, April R; Dai, Howard; Deming, Timothy J; Kamei, Daniel T

    2013-05-01

    An arginine-leucine block copolypeptide (R60 L20 ) is synthesized, which is capable of forming vesicles with controllable sizes, able to transport hydrophilic cargo across the cell membrane, and exhibit relatively low cytotoxicity. The R60 L20 vesicles also possess the ability to deliver DNA into mammalian cells for transfection. Although the transfection efficiency is lower than that of the commercially available transfection agent Lipofectamine 2000, the R60 L20 vesicles are able to achieve transfection with significantly lower cytotoxicity and immunogenicity. This behavior is potentially due to its stronger interaction with DNA which subsequently provides better protection against anionic heparin.

  1. Moisture insensitive primer: A myth or truth

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    Shukla, Chandresh; Maurya, Rajkumar; Jain, Upendra; Gupta, Ankur; Garg, Jayshree

    2014-01-01

    Objectives: To compare the mean shear bond strength (SBS) of moisture insensitive primer (MIP) used for orthodontic bonding in the presence and absence of saliva. Materials and Methods: A total of 60 human noncarious maxillary premolars with sound buccal surfaces, recently extracted were collected in two groups of each 30. Maxillary premolar brackets were bonded to the teeth using light cure (Transbond XT, 3M Unitek, Monrovia, CA, USA) and MIP (Transbond MIP 3M Unitek, Monrovia, CA, USA,) in the presence and absence of saliva. Operators’ saliva was used during the bonding under moist condition. After debonding, all the specimens were examined under a stereomicroscope (×40 magnification) for adhesive remnant using adhesive remnant index (ARI). The SBS tests were done using Instron universal testing machine at cross-head speed of 1 mm/min, force passing parallel to the buccal surface using custom rod and registered in Newtons later converted into Megapascals. Results: Light cure and MIP (Transbond MIP and Transbond XT, 3M Unitek, Monrovia, CA, USA) in the absence of saliva showed higher mean SBS than the presence of saliva. Group I (light cure and MIP) in the absence of saliva showed mean SBS of 9.65 ± 0.90 Mpa. Group II (light cure and MIP) with the presence of saliva showed mean SBS of 9.03 ± 1.14 Mpa. The difference between both the groups was statistically significant, as confirmed by paired t-test (P < 0.05). In-Group I, ARI scores showed that more than half of the adhesive was left over the tooth surface, and Group II showed that there was no or insignificant amount of adhesive left over the tooth surface. Chi-square test revealed significant difference in debonding characteristics among the test groups of ARI (P < 0.05). Failure occurred mainly in resin– bracket base and resin – adhesive interfaces (χ² = 10.04, df = 3, P = 0.031). Conclusion: Moisture insensitive primer is effective in the presence/absence of moisture and has shown SBS value of more

  2. Testicular cancer in androgen insensitivity syndrome in a Mexican population.

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    Aguilar-Ponce, José; Chilaca Rosas, Fátima; Molina Calzada, Carlos; Granados García, Martín; Jiménez Ríos, Miguel Angel; De la Garza Salazar, Jaime

    2008-12-01

    Male pseudohermaphroditism and androgen insensitivity syndrome cases have an increased risk of developing testicular cancer due to many factors such as mutations, hormonal disturbances involving gonadotropins and cryptorchidism. We describe the clinical features, diagnosis and treatment of two cases with partial androgen insensitivity syndrome and testicular cancer development, which were handled at the National Cancer Institute of Mexico.

  3. Radiation-Insensitive Inverse Majority Gates

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    Manohara, Harish; Mojarradi, Mohammad

    2008-01-01

    To help satisfy a need for high-density logic circuits insensitive to radiation, it has been proposed to realize inverse majority gates as microscopic vacuum electronic devices. In comparison with solid-state electronic devices ordinarily used in logic circuits, vacuum electronic devices are inherently much less adversely affected by radiation and extreme temperatures. The proposed development would involve state-of-the-art micromachining and recent advances in the fabrication of carbon-nanotube-based field emitters. A representative three-input inverse majority gate would be a monolithic, integrated structure that would include three gate electrodes, six bundles of carbon nanotubes (serving as electron emitters) at suitable positions between the gate electrodes, and an overhanging anode. The bundles of carbon nanotubes would be grown on degenerately doped silicon substrates that would be parts of the monolithic structure. The gate electrodes would be fabricated as parts of the monolithic structure by means of a double-silicon-on-insulator process developed at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The tops of the bundles of carbon nanotubes would lie below the plane of the tops of the gate electrodes. The particular choice of shapes, dimensions, and relative positions of the electrodes and bundles of carbon nanotubes would provide for both field emission of electrons from the bundles of carbon nanotubes and control of the electron current to obtain the inverse majority function, which is described in the paper.

  4. Polarization insensitive imaging through polarization gratings.

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    Nersisyan, Sarik R; Tabiryan, Nelson V; Hoke, Landa; Steeves, Diane M; Kimball, Brian R

    2009-02-02

    Liquid crystal polarization gratings exhibit high diffraction efficiency (approximately 100%) in thin material layers comparable to the radiation wavelength. We demonstrate that they can be combined for polarization-insensitive imaging and optical switching applications. A pair of closely spaced, parallel oriented, cycloidal polarization gratings is capable of canceling the diffractive property of an individual grating. As a result, the phase of the beam is not distorted, and holographic images can be formed through them. An anti-parallel arrangement results in a broader effective diffraction band and doubles the diffraction angle. Broadband diffraction spanning from 480 nm to beyond 900 nm wavelengths has been obtained for a pair of gratings with 500 nm and 633 nm peak diffraction wavelengths. Liquid crystal polymer cycloidal gratings were used in the study showing 98% diffraction efficiency over a large area, and allowed for the use of laser beams expanded to 25 mm. The characteristics of combined cycloidal gratings were tested with laser beams at both UV and red wavelengths.

  5. Pain insensitivity syndrome misinterpreted as inflicted burns.

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    van den Bosch, Gerbrich E; Baartmans, Martin G A; Vos, Paul; Dokter, Jan; White, Tonya; Tibboel, Dick

    2014-05-01

    We present a case study of a 10-year-old child with severe burns that were misinterpreted as inflicted burns. Because of multiple injuries since early life, the family was under suspicion of child abuse and therefore under supervision of the Child Care Board for 2 years before the boy was burned. Because the boy incurred the burns without feeling pain, we conducted a thorough medical examination and laboratory testing, evaluated detection and pain thresholds, and used MRI to study brain morphology and brain activation patterns during pain between this patient and 3 healthy age- and gender-matched controls. We found elevated detection and pain thresholds and lower brain activation during pain in the patient compared with the healthy controls and reference values. The patient received the diagnosis of hereditary sensory and autonomic neuropathy type IV on the basis of clinical findings and the laboratory testing, complemented with the altered pain and detection thresholds and MRI findings. Hereditary sensory and autonomic neuropathy IV is a very rare congenital pain insensitivity syndrome characterized by the absence of pain and temperature sensation combined with oral mutilation due to unawareness, fractures, and anhidrosis caused by abnormalities in the peripheral nerves. Health care workers should be aware of the potential presence of this disease to prevent false accusations of child abuse.

  6. pH-insensitive glucose indicators.

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    Garrett, Jared R; Wu, Xinxin; Jin, Sha; Ye, Kaiming

    2008-01-01

    There is an urgent need for developing a biosensor that can real-time and noninvasively determine glucose concentration within living cells. In our previous study, we have engineered a glucose indicator protein (GIP) that can provide continuous glucose monitoring through a conformation change-induced Förster resonance-energy transfer measurement. Because of the pH-sensitivity of the fluorescent proteins used in the GIP construction, the GIP made from these fluorescent proteins is less tolerant to a pH change, especially to the acidic environment. It has been well documented that intracellular pH does not always remain the same, and it fluctuates in metabolism and other cellular activities and also differs between cellular compartments. To address these issues, we developed a GIP that can tolerate to pH change. This GIP was constructed by flanking a glucose binding protein with a cyan fluorescent protein and a pH-insensitive yellow fluorescent protein. Our experimental results indicated that the new GIP is more tolerant to pH change. The glucose response of this new GIP kept almost unchanged from pH 7.3 to 5.3, suggesting its capability of tolerating to acidic environment. This capability is desirable for intracellular glucose measurement.

  7. Enhanced operation of femtosecond lasers and applications in cell transfection.

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    Brown, Christian T A; Stevenson, David J; Tsampoula, Xanthi; McDougall, Craig; Lagatsky, Alexander A; Sibbett, Wilson; Gunn-Moore, Frank J; Dholakia, Kishan

    2008-08-01

    In this work we present a review and discussion on the enhancement of femtosecond (fs) lasers for use within biophotonics with a particular focus on their use in optical transfection techniques. We describe the broad range of source options now available for the generation of femtosecond pulses before briefly reviewing the application of fs laser in optical transfection studies. We show that major performance enhancements may be obtained by optimising the spatial and temporal performance of the laser source before considering possible future directions in this field. In relation to optical transfection we describe how such laser sources initiate a multiphoton process to permeate the cell membrane in a transient fashion. We look at aspects of this technique including the ability to combine transfection with optical trapping. For future implementation of such transfection we explore the role of new sources and "nondiffracting" light fields.

  8. Punishment Insensitivity in Early Childhood: A Developmental, Dimensional Approach.

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    Nichols, Sara R; Briggs-Gowan, Margaret J; Estabrook, Ryne; Burns, James L; Kestler, Jacqueline; Berman, Grace; Henry, David B; Wakschlag, Lauren S

    2015-08-01

    Impairment in learning from punishment ("punishment insensitivity") is an established feature of severe antisocial behavior in adults and youth but it has not been well studied as a developmental phenomenon. In early childhood, differentiating a normal: abnormal spectrum of punishment insensitivity is key for distinguishing normative misbehavior from atypical manifestations. This study employed a novel measure, the Multidimensional Assessment Profile of Disruptive Behavior (MAP-DB), to examine the distribution, dimensionality, and external validity of punishment insensitivity in a large, demographically diverse community sample of preschoolers (3-5 years) recruited from pediatric clinics (N = 1,855). Caregivers completed surveys from which a seven-item Punishment Insensitivity scale was derived. Findings indicated that Punishment Insensitivity behaviors are relatively common in young children, with at least 50 % of preschoolers exhibiting them sometimes. Item response theory analyses revealed a Punishment Insensitivity spectrum. Items varied along a severity continuum: most items needed to occur "Often" in order to be severe and behaviors that were qualitatively atypical or intense were more severe. Although there were item-level differences across sociodemographic groups, these were small. Construct, convergent, and divergent validity were demonstrated via association to low concern for others and noncompliance, motivational regulation, and a disruptive family context. Incremental clinical utility was demonstrated in relation to impairment. Early childhood punishment insensitivity varies along a severity continuum and is atypical when it predominates. Implications for understanding the phenomenology of emergent disruptive behavior are discussed.

  9. Punishment insensitivity in early childhood: A developmental, dimensional approach

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    Nichols, Sara R.; Briggs-Gowan, Margaret; Estabrook, Ryne; Burns, James; Kestler, Jacqueline; Berman, Grace; Henry, David; Wakschlag, Lauren

    2014-01-01

    Impairment in learning from punishment ("punishment insensitivity") is an established feature of severe antisocial behavior in adults and youth but it has not been well studied as a developmental phenomenon. In early childhood, differentiating a normal:abnormal spectrum of punishment insensitivity is key for distinguishing normative misbehavior from atypical manifestations. This study employed a novel measure, the Multidimensional Assessment Profile of Disruptive Behavior (MAPDB), to examine the distribution, dimensionality, and external validity of punishment insensitivity in a large, demographically diverse community sample of preschoolers (three-five years) recruited from pediatric clinics (N=1,855). Caregivers completed surveys from which a seven-item Punishment Insensitivity scale was derived. Findings indicated that Punishment Insensitivity behaviors are relatively common in young children, with at least 50% of preschoolers exhibiting them sometimes. Item response theory analyses revealed a Punishment Insensitivity spectrum. Items varied along a severity continuum: most items needed to occur "Often" in order to be severe and behaviors that were qualitatively atypical or intense were more severe. Although there were item-level differences across sociodemographic groups, these were small. Construct, convergent, and divergent validity were demonstrated via association to low concern for others and noncompliance, motivational regulation, and a disruptive family context. Incremental clinical utility was demonstrated in relation to impairment. Early childhood punishment insensitivity varies along a severity continuum and is atypical when it predominates. Implications for understanding the phenomenology of emergent disruptive behavior are discussed. PMID:25425187

  10. Thermal Decomposition of IMX-104: Ingredient Interactions Govern Thermal Insensitivity

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    Maharrey, Sean; Wiese-Smith, Deneille; Highley, Aaron M.; Steill, Jeffrey D.; Behrens, Richard; Kay, Jeffrey J.

    2015-04-01

    This report summarizes initial studies into the chemical basis of the thermal insensitivity of INMX-104. The work follows upon similar efforts investigating this behavior for another DNAN-based insensitive explosive, IMX-101. The experiments described demonstrate a clear similarity between the ingredient interactions that were shown to lead to the thermal insensitivity observed in IMX-101 and those that are active in IMX-104 at elevated temperatures. Specifically, the onset of decomposition of RDX is shifted to a lower temperature based on the interaction of the RDX with liquid DNAN. This early onset of decomposition dissipates some stored energy that is then unavailable for a delayed, more violent release.

  11. Temperature-insensitive phase-matched optical harmonic conversion crystal

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    Barker, Charles E.; Eimerl, David; Velsko, Stephan P.; Roberts, David

    1993-01-01

    Temperature-insensitive, phase-matched harmomic frequency conversion of laser light at a preferred wavelength of 1.064 microns can be achieved by use of a crystal of deuterated l-arginine phosphate. The crystal is cut and oriented so that the laser light propagates inside the crystal along one of several required directions, which correspond to a temperature-insensitive, phase-matching locus. The method of measuring and calculating the temperature-insensitive, phase-matching angles can be extended to other fundamental wavelengths and other crystal compositions.

  12. Temperature-insensitive phase-matched optical harmonic conversion crystal

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    Barker, C.E.; Eimerl, D.; Velsko, S.P.; Roberts, D.

    1993-11-23

    Temperature-insensitive, phase-matched harmonic frequency conversion of laser light at a preferred wavelength of 1.064 microns can be achieved by use of a crystal of deuterated l-arginine phosphate. The crystal is cut and oriented so that the laser light propagates inside the crystal along one of several required directions, which correspond to a temperature-insensitive, phase-matching locus. The method of measuring and calculating the temperature-insensitive, phase-matching angles can be extended to other fundamental wavelengths and other crystal compositions. 12 figures.

  13. Electroporation for Transfection and Differentiation of Dental Pulp Stem Cells

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    Rabie, Bakr M.

    2013-01-01

    Abstract Target gene delivery is needed to induce cellular differentiation or a specific therapeutic effect. Electroporation is a relatively safe and simple technique to deliver nucleic acids to the cell that acts by rendering cells transiently permeable using short periods of high voltage. In stem cell research, human dental pulp stem cells (hDPSCS) are highly accessible, and they exhibit broad differentiation potential. Until now, no studies have attempted to optimize electroporation parameters for DPSCs with respect to transfection efficiency and viability. In this study, we aimed to optimize transfection of DPSCs through varying different electroporation parameters, including voltage, mode of pulsation, and the number of pulses. As positive control, we used commonly utilized the chemical transfection reagents Lipofectamine 2000 and FuGene 6. In addition, we used our newly optimized transfection conditions to transfect hDPSCs with a functional chondrogenic transgene. We obtained higher transfection efficiency and cell viability with these electroporation conditions compared to controls. The highest transfection efficiency (63.81±4.72%) was achieved with 100 V, 20 msec, one-pulse square-wave condition. Among chemical transfection groups, FuGene 6 showed the highest cell viability at all tested transfection ratios, while Lipofectamine 2000 showed the highest transfection efficiency (19.23±3.19%) using 1:1 DNA (μg):Lipofectamine (μL). Transfected DPSCs functionally expressed the transforming growth factor β-3 chondrogenic transgene on the mRNA level as detected by real-time polymerase chain reaction and on the protein level as detected by Western blot analysis. An increase in various chondrogenic markers was also found when studying mRNA expression in transfected cells. In conclusion, the results of our study demonstrate optimal electroporation and chemical transfection reagent conditions for hDPSCs, and, subsequently, we provide proof of concept for

  14. Transfection of Lactobacillus bulgaricus protoplasts by bacteriophage DNA.

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    Boizet, B; Flickinger, J L; Chassy, B M

    1988-12-01

    A protoplast transfection system has been developed for Lactobacillus bulgaricus. The procedure involves a polyethylene glycol-mediated fusion of bacteriophage DNA encapsulated in liposomes into mutanolysin-treated cells. With L. bulgaricus B004 and DNA isolated from the phage phi c5004, transfection reached a maximum when at least 95% of the cells were osmotically fragile. The incorporation of phage DNA into liposomes was essential; no transfectants were detected in the absence of liposomes. The largest number of transfectants was observed after longer periods (20 min) of fusion of mutanolysin-treated cells and liposomes with polyethylene glycol. The maximum efficiency of 5 x 10(7) PFU/microgram of DNA was reached after a 24-h incubation in growth media prior to plating transfected cells in an agar overlay to detect the appearance of plaques. A minimum of 4 h of incubation in growth medium after fusion was required to detect the production and release of virions. The possibility that the high frequencies observed were due to bursting of transfected cells and subsequent infection of additional cells was found not to be a factor. The number of transfectants observed was directly proportional to the quantity of DNA added. These results define conditions appropriate for the introduction of DNA into L. bulgaricus.

  15. [Transfection of HL-60 cells by Venus lentiviral vector].

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    Li, Zheng; Hu, Shao-Yan; Cen, Jian-Nong; Chen, Zi-Xing

    2013-06-01

    In order to study the potential of Venus, lentiviral vector, applied to acute myeloid leukemia, the recombinant vector Venus-C3aR was transfected into 293T packing cells by DNA-calcium phosphate coprecipitation. All virus stocks were collected and transfected into HL-60, the GFP expression in HL-60 cells was measured by flow cytometry. The expression level of C3aR1 in transfected HL-60 cells was identified by RT-PCR and flow cytometry. The lentiviral toxicity on HL-60 was measured by using CCK-8 method and the ability of cell differentiation was observed. The results indicated that the transfection efficacy of lentiviral vector on HL-60 cells was more than 95%, which meets the needs for further study. C3aR1 expression on HL-60 cells increased after being transfected with recombinant lentiviral vector. Before and after transfection, the proliferation and differentiation of cells were not changed much. It is concluded that the lentiviral vector showed a high efficacy to transfect AML cells and can be integrated in genome of HL-60 cells to realize the stable expression of interest gene. Meanwhile, lentiviral vector can not affect HL-60 cell ability to proliferate and differentiate.

  16. Hydrophobic Moiety of Cationic Lipids Strongly Modulates Their Transfection Activity

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    Koynova, Rumiana; Tenchov, Boris; Wang, Li; MacDonald, Robert C.

    2010-01-18

    Synthetic cationic lipids are widely used components of nonviral gene carriers, and the factors regulating their transfection efficiency are the subject of considerable interest. In view of the important role that electrostatic interactions with the polyanionic nucleic acids play in formation of lipoplexes, a common empirical approach to improving transfection has been the synthesis and testing of amphiphiles with new versions of positively charged polar groups, while much less attention has been given to the role of the hydrophobic lipid moieties. On the basis of data for {approx}20 cationic phosphatidylcholine (PC) derivatives, here we demonstrate that hydrocarbon chain variations of these lipids modulate by over 2 orders of magnitude their transfection efficiency. The observed molecular structure-activity relationship manifests in well-expressed dependences of activity on two important molecular characteristics, chain unsaturation and total number of carbon atoms in the lipid chains, which is representative of the lipid hydrophobic volume and hydrophilic-lipophilic ratio. Transfection increases with decrease of chain length and increase of chain unsaturation. Maximum transfection was found for cationic PCs with monounsaturated 14:1 chains. It is of particular importance that the high-transfection lipids strongly promote cubic phase formation in zwitterionic membrane phosphatidylethanolamine (PE). These remarkable correlations point to an alternative, chain-dependent process in transfection, not related to the electrostatic cationic-anionic lipid interactions.

  17. A reverse transfection technology to genetically engineer adult stem cells.

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    Okazaki, Arimichi; Jo, Jun-Ichiro; Tabata, Yasuhiko

    2007-02-01

    A new non-viral method of gene transfection was designed to enhance the level of gene expression for rat mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs). Pullulan was cationized using chemical introduction of spermine to prepare cationized pullulan of non-viral carrier (spermine-pullulan). The spermine-pullulan was complexed with a plasmid deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) of luciferase and coated on the surface of culture substrate together with Pronectin of artificial cell adhesion protein. MSCs were cultured and transfected on the complex-coated substrate (reverse transfection), and the level and duration of gene expression were compared with those of MSCs transfected by culturing in the medium containing the plasmid DNA-spermine-pullulan complex (conventional method). The reverse transfection method enhanced and prolonged gene expression significantly more than did the conventional method. The reverse method permitted the transfection culture of MSCs in the presence of serum, in contrast to the conventional method, which gave cells a good culture condition to lower cytotoxicity. The reverse transfection was carried out for a non-woven fabric of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) coated with the complex and Pronectin using agitation and stirring culture methods. The two methods enhanced the level and duration of gene expression for MSCs significantly more than did the static method. It is possible that medium circulation improves the culture conditions of cells in terms of oxygen and nutrition supply and waste excretion, resulting in enhanced gene expression.

  18. Genetics Home Reference: congenital insensitivity to pain with anhidrosis

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    ... sweating (anhidrosis). This condition is also known as hereditary sensory and autonomic neuropathy type IV. The signs ... Management Genetic Testing (1 link) Genetic Testing Registry: Hereditary insensitivity to pain with anhidrosis Other Diagnosis and ...

  19. Insensitive detonator apparatus for initiating large failure diameter explosives

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    Perry, III, William Leroy

    2015-07-28

    A munition according to a preferred embodiment can include a detonator system having a detonator that is selectively coupled to a microwave source that functions to selectively prime, activate, initiate, and/or sensitize an insensitive explosive material for detonation. The preferred detonator can include an explosive cavity having a barrier within which an insensitive explosive material is disposed and a waveguide coupled to the explosive cavity. The preferred system can further include a microwave source coupled to the waveguide such that microwaves enter the explosive cavity and impinge on the insensitive explosive material to sensitize the explosive material for detonation. In use the preferred embodiments permit the deployment and use of munitions that are maintained in an insensitive state until the actual time of use, thereby substantially preventing unauthorized or unintended detonation thereof.

  20. Insensitive explosive composition of halogenated copolymer and triaminotrinitrobenzene

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    Benziger, Theodore M.

    1976-01-01

    A highly insensitive and heat resistant plastic-bonded explosive containing 90 wt % triaminotrinitrobenzene and 10 wt % of a fully saturated copolymer of chlorotrifluoroethylene and vinylidene fluoride is readily manufactured by the slurry process.

  1. Lipid-based transfection reagents can interfere with cholesterol biosynthesis.

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    Danielli, Mauro; Marinelli, Raúl A

    2016-02-15

    Lipid-based transfection reagents are widely used for delivery of small interfering RNA into cells. We examined whether the commonly used commercial transfection reagents DharmaFECT-4 and Lipofectamine 2000 can interfere with lipid metabolism by studying cholesterogenesis. Cholesterol de novo synthesis from [(14)C]acetate was assessed in human hepatocyte-derived Huh-7 cells. The results revealed that DharmaFECT, but not Lipofectamine, markedly inhibited cholesterol biosynthesis by approximately 70%. Cell viability was not significantly altered. These findings suggest that caution is required in the choice of certain lipid-based transfection reagents for gene silencing experiments, particularly when assessing cholesterol metabolism.

  2. [VEGF gene expression in transfected human multipotent stromal cells].

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    Smirnikhina, S A; Lavrov, A V; Bochkov, N P

    2011-01-01

    Dynamics of VEGF gene expression in transfected multipotent stromal cells from adipose tissue was examined using electroporation and lipofection. Differences in the potency and dynamics of plasmid elimination (up to day 9) between cell cultures were observed. All cultures were divided into fast and slow plasmid-eliminating ones. Interculture differences in VEGF expression were detected. The possibility of a 5-6-fold increase of VEGF expression was shown. There were no differences in transfection potency, plasmid elimination dynamics, and VEGF expression after transfection by both nonviral methods.

  3. Miniature plasma accelerating detonator and method of detonating insensitive materials

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    Bickes, R.W. Jr.; Kopczewski, M.R.; Schwarz, A.C.

    1986-11-11

    This patent describes a detonator assembly for initiating insensitive explosives or energetic materials. In the improvement described here the detonator assembly comprises: railgun accelerating means of a size sufficient to be used as a detonator for insensitive explosives or energetic materials in an amount of about 100 mg of explosives or less and capable of accelerating a plasma to detonation initiating velocities; and power supply means for supplying the power necessary to the railgun accelerating means to generate and accelerate the plasma.

  4. Neurophysiologic studies in congenital insensitivity to pain with anhidrosis.

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    Shorer, Z; Moses, S W; Hershkovitz, E; Pinsk, V; Levy, J

    2001-11-01

    Thirteen patients with congenital insensitivity to pain and anhidrosis, carrying a mutation at the TRK-A gene, were studied. Neurologic examination revealed vestigial pain sensitivity, suggesting an incomplete involvement of the affected nerves. All 13 patients manifested normal electrophysiologic studies but striking absence of sympathetic skin responses. We suggest the use of the sympathetic skin response test in the clinical evaluation of patients suspected of having congenital insensitivity to pain and anhidrosis.

  5. Reverse transfected cell microarrays in infectious disease research.

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    Konrad, Andreas; Jochmann, Ramona; Kuhn, Elisabeth; Naschberger, Elisabeth; Chudasama, Priya; Stürzl, Michael

    2011-01-01

    Several human pathogenic viruses encode large genomes with often more than 100 genes. Viral pathogenicity is determined by carefully orchestrated co-operative activities of several different viral genes which trigger the phenotypic functions of the infected cells. Systematic analyses of these complex interactions require high-throughput transfection technology. Here we have provided a laboratory manual for the reverse transfected cell microarray (RTCM; alternative name: cell chip) as a high-throughput transfection procedure, which has been successfully applied for the systematic analyses of single and combination effects of genes encoded by the human herpesvirus-8 on the NF-kappaB signal transduction pathway. In order to quantitatively determine the effects of viral genes in transfected cells, protocols for the use of GFP as an indicator gene and for indirect immunofluorescence staining of cellular target proteins have been included. RTCM provides a useful methodological approach to investigate systematically combination effects of viral genes on cellular functions.

  6. DyNAvectors: dynamic constitutional vectors for adaptive DNA transfection.

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    Clima, Lilia; Peptanariu, Dragos; Pinteala, Mariana; Salic, Adrian; Barboiu, Mihail

    2015-12-25

    Dynamic constitutional frameworks, based on squalene, PEG and PEI components, reversibly connected to core centers, allow the efficient identification of adaptive vectors for good DNA transfection efficiency and are well tolerated by mammalian cells.

  7. A toolbox facilitating stable transfection of Eimeria species.

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    Clark, Julie D; Billington, Karen; Bumstead, Janene M; Oakes, Richard D; Soon, Puay Eng; Sopp, Paul; Tomley, Fiona M; Blake, Damer P

    2008-11-01

    Stable transfection of Eimeria species has been difficult to achieve because of the obligate requirement for in vivo amplification and selection of the parasites. Strategies to generate and stabilise populations of transfected Eimeria tenella are described here, together with the identification of optimal parameters for the transfection process. A series of plasmids expressing selectable markers, including a panel of fluorescent reporter genes and a mutant Toxoplasma gondii dihydrofolate reductase-thymidylate synthase (DHFR-TSm2m3) gene that confers resistance to pyrimethamine, were electroporated into sporozoites of the E. tenella Wisconsin strain and stabilised by selective passage through chickens. Very high transfection efficiencies of up to 25% sporozoites in transient transfection and up to 9% oocysts following a single round of in vivo selection were achieved. Crucial factors include the use of very freshly harvested parasites with the AMAXA nucleofection system (program U33 in a cytomix-buffered reaction) and linearised plasmid DNA. The use of a restriction enzyme mediated integration (REMI) protocol boosted overall efficiency and elevated insertion rate per genome. Successful development of methods to generate and isolate stable populations of transfected Eimeria parasites will now stimulate rapid expansion of reverse genetic studies in this important coccidian.

  8. Histone H2A significantly enhances in vitro DNA transfection.

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    Balicki, D.; Beutler, E.

    1997-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Gene transfer is a potential treatment modality of genetic disease. Efficient, practical methods of DNA transfection are currently under investigation. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A beta-galactosidase reporter plasmid interacted electrostatically with histones, poly-L-Lys, poly-L-Arg, and a combination of poly-L-Lys and poly-L-Arg. This complex was then used to transfect COS-7 cells. beta-galactosidase activity was quantified and used to compare the efficiency of gene transfection in vitro. A comparison was also made of DNA transfection with the most active histone subclass, i.e., histone H2A, in the absence and presence of an anionic liposome. RESULTS: There was a marked increase in DNA transfection in the presence of histone H2A when compared with the control, whereas each of the other histones and polycations showed little, if any, effect. The extent of activation depends strongly on the DNA/histone ratio and is also a function of the molarity of the final Tris-acetate, pH 8, solution. The anionic liposomes used demonstrated an inhibitory effect. CONCLUSIONS: Histone H2A significantly enhances in vitro DNA transfection whereas other histones and anionic liposomes do not. A study of the difference between histone H2A and other histone subclasses may serve to clarify some of the mechanisms and the essential components of efficient gene delivery. PMID:9407553

  9. Congenital insensitivity to pain: novel SCN9A missense and in-frame deletion mutations.

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    Cox, James J; Sheynin, Jony; Shorer, Zamir; Reimann, Frank; Nicholas, Adeline K; Zubovic, Lorena; Baralle, Marco; Wraige, Elizabeth; Manor, Esther; Levy, Jacov; Woods, C Geoffery; Parvari, Ruti

    2010-09-01

    SCN9Aencodes the voltage-gated sodium channel Na(v)1.7, a protein highly expressed in pain-sensing neurons. Mutations in SCN9A cause three human pain disorders: bi-allelic loss of function mutations result in Channelopathy-associated Insensitivity to Pain (CIP), whereas activating mutations cause severe episodic pain in Paroxysmal Extreme Pain Disorder (PEPD) and Primary Erythermalgia (PE). To date, all mutations in SCN9A that cause a complete inability to experience pain are protein truncating and presumably lead to no protein being produced. Here, we describe the identification and functional characterization of two novel non-truncating mutations in families with CIP: a homozygously-inherited missense mutation found in a consanguineous Israeli Bedouin family (Na(v)1.7-R896Q) and a five amino acid in-frame deletion found in a sporadic compound heterozygote (Na(v)1.7-DeltaR1370-L1374). Both of these mutations map to the pore region of the Na(v)1.7 sodium channel. Using transient transfection of PC12 cells we found a significant reduction in membrane localization of the mutant protein compared to the wild type. Furthermore, voltage clamp experiments of mutant-transfected HEK293 cells show a complete loss of function of the sodium channel, consistent with the absence of pain phenotype. In summary, this study has identified critical amino acids needed for the normal subcellular localization and function of Na(v)1.7.

  10. Genotype versus phenotype in families with androgen insensitivity syndrome.

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    Boehmer, A L; Brinkmann, O; Brüggenwirth, H; van Assendelft, C; Otten, B J; Verleun-Mooijman, M C; Niermeijer, M F; Brunner, H G; Rouwé, C W; Waelkens, J J; Oostdijk, W; Kleijer, W J; van der Kwast, T H; de Vroede, M A; Drop, S L

    2001-09-01

    Androgen insensitivity syndrome encompasses a wide range of phenotypes, which are caused by numerous different mutations in the AR gene. Detailed information on the genotype/phenotype relationship in androgen insensitivity syndrome is important for sex assignment, treatment of androgen insensitivity syndrome patients, genetic counseling of their families, and insight into the functional domains of the AR. The commonly accepted concept of dependence on fetal androgens of the development of Wolffian ducts was studied in complete androgen insensitivity syndrome (CAIS) patients. In a nationwide survey in The Netherlands, all cases (n = 49) with the presumptive diagnosis androgen insensitivity syndrome known to pediatric endocrinologists and clinical geneticists were studied. After studying the clinical phenotype, mutation analysis and functional analysis of mutant receptors were performed using genital skin fibroblasts and in vitro expression studies. Here we report the findings in families with multiple affected cases. Fifty-nine percent of androgen insensitivity syndrome patients had other affected relatives. A total of 17 families were studied, seven families with CAIS (18 patients), nine families with partial androgen insensitivity (24 patients), and one family with female prepubertal phenotypes (two patients). No phenotypic variation was observed in families with CAIS. However, phenotypic variation was observed in one-third of families with partial androgen insensitivity resulting in different sex of rearing and differences in requirement of reconstructive surgery. Intrafamilial phenotypic variation was observed for mutations R846H, M771I, and deletion of amino acid N682. Four newly identified mutations were found. Follow-up in families with different AR gene mutations provided information on residual androgen action in vivo and the development of the prepubertal and adult phenotype. Patients with a functional complete defective AR had some pubic hair, Tanner

  11. Electroweak Symmetry Breaking via UV Insensitive Anomaly Mediation

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    Kitano, Ryuichiro; Kribs, Graham D.; Murayama, Hitoshi

    2004-02-19

    Anomaly mediation solves the supersymmetric flavor and CP problems. This is because the superconformal anomaly dictates that supersymmetry breaking is transmitted through nearly flavor-blind infrared physics that is highly predictive and UV insensitive. Slepton mass squareds, however, are predicted to be negative. This can be solved by adding D-terms for U(1)_Y and U(1)_{B-L} while retaining the UV insensitivity. In this paper we consider electroweak symmetry breaking via UV insensitive anomaly mediation in several models. For the MSSM we find a stable vacuum when tanbeta< 1, but in this region the top Yukawa coupling blows up only slightly above the supersymmetry breaking scale. For the NMSSM, we find a stable electroweak breaking vacuum but with a chargino that is too light. Replacing the cubic singlet term in the NMSSM superpotential with a term linear in the singlet wefind a stable vacuum and viable spectrum. Most of the parameter region with correct vacua requires a large superpotential coupling, precisely what is expected in the"Fat Higgs'" model in which the superpotential is generated dynamically. We have therefore found the first viable UV complete, UV insensitive supersymmetry breaking model that solves the flavor and CP problems automatically: the Fat Higgs model with UV insensitive anomaly mediation. Moreover, the cosmological gravitino problem is naturally solved, opening up the possibility of realistic thermal leptogenesis.

  12. Slipped Distal Femoral Epiphysis in Congenital Insensitivity to Pain

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    Shaikh, M Javed; Rex, C; Vignesh, R; Chavan, Madhav

    2016-01-01

    Introduction: Congenital insensitivity to pain (CIP) is a rare disorder, and often presents to an orthopaedic surgeon as recurrent fractures, dislocations, pseudoarthrosis, osteomyelitis etc. Here, we report a case of congenital insensitivity to pain presenting with distal femoral physeal separation in a child. Case Report: A 12-year-old girl child came with complaints of limp while walking and swelling in the left knee for past 5 weeks. Mother gave a history that the girl is a known case of congenital insensitivity to pain with clear history of no pain on intramuscular injection since birth. She was born of consanguineous marriage and had no significant trauma, fever, other joint involvement or any features of rheumatism. On local examination, she had no bony tenderness, mild warmth, and moderate knee effusion with restricted range of movement. Plain radiograph showed epiphysiolysis of distal femur with widening of physis. Examination under anaesthesia demonstrated gross movement indicating lower femoral physeal separation. This unstable distal femoral epiphysis was treated under general anaesthesia with closed reduction, percutaneous cross pinning and above knee plaster cast. Conclusion: Congenital insensitivity to pain (CIP) is a rare disorder to diagnose. Emphasis is given on early diagnosis of orthopaedic problems and prompt treatment, educating parents and prevention of accidents. Physeal separation without significant trauma must prompt an orthopaedic surgeon to think about congenital insensitivity to pain as a differential diagnosis. PMID:27703943

  13. Bichromatic state-insensitive trapping of caesium atoms

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    Metbulut, M. M.; Renzoni, F.

    2015-12-01

    State-insensitive dipole trapping of multilevel atoms can be achieved by an appropriate choice of the wavelength of the trapping laser, so that the interaction with the different transitions results in equal AC Stark shifts for the ground and excited states of interest. However, this approach is severely limited by the availability of coherent sources at the required wavelength and of appropriate power. This work investigates state-insensitive trapping of caesium atoms for which the required wavelength of 935.6 nm is inconvenient in terms of experimental realization. Bichromatic state-insensitive trapping is proposed to overcome the lack of suitable laser sources. We first consider pairs of laser wavelengths in the ratio 1:2 and 1:3, as obtained via second- and third-harmonic generation. We found that the wavelength combinations 931.8-1863.6 nm and 927.5-2782.5 nm are suitable for state-insensitive trapping of caesium atoms. In addition, we examine bichromatic state-insensitive trapping produced by pairs of laser wavelengths corresponding to currently available high-power lasers. These wavelength pairs were found to be in the range of 585-588 nm and 623-629 for one laser and 1064-1080 nm for the other.

  14. Recent developments in bend-insensitive and ultra-bend-insensitive fibers

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    Boivin, David; de Montmorillon, Louis-Anne; Provost, Lionel; Montaigne, Nelly; Gooijer, Frans; Aldea, Eugen; Jensma, Jaap; Sillard, Pierre

    2010-02-01

    Designed to overcome the limitations in case of extreme bending conditions, Bend- and Ultra-Bend-Insensitive Fibers (BIFs and UBIFs) appear as ideal solutions for use in FTTH networks and in components, pigtails or patch-cords for ever demanding applications such as military or sensing. Recently, however, questions have been raised concerning the Multi-Path-Interference (MPI) levels in these fibers. Indeed, they are potentially subject to interferences between the fundamental mode and the higher-order mode that is also bend resistant. This MPI is generated because of discrete discontinuities such as staples, bends and splices/connections that occur on distance scales that become comparable to the laser coherent length. In this paper, we will demonstrate the high MPI tolerance of all-solid single-trench-assisted BIFs and UBIFs. We will present the first comprehensive study combining theoretical and experimental points of view to quantify the impact of fusion splices on coherent MPI. To be complete, results for mechanical splices will also be reported. Finally, we will show how the single-trench- assisted concept combined with the versatile PCVD process allows to tightly control the distributions of fibers characteristics. Such controls are needed to massively produce BIFs and to meet the more stringent specifications of the UBIFs.

  15. Congenital insensitivity to pain with anhidrosis presenting with palmoplantar keratoderma.

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    Sayyahfar, Shirin; Chavoshzadeh, Zahra; Khaledi, Mojdeh; Madadi, Firooz; Yeganeh, Mehrnoosh Hassas; Sawamura, Daisuke; Nakano, Hajime; Rezaei, Nima

    2013-01-01

    Congenital insensitivity to pain with anhidrosis (CIPA) is a rare autosomal-recessive disease caused by mutations in the NTRK1 gene. The disease is characterized by insensitivity to pain and absence of thermal perception. Herein a 6-year-old boy is presented with a large ulcer on the sole of his right foot and a thick, hyperkeratotic appearance of his palms and soles; there was also a medical history of hyperthermia, anhidrosis, recurrent bone fractures, osteomyelitis, injuries, mental retardation, dry and exfoliative skin, insensitivity to pain, and lack of thermal sensation. Genetic studies revealed a homozygote mutation in the NTRK1 gene. Although the patient initially presented with palmoplantar keratoderma, genetic studies confirmed the diagnosis of CIPA.

  16. Femtosecond cellular transfection using a non-diffracting beam

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    Tsampoula, X.; Garcés-Chávez, V.; Comrie, M.; Stevenson, D. J.; Agate, B.; Brown, C. T. A.; Gunn-Moore, F.; Dholakia, K.

    2008-02-01

    Efficient DNA delivery into single living cells would be a very powerful capability for cell biologists for elucidating basic cellular functions but also in other fields such as applied drug discovery and gene therapy. The ability to gently permeate the cell membrane and introduce foreign DNA with the assistance of lasers is a powerful methodology but requires exact focusing due to the required two-photon power density. Here, we demonstrate a laser-mediated delivery method of the red fluorescent protein DS-RED into Chinese hamster Ovary (CHO) cells. We used an elongated beam of light created by a Bessel beam (BB) which obviates the need to locate precisely the cell membrane, permitting two-photon excitation along a line leading to cell transfection. Assuming a threshold for transfection of 20%, the BB gives us transfection over twenty times the axial distance compared to the Gaussian beam of equivalent core diameter. In addition, by exploiting the BB property of reconstruction, we demonstrate successful transfection of CHO cells which involves the BB passing through an obstructive layer and re forming itself prior to reaching the cell membrane. In the light of this exciting result, one can envisage the possibility of achieving transfection through multiple cell monolayer planes and tissues using this novel light field, eliminating this way the stringent requirements for tight focusing.

  17. Polyarginine Molecular Weight Determines Transfection Efficiency of Calcium Condensed Complexes

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    Alhakamy, Nabil A.; Berkland, Cory J.

    2014-01-01

    Cell penetrating peptides (CPPs) have been extensively studied in polyelectrolyte complexes as a means to enhance the transfection efficiency of plasmid DNA (pDNA). Increasing the molecular weight of CPPs often enhances gene expression, but poses a risk of increased cytotoxicity and immunogenicity compared to low molecular weight CCPs. Conversely, low molecular weight CPPs typically have low transfection efficiency due to large complex size. Complexes made using low molecular weight CPPs were found to be condensed to a small size by adding calcium. In this study, complexes of low molecular weight polyarginine and pDNA were condensed with calcium. These complexes showed high transfection efficiency and low cytotoxicity in A549 carcinomic human alveolar basal epithelial cells. The relationship between transfection efficiency and polyarginine size (5, 7, 9 or 11 amino acids), polyarginine/pDNA charge ratios, and calcium concentrations were studied. Polyarginine 7 was significantly more effective than other polyarginines under most formulation conditions suggesting a link between cell penetration ability and transfection efficiency. PMID:23534410

  18. Family of detuning-insensitive phase-shifting algorithms.

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    Malacara-Doblado, D; Dorrío, B V

    2000-10-01

    The design of phase-shifting algorithms (PSA's) has been carried out with diverse strategies by different authors. A generalized algebraic approach is employed to obtain a family of detuning-insensitive PSA's; their behavior against a linear phase error is analyzed from a geometric point of view. The obtained results are compared with the conditions provided by the Fourier representation of the corresponding sampling reference functions. In our case, new equations as criteria for determining whether a PSA is detuning insensitive, new analytic expressions for the phase error, and new algorithms with interesting properties are achieved.

  19. 96-well electroporation method for transfection of mammalian central neurons.

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    Buchser, William J; Pardinas, Jose R; Shi, Yan; Bixby, John L; Lemmon, Vance P

    2006-11-01

    Manipulating gene expression in primary neurons has been a goal for many scientists for over 20 years. Vertebrate central nervous system neurons are classically difficult to transfect. Most lipid reagents are inefficient and toxic to the cells, and time-consuming methods such as viral infections are often required to obtain better efficiencies. We have developed an efficient method for the transfection of cerebellar granule neurons and hippocampal neurons with standard plasmid vectors. Using 96-well electroporation plates, square-wave pulses can introduce 96 different plasmids into neurons in a single step. The procedure results in greater than 20% transfection efficiencies and requires only simple solutions of nominal cost. In addition to enabling the rapid optimization of experimental protocols with multiple parameters, this procedure enables the use of high content screening methods to characterize neuronal phenotypes.

  20. 96-Well electroporation method for transfection of mammalian central neurons

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    Buchser, William J.; Pardinas, Jose R.; Shi, Yan; Bixby, John L.; Lemmon, Vance P.

    2008-01-01

    Manipulating gene expression in primary neurons has been a goal for many scientists for over 20 years. Vertebrate central nervous system neurons are classically difficult to transfect. Most lipid reagents are inefficient and toxic to the cells, and time-consuming methods such as viral infections are often required to obtain better efficiencies. We have developed an efficient method for the transfection of cerebellar granule neurons and hippocampal neurons with standard plasmid vectors. Using 96-well electroporation plates, square-wave pulses can introduce 96 different plasmids into neurons in a single step. The procedure results in greater than 20% transfection efficiencies and requires only simple solutions of nominal cost. In addition to enabling the rapid optimization of experimental protocols with multiple parameters, this procedure enables the use of high content screening methods to characterize neuronal phenotypes. PMID:17140120

  1. Synthesis of linear polyethylenimine derivatives for DNA transfection.

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    Brissault, Blandine; Kichler, Antoine; Guis, Christine; Leborgne, Christian; Danos, Olivier; Cheradame, Hervé

    2003-01-01

    A series of linear polymers containing varying amounts of ethylenimine or N-propylethylenimine units were synthesized by hydrolysis and/or reduction of polyethyloxazolines. The pK(a)s of the polyamines were determined potentiometrically. Gel mobility shift assay showed that the efficiency of DNA complexation was related to the fraction of amino groups that are protonated at neutral pH. The effects of cationic charge density and molar weight of the polymers on the transfection efficiency were evaluated on HepG2 cells. The results obtained with different copolymers show that the transfection efficiency primarily depends on the fraction of ethylenimine units included in the polymer albeit the molar weight is also of importance. On the basis of the results obtained with poly(N-propylethylenimines), we also demonstrate that the high transfection efficiency of polyethylenimines does not solely rely on their capacity to capture protons which are transferred into the endo-lysosomes during acidification.

  2. Transient transfection of mammalian cells using a violet diode laser

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    Torres-Mapa, Maria Leilani; Angus, Liselotte; Ploschner, Martin; Dholakia, Kishan; Gunn-Moore, Frank J.

    2010-07-01

    We demonstrate the first use of the violet diode laser for transient mammalian cell transfection. In contrast to previous studies, which showed the generation of stable cell lines over a few weeks, we develop a methodology to transiently transfect cells with an efficiency of up to ~40%. Chinese hamster ovary (CHO-K1) and human embryonic kidney (HEK293) cells are exposed to a tightly focused 405-nm laser in the presence of plasmid DNA encoding for a mitochondrial targeted red fluorescent protein. We report transfection efficiencies as a function of laser power and exposure time for our system. We also show, for the first time, that a continuous wave laser source can be successfully applied to selective gene silencing experiments using small interfering RNA. This work is a major step towards an inexpensive and portable phototransfection system.

  3. In trans promoter activation by enhancers in transient transfection.

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    Smirnov, N A; Akopov, S B; Didych, D A; Nikolaev, L G

    2017-03-01

    Earlier, it was reported that the strong cytomegalovirus enhancer can activate the cytomegalovirus promoter in trans, i.e. as a separate plasmid co-transfected with a promoter-reporter gene construct. Here we demonstrate that the ability of enhancers to activate promoters in trans in transient transfection experiments is a property of not only viral regulatory elements but also of various genomic enhancers and promoters. Enhancer-promoter activation in trans is promoter- and cell type-specific, and accompanied by physical interaction between promoter and enhancer as revealed by chromosome conformation capture assays. Thus, promoter activation in transient co-transfection of promoters and enhancers shares a number of important traits with long-distance promoter activation by enhancers in living cells and may therefore serve as a model of this fundamental cellular process.

  4. Physicochemical and transfection properties of cationic Hydroxyethylcellulose/DNA nanoparticles.

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    Fayazpour, Farzaneh; Lucas, Bart; Alvarez-Lorenzo, Carmen; Sanders, Niek N; Demeester, Jo; De Smedt, Stefaan C

    2006-10-01

    In this study the physicochemical and transfection properties of cationic hydroxyethylcellulose/plasmid DNA (pDNA) nanoparticles were investigated and compared with the properties of DNA nanoparticles based on polyethylene imine (PEI), which is widely investigated as a gene carrier. The two types of cationic hydroxyethylcelluloses studied, polyquaternium-4 (PQ-4) and polyquaternium-10 (PQ-10), are already commonly used in cosmetic and topical drug delivery devices. Both PQ-4 and PQ-10 spontaneously interact with pDNA with the formation of nanoparticles approximately 200 nm in size. Gel electrophoresis and fluorescence dequenching experiments indicated that the interactions between pDNA and the cationic celluloses were stronger than those between pDNA and PEI. The cationic cellulose/pDNA nanoparticles transfected cells to a much lesser extent than the PEI-based pDNA nanoparticles. The low transfection property of the PQ-4/pDNA nanoparticles was attributed to their neutrally charged surface, which does not allow an optimal binding of PQ-4/pDNA nanoparticles to cellular membranes. Although the PQ-10/pDNA nanoparticles were positively charged and thus expected to be taken up by cells, they were also much less efficient in transfecting cells than were PEI/pDNA nanoparticles. Agents known to enhance the endosomal escape were not able to improve the transfection properties of PQ-10/pDNA nanoparticles, indicating that a poor endosomal escape is, most likely, not the major reason for the low transfection activity of PQ-10/pDNA nanoparticles. We hypothesized that the strong binding of pDNA to PQ-10 prohibits the release of pDNA from PQ-10 once the PQ-10/pDNA nanoparticles arrive in the cytosol of the cells. Tailoring the nature and extent of the cationic side chains on this type of cationic hydroxyethylcellulose may be promising to further enhance their DNA delivery properties.

  5. Congenital insensitivity to pain: report of two cases.

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    Lawoyin, J O; Lawoyin, D O

    2001-01-01

    Congenital indifference or insensitivity to pain (CIP) is a rare syndrome. It mimics a number of other syndromes categorized under peripheral sensory neuropathies, often making early diagnosis difficult. Two cases from the middle east are presented, highlighting possible diagnostic, and management difficulties.

  6. Extrinsic Michelson interferometric fibre optic sensor with bend insensitive downlead

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    Hand, D. P.; Carolan, T. A.; Barton, J. S.; Jones, J. D. C.

    1993-04-01

    A novel optical arrangement is described for an interferometric optical fibre sensor of the extrinsic type. Based on a Michelson interferometer, it combines a bend insensitive downlead with the availability of antiphase outputs without insertion loss, and provides isolation of the source.

  7. Androgen insensitivity syndrome and Klinefelter's syndrome: sex and gender considerations.

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    Diamond, Milton; Watson, Linda Ann

    2004-07-01

    Two of the most common intersex conditions, androgen insensitivity and Klinefelter's syndrome, are described with an emphasis on aspects that are of relevance to psychiatrists. Attention is focused on commonalities and differences between these syndromes and particular attention is given to how persons who have these conditions manifest sexual and gender adjustments to their situations. Tips on counseling and medical management are offered.

  8. Root Formation in Ethylene-Insensitive Plants1

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    Clark, David G.; Gubrium, Erika K.; Barrett, James E.; Nell, Terril A.; Klee, Harry J.

    1999-01-01

    Experiments with ethylene-insensitive tomato (Lycopersicon esculentum) and petunia (Petunia × hybrida) plants were conducted to determine if normal or adventitious root formation is affected by ethylene insensitivity. Ethylene-insensitive Never ripe (NR) tomato plants produced more belowground root mass but fewer aboveground adventitious roots than wild-type Pearson plants. Applied auxin (indole-3-butyric acid) increased adventitious root formation on vegetative stem cuttings of wild-type plants but had little or no effect on rooting of NR plants. Reduced adventitious root formation was also observed in ethylene-insensitive transgenic petunia plants. Applied 1-aminocyclopropane-1-carboxylic acid increased adventitious root formation on vegetative stem cuttings from NR and wild-type plants, but NR cuttings produced fewer adventitious roots than wild-type cuttings. These data suggest that the promotive effect of auxin on adventitious rooting is influenced by ethylene responsiveness. Seedling root growth of tomato in response to mechanical impedance was also influenced by ethylene sensitivity. Ninety-six percent of wild-type seedlings germinated and grown on sand for 7 d grew normal roots into the medium, whereas 47% of NR seedlings displayed elongated taproots, shortened hypocotyls, and did not penetrate the medium. These data indicate that ethylene has a critical role in various responses of roots to environmental stimuli. PMID:10482660

  9. Scope insensitivity in contingent valuation of complex environmental amenities.

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    Veisten, Knut; Fredrik Hoen, Hans; Navrud, Ståle; Strand, Jon

    2004-12-01

    It has been argued that respondents in contingent valuation (CV) surveys, asked to value complex environmental amenities, will state willingness to pay (WTP) independently of the scope of the project. Such insensitivity to scope would be at odds with rational choice, and could therefore imply that CV is not a theoretically valid method for biodiversity valuation. The scope test in the present CV study was applied to endangered species preservation. Respondents were split in four sub-samples facing different scopes of endangered species preservation. The design allowed for both external and internal scope tests. Furthermore, the tests were split according to elicitation format. Of four external tests of insensitivity to scope, one was rejected, two gave mixed results, depending on either the type of test or elicitation format, and for the last one the null hypothesis could not be rejected. Of five internal tests, insensitivity to scope was rejected in three cases, one test gave mixed results, and one could not be rejected. Survey design features of the CV study, especially an unfamiliar sub-group of endangered species, could explain the apparent insensitivity to scope observed.

  10. [Cashmere goat bacterial artificial chromosome recombination and cell transfection system].

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    Huang, Tian; Cao, Zhongyang; Yang, Yaohui; Cao, Gengsheng

    2016-03-01

    The Cashmere goat is mainly used to produce cashmere, which is very popular for its delicate fiber, luscious softness and natural excellent warm property. Keratin associated protein (KAP) and bone morphogenetic protein (BMP) of the Cashmere goat play an important role in the proliferation and development of cashmere fiber follicle cells. Bacterial artificial chromosome containing kap6.3, kap8.1 and bmp4 genes were used to increase the production and quality of Cashmere. First, we constructed bacterial artificial chromosomes by homology recombination. Then Tol2 transposon was inserted into bacterial artificial chromosomes that were then transfected into Cashmere goat fibroblasts by Amaxa Nucleofector technology according to the manufacture's instructions. We successfully constructed the BAC-Tol2 vectors containing target genes. Each vector contained egfp report gene with UBC promoter, Neomycin resistant gene for cell screening and two loxp elements for resistance removing after transfected into cells. The bacterial artificial chromosome-Tol2 vectors showed a high efficiency of transfection that can reach 1% to 6% with a highest efficiency of 10%. We also obtained Cashmere goat fibroblasts integrated exogenous genes (kap6.3, kap8.1 and bmp4) preparing for the clone of Cashmere goat in the future. Our research demonstrates that the insertion of Tol2 transposons into bacterial artificial chromosomes improves the transfection efficiency and accuracy of bacterial artificial chromosome error-free recombination.

  11. Transfection of E. coli with lambda DNA by electroporation.

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    Magistrelli, C; Colombo, E; Tognoni, A; Grandi, G

    1992-10-01

    In the ambit of the B. subtilis genoma sequencing and mapping project, we have set up an electroporation method to transfect E. coli cells with lambda DNA. This methodology presents features that make it preferable to traditional in vitro packaging for some purposes. Here we will illustrate the experimental procedure and the possible applications.

  12. Structure-activity relationship in cationic lipid mediated gene transfection.

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    Niculescu-Duvaz, Dan; Heyes, James; Springer, Caroline J

    2003-07-01

    Non-viral synthetic vectors for gene delivery represent a safer alternative to viral vectors. Their main drawback is the low transfection efficiency, especially in vivo. Among the non-viral vectors currently in use, the cationic liposomes composed of cationic lipids are the most common. This review discusses the physicochemical properties of cationic lipids, the formation, macrostructure and specific parameters of the corresponding formulated liposomes, and the effect of all these parameters on transfection efficiency. The optimisation of liposomal vectors requires both the understanding of the biological variables involved in the transfection process, and the effect of the structural elements of the cationic lipids on these biological variables. The biological barriers relevant for in vitro and in vivo transfection are identified, and solutions to overcome them based on rational design of the cationic lipids are discussed. The review focuses on the relationship between the structure of the cationic lipid and the transfection activity. The structure is analysed in a modular manner. The hydrophobic domain, the cationic head group, the backbone that acts as a scaffold for the other domains, the linkers between backbone, hydrophobic domain and cationic head group, the polyethyleneglycol chains and the targeting moiety are identified as distinct elements of the cationic lipids used in gene therapy. The main chemical functionalities used to built these domains, as well as overall molecular features such as architecture and geometry, are presented. Studies of structure-activity relationships of each cationic lipid domain, including the authors', and the trends identified by these studies, help furthering the understanding of the mechanism governing the formation and behaviour of cationic liposomes in gene delivery, and therefore the rational design of new improved cationic lipids vectors capable of achieving clinical significance.

  13. Phenotypic diversity in siblings with partial androgen insensitivity syndrome.

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    Evans, B A; Hughes, I A; Bevan, C L; Patterson, M N; Gregory, J W

    1997-06-01

    The androgen insensitivity syndrome is a heterogeneous disorder with a wide spectrum of phenotypic abnormalities, ranging from complete female to ambiguous forms that more closely resemble males. The primary abnormality is a defective androgen receptor protein due to a mutation of the androgen receptor gene. This prevents normal androgen action and thus leads to impaired virilisation. A point mutation of the androgen receptor gene affecting two siblings with partial androgen insensitivity syndrome is described. One had cliteromegaly and labial fusion and was raised as a girl, whereas the other sibling had micropenis and penoscrotal hypospadias and was raised as a boy. Both were shown to have the arginine 840 to cysteine mutation. The phenotypic variation in this family is thus dependent on factors other than abnormalities of the androgen receptor gene alone.

  14. Genetic analysis of a family with complete androgen insensitivity syndrome

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    Kota, Sunil Kumar; Gayatri, Kotni; Kota, Siva Krishna; Jammula, Sruti

    2013-01-01

    Androgen insensitivity causes impaired embryonic sex differentiation leading to developmental failure of normal male external genitalia in 46 XY genetic men. It results from diminished or absent biological actions of androgens, which is mediated by the androgen receptor (AR) in both the embryo and secondary sexual development. Mutations in the AR located on the X chromosome are responsible for the disease. Almost 70% of affected individuals inherit the mutation from their carrier mother. We hereby report a 10-year-old girl with all the characteristics of complete androgen insensitivity syndrome (CAIS). Similar scenario was observed in 3 maternal aunts, Sequencing of the AR gene in all the family members revealed C 2754 to T transition in exon 6. It was concluded that the C 2754 to T transition rendered the AR incapable of both ligand-binding and activating the transcription and was the cause of CAIS in the patient. PMID:24339553

  15. Genetic analysis of a family with complete androgen insensitivity syndrome.

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    Kota, Sunil Kumar; Gayatri, Kotni; Kota, Siva Krishna; Jammula, Sruti

    2013-07-01

    Androgen insensitivity causes impaired embryonic sex differentiation leading to developmental failure of normal male external genitalia in 46 XY genetic men. It results from diminished or absent biological actions of androgens, which is mediated by the androgen receptor (AR) in both the embryo and secondary sexual development. Mutations in the AR located on the X chromosome are responsible for the disease. Almost 70% of affected individuals inherit the mutation from their carrier mother. We hereby report a 10-year-old girl with all the characteristics of complete androgen insensitivity syndrome (CAIS). Similar scenario was observed in 3 maternal aunts, Sequencing of the AR gene in all the family members revealed C 2754 to T transition in exon 6. It was concluded that the C 2754 to T transition rendered the AR incapable of both ligand-binding and activating the transcription and was the cause of CAIS in the patient.

  16. Congenital insensitivity to pain with anhidrosis in Sudanese children.

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    Othman, Suhair A; Malik, Amel A

    2016-01-01

    Congenital insensitivity to pain with anhidrosis (CIPA), also called hereditary sensory and autonomic neuropathy type IV (HSAN-IV), is an extremely rare autosomal recessive disease. It is characterized by insensitivity to pain, inability to sweat, episodes of hyperpyrexia, and intellectual disability. These factors render the affected persons to repeatedly injure and traumatise themselves to the degree that they become disabled. No specific treatment to the moment, but it needs multidisciplinary approach, and certain life adaptations and education. Here we report 4 unrelated Sudanese children affected with this rare neurological disorder, to raise the awareness on this rare disease, reflecting its spectrum, and the challenges which patients and their families face, especially when living in a hot country.

  17. Ultra-flexible polarization-insensitive multiband terahertz metamaterial absorber.

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    Chen, Xu; Fan, Wenhui

    2015-03-20

    A thin-flexible and polarization-insensitive multiband terahertz metamaterial absorber (MMA) has been investigated. Each unit cell of the MMA consists of two metallic structures, which include the top metal resonator ring and the bottom metal ground plane, separated by a thin-flexible dielectric spacer. Finite element simulation indicates that this MMA has three high absorption peaks in the terahertz region, with absorptivities of 89% at 0.72 THz, 98% at 1.4 THz, and 85% at 2.3 THz. However, because of its rotationally symmetric structure, this MMA is polarization-insensitive and can perform very well at a wide range of incident angles, namely, 30° for transverse electric waves and 40° for transverse magnetic waves. The thin-flexible device structure and good performance shows that this MMA is very promising to disguise objects and make them less detectable to radar in the terahertz region.

  18. Tradeoff studies in multiobjective insensitive design of airplane control systems

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    Schy, A. A.; Giesy, D. P.

    1983-01-01

    A computer aided design method for multiobjective parameter-insensitive design of airplane control systems is described. Methods are presented for trading off nominal values of design objectives against sensitivities of the design objectives to parameter uncertainties, together with guidelines for designer utilization of the methods. The methods are illustrated by application to the design of a lateral stability augmentation system for two supersonic flight conditions of the Shuttle Orbiter. Objective functions are conventional handling quality measures and peak magnitudes of control deflections and rates. The uncertain parameters are assumed Gaussian, and numerical approximations of the stochastic behavior of the objectives are described. Results of applying the tradeoff methods to this example show that stochastic-insensitive designs are distinctly different from deterministic multiobjective designs. The main penalty for achieving significant decrease in sensitivity is decreased speed of response for the nominal system.

  19. Tradeoff studies in multiobjective insensitive design of airplane control systems

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    Schy, A. A.; Giesy, D. P.

    1983-01-01

    A computer aided design method for multiobjective parameter-insensitive design of airplane control systems is described. Methods are presented for trading off nominal values of design objectives against sensitivities of the design objectives to parameter uncertainties, together with guidelines for designer utilization of the methods. The methods are illustrated by application to the design of a lateral stability augmentation system for two supersonic flight conditions of the Shuttle Orbiter. Objective functions are conventional handling quality measures and peak magnitudes of control deflections and rates. The uncertain parameters are assumed Gaussian, and numerical approximations of the stochastic behavior of the objectives are described. Results of applying the tradeoff methods to this example show that stochastic-insensitive designs are distinctly different from deterministic multiobjective designs. The main penalty for achieving significant decrease in sensitivity is decreased speed of response for the nominal system.

  20. Angle Insensitive Color Filters in Transmission Covering the Visible Region

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    Mao, Kening; Shen, Weidong; Yang, Chenying; Fang, Xu; Yuan, Wenjia; Zhang, Yueguang; Liu, Xu

    2016-01-01

    Angle insensitive color filter based on Metal-SiOx-Metal structure is proposed in this paper, which can keep the same perceived transmitted color when the incidence angle changes from 0° to 60°, especially for p-polarization light. Various silicon oxide films deposited by reaction magnetron sputtering with a tunable refractive index from 1.97 to 3.84 is introduced to meet the strict angle insensitive resonance conditions. The angle resolved spectral filtering for both p-polarization light and s-polarization light are quite well, which can be attributed to the different physical origins for the high angular tolerance for two polarizations. Finally, the effect of SiOx absorption and Ag thickness on the peak transmittance are analyzed. PMID:26765544

  1. Two novel SCN9A mutations causing insensitivity to pain.

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    Nilsen, K B; Nicholas, A K; Woods, C G; Mellgren, S I; Nebuchennykh, M; Aasly, J

    2009-05-01

    The sensation of pain is important and there may be serious consequences if it is missing. Recently, the genetic basis for a channelopathy characterised by a congenital inability to experience pain has been described and channelopathy-associated insensitivity to pain has been proposed as a suitable name for this condition. Different mutations in the SCN9A gene causing loss of function of the voltage-gated sodium channel Nav1.7 have been reported in patients with this rare disease. Here we describe a woman with insensitivity to pain with two novel mutations in the SCN9A gene, coding for the Nav1.7 channel. We also discuss the finding of anosmia which apparently is a common feature in these patients.

  2. Gender dysphoria and gender change in androgen insensitivity or micropenis.

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    Mazur, Tom

    2005-08-01

    This review article answers three questions relevant to the medical management and care of individuals born with complete androgen insensitivity syndrome (CAIS), partial androgen insensitivity syndrome (PAIS), or a micropenis: (1) Do any of these individuals reassign themselves from their initial gender assignment? (2) Do more reassign than the ones who do not? (3) Is there evidence of gender dysphoria in those who do not self-initiate reassignment? Reviewed were all articles on CAIS, PAIS, and micropenis cited in K. J. Zucker (1999) plus articles published through 2004. There were no documented cases of gender change in individuals with CAIS (N= 156 females) or micropenis (N= 89: 79 males, 10 females). Nine (9.1%) out of 99 individuals with PAIS changed gender. Thus, self-initiated gender reassignment was rare. Gender dysphoria also appears to be a rare occurrence. The best predictor of adult gender identity in CAIS, PAIS, and micropenis is initial gender assignment.

  3. Hig Resolution Seismometer Insensitive to Extremely Strong Magnetic Fields

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    Abramovich, Igor A

    2009-07-14

    A highly sensitive broadband seismic sensor has been developed successfully to be used in beam focusing systems of particale accelerators. The sensor is completely insensitive to extremely strong magnetic fields and to hard radiation conditions that exist at the place of their installation. A unique remote sensor calibration method has been invented and implemented. Several such sensors were sold to LAPP (LAPP-IN2P3/CNRS-Université de Savoie; Laboratoire d'Annecy-le-Vieux de Physique des Particules)

  4. VLSI Implementation of Stray Insensitive Switched Capacitor Composite Operational Amplifiers

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    1993-12-01

    INSENSITIVE SWITCHED CAPACITOR COMPOSITE OPERATIONAL AMPLIFIERS 12. PERSONAL AUTHOR(S) Gregory A. Silvemagel 13a. TYPE OF REPORT 13b. TIME COVERED 14. DATE OF...impedance. These limitations must be considered in any applications that use the operational amplifier. In many cases these characteristics are the...track one another. In addition, the temperature and voltage coefficients of resistors and capacitors are not correlated. Therefore, the time

  5. Progressive central puberty in a toddler with partial androgen insensitivity.

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    Dougan, Grace C; Uli, Naveen; Shulman, Dorothy I

    2014-03-01

    A male infant was diagnosed with partial androgen insensitivity caused by a novel mutation in the androgen receptor. At 3.5 months of age, he received 100 mg of testosterone intramuscularly over the course of 3 months to increase phallic size. He developed pubic hair after 5 months and signs of progressive central precocious puberty when re-examined at 17.5 months, which subsequently was suppressed with depot leuprolide.

  6. Partial androgen insensitivity syndrome with thermolability in the androgen receptor.

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    Hiraoka, Kenji; Kawauchi, Akihiro; Soh, Jintetsu; Ohe, Hiroshi; Shima, Hiroki; Miki, Tsuneharu

    2006-01-01

    We report case of partial androgen insensitivity syndrome in a 12-year-old boy referred to our clinic complaining of bilateral gynecomastia and left undescended testicle. Laparoscopy for undescended testicle and bilateral mastectomy were performed, and the left testicle was absent. When skin fibroblasts of the scrotum obtained during surgery were cultured to analyse the androgen receptors, a slight thermolability was observed. Genomic examination of the androgen receptor gene could not detect any mutations.

  7. Neuropathic osteoarthropathy in a patient with congenital insensitivity to pain.

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    Mobini, Maryam; Javadzadeh, Ali; Forghanizadeh, Jafar

    2009-11-01

    This report describes a 23-year-old man who presented with multiple joint deformities as a consequence of multiple painless intra-articular fractures.Blood counts, biochemistry, and nerve conduction velocity were all normal. X-ray studies showed joint destruction in hips, elbows and knees.We concluded that he is a case of congenital insensitivity to pain culminating in multiple charcot joints.

  8. A Model-Following Technique for Insensitive Aircraft Control Systems.

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    1981-01-01

    Harvey and Pope(131 and Vinkler[301 compared several different methods in their works, while Shenkar [261 and Ashkenazi[2i extended the most promising...Following for In- sensitive Control works, let us consider the simple, first-order system used by Shenkar [261. The plant is described by x -(1 + Ar)x + u...representative of the methods of Vinkler, Asikenazi, and Shenkar ), and Model Following for Insensitive Control (MrIC). For the LQR design, we assume that our

  9. Molecular studies of a patient with complete androgen insensitivity and a 47,XXY karyotype.

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    Girardin, C M; Deal, C; Lemyre, E; Paquette, J; Lumbroso, R; Beitel, L K; Trifiro, M A; Van Vliet, G

    2009-09-01

    A phenotypic female with complete androgen insensitivity from a maternally inherited mutation in the androgen receptor had a 47,XXY karyotype. Partial maternal X isodisomy explained the expression of androgen insensitivity despite the presence of 2 X chromosomes.

  10. Angle- and Polarization-Insensitive Metamaterial Absorber using Via Array.

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    Lim, Daecheon; Lee, Dongju; Lim, Sungjoon

    2016-12-21

    In this paper, we propose an angle- and polarization-insensitive metamaterial absorber. We design a metamaterial unit cell that is based on a split ring cross resonator (SRCR). We observe that the absorption frequency and absorption ratio are insensitive to incident angles when a via array surrounds the SRR. We demonstrate the effect of the via array using full-wave simulations by comparing the absorptivity of the SRCR with and without the via array. Because of the symmetric geometry, we also realize polarization insensitivity. We build the proposed absorber on a printed-circuit-board with 30 × 30 unit cells, and we demonstrate its performance experimentally in free space. Under normal incidence, the fabricated absorber shows 99.6% absorptivity at 11.3 GHz for all polarization angles, while for oblique incidence, the fabricated absorber maintains an absorptivity higher than 90% for incident angles up to 70° and 60° for transverse magnetic (TM) and transverse electric (TE) modes, respectively.

  11. Angle- and Polarization-Insensitive Metamaterial Absorber using Via Array

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    Lim, Daecheon; Lee, Dongju; Lim, Sungjoon

    2016-12-01

    In this paper, we propose an angle- and polarization-insensitive metamaterial absorber. We design a metamaterial unit cell that is based on a split ring cross resonator (SRCR). We observe that the absorption frequency and absorption ratio are insensitive to incident angles when a via array surrounds the SRR. We demonstrate the effect of the via array using full-wave simulations by comparing the absorptivity of the SRCR with and without the via array. Because of the symmetric geometry, we also realize polarization insensitivity. We build the proposed absorber on a printed-circuit-board with 30 × 30 unit cells, and we demonstrate its performance experimentally in free space. Under normal incidence, the fabricated absorber shows 99.6% absorptivity at 11.3 GHz for all polarization angles, while for oblique incidence, the fabricated absorber maintains an absorptivity higher than 90% for incident angles up to 70° and 60° for transverse magnetic (TM) and transverse electric (TE) modes, respectively.

  12. Tradeoff methods in multiobjective insensitive design of airplane control systems

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    Schy, A. A.; Giesy, D. P.

    1984-01-01

    The latest results of an ongoing study of computer-aided design of airplane control systems are given. Constrained minimization algorithms are used, with the design objectives in the constraint vector. The concept of Pareto optimiality is briefly reviewed. It is shown how an experienced designer can use it to find designs which are well-balanced in all objectives. Then the problem of finding designs which are insensitive to uncertainty in system parameters are discussed, introducing a probabilistic vector definition of sensitivity which is consistent with the deterministic Pareto optimal problem. Insensitivity is important in any practical design, but it is particularly important in the design of feedback control systems, since it is considered to be the most important distinctive property of feedback control. Methods of tradeoff between deterministic and stochastic-insensitive (SI) design are described, and tradeoff design results are presented for the example of the a Shuttle lateral stability augmentation system. This example is used because careful studies have been made of the uncertainty in Shuttle aerodynamics. Finally, since accurate statistics of uncertain parameters are usually not available, the effects of crude statistical models on SI designs are examined.

  13. Angle- and Polarization-Insensitive Metamaterial Absorber using Via Array

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    Lim, Daecheon; Lee, Dongju; Lim, Sungjoon

    2016-01-01

    In this paper, we propose an angle- and polarization-insensitive metamaterial absorber. We design a metamaterial unit cell that is based on a split ring cross resonator (SRCR). We observe that the absorption frequency and absorption ratio are insensitive to incident angles when a via array surrounds the SRR. We demonstrate the effect of the via array using full-wave simulations by comparing the absorptivity of the SRCR with and without the via array. Because of the symmetric geometry, we also realize polarization insensitivity. We build the proposed absorber on a printed-circuit-board with 30 × 30 unit cells, and we demonstrate its performance experimentally in free space. Under normal incidence, the fabricated absorber shows 99.6% absorptivity at 11.3 GHz for all polarization angles, while for oblique incidence, the fabricated absorber maintains an absorptivity higher than 90% for incident angles up to 70° and 60° for transverse magnetic (TM) and transverse electric (TE) modes, respectively. PMID:28000770

  14. Photoporation and cell transfection using a violet diode laser

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    Paterson, L.; Agate, B.; Comrie, M.; Ferguson, R.; Lake, T. K.; Morris, J. E.; Carruthers, A. E.; Brown, C. T. A.; Sibbett, W.; Bryant, P. E.; Gunn-Moore, F.; Riches, A. C.; Dholakia, Kishan

    2005-01-01

    The introduction and subsequent expression of foreign DNA inside living mammalian cells (transfection) is achieved by photoporation with a violet diode laser. We direct a compact 405 nm laser diode source into an inverted optical microscope configuration and expose cells to 0.3 mW for 40 ms. The localized optical power density of ~1200 MW/m2 is six orders of magnitude lower than that used in femtosecond photoporation (~104 TW/m2). The beam perforates the cell plasma membrane to allow uptake of plasmid DNA containing an antibiotic resistant gene as well as the green fluorescent protein (GFP) gene. Successfully transfected cells then expand into clonal groups which are used to create stable cell lines. The use of the violet diode laser offers a new and simple poration technique compatible with standard microscopes and is the simplest method of laser-assisted cell poration reported to date.

  15. Nanothermite-Based Microsystem for Drug Delivery and Cell Transfection

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    2008-12-01

    presented. 2. EXPERIMENTAL 2.1 Nanothermite Preparation Nanothermite mixtures consisting of Bi2O3 nanoparticles and Al nanoparticles were used...for the transfection experiments reported herein. The Bi2O3 Report Documentation Page Form ApprovedOMB No. 0704-0188 Public reporting burden for the...particles were physically mixed in isopropanol (IPA) using ultrasonic agitation. Batches were mixed by dispersing 200mg of Bi2O3 in 1.5 mL of IPA by

  16. Uptake of DNA by cancer cells without a transfection reagent.

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    Kong, Yanping; Zhang, Xianbo; Zhao, Yongliang; Xue, Yanfang; Zhang, Ye

    2017-01-21

    Cancer cells exhibit elevated levels of glucose uptake and may obtain pre-formed, diet-derived fatty acids from the bloodstream to boost their rapid growth; they may also use nucleic acid from their microenvironment. The study of processing nucleic acid by cancer cells will help improve the understanding of the metabolism of cancer. DNA is commonly packaged into a viral or lipid particle to be transferred into cells; this process is called transfection in laboratory. Cancer cells are known for having gene mutations and the evolving ability of endocytosis. Their uptake of DNAs might be different from normal cells; they may take in DNAs directly from the environment. In this report, we studied the uptake of DNAs in cancer cells without a transfection reagent. A group of DNA fragments were prepared with PCR and labeled with isotope phosphorous-32 to test their uptake by Huh 7 (liver cancer) and THLE3 (normal liver cells) after incubation overnight by counting radioactivity of the cells' genomic DNA. Multiple cell lines including breast cancer and lung cancer were tested with the same method. DNA molecules were also labeled with fluorescence to test the location in the cells using a kit of "label it fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH)" from Mirus (USA). The data demonstrated that hepatocellular carcinoma cells possess the ability to take in large DNA fragments directly without a transfection reagent whereas normal liver cells cannot. Huh7 and MDA-MB231 cells displayed a significantly higher Rhodamine density in the cytoplasmic phagosomes and this suggests that the mechanism of uptake of large DNA by cancer cells is likely endocytosis. The efficacy of uptake is related to the DNA's size. Some cell lines of lung cancer and breast cancer also showed similar uptake of DNA. In the present study, we have revealed the evidence that some cancer cells, but not nontumorigenic cells, can take DNA fragments directly from the environment without the aid of the transfecting

  17. Enhanced transfection of brain tumor suppressor genes by photochemical internalization

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    Chou, Chih H.; Sun, Chung-Ho; Zhou, Yi-Hong; Madsen, Steen J.; Hirschberg, Henry

    2011-03-01

    One of many limitations for cancer gene therapy is the inability of the therapeutic gene to transfect a sufficient number of tumor cells. Photochemical internalization (PCI) is a photodynamic therapy-based approach for improving the delivery of macromolecules and genes into the cell cytosol. The utility of PCI for the delivery of a tumor suppressor gene (PAX-6) was investigated in monolayers and spheroids consisting of F98 rat glioma cells.

  18. Characterization of cell lines stably transfected with rubella virus replicons

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    Tzeng, Wen-Pin; Xu, Jie; Frey, Teryl K.

    2012-07-20

    Rubella virus (RUBV) replicons expressing a drug resistance gene and a gene of interest were used to select cell lines uniformly harboring the replicon. Replicons expressing GFP and a virus capsid protein GFP fusion (C-GFP) were compared. Vero or BHK cells transfected with either replicon survived drug selection and grew into a monolayer. However, survival was {approx}9-fold greater following transfection with the C-GFP-replicon than with the GFP-expressing replicon and while the C-GFP-replicon cells grew similarly to non-transfected cells, the GFP-replicon cells grew slower. Neither was due to the ability of the CP to enhance RNA synthesis but survival during drug selection was correlated with the ability of CP to inhibit apoptosis. Additionally, C-GFP-replicon cells were not cured of the replicon in the absence of drug selection. Interferon-alpha suppressed replicon RNA and protein synthesis, but did not cure the cells, explaining in part the ability of RUBV to establish persistent infections.

  19. Towards gene therapy based on femtosecond optical transfection

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    Antkowiak, M.; Torres-Mapa, M. L.; McGinty, J.; Chahine, M.; Bugeon, L.; Rose, A.; Finn, A.; Moleirinho, S.; Okuse, K.; Dallman, M.; French, P.; Harding, S. E.; Reynolds, P.; Gunn-Moore, F.; Dholakia, K.

    2012-06-01

    Gene therapy poses a great promise in treatment and prevention of a variety of diseases. However, crucial to studying and the development of this therapeutic approach is a reliable and efficient technique of gene and drug delivery into primary cell types. These cells, freshly derived from an organ or tissue, mimic more closely the in vivo state and present more physiologically relevant information compared to cultured cell lines. However, primary cells are known to be difficult to transfect and are typically transfected using viral methods, which are not only questionable in the context of an in vivo application but rely on time consuming vector construction and may also result in cell de-differentiation and loss of functionality. At the same time, well established non-viral methods do not guarantee satisfactory efficiency and viability. Recently, optical laser mediated poration of cell membrane has received interest as a viable gene and drug delivery technique. It has been shown to deliver a variety of biomolecules and genes into cultured mammalian cells; however, its applicability to primary cells remains to be proven. We demonstrate how optical transfection can be an enabling technique in research areas, such as neuropathic pain, neurodegenerative diseases, heart failure and immune or inflammatory-related diseases. Several primary cell types are used in this study, namely cardiomyocytes, dendritic cells, and neurons. We present our recent progress in optimizing this technique's efficiency and post-treatment cell viability for these types of cells and discuss future directions towards in vivo applications.

  20. Graphene and carbon nanotube nanocomposite for gene transfection.

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    Hollanda, L M; Lobo, A O; Lancellotti, M; Berni, E; Corat, E J; Zanin, H

    2014-06-01

    Graphene and carbon nanotube nanocomposite (GCN) was synthesised and applied in gene transfection of pIRES plasmid conjugated with green fluorescent protein (GFP) in NIH-3T3 and NG97 cell lines. The tips of the multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) were exfoliated by oxygen plasma etching, which is also known to attach oxygen content groups on the MWCNT surfaces, changing their hydrophobicity. The nanocomposite was characterised by high resolution scanning electron microscopy; energy-dispersive X-ray, Fourier transform infrared and Raman spectroscopies, as well as zeta potential and particle size analyses using dynamic light scattering. BET adsorption isotherms showed the GCN to have an effective surface area of 38.5m(2)/g. The GCN and pIRES plasmid conjugated with the GFP gene, forming π-stacking when dispersed in water by magnetic stirring, resulting in a helical wrap. The measured zeta potential confirmed that the plasmid was connected to the nanocomposite. The NIH-3T3 and NG97 cell lines could phagocytize this wrap. The gene transfection was characterised by fluorescent protein produced in the cells and pictured by fluorescent microscopy. Before application, we studied GCN cell viability in NIH-3T3 and NG97 line cells using both MTT and Neutral Red uptake assays. Our results suggest that GCN has moderate stability behaviour as colloid solution and has great potential as a gene carrier agent in non-viral based therapy, with low cytotoxicity and good transfection efficiency.

  1. Application of nanostructured biochips for efficient cell transfection microarrays

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    Akkamsetty, Yamini; Hook, Andrew L.; Thissen, Helmut; Hayes, Jason P.; Voelcker, Nicolas H.

    2007-01-01

    Microarrays, high-throughput devices for genomic analysis, can be further improved by developing materials that are able to manipulate the interfacial behaviour of biomolecules. This is achieved both spatially and temporally by smart materials possessing both switchable and patterned surface properties. A system had been developed to spatially manipulate both DNA and cell growth based upon the surface modification of highly doped silicon by plasma polymerisation and polyethylene grafting followed by masked laser ablation for formation of a pattered surface with both bioactive and non-fouling regions. This platform has been successfully applied to transfected cell microarray applications with the parallel expression of genes by utilising its ability to direct and limit both DNA and cell attachment to specific sites. One of the greatest advantages of this system is its application to reverse transfection, whereupon by utilising the switchable adsorption and desorption of DNA using a voltage bias, the efficiency of cell transfection can be enhanced. However, it was shown that application of a voltage also reduces the viability of neuroblastoma cells grown on a plasma polymer surface, but not human embryonic kidney cells. This suggests that the application of a voltage may not only result in the desorption of bound DNA but may also affect attached cells. The characterisation of a DNA microarray by contact printing has also been investigated.

  2. DNA Transfection of Mammalian Skeletal Muscles using In Vivo Electroporation

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    DiFranco, Marino; Quinonez, Marbella; Capote, Joana; Vergara, Julio

    2009-01-01

    A growing interest in cell biology is to express transgenically modified forms of essential proteins (e.g. fluorescently tagged constructs and/or mutant variants) in order to investigate their endogenous distribution and functional relevance. An interesting approach that has been implemented to fulfill this objective in fully differentiated cells is the in vivo transfection of plasmids by various methods into specific tissues such as liver1, skeletal muscle2,3, and even the brain4. We present here a detailed description of the steps that must be followed in order to efficiently transfect genetic material into fibers of the flexor digitorum brevis (FDB) and interosseus (IO) muscles of adult mice using an in vivo electroporation approach. The experimental parameters have been optimized so as to maximize the number of muscle fibers transfected while minimizing tissue damages that may impair the quality and quantity of the proteins expressed in individual fibers. We have verified that the implementation of the methodology described in this paper results in a high yield of soluble proteins, i.e. EGFP and ECFP3, calpain, FKBP12, β2a-DHPR, etc. ; structural proteins, i.e. minidystrophin and α-actinin; and membrane proteins, i.e. α1s-DHPR, RyR1, cardiac Na/Ca2+ exchanger , NaV1.4 Na channel, SERCA1, etc., when applied to FDB, IO and other muscles of mice and rats. The efficient expression of some of these proteins has been verified with biochemical3 and functional evidence5. However, by far the most common confirmatory approach used by us are standard fluorescent microscopy and 2-photon laser scanning microscopy (TPLSM), which permit to identify not only the overall expression, but also the detailed intracellular localization, of fluorescently tagged protein constructs. The method could be equally used to transfect plasmids encoding for the expression of proteins of physiological relevance (as shown here), or for interference RNA (siRNA) aiming to suppress the

  3. DNA transfection of mammalian skeletal muscles using in vivo electroporation.

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    DiFranco, Marino; Quinonez, Marbella; Capote, Joana; Vergara, Julio

    2009-10-19

    A growing interest in cell biology is to express transgenically modified forms of essential proteins (e.g. fluorescently tagged constructs and/or mutant variants) in order to investigate their endogenous distribution and functional relevance. An interesting approach that has been implemented to fulfill this objective in fully differentiated cells is the in vivo transfection of plasmids by various methods into specific tissues such as liver, skeletal muscle, and even the brain. We present here a detailed description of the steps that must be followed in order to efficiently transfect genetic material into fibers of the flexor digitorum brevis (FDB) and interosseus (IO) muscles of adult mice using an in vivo electroporation approach. The experimental parameters have been optimized so as to maximize the number of muscle fibers transfected while minimizing tissue damages that may impair the quality and quantity of the proteins expressed in individual fibers. We have verified that the implementation of the methodology described in this paper results in a high yield of soluble proteins, i.e. EGFP and ECFP, calpain, FKBP12, beta2a-DHPR, etc. ; structural proteins, i.e. minidystrophin and alpha-actinin; and membrane proteins, i.e. alpha1s-DHPR, RyR1, cardiac Na/Ca(2+) exchanger , NaV1.4 Na channel, SERCA1, etc., when applied to FDB, IO and other muscles of mice and rats. The efficient expression of some of these proteins has been verified with biochemical and functional evidence. However, by far the most common confirmatory approach used by us are standard fluorescent microscopy and 2-photon laser scanning microscopy (TPLSM), which permit to identify not only the overall expression, but also the detailed intracellular localization, of fluorescently tagged protein constructs. The method could be equally used to transfect plasmids encoding for the expression of proteins of physiological relevance (as shown here), or for interference RNA (siRNA) aiming to suppress the

  4. Improvement of transfection efficiency in cultured chicken primordial germ cells by percoll density gradient centrifugation.

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    Oishi, Isao

    2010-01-01

    Chicken primordial germ cells (PGCs) differentiate into germ cells in gonads. Because PGCs can be cloned and cultured maintaining germline competency, they are a good means of modifying the chicken genome, but the efficiency of plasmid transfection into PGCs is very low. In this study, I attempted to improve the efficiency of PGC transfection. Cultured PGCs were purified by Percoll density gradient centrifugation, and were then transfected with plasmid DNA. For transient transfection, the transfection efficiency increased more than 7-fold by the Percoll method. The efficiency of stable transfection of PGCs also increased significantly. The stable transfectants that were isolated by this method accumulated in the developing gonads after microinjection into bloodstream of chick embryos, indicating that gene transfection by Percoll purification did not alter the function of PGCs in vivo.

  5. Collision of millimetre droplets induces DNA and protein transfection into cells

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    Ikemoto, Kazuto; Sakata, Ichiro; Sakai, Takafumi

    2012-01-01

    Nonperturbing and simple transfection methods are important for modern techniques used in biotechnology. Recently, we reported that electrospraying can be applied to DNA transfection in cell lines, bacteria, and chicken embryos. However, the transfection efficiency was only about 2%. To improve the transfection rate, physical properties of the sprayed droplets were studied in different variations of the method. We describe a highly efficient technique (30–93%) for introduction of materials such as DNA and protein into living cells by electrospraying droplets of a high conductivity liquid onto cells incubated with the material for transfection. Electric conductivity has a sizable influence on the success of transfection. In contrast, molecular weight of the transfected material, types of ions in the electrospray solution, and the osmotic pressure do not influence transfection efficiency. The physical analysis revealed that collision of cells with millimetre-sized droplets activates intracellular uptake. PMID:22375250

  6. Memory Insensitive Simplification for View-Dependent Refinement

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    Lindstrom, P

    2002-04-03

    We present an algorithm for end-to-end out-of-core simplification and view-dependent visualization of large surfaces. The method consists of three phases: (1) memory insensitive simplification; (2) memory insensitive construction of a level-of-detail hierarchy; and (3) run-time, output sensitive, view-dependent rendering and navigation of the mesh. The first two off-line phases are performed entirely on disk, and use only a small, constant amount of memory, whereas the run-time component relies on memory mapping to page in only the rendered parts of the mesh in a cache coherent manner. As a result, we are able to process and visualize arbitrarily large meshes given a sufficient amount of disk space--a constant multiple of the size of the input mesh. Similar to recent work on out-of-core simplification, our memory insensitive method uses vertex clustering on a uniform octree grid to coarsen a mesh and create a hierarchy, and a quadric error mettic to choose vertex positions at all levels of resolution. We show how the quadric information can be used to concisely represent vertex position, surface normal, error, and curvature information for anisotropic view-dependent coarsening and silhouette preservation. The focus of this paper is on the out-of-core construction of a level-of-detail hierarchy---our framework is general enough to incorporate many different aspects of view-dependent rendering. We therefore emphasize the off-line phases of our method, and report on their theoretical and experimental memory and disk usage and execution time. Our results indicate on average one to two orders of magnitude improvement in processing speed over previous out-of-core methods. Meanwhile, all phases of the method are both disk and memory efficient, and are fairly straightforward to implement.

  7. Delivery of episomal vectors into primary cells by means of commercial transfection reagents.

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    Han, Na Rae; Lee, Hyun; Baek, Song; Yun, Jung Im; Park, Kyu Hyun; Lee, Seung Tae

    2015-05-29

    Although episomal vectors are commonly transported into cells by electroporation, a number of electroporation-derived problems have led to the search for alternative transfection protocols, such as the use of transfection reagents, which are inexpensive and easy to handle. Polyplex-mediated transport of episomal vectors into the cytoplasm has been conducted successfully in immortalized cell lines, but no report exists of successful transfection of primary cells using this method. Accordingly, we sought to optimize the conditions for polyplex-mediated transfection for effective delivery of episomal vectors into the cytoplasm of primary mouse embryonic fibroblasts. Episomal vectors were complexed with the commercially available transfection reagents Lipofectamine 2000, FuGEND HD and jetPEI. The ratio of transfection reagent to episomal vectors was varied, and the subsequent transfection efficiency and cytotoxicity of the complexes were analyzed using flow cytometry and trypan blue exclusion assay, respectively. No cytotoxicity and the highest transfection yield were observed when the ratio of transfection reagent to episomal vector was 4 (v/wt) in the cases of Lipofectamine 2000 and FuGENE HD, and 2 in the case of jetPEI. Of the three transfection reagents tested, jetPEI showed the highest transfection efficiency without any cytotoxicity. Thus, we confirmed that the transfection reagent jetPEI could be used to effectively deliver episomal vectors into primary cells without electroporation.

  8. A novel temperature-insensitive package for fiber Bragg grating

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    Tu, Yumeng; Gong, Huaping; Li, Shuhua; Jin, Yongxing

    2010-12-01

    An innovative temperature-insensitive metal package for Fiber Bragg grating (FBG) was designed to compensate the effect of temperature. The wavelength shift of FBG was tested with the new package and without the package, respectively. In the range of -20°C~100°C, the temperature sensitivity of the FBG was 1.7 pm/°C with the new package and 10.7 pm/°C without the new package, respectively. It shows that the new package for FBG can eliminate the wavelength shift with the temperature change. So it is suitable to use the FBG with the new package as an optical filter.

  9. Suppression of Clock Shifts at Magnetic-Field-Insensitive Transitions

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    Arnold, K. J.; Barrett, M. D.

    2016-10-01

    We show that it is possible to significantly reduce rank 2 tensor shifts of a clock transition by operating at a judiciously chosen magnetic-field-insensitive point. In some cases shifts are almost completely eliminated making the transition an effective J =0 to J =0 candidate. This significantly improves the feasibility of a recent proposal for clock operation with large ion crystals. For such multi-ion clocks, geometric constraints and selection rules naturally divide clock operation into two categories based on the orientation of the magnetic field. We discuss the limitations imposed on each type and how calibrations might be carried out for clock operation.

  10. Insensitivity of Control System Performance to Controller and System Parameters

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    Levine, William S.

    2001-01-01

    An experimental and theoretical study of the CONDUIT sensitivity tools was conducted. The literature on sensitivity in nonlinear programming was reviewed to see in what ways it could be applied to CONDUIT. One result of this was the conclusion that the current insensitivity measure in CONDUIT is the right one. The question of scaling of the specifications in CONDUIT was also studied. Many simple examples were created, analyzed and, in most cases, solved. However, no general solution to the scaling problem was found. Instead, the appropriate scaling needs to be determined by review of a reasonable number of real aircraft design problems.

  11. Diagnostic and therapeutic advances in growth hormone insensitivity.

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    David, Alessia; Metherell, Louise A; Clark, Adrian J L; Camacho-Hübner, Cecilia; Savage, Martin O

    2005-09-01

    Diagnostic and therapeutic advances in growth hormone insensitivity (GHI) have occurred principally in two areas: the molecular characterization of patients with GHI and treatment with recombinant human insulin like growth factor-I (IGF-I). This article discusses the current status of molecular diagnosis across the spectrum of the disorder. Treatment with recombinant human IGF-I in classical cases is summarized, and potential new targets for treatment are discussed together with the potential for therapy using the newly developed compound recombinant human IGF-I/IGF binding protein-3.

  12. Hormonal management of complete androgen insensitivity syndrome from adolescence onward.

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    Bertelloni, Silvano; Dati, Eleonora; Baroncelli, Giampiero I; Hiort, Olaf

    2011-01-01

    Complete androgen insensitivity syndrome (CAIS) represents a main disorder of sex development. Women with CAIS may have their gonads removed before, during or after adolescence, thus requiring hormonal replacement therapy to induce puberty and/or maintain secondary sexual characteristics, to optimize bone mass accrual, and to promote physical and social well-being. Usually estrogens are used for this purpose, but formulations and doses should be better defined in multicentric prospective studies. Some women started testostosterone as hormonal replacement therapy, but this practice remains anecdotal. Bone health remains a crucial aspect in the management of persons with CAIS, but few sound data are available to guide clinical practice.

  13. Hormonal induction of transfected genes depends on DNA topology.

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    Piña, B; Haché, R J; Arnemann, J; Chalepakis, G; Slater, E P; Beato, M

    1990-01-01

    Plasmids containing the hormone regulatory element of mouse mammary tumor virus linked to the thymidine kinase promoter of herpes simplex virus and the reporter gene chloramphenicol acetyltransferase of Escherichia coli respond to glucocorticoids and progestins when transfected into appropriate cells. In the human mammary tumor cell line T47D, the response to progestins, but not to glucocorticoids, is highly dependent on the topology of the transfected DNA. Although negatively supercoiled plasmids respond optimally to the synthetic progestin R5020, their linearized counterparts exhibit markedly reduced progestin inducibility. This is not due to changes in the efficiency of DNA transfection, since the amount of DNA incorporated into the cell nucleus is not significantly dependent on the initial topology of the plasmids. In contrast, cotransfection experiments with glucocorticoid receptor cDNA in the same cell line show no significant influence of DNA topology on induction by dexamethasone. A similar result was obtained with fibroblasts that contain endogenous glucocorticoid receptors. When the distance between receptor-binding sites or between the binding sites and the promoter was increased, the dependence of progestin induction on DNA topology was more pronounced. In contrast to the original plasmid, these constructs also revealed a similar topological dependence for induction by glucocorticoids. The differential influence of DNA topology is not due to differences in the affinity of the two hormone receptors for DNA of various topologies, but probably reflects an influence of DNA topology on the interaction between different DNA-bound receptor molecules and between receptors and other transcription factors. Images PMID:2153920

  14. Tissue Engineering Using Transfected Growth-Factor Genes

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    Madry, Henning; Langer, Robert S.; Freed, Lisa E.; Trippel, Stephen; Vunjak-Novakovic, Gordana

    2005-01-01

    A method of growing bioengineered tissues includes, as a major component, the use of mammalian cells that have been transfected with genes for secretion of regulator and growth-factor substances. In a typical application, one either seeds the cells onto an artificial matrix made of a synthetic or natural biocompatible material, or else one cultures the cells until they secrete a desired amount of an extracellular matrix. If such a bioengineered tissue construct is to be used for surgical replacement of injured tissue, then the cells should preferably be the patient s own cells or, if not, at least cells matched to the patient s cells according to a human-leucocyteantigen (HLA) test. The bioengineered tissue construct is typically implanted in the patient's injured natural tissue, wherein the growth-factor genes enhance metabolic functions that promote the in vitro development of functional tissue constructs and their integration with native tissues. If the matrix is biodegradable, then one of the results of metabolism could be absorption of the matrix and replacement of the matrix with tissue formed at least partly by the transfected cells. The method was developed for articular chondrocytes but can (at least in principle) be extended to a variety of cell types and biocompatible matrix materials, including ones that have been exploited in prior tissue-engineering methods. Examples of cell types include chondrocytes, hepatocytes, islet cells, nerve cells, muscle cells, other organ cells, bone- and cartilage-forming cells, epithelial and endothelial cells, connective- tissue stem cells, mesodermal stem cells, and cells of the liver and the pancreas. Cells can be obtained from cell-line cultures, biopsies, and tissue banks. Genes, molecules, or nucleic acids that secrete factors that influence the growth of cells, the production of extracellular matrix material, and other cell functions can be inserted in cells by any of a variety of standard transfection techniques.

  15. Transient and stable transfection in the protozoan parasite Entamoeba invadens

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    Ehrenkaufer, Gretchen M.; Singh, Upinder

    2012-01-01

    Entamoeba histolytica is an important human pathogen and a major health problem worldwide. Many aspects of parasite biology can be studied with the exception of stage conversion, which cannot be reproduced adequately in E. histolytica. The reptile parasite Entamoeba invadens is a vital model system for studying stage conversion since it can be induced to undergo both encystation and excystation with high efficiency in vitro. However, functional studies using E. invadens have been limited by the lack of genetic tools in this species. Here, we report a new method for both transient and stable transfection of E. invadens. These new tools will greatly enhance research into Entamoeba development. PMID:22561071

  16. Graphene for improved femtosecond laser based pluripotent stem cell transfection.

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    Mthunzi, Patience; He, Kuang; Ngcobo, Sandile; Khanyile, Thulile; Warner, Jamie H

    2014-05-01

    Pluripotent stem cells are hugely attractive in the tissue engineering research field as they can self-renew and be selectively differentiated into various cell types. For stem cell and tissue engineering research it is important to develop new, biocompatible scaffold materials and graphene has emerged as a promising material in this area as it does not compromise cell proliferation and accelerates specific cell differentiation. Previous studies have shown a non-invasive optical technique for mouse embryonic stem (mES) cell differentiation and transfection using femtosecond (fs) laser pulses. To investigate cellular responses to the influence of graphene and laser irradiation, here we present for the first time a study of mES cell fs laser transfection on graphene coated substrates. First we studied the impact of graphene on Chinese Hamster Ovary (CHO-K1) cell viability and cell cytotoxicity in the absence of laser exposure. These were tested via evaluating the mitochondrial activity through adenosine triphosphates (ATP) luminescence and breakages on the cell plasma membrane assessed using cytosolic lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) screening. Secondly, the effects of fs laser irradiation on cell viability and cytotoxicity at 1064 and 532 nm for cells plated and grown on graphene and pure glass were assessed. Finally, optical transfection of CHO-K1 and mES cells was performed on graphene coated versus plain glass substrates. Our results show graphene stimulated cell viability whilst triggering a mild release of intracellular LDH. We also observed that compared to pure glass substrates; laser irradiation at 1064 nm on graphene plates was less cytotoxic. Finally, in mES cells efficient optical transfection at 1064 (82%) and 532 (25%) nm was obtained due to the presence of a graphene support as compared to pristine glass. Here we hypothesize an up-regulation of cell adhesion promoting peptides or laminin-related receptors of the extracellular matrix (ECM) in cell samples

  17. First principles prediction of an insensitive high energy density material.

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    Hirshberg, Barak; Denekamp, Chagit

    2013-10-28

    A new high performance yet insensitive explosive is proposed, based on an extensive computational study of tris(tetrazolyl)amine in the solid state and in the gas phase. The calculations for the solid state employ the PBE density functional with empirical dispersion correction while the gas phase calculations use the higher level of B3LYP and MP2. Two stable crystalline structures of tris(tertrazolyl)amine were located belonging to P1 and P21 space groups. The crystal structures obtained reveal that solid tris(tertrazolyl)amine is organized in layers with a very small interlayer spacing, due to π stacking, as well as significant inter and intra-molecular hydrogen bonding. Application of these results to the calculation of the detonation velocity and pressure indicate high performance for both phases, especially the P21 phase. At the same time the small value found for the interlayer spacing and the significant hydrogen bonding suggest relatively high stability. These results point to a promising new explosive material with a balance between high performance and insensitivity.

  18. Systematics-insensitive Periodic Signal Search with K2

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    Angus, Ruth; Foreman-Mackey, Daniel; Johnson, John A.

    2016-02-01

    From pulsating stars to transiting exoplanets, the search for periodic signals in K2 data, Kepler’s two-wheeled extension, is relevant to a long list of scientific goals. Systematics affecting K2 light curves due to the decreased spacecraft pointing precision inhibit the easy extraction of periodic signals from the data. We here develop a method for producing periodograms of K2 light curves that are insensitive to pointing-induced systematics; the Systematics-insensitive Periodogram (SIP). Traditional sine-fitting periodograms use a generative model to find the frequency of a sinusoid that best describes the data. We extend this principle by including systematic trends, based on a set of “eigen light curves,” following Foreman-Mackey et al., in our generative model as well as a sum of sine and cosine functions over a grid of frequencies. Using this method we are able to produce periodograms with vastly reduced systematic features. The quality of the resulting periodograms are such that we can recover acoustic oscillations in giant stars and measure stellar rotation periods without the need for any detrending. The algorithm is also applicable to the detection of other periodic phenomena such as variable stars, eclipsing binaries and short-period exoplanet candidates. The SIP code is available at https://github.com/RuthAngus/SIPK2.

  19. Androgen insensitivity syndrome: ten years of our experience.

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    Subramaniam, Amudha; Singh, Rajender; Tilak, Preetha; Devi, Rema; Kulandaivelu, Mahalingam; Kumarasamy, Thangaraj

    2013-01-01

    Abnormalities of secondary sexual differentiation manifest in varying degrees depending upon the severity of the underlying cause. Primary amenorrhea in phenotypic females is caused by several different factors, including hormonal imbalance, nutritional deficiency and sex differentiation abnormalities. Androgen insensitivity syndrome (AIS) accounts for a large proportion of such cases in phenotypic females but genetically male individuals. Over the past 10 years, we have collected data related to androgen insensitivity from more than 150 cases. The research identified several important but neglected facts about this syndrome; including the identification of mutations in 39% of the cases and the establishment of the cause of pathogenesis in 60% of them. The most intriguing facts were uncovered in relation to late presentation of the AIS cases, little awareness among patients and family members, no consensus on the age of performing gonadectomy, and reluctance of the patients to undergo recommended surgery. These issues need immediate attention to improve healthcare and management of AIS cases. This article summarizes our observations about AIS with an aim to spread awareness among patients and clinicians.

  20. Identification and characterisation of a novel GHR defect disrupting the polypyrimidine tract and resulting in GH insensitivity.

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    David, A; Miraki-Moud, F; Shaw, N J; Savage, M O; Clark, A J L; Metherell, L A

    2010-01-01

    GH insensitivity (GHI) is caused in the majority of cases by impaired function of the GH receptor (GHR). All but one known GHR mutation are in the coding sequence or the exon/intron boundaries. We identified and characterised the first intronic defect occurring in the polypyrimidine tract of the GHR in a patient with severe GHI. We investigated the effect of the novel defect on mRNA splicing using an in vitro splicing assay and a cell transfection system. GHR was analysed by direct sequencing. To assess the effect of the novel defect, two heterologous minigenes (wild-type and mutant L1-GHR8-L2) were generated by inserting GHR exon 8 and its flanking wild-type or mutant intronic sequences into a well-characterised splicing reporter (Adml-par L1-L2). (32)P-labelled pre-mRNA was generated from the two constructs and incubated in HeLa nuclear extracts or HEK293 cells. Sequencing of the GHR revealed a novel homozygous defect in the polypyrimidine tract of intron 7 (IVS7-6T>A). This base change does not involve the highly conserved splice site sequences, and is not predicted in silico to affect GHR mRNA splicing. Nevertheless, skipping of exon 8 from the mutant L1-GHR8-L2 mRNA was clearly demonstrated in the in vitro splicing assay and in transfected HEK293 cells. Disruption of the GHR polypyrimidine tract causes aberrant mRNA splicing leading to a mutant GHR protein. This is predicted to lack its transmembrane and intracellular domains and, thus, be incapable of transducing a GH signal.

  1. Identification and characterisation of a novel GHR defect disrupting the polypyrimidine tract and resulting in GH insensitivity

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    David, A; Miraki-Moud, F; Shaw, N J; Savage, M O; Clark, A J L; Metherell, L A

    2010-01-01

    Objective GH insensitivity (GHI) is caused in the majority of cases by impaired function of the GH receptor (GHR). All but one known GHR mutation are in the coding sequence or the exon/intron boundaries. We identified and characterised the first intronic defect occurring in the polypyrimidine tract of the GHR in a patient with severe GHI. Design We investigated the effect of the novel defect on mRNA splicing using an in vitro splicing assay and a cell transfection system. Methods GHR was analysed by direct sequencing. To assess the effect of the novel defect, two heterologous minigenes (wild-type and mutant L1-GHR8-L2) were generated by inserting GHR exon 8 and its flanking wild-type or mutant intronic sequences into a well-characterised splicing reporter (Adml-par L1–L2). 32P-labelled pre-mRNA was generated from the two constructs and incubated in HeLa nuclear extracts or HEK293 cells. Results Sequencing of the GHR revealed a novel homozygous defect in the polypyrimidine tract of intron 7 (IVS7-6T>A). This base change does not involve the highly conserved splice site sequences, and is not predicted in silico to affect GHR mRNA splicing. Nevertheless, skipping of exon 8 from the mutant L1-GHR8-L2 mRNA was clearly demonstrated in the in vitro splicing assay and in transfected HEK293 cells. Conclusion Disruption of the GHR polypyrimidine tract causes aberrant mRNA splicing leading to a mutant GHR protein. This is predicted to lack its transmembrane and intracellular domains and, thus, be incapable of transducing a GH signal. PMID:19812236

  2. Molecular genetic transfection of the coccidian parasite Sarcocystis neurona.

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    Gaji, Rajshekhar Y; Zhang, Deqing; Breathnach, Cormac C; Vaishnava, Shipra; Striepen, Boris; Howe, Daniel K

    2006-11-01

    Sarcocystis neurona is an apicomplexan parasite that is the major cause of equine protozoal myeloencephalitis (EPM). The biology of this pathogen remains poorly understood in part due to unavailability of molecular genetic tools. Hence, with an objective to develop DNA transfection capabilities for S. neurona, the 5' flanking region of the SnSAG1 gene was isolated from a genomic library and used to construct expression plasmids. In transient assays, the reporter molecules beta-galactosidase (beta-gal) and yellow fluorescent protein (YFP) could be detected in electroporated S. neurona, thereby confirming the feasibility of transgene expression in this organism. Stable transformation of S. neurona was achieved using a mutant dihydrofolate reductase thymidylate synthase (DHFR-TS) gene of Toxoplasma gondii that confers resistance to pyrimethamine. This selection system was used to create transgenic S. neurona that stably express beta-gal and YFP. As shown in this study, these transgenic clones can be useful for analyzing growth rate of parasites in vitro and for assessing drug sensitivities. More importantly, the DNA transfection methods described herein should greatly facilitate studies examining intracellular parasitism by this important coccidian pathogen.

  3. DNA photo-oxidative damage hazard in transfection complexes.

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    Rudiuk, Sergii; Franceschi-Messant, Sophie; Chouini-Lalanne, Nadia; Perez, Emile; Rico-Lattes, Isabelle

    2011-01-01

    Complexes of DNA with various cationic vectors have been largely used for nonviral transfection, and yet the photochemical stability of DNA in such complexes has never been considered. We studied, for the first time, the influence of DNA complexation by a cationic lipid and polymers on the amount of damage induced by benzophenone photosensitization. The localization of benzophenone inside the hydrophobic domains formed by a cationic lipid, DOTAP (N-[1-(2,3-dioleoyloxy)propyl]-N,N,N-trimethylammonium chloride), and close to DNA, locally increases the photoinduced cleavage by the reactive oxygen species generated. The same effect was found in the case of DNA complexation with an amphiphilic polymer (polynorbornenemethyleneammonium chloride). However, a decrease in DNA damage was observed in the case of complexation with a hydrophilic polymer (polyethylenimine). The DNA protection in this case was because of the absence of benzophenone hydrophobic incorporation into the complex, and to DNA compaction which decreased the probability of radical attack. These results underline the importance of the chemical structure of the nonviral transfection vector in limiting the risks of photo-oxidative damage of the complexed DNA. © 2010 The Authors. Photochemistry and Photobiology © 2010 The American Society of Photobiology.

  4. Flow-type electroporation chips for gene transfection

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    Lin, Yu-Cheng; Jen, Chung-Min; Huang, Ming-Yuan; Lin, Xi-Zhang

    2000-08-01

    Electroporation is a technique with which DNA molecules can be delivered into cells in a chamber using high electric field pulses. The limited amount of target cells and the potential risk from the high voltage are the two drawbacks in this technique. This study aimed to fabricate an electroporation chip to manage large amount of cells continuously with a lower applied voltage. The electroporation chip, consisting of a micro-channel with thin film electrodes made of gold or platinum wire electrodes on both sides, was fabricated on PMMA material using evaporation, photolithography, wet- etching, lift-off, and fusion-bonding methods. The suspension fluid of Huh-7 cell lines (1 x 106 cells/ml) mixed with 10 micrometers plasmids equipped with lacZ genes in a volume of 500 (mu) l flowed through the channel with a variety of flow rates under a series of square pulses. The transfection rate was evaluated with blue-staining cells under X-Gal stain 24 hours later. The dimensions of the channel were 5 mm wide, 0.2 mm high, and 25 mm long. Two types of electrodes, parallel-plate type and parallel-line type electrodes, were fabricated and tested in these experiments. The fabricated microchip can deliver genes into the flowing of cells. The electric pulse frequency that determines the shock number for each cell for a fixed flow rate can be optimized for better transfection and survival rates.

  5. Transfection-mediated recombination of influenza A virus.

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    Bergmann, M; García-Sastre, A; Palese, P

    1992-01-01

    Several mechanisms, including a high mutation rate and reassortment of genes, have been found to be responsible for the variability of influenza A viruses. RNA recombination would be another mechanism leading to genetic variation; however, recombination has only rarely been reported to occur in influenza viruses. During ribonucleoprotein transfection experiments designed to generate viable influenza viruses from in vitro-synthesized RNA, we discovered several viruses which must have originated from recombination events. The ribonucleoprotein transfection system may enhance the formation of viruses which result from jumping of the viral polymerase between RNAs or from ligation of different viral RNAs. Five different recombinant viruses are described. Two of these, REC1 and REC2, contain a neuraminidase (NA) gene whose defective polyadenylation signal has been repaired via intergenic recombination; 124 and 95 nucleotides have been added, respectively. Another virus, REC5, must have originated by multiple recombination events since it contains a mosaic gene with sequences derived from the NA gene of influenza A/WSN/33 virus and the matrix, polymerase protein PB1, and NA genes of influenza A/PR/8/34 virus. Images PMID:1279208

  6. Towards optical cell transfection inside a micro flow cell

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    Breunig, H. G.; Uchugonova, A.; König, K.

    2014-03-01

    For optical transfection, cells are shortly subjected to intense, focused laser radiation which leads to a temporary opening in the cell membrane. Although the method is very efficient and ensures high cell viability, the targeting of single cells with laser pulses is a tedious and slow approach. We present first measurements aiming at an experimental setup which is suitable for high throughput and automated optical cell transfection. In our setup, cells flow through a micro flow cell where they are spatially confined. The laser radiation is focused into the cell in a way that an elongated focal region is realized. This makes the time consuming aiming of the laser beam at individual cells unnecessary and opens the possibility to develop a completely automated system. The elongated laser focal region is realized by a quasi-Bessel beam which is generated by an axicon lens setup and continuously scanned from side to side of the cell. We present test measurements of the newly employed setup and discuss its suitability to be fully integrated into a flow cell sequencing system.

  7. Multiple C4/Slp genes distinguished by expression after transfection.

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    Robins, D M; Malissen, M; Hood, L; Ferreira, A; Walthall, D; Mitchell, M

    1986-01-01

    The S region of the murine major histocompatibility complex contains two closely related genes: C4, encoding the fourth component of complement, and Slp, encoding sex-limited protein. We cloned these genes from a cosmid library of the B10.W7R strain that does not show androgen regulation of the Slp protein. Restriction site polymorphisms revealed at least four C4-like genes within the Sw7 locus, indicating evolutionary amplification of this region. Transfection of these genes into L cells resulted in expression, processing, and secretion of immunologically correct C4 and Slp proteins. At least two different Slp genes and one C4 gene were capable, after transfection, of expressing C4 and Slp indistinguishable from macrophage-derived protein. A third Slp gene exists within this locus whose recombinant cognate did not express in L cells. Thus, the B10.W7R S region includes one C4 gene and at least three Slp-like genes. Images PMID:3023818

  8. [Enhanced liposomal transfection through the application of sex steroids in gynecological cancer cells].

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    Köster, F; Finas, D; Saupp, A; Schulz, C; Diedrich, K; Hauser, C; Felberbaum, R

    2003-01-01

    Liposomal transfection in gene therapeutic application against gynecological malignoma does not reach satisfying efficacy. A desirable goal would be the specific intensification of transfection in these kind of cells. Steroids have successfully been used in other systems to increase liposomal transfection and hopefully there might be a specific impact of sexual steroids in cells from high sex steroid receptor expressing malignoma, like some mamma- and endometrium cancer. The mamma carcinoma cell line T-47D was transfected with the transfection agent DOTAP and cyclodextrin solubilized steroids and cholesterol were co-applied. The efficiency of transfection was followed by luciferase activity resulting from the transfected reporter gene. Like cholesterol, which is already established as transfection co-agent, also the steroids progesterone, estrogen, testosterone and hydrocortisone provoked a clear increase in transfection efficiency shown in a dose dependent manner. These results indicate the usefulness of steroids as additives for liposomal transfection procedures in gene therapeutic application. As sexual steroid receptors migrate into the nucleus of a cell after binding its specific ligand a targeted enhancement of transfection is supposable in malignoma overexpressing steroid receptors. There is evidence that plasmid DNA can be co-transported with nuclear proteins into the nucleus.

  9. Enhanced gene transfection performance and biocompatibility of polyethylenimine through pseudopolyrotaxane formation with α-cyclodextrin.

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    Hu, Li-Zhong; Wan, Ning; Ma, Xi-Xi; Jing, Zi-Wei; Zhang, Ya-Xuan; Li, Chen; Zhou, Si-Yuan; Zhang, Bang-Le

    2017-03-24

    Polyethylenimine (PEI), a commercially available gene transfection reagent, is a promising nonviral vector due to its inherent ability to efficiently condense genetic materials and its successful transfection performance in vitro. However, its low transfection efficiency in vivo, along with its high cytotoxicity, limit any further applications in gene therapy. To enhance the gene transfection performance and reduce the cytotoxicity of linear polyethylenimine, pseudopolyrotaxane PEI25k/CD and the polyrotaxanes PEI25k/CD-PA and PEI25k/CD-PB were prepared and their transfection efficiencies were then evaluated. The pseudopolyrotaxane PEI25k/CD exhibited better transfection efficiency and lower cytotoxicity than the transfection reagent linear PEI25k, even in the presence of serum. It also showed a remarkably higher cell viability, similar DNA protecting capability, and better DNA decondensation and release ability, and could be useful for the development of novel and safe nonviral gene delivery vectors for gene therapy.

  10. Enhanced gene transfection performance and biocompatibility of polyethylenimine through pseudopolyrotaxane formation with α-cyclodextrin

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    Hu, Li-Zhong; Wan, Ning; Ma, Xi-Xi; Jing, Zi-Wei; Zhang, Ya-Xuan; Li, Chen; Zhou, Si-Yuan; Zhang, Bang-Le

    2017-03-01

    Polyethylenimine (PEI), a commercially available gene transfection reagent, is a promising nonviral vector due to its inherent ability to efficiently condense genetic materials and its successful transfection performance in vitro. However, its low transfection efficiency in vivo, along with its high cytotoxicity, limit any further applications in gene therapy. To enhance the gene transfection performance and reduce the cytotoxicity of linear polyethylenimine, pseudopolyrotaxane PEI25k/CD and the polyrotaxanes PEI25k/CD-PA and PEI25k/CD-PB were prepared and their transfection efficiencies were then evaluated. The pseudopolyrotaxane PEI25k/CD exhibited better transfection efficiency and lower cytotoxicity than the transfection reagent linear PEI25k, even in the presence of serum. It also showed a remarkably higher cell viability, similar DNA protecting capability, and better DNA decondensation and release ability, and could be useful for the development of novel and safe nonviral gene delivery vectors for gene therapy.

  11. Comparison of nanoparticle-mediated transfection methods for DNA expression plasmids: efficiency and cytotoxicity

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    2011-01-01

    Background Reproducibly high transfection rates with low methodology-induced cytotoxic side effects are essential to attain the required effect on targeted cells when exogenous DNA is transfected. Different approaches and modifications such as the use of nanoparticles (NPs) are being evaluated to increase transfection efficiencies. Several studies have focused on the attained transfection efficiency after NP-mediated approaches. However, data comparing toxicity of these novel approaches with conventional methods is still rare. Transfection efficiency and methodology-induced cytotoxicity were analysed after transfection with different NP-mediated and conventional approaches. Two eukaryotic DNA-expression-plasmids were used to transfect the mammalian cell line MTH53A applying six different transfection protocols: conventional transfection reagent (FuGENE HD, FHD), FHD in combination with two different sizes of stabilizer-free laser-generated AuNPs (PLAL-AuNPs_S1,_S2), FHD and commercially available AuNPs (Plano-AuNP), and two magnetic transfection protocols. 24 h post transfection efficiency of each protocol was analysed using fluorescence microscopy and GFP-based flow cytometry. Toxicity was assessed measuring cell proliferation and percentage of propidium iodide (PI%) positive cells. Expression of the respective recombinant proteins was evaluated by immunofluorescence. Results The addition of AuNPs to the transfection protocols significantly increased transfection efficiency in the pIRES-hrGFPII-eIL-12 transfections (FHD: 16%; AuNPs mean: 28%), whereas the magnet-assisted protocols did not increase efficiency. Ligand-free PLAL-AuNPs had no significant cytotoxic effect, while the ligand-stabilized Plano-AuNPs induced a significant increase in the PI% and lower cell proliferation. For pIRES-hrGFPII-rHMGB1 transfections significantly higher transfection efficiency was observed with PLAL-AuNPs (FHD: 31%; PLAL-AuNPs_S1: 46%; PLAL-AuNPs_S2: 50%), while the magnet

  12. 1.3 micron polarization insensitive tapered waveguide devices

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    Uppal, Kushant

    This work discusses the details of MOCVD growth, characterization and fabrication of 1.3mum tapered waveguide polarization insensitive devices. Compressive, tensile and lattice matched material was first developed. Broad area lasers with 3 compressive strained quantum wells (QWs) have a threshold current density (Jsbth) of 234A/cmsp2 and with 3 tensile QWs have a Jsbth of 277A/cmsp2 which are comparable to the best values reported in the literature. Polarization insensitive devices with active regions containing both tensile and compressive QWs were then developed using an edge photoluminescence characterization technique. This technique is useful in matching the wavelengths of the TE and TM modes which is an important requirement for obtaining dual polarization characteristics. Broad area lasers fabricated from these materials demonstrated dual polarization lasing characteristics and the amplifiers obtained after AR coating the facets had polarization insensitivity of about 1dB between the TE and TM modes. Tapered waveguide buried heterostructure devices with mixed quantum well (MQW) active regions were then developed using a combination of wet and dry ECR etching which is much simpler than any of the techniques used today for obtaining spot-size transformation. Threshold currents as low as 20mA were obtained for the MQW devices. Single mode far-field FWHM angle reduction of about 12sp°{-}15sp° were obtained in both the lateral and vertical directions. This results in a 4dB improvement of the coupling efficiency of the tapered end over the untapered end of the device. A waveguide loss calculation based on experimental data was done to find the excess loss due to the tapered section of the waveguide. InGaP based 0.98mum and 0.8mum short wavelength broad are lasers were also studied. The effect of the waveguide layer on the device characteristics was examined in the case of the 0.98mum lasers. Low threshold current densities of 72A/cmsp2 were achieved for these

  13. Protease-sensitive transfection of Bacillus subtilis with bacteriophage GA-1 DNA: a probable case of heterologous transfection.

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    Arwert, F; Venema, G

    1974-03-01

    The host bacterium of bacteriophage GA-1, Bacillus sp. G1R, was compared with respect to its taxonomic relationship to Bacillus subtilis, B. licheniformis, and B. pumilis. The physiological-biochemical properties of Bacillus sp. G1R are equal to those of B. licheniformis, but the thermal denaturation midpoint of G1R DNA differs by 3 C and the buoyant density by 0.005 g/cm(3) from that of B. licheniformis. Transformation with G1R donor DNA was neither observed in B. licheniformis nor in B. subtilis-competent recipients. Bacteriophage GA-1 shows neither infectivity on B. licheniformis nor on B. subtilis. However, infection of competent B. subtilis cultures with phenol-extracted GA-1 DNA results in the production of infective GA-1 particles. The transfecting activity of GA-1 DNA is destroyed by treatment with proteolytic enzymes. Resistance of transfecting DNA to inactivation by trypsin develops earlier than that to inactivation by DNase. Protease-treated GA-1 DNA competes with transforming DNA to approximately the same extent as does untreated GA-1 DNA, suggesting that uptake of GA-1 DNA is not affected by protease treatment. CsCl density gradient centrifugation reveals that the density of trypsinized GA-1 DNA is 0.004 g/cm(3) greater than that of untreated DNA.

  14. Mouse in utero electroporation: controlled spatiotemporal gene transfection.

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    Matsui, Asuka; Yoshida, Aya C; Kubota, Mayumi; Ogawa, Masaharu; Shimogori, Tomomi

    2011-08-15

    In order to understand the function of genes expressed in specific region of the developing brain, including signaling molecules and axon guidance molecules, local gene transfer or knock- out is required. Gene targeting knock-in or knock-out into local regions is possible to perform with combination with a specific CRE line, which is laborious, costly, and time consuming. Therefore, a simple transfection method, an in utero electroporation technique, which can be performed with short time, will be handy to test the possible function of candidate genes prior to the generation of transgenic animals. In addition to this, in utero electroporation targets areas of the brain where no specific CRE line exists, and will limit embryonic lethality. Here, we present a method of in utero electroporation combining two different types of electrodes for simple and convenient gene transfer into target areas of the developing brain. First, a unique holding method of embryos using an optic fiber optic light cable will make small embryos (from E9.5) visible for targeted DNA solution injection into ventricles and needle type electrodes insertion to the targeted brain area. The patterning of the brain such as cortical area occur at early embryonic stage, therefore, these early electroporation from E9.5 make a big contribution to understand entire area patterning event. Second, the precise shape of a capillary prevents uterine damage by making holes by insertion of the capillary. Furthermore, the precise shape of the needle electrodes are created with tungsten and platinum wire and sharpened using sand paper and insulated with nail polish, a method which is described in great detail in this protocol. This unique technique allows transfection of plasmid DNA into restricted areas of the brain and will enable small embryos to be electroporated. This will help to, open a new window for many scientists who are working on cell differentiation, cell migration, axon guidance in very early

  15. Mouse in Utero Electroporation: Controlled Spatiotemporal Gene Transfection

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    Matsui, Asuka; Yoshida, Aya C.; Kubota, Mayumi; Ogawa, Masaharu; Shimogori, Tomomi

    2011-01-01

    In order to understand the function of genes expressed in specific region of the developing brain, including signaling molecules and axon guidance molecules, local gene transfer or knock- out is required. Gene targeting knock-in or knock-out into local regions is possible to perform with combination with a specific CRE line, which is laborious, costly, and time consuming. Therefore, a simple transfection method, an in utero electroporation technique, which can be performed with short time, will be handy to test the possible function of candidate genes prior to the generation of transgenic animals 1,2. In addition to this, in utero electroporation targets areas of the brain where no specific CRE line exists, and will limit embryonic lethality 3,4. Here, we present a method of in utero electroporation combining two different types of electrodes for simple and convenient gene transfer into target areas of the developing brain. First, a unique holding method of embryos using an optic fiber optic light cable will make small embryos (from E9.5) visible for targeted DNA solution injection into ventricles and needle type electrodes insertion to the targeted brain area 5,6. The patterning of the brain such as cortical area occur at early embryonic stage, therefore, these early electroporation from E9.5 make a big contribution to understand entire area patterning event. Second, the precise shape of a capillary prevents uterine damage by making holes by insertion of the capillary. Furthermore, the precise shape of the needle electrodes are created with tungsten and platinum wire and sharpened using sand paper and insulated with nail polish 7, a method which is described in great detail in this protocol. This unique technique allows transfection of plasmid DNA into restricted areas of the brain and will enable small embryos to be electroporated. This will help to, open a new window for many scientists who are working on cell differentiation, cell migration, axon guidance in

  16. Evaluation of age-related plantar-surface insensitivity and onset age of advanced insensitivity in older adults using vibratory and touch sensation tests.

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    Perry, Stephen D

    2006-01-09

    Age-related decline in plantar-surface sensitivity has been cited as one of the reasons for balance problems in older adults. This study investigated the level of plantar-surface sensitivity in older adults compared to young adults. Additionally, this study attempted to identify the onset age of advanced insensitivity in older adults and how well monofilament testing was able to predict insensitivity and onset age of advanced insensitivity. Vibration thresholds were assessed at four frequencies (3, 25, 100 and 250 Hz) and four foot sole locations (heel, first metatarsal, fifth metatarsal and great toe). Touch thresholds were evaluated with Semmes-Weinstein monofilaments at the same four locations. Results indicated that older adults showed insensitivity to vibratory (25 and 100 Hz) and touch stimuli when compared to young adults. Vibration testing at 100 Hz indicated that early in the seventh decade (72-73 years old) participants started to show a doubling of their detection threshold as compared to their younger counterparts (65-71 years old). Regression analysis indicated a significant predictive value of the monofilaments to 100 Hz vibration thresholds, but a caution is noted that this type of testing is not as sensitive to the onset of advanced plantar-surface insensitivity. Therefore, older adults have significant plantar-surface insensitivity as compared to young adults and have an onset of advanced insensitivity in the seventh decade of life. Monofilaments are useful to assess the age-related insensitivity but are not when attempting to identify the onset of advanced insensitivity.

  17. Discordant measures of androgen-binding kinetics in two mutant androgen receptors causing mild or partial androgen insensitivity, respectively.

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    Shkolny, D L; Beitel, L K; Ginsberg, J; Pekeles, G; Arbour, L; Pinsky, L; Trifiro, M A

    1999-02-01

    We have characterized two different mutations of the human androgen receptor (hAR) found in two unrelated subjects with androgen insensitivity syndrome (AIS): in one, the external genitalia were ambiguous (partial, PAIS); in the other, they were male, but small (mild, MAIS). Single base substitutions have been found in both individuals: E772A in the PAIS subject, and R871G in the MAIS patient. In COS-1 cells transfected with the E772A and R871G hARs, the apparent equilibrium dissociation constants (Kd) for mibolerone (MB) and methyltrienolone are normal. Nonetheless, the mutant hAR from the PAIS subject (E772A) has elevated nonequilibrium dissociation rate constants (k(diss)) for both androgens. In contrast, the MAIS subject's hAR (R871G) has k(diss) values that are apparently normal for MB and methyltrienolone; in addition, the R871G hAR's ability to bind MB resists thermal stress better than the hAR from the PAIS subject. The E772A and R871G hARs, therefore, confer the same pattern of discordant androgen-binding parameters in transfected COS-1 cells as observed previously in the subjects' genital skin fibroblasts. This proves their pathogenicity and correlates with the relative severity of the clinical phenotype. In COS-1 cells transfected with an androgen-responsive reporter gene, trans-activation was 50% of normal in cells containing either mutant hAR. However, mutant hAR-MB binding is unstable during prolonged incubation with MB, whereas normal hAR-MB binding increases. Thus, normal equilibrium dissociation constants alone, as determined by Scatchard analysis, may not be indicative of normal hAR function. An increased k(diss) despite a normal Kd for a given androgen suggests that it not only has increased egress from a mutant ligand-binding pocket, but also increased access to it. This hypothesis has certain implications in terms of the three-dimensional model of the ligand-binding domain of the nuclear receptor superfamily.

  18. Compact Multilayer Film Structure for Angle Insensitive Color Filtering

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    Yang, Chenying; Shen, Weidong; Zhang, Yueguang; Li, Kan; Fang, Xu; Zhang, Xing; Liu, Xu

    2015-01-01

    Here we report a compact multilayer film structure for angle robust color filtering, which is verified by theoretical calculations and experiment results. The introduction of the amorphous silicon in the proposed unsymmetrical resonant cavity greatly reduces the angular sensitivity of the filters, which is confirmed by the analysis of the phase shift within the structure. The temperature of the substrate during the deposition is expressly investigated to obtain the best optical performance with high peak reflectance and good angle insensitive color filtering by compromising the refractive index of dielectric layer and the surface roughness of the multilayer film. And the outlayer of the structure, worked as the anti-reflection layer, have an enormous impact on the filtering performance. This method, described in this paper, can have enormous potential for diverse applications in display, colorful decoration, anti-counterfeiting and so forth. PMID:25788330

  19. Dual-band polarization-/angle-insensitive metamaterial absorber

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    Xiong, Han; Zhong, Lin-Lin; Luo, Chao-Ming; Hong, Jing-Song

    2015-06-15

    A dual-band metamaterial absorber (MA) based on triangular resonators is designed and investigated in this paper. It is composed of a two-dimensional periodic metal-dielectric-metal sandwiches array on a dielectric substrate. The simulation results clearly show that this absorber has two absorption peaks at 14.9 and 18.9 GHz, respectively, and experiments are conducted to verify the proposed designs effectively. For each polarization, the dual-band absorber is insensitive to the incident angle (up to 60°) and the absorption peaks remain high for both transverse electric (TE) and transverse magnetic (TM) radiation. To study the physical mechanism of power loss, the current distribution at the dual absorption peaks is given. The MA proposed in this paper has potential applications in many scientific and martial fields.

  20. Incomplete androgen insensitivity (Reifenstein syndrome) - a case report

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    Turan, Volkan; Yeniel, Özgür; Ergenoğlu, Mete; Terek, Coşan; Ulukuş, Murat

    2010-01-01

    We report a 20 year old case of partial androgen insensitivity syndrome, referred to our clinic with complaints concerning external genital organs and left undescended testicle. The phenotypically male case was first evaluated for secondary sex development. Axillary hair was scanty and no pubic hair was found. There was no breast development. In the gynecological examination, the clitoris was hypertrophic (4.6 cm) and a blind vagina with intact hymen was seen. Abdominopelvic ultrasonography revealed the absence of an uterus and adnexes which was supported by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). There was a palpable mass in the left inguinal canal (cryptorchism), seen as atrophic tissue under the skin in MRI. Although the other testis was in the labioscrotal fold, it was atrophic. The Karyotype was 46 XY after genetic investigation. PMID:24591911

  1. Insensitivity of tunneling anisotropic magnetoresistance to non-magnetic electrodes

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    Wang, Y. Y.; Song, C. Wang, G. Y.; Zeng, F.; Pan, F.

    2013-11-11

    Ferromagnetic electrodes play a crucial role in magnetoresistance effect and spin injection, whereas the essential features of non-magnetic metal electrodes in spintronics are commonly ignored except for their electrical conductivity. Here, we verify that the room-temperature tunneling anisotropic magnetoresistance (TAMR) behavior in antiferromagnet-based [Pt/Co]/IrMn/AlO{sub x}/metal (metal = Pt, Au, Cu, Al) junctions is insensitive to the top metal electrodes. Similar out-of-plane signals are detected for different electrodes, in contrast to the varied shapes of in-plane TAMR curves which are most likely attributed to the differences in the multidomain structure of the magnetic electrode. This would add a different dimension to spintronics.

  2. The confinement effect of inert materials on insensitive high explosives

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    Sun, Yutao; Yu, Ming

    2013-06-01

    The paper aims at investing the confinement effect of inert materials on insensitive high explosives by means of shock polar curve and phenomenological reaction model. The confinement types are categorized by the shock polar theory, which built on the leading shock wave based on the detonation ZND model. If the sonic velocity of the confinement material is less than the CJ velocity of an explosive, the shock polar theory can be utilized. In general, there are several types of interactions that give a ``match'' of the pressure and streamline-deflection across the interface between IHE and confinement material. A two-dimensional Lagrangian hydrodynamic method with three-term Lee-Tarver rate law is used to numerically simulate all types of confinement interactions. The important character of confinement material include: compressibility, thickness, the representative assembled layers, such as bakelite-iron and iron-beryllium. Supported by NSFC No.11101046.

  3. Humoral immunodeficiency in congenital insensitivity to pain with anhidrosis.

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    Kilic, Sara Sebnem; Ozturk, Rifatcan; Sarisozen, Bartu; Rotthier, Annelies; Baets, Jonathan; Timmerman, Vincent

    2009-04-01

    Congenital insensitivity to pain with anhidrosis (CIPA) is an autosomal recessive disorder caused by mutations in the neurotrophic tyrosine receptor kinase 1 (NTRK1) gene, which encodes the receptor for nerve growth factor. We report the clinical course of a 7-year-old girl with CIPA and proven NTRK1 mutation. In addition to recurrent dislocation of the left hip joint and avascular necrosis of the left talus, the patient also presented with recurrent infections secondary to hypogammaglobulinemia, a feature not previously known to be associated with CIPA. The patient was treated with regular administration of intravenous immunoglobulins. Conservative treatment of the recurrent left hip dislocation by cast immobilization and bracing was implemented to stabilize the joint. The implication of the immune system of the reported patient broadens the clinical phenotype associated with NTRK1 mutations.

  4. Congenital Insensitivity to Pain without Anhidrosis: Orodental Problems and Management.

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    Abdullah, N; Fakhruddin, Kausar Sadia; Samsudin, A R

    2015-01-01

    This paper reports the case of a 4-year-old male patient who was brought by parents requesting for replacement of multiple missing anterior teeth. The patient suffered from congenital insensitivity to pain without anhidrosis and presented with full blown sequelae of the condition in the form of oral self-mutilation leading to loss of teeth, tongue tip amputation, finger tips destruction, and lower limb wound infections. Dental and orthopaedic treatment consists of local management of oral wound and prevention from further oral and finger injuries that takes the form of dental splints and finger sleeve splints, constant feet coverage with shoes, and behavioural medical therapy. The age of the patient and parents' education present challenges in managing this condition to avoid morbidity and premature mortality.

  5. Congenital Insensitivity to Pain with Anhidrosis (CIPA): A Case Report.

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    Safari, A; Khaledi, A A; Vojdani, M

    2011-02-01

    Congenital insensitivity to pain with anhidrosis (CIPA) is a rare disorder characterized by episodes of fever and the inability to sense of pain despite the fact that all other sensory modalities remain intact or minimally impaired. The patient also may exhibit the signs of self-mutilation, mental retardation and little or no perspiration. We present a 10 years old Iranian patient diagnosed with CIPA with the above-mentioned clinical characteristics. The prosthetic treatment and the subsequent six month follow-up are discussed. Follow-up of the patient revealed that, with the use of this prosthesis, the patient's oral function and esthetics were established and the mouth lesions improved. Therefore especial dental management of CIPA patients according to their mental status, age, oral and dental condition is essential for solving the specific problems each case may present and the full mouth teeth extraction should be considered as the last treatment.

  6. Evaluation of ingredients for the development of new insensitive munitions.

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    Maharrey, Sean P.; Johnston, Lois A.; Behrens, Richard, Jr.; Wiese-Smith, Deneille

    2004-12-01

    Several ingredients being considered by the U.S. Army for the development of new insensitive munitions have been examined. One set of ingredients consists of 2,4-dinitrophenylhydrazine (DNPH) and hexahydro-1,3,5-trinitro-s-triazine (RDX). In this set, the decomposition of the mixture was examined to determine whether adding DNPH to RDX would generate a sufficient quantity of gas to rupture the case of a munition prior to the onset of the rapid reaction of RDX, thus mitigating the violence of reaction. The second set of ingredients consists of three different reduced sensitivity RDX (RS-RDX) powders manufactured by SNPE and Dyno-Nobel. In this set, the objective was to determine properties of RS-RDX powders that may distinguish them from normal RDX powder and may account for their reduced shock sensitivity. The decomposition reactions and sublimation properties of these materials were examined using two unique instruments: the simultaneous thermogravimetric modulated beam mass spectrometry (STMBMS) instrument and the Fourier Transform ion cyclotron resonance (FTICR) mass spectrometry instrument. These instruments provide the capability to examine the details of decomposition reactions in energetic materials. DNPH does not appear to be a good candidate to mitigate the violence of the RDX reaction in a munition. DNPH decomposes between 170 C and 180 C. When mixed with RDX it decomposes between 155 C and 170 C. It decomposes to form 1,3-dintrobenzene (DNB), ammonia, water and nitrogen. Of these compounds only nitrogen and ammonia are capable of generating high pressures within a munition. When DNPH is mixed with RDX, the DNB formed in the decomposition of DNPH interacts with RDX on the surface of the RDX powder leading to a higher rate of formation of CH2O and N2O. The CH2O is consumed by reaction with DNPH to form 2-methylene-1-(2,4-dintrophenyl)hydrazine. As a result, DNPH does not generate a large quantity of gas that will lead to rupture of a munition case. Another

  7. Humidity insensitive TOPAS polymer fiber Bragg grating sensor.

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    Yuan, Wu; Khan, Lutful; Webb, David J; Kalli, Kyriacos; Rasmussen, Henrik K; Stefani, Alessio; Bang, Ole

    2011-09-26

    We report the first experimental demonstration of a humidity insensitive polymer optical fiber Bragg grating (FBG), as well as the first FBG recorded in a TOPAS polymer optical fiber in the important low loss 850 nm spectral region. For the demonstration we have fabricated FBGs with resonance wavelength around 850 nm and 1550 nm in single-mode microstructured polymer optical fibers made of TOPAS and the conventional poly (methyl methacrylate) (PMMA). Characterization of the FBGs shows that the TOPAS FBG is more than 50 times less sensitive to humidity than the conventional PMMA FBG in both wavelength regimes. This makes the TOPAS FBG very appealing for sensing applications as it appears to solve the humidity sensitivity problem suffered by the PMMA FBG. © 2011 Optical Society of America

  8. Incomplete androgen insensitivity (Reifenstein syndrome) - a case report.

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    Turan, Volkan; Yeniel, Ozgür; Ergenoğlu, Mete; Terek, Coşan; Ulukuş, Murat

    2010-01-01

    We report a 20 year old case of partial androgen insensitivity syndrome, referred to our clinic with complaints concerning external genital organs and left undescended testicle. The phenotypically male case was first evaluated for secondary sex development. Axillary hair was scanty and no pubic hair was found. There was no breast development. In the gynecological examination, the clitoris was hypertrophic (4.6 cm) and a blind vagina with intact hymen was seen. Abdominopelvic ultrasonography revealed the absence of an uterus and adnexes which was supported by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). There was a palpable mass in the left inguinal canal (cryptorchism), seen as atrophic tissue under the skin in MRI. Although the other testis was in the labioscrotal fold, it was atrophic. The Karyotype was 46 XY after genetic investigation.

  9. [Androgen insensitivity syndrome. Clinical features and molecular genetics].

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    Sólyom, J; Scheiber, D; Fekete, G

    2001-08-05

    Androgen insensitivity syndrome (AIS) is an X-linked hereditary disorder caused by the mutation of the androgen receptor gene leading to variable phenotypes according to the depth of the hormonal resistance. There is a lack of knowledge regarding the criteria used to decide the management of infants with partial AIS, particularly with respect to sex of rearing. Therefore a national survey of patients with AIS in Hungary has been decided to compose a database for analyzing current practice. Preliminary results of the analysis for the mutations in the androgen receptor gene of Hungarian patients with AIS has been presented. The authors suggest that guidelines for clinicians on appropriate diagnostic and management strategies for AIS patients, particularly in the case of suspected partial AIS, would be helpful.

  10. Development and Testing of the Contaminant Insensitive Sublimator

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    Leimkuehler, Thomas O.; Stephan, Ryan A.; Westheimer, David T.

    2006-01-01

    Sublimators have been used for heat rejection for a variety of space applications including the Apollo Lunar Module and the Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU). Some of the attractive features of sublimators are that they are compact, lightweight, and self-regulating. One of the drawbacks of previous designs has been sensitivity to non-volatile contamination in the feedwater, which can clog relatively small pores (approx.3-6 microns) in the porous plates where ice forms and sublimates. A new design that is less sensitive to contaminants is being developed at the Johnson Space Center. This paper describes the design, fabrication, and testing of the Contaminant Insensitive Sublimator (CIS) Engineering Development Unit (EDU).

  11. Development and Testing of the Contaminant Insensitive Sublimator

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    Leimkuehler, Thomas O.; Stephan, Ryan A.

    2007-01-01

    Sublimators have been used for heat rejection for a variety of space applications including the Apollo Lunar Module and the Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU). Some of the attractive features of sublimators are that they are compact, lightweight, and self-regulating. One of the drawbacks of previous designs has been sensitivity to non-volatile contamination in the feedwater, which can clog relatively small pores (approx. 3-6 micrometers) in the porous plates where ice forms and sublimates. A new design that is less sensitive to contaminants is being developed at the Johnson Space Center (JSC). This paper describes the design, fabrication, and testing of the Contaminant Insensitive Sublimator (CIS) Engineering Development Unit (EDU).

  12. Development and Testing of the Contaminant Insensitive Sublimator

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    Leimkuehler, Thomas O.; Stephan, Ryan A.; Westheimer, David T.

    2006-01-01

    Sublimators have been used for heat rejection for a variety of space applications including the Apollo Lunar Module and the Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU). Some of the attractive features of sublimators are that they are compact, lightweight, and self-regulating. One of the drawbacks of previous designs has been sensitivity to non-volatile contamination in the feedwater, which can clog relatively small pores (approx.3-6 microns) in the porous plates where ice forms and sublimates. A new design that is less sensitive to contaminants is being developed at the Johnson Space Center. This paper describes the design, fabrication, and testing of the Contaminant Insensitive Sublimator (CIS) Engineering Development Unit (EDU).

  13. Development and Testing of the Contaminant Insensitive Sublimator

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    Leimkuehler, Thomas O.; Stephan, Ryan A.

    2007-01-01

    Sublimators have been used for heat rejection for a variety of space applications including the Apollo Lunar Module and the Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU). Some of the attractive features of sublimators are that they are compact, lightweight, and self-regulating. One of the drawbacks of previous designs has been sensitivity to non-volatile contamination in the feedwater, which can clog relatively small pores (approx. 3-6 micrometers) in the porous plates where ice forms and sublimates. A new design that is less sensitive to contaminants is being developed at the Johnson Space Center (JSC). This paper describes the design, fabrication, and testing of the Contaminant Insensitive Sublimator (CIS) Engineering Development Unit (EDU).

  14. Analytical Methods for Detonation Residues of Insensitive Munitions

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    Walsh, Marianne E.

    2016-01-01

    Analytical methods are described for the analysis of post-detonation residues from insensitive munitions. Standard methods were verified or modified to obtain the mass of residues deposited per round. In addition, a rapid chromatographic separation was developed and used to measure the mass of NTO (3-nitro-1,2,4-triazol-5-one), NQ (nitroguanidine) and DNAN (2,4-dinitroanisole). The HILIC (hydrophilic-interaction chromatography) separation described here uses a trifunctionally-bonded amide phase to retain the polar analytes. The eluent is 75/25 v/v acetonitrile/water acidified with acetic acid, which is also suitable for LC/MS applications. Analytical runtime was three minutes. Solid phase extraction and LC/MS conditions are also described.

  15. Dual-band polarization-/angle-insensitive metamaterial absorber

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    Xiong, Han; Zhong, Lin-Lin; Luo, Chao-Ming; Hong, Jing-Song

    2015-06-01

    A dual-band metamaterial absorber (MA) based on triangular resonators is designed and investigated in this paper. It is composed of a two-dimensional periodic metal-dielectric-metal sandwiches array on a dielectric substrate. The simulation results clearly show that this absorber has two absorption peaks at 14.9 and 18.9 GHz, respectively, and experiments are conducted to verify the proposed designs effectively. For each polarization, the dual-band absorber is insensitive to the incident angle (up to 60°) and the absorption peaks remain high for both transverse electric (TE) and transverse magnetic (TM) radiation. To study the physical mechanism of power loss, the current distribution at the dual absorption peaks is given. The MA proposed in this paper has potential applications in many scientific and martial fields.

  16. Exceptionally tough and notch-insensitive magnetic hydrogels.

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    Haider, Hussain; Yang, Can Hui; Zheng, Wen Jiang; Yang, Jian Hai; Wang, Mei Xiang; Yang, Sen; Zrínyi, Miklós; Osada, Yoshihito; Suo, Zhigang; Zhang, Qiqing; Zhou, Jinxiong; Chen, Yong Mei

    2015-11-14

    Most existing magnetic hydrogels are weak and brittle. The development of strong and tough magnetic hydrogels would extend their applications into uncultivated areas, such as in actuators for soft machines and guided catheters for magnetic navigation systems, which is still a big challenge. Here a facile and versatile approach to fabricating highly stretchable, exceptionally tough and notch-insensitive magnetic hydrogels, Fe(3)O(4)@Fe-alginate/polyacrylamide (PAAm), is developed, by dispersing alginate-coated Fe(3)O(4) nanoparticles into the interpenetrating polymer networks of alginate and PAAm, with hybrid physical and chemical crosslinks. A cantilever bending beam actuator as well as a proof-of-concept magnetically guided hydrogel catheter is demonstrated. The method proposed in this work can be integrated into other strong and tough magnetic hydrogels for the development of novel hydrogel nanocomposites with both desirable functionality and superior mechanical properties.

  17. Congenital Insensitivity to Pain without Anhidrosis: Orodental Problems and Management

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    Abdullah, N.; Fakhruddin, Kausar Sadia; Samsudin, A. R.

    2015-01-01

    This paper reports the case of a 4-year-old male patient who was brought by parents requesting for replacement of multiple missing anterior teeth. The patient suffered from congenital insensitivity to pain without anhidrosis and presented with full blown sequelae of the condition in the form of oral self-mutilation leading to loss of teeth, tongue tip amputation, finger tips destruction, and lower limb wound infections. Dental and orthopaedic treatment consists of local management of oral wound and prevention from further oral and finger injuries that takes the form of dental splints and finger sleeve splints, constant feet coverage with shoes, and behavioural medical therapy. The age of the patient and parents' education present challenges in managing this condition to avoid morbidity and premature mortality. PMID:26457210

  18. Characterization of vitamin D insensitive prostate cancer cells

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    Alagbala, Adebusola A.; Johnson, Candace S.; Trump, Donald L.; Foster, Barbara A.

    2007-01-01

    The antitumor effects of 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3 (calcitriol) are being exploited for prevention and treatment of prostate cancer (CaP). These studies examined antitumor effects of calcitriol in primary cell cultures derived from transgenic adenocarcinoma of mouse prostate (TRAMP) mice chronically treated with calcitriol (20μg/kg) or vehicle 3x/week (MWF) from 4 weeks-of-age until palpable tumors developed. This is a report on the response of 2 representative control (vitamin D naïve, naïve) and calcitriol-treated (vitamin D insensitive, VDI) cells to calcitriol. VDI cells were less sensitive to calcitriol based on less cell growth inhibition and less inhibition of DNA synthesis as measured by MTT and BrdU incorporation assays. Similarly, VDI cells were also less sensitive to growth inhibition by the vitamin analog, 19-nor-1α,25-dihydroxyvitamin D2 (paricalcitol). There was no change in apoptosis following treatment of naïve and VDI cells with calcitriol. Vitamin D receptor (VDR) expression was up-regulated by calcitriol in both naïve and VDI cells. Calcitriol induced the vitamin D metabolizing enzyme, 24-hydroxylase (cyp24) mRNA and enzyme activity similarly in naïve and VDI cells as measured by RT-PCR and HPLC respectively. In summary, VDI cells are less responsive to the antiproliferative effects of calcitriol. Understanding vitamin D insensitivity will further clinical development of vitamin D compounds for prevention and treatment of CaP. PMID:17280828

  19. Mechanically insensitive afferents (MIAs) in cutaneous nerves of monkey.

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    Meyer, R A; Davis, K D; Cohen, R H; Treede, R D; Campbell, J N

    1991-10-11

    A problem in the study of nociceptors is that intense stimuli are used to locate the receptive field (RF), and thus the receptor may be damaged before the first responses are recorded. In addition, some nociceptors do not respond to the mechanical stimuli often used to search for the RF. To overcome these problems, an electrical search technique was developed to locate the RF of cutaneous nociceptors. In the hairy skin of anesthetized monkey, we used this technique to locate the RF of 63 A delta-fibers and 22 C-fibers that had extremely high thresholds or were unresponsive to mechanical stimuli. We refer to these afferents as mechanically insensitive afferents (MIAs). Ten A delta-fiber MIAs had a short latency response to stepped heat stimuli and could be responsible for first pain sensation. Five A delta-fiber MIAs and one C-fiber MIA did not respond to mechanical or heat stimuli but did respond to injection into the electrical RF of an artificial inflammatory soup containing histamine, bradykinin, prostaglandin E1, and serotonin. These chemoreceptors might be responsible for the pain and itch sensations that result from chemical stimuli. Some MIAs became more responsive to mechanical stimuli after injection into the RF of the inflammatory soup and, thus, may contribute to the hyperalgesia to mechanical stimuli associated with cutaneous injury. A large proportion of the A delta-fiber (48%) and C-fiber (30%) afferents in this study were insensitive to mechanical stimuli. The role of these MIAs in sensation needs to be studied further. The electrical search technique enables a systematic study of these afferents to be performed. This technique may also be of use to identify and characterize dorsal horn neurons that have inputs from MIAs.

  20. Magnetic nanoparticles as gene delivery agents: enhanced transfection in the presence of oscillating magnet arrays

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    McBain, S. C.; Griesenbach, U.; Xenariou, S.; Keramane, A.; Batich, C. D.; Alton, E. W. F. W.; Dobson, J.

    2008-10-01

    Magnetic nanoparticle-based gene transfection has been shown to be effective in combination with both viral vectors and with non-viral agents. In these systems, therapeutic or reporter genes are attached to magnetic nanoparticles which are then focused to the target site/cells via high-field/high-gradient magnets. The technique has been shown to be efficient and rapid for in vitro transfection and compares well with cationic lipid-based reagents, producing good overall transfection levels with lower doses and shorter transfection times. In spite of its potential advantages (particularly for in vivo targeting), the overall transfection levels do not generally exceed those of other non-viral agents. In order to improve the overall transfection levels while maintaining the advantages inherent in this technique, we have developed a novel, oscillating magnet array system which adds lateral motion to the particle/gene complex in order to promote transfection. Experimental results indicate that the system significantly enhances overall in vitro transfection levels in human airway epithelial cells compared to both static field techniques (p<0.005) and the cationic lipids (p<0.001) tested. In addition, it has the previously demonstrated advantages of magnetofection—rapid transfection times and requiring lower levels of DNA than cationic lipid-based transfection agents. This method shows potential for non-viral gene delivery both in vitro and in vivo.

  1. Enhancing magnetic nanoparticle-based DNA transfection: Intracellular-active cassette features

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    Vernon, Matthew Martin

    Efficient plasmid DNA transfection of embryonic stem cells, mesenchymal stem cells, neural cell lines and the majority of primary cell lines is a current challenge in gene therapy research. Magnetic nanoparticle-based DNA transfection is a gene vectoring technique that is promising because it is capable of outperforming most other non-viral transfection methods in terms of both transfection efficiency and cell viability. The nature of the DNA vector implemented depends on the target cell phenotype, where the particle surface chemistry and DNA binding/unbinding kinetics of the DNA carrier molecule play a critical role in the many steps required for successful gene transfection. Accordingly, Neuromag, an iron oxide/polymer nanoparticle optimized for transfection of neural phenotypes, outperforms many other nanoparticles and lipidbased DNA carriers. Up to now, improvements to nanomagnetic transfection techniques have focused mostly on particle functionalization and transfection parameter optimization (cell confluence, growth media, serum starvation, magnet oscillation parameters, etc.). None of these parameters are capable of assisting the nuclear translocation of delivered plasmid DNA once the particle-DNA complex is released from the endosome and dissociates in the cell's cytoplasm. In this study, incorporation of a DNA targeting sequence (DTS) feature in the transfecting plasmid DNA confers improved nuclear translocation, demonstrating significant improvement in nanomagnetic transfection efficiency in differentiated SH-SY5Y neuroblastoma cells. Other parameters, such as days in vitro, are also found to play a role and represent potential targets for further optimization.

  2. Mutations in the amino-terminal domain of the human androgen receptor may be associated with partial androgen insensitivity and impaired transactivation in vitro.

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    Holterhus, P-M; Werner, R; Struve, D; Hauffa, B P; Schroeder, C; Hiort, O

    2005-09-01

    The majority of genetic variations in the androgen receptor (AR) gene are point mutations leading to impairment of the DNA- or hormone-binding domains. The N-terminus encoded by the first exon of the AR-gene usually harbors disruptive mutations associated with complete androgen insensitivity syndrome (CAIS) while missense mutations related with partial androgen insensitivity syndrome (PAIS) are seemingly rare. We present a 46,XY male with scrotal hypospadias in whom we detected a S432 F point mutation within the N-terminus. Transient transfections of an AR expression plasmid carrying the S432 F mutation using Chinese Hamster Ovary (CHO) cells revealed a significant partial reduction in transactivation of the co-transfected androgen responsive (ARE) (2)TATA luciferase reporter gene thus confirming PAIS. In two further 46, XY patients with slight to moderate virilization defects, we detected an S411 N mutation, and a 9 base pair deletion leading to the loss of amino acids 409 to 411 (L-A-S), respectively. These mutations did not compromise AR-function under the chosen experimental settings. The S432 F-patient supports particular significance of the AR-N-terminus for mild forms of AIS while the functional role of the two further mutations remains unclear. The N-terminus is a species-specific AR-domain possibly also involved in contributing to target tissue selectivity of AR-actions via mediating co-regulator interactions. Therefore, mild molecular defects of the AR-N-terminus may not necessarily inhibit general transactivation properties using currently established reporter gene models.

  3. Clickable Poly(ionic liquids): A Materials Platform for Transfection.

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    Freyer, Jessica L; Brucks, Spencer D; Gobieski, Graham S; Russell, Sebastian T; Yozwiak, Carrie E; Sun, Mengzhen; Chen, Zhixing; Jiang, Yivan; Bandar, Jeffrey S; Stockwell, Brent R; Lambert, Tristan H; Campos, Luis M

    2016-09-26

    The potential applications of cationic poly(ionic liquids) range from medicine to energy storage, and the development of efficient synthetic strategies to target innovative cationic building blocks is an important goal. A post-polymerization click reaction is reported that provides facile access to trisaminocyclopropenium (TAC) ion-functionalized macromolecules of various architectures, which are the first class of polyelectrolytes that bear a formal charge on carbon. Quantitative conversions of polymers comprising pendant or main-chain secondary amines were observed for an array of TAC derivatives in three hours using near equimolar quantities of cyclopropenium chlorides. The resulting TAC polymers are biocompatible and efficient transfection agents. This robust, efficient, and orthogonal click reaction of an ionic liquid, which we term ClickabIL, allows straightforward screening of polymeric TAC derivatives. This platform provides a modular route to synthesize and study various properties of novel TAC-based polymers.

  4. Transient and stable transfection in the protozoan parasite Entamoeba invadens.

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    Ehrenkaufer, Gretchen M; Singh, Upinder

    2012-07-01

    Entamoeba histolytica is an important human pathogen and a major health problem worldwide. Many aspects of parasite biology can be studied with the exception of stage conversion, which cannot be reproduced adequately in E. histolytica. The reptile parasite Entamoeba invadens is a vital model system for studying stage conversion since it can be induced to undergo both encystation and excystation with high efficiency in vitro. However, functional studies using E. invadens have been limited by the lack of genetic tools in this species. Here, we report a new method for both transient and stable transfection of E. invadens. These new tools will greatly enhance research into Entamoeba development. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  5. Integrated optical transfection system using a microlens fiber combined with microfluidic gene delivery

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    Ma, N.; Ashok, P. C.; Stevenson, D. J.; Gunn-Moore, F. J.; Dholakia, K.

    2010-01-01

    Optical transfection is a promising technique for the delivery of foreign genetic material into cells by transiently changing the permeability of the cell membrane. Of the different optical light sources that have been used, femtosecond laser based transfection has been one of the most effective methods for optical transfection which is generally implemented using a free space bulk optical setup. In conventional optical transfection methods the foreign genetic material to be transfected is homogenously mixed in the medium. Here we report the first realization of an integrated optical transfection system which can achieve transfection along with localized drug delivery by combining a microlens fiber based optical transfection system with a micro-capillary based microfluidic system. A fiber based illumination system is also incorporated in the system in order to achieve visual identification of the cell boundaries during transfection. A novel fabrication method is devised to obtain easy and inexpensive fabrication of microlensed fibers, which can be used for femtosecond optical transfection. This fabrication method offers the flexibility to fabricate a microlens which can focus ultra-short laser pulses at a near infrared wavelength to a small focal spot (~3 µm) whilst keeping a relatively large working distance (~20 µm). The transfection efficiency of the integrated system with localized plasmid DNA delivery, is approximately 50%, and is therefore comparable to that of a standard free space transfection system. Also the use of integrated system for localized gene delivery resulted in a reduction of the required amount of DNA for transfection. The miniaturized, integrated design opens a range of exciting experimental possibilities, including the dosing of tissue slices, targeted drug delivery, and targeted gene therapy in vivo. PMID:21258501

  6. DNA-poly(diallyldimethylammonium chloride) complexation and transfection efficiency.

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    Alatorre-Meda, Manuel; Taboada, Pablo; Krajewska, Barbara; Willemeit, Markus; Deml, Alexander; Klösel, Roland; Rodríguez, Julio R

    2010-07-29

    The present work assesses the influence of the cationic charge density (CD) and the cationic valence of poly(diallyldimethylammonium chloride) (pDADMAC) on the DNA compaction and subsequent transfection. Four homopolymers (CD = 1, with different valences) and one copolymer, poly(acrylamide-co-diallyldimethylammonium chloride) (coDADMAC) (CD < 1, equivalent in valence to one of the homopolymers), were studied. The characterization of the DNA-pDADMAC complexes (polyplexes) as a function of the polycation nitrogen to DNA phosphate molar ratios, N/P, was done by means of conductometry, electrophoretic mobility (zeta-potential), dynamic light scattering (DLS), isothermal titration calorimetry (ITC), atomic force microscopy (AFM), and beta-galactosidase (ONPG) and luciferase expression assays at 25 degrees C and physiological pH. In general, all polyplexes rendered compact and stable structures (R(H) approximately 100 nm) with positive surface charges ( approximately 11 mV) but low transfection efficiencies. As revealed by ITC, the DNA-pDADMAC complexation was characterized by a high binding affinity, the process being entropically driven. In particular, two characteristic ratios ((N/P)c and (N/P)*) were detected. Conductometry and ITC data demonstrated that the DNA compaction ratio, (N/P)c, was mainly governed by CD. Meanwhile the ratio from which the polyplex size remained constant, (N/P)*, was found to be valence-dependent as revealed by DLS. On the other hand, the low transfer rate of the polyplexes appeared to be correlated with the high binding affinity observed throughout the complexation process and with a core-shell structure the complexes presumably adopt.

  7. Congenital insensitivity to pain with anhydrosis: report of a family case

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    Labib, Smael; Adnane Berdai, Mohamed; Abourazzak, Sanae; Hida, Mustapha; Harandou, Mustapha

    2011-01-01

    Congenital Insensitivity to pain with anhydrosis (CIPA) is a rare inherited disease. It is classified as hereditary sensory and autonomic neuropathy type IV. Pain insensitivity and autonomic deficits are present, but touch and pressure sensitivity are unimpaired. Mental retardation is usually present. We report a family case of a 5 years old girl and 2 years old boy with congenital insensitivity to pain, while discussing the clinical features and the anesthetic strategy of such patients. Patients with Congenital Insensitivity to Pain with anhydrosis may undergo surgery because of susceptibility to trauma due to absence of pain. The clinical features may intrinsically possess anesthetic challenges. PMID:22355435

  8. Congenital insensitivity to pain with anhydrosis: report of a family case.

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    Labib, Smael; Adnane Berdai, Mohamed; Abourazzak, Sanae; Hida, Mustapha; Harandou, Mustapha

    2011-01-01

    Congenital Insensitivity to pain with anhydrosis (CIPA) is a rare inherited disease. It is classified as hereditary sensory and autonomic neuropathy type IV. Pain insensitivity and autonomic deficits are present, but touch and pressure sensitivity are unimpaired. Mental retardation is usually present. We report a family case of a 5 years old girl and 2 years old boy with congenital insensitivity to pain, while discussing the clinical features and the anesthetic strategy of such patients. Patients with Congenital Insensitivity to Pain with anhydrosis may undergo surgery because of susceptibility to trauma due to absence of pain. The clinical features may intrinsically possess anesthetic challenges.

  9. Spatial and Temporal Control of Cavitation Allows High In Vitro Transfection Efficiency in the Absence of Transfection Reagents or Contrast Agents.

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    Chettab, Kamel; Roux, Stéphanie; Mathé, Doriane; Cros-Perrial, Emeline; Lafond, Maxime; Lafon, Cyril; Dumontet, Charles; Mestas, Jean-Louis

    2015-01-01

    Sonoporation using low-frequency high-pressure ultrasound (US) is a non-viral approach for in vitro and in vivo gene delivery. In this study, we developed a new sonoporation device designed for spatial and temporal control of ultrasound cavitation. The regulation system incorporated in the device allowed a real-time control of the cavitation level during sonoporation. This device was evaluated for the in vitro transfection efficiency of a plasmid coding for Green Fluorescent Protein (pEGFP-C1) in adherent and non-adherent cell lines. The transfection efficiency of the device was compared to those observed with lipofection and nucleofection methods. In both adherent and non-adherent cell lines, the sonoporation device allowed high rate of transfection of pEGFP-C1 (40-80%), as determined by flow cytometry analysis of GFP expression, along with a low rate of mortality assessed by propidium iodide staining. The transfection efficiency and toxicity of sonoporation on the non-adherent cell lines Jurkat and K562 were similar to those of nucleofection, while these two cell lines were resistant to transfection by lipofection. Moreover, sonoporation was used to produce three stably transfected human lymphoma and leukemia lines. Significant transfection efficiency was also observed in two fresh samples of human acute myeloid leukemia cells. In conclusion, we developed a user-friendly and cost-effective ultrasound device, well adapted for routine in vitro high-yield transfection experiments and which does not require the use of any transfection reagent or gas micro-bubbles.

  10. Application of fluorescence spectroscopy and multispectral imaging for non-invasive estimation of GFP transfection efficiency

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    Tamošiūnas, M.; Jakovels, D.; Lihačovs, A.; Kilikevičius, A.; Baltušnikas, J.; Kadikis, R.; Šatkauskas, S.

    2014-10-01

    Electroporation and ultrasound induced sonoporation has been showed to induce plasmid DNA transfection to the mice tibialis cranialis muscle. It offers new prospects for gene therapy and cancer treatment. However, numerous experimental data are still needed to deliver the plausible explanation of the mechanisms governing DNA electro- or sono-transfection, as well as to provide the updates on transfection protocols for transfection efficiency increase. In this study we aimed to apply non-invasive optical diagnostic methods for the real time evaluation of GFP transfection levels at the reduced costs for experimental apparatus and animal consumption. Our experimental set-up allowed monitoring of GFP levels in live mice tibialis cranialis muscle and provided the parameters for DNA transfection efficiency determination.

  11. Oscillating Magnet Array−Based Nanomagnetic Gene Transfection: A Valuable Tool for Molecular Neurobiology Studies

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    Subramanian, Mahendran; Tyler, Aimee-Jayne; Luther, Eva Maria; Daniel, Elena Di; Lim, Jenson; Dobson, Jon

    2017-01-01

    To develop treatments for neurodegenerative disorders, it is critical to understand the biology and function of neurons in both normal and diseased states. Molecular studies of neurons involve the delivery of small biomolecules into cultured neurons via transfection to study genetic variants. However, as cultured primary neurons are sensitive to temperature change, stress, and shifts in pH, these factors make biomolecule delivery difficult, particularly non-viral delivery. Herein we used oscillating nanomagnetic gene transfection to successfully transfect SH-SY5Y cells as well as primary hippocampal and cortical neurons on different days in vitro. This novel technique has been used to effectively deliver genetic material into various cell types, resulting in high transfection efficiency and viability. From these observations and other related studies, we suggest that oscillating nanomagnetic gene transfection is an effective method for gene delivery into hard-to-transfect neuronal cell types. PMID:28336862

  12. Evaluating the role of low-speed centrifugation towards transfecting human peripheral blood mononuclear cell culture.

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    Majumdar, M; Ratho, R; Chawla, Y; Singh, M P

    2014-01-01

    The conventional method of transfection of suspension cells by chemical has proven to be very difficult. We present a new transfection protocol, wherein, low-speed centrifugation of cell culture plates immediately after adding the lipid: DNA complex significantly enhances the transfection efficiency. Peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) were transfected with BLOCK-iT™ Fluorescent Oligo (scrambled siRNA) and lipofectamine complex using conventional and low-speed centrifugation modified transfection protocols. The efficiency of transfection was determined using flowcytometer and cell viability was checked using MTT assay. Incorporation of low-speed centrifugation significantly enhances the transfection efficiency of BLOCK-iT™ in the suspension culture of PBMCs as compared to conventional transfection method (99.8% vs 28.3%; P < 0.0001), even at a low concentration of 40 picomoles without affecting the cell viability. Centrifugation enhanced transfection (CET) technique is simple, time-saving and novel application without compromising the cell viability in the context of recently popular RNA interference in suspension cultures of PBMCs. This undemanding modification might be applicable to a wide variety of cell lines and solve crucial problem of researchers working with RNA interference in suspension cultures.

  13. The development of an autonomous gust insensitive unmanned aerial vehicle

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    Pisano, William James

    The study of a small Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) that is designed towards eventual operation in harsh storm-like conditions is presented. Investigation of the aircraft equations of motion shows that the selection of certain aerodynamic derivatives has a significant effect on the gust response of a small unmanned aircraft. Analytical comparison of this newly formulated Autonomous Gust Insensitive Aircraft (AGIA) to a conventionally designed aircraft shows a significant reduction in undesirable roll motion caused by gusts. A simulation is presented showing that the AGIA is capable of operating in more extreme environments than a conventional aircraft, and puts less strain on the control system components in both extreme and calm environments. The role that aircraft size plays in gust response is also studied. Pilot instinct dictates that smaller aircraft are more difficult to fly in windy environments than larger ones. This phenomenon is investigated using an analytic approach, providing insight into why smaller aircraft are indeed more difficult to fly in more challenging environments. As an aircraft gets smaller, its natural aerodynamic modes and response get faster. In an ideal system, this does not limit small aircraft to poor performance (in fact it will be shown that idealized small aircraft theoretically perform better than their larger counterparts). A more realistic system is presented that includes not only aerodynamics, but also realistic sensor and actuator dynamics. It is shown that these additional dynamics become a limiting factor in control system performance, and thus limit the closed-loop flight performance of small aircraft in turbulent environments. It is shown that the AGIA design approach plays a more significant role the as an aircraft gets smaller. To provide experimental validation of the gust insensitive theory presented herein, a representative small conventional aircraft was built alongside a similar aircraft that incorporated the AGIA

  14. Male gender identity in complete androgen insensitivity syndrome.

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    T'Sjoen, Guy; De Cuypere, Griet; Monstrey, Stan; Hoebeke, Piet; Freedman, F Kenneth; Appari, Mahesh; Holterhus, Paul-Martin; Van Borsel, John; Cools, Martine

    2011-06-01

    Women and girls with complete androgen insensitivity syndrome (CAIS) invariably have a female typical core gender identity. In this case report, we describe the first case of male gender identity in a CAIS individual raised female leading to complete sex reassignment involving both androgen treatment and phalloplasty. CAIS was diagnosed at age 17, based on an unambiguously female phenotype, a 46,XY karyotype, and a 2660delT androgen receptor (AR) gene mutation, leading to a premature stop in codon 807. Bilateral gonadectomy was performed but a short period of estrogen treatment induced a negative emotional reaction and treatment was stopped. Since the age of 3, childhood-onset cross gender behavior had been noticed. After a period of psychotherapy, persisting male gender identity was confirmed. There was no psychiatric co-morbidity and there was an excellent real life experience. Testosterone substitution was started, however without inducing any of the desired secondary male characteristics. A subcutaneous mastectomy was performed and the patient received phalloplasty by left forearm free flap and scrotoplasty. Testosterone treatment was continued, without inducing virilization, and bone density remained normal. The patient qualifies as female-to-male transsexual and was treated according to the Standards of Care by the World Professional Association for Transgender Health with good outcome. However, we do not believe that female sex of rearing as a standard procedure should be questioned in CAIS. Our case challenges the role of a functional AR pathway in the development of male gender identity.

  15. Are amino groups advantageous to insensitive high explosives (IHEs)?

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    Cao, Xia; Wen, Yushi; Xiang, Bin; Long, Xinping; Zhang, Chaoyang

    2012-10-01

    There is usually a contradiction between increasing energy densities and reducing sensitivities of explosives. The explosives with both high energy densities and low sensitivities, or the so-called insensitive high explosives (IHEs), are desirable in most cases. It seems from applied explosives that amino groups are advantageous to IHE but the amount of amino groups contained IHEs is very limited. To make this clear, we present systemic examinations of the effects on the two properties stressed in IHEs after introducing amino groups to different molecular skeletons. As a result, the amino groups on resonant sites to nitro groups in conjugated systems can improve distinctly sensitivities and change energy densities in terms of oxygen balance; while the amino groups in unconjugated systems can hardly increase energy densities and usually cause increased sensitivities. It agrees well with a fact that almost all the molecules of applied amino group contained explosives possess conjugated skeletons. We therefore confirm that if amino groups are introduced resonantly to a nitro group in a conjugated system and the introduction improves OB, they are advantageous to IHEs.

  16. A viable supersymmetric model with UV insensitive anomaly mediation

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    Ibe, Masahiro; Kitano, Ryuichiro; Murayama, Hitoshi

    2004-12-14

    We propose an electroweak model which is compatible with the UV insensitive anomaly mediated supersymmetry breaking. The model is an extension of the NMSSM by adding vector-like matter fields which can drive the soft scalar masses of the singlet Higgs field negative and the successful electroweak symmetry breaking is achieved. Viable parameter regions are found to preserve perturbativity of all the coupling constants up to the Planck scale. With this success, the model becomes a perfect candidate of physics beyond the standard model without the FCNC and CP problem. The cosmology is also quite interesting. The lightest neutralino is the wino which is a perfect cold dark matter candidate assuming the non-thermal production from the gravitino decay. There is no gravitino problem because it decays before the BBN era, and thus the thermal leptogenesis works. The cosmological domain wall problem inherent in the NMSSM is absent since the Z_3 symmetry is broken by the QCD instanton effect in the presence of the vector-like quarks. We also briefly comment on a possible solution to the strong CP problem a la the Nelson-Barr mechanism.

  17. Endonucleases induced TRAIL-insensitive apoptosis in ovarian carcinoma cells

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    Geel, Tessa M.; Meiss, Gregor; Gun, Bernardina T. van der; Kroesen, Bart Jan; Leij, Lou F. de; Zaremba, Mindaugas; Silanskas, Arunas; Kokkinidis, Michael; Ruiters, Marcel H.; McLaughlin, Pamela M.; Rots, Marianne G.

    2009-09-10

    TRAIL induced apoptosis of tumor cells is currently entering phase II clinical settings, despite the fact that not all tumor types are sensitive to TRAIL. TRAIL resistance in ovarian carcinomas can be caused by a blockade upstream of the caspase 3 signaling cascade. We explored the ability of restriction endonucleases to directly digest DNA in vivo, thereby circumventing the caspase cascade. For this purpose, we delivered enzymatically active endonucleases via the cationic amphiphilic lipid SAINT-18{sup Registered-Sign }:DOPE to both TRAIL-sensitive and insensitive ovarian carcinoma cells (OVCAR and SKOV-3, respectively). Functional nuclear localization after delivery of various endonucleases (BfiI, PvuII and NucA) was indicated by confocal microscopy and genomic cleavage analysis. For PvuII, analysis of mitochondrial damage demonstrated extensive apoptosis both in SKOV-3 and OVCAR. This study clearly demonstrates that cellular delivery of restriction endonucleases holds promise to serve as a novel therapeutic tool for the treatment of resistant ovarian carcinomas.

  18. Study of synthesis techniques for insensitive aircraft control systems

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    Harvey, C. A.; Pope, R. E.

    1977-01-01

    Insensitive flight control system design criteria was defined in terms of maximizing performance (handling qualities, RMS gust response, transient response, stability margins) over a defined parameter range. Wing load alleviation for the C-5A was chosen as a design problem. The C-5A model was a 79-state, two-control structure with uncertainties assumed to exist in dynamic pressure, structural damping and frequency, and the stability derivative, M sub w. Five new techniques (mismatch estimation, uncertainty weighting, finite dimensional inverse, maximum difficulty, dual Lyapunov) were developed. Six existing techniques (additive noise, minimax, multiplant, sensitivity vector augmentation, state dependent noise, residualization) and the mismatch estimation and uncertainty weighting techniques were synthesized and evaluated on the design example. Evaluation and comparison of these six techniques indicated that the minimax and the uncertainty weighting techniques were superior to the other six, and of these two, uncertainty weighting has lower computational requirements. Techniques based on the three remaining new concepts appear promising and are recommended for further research.

  19. Shape insensitive optimal adhesion of nanoscale fibrillar structures

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    Gao, Huajian; Yao, Haimin

    2004-01-01

    Gecko and many insects have adopted nanoscale fibrillar structures on their feet as adhesion devices. Here, we consider adhesion between a single fiber and a substrate by van der Waals or electrostatic interactions. For a given contact area A, the theoretical pull-off force of the fiber is σthA where σth is the theoretical strength of adhesion. We show that it is possible to design an optimal shape of the tip of the fiber to achieve the theoretical pull-off force. However, such design tends to be unreliable at the macroscopic scale because the pull-off force is sensitive to small variations in the tip shape. We find that a robust design of shape-insensitive optimal adhesion becomes possible only when the diameter of the fiber is reduced to length scales on the order of 100 nm. In general, optimal adhesion could be achieved by a combination of size reduction and shape optimization. The smaller the size, the less important the shape. At large contact sizes, optimal adhesion could still be achieved if the shape can be manufactured to a sufficiently high precision. The robust design of optimal adhesion at nanoscale provides a plausible explanation for the convergent evolution of hairy attachment systems in biology. PMID:15148400

  20. The clinical and molecular spectrum of androgen insensitivity syndromes

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    Hiort, O.; Sinnecker, G.H.G.; Holterhus, P.M.; Nitsche, E.M.; Kruse, K.

    1996-05-03

    Androgen insensitivity syndromes (AIS) are due to end-organ resistance to androgenic steroids in males leading to defective virilization of the external genitalia. The phenotype encompasses a wide array of genital ambiguity and may range from completely female to undervirilized but unequivocally male with infertility. This disorder is caused by mutations of the androgen receptor and is an X-linked recessive trait. We have studied 47 patients with AIS and have characterized the underlying molecular abnormality in the androgen receptor gene. Twenty patients had complete AIS and twenty-seven had partial AIS. Of the latter, 11 were of predominantly female phenotypic appearance and gender was assigned accordingly, while 16 were raised as males. Within the group of complete AIS, two patients had gross deletions within the gene, one had a small deletion, and one had an insertion. In the other patients with complete AIS, as well as all individuals with partial AIS, single nucleotide substitutions within the coding region were detected, each leading to an amino acid alteration. Seven codons were involved in more than one mutation in different cases. In addition, in one patient with spinal and bulbar muscular atrophy, an elongation of a glutamine-repeat was characterized. We conclude that mutations in the androgen receptor gene may be present throughout the whole coding region. However, our study provides evidence that several mutational hot spots exist. 18 refs., 2 figs.

  1. The confinement effect of inert materials on insensitive high explosives

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    Sun, Yutao; Yu, Ming; Tang, Li

    2014-03-01

    The paper aims at investing the confinement effect of inert materials on insensitive high explosives by means of shock polar curve and phenomenological reaction model. The confinement types are categorized by the shock polar theory, which built on the leading shock wave based on the detonation ZND model. If the sonic velocity of the confinement material is less than the CJ velocity of an explosive, the shock polar theory can be utilized. In general, there are several types of interactions that give a ?match? of the pressure and streamline-deflection across the interface between IHE and confinement material. A two-dimensional Lagrangian hydrodynamic method with three-term Lee-Tarver rate law is used to numerically simulate all types of confinement interactions. The important character of confinement material include: compressibility, thickness, the representative assembled layers, such as bakelite-iron and iron-beryllium. An improved detonation model is established to simulate the pre-compression effect on unreact explosive. Supported by NSFC No.11101046.

  2. Brassinosteroid-Insensitive Dwarf Mutants of Arabidopsis Accumulate Brassinosteroids1

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    Noguchi, Takahiro; Fujioka, Shozo; Choe, Sunghwa; Takatsuto, Suguru; Yoshida, Shigeo; Yuan, Heng; Feldmann, Kenneth A.; Tax, Frans E.

    1999-01-01

    Seven dwarf mutants resembling brassinosteroid (BR)-biosynthetic dwarfs were isolated that did not respond significantly to the application of exogenous BRs. Genetic and molecular analyses revealed that these were novel alleles of BRI1 (Brassinosteroid-Insensitive 1), which encodes a receptor kinase that may act as a receptor for BRs or be involved in downstream signaling. The results of morphological and molecular analyses indicated that these represent a range of alleles from weak to null. The endogenous BRs were examined from 5-week-old plants of a null allele (bri1-4) and two weak alleles (bri1-5 and bri1-6). Previous analysis of endogenous BRs in several BR-biosynthetic dwarf mutants revealed that active BRs are deficient in these mutants. However, bri1-4 plants accumulated very high levels of brassinolide, castasterone, and typhasterol (57-, 128-, and 33-fold higher, respectively, than those of wild-type plants). Weaker alleles (bri1-5 and bri1-6) also accumulated considerable levels of brassinolide, castasterone, and typhasterol, but less than the null allele (bri1-4). The levels of 6-deoxoBRs in bri1 mutants were comparable to that of wild type. The accumulation of biologically active BRs may result from the inability to utilize these active BRs, the inability to regulate BR biosynthesis in bri1 mutants, or both. Therefore, BRI1 is required for the homeostasis of endogenous BR levels. PMID:10557222

  3. Temperature insensitive measurements of displacement using fiber Bragg grating sensors

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    Yang, Shuang; Li, Jun; Xu, Shengming; Sun, Miao; Tang, Yuquan; Gao, Gang; Dong, Fengzhong

    2016-11-01

    Optical fiber Bragg grating (FBG) displacement sensors play an important role in various areas due to the high sensitivity to displacement. However, it becomes a serious problem of FBG cross-sensitivity of temperature and displacement in applications with FBG displacement sensing. This paper presents a method of temperature insensitive measurement of displacement via using an appropriate layout of the sensor. A displacement sensor is constructed with two FBGs mounted on the opposite surface of a cantilever beam. The wavelengths of the FBGs shift with a horizontal direction displacement acting on the cantilever beam. Displacement measurement can be achieved by demodulating the wavelengths difference of the two FBGs. In this case, the difference of the two FBGs' wavelengths can be taken in order to compensate for the temperature effects. Four cantilever beams with different shapes are designed and the FBG strain distribution is quite different from each other. The deformation and strain distribution of cantilever beams are simulated by using finite element analysis, which is used to optimize the layout of the FBG displacement sensor. Experimental results show that an obvious increase in the sensitivity of this change on the displacement is obtained while temperature dependence greatly reduced. A change in the wavelength can be found with the increase of displacement from 0 to 10mm for a cantilever beam. The physical size of the FBG displacement sensor head can be adjusted to meet the need of different applications, such as structure health monitoring, smart material sensing, aerospace, etc.

  4. Genetics of Dominant Gibberellin-Insensitive Dwarfism in Maize

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    Harberd, N. P.; Freeling, M.

    1989-01-01

    D8 and Mpl1 are two dominant dwarfing mutations of maize. Although they differ in severity of dwarfism, both D8 and Mpl1 mutants are unresponsive to gibberellin (GA). Because of their close phenotypic resemblance to the recessive GA-sensitive dwarf mutants these dominant mutations may identify a gene whose product is involved in the reception of GA. With this possibility in mind we have studied the genetic properties of D8 and Mpl1. Both mutations map close to Adh1 on chromosome 1L. By marking normal and translocated 1L arms with different Adh1 electrophoretic mobility alleles, we investigated the effect of gene dosage on dominant dwarf phenotype. The results suggest that D8 and Mpl1 encode novel product functions and that these functions are relatively insensitive to the presence of the (presumed) wild-type product. Using X-ray induced chromosome breakage we created sectors of wild-type cells within D8 or Mpl1 tissue; these sectors were marked by the linked recessive lw mutation. The phenotypes of these sectors demonstrated that, at least in certain plant organs and tissues, dominant dwarfism can be an autonomous phenotype. These results are consistent with the hypothesis that the wild-type gene product acts as a GA receptor. The potential utility of dominant dwarf phenotype in plant developmental analysis is discussed, and possible mechanisms for the action of the D8 and Mpl1 mutations are considered. PMID:17246493

  5. Bacteriophage-insensitive mutants for high quality Crescenza manufacture

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    Chirico, Donatella; Gorla, Arianna; Verga, Viola; Pedersen, Per D.; Polgatti, Eliseo; Cava, Antonio; Dal Bello, Fabio

    2014-01-01

    Streptococcus thermophilus is a thermophilic lactic acid bacterium used as starter culture for the manufacture of fermented dairy products. For the production of Crescenza and other soft cheeses, Sacco has developed and provides dairies with three different defined blends of S. thermophilus strains. Each blend contains two different S. thermophilus strains. The strains were selected based on their unique technological properties as well as different phage profiles. Analysis of 133 whey samples collected in 2009–2010 from Italian dairies showed a high prevalence (about 50%) of bacteriophage attacks on the blend ST020. More specifically, the strain S. thermophilus ST1A was found to be the preferred target of the bacteriophages. A bacteriophage insensitive mutant (BIM5) of the phage-sensitive strain ST1A was successfully developed and used to substitute strain ST1A in the Crescenza starter culture ST020. The strain BIM5 showed identical technological and industrial traits as those of the phage-sensitive strain ST1A. The improved resistance of the modified Crescenza starter culture ST020R was confirmed at Italian dairies, and its effectiveness monitored on 122 whey samples collected in 2011–2012. Compared to the previous values (2009–2010), the use of the phage-hardened blend ST020R allowed reducing of frequency of phage attacks from about 50 to less than 5% of the whey samples investigated. PMID:24834065

  6. Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome: Management Considerations from Infancy to Adulthood.

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    Chen, Min-Jye; Vu, Bach-Mai K; Axelrad, Marni; Dietrich, Jennifer E; Gargollo, Patricio; Gunn, Sheila; Macias, Charles G; McCullough, Laurence B; Roth, David R; Sutton, V Reid; Karaviti, Lefkothea P

    2015-06-01

    Androgen insensitivity syndrome (AIS) is an undervirilization syndrome in individuals with 46, XY karyotype. The undervirilization can be complete feminization or incomplete virilization with grades of ambiguity. AIS is caused by mutations in the androgen receptor, resulting in resistance to the physiologic activities of androgens. Differing degrees of resistance lead to three phenotypes: a complete form with female-appearing external genitalia, a partial form with a wide range of virilization, and a mild form with only minor undervirilization. AIS presents different challenges depending on whether resistance is complete or partial. Challenges include sex assignment, which impacts other medical decisions such as gonadectomy, hormonal replacement, and other surgical interventions. This review describes medical, psychosocial, and ethical concerns for each stage of development in complete and partial AIS, from the neonatal period to adulthood. These aspects of care should be addressed within an ethical framework by a multidisciplinary team, with the patients and families being the stakeholders in the decision-making process. We use the GRADE system when appropriate to appraise the existing evidence and provide recommendations and guidelines for management of AIS and appropriate transition of patients from pediatric to adult care.

  7. A rate insensitive linear viscoelastic model for soft tissues

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    Zhang, Wei; Chen, Henry Y.; Kassab, Ghassan S.

    2012-01-01

    It is well known that many biological soft tissues behave as viscoelastic materials with hysteresis curves being nearly independent of strain rate when loading frequency is varied over a large range. In this work, the rate insensitive feature of biological materials is taken into account by a generalized Maxwell model. To minimize the number of model parameters, it is assumed that the characteristic frequencies of Maxwell elements form a geometric series. As a result, the model is characterized by five material constants: μ0, τ, m, ρ and β, where μ0 is the relaxed elastic modulus, τ the characteristic relaxation time, m the number of Maxwell elements, ρ the gap between characteristic frequencies, and β = μ1/μ0 with μ1 being the elastic modulus of the Maxwell body that has relaxation time τ. The physical basis of the model is motivated by the microstructural architecture of typical soft tissues. The novel model shows excellent fit of relaxation data on the canine aorta and captures the salient features of vascular viscoelasticity with significantly fewer model parameters. PMID:17512585

  8. Demonstration of a reversible phase-insensitive optical amplifier

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    Yoshikawa, Jun-ichi; Miwa, Yoshichika; Furusawa, Akira; Filip, Radim

    2011-05-15

    We experimentally demonstrate phase-insensitive linear amplification of a continuous variable system in the optical regime, preserving the ancilla system at the output. Since our amplification operation is unitary up to small excess noise, it is reversible beyond the classical limit. Here, entanglement between the amplified output system and the ancilla system is the resource for the reversibility, and the amplification gain is G=2.0. In addition, combining this amplifier with a beamsplitter, we also demonstrate approximate cloning of coherent states where an anticlone is present. We investigate the reversibility by reconstructing the initial state from the output correlations, and the results are slightly beyond the cloning limit. Furthermore, full characterization of the amplifier and cloner is given by using coherent states with several different mean values as inputs. Our amplifier is based on linear optics, offline-prepared additional ancillas in nonclassical states, and homodyne measurements followed by feedforward. Squeezed states are used as the additional ancillas, and nonlinear optical effects are exploited only for their generation. They introduce nonclassicality into the amplifying operation, making entanglement at the output.

  9. Polarization-insensitive, stacked, liquid crystal polarization grating bandpass filters

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    Nicolescu, Elena; Escuti, Michael J.

    2011-03-01

    We introduce a polarization-insensitive tunable bandpass filter design having the following unique properties: (i) high peak transmittance (~ 80 - 90%) that is independent of input polarization, (ii) non-mechanical tuning over a potentially large wavelength range (> 100 nm) with a narrow passband (< 10 nm possible), (iii) low-cost, simple, and compact (thin-film) construction with a large clear aperture suitable for many simple camera systems. This is a stacked birefringent filter approach similar to Lyot and Solc fiters but with significantly less loss due to the removal of polarizers from the system. The filter is based on a stacked configuration of polymer polarization gratings (PGs) and either fixed or tunable wave plates. PGs are a class of thin film anisotropic diffraction gratings, which exhibit unique properties including zero-order transmittance that is independent of incident polarization, and practically all diffracted light appears within the zero- and first-diffraction orders with efficiency ranging from nearly 100% to 0%. In this work we explore a variety of filter stack configurations and analyze them theoretically using Jones Calculus and Poincare Sphere reasoning. Both fixed and tunable filter configurations are presented and analyzed in terms of finesse, full width at half maximum, free spectral range, and tuning range. We then present preliminary experimental data for a three stage fixed bandpass filter.

  10. Conjunctival mucin deficiency in complete androgen insensitivity syndrome (CAIS).

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    Mantelli, Flavio; Moretti, Costanzo; Micera, Alessandra; Bonini, Stefano

    2007-06-01

    Sex steroid hormones are essential for a healthy ocular surface and the androgen receptor impairment found in patients with complete androgen insensitivity syndrome (CAIS) has been described to cause meibomian gland dysfunction and functional dry eye for lipid tear film layer instability. However, it has not been reported if the mucous layer is also affected. A 37-year-old CAIS patient with persistent symptoms of dry eye underwent ophthalmological examination and was evaluated for qualitative and quantitative tear function tests and conjunctival cytology. Samples obtained from the conjunctival epithelium were stained for histology and immunohistochemistry and compared with three age-matched female controls. Western blot and relative real-time RT-PCR for MUC1 and MUC5AC were also performed on these samples. Immunohistochemistry, Western blot and relative real-time RT-PCR showed a decrease in the expression of MUC1 and MUC5AC in CAIS. Changes in the tear film mucous layer were accompanied by a reduction in the tear film break up time test. This is the first report describing mucous layer alteration associated with androgen receptor impairment. Decreased mucin levels contribute in explaining the tear film instability in CAIS and should be considered an additional cause of dry eye in sex steroid hormone pathology.

  11. Toxin-insensitive Ca current in dorsal raphe neurons.

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    Penington, N J; Fox, A P

    1995-08-01

    About 54% of the whole-cell Ca current recorded in dorsal raphe neurons cannot be categorized as N-, L-, or P-type Ca current. This current, ICa-Raphe, was not blocked by a combination of nimodipine, omega-CgTx-GVIA, and omega-AGA-IVA. Differences in toxin sensitivity and voltage dependence suggest that ICa-Raphe is distinct from Q- or R-type Ca currents. In raphe neurons activation of 5-HT1A receptors by 5-HT inhibits approximately 50% of the Ca current and slows activation. 5-HT inhibits both N-type Ca channels and ICa-Raphe channels by approximately 50% and slows the activation of both currents to a similar extent. Other similarities between ICa-Raphe and N-type Ca current were observed; they are both blocked to a similar extent by Ni2+, their activation properties, their current kinetics and channel availability as a function of holding potential are almost identical. Thus, ICa-Raphe represents a current that is not sensitive to known antagonists, but which is similar to N-type Ca current. Although it is possible that ICa-Raphe belongs to a heretofore undiscovered family of Ca channels it is also possible that it represents an omega-CgTx GVIA-insensitive isoform of the N-type Ca channel family.

  12. Size Specific Transfection to Mammalian Cells by Micropillar Array Electroporation

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    Zu, Yingbo; Huang, Shuyan; Lu, Yang; Liu, Xuan; Wang, Shengnian

    2016-12-01

    Electroporation serves as a promising non-viral gene delivery approach, while its current configuration carries several drawbacks associated with high-voltage electrical pulses and heterogeneous treatment on individual cells. Here we developed a new micropillar array electroporation (MAE) platform to advance the electroporation-based delivery of DNA and RNA probes into mammalian cells. By introducing well-patterned micropillar array texture on the electrode surface, the number of pillars each cell faces varies with its plasma membrane surface area, despite their large population and random locations. In this way, cell size specific electroporation is conveniently carried out, contributing to a 2.5~3 fold increase on plasmid DNA transfection and an additional 10–55% transgene knockdown with siRNA probes, respectively. The delivery efficiency varies with the number and size of micropillars as well as their pattern density. As MAE works like many single cell electroporation are carried out in parallel, the electrophysiology response of individual cells is representative, which has potentials to facilitate the tedious, cell-specific protocol screening process in current bulk electroporation (i.e., electroporation to a large population of cells). Its success might promote the wide adoption of electroporation as a safe and effective non-viral gene delivery approach needed in many biological research and clinical treatments.

  13. Software-aided automatic laser optoporation and transfection of cells

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    Georg Breunig, Hans; Uchugonova, Aisada; Batista, Ana; König, Karsten

    2015-01-01

    Optoporation, the permeabilization of a cell membrane by laser pulses, has emerged as a powerful non-invasive and highly efficient technique to induce transfection of cells. However, the usual tedious manual targeting of individual cells significantly limits the addressable cell number. To overcome this limitation, we present an experimental setup with custom-made software control, for computer-automated cell optoporation. The software evaluates the image contrast of cell contours, automatically designates cell locations for laser illumination, centres those locations in the laser focus, and executes the illumination. By software-controlled meandering of the sample stage, in principle all cells in a typical cell culture dish can be targeted without further user interaction. The automation allows for a significant increase in the number of treatable cells compared to a manual approach. For a laser illumination duration of 100 ms, 7-8 positions on different cells can be targeted every second inside the area of the microscope field of view. The experimental capabilities of the setup are illustrated in experiments with Chinese hamster ovary cells. Furthermore, the influence of laser power is discussed, with mention on post-treatment cell survival and optoporation-efficiency rates. PMID:26053047

  14. Biolistic techniques for transfection of mosquito embryos (Anopheles gambiae).

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    Mialhe, E; Miller, L H

    1994-05-01

    To compensate for the extremely low rates of transformation by DNA microinjection into mosquito embryos of Anopheles gambiae, biolistic techniques were evaluated for introduction of DNA into large numbers of mosquito embryos. Biolistic experiments were first performed with a commercially available instrument intended for this purpose, according to the recommended procedure. The amount of DNA delivered was measured by the expression of luciferase under the control of the Drosophila heat shock protein (hsp) 70 promoter. Despite attempts to optimize biolistic parameters, the level of luciferase activity was low and highly variable. Two other methods of biolistic delivery of DNA-coated particles in aqueous suspension were then evaluated. One method used the gas explosion of the commercially available instrument (mentioned above) to drive an aqueous suspension of DNA-coated particles at high pressure. This method reproducibly increased the level of expression about 100-fold without greatly reducing embryo viability. Another method, which was recently described for plant transfection, uses lower pressure to deliver the aqueous suspension of DNA-coated particles. The level of expression of luciferase and the survival of embryos were equivalent to that obtained with the instrument modified for aqueous delivery of particles. Thus, both aqueous methods offer the advantages of reproducibly delivering more DNA to the embryos. Moreover, these methods could be suitable for delivering DNA mixed with proteins, such as restriction endonucleases and integrases, that may be destroyed by ethanol precipitation used in the standard PDS-1000/He method.

  15. Size specific transfection to mammalian cells by micropillar array electroporation

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    Zu, Yingbo

    Electroporation serves as a promising non-viral gene delivery approach, while its current configurations carry drawbacks associated with high-voltage electrical pulses and heterogeneous treatment on individual cells. Here, we developed a new micropillar array electroporation (MAE) platform to advance the delivery of plasmid DNA and RNA to mammalian cells. By introducing well-patterned micropillar array on the electrode surface, the number of pillars each cell faces varies with its cell membrane surface area, despite their large population and random locations. In this way, cell size specific electroporation is conveniently done and contributed to a 2.5 3 fold increase on plasmid DNA transfection and an additional 10-55% knockdown with targeting siRNA, respectively. The delivery efficiency varies with the number and size of the micropillars as well as their pattern density. As MAE works like many single cell electroporation is carried out in a parallel fashion, the electrophysiology response of individual cells is representative, which has the potential to gear up the tedious, cell-specific protocol screening process in the current in vitro bulk electroporation (i.e., electroporation to a large population of cells). Its success might facilitate the wide adoption of electroporation as a safe and effective non-viral gene delivery approach needed in many biological research and clinical treatments.

  16. Software-aided automatic laser optoporation and transfection of cells

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    Georg Breunig, Hans; Uchugonova, Aisada; Batista, Ana; König, Karsten

    2015-06-01

    Optoporation, the permeabilization of a cell membrane by laser pulses, has emerged as a powerful non-invasive and highly efficient technique to induce transfection of cells. However, the usual tedious manual targeting of individual cells significantly limits the addressable cell number. To overcome this limitation, we present an experimental setup with custom-made software control, for computer-automated cell optoporation. The software evaluates the image contrast of cell contours, automatically designates cell locations for laser illumination, centres those locations in the laser focus, and executes the illumination. By software-controlled meandering of the sample stage, in principle all cells in a typical cell culture dish can be targeted without further user interaction. The automation allows for a significant increase in the number of treatable cells compared to a manual approach. For a laser illumination duration of 100 ms, 7-8 positions on different cells can be targeted every second inside the area of the microscope field of view. The experimental capabilities of the setup are illustrated in experiments with Chinese hamster ovary cells. Furthermore, the influence of laser power is discussed, with mention on post-treatment cell survival and optoporation-efficiency rates.

  17. Size Specific Transfection to Mammalian Cells by Micropillar Array Electroporation

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    Zu, Yingbo; Huang, Shuyan; Lu, Yang; Liu, Xuan; Wang, Shengnian

    2016-01-01

    Electroporation serves as a promising non-viral gene delivery approach, while its current configuration carries several drawbacks associated with high-voltage electrical pulses and heterogeneous treatment on individual cells. Here we developed a new micropillar array electroporation (MAE) platform to advance the electroporation-based delivery of DNA and RNA probes into mammalian cells. By introducing well-patterned micropillar array texture on the electrode surface, the number of pillars each cell faces varies with its plasma membrane surface area, despite their large population and random locations. In this way, cell size specific electroporation is conveniently carried out, contributing to a 2.5~3 fold increase on plasmid DNA transfection and an additional 10–55% transgene knockdown with siRNA probes, respectively. The delivery efficiency varies with the number and size of micropillars as well as their pattern density. As MAE works like many single cell electroporation are carried out in parallel, the electrophysiology response of individual cells is representative, which has potentials to facilitate the tedious, cell-specific protocol screening process in current bulk electroporation (i.e., electroporation to a large population of cells). Its success might promote the wide adoption of electroporation as a safe and effective non-viral gene delivery approach needed in many biological research and clinical treatments. PMID:27924861

  18. Coding potential of transfected human placental lactogen genes.

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    Reséndez-Pérez, D; Ramírez-Solís, R; Varela-Echavarría, A; Martínez-Rodríguez, H G; Barrera-Saldaña, H A

    1990-01-01

    We have joined the promoter-less sequences of the three hPL genes (hPL-1, hPL-3 and hPL-4) to strong transcriptional control elements. in vivo 35S-labeled proteins from the culture medium of cells transfected with the genes were resolved on SDS-polyacrylamide gels. The presence of characteristic labeled bands, visualized by autoradiography, determined that hPL-4 and hPL-3, but not hPL-1, contribute to the production of mature hPL. In these experiments hPL-3 expressed more RNA and protein than hPL-4. By exchanging the first two exons among hPL and hGH genes, we determined that the abundance of chimeric proteins depended on the genetic origin of the first two exons. Finally, we found evidence indicating that the splice mutation (G----A) at the beginning of the second intron of hPL-1, is not the only cause of the apparent lack of inactivity of this gene, since its reversion does not restore expression. Images PMID:2395633

  19. Design, synthesis, and transfection biology of novel cationic glycolipids for use in liposomal gene delivery.

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    Banerjee, R; Mahidhar, Y V; Chaudhuri, A; Gopal, V; Rao, N M

    2001-11-22

    The molecular structure of the cationic lipids used in gene transfection strongly influences their transfection efficiency. High transfection efficiencies of non-glycerol-based simple monocationic transfection lipids with hydroxyethyl headgroups recently reported by us (Banerjee et al. J. Med. Chem. 1999, 42, 4292-4299) are consistent with the earlier observations that the presence of hydroxyl functionalities in the headgroup region of a cationic lipid contributes favorably in liposomal gene delivery. Using simple sugar molecules as the source of multiple hydroxyl functionalities in the headgroup region of the transfection lipids, we have synthesized four novel simple monocationic transfection lipids, namely, 1-deoxy-1-[dihexadecyl(methyl)ammonio]-D-xylitol (1), 1-deoxy-1-[methyl(ditetradecyl)ammonio]-D-arabinitol (2), 1-deoxy-1-[dihexadecyl(methyl)ammonio]-D-arabinitol (3) and 1-deoxy-1-[methyl(dioctadecyl)ammonio]-D-arabinitol (4), containing hydrophobic aliphatic tails and the hydrophilic arabinosyl or xylose sugar groups linked directly to the positively charged nitrogen atom. Syntheses, chemical characterizations, and the transfection biology of these novel transfection lipids 1-4 are described in this paper. Lipid 1, the xylosyl derivative, showed maximum transfection on COS-1 cells. All the lipids showed transfection with cholesterol as colipid and not with dioleoylphosphatidylethanolamine (DOPE). Radioactive quantitation of free and complexed DNA combined with ethidium bromide exclusion measurements suggest that though nearly 70% of the DNA exists as complexed DNA, the DNA may not have condensed as was observed with other cationic lipids. Presence of additional (more than two) hydroxyl functionalities in the headgroup of the cationic lipids appears to have improved the transfection efficiency and made these lipids less cytotoxic compared to two-hydroxyl derivatives.

  20. Targeted surface expression of an exogenous antigen in stably transfected babesia bovis

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    Babesia bovis is a tick-borne intraerythocytic protozoan responsible for acute disease in cattle which can be controlled by vaccination with attenuated B. bovis strains. Emerging B. bovis transfection technologies may increase the usefulness of these live vaccines. Here we propose using transfected ...

  1. Superhydrophilic-Superhydrophobic Patterned Surfaces as High-Density Cell Microarrays: Optimization of Reverse Transfection.

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    Ueda, Erica; Feng, Wenqian; Levkin, Pavel A

    2016-10-01

    High-density microarrays can screen thousands of genetic and chemical probes at once in a miniaturized and parallelized manner, and thus are a cost-effective alternative to microwell plates. Here, high-density cell microarrays are fabricated by creating superhydrophilic-superhydrophobic micropatterns in thin, nanoporous polymer substrates such that the superhydrophobic barriers confine both aqueous solutions and adherent cells within each superhydrophilic microspot. The superhydrophobic barriers confine and prevent the mixing of larger droplet volumes, and also control the spreading of droplets independent of the volume, minimizing the variability that arises due to different liquid and surface properties. Using a novel liposomal transfection reagent, ScreenFect A, the method of reverse cell transfection is optimized on the patterned substrates and several factors that affect transfection efficiency and cytotoxicity are identified. Higher levels of transfection are achieved on HOOC- versus NH2 -functionalized superhydrophilic spots, as well as when gelatin and fibronectin are added to the transfection mixture, while minimizing the amount of transfection reagent improves cell viability. Almost no diffusion of the printed transfection mixtures to the neighboring microspots is detected. Thus, superhydrophilic-superhydrophobic patterned surfaces can be used as cell microarrays and for optimizing reverse cell transfection conditions before performing further cell screenings. © 2016 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  2. Bio-Orthogonal Mediated Nucleic Acid Transfection of Cells via Cell Surface Engineering

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    2017-01-01

    The efficient delivery of foreign nucleic acids (transfection) into cells is a critical tool for fundamental biomedical research and a pillar of several biotechnology industries. There are currently three main strategies for transfection including reagent, instrument, and viral based methods. Each technology has significantly advanced cell transfection; however, reagent based methods have captured the majority of the transfection market due to their relatively low cost and ease of use. This general method relies on the efficient packaging of a reagent with nucleic acids to form a stable complex that is subsequently associated and delivered to cells via nonspecific electrostatic targeting. Reagent transfection methods generally use various polyamine cationic type molecules to condense with negatively charged nucleic acids into a highly positively charged complex, which is subsequently delivered to negatively charged cells in culture for association, internalization, release, and expression. Although this appears to be a straightforward procedure, there are several major issues including toxicity, low efficiency, sorting of viable transfected from nontransfected cells, and limited scope of transfectable cell types. Herein, we report a new strategy (SnapFect) for nucleic acid transfection to cells that does not rely on electrostatic interactions but instead uses an integrated approach combining bio-orthogonal liposome fusion, click chemistry, and cell surface engineering. We show that a target cell population is rapidly and efficiently engineered to present a bio-orthogonal functional group on its cell surface through nanoparticle liposome delivery and fusion. A complementary bio-orthogonal nucleic acid complex is then formed and delivered to which chemoselective click chemistry induced transfection occurs to the primed cell. This new strategy requires minimal time, steps, and reagents and leads to superior transfection results for a broad range of cell types

  3. Bio-Orthogonal Mediated Nucleic Acid Transfection of Cells via Cell Surface Engineering.

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    O'Brien, Paul J; Elahipanah, Sina; Rogozhnikov, Dmitry; Yousaf, Muhammad N

    2017-05-24

    The efficient delivery of foreign nucleic acids (transfection) into cells is a critical tool for fundamental biomedical research and a pillar of several biotechnology industries. There are currently three main strategies for transfection including reagent, instrument, and viral based methods. Each technology has significantly advanced cell transfection; however, reagent based methods have captured the majority of the transfection market due to their relatively low cost and ease of use. This general method relies on the efficient packaging of a reagent with nucleic acids to form a stable complex that is subsequently associated and delivered to cells via nonspecific electrostatic targeting. Reagent transfection methods generally use various polyamine cationic type molecules to condense with negatively charged nucleic acids into a highly positively charged complex, which is subsequently delivered to negatively charged cells in culture for association, internalization, release, and expression. Although this appears to be a straightforward procedure, there are several major issues including toxicity, low efficiency, sorting of viable transfected from nontransfected cells, and limited scope of transfectable cell types. Herein, we report a new strategy (SnapFect) for nucleic acid transfection to cells that does not rely on electrostatic interactions but instead uses an integrated approach combining bio-orthogonal liposome fusion, click chemistry, and cell surface engineering. We show that a target cell population is rapidly and efficiently engineered to present a bio-orthogonal functional group on its cell surface through nanoparticle liposome delivery and fusion. A complementary bio-orthogonal nucleic acid complex is then formed and delivered to which chemoselective click chemistry induced transfection occurs to the primed cell. This new strategy requires minimal time, steps, and reagents and leads to superior transfection results for a broad range of cell types

  4. Structure of the trypanosome cyanide-insensitive alternative oxidase

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    Shiba, Tomoo; Kido, Yasutoshi; Sakamoto, Kimitoshi; Inaoka, Daniel Ken; Tsuge, Chiaki; Tatsumi, Ryoko; Takahashi, Gen; Balogun, Emmanuel Oluwadare; Nara, Takeshi; Aoki, Takashi; Honma, Teruki; Tanaka, Akiko; Inoue, Masayuki; Matsuoka, Shigeru; Saimoto, Hiroyuki; Moore, Anthony L.; Harada, Shigeharu; Kita, Kiyoshi

    2013-01-01

    In addition to haem copper oxidases, all higher plants, some algae, yeasts, molds, metazoans, and pathogenic microorganisms such as Trypanosoma brucei contain an additional terminal oxidase, the cyanide-insensitive alternative oxidase (AOX). AOX is a diiron carboxylate protein that catalyzes the four-electron reduction of dioxygen to water by ubiquinol. In T. brucei, a parasite that causes human African sleeping sickness, AOX plays a critical role in the survival of the parasite in its bloodstream form. Because AOX is absent from mammals, this protein represents a unique and promising therapeutic target. Despite its bioenergetic and medical importance, however, structural features of any AOX are yet to be elucidated. Here we report crystal structures of the trypanosomal alternative oxidase in the absence and presence of ascofuranone derivatives. All structures reveal that the oxidase is a homodimer with the nonhaem diiron carboxylate active site buried within a four-helix bundle. Unusually, the active site is ligated solely by four glutamate residues in its oxidized inhibitor-free state; however, inhibitor binding induces the ligation of a histidine residue. A highly conserved Tyr220 is within 4 Å of the active site and is critical for catalytic activity. All structures also reveal that there are two hydrophobic cavities per monomer. Both inhibitors bind to one cavity within 4 Å and 5 Å of the active site and Tyr220, respectively. A second cavity interacts with the inhibitor-binding cavity at the diiron center. We suggest that both cavities bind ubiquinol and along with Tyr220 are required for the catalytic cycle for O2 reduction. PMID:23487766

  5. Quantitative ultrasonic computed tomography using phase-insensitive pyroelectric detectors

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    Zeqiri, Bajram; Baker, Christian; Alosa, Giuseppe; Wells, Peter N. T.; Liang, Hai-Dong

    2013-08-01

    The principle of using ultrasonic computed tomography (UCT) clinically for mapping tissue acoustic properties was suggested almost 40 years ago. Despite strong research activity, UCT been unable to rival its x-ray counterpart in terms of the ability to distinguish tissue pathologies. Conventional piezoelectric detectors deployed in UCT are termed phase-sensitive (PS) and it is well established that this property can lead to artefacts related to refraction and phase-cancellation that mask true tissue structure, particularly for reconstructions involving attenuation. Equally, it has long been known that phase-insensitive (PI) detectors are more immune to this effect, although sufficiently sensitive devices for clinical use have not been available. This paper explores the application of novel PI detectors to UCT. Their operating principle is based on exploiting the pyroelectric properties of the piezoelectric polymer polyvinylidene difluoride. An important detector performance characteristic which makes it particularly suited to UCT, is the lack of directionality of the PI response, relative to the PS detector mode of operation. The performance of the detectors is compared to conventional PS detection methods, for quantitatively assessing the attenuation distribution within various test objects, including a two-phase polyurethane phantom. UCT images are presented for a range of single detector apertures; tomographic reconstruction images being compared with the known structure of phantoms containing inserts as small as 3 mm, which were readily imaged. For larger diameter inserts (>10 mm), the transmitter-detector combination was able to establish the attenuation coefficient of the insert to within ±10% of values determined separately from plane-wave measurements on representative material plaques. The research has demonstrated that the new PI detectors are significantly less susceptible to refraction and phase-cancellation artefacts, generating realistic images in

  6. Gene printer: laser-scanning targeted transfection of cultured cardiac neonatal rat cells.

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    Nikolskaya, Alena V; Nikolski, Vladimir P; Efimov, Igor R

    2006-01-01

    Heterogeneous gene expression in cardiac cells and tissues which requires targeted delivery of foreign DNA into selected cells or regions is needed for the development of novel therapies. Several techniques have been employed for targeted transfection, such as direct microinjection into cells or targeted electroporation. However, these techniques have limited bandwidth or spatial resolution of transfection. We aimed to develop a method for transfection of cardiac cells by means of laser-assisted optoporation using a standard confocal microscope. This technique allows for the transfection of selected cell types in the presence of other cell types as long as they are distinguishable with a microscope. This technique can work as a "gene printer" creating arbitrarily shaped areas of transfected cells.

  7. Membrane fusion inducers, chloroquine and spermidine increase lipoplex-mediated gene transfection

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    Wong-Baeza, Carlos; Bustos, Israel; Serna, Manuel; Tescucano, Alonso; Alcantara-Farfan, Veronica; Ibanez, Miguel; Montanez, Cecilia; Wong, Carlos; Baeza, Isabel

    2010-05-28

    Gene transfection into mammalian cells can be achieved with viral and non-viral vectors. Non-viral vectors, such as cationic lipids that form lipoplexes with DNA, are safer and more stable than viral vectors, but their transfection efficiencies are lower. Here we describe that the simultaneous treatment with a membrane fusion inducer (chlorpromazine or procainamide) plus the lysosomotropic agent chloroquine increases lipoplex-mediated gene transfection in human (HEK293 and C-33 A) and rat (PC12) cell lines (up to 9.2-fold), as well as in situ in BALB/c mice spleens and livers (up to 6-fold); and that the polyamine spermidine increases lipoplex-mediated gene transfection and expression in cell cultures. The use of these four drugs provides a novel, safe and relatively inexpensive way to considerably increase lipoplex-mediated gene transfection efficiency.

  8. Transfection of eggs in the bivalve mollusc Chamelea gallina (Bivalvia, Veneridae).

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    Guerra, R; Esponda, P

    2006-04-01

    Eggs from the bivalve mollusc Chamelea gallina were transfected in vitro. The p-GeneGrip gene construction that expresses the green fluorescent protein (GFP) was employed. It was necessary to remove the jelly coat which covers the egg surface for a successful transfection, and then 44.2% of gametes appeared transfected after using naked DNA. On the other hand, cationic liposomes (Lipofectamine) and neutral lipids (GenePORTER) were employed as gene vectors. After the employ of Lipofectamine 35.6% of eggs were transfected and 41.4% after using GenePORTER. Fluorescence analysis showed that the foreign gene appeared principally located in the egg cytoplasm, but laser confocal microscopy showed that it was also present in the nucleus. Furthermore, PCR analysis demonstrated that the foreign DNA appeared in the DNA extracted from the treated eggs. This simple method for the transfection of mollusc eggs would be interesting for future biotechnological applications in species of commercial interest.

  9. Role of cholesterol on the transfection barriers of cationic lipid/DNA complexes

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    Pozzi, Daniela; Cardarelli, Francesco; Salomone, Fabrizio; Marchini, Cristina; Amenitsch, Heinz; Barbera, Giorgia La; Caracciolo, Giulio

    2014-08-01

    Most lipid formulations need cholesterol for efficient transfection, but the precise motivation remains unclear. Here, we have investigated the effect of cholesterol on the transfection efficiency (TE) of cationic liposomes made of 1,2-dioleoyl-3-trimethylammonium-propane and dioleoylphosphocholine in Chinese hamster ovary cells. The transfection mechanisms of cholesterol-containing lipoplexes have been investigated by TE, synchrotron small angle X-ray scattering, and laser scanning confocal microscopy experiments. We prove that cholesterol-containing lipoplexes enter the cells using different endocytosis pathways. Formulations with high cholesterol content efficiently escape from endosomes and exhibit a lamellar-nonlamellar phase transition in mixture with biomembrane mimicking lipid formulations. This might explain both the DNA release ability and the high transfection efficiency. These studies highlight the enrichment in cholesterol as a decisive factor for transfection and will contribute to the rational design of lipid nanocarriers with superior TE.

  10. Contrasting effects of cysteine modification on the transfection efficiency of amphipathic peptides.

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    Sharma, Rajpal; Nisakar, Daniel; Shivpuri, Shivangi; Ganguli, Munia

    2014-08-01

    Delivery of DNA to cells remains a key challenge towards development of gene therapy. A better understanding of the properties involved in stability and transfection efficiency of the vector could critically contribute to the improvement of delivery vehicles. In the present work we have chosen two peptides differing only in amphipathicity and explored how presence of cysteine affects DNA uptake and transfection efficiency. We report an unusual observation that addition of cysteine selectively increases transfection efficiency of secondary amphipathic peptide (Mgpe-9) and causes a drop in the primary amphipathic peptide (Mgpe-10). Our results point the effect of cysteine is dictated by the importance of physicochemical properties of the carrier peptide. We also report a DNA delivery agent Mgpe-9 exhibiting high transfection efficiency in multiple cell lines (including hard-to-transfect cell lines) with minimal cytotoxicity which can be further explored for in vivo applications. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  11. CL22 - a novel cationic peptide for efficient transfection of mammalian cells.

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    Haines, A M; Irvine, A S; Mountain, A; Charlesworth, J; Farrow, N A; Husain, R D; Hyde, H; Ketteringham, H; McDermott, R H; Mulcahy, A F; Mustoe, T L; Reid, S C; Rouquette, M; Shaw, J C; Thatcher, D R; Welsh, J H; Williams, D E; Zauner, W; Phillips, R O

    2001-01-01

    Condensing peptide-DNA complexes have great potential as nonviral agents for gene delivery. To date, however, such complexes have given transfection activities greatly inferior to adenovirus and somewhat inferior to cationic lipid-DNA complexes, even for cell lines and primary cells in vitro. We report here the identification of a novel condensing peptide, CL22, which forms DNA complexes that efficiently transfect many cell lines, as well as primary dendritic and endothelial cells. We report studies with sequence and structure variants that define some properties of the peptide that contribute to efficient transfection. We demonstrate that the superior transfection activity of CL22 compared with other DNA condensing peptides is conferred at a step after uptake of the complexes into cells. We show that CL22-DNA complexes have transfection activity that is at least equivalent to the best available nonviral agents.

  12. Transfection with replicating DNA from the temperate Bacillus bacteriophage phi 105 and with T4-ligase treated phi105 DNA: the importance in transfection of being longer than genome-length.

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    Flock, J I

    1978-07-06

    Replicating phage DNA extracted from Bacillus subtilis infected with phage phi 105 has a higher activity in transfection than mature DNA. By heteroduplex analysis it was shown that this DNA contains concatemeric molecules. Concatemers, constructed in vitro by treatment of mature DNA with T4-ligase also have an increased activity in transfection. DNA showing an increased activity in transfection does not have a requirement for more than one molecule per transfection event as is typically found for transfection with mature phi 105 DNA. An explanation is given for this difference suggesting that the structure of the ends of the transfecting molecules play an important role intransfection.

  13. Processing of proinsulin by transfected hepatoma (FAO) cells.

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    Vollenweider, F; Irminger, J C; Gross, D J; Villa-Komaroff, L; Halban, P A

    1992-07-25

    Rat hepatoma (FAO) cells were stably transfected with the gene encoding either rat proinsulin II (using the DOL retroviral vector) or human proinsulin (using the RSV retroviral vector). Using the DOL vector, production of insulin immunoreactive material was stimulated up to 30-fold by dexamethasone (5 x 10(-7) M). For both proinsulins, fractional release of immunoreactive material relative to cellular content was high, in keeping with the absence of any storage compartment for secretory proteins in these cells. Pulse-chase experiments showed kinetics of release of newly synthesized products in keeping with release via the constitutive pathway. High performance liquid chromatography analysis showed immunoreactivity in the medium distributed between three peaks. For rat proinsulin II, the first coeluted with intact proinsulin; the second coeluted with des-64,65 split proinsulin (the product of endoproteolytic attack between the insulin A-chain and C-peptide followed by trimming of C-terminal basic residues by carboxypeptidase); the third (and minor peak) coeluted with native (fully processed) insulin. For human proinsulin, by contrast, the second peak coeluted with des-31,32 split proinsulin (split and trimmed at the B-chain/C-peptide junction). Analysis of cellular extracts showed intact proinsulin as the major product. The generation of the putative conversion intermediates and insulin was not due to proteolysis of proinsulin after its release but rather to an intracellular event. The data suggest that proinsulin, normally processed in secretory granules and released via the regulated pathway, may also be processed, albeit less efficiently, by the constitutive pathway conversion machinery. The comparison of the sites preferentially cleaved in rat II or human proinsulin suggests cleavage by endoprotease(s) with a preference for R/KXR/KR as substrate.

  14. Efficient non-viral gene delivery mediated by nanostructured calcium carbonate in solution-based transfection and solid-phase transfection.

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    Chen, Si; Li, Feng; Zhuo, Ren-Xi; Cheng, Si-Xue

    2011-10-01

    Among different non-viral gene delivery methods, the technique of co-precipitation of Ca(2+) with DNA in the presence of inorganic anions is an attractive option because of the biocompatibility and biodegradability. In this study, nano-sized CaCO(3)/DNA co-precipitates for gene delivery were prepared. The effect of Ca(2+)/CO(3)(2-) molar ratio on the gene delivery was investigated. The mechanism of the transfection mediated by CaCO(3)/DNA co-precipitates was studied by treatment of the cells with chloroquine, wortmannin and cytochalasin D, respectively. The in vitro gene transfections in different cells were carried out for both solution-based transfection and solid-phase transfection. The gene expression of the calcium carbonate based approach is strongly affected by the Ca(2+)/CO(3)(2-) ratio because the size of CaCO(3)/DNA co-precipitates is mainly determined by the Ca(2+)/CO(3)(2-) ratio. In addition, the encapsulation efficiency of DNA increases with decreasing Ca(2+)/CO(3)(2-) ratio. With a suitable Ca(2+)/CO(3)(2-) ratio, CaCO(3)/DNA co-precipitates could effectively mediate gene transfection with the expression levels higher than that of Lipofectamine 2000 in the presence of serum. The mechanism study shows that CaCO(3)/DNA co-precipitates are internalized via endocytosis of the cells and macropinocytosis is the main route of internalization. Compared with the solution-based transfection, CaCO(3)/DNA co-precipitates in the solid-phase transfection exhibit a lower gene expression level. The calcium carbonate based approach has great potential in gene delivery.

  15. Lipid-mediated transfection of normal adult human hepatocytes in primary culture.

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    Ourlin, J C; Vilarem, M J; Daujat, M; Harricane, M C; Domergue, J; Joyeux, H; Baulieux, J; Maurel, P

    1997-04-05

    The aim of this work was to develop a procedure for the lipid-mediated transfection of DNA into normal adult human hepatocytes in culture. Cells were plated in a serum-free culture medium at various cell densities, on plastic or collagen-coated dishes, both in the absence and in the presence of epidermal growth factor (EGF). The cells were incubated for various periods of time with mixtures of DNA-lipofectin or DNA-3 beta[N-(N',N'-dimethylaminoethane)-carbamoyl] cholesterol (DC-chol) liposomes, and the efficiency of transfection was assessed by measuring the activity of reporter genes, beta-galactosidase or chloramphenicol acetyl-transferase (CAT). For comparison, similar experiments were carried out with human cell lines including HepG2, Caco-2, and WRL68. The efficiency of transfection (in percentage of cells) was not significantly different after transfection with lipofectin or DC-chol and comprised between 0.04 and 1.7% (extreme values) for different cultures. The efficiency of transfection decreased as the age or density of the culture increased and increased in cultures treated with EGF. Direct measurement of the rate of DNA synthesis suggested that the efficiency of transfection was related to the number of cells entering the S phase. Under the same conditions, the efficiency of transfection was one to two orders of magnitude greater in the three cell lines. A plasmid harboring 660 bp of the 5'-flanking region of CYP1A1 (containing two xenobiotic enhancer elements) fused upstream of the promoter of thymidine kinase and the CAT reporter gene was constructed. When this plasmid was transfected in human hepatocytes, CAT activity was induced as expected. We conclude that normal adult human hepatocytes can be transfected with exogenous DNA and that the transfected construct is regulated in the manner expected from in vivo studies.

  16. Old fractures in two patients with congenital insensitivity to pain with anhidrosis: radiological findings.

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    Yang, Li; Ji, Shao F; Yue, Rui J; Cheng, Jing L; Niu, Jun J

    2013-01-01

    Congenital insensitivity to pain with anhidrosis (CIPA) is a rare autosomal recessive disease that is characterized by anhidrosis, insensitivity to noxious stimuli, and mental retardation. Patients who suffer from CIPA easily sustain injuries due to pain insensitivity. Radiological findings in two CIPA patients revealed several old fractures of which the patients were unaware of previous injury. An early diagnosis of CIPA is important for the prevention and treatment of various complications. Our data indicate that radiological findings may provide important information for the diagnosis of CIPA.

  17. Complete androgen insensitivity syndrome or testicular feminization: review of literature based on a case report

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    Souhail, Regragui; Amine, Slaoui; Nadia, Abounouh; Tarik, Karmouni; Khalid, El Khader; Abdellatif, Koutani; Ahmed, Ibn Attya

    2016-01-01

    Testicular feminization, or the androgen insensitivity syndrome, is a rare disease. Because of various abnormalities of the X chromosome, a male, genetically XY, has some physical characteristics of a woman or a full female phenotype. Indeed the androgen insensitivity syndrome occurs because of a resistance to the actions of the androgen hormones, which in turn switches the development towards the aspect of a woman. We report a case of complete androgen insensitivity syndrome in a 30 years old woman who presented primary amenorrhea. We aim to improve our knowledge of this illness from the data that provides us this study, and a review of the literature. PMID:28270903

  18. [Epidural anesthesia in a child with femoral fracture and congenital pain insensitivity].

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    Rodríguez Pérez, M V; Fernández Daza, P L; Cruz-Villaseñor, J A; Cendón Ortega, M; Anaya Perdomo, L; Sánchez Mercado, M

    2002-12-01

    An 8-year-old boy with congenital insensitivity to pain underwent open reduction of a fractured femur with osteosynthesis under epidural block, without complications and with intraoperative hemodynamic stability. The postoperative course was favorable with minimal analgesia. Congenital insensitivity to pain is a rare hereditary condition characterized by abnormal response to painful stimuli and associated with orthopedic complications requiring surgery. Anesthesia is essential because, even though pain is absent, autonomic dysfunction and catecholamine metabolism alterations are present. An epidural block can be recommended for patients with congenital insensitivity to pain who must undergo surgery.

  19. Bichromatic state-insensitive trapping of cold 133Cs-87Rb atomic mixtures

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    Metbulut, M. M.; Renzoni, F.

    2015-12-01

    We investigate simultaneous state-insensitive trapping of a mixture of two different atomic species, Caesium and Rubidium. The magic wavelengths of the Caesium and Rubidium atoms are different, 935.6 and 789.9 nm respectively, thus single-frequency simultaneous state-insensitive trapping is not possible. We thus identify bichromatic trapping as a viable approach to tune the two magic wavelengths to a common value. Correspondingly, we present several common magic wavelength combinations appropriate for simultaneous state-insensitive trapping of the two atomic species.

  20. Study of mechanisms of electric field-induced DNA transfection. II. Transfection by low-amplitude, low-frequency alternating electric fields.

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    Xie, T D; Tsong, T Y

    1990-10-01

    Electroporation for DNA transfection generally uses short intense electric pulses (direct current of kilovolts per centimeter, microseconds to milliseconds), or intense dc shifted radio-frequency oscillating fields. These methods, while remarkably effective, often cause death of certain cell populations. Previously it was shown that a completely reversible, high ionic permeation state of membranes could be induced by a low-frequency alternating electric field (ac) with a strength one-tenth, or less, of the critical breakdown voltage of the cell membrane (Teissie, J., and T. Y. Tsong. 1981. J. Physiol. (Paris). 77:1043-1053). We report the transfection of E. coli (JM105) by plasmid PUC18 DNA, which carries an ampicillin-resistance gene, using low-amplitude, low-frequency ac fields. E. coli transformants confer the ampicillin resistance and the efficiency of the transfection can be conveniently assayed by counting colonies in a selection medium containing ampicillin. For the range of ac fields employed (peak-to-peak amplitude 50-200 V/cm, frequency 0.1 Hz-1 MHz, duration 1-100 s), 100% of the E. coli survived the electric field treatment. Transfection efficiencies varied with field strength and frequency, and as high as 1 x 10(5)/micrograms DNA was obtained with a 200 V/cm square wave, 1 Hz ac field, 30 s exposure time, when the DNA/cell ratio was 50-75. Control samples gave a background transfection of much less than 10/micrograms DNA. With a square wave ac field, the transfection efficiency showed a frequency window: the optimal frequency was 1 Hz with a 200 V/cm field, and was approximately 0.1 Hz with a 50 V/cm field. Transfection efficiency varied with the waveform: square wave > sine wave > triangle wave. If the DNA was added after the ac field was turned off, transfection efficiency was reduced to the background level within 1 min. The field intensity used in this study was low and insufficient to cause electric breakdown of cell membranes. Thus, DNA

  1. Characterization of Sugar Insensitive (sis) Mutants of Arabidopsis

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    Gibson, Susan I.

    2009-06-08

    Despite the fact that soluble sugar levels have been postulated to play an important role in the control of a wide variety of plant metabolic and developmental pathways, the mechanisms by which plants respond to soluble sugar levels remain poorly understood. Plant responses to soluble sugar levels are also important in bioenergy production, as plant sugar responses are believed to help regulate both carbon fixation and carbon partitioning. For example, accumulation of soluble sugars, such as sucrose and glucose, in source tissues leads to feedback inhibition of photosynthesis, thereby decreasing rates of carbon fixation. Soluble sugar levels can also affect sink strengths, affecting the rates of accumulation of carbon-based compounds into both particular molecular forms (e.g. carbohydrates versus lipids versus proteins) and particular plant organs and tissues. Mutants of Arabidopsis that are defective in the ability to respond to soluble sugar levels were isolated and used as tools to identify some of the factors involved in plant sugar response. These sugar insensitive (sis) mutants were isolated by screening mutagenized seeds for those that were able to germinate and develop relatively normal shoot systems on media containing 0.3 M glucose or 0.3 M sucrose. At these sugar concentrations, wild-type Arabidopsis germinate and produce substantial root systems, but show little to no shoot development. Twenty-eight sis mutants were isolated during the course of four independent mutant screens. Based on a preliminary characterization of all of these mutants, sis3 and sis6 were chosen for further study. Both of these mutations appear to lie in previously uncharacterized loci. Unlike many other sugar-response mutants, sis3 mutants exhibit a wild-type or near wild-type response in all phytohormone-response assays conducted to date. The sis6-1 mutation is unusual in that it appears to be due to overexpression of a gene, rather than representing a loss of function mutation

  2. Heating-insensitive scale increase caused by convective precipitation

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    Haerter, Jan; Moseley, Christopher; Berg, Peter

    2017-04-01

    The origin of intense convective extremes and their unusual temperature dependence has recently challenged traditional thermodynamic arguments, based on the Clausius-Clapeyron relation. In a sequence of studies (Lenderink and v. Mejgaard, Nat Geosc, 2008; Berg, Haerter, Moseley, Nat Geosc, 2013; and Moseley, Hohenegger, Berg, Haerter, Nat Geosc, 2016) the argument of convective-type precipitation overcoming the 7%/K increase in extremes by dynamical, rather than thermodynamic, processes has been promoted. How can the role of dynamical processes be approached for precipitating convective cloud? One-phase, non-precipitating Rayleigh-Bénard convection is a classical problem in complex systems science. When a fluid between two horizontal plates is sufficiently heated from below, convective rolls spontaneously form. In shallow, non-precipitating atmospheric convection, rolls are also known to form under specific conditions, with horizontal scales roughly proportional to the boundary layer height. Here we explore within idealized large-eddy simulations, how the scale of convection is modified, when precipitation sets in and intensifies in the course of diurnal solar heating. Before onset of precipitation, Bénard cells with relatively constant diameter form, roughly on the scale of the atmospheric boundary layer. We find that the onset of precipitation then signals an approximately linear (in time) increase in horizontal scale. This scale increase progresses at a speed which is rather insensitive to changes in surface temperature or changes in the rate at which boundary conditions change, hinting at spatial characteristics, rather than temperature, as a possible control on spatial scales of convection. When exploring the depth of spatial correlations, we find that precipitation onset causes a sudden disruption of order and a subsequent complete disintegration of organization —until precipitation eventually ceases. Returning to the initial question of convective

  3. Mechanistic investigations and molecular medicine applications of gold nanoparticle mediated (GNOME) laser transfection

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    Schomaker, M.; Heinemann, D.; Kalies, S.; Willenbrock, S.; Murua Escobar, H.; Buch, A.; Sodeik, B.; Ripken, T.; Meyer, H.

    2014-03-01

    Alternative high throughput transfection methods are required to understand the molecular network of the cell, which is linked to the evaluation of target genes as therapeutic agents. Besides diagnostic purposes, the transfection of primary- and stem cells is of high interest for therapeutic use. Here, the cell release of trans- or exogene proteins is used to develop immune cancer therapies. The basic requirement to accomplish manipulation of cells is an efficient and gentle transfection method. Therefore, we developed an automatized cell manipulation platform providing high throughput by using GNOME laser transfection. Herein, the interaction of moderately focused laser pulses with gold nanoparticles in close vicinity to the cell membrane mediate transient membrane permeabilization. The exact nature of the involved permeabilization effects depends on the applied particles and laser parameters. Hereinafter, we describe investigations considering the parameter regime, the permeabilization mechanism and the safety profile of GNOME laser transfection. The experimental and calculated results imply a combined permeabilization mechanism consisting of both photochemical and photothermal effects. Furthermore, paramount spatial control achieved either by laser illumination with micrometer precision or targeted gold nanoparticle binding to the cells was demonstrated, allowing selective cell manipulation and destruction. Additionally, the possibility to manipulate difficult to transfect primary cells (neurons) is shown. These results give insights in the basic mechanisms involved in GNOME laser transfection and serve as a strong basis to deliver different molecules for therapeutic (e.g. proteins) and diagnostic (siRNA) use.

  4. Acoustic-transfection for genomic manipulation of single-cells using high frequency ultrasound.

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    Yoon, Sangpil; Wang, Pengzhi; Peng, Qin; Wang, Yingxiao; Shung, K Kirk

    2017-07-13

    Efficient intracellular delivery of biologically active macromolecules has been a challenging but important process for manipulating live cells for research and therapeutic purposes. There have been limited transfection techniques that can deliver multiple types of active molecules simultaneously into single-cells as well as different types of molecules into physically connected individual neighboring cells separately with high precision and low cytotoxicity. Here, a high frequency ultrasound-based remote intracellular delivery technique capable of delivery of multiple DNA plasmids, messenger RNAs, and recombinant proteins is developed to allow high spatiotemporal visualization and analysis of gene and protein expressions as well as single-cell gene editing using clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR)-associated protein-9 nuclease (Cas9), a method called acoustic-transfection. Acoustic-transfection has advantages over typical sonoporation because acoustic-transfection utilizing ultra-high frequency ultrasound over 150 MHz can directly deliver gene and proteins into cytoplasm without microbubbles, which enables controlled and local intracellular delivery to acoustic-transfection technique. Acoustic-transfection was further demonstrated to deliver CRISPR-Cas9 systems to successfully modify and reprogram the genome of single live cells, providing the evidence of the acoustic-transfection technique for precise genome editing using CRISPR-Cas9.

  5. Effects of molecular size and chemical factor on plasma gene transfection

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    Ikeda, Yoshihisa; Motomura, Hideki; Kido, Yugo; Satoh, Susumu; Jinno, Masafumi

    2016-07-01

    In order to clarify the mechanism of plasma gene transfection, the relationship between transfection efficiency and transferred molecular size was investigated. Molecules with low molecular mass (less than 50 kDa; dye or dye-labeled oligonucleotide) and high molecular mass (more than 1 MDa; plasmid DNA or fragment of plasmid DNA) were transferred to L-929 cells. It was found that the transfection efficiency decreases with increasing in transferred molecular size and also depends on the tertiary structure of transferred molecules. Moreover, it was suggested the transfection mechanism is different between the molecules with low (less than 50 kDa) and high molecular mass (higher than 1 MDa). For the amount of gene transfection after plasma irradiation, which is comparable to that during plasma irradiation, it is shown that H2O2 molecules are the main contributor. The transfection efficiency decreased to 0.40 ± 0.22 upon scavenging the H2O2 generated by plasma irradiation using the catalase. On the other hand, when the H2O2 solution is dropped into the cell suspension without plasma irradiation, the transfection efficiency is almost 0%. In these results, it is also suggested that there is a synergetic effect of H2O2 with electrical factors or other reactive species generated by plasma irradiation.

  6. Synergistic effect of electrical and chemical factors on endocytosis in micro-discharge plasma gene transfection

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    Jinno, M.; Ikeda, Y.; Motomura, H.; Isozaki, Y.; Kido, Y.; Satoh, S.

    2017-06-01

    We have developed a new micro-discharge plasma (MDP)-based gene transfection method, which transfers genes into cells with high efficiency and low cytotoxicity; however, the mechanism underlying the method is still unknown. Studies revealed that the N-acetylcysteine-mediated inhibition of reactive oxygen species (ROS) activity completely abolished gene transfer. In this study, we used laser-produced plasma to demonstrate that gene transfer does not occur in the absence of electrical factors. Our results show that both electrical and chemical factors are necessary for gene transfer inside cells by microplasma irradiation. This indicates that plasma-mediated gene transfection utilizes the synergy between electrical and chemical factors. The electric field threshold required for transfection was approximately 1 kV m-1 in our MDP system. This indicates that MDP irradiation supplies sufficient concentrations of ROS, and the stimulation intensity of the electric field determines the transfection efficiency in our system. Gene transfer by plasma irradiation depends mainly on endocytosis, which accounts for at least 80% of the transfer, and clathrin-mediated endocytosis is a dominant endocytosis. In plasma-mediated gene transfection, alterations in electrical and chemical factors can independently regulate plasmid DNA adhesion and triggering of endocytosis, respectively. This implies that plasma characteristics can be adjusted according to target cell requirements, and the transfection process can be optimized with minimum damage to cells and maximum efficiency. This may explain how MDP simultaneously achieves high transfection efficiency with minimal cell damage.

  7. Stable transfection into rat bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells by lentivirus-mediated NT-3.

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    Gong, Yu; Wang, Hongfei; Xia, Haijun

    2015-01-01

    Transplantation of bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells (BMSCs) is the most promising therapeutic strategy in the treatment of spinal cord injuries. BMSCs have a wide variety of sources and are characterized by being exempt from immune rejection, marked secretory functions and neuronal plasticity during differentiation. The lentiviral vector, namely PLV.Ex3d.P/neo-EF1A-NT3-internal ribosome entry site-enhanced green fluorescent protein, was constructed and subsequently transfected into Sprague Dawley (SD) rat BMSCs. The gene and protein expression levels of the nucleic acid neurotrophin-3 (NT-3) were then detected. The results demonstrated that the constructed NT-3 gene lentiviral expression vector matched the expected design and that the NT-3 gene was transfected into the BMSCs via the lentivirus‑mediated method at a transfection efficiency of 60‑70%. NT-3 gene expression was detected within the stably transfected positive cells at the nucleic acid and protein levels. The cell morphology and biological activity of BMSCs did not alter significantly following transfection with NT-3. NT-3-transfected SD BMSCs were successfully constructed and served as effective vector seed cells with stable expression. These results can be used as a reference for subsequent studies on the transplantation therapy of rat spinal cord injuries using lentivirus-mediated NT-3-transfected SD BMSCs.

  8. ANALYSIS OF IN VITRO TRANSFECTION BY SONOPORATION USING CATIONIC AND NEUTRAL MICROBUBBLES

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    Tlaxca, Jose L.; Anderson, Christopher R.; Klibanov, Alexander L.; Lowrey, Bryce; Hossack, John A.; Alexander, J. Steven; Lawrence, Michael B.; Rychak, Joshua J.

    2010-01-01

    The objective of the study was to examine the role of acoustic power intensity and microbubble and plasmid concentrations on transfection efficiency in HEK-293 cells using a sonoporator with a 1-MHz transducer. A green fluorescent protein (GFP) reporter plasmid was delivered in as much as 80% of treated cells, and expression of the GFP protein was observed in as much as 75% of cells, using a power intensity of 2 W/cm2 with a 25% duty cycle. In addition, the relative transfection abilities of a lipid noncationic and cationic microbubble platform were investigated. As a positive control, cells were transfected using Lipofectamine reagent. Cell survival and transfection efficiency were inversely proportional to acoustic power and microbubble concentration. Our results further demonstrated that high-efficiency transfection could be achieved, but at the expense of cell loss. Moreover, direct conjugation of plasmid to the microbubble did not appear to significantly enhance transfection efficiency under the examined conditions, although this strategy may be important for targeted transfection in vivo. PMID:20800945

  9. Fast targeted gene transfection and optogenetic modification of single neurons using femtosecond laser irradiation

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    Antkowiak, Maciej; Torres-Mapa, Maria Leilani; Witts, Emily C.; Miles, Gareth B.; Dholakia, Kishan; Gunn-Moore, Frank J.

    2013-11-01

    A prevailing problem in neuroscience is the fast and targeted delivery of DNA into selected neurons. The development of an appropriate methodology would enable the transfection of multiple genes into the same cell or different genes into different neighboring cells as well as rapid cell selective functionalization of neurons. Here, we show that optimized femtosecond optical transfection fulfills these requirements. We also demonstrate successful optical transfection of channelrhodopsin-2 in single selected neurons. We extend the functionality of this technique for wider uptake by neuroscientists by using fast three-dimensional laser beam steering enabling an image-guided ``point-and-transfect'' user-friendly transfection of selected cells. A sub-second transfection timescale per cell makes this method more rapid by at least two orders of magnitude when compared to alternative single-cell transfection techniques. This novel technology provides the ability to carry out large-scale cell selective genetic studies on neuronal ensembles and perform rapid genetic programming of neural circuits.

  10. Factors that affect the efficiency of antisense oligodeoxyribonucleotide transfection by insonated gas-filled lipid microbubbles

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    Zhao, Ying-Zheng; Lu, Cui-Tao

    2008-03-01

    Objective: To investigate the factors that affect the efficiency of antisense oligodeoxyribonucleotide(AS-ODNs) transfection by insonated gas-filled lipid microbubbles. Methods: Lipid microbubbles filled with two types of gases-air and C3F8, were prepared respectively. An AS-ODNs sequence HA824 and a breast cancer cell line SK-BR-3 were used to define the various operating variables determining the transfection efficiency of insonated microbubbles. Two mixing methods, three levels of mixing speed, different mixing durations and various ultrasound initiation time after mixing were examined respectively. Transfection efficiency was detected by fluorescence microscopy. Results: C3F8 microbubbles gave higher levels of AS-ODNs transfection efficiency than air microbubbles in all test conditions. Transfection efficiency resulted from mixing method A (incubation of HA824 and microbubbles before mixing cells) did not show significant difference with that of mixing method B (without incubation of HA824 and microbubbles before mixing cells). Mixing speed, duration of mixing and ultrasound initiation time after mixing were central to determining HA824 transfection efficiency in vitro. The optimum parameters for SK-BR-3 cells were found at a mixing speed of 40-50 rpm for 30-60 s with less than 60 s delay before ultrasound. Conclusion: Ultrasound-mediated AS-ODNs transfection enhanced by C3F8-filled lipid microbubbles represents an effective avenue for AS-ODNs transfer.

  11. Human proinsulin conversion in the regulated and the constitutive pathways of transfected AtT20 cells.

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    Irminger, J C; Vollenweider, F M; Neerman-Arbez, M; Halban, P A

    1994-01-21

    AtT20 (mouse pituitary corticotroph) cells were stably transfected with human proinsulin cDNA. Clone H12 displayed low basal release of insulin-like immunoreactivity (< 1% cell content/30 min) with 17-fold stimulation by isobutylmethylxanthine/forskolin. Clone H23, by contrast, showed higher basal release (2.8% cell content/30 min) and only 6-fold stimulation. To follow the kinetics of conversion and release of only newly synthesized proinsulin, cells were pulse-chased, and labeled proinsulin-related products were analyzed by high pressure liquid chromatography. In the cells of both clones, [3H]proinsulin was converted to insulin with des-31,32-split proinsulin as the only detectable intermediate. While basal release of labeled products from H12 cells was low (3%/60 min), it was rapid and elevated from H23 cells (12.5% by 30 min and 24.8% by 60 min of chase) with [3H]des-31,32-split proinsulin the predominant molecular form. Stimulation of [3H] insulin release increased with time, reaching 3.8-fold by 90 min of chase, whereas that of [3H]des-31,32-split proinsulin was approximately 1.5-fold regardless of the chase time. Rapid secretion of newly synthesized products that is insensitive to secretagogues is the hallmark of the constitutive pathway. Thus in H23 cells an unusually large amount of proinsulin is diverted to the constitutive pathway, where it is partially converted to des-31,32-split proinsulin before release.

  12. Metastatic potential of cloned murine melanoma cells transfected with activated c-Ha-ras.

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    Price, J E; Aukerman, S L; Ananthaswamy, H N; McIntyre, B W; Schackert, G; Schackert, H K; Fidler, I J

    1989-08-01

    We sought to determine whether the transfection of tumorigenic but not metastatic cells with the activated c-Ha-ras oncogene was invariably associated with acquisition of the metastatic phenotype. Three clonally derived lines of the K-1735 murine melanoma, characterized as nonmetastatic or poorly metastatic, were transfected with plasmids containing the 6.6-kilobase BamHI fragment of the mutant human c-Ha-ras gene and the neo gene, that confers resistance to neomycin (pSV2neoEJ). Cells transfected with pSV2neo, a plasmid containing the neo gene, served as controls for the procedure of Polybrene-mediated transfection. All cell lines were injected into syngeneic C3H/HeN and into athymic mice, and the results were compared with those produced by highly metastatic K-1735 M-2 cells. Although the pSV2neoEJ-transfected cells produced more rapidly growing s.c. tumors than the control cell lines did, the incidence of spontaneous metastasis was not increased. Following i.v. inoculation, the c-Ha-ras transfectants were retained in lung vasculature in greater proportions than pSV2neo counterpart transfectants were. The c-Ha-ras transfectants also produced significantly more lung tumor colonies, which grew faster than the few lung tumor colonies in mice given injections of control melanoma cells. We concluded that transfection of the activated c-Ha-ras oncogene into nonmetastatic K-1735 melanoma cells leads to accelerated tumor growth in vivo and can confer the ability to form lung colonies after i.v. injection but not the ability to metastasize from a primary s.c. tumor.

  13. Insulin receptor activation and down-regulation by cationic lipid transfection reagents.

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    Pramfalk, Camilla; Lanner, Johanna; Andersson, Monica; Danielsson, Eva; Kaiser, Christina; Renström, Ing-Marie; Warolén, Malin; James, Stephen R

    2004-01-26

    Transfection agents comprised of cationic lipid preparations are widely used to transfect cell lines in culture with specific recombinant complementary DNA molecules. We have found that cells in culture are often resistant to stimulation with insulin subsequent to treatment with transfection agents such as LipofectAMINE 2000 and FuGENE-6. This is seen with a variety of different readouts, including insulin receptor signalling, glucose uptake into muscle cells, phosphorylation of protein kinase B and reporter gene activity in a variety of different cell types We now show that this is due in part to the fact that cationic lipid agents activate the insulin receptor fully during typical transfection experiments, which is then down-regulated. In attempts to circumvent this problem, we investigated the effects of increasing concentrations of LipofectAMINE 2000 on insulin receptor phosphorylation in Chinese hamster ovary cells expressing the human insulin receptor. In addition, the efficiency of transfection that is supported by the same concentrations of transfection reagent was studied by using a green fluorescent protein construct. Our data indicate that considerably lower concentrations of LipofectAMINE 2000 can be used than are recommended by the manufacturers. This is without sacrificing transfection efficiency markedly and avoids the problem of reducing insulin receptor expression in the cells. Widely-used cationic lipid transfection reagents cause a state of insulin unresponsiveness in cells in culture due to fully activating and subsequently reducing the expression of the receptor in cells. This phenomenon can be avoided by reducing the concentration of reagent used in the transfection process.

  14. Integrated application of uniform design and least-squares support vector machines to transfection optimization.

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    Pan, Jin-Shui; Hong, Mei-Zhu; Zhou, Qi-Feng; Cai, Jia-Yan; Wang, Hua-Zhen; Luo, Lin-Kai; Yang, De-Qiang; Dong, Jing; Shi, Hua-Xiu; Ren, Jian-Lin

    2009-05-31

    Transfection in mammalian cells based on liposome presents great challenge for biological professionals. To protect themselves from exogenous insults, mammalian cells tend to manifest poor transfection efficiency. In order to gain high efficiency, we have to optimize several conditions of transfection, such as amount of liposome, amount of plasmid, and cell density at transfection. However, this process may be time-consuming and energy-consuming. Fortunately, several mathematical methods, developed in the past decades, may facilitate the resolution of this issue. This study investigates the possibility of optimizing transfection efficiency by using a method referred to as least-squares support vector machine, which requires only a few experiments and maintains fairly high accuracy. A protocol consists of 15 experiments was performed according to the principle of uniform design. In this protocol, amount of liposome, amount of plasmid, and the number of seeded cells 24 h before transfection were set as independent variables and transfection efficiency was set as dependent variable. A model was deduced from independent variables and their respective dependent variable. Another protocol made up by 10 experiments was performed to test the accuracy of the model. The model manifested a high accuracy. Compared to traditional method, the integrated application of uniform design and least-squares support vector machine greatly reduced the number of required experiments. What's more, higher transfection efficiency was achieved. The integrated application of uniform design and least-squares support vector machine is a simple technique for obtaining high transfection efficiency. Using this novel method, the number of required experiments would be greatly cut down while higher efficiency would be gained. Least-squares support vector machine may be applicable to many other problems that need to be optimized.

  15. Combinatorial synthesis of new cationic lipids and high-throughput screening of their transfection properties.

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    Lenssen, Karl; Jantscheff, Peter; von Kiedrowski, Günter; Massing, Ulrich

    2002-09-02

    Here we describe the first synthesis-screening approach for the identification and optimization of new cationic lipids for gene transfer in various cell lines. Combinatorial solid-phase chemistry was used to synthesize a library of new cationic lipids based on 3-methylamino-1,2-dihydroxypropane as the polar, cationic lipid part. As the nonpolar lipid part, different hydrocarbon chains were bound to the amino group of the scaffold and the amino group was further methylated to afford constantly cationic lipids. Lipids were synthesized in both configurations and as racemates, and the counter ions were also varied. By using a fully automated transfection screening method and COS-7 cells, the cationic lipid N,N-ditetradecyl-N-methyl-amino-2,3-propanediol (KL-1-14) was identified as a candidate lipid for the development of an improved transfection reagent. Screening the transfection properties of KL-1-14 in numerous combinations with the helper lipids dioleoylphosphatidylethanolamine (DOPE) and cholesterol (Chol) revealed that Chol is the most suitable helper lipid and the best KL-1-14/Chol ratio is 0.5-0.7. Compared to the standard transfection lipid N-[1-(2,3-dioleoyloxy)propyl]-N,N,N-trimethylammonium methyl sulfate (DOTAP), transfection efficiency was improved by a factor of about 40. Furthermore, by using R- and S-configured KL-1-14, it could be shown that the configuration of the lipids had no significant influence on its transfection efficiency. The highest transfection efficiencies were achieved with chloride as the counter ion. The new lipofection reagent was further tested to transfect the cell lines MDA-MB-468, MCF-7, MDCK-C7, and primary dentritic cells (DC), which are important for the development of new anticancer gene therapy strategies. Even in these cells, KL-1-14/Chol (1:0.6) had improved transfection efficiencies, which were about two to four times higher than for DOTAP.

  16. Two de novo mutations in the AR gene cause the complete androgen insensitivity syndrome in a pair of monozygotic twins.

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    Mongan, Nigel P; Jääskeläinen, Jarmo; Green, Katherine; Schwabe, John W; Shimura, Naoto; Dattani, Mehul; Hughes, Ieuan A

    2002-03-01

    The androgen insensitivity syndrome (AIS) is the most common cause of male undermasculinization and is typically caused by mutations in the AR gene. Affected individuals may exhibit either complete external feminization (complete AIS) or a partial phenotype (partial AIS). Here we describe monozygotic twins diagnosed with complete AIS who each possess two substitutions (C-->G at position 2930 and T-->C at position 2955, both in exon 7), leading to Phe(856)Leu and Ser(865)Pro mutations, respectively. Neither parent was found to be a carrier for these mutations, indicating that the double mutation arose de novo. Both mutations were recreated by site-directed mutagenesis and compared functionally with the wild-type receptor. The Phe(856)Leu mutation did not affect androgen binding when expressed in COS-1 cells, nor did this mutation decrease androgen-dependent trans-activation in transfected HeLa cells. However, the Ser(865)Pro mutation completely ablated androgen binding and trans-activation. In this study we demonstrate that the replacement of serine by proline at position 865 is sufficient in itself to cause complete AIS in these twins. Analyses of nuclear receptor structures suggest that this mutation is likely to perturb the conformation of helix 10/11, which plays a role in ligand binding, dimerization, and receptor activation. To our knowledge this is the first confirmed instance of AIS (complete or partial) due to an AR mutation occurring in twins. Furthermore, the phenotype was associated with two mutations that were both novel in nature.

  17. Partial androgen insensitivity and correlations with the predicted three dimensional structure of the androgen receptor ligand-binding domain.

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    Yong, E L; Tut, T G; Ghadessy, F J; Prins, G; Ratnam, S S

    1998-02-01

    Genetic defects of the human androgen receptor (AR) can cause a wide spectrum of androgen insensitivity syndromes (AIS) ranging from phenotypic females in those with complete AIS; ambiguous genitalia in partial AIS; to male infertility in minimal AIS. The majority of these defects are due to point mutations resulting in amino acid substitutions. It is however unclear why certain mutations result in partial AIS, whereas others in the same exon cause the complete syndrome. We present a case of partial AIS due to a point mutation affecting codon 758 of the AR ligand-binding domain (LBD) that changed the sense of the codon from asparagine to threonine (N758T). The mutant receptor displayed normal binding affinity to DHT but abnormal dissociation kinetics in both patient's fibroblasts and transfected COS-7 cells. The mutant AR was thermolabile, and resulted in approximately 50% reduction in receptor transactivation capacity when examined with a reporter gene incorporating an androgen-response-element. Although the 3-D structure of AR LBD is not known, the homologous region in a member of the steroid receptor superfamily, retinoid-X receptor (RXR-alpha), has been crystallized, allowing comparison of aligned amino-acid sequences of RXR-alpha and AR. The mutation, N758T, lies in a predicted linker region between the fifth alpha-helix (H5) and the first beta-strand (S1). Generally, mutations leading to partial AIS tend to cluster in the predicted linker regions located between the structural helices of the AR LBD. Most strikingly, the predicted linker regions contain over 70% of the mutant ARs associated with prostate cancer in the LBD. The occurrence of mutations associated with both partial AIS and prostate cancer in the same predicted linker regions, suggest that this clustering is not coincidental and that the predicted linker regions are likely to have important, but subtle, roles in defining androgen binding and ligand specificity.

  18. An examination of how different mutations at arginine 855 of the androgen receptor result in different androgen insensitivity phenotypes.

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    Elhaji, Youssef A; Wu, Jian Hui; Gottlieb, Bruce; Beitel, Lenore K; Alvarado, Carlos; Batist, Gerald; Trifiro, Mark A

    2004-08-01

    Two substitutions at an identical location in the ligand-binding domain (LBD) of the human androgen receptor (AR), R855C and R855H, are associated with complete androgen insensitivity syndrome (AIS) and partial AIS, respectively. Kinetic analysis of the mutant receptors in genital skin fibroblasts and in transfected cells revealed very low total binding (Bmax) and increased rate constants of dissociation (k) for the R855C mutant; and normal Bmax and k, with slightly elevated equilibrium affinity constants (Kd), but decreased transactivational capacity for the R855H mutant. Further analysis of the R855H mutant revealed both thermolability and decreased N/C-terminal inter-actions in the presence and absence of the co-activator transcriptional intermediary factor 2. To establish the nature of these functional differences we have used molecular dynamic modeling to create four-dimensional models of each of the mutant receptors. Molecular dynamic modeling produced profoundly different models for each of the mutants: in modeling of R855C a surprisingly significant distant alteration in the position of helix 12 of the helix 12 positioning of the AR ligand binding domain (AR-LBD) occurs, which would predict severe ligand binding abnormalities and complete AIS; in modeling of R855H, no dramatic effect on the position of helix 12 was seen; thus, binding properties of the receptor are not compromised. Molecular dynamics four-dimensional modeling clearly supports the biochemical and kinetic studies of both mutants. Such novel computational modeling may lead to a better understanding of the structure-function relationships and the molecular mechanics of ligand binding not only of the AR-LBD but also of other nuclear receptors.

  19. Functional analysis of a novel androgen receptor mutation, Q902K, in an individual with partial androgen insensitivity.

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    Umar, Arzu; Berrevoets, Cor A; Van, N Mai; van Leeuwen, Marije; Verbiest, Michael; Kleijer, Wim J; Dooijes, Dennis; Grootegoed, J Anton; Drop, Stenvert L S; Brinkmann, Albert O

    2005-01-01

    Androgen insensitivity syndrome (AIS) is caused by defects in the androgen receptor (AR) that render the AR partially or completely inactive. As a result, embryonic sex differentiation is impaired. Here, we describe a novel mutation in the AR found in a patient with partial AIS. The mutation results in a substitution of a glutamine (Q) by a lysine (K) residue at position 902, Q902K. The AR Q902K mutation was investigated in vitro with respect to its functional properties. The equilibrium dissociation constants (K(d)s) of AR Q902K in the presence of either the synthetic androgen R1881 or the natural ligand DHT were slightly elevated. The R1881 dissociation rate (t(1/2)) was increased 3-fold for AR Q902K compared with wild type. Transcriptional activity was decreased to 85% of wild type, and the dose-response curve revealed that the sensitivity to hormone was decreased due to the mutation. Furthermore, the 114-kDa androgen-induced phosphorylated AR protein band was not detectable in genital skin fibroblasts. However, it could be detected in transfected CHO cells expressing the mutant receptor in the presence of 10 and 100 nm R1881. Functional interaction assays and a GST pull-down assay showed that the interaction between the NH2 and COOH terminus of AR Q902K was reduced to 50% of wild type. Furthermore, the transactivation by the coactivator TIF2 (transcriptional intermediary factor 2) was decreased 2- to 3-fold. The half-maximal response in both assays was shifted to a higher hormone concentration compared with wild type. These results indicate that residue Q902 is involved in TIF2 and NH2/COOH interaction and that the Q to K mutation results in a mild impairment of AR function, which can explain the partial AIS phenotype of the patient.

  20. The role of hypoxia-inducible factor-1α and -2α in androgen insensitive prostate cancer cells.

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    Jeong, Chang Wook; Yoon, Cheol Yong; Jeong, Seong Jin; Hong, Sung Kyu; Byun, Seok-Soo; Kwak, Cheol; Lee, Sang Eun

    2013-11-01

    The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of induction and knocking down of hypoxia-inducible factor (HIF)-1α and/or -2α on tumor biology in androgen insensitive prostate cancer cell lines. The induction patterns of HIF-1α and -2α after treatment with ZnSO4 were evaluated in PC3 and DU145 cells. Both cell lines were transfected with siRNA targeted against HIF-1α and/or -2α, and the expression patterns of these 2 HIF isoforms were examined. We next performed cell counting Kit-8 (CCK-8) assays and matrigel invasion assays. Potential additive effects of HIF blockade to chemotherapy (docetaxel) or target agents (sunitinib and sorafenib) were examined. In addition, gene expression changes were determined in ZnSO4-treated DU145 cells using Western blotting. ZnSO4 affected the expression of HIF in a dose-dependent manner. HIF expression was increased within the first 3 hours but then decreased. Cells in which HIF-1α and/or -2α had been knocked down using siRNA showed decreased cell viability. Invasion abilities were increased by ZnSO4 treatment in both cell lines overexpressing HIF. However, invasion potencies were decreased in response to treatment with HIF siRNAs. Blocking HIF prominently augmented the antitumor effects of target agents. The underlying mechanism could be associated with p21, cMET, IGF-1, and GLUT-1. Our results demonstrate that HIF-1α and -2α are important for cell proliferation and invasion ability in prostate cancer. Together, our results indicate that combinations of target agents with HIF knockdown may represent a promising strategy for the treatment of prostate cancer. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  1. Surfactant for dye-penetrant inspection is insensitive to liquid oxygen

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    1966-01-01

    LOX insensitive solvent is blended into a mixture of commercially available surfactants to clean metal surfaces which are to be investigated by the dye-penetrant method. The surfactant mixture is applied before and after application of the dye.

  2. Searching for the variables that control human rule-governed "insensitivity".

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    Fox, Adam E; Kyonka, Elizabeth G E

    2017-09-01

    Verbal rules or instructions often exert obvious and meaningful control over human behavior. Sometimes instructions benefit the individual by enabling faster acquisition of a skill or by obviating an aversive consequence. However, research has also suggested a clear disadvantage: "insensitivity" to changing underlying contingencies. The two experiments described here investigated the variables that control initial rule-following behavior and rule-following insensitivity. When the initial rule was inaccurate, behavior was consistent with the rule for approximately half of participants and all participants' behavior was mostly insensitive to changing contingencies. When the initial rule was accurate, behavior of all participants was consistent with it and behavior for nearly all participants was insensitive to changes in underlying contingencies. These findings have implications for how best to establish and maintain rule-following behavior in applied settings when deviant behavior would be more reinforcing to the individual. © 2017 Society for the Experimental Analysis of Behavior.

  3. Polarization-insensitive PAM-4-carrying free-space orbital angular momentum (OAM) communications.

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    Liu, Jun; Wang, Jian

    2016-02-22

    We present a simple configuration incorporating single polarization-sensitive phase-only liquid crystal spatial light modulator (SLM) to facilitate polarization-insensitive free-space optical communications employing orbital angular momentum (OAM) modes. We experimentally demonstrate several polarization-insensitive optical communication subsystems by propagating a single OAM mode, multicasting 4 and 10 OAM modes, and multiplexing 8 OAM modes, respectively. Free-space polarization-insensitive optical communication links using OAM modes that carry four-level pulse-amplitude modulation (PAM-4) signal are demonstrated in the experiment. The observed optical signal-to-noise ratio (OSNR) penalties are less than 1 dB in both polarization-insensitive N-fold OAM modes multicasting and multiple OAM modes multiplexing at a bit-error rate (BER) of 2e-3 (enhanced forward-error correction (EFEC) threshold).

  4. Munitions having an insensitive detonator system for initiating large failure diameter explosives

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    Perry, III, William Leroy

    2015-08-04

    A munition according to a preferred embodiment can include a detonator system having a detonator that is selectively coupled to a microwave source that functions to selectively prime, activate, initiate, and/or sensitize an insensitive explosive material for detonation. The preferred detonator can include an explosive cavity having a barrier within which an insensitive explosive material is disposed and a waveguide coupled to the explosive cavity. The preferred system can further include a microwave source coupled to the waveguide such that microwaves enter the explosive cavity and impinge on the insensitive explosive material to sensitize the explosive material for detonation. In use the preferred embodiments permit the deployment and use of munitions that are maintained in an insensitive state until the actual time of use, thereby substantially preventing unauthorized or unintended detonation thereof.

  5. DNA Transfer into Animal Cells Using Stearylated CPP Based Transfection Reagent.

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    Karro, Kristiina; Männik, Tiiu; Männik, Andres; Ustav, Mart

    2015-01-01

    The efficient transfection of cloned genes into cells has a critical role in nucleic acid-based therapeutic applications, molecular and cell biology studies, and the production of recombinant proteins in cultured cells. Using a stearylated cell-penetrating peptide (CPP) NickFect51, we have generated an effective, universal, and convenient method for the delivery of DNA vectors into animal cells derived from different origins (mammalian, avian, insect). The CPP-mediated transfection described in detail herein is efficient for many regular cell lines commonly used for research purposes and it is especially suitable for transfection of protein production cell lines adapted for growth in chemically defined serum-free medium.

  6. Direct Transfection of Dendritic Cells in the Epidermis After Plasmid Delivery Enhanced by Surface Electroporation

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    Amante, Dinah H.; Smith, Trevor R.F.; Kiosses, Bill B.; Sardesai, Niranjan Y.; Humeau, Laurent M.P.F.

    2014-01-01

    Abstract The skin is rich in antigen-presenting cells and as such is an excellent target tissue for vaccination strategies. Electroporation is a physical delivery method that potentiates the uptake of DNA vaccines into target cells. Intradermal electroporation offers a minimally invasive solution to DNA delivery in the clinic. Here we describe the direct transfection of dendritic cells in the epidermis, using a surface dermal electroporation device, and specifically show a dendritic cell transfected with plasmid expressing green fluorescent protein. The dendritic cell has used its motile capabilities after transfection to move from the epidermis into the dermis, making its way to the lymphatic system. PMID:25470335

  7. Anesthetic considerations in a parturient with congenital insensitivity to pain with anhidrosis.

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    Pirani, Z; Qasem, F; Katsiris, S

    2017-02-01

    Congenital insensitivity to pain is a rare autosomal recessive disease characterized by varying degrees of autonomic dysfunction and sensory loss, including nociceptive hyposensitivity. It is this autonomic dysfunction that makes both general and neuraxial anesthesia challenging. Testing the block during neuraxial anesthesia may be difficult and the patient may be prone to hypotension and bradycardia. This case report describes the anesthetic management of a parturient with congenital insensitivity to pain presenting for cesarean delivery.

  8. Time-division multiplexing of polarization-insensitive fiber-optic Michelson interferometric sensors

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    Huang, S. C.; Lin, W. W.; Chen, M. H.

    1995-06-01

    A system of time-division multiplexing of polarization-insensitive fiber-optic Michelson interferometric sensors that uses Faraday rotator mirror elements is demonstrated. This system is constructed with conventional low-birefringence single-mode fiber and is able to solve the polarization-fading problem by a combination of Faraday rotator mirrors with unbalanced Michelson interferometers. The system is lead-fiber insensitive and has potentials for practical field applications.

  9. Migraine: possible role of platelet insensitivity to prostaglandin E1 (PGE1).

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    Cerneca, F; de Luyk, S; Radillo, O; Simeone, R; Mangiarotti, M

    1993-01-01

    Platelet aggregation inhibition, induced by prostaglandin E1 (PGE1), was evaluated in 38 patients affected by migraine. Our data indicate a complete insensitivity to PGE1 in these subjects. The insensitivity to PGE1 leads to decreased cyclic-AMP (cAMP) levels, determining an imbalance in the inhibitory mechanism. From this observation we can suppose that the decreased affinity of PGE1-receptors, causing decreased cAMP levels, may be involved in pathogenesis of migraine.

  10. Timing of Gonadectomy in Patients with Complete Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome-Current Recommendations and Future Directions.

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    Patel, Vrunda; Casey, Rachel Kastl; Gomez-Lobo, Veronica

    2016-08-01

    This review highlights the controversy regarding timing of gonadectomy in patients with complete androgen insensitivity syndrome (CAIS). We will review the published literature regarding frequency of gonadal malignancy and summarize historical findings. Recent research suggests that gonadectomy may be deferred until adulthood due to the low risk of malignancy. An algorithm is also provided to help guide clinicians in management of patients with complete androgen insensitivity syndrome who have deferred gonadectomy.

  11. Photoperiod insensitive Ppd-A1a mutations in tetraploid wheat (Triticum durum Desf.).

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    Wilhelm, Edward P; Turner, Adrian S; Laurie, David A

    2009-01-01

    Variation in photoperiod response plays an important role in adapting crops to agricultural environments. In hexaploid wheat, mutations conferring photoperiod insensitivity (flowering after a similar time in short or long days) have been mapped on the 2B (Ppd-B1) and 2D (Ppd-D1) chromosomes in colinear positions to the 2H Ppd-H1 gene of barley. No A genome mutation is known. On the D genome, photoperiod insensitivity is likely to be caused by deletion of a regulatory region that causes misexpression of a member of the pseudo-response regulator (PRR) gene family and activation of the photoperiod pathway irrespective of day length. Photoperiod insensitivity in tetraploid (durum) wheat is less characterized. We compared pairs of near-isogenic lines that differ in photoperiod response and showed that photoperiod insensitivity is associated with two independent deletions of the A genome PRR gene that cause altered expression. This is associated with induction of the floral regulator FT. The A genome deletions and the previously described D genome deletion of hexaploid wheat remove a common region, suggesting a shared mechanism for photoperiod insensitivity. The identification of the A genome mutations will allow characterization of durum wheat germplasm and the construction of genotypes with novel combinations of photoperiod insensitive alleles.

  12. [Effects of transfection of human epidermal growth factor gene with adenovirus vector on biological characteristics of human epidermal cells].

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    Yin, Kai; Ma, Li; Shen, Chuan'an; Shang, Yuru; Li, Dawei; Li, Longzhu; Zhao, Dongxu; Cheng, Wenfeng

    2016-05-01

    To investigate the suitable transfection condition of human epidermal cells (hECs) with human epidermal growth factor (EGF) gene by adenovirus vector (Ad-hEGF) and its effects on the biological characteristics of hECs. hECs were isolated from deprecated human fresh prepuce tissue of circumcision by enzyme digestion method and then sub-cultured. hECs of the third passage were used in the following experiments. (1) Cells were divided into non-transfection group and 5, 20, 50, 100, 150, and 200 fold transfection groups according to the random number table (the same grouping method below), with 3 wells in each group. Cells in non-transfection group were not transfected with Ad-hEGF gene, while cells in the latter six groups were transfected with Ad-hEGF gene in multiplicities of infection (MOI) of 5, 20, 50, 100, 150, and 200 respectively. The morphology of the cells was observed with inverted phase contrast microscope, and expression of green fluorescent protein of the cells was observed with inverted fluorescence microscope at transfection hour (TH) 24, 48, and 72. (2) Another three batches of cells were collected, grouped, and treated as above, respectively. Then the transfection rate of Ad-hEGF gene was detected by flow cytometer (n=3), the mass concentration of EGF in culture supernatant of cells was detected by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (n=6), and the proliferation activity of cells was detected by cell counting kit 8 (CCK8) and microplate reader (n=6) at TH 24, 48, and 72, respectively. (3) Cells were collected and divided into non-transfection group and transfection group, with 6 wells in each group. Cells in non-transfection group were cultured with culture supernatant of cells without transfection, while cells in transfection group were cultured with culture supernatant of cells which were transfected with Ad-hEGF gene in the optimum MOI (50). CCK8 and microplate reader were used to measure the biological activity of EGF secreted by cells on culture

  13. [The effect of retrovirus-mediated hTRT transfection into cultured oral keratinocytes].

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    Huang, Ji-yan; Liu, Wei; Zhou, Zeng-tong; Zhou, Hai-wen

    2014-06-01

    Human telomerase reverse transcriptase (hTRT) was transfected into cultured oral keratinocytes (OKC) mediated by pBABE-tert recombined retrovirus to investigate the effect on OKC lifespan. pBABE-tert recombined retrovirus loaded with hTRT gene was amplified by transfected PT67 cells, and then transfected into cultured OKC in vitro. The positive clones of OKC were separated by puromycin and subcultured. Telomerase activity was analyzed by telomerase PCR-ELISA and PCR-PAGE. The hTRT positive clones of OKC showed telomerase expression, with extending lifespan to 8-9 passages. The hTRT transfected OKC can prolong doubly lifespan but not be immortalized, which indicates that cellular immortality mechanism is complicated and multi-controled. Telomerase activity is the key for cell immortalization but not the only impact factor.

  14. Femtosecond optical transfection as a tool for genetic manipulation of human embryonic stem cells

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    Torres-Mapa, M. L.; Gardner, J.; Bradburn, H.; King, J.; Dholakia, K.; Gunn-Moore, F.

    2013-03-01

    We demonstrate the use of femtosecond optical transfection for the genetic manipulation of human embryonic stem cells. Using a system with an SLM combined with a scanning mirror allows poration of both single-cell and colony-formed human embryonic stem cells in a rapid and targeted manner. In this work, we show successful transfection of plasmid DNA tagged with fluorescent reporters into human embryonic stem cells using three doses of focused femtosecond laser. A significant number of transfected cells retained their undifferentiated morphological feature of large nucleus with high nucleus to cytoplasmic ratio, 48h after photoporation. Furthermore, DNA constructs driven by different types of promoters were also successfully transfected into human embryonic stem cells using this technique.

  15. In Vitro Repair of UV-Irradiated Micrococcus luteus Bacteriophage N1 Transfecting DNA 1

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    Mahler, Inga; George, Jeanne; Grossman, Lawrence

    1974-01-01

    Calcium-treated UV-sensitive, host cell reactivation− strains of Micrococcus luteus are infected with UV-irradiated N1 DNA. In strains lacking UV endonuclease, in vitro treatment of the irradiated DNA results in transfection enhancement. PMID:4823319

  16. Effects of dissolved gases and an echo contrast agent on ultrasound mediated in vitro gene transfection.

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    Ogawa, Ryohei; Kondo, Takashi; Honda, Hidemi; Zhao, Qing Li; Fukuda, Shigekazu; Riesz, Peter

    2002-09-01

    The effects of acoustic cavitation on in vitro transfection by ultrasound were investigated. HeLa cells were exposed to 1.0 MHz continuous ultrasound in culture media containing the luciferase gene. Transfection efficiency was elevated when an echo contrast agent, Levovist was added or air was dissolved in the medium. When cells were sonicated in medium saturated with Ar, N2 or N2O which have different gamma values (Cp/Cv), or were saturated with He, Ar or Ne with different thermal conductivities, the effectiveness for the dissolved gases in the ultrasound mediated transfection was Ar > N2 > N2O or Ar > Ne > He, respectively. When free radical formation in water by ultrasound was monitored as a measure of inertial cavitation, it was similarly affected by dissolved gases. These results indicate that the efficiency of ultrasound mediated transfection was significantly affected either by occurrence of or by modification of inertial cavitation due to various gases.

  17. Oncogene transfection of mink lung cells: effect on growth characteristics in vitro and in vivo.

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    Khan, M Z; Spandidos, D A; Kerr, D J; McNicol, A M; Lang, J C; De Ridder, L; Freshney, R I

    1991-01-01

    Three sublines have been derived from the parental line Mv1Lu by transfection with normal and mutated Ha-ras, and myc oncogenes, and subsequent cloning. All the oncogenes have increased the growth rate of the cell in vitro, increased their plating efficiency in monolayer and suspension, and reduced their serum dependence. Growth in vivo as xenografts in nude mice has also been increased. Very few tumours were generated from the parental line and those that did form did so after a prolonged lag period, while the transfected lines produced tumours with 100% efficiency, and a short lag period. In general the effects of ras transfection were more extreme, with the highest growth rates and plating efficiencies in vitro and the shortest lag period and doubling times in vivo. There was no increase in plasminogen activator activity as a result of transfection, and the invasive behaviour of the lines in organotypic culture was broadly similar.

  18. Structure-activity correlation in transfection promoted by pyridinium cationic lipids.

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    Parvizi-Bahktar, P; Mendez-Campos, J; Raju, L; Khalique, N A; Jubeli, E; Larsen, H; Nicholson, D; Pungente, M D; Fyles, T M

    2016-03-21

    The efficiency of the transfection of a plasmid DNA encoding a galactosidase promoted by a series of pyridinium lipids in mixtures with other cationic lipids and neutral lipids was assessed in CHO-K1 cells. We identify key molecular parameters of the lipids in the mixture - clog P, lipid length, partial molar volume - to predict the morphology of the lipid-DNA lipoplex and then correlate these same parameters with transfection efficiency in an in vitro assay. We define a Transfection Index that provides a linear correlation with normalized transfection efficiency over a series of 90 different lipoplex compositions. We also explore the influence of the same set of molecular parameters on the cytotoxicity of the formulations.

  19. Minimally-Invasive Gene Transfection by Chemical and Physical Interaction of Atmospheric Pressure Plasma Flow

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    Kaneko, Toshiro

    2014-10-01

    Non-equilibrium atmospheric pressure plasma irradiated to the living-cell is investigated for medical applications such as gene transfection, which is expected to play an important role in molecular biology, gene therapy, and creation of induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells. However, the conventional gene transfection using the plasma has some problems that the cell viability is low and the genes cannot be transferred into some specific lipid cells, which is attributed to the unknown mechanism of the gene transfection using the plasma. Therefore, the time-controlled atmospheric pressure plasma flow is generated and irradiated to the living-cell suspended solution for clarifying the transfection mechanism toward developing highly-efficient and minimally- invasive gene transfection system. In this experiment, fluorescent dye YOYO-1 is used as the simulated gene and LIVE/DEAD Stain is simultaneously used for cell viability assay. By the fluorescence image, the transfection efficiency is calculated as the ratio of the number of transferred and surviving cells to total cell count. It is clarified that the transfection efficiency is significantly increased by the short-time (<4 sec) and short-distance (<40 mm) plasma irradiation, and the high transfection efficiency of 53% is realized together with the high cell viability (>90%). This result indicates that the physical effects such as the electric field caused by the charged particles arriving at the surface of the cell membrane, and chemical effects associated with plasma-activated products in solution act synergistically to enhance the cell-membrane transport with low-damage. This work was supported by JSPS KAKENHI Grant Number 24108004.

  20. Gonadotropin regulation of the rat proopiomelanocortin promoter: characterization by transfection of primary ovarian granulosa cells.

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    Young, S L; Nielsen, C P; Lundblad, J R; Roberts, J L; Melner, M H

    1989-01-01

    To characterize the transcriptional effects of human (h)FSH and hCG on the POMC gene, primary rat granulosa cells were transiently transfected with a chloramphenicol acetyltransferase (CAT) reporter plasmid under the control of the POMC promoter and 5' region. POMC-CAT contains a fragment of the rat POMC gene, extending from nucleotide -704 to nucleotide +63, fused to the CAT gene. Treatment of POMC-CAT-transfected cells with either hFSH (20 ng/ml) or hCG (10 ng/ml) significantly increased CAT enzyme activity; however, neither hCG nor hFSH increased CAT enzyme activity in cells transfected with pSV2-CAT, a reporter plasmid under the control of the SV40 virus promoter and 5' region. The phosphodiesterase inhibitor isobutylmethylxanthine or the nonhydrolyzable cAMP analog cAMP-chlorothiophenyl significantly increased CAT activity in POMC-CAT-transfected granulosa cells. Human FSH stimulated transcription 10, 20, and 40 h after treatment, but FSH stimulation at the two earlier time points was 2.5- to 5.5-fold greater than that at 40 h. Gonadotropin-stimulated steroidogenesis was equivalent in POMC-CAT-transfected granulosa cells, untransfected, and mock-transfected cells. This indicates that transfection left the physiological hormone response intact. These data demonstrate the following. 1) 767 basepairs of the rat POMC gene are enough to confer gonadotropin stimulation on the CAT marker gene in granulosa cells. 2) Although the POMC promotor lacks a well conserved cAMP response element, either of two different pharmacological manipulations of granulosa cells that raise intracellular cAMP can also stimulate POMC-driven CAT expression. 3) Transfected primary cultures of granulosa cells provide a nontransformed, physiologically relevant model with which to study hormone-regulated gene expression.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)

  1. Ultrasound-Mediated Mesenchymal Stem Cells Transfection as a Targeted Cancer Therapy Platform

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    Haber, Tom; Baruch, Limor; Machluf, Marcelle

    2017-01-01

    Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) hold tremendous potential as a targeted cell-based delivery platform for inflammatory and cancer therapy. Genetic manipulation of MSCs, however, is challenging, and therefore, most studies using MSCs as therapeutic cell carriers have utilized viral vectors to transduce the cells. Here, we demonstrate, for the first time, an alternative approach for the efficient transfection of MSCs; therapeutic ultrasound (TUS). Using TUS with low intensities and moderate frequencies, MSCs were transfected with a pDNA encoding for PEX, a protein that inhibits tumor angiogenesis, and studied as a cell vehicle for in vivo tumor therapy. TUS application did not alter the MSCs’ stemness or their homing capabilities, and the transfected MSCs transcribed biologically active PEX. Additionally, in a mouse model, 70% inhibition of prostate tumor growth was achieved following a single I.V. administration of MSCs that were TUS-transfected with pPEX. Further, the repeated I.V. administration of TUS-pPEX transfected-MSCs enhanced tumor inhibition up to 84%. Altogether, these results provide a proof of concept that TUS-transfected MSCs can be effectively used as a cell-based delivery approach for the prospective treatment of cancer. PMID:28169315

  2. Transfection of rat embryo cells with mutant p53 increases the intrinsic radiation resistance

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    Pardo, F.S.; Su, M.; Gerweck, L.; Schmidt, E.V.; Borek, C.; Preffer, F.; Dombkowski, D.

    1994-11-01

    Dominant oncogenic sequences have been shown to modulate the intrinsic radiation sensitivity of cells of both human and murine tumor cell lines. Whether transfection with candidate tumor-suppressor genes can modulate intrinsic radiation sensitivity is unknown. The data presented here demonstrate that transfection of rat embryo cells with a mutant p53 allele can increase the intrinsic radiation resistance of cells in vitro. First, transfection with mutant p53 resulted in transformed cellular morphology. Second, the transfected clone and the corresponding pooled population of transfected clones were more resistant to ionizing radiation in vitro. Last, analyses of the parameters of cell kinetics suggested that the radiobiological effects were unlikely to be due to altered parameters of cell kinetics at the time of irradiation, suggesting that mutant p53 altered the intrinsic radiation resistance of transfected cells by a more direct mechanism. Further experimentation will be necessary to develop a mechanistic approach for the study of these alterations. 29 refs., 3 figs., 2 tabs.

  3. Combined Pulse Electroporation – A Novel Strategy for Highly Efficient Transfection of Human and Mouse Cells

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    Stroh, Thorsten; Erben, Ulrike; Kühl, Anja A.; Zeitz, Martin; Siegmund, Britta

    2010-01-01

    The type of a nucleic acid and the type of the cell to be transfected generally affect the efficiency of electroporation, the versatile method of choice for gene regulation studies or for recombinant protein expression. We here present a combined square pulse electroporation strategy to reproducibly and efficiently transfect eukaryotic cells. Cells suspended in a universal buffer system received an initial high voltage pulse that was continuously combined with a subsequent low voltage pulse with independently defined electric parameters of the effective field and the duration of each pulse. At comparable viable cell recoveries and transfection efficiencies of up to 95% of all cells, a wide variety of cells especially profited from this combined pulse strategy by high protein expression levels of individual cells after transfection. Long-term silencing of gene expression by transfected small interfering RNA was most likely due to the uptake of large nucleic acid amounts as shown by direct detection of fluorochromated small interfering RNA. The highly efficient combined pulse electroporation strategy enables for external regulation of the number of naked nucleic acid molecules taken up and can be easily adapted for cells considered difficult to transfect. PMID:20209146

  4. Bacterial IMPDH gene used for the selection of mammalian cell transfectants.

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    Baccam, M.; Huberman, E.; Energy Systems

    2003-06-01

    Stable cell transfection is used for the expression of exogenous genes or cDNAs in eukaryotic cells. Selection of these transfectants requires a dominant selectable marker. A variety of such markers has been identified and is currently in use. However, many of these are not suitable for all cell types or require unique conditions. Here we describe a simple and versatile dominant selectable marker that involves bacterial IMP dehydrogenase (IMPDH), an enzyme essential for the replication of mammalian and bacterial cells. Although IMPDH is evolutionarily conserved, the bacterial enzyme is orders of magnitude more resistant to the toxic effect of the drug mycophenolic acid, which is an IMPDH inhibitor. We have demonstrated that transfection of human, monkey or Chinese hamster cell lines with an expression vector containing bacterial IMPDH and mycophenolic acid treatment resulted in the selection of colonies with a strikingly increased resistance to mycophenolic acid toxicity. Analysis of cells derived from these colonies indicated that the acquisition of this resistance was associated with bacterial IMPDH protein expression. As a proof of principle, we showed that mammalian cell transfection with a hicistronic IMPDH/GFP expression vector and mycophenolic acid treatment can he used to successfully select transfectants that express the fluorescent protein. These results indicate that bacterial IMPDH is a practical dominant selectable marker that can be used for the selection of transfectants that express exogenous genes or cDNAs in mammalian cells.

  5. Cell Transfection with a β-Cyclodextrin-PEI-Propane-1,2,3-Triol Nanopolymer

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    Lai, Wing-Fu; Jung, Han-Sung

    2014-01-01

    Successful gene therapy necessitates safe and efficient gene transfer. This article describes the use of a cationic polymer, which was synthesized by cross-linking low molecular weight branched poly(ethylenimine) (PEI) with both β-cyclodextrin and propane-1,2,3-triol, for efficient and safe non-viral gene delivery. Experimentation demonstrated that the polymer had a pH buffering capacity and DNA condensing ability comparable to those of PEI 25 kDa. In B16-F0 cells, the polymer increased the transfection efficiency of naked DNA by 700-fold and yielded better transfection efficiencies than Fugene HD (threefold higher) and PEI 25 kDa (fivefold higher). The high transfection efficiency of the polymer was not affected by the presence of serum during transfection. In addition to B16-F0 cells, the polymer enabled efficient transfection of HepG2 and U87 cells with low cytotoxicity. Our results indicated that our polymer is a safe and efficient transfection reagent that warrants further development for in vitro, in vivo and clinical applications. PMID:24956480

  6. Fast targeted gene transfection and optogenetic modification of single neurons using femtosecond laser irradiation

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    Antkowiak, Maciej; Torres-Mapa, Maria Leilani; Witts, Emily C.; Miles, Gareth B.; Dholakia, Kishan; Gunn-Moore, Frank J.

    2013-01-01

    A prevailing problem in neuroscience is the fast and targeted delivery of DNA into selected neurons. The development of an appropriate methodology would enable the transfection of multiple genes into the same cell or different genes into different neighboring cells as well as rapid cell selective functionalization of neurons. Here, we show that optimized femtosecond optical transfection fulfills these requirements. We also demonstrate successful optical transfection of channelrhodopsin-2 in single selected neurons. We extend the functionality of this technique for wider uptake by neuroscientists by using fast three-dimensional laser beam steering enabling an image-guided “point-and-transfect” user-friendly transfection of selected cells. A sub-second transfection timescale per cell makes this method more rapid by at least two orders of magnitude when compared to alternative single-cell transfection techniques. This novel technology provides the ability to carry out large-scale cell selective genetic studies on neuronal ensembles and perform rapid genetic programming of neural circuits. PMID:24257461

  7. Gene Transfection Method Using Atmospheric Pressure Dielectric-Barrier Discharge Plasmas

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    Sasaki, Shota; Kanzaki, Makoto; Kaneko, Toshiro

    2013-09-01

    Gene transfection which is the process of deliberately introducing nucleic acids into cells is expected to play an important role in medical treatment because the process is necessary for gene therapy and creation of induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells. However, the conventional transfection methods have some problems, so we focus attention on promising transfection methods by atmospheric pressure dielectric-barrier discharge (AP-DBD) plasmas. AP-DBD He plasmas are irradiated to the living cell covered with genes. Preliminarily, we use fluorescent dye YOYO-1 instead of the genes and use LIVE/DEAD Stain for cell viability test, and we analyze the transfection efficiency and cell viability under the various conditions. It is clarified that the transfection efficiency is strongly dependence on the plasma irradiation time and cell viability rates is high rates (>90%) regardless of long plasma irradiation time. These results suggest that ROS (Reactive Oxygen Species) and electric field generated by the plasma affect the gene transfection. In addition to this (the plasma irradiation time) dependency, we now investigate the effect of the plasma irradiation under the various conditions.

  8. Ultrasound-mediated gene transfection: A comparison between cells irradiated in suspension and attachment status

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    Zhang, Yiwei; Azuma, Takashi; Sasaki, Akira; Yoshinaka, Kiyoshi; Takagi, Shu; Matsumoto, Yoichiro

    2012-10-01

    Sonoporation, in the presence of microbubbles, is a promising nonviral gene transfection method. Although the mechanism is not yet fully understood, shock waves emitted by cavitation bubbles have been known to play an important role in creating pores on cell membranes. This work investigates the gene transfection efficiency and influencing parameters of cells in two different statuses: attachment and suspension based on the fact that cells in suspension have more bubbles surrounding them and that shock wave has distinct effects on hit objects whether the object is attached to a rigid wall or not. Fibroblast cells (NIH3T3), both in attachment and suspension, and green fluorescent protein (GFP) plasmid were exposed to variations in acoustic pressure (0.6-1.2 MPa) and 10% duty cycle at fixed settings of 2 MHz central frequency, 5 kHz pulse repetition frequency and 1 minute insonation time, in the presence of 10% v/v microbubbles (Sonazoid, a commercialized product of ultrasound contrast agent). The transfection efficiency and cell viability are compared for two statuses and a distribution map of GFP transfected cells as well as viable cells over the well bottom is given for attachment status. The results show that cells irradiated in suspension status has higher transfection ratio as well as viability than those irradiated in attachment status with the same intensity and that the transfected cells of attachment status experiment are highly concentrated near the center of the well.

  9. CEA and AFP expression in human hepatoma cells transfected with antisense IGF-I gene

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    Zhang, Li; Li, Shu-Nong; Wang, Xiao-Ning

    1998-01-01

    AIM: To determine whether antisense insulin-like growth factor-I (IGF-I) gene can modulate CEA and AFP expression in human hepatoma cells (HepG2). METHODS: Transfection of HepG2 cells was accomplished using Lipofectin reagent. Northern blot analysis confirmed the antisense IGF-I RNA of the transfected cells. CEA and AFP levels were measured using radioimmunoassay. RESULTS: Human hepatoma cell lines (HepG2) were transfected with antisense IGF-I gene. Northern blot analysis confirmed that antisense IGF-I RNA was expressed in the transfected cells. The effect of antisense IGF-I gene on CEA and AFP expression was demonstrated by the fact that the CEA and AFP levels in the supernatant of transfected cell culture were significantly lower as compared with the parent cells, [CEA 7.0 μg/L ± 0.76 μg/L and 3.29 μg/L ± 1.80 μg/L (P < 0.05) and AFP 53.63 μg/L ± 6.02 μg/L and 9.0 μg/L ± 5.26 μg/L (P < 0.01), respectively]. CONCLUSION: The malignant potentiality of the transfected cells was partially suppressed.Antisense IGF-I gene can modulate the expression of CEA and AFP in human hepatoma cell lines (HepG2) PMID:11819225

  10. Development of a semi-automated high throughput transient transfection system.

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    Bos, Aaron B; Duque, Joseph N; Bhakta, Sunil; Farahi, Farzam; Chirdon, Lindsay A; Junutula, Jagath R; Harms, Peter D; Wong, Athena W

    2014-06-20

    Transient transfection of mammalian cells provides a rapid method of producing protein for research purposes. Combining the transient transfection protein expression system with new automation technologies developed for the biotechnology industry would enable a high throughput protein production platform that could be utilized to generate a variety of different proteins in a short amount of time. These proteins could be used for an assortment of studies including proof of concept, antibody development, and biological structure and function. Here we describe such a platform: a semi-automated process for PEI-mediated transient protein production in tubespins at a throughput of 96 transfections at a time using a Biomek FX(P) liquid handling system. In one batch, 96 different proteins can be produced in milligram amounts by PEI transfection of HEK293 cells cultured in 50 mL tubespins. Methods were developed for the liquid handling system to automate the different processes associated with transient transfections such as initial cell seeding, DNA:PEI complex activation and DNA:PEI complex addition to the cells. Increasing DNA:PEI complex incubation time resulted in lower protein expression. To minimize protein production variability, the methods were further optimized to achieve consistent cell seeding, control the DNA:PEI incubation time and prevent cross-contamination among different tubespins. This semi-automated transfection process was applied to express 520 variants of a human IgG1 (hu IgG1) antibody. Published by Elsevier B.V.

  11. Transplantation of syngeneic transfected cells to probe the in vivo immune response to viral proteins

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    Nakayama, Hiroyuki; Shibata, Motohiro; Wohlenberg, C.; Rooney, J.F.; Notkins, A.L. )

    1991-01-01

    BALB/3T3 cells were transfected with the glycoprotein D (gD) gene of herpes simplex virus (HSV) and a cell line expressing gD on the cell surface was isolated. In vitro, {sup 51}Cr release tests showed that the transfected cells were destroyed by anti-HSV antibody in the presence of complement. To investigate in vivo immune response, the gD-transfected cells were transplanted into the footpads of syngeneic HSV-immunized or unimmunized BALB/c mice. In unimmunized mice, transfected cells remained intact for 7 days or longer, and the site of injection showed only slight lymphocyte infiltration. In contrast, in immunized mice, transfected cells elicited massive lymphocyte infiltration and were mostly destroyed by day 4. Analysis of infiltrating cells revealed that they were mainly Thy1{sup +} and CD8{sup +} lymphocytes along with small numbers of CD5{sup +}, CD4{sup +}, and B lymphocytes. These studies show that transfected murine cells expressing gD can be used to study the in vivo immune response to single viral proteins and they argue that the immune response contributes to the pathogenesis of HSV infection.

  12. Activation of kinin B1 receptor increases the release of metalloproteases-2 and -9 from both estrogen-sensitive and -insensitive breast cancer cells.

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    Ehrenfeld, Pamela; Conejeros, Ivan; Pavicic, Maria F; Matus, Carola E; Gonzalez, Carlos B; Quest, Andrew F G; Bhoola, Kanti D; Poblete, Maria T; Burgos, Rafael A; Figueroa, Carlos D

    2011-02-01

    The kinin B(1) receptor (B(1)R) agonist Lys-des[Arg(9)]-bradykinin (LDBK) increases proliferation of estrogen-sensitive breast cancer cells by a process involving activation of the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) and downstream signaling via the ERK1/2 mitogen-activated protein kinase pathway. Here, we investigated whether B(1)R stimulation induced release of the extracellular matrix metalloproteases MMP-2 and MMP-9 via ERK-dependent pathway in both estrogen-sensitive MCF-7 and -insensitive MDA-MB-231 breast cancer cells. Cells were stimulated with 1-100nM of the B(1)R agonist for variable time-points. Western blotting and gelatin zymography were used to evaluate the presence of MMP-2 and MMP-9 in the extracellular medium. Stimulation of B(1)R with as little as 1 nM LDBK induced the accumulation of these metalloproteases in the medium within 5-30min of stimulation. In parallel, immunocytochemistry revealed that metalloprotease levels in the breast cancer cells declined after stimulation. This effect was blocked either by pre-treating the cells with a B(1)R antagonist or by transfecting with B(1)R-specific siRNA. Activation of the ERK1/2 pathway and EGFR transactivation was required for release of metalloproteases because both the MEK1 inhibitor, PD98059, and AG1478, an inhibitor of the EGFR-tyrosine kinase activity, blocked this event. The importance of EGFR-dependent signaling was additionally confirmed since transfection of cells with the dominant negative EGFR mutant HERCD533 blocked the release of metalloproteases. Thus, activation of B(1)R is likely to enhance breast cancer cells invasiveness by releasing enzymes that degrade the extracellular matrix and thereby favor metastasis.

  13. The Synergistic Effect between Electrical and Chemical Factors in Plasma Gene/Molecule-Transfection

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    Jinno, Masafumi

    2016-09-01

    This study has been done to know what kind of factors in plasma and processes on cells promote plasma gene/molecule transfection. We have discovered a new plasma source using a microcapillary electrode which enables high transfection efficiency and high cell survivability simultaneously. However, the mechanism of the transfection by plasma was not clear. To clarify the transfection mechanisms by micro plasma, we focused on the effects of electrical (current, charge, field, etc.) and chemical (radicals, RONS, etc.) factors generated by the micro plasma and evaluated the contribution weight of three groups of the effects and processes, i.e. electrical, chemical and biochemical ones. At first, the necessity of the electrical factors was estimated by the laser produced plasma (LPP). Mouse L-929 fibroblast cell was cultured on a 96-well plate or 12-well micro slide chamber. Plasmids pCX-EGFP in Tris-EDTA buffer was dropped on the cells and they were exposed to the capillary discharge plasma (CDP) or the LPP. In the case of the CDP, the plasma was generated between the tip of the capillary electrode and the cells so that both electrical and chemical factors were supplied to the cells. In this setup, about 20% of average transfection efficiency was obtained. In the case of the LPP, the plasma was generated apart from the cells so that electrical factors were not supplied to the cells. In this setup, no transfection was observed. These results show that the electrical factors are necessary for the plasma gene transfection. Next, the necessity of the chemical factors was estimated the effect of catalase to remove H2O2 in CDP. The transfection efficiency decreased to 0.4 by scavenging H2O2 with catalase. However, only the solution of H2O2 caused no gene transfection in cells. These results shows that H2O2 is important species to cause gene/molecule transfection but still needs a synergistic effect with electrical or other chemical factors. This work was partly supported by

  14. Rapid, in vivo, evaluation of antiangiogenic and antineoplastic gene products by nonviral transfection of tumor cells.

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    Weiss, Jonathan M; Shivakumar, Rama; Feller, Stephanie; Li, Lin-Hong; Hanson, Art; Fogler, William E; Fratantoni, Joseph C; Liu, Linda N

    2004-05-01

    Using a nonviral, electroporation-based gene transfection approach, we demonstrate the efficient and consistent transfection of two poorly immunogenic tumor cell lines: B16F10 melanoma and renal carcinoma (RENCA). Three genes, IL-12, angiostatin (AS), and an endostatin:angiostatin fusion protein (ES:AS) were subcloned into a DNA plasmid containing EBNA1-OriP, which was then transfected into B16F10 and RENCA cells. Significant levels of protein were secreted into the culture supernatants of transfected cells in vitro. Transfected tumor cells were injected subcutaneously into mice. All the three transgenes were capable of significantly delaying and reducing the formation of primary B16F10 and RENCA tumors, as well as B16F10 lung metastases. By day 11 post-injection, all control mice that received either mock-transfected or empty vector DNA-transfected B16F10 tumor cells had developed large primary tumors. In contrast, mice that received IL-12-transfected B16F10 cells did not develop appreciable tumors until day 17, and these were significantly smaller than controls. Similar results were observed for the RENCA model, in which only one of the IL-12 mice had developed tumors out to day 31. Expression of AS or ES:AS also significantly delayed and reduced primary tumors. Overall, ES:AS was more effective than AS alone. Furthermore, 25% of the AS mice and 33% of the ES:AS mice remained tumor-free at day 17, by which point all control mice had significant tumors. Mouse survival rates also correlated with the extent of tumor burden. Importantly, no lung metastases were detected in the lungs of mice that had received either AS or ES:AS-transfected B16F10 tumor cells and significantly fewer metastases were found in the IL-12 group. The consistency of our transfection results highlight the feasibility of directly electroporating tumor cells as a means to screen, identify, and validate in vivo potentially novel antiangiogenic and/or antineoplastic genes.

  15. Glucocorticoid insensitive asthma: a one year clinical follow up pilot study

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    Demoly, P.; Jaffuel, D.; Mathieu, M.; Sahla, H.; Godard, P.; Michel, F.; Bousquet, J.

    1998-01-01

    BACKGROUND—Glucocorticoid resistant or insensitive asthmatic subjects are usually defined as patients whose baseline pre-bronchodilation forced expiratory volume in one second (FEV1) of less than 70-80% predicted improves significantly in response to β2 agonists but by less than 15% following 1-2 weeks of 40 mg prednisolone daily. Since there is little long term clinical information on these patients, a one year prospective study was performed to assess whether glucocorticoid sensitivity may vary over time.
METHODS—Nineteen severe asthmatic subjects were studied and received 40 mg prednisolone daily for seven days. Prednisolone was given for a further seven days in glucocorticoid insensitive asthmatics and then stopped. Patients were followed up for one year and the glucocorticoid test was repeated on five patients in each group six months later.
RESULTS—Eleven patients were classified as glucocorticoid insensitive and eight as glucocorticoid sensitive on day 7. The demographic characteristics of the patients were similar in both groups. Four glucocorticoid insensitive patients became responsive after one further week of prednisolone treatment. Six months later, four of five glucocorticoid sensitive patients and three of five previously glucocorticoid insensitive patients were glucocorticoid sensitive.
CONCLUSIONS—Glucocorticoid sensitivity varies over time.

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  16. Temperature- and wavelength-insensitive parametric amplification enabled by noncollinear achromatic phase-matching

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    Tang, Daolong; Ma, Jingui; Wang, Jing; Zhou, Bingjie; Xie, Guoqiang; Yuan, Peng; Zhu, Heyuan; Qian, Liejia

    2016-10-01

    Optical parametric chirped-pulse amplification (OPCPA) has been demonstrated to be a promising approach for pushing femtosecond pulses towards ultra-high peak powers. However, the future success of OPCPA strongly relies on the ability to manipulate its phase-matching (PM) configuration. When a high average power pump laser is involved, the thermal effects in nonlinear crystals induce phase-mismatch distortions that pose an inherent limitation on the conversion efficiency. Here, we demonstrate that the noncollinear configuration previously adopted for wavelength-insensitive PM can be employed for temperature-insensitive PM when the noncollinear angle is properly reset. Simultaneous temperature- and wavelength-insensitive PM is realized for the first time by imposing such a temperature-insensitive noncollinear configuration with an angularly dispersed seed signal. Based on the lithium triborate crystal, the proposed noncollinear achromatic PM has a thermal acceptance 6 times larger than that of the conventional wavelength-insensitive noncollinear PM and has a sufficient spectral acceptance to support pulse durations of ~20 fs at 800 nm. These achievements open new possibilities for generating ultra-high peak power lasers with high average power.

  17. Angle- and polarization-insensitive metamaterial absorber based on vertical and horizontal symmetric slotted sectors.

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    Trung, Nguyen Toan; Lee, Dongju; Sung, Hyuk-Kee; Lim, Sungjoon

    2016-10-10

    This novel vertically and horizontally symmetric slotted-sector design aims to realize an angle- and polarization-insensitive metamaterial absorber. The unit-cell symmetries achieve polarization insensitivity, while an optimized slotted-sector inner angle enables angle insensitivity. Because the absorptivity of a metamaterial absorber depends on the incident angle and polarization, many researchers have studied angle- and polarization-insensitive unit cells. In this work, a novel vertically and horizontally symmetric slotted sector is proposed in order to realize an angle- and polarization-insensitive metamaterial absorber. The absorber performance is demonstrated with full-wave simulation and measurements. Angular sensitivity is studied for different slotted-sector inner angles. For an 85° inner angle, the simulated absorptivity exceeds 90% and the frequency variation is less than 1.2% up to 70° incidence. The measured absorptivity at 10.34 GHz is close to 98.5% for all polarization angles at normal incidence. As the incidence angle varies from 0° to 70°, the measured absorptivity at 10.34 GHz remains above 90% in the transverse electric mode.

  18. Temperature- and wavelength-insensitive parametric amplification enabled by noncollinear achromatic phase-matching

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    Tang, Daolong; Ma, Jingui; Wang, Jing; Zhou, Bingjie; Xie, Guoqiang; Yuan, Peng; Zhu, Heyuan; Qian, Liejia

    2016-01-01

    Optical parametric chirped-pulse amplification (OPCPA) has been demonstrated to be a promising approach for pushing femtosecond pulses towards ultra-high peak powers. However, the future success of OPCPA strongly relies on the ability to manipulate its phase-matching (PM) configuration. When a high average power pump laser is involved, the thermal effects in nonlinear crystals induce phase-mismatch distortions that pose an inherent limitation on the conversion efficiency. Here, we demonstrate that the noncollinear configuration previously adopted for wavelength-insensitive PM can be employed for temperature-insensitive PM when the noncollinear angle is properly reset. Simultaneous temperature- and wavelength-insensitive PM is realized for the first time by imposing such a temperature-insensitive noncollinear configuration with an angularly dispersed seed signal. Based on the lithium triborate crystal, the proposed noncollinear achromatic PM has a thermal acceptance 6 times larger than that of the conventional wavelength-insensitive noncollinear PM and has a sufficient spectral acceptance to support pulse durations of ~20 fs at 800 nm. These achievements open new possibilities for generating ultra-high peak power lasers with high average power. PMID:27786299

  19. Innate Immune Suppression Enables Frequent Transfection with RNA Encoding Reprogramming Proteins

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    Angel, Matthew; Yanik, Mehmet Fatih

    2010-01-01

    Background Generating autologous pluripotent stem cells for therapeutic applications will require the development of efficient DNA-free reprogramming techniques. Transfecting cells with in vitro-transcribed, protein-encoding RNA is a straightforward method of directly expressing high levels of reprogramming proteins without genetic modification. However, long-RNA transfection triggers a potent innate immune response characterized by growth inhibition and the production of inflammatory cytokines. As a result, repeated transfection with protein-encoding RNA causes cell death. Methodology/Principal Findings RNA viruses have evolved methods of disrupting innate immune signaling by destroying or inhibiting specific proteins to enable persistent infection. Starting from a list of known viral targets, we performed a combinatorial screen to identify siRNA cocktails that could desensitize cells to exogenous RNA. We show that combined knockdown of interferon-β (Ifnb1), Eif2ak2, and Stat2 rescues cells from the innate immune response triggered by frequent long-RNA transfection. Using this technique, we were able to transfect primary human fibroblasts every 24 hours with RNA encoding the reprogramming proteins Oct4, Sox2, Klf4, and Utf1. We provide evidence that the encoded protein is active, and we show that expression can be maintained for many days, through multiple rounds of cell division. Conclusions/Significance Our results demonstrate that suppressing innate immunity enables frequent transfection with protein-encoding RNA. This technique represents a versatile tool for investigating expression dynamics and protein interactions by enabling precise control over levels and timing of protein expression. Our finding also opens the door for the development of reprogramming and directed-differentiation methods based on long-RNA transfection. PMID:20668695

  20. Gold Nanoparticle Mediated Laser Transfection for Efficient siRNA Mediated Gene Knock Down

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    Heinemann, Dag; Schomaker, Markus; Kalies, Stefan; Schieck, Maximilian; Carlson, Regina; Escobar, Hugo Murua; Ripken, Tammo; Meyer, Heiko; Heisterkamp, Alexander

    2013-01-01

    Laser based transfection methods have proven to be an efficient and gentle alternative to established molecule delivery methods like lipofection or electroporation. Among the laser based methods, gold nanoparticle mediated laser transfection bears the major advantage of high throughput and easy usability. This approach uses plasmon resonances on gold nanoparticles unspecifically attached to the cell membrane to evoke transient and spatially defined cell membrane permeabilization. In this study, we explore the parameter regime for gold nanoparticle mediated laser transfection for the delivery of molecules into cell lines and prove its suitability for siRNA mediated gene knock down. The developed setup allows easy usage and safe laser operation in a normal lab environment. We applied a 532 nm Nd:YAG microchip laser emitting 850 ps pulses at a repetition rate of 20.25 kHz. Scanning velocities of the laser spot over the sample of up to 200 mm/s were tested without a decline in perforation efficiency. This velocity leads to a process speed of ∼8 s per well of a 96 well plate. The optimal particle density was determined to be ∼6 particles per cell using environmental scanning electron microscopy. Applying the optimized parameters transfection efficiencies of 88% were achieved in canine pleomorphic adenoma ZMTH3 cells using a fluorescent labeled siRNA while maintaining a high cell viability of >90%. Gene knock down of d2-EGFP was demonstrated and validated by fluorescence repression and western blot analysis. On basis of our findings and established mathematical models we suppose a mixed transfection mechanism consisting of thermal and multiphoton near field effects. Our findings emphasize that gold nanoparticle mediated laser transfection provides an excellent tool for molecular delivery for both, high throughput purposes and the transfection of sensitive cells types. PMID:23536802

  1. Replication of hepatitis B virus in primary duck hepatocytes transfected with linear viral DNA

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    Yao, Yun-Qing; Zhang, Ding-Feng; Tang, Ni; Huang, Ai-Long; Zou, Xiao-Yi; Xiao, Jiang-Feng; Luo, Yun; Zhang, Da-Zhi; Wang, Bo; Zhou, Wei-Ping; Ren, Hong; Liu, Qi; Guo, Shu-Hua

    2005-01-01

    AIM: To explore the expression and replication of hepatitis B virus (HBV) DNA in primary duck hepatocytes (PDHs). METHODS: Complete HBV genome was transfected into PDHs by electroporation (transfected group, 1.19×1012 copies of linear HBV DNA/1×107 PDHs). After 1-5 d of transfection, HBsAg and HBeAg in the supernatant and lysate of PDHs were measured with the IMX System. Meanwhile, replicative intermediates of HBV DNA were analyzed by Southern blotting and Dot blotting. PDHs electroporated were used as control group. RESULTS: HBsAg in the hepatocyte lysates of transfected group was 15.24 (1 d), 14.55 (3 d) and 5.13 (5 d; P/N values, positive≥2.1) respectively. HBeAg was negative (<2.1). Both HBsAg and HBeAg were negative in the supernatant of transfected group. Dot blotting revealed that HBV DNA was strongly positive in the transfected group and negative in the control group. Southern blot analysis of intracellular total DNA indicated that there were relaxed circular (rc DNA), covalently closed circular (ccc DNA), and single-stranded (ss DNA) HBV DNA replicative intermediates in the transfected group, there was no integrated HBV DNA in the cellular genome. These parameters were negative in control group. CONCLUSION: Expression and replication of HBV genes can occur in hepatocytes from non-mammalian species. HBV replication has no critical species-specificity, and yet hepatic-specific regulating factors in hepatocytes may be essential for viral replication. PMID:16124057

  2. Optimization of in vitro vascular cell transfection with non-viral vectors for in vivo applications.

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    Elmadbouh, Ibrahim; Rossignol, Patrick; Meilhac, Olivier; Vranckx, Roger; Pichon, Chantal; Pouzet, Bruno; Midoux, Patrick; Michel, Jean-Baptiste

    2004-10-01

    Syngeneic vascular cells are interesting tools for indirect gene therapy in the cardiovascular system. This study aims to optimize transfection conditions of primary cultures of vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) using different non-viral vectors and zinc as an adjuvant and to implant these transfected cells in vivo. Non-liposomal cationic vectors (FuGene 6), polyethylenimines (ExGen 500), and histidylated polylysine (HPL) were used as non-viral vectors in vitro with secreted alkaline phosphatase (SEAP) as reporter gene. Transfection efficiency was compared in cultured rat, rabbit and human VSMCs and fibroblasts. Zinc chloride (ZnCl2) was added to optimize transfection of rat VSMCs in vitro which were then seeded in vivo. Much higher SEAP levels were obtained in rabbit cells with FuGene 6 (p <0.0001) at day 2 than in equivalent rat and human cells. Rat VSMCs transfected in vitro with FuGene 6 and ExGen 500 expressed higher SEAP levels than with HPL. In rat VSMCs, SEAP secretion was more than doubled by addition of 250 microM ZnCl2 (p <0.0001) for all vectors. Seeding of syngeneic VSMCs transfected under optimized conditions (FuGene 6/pcDNA3-SEAP +250 microM ZnCl2) into healthy Lewis rats using various routes or into post-infarct myocardial scar resulted in a peak of SEAP expression at day 2 and detectable activity in the plasma for at least 8 days. FuGene 6 is an efficient non-viral transfection reagent for gene transfer in somatic smooth muscle cells in vitro and ZnCl2 enhances its efficiency. This increased expression of the transgene product is maintained after seeding in vivo.

  3. MAOHUZI6/ETHYLENE INSENSITIVE3-LIKE1 and ETHYLENE INSENSITIVE3-LIKE2 Regulate Ethylene Response of Roots and Coleoptiles and Negatively Affect Salt Tolerance in Rice.

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    Yang, Chao; Ma, Biao; He, Si-Jie; Xiong, Qing; Duan, Kai-Xuan; Yin, Cui-Cui; Chen, Hui; Lu, Xiang; Chen, Shou-Yi; Zhang, Jin-Song

    2015-09-01

    Ethylene plays important roles in plant growth, development, and stress responses. The ethylene signaling pathway has been studied extensively, mainly in Arabidopsis (Arabidopsis thaliana). However, the molecular mechanism of ethylene signaling is largely unknown in rice (Oryza sativa). Previously, we have isolated a set of rice ethylene-response mutants. Here, we characterized the mutant maohuzi6 (mhz6). Through map-based cloning, we found that MHZ6 encodes ETHYLENE INSENSITIVE3-LIKE1 (OsEIL1), a rice homolog of ETHYLENE INSENSITIVE3 (EIN3), which is the master transcriptional regulator of ethylene signaling in Arabidopsis. Disruption of MHZ6/OsEIL1 caused ethylene insensitivity mainly in roots, whereas silencing of the closely related OsEIL2 led to ethylene insensitivity mainly in coleoptiles of etiolated seedlings. This organ-specific functional divergence is different from the functional features of EIN3 and EIL1, both of which mediate the incomplete ethylene responses of Arabidopsis etiolated seedlings. In Arabidopsis, EIN3 and EIL1 play positive roles in plant salt tolerance. In rice, however, lack of MHZ6/OsEIL1 or OsEIL2 functions improves salt tolerance, whereas the overexpressing lines exhibit salt hypersensitivity at the seedling stage, indicating that MHZ6/OsEIL1 and OsEIL2 negatively regulate salt tolerance in rice. Furthermore, this negative regulation by MHZ6/OsEIL1 and OsEIL2 in salt tolerance is likely attributable in part to the direct regulation of HIGH-AFFINITY K(+) TRANSPORTER2;1 expression and Na(+) uptake in roots. Additionally, MHZ6/OsEIL1 overexpression promotes grain size and thousand-grain weight. Together, our study provides insights for the functional diversification of MHZ6/OsEIL1 and OsEIL2 in ethylene response and finds a novel mode of ethylene-regulated salt stress response that could be helpful for engineering salt-tolerant crops.

  4. [Congenital insensitivity to pain: clinical and neurophysiological study in three sisters of a Moroccan family].

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    Kissani, N; Krrati, H; Alarcon, G; Belaaidi, H; Ouazzani, R

    2013-11-01

    Congenital insensitivity to pain is a rare hereditary sensory and autonomic neuropathy (HSAN). This disorder is an autosomal recessive condition: since 1996, mutations attributed to this entity have been found in the neurotrophin tyrosine-kinase gene receptor on chromosome 1. The authors report 3 cases of congenital insensitivity to pain. In these 3 sisters of consanguineous parents, the clinical investigation showed total absence of pain and temperature sensations with preservation of all other sensory modalities, mental retardation, but in contrast to HSAN type IV, there was no anhidrosis. The neurophysiological investigation revealed an isolated axonal sensory polyneuropathy in the 3 patients. The clinical and neurophysiological investigations were normal in both parents and the brother. The physiopathology of this entity is discussed. We suggest a particular form of HSAN type IV with preservation of transpiration or a new entity of congenital insensitivity to pain, which should be analyzed genetically.

  5. Congenital Insensitivity to Pain and Anhydrosis: Diagnostic and Therapeutic Dilemmas revisited.

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    Ravichandra, K S; Kandregula, Chaitanya Ram; Koya, Srikanth; Lakhotia, Disha

    2015-01-01

    First described in 1932 by Dearborn as 'congenital pure analgesia', congenital insensitivity to pain and anhydrosis (CIPA) or hereditary sensory and autonomic neuropathy (HSAN) type IV is an extremely rare autosomal recessive disorder. A 7-year-old female child who is an established case of congenital insensitivity to pain and anhydrosis visited the department of pediatric medicine with osteoarthritic neuropathy. A multidisciplinary team approach was utilized to treat the child under general anesthesia. This article also discusses the diagnostic and therapeutic dilemmas involved in treating this type of children. How to cite this article: Ravichandra KS, Kandregula CR, Koya S, Lakhotia D. Congenital Insensitivity to Pain and Anhydrosis: Diagnostic and Therapeutic Dilemmas revisited. Int J Clin Pediatr Dent 2015;8(1):75-81.

  6. Polarization-insensitive and thin stereometamaterial with broadband angular absorption for the oblique incidence

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    Li, Si-Jia; Gao, Jun; Cao, Xiang-Yu; Zheng, Gui

    2015-04-01

    A novel and thin stereometamaterial composed of an orthogonal double-split-ring microstructure, a plane ground with five hemispherical metric surfaces and a coating substrate is proposed and demonstrated to obtain a polarization-insensitive and broadband angular absorption. The mechanism of absorbing electromagnetic wave has been interpreted and investigated by the anti-reflection theory and the surface loss density for the oblique incidence. The absorbing characters have been improved by the five hemispherical metric grounds. The insensitive polarization is proved by the surface current distributions and the angular absorption. It exhibits a broadband angular absorbing range from 6.05 to 13 GHz with the absorption larger than 80 % at the incident angles of 45° theoretically and experimentally. For verification, a stereometamaterial sample with 576 cells is fabricated and measured. Consistent numerical and experimental results have both validated the broadband angular absorption. The design yields advantages of polarized insensitivity, broadband angular absorption and thin microstructure.

  7. Congenital Insensitivity to Pain and Anhydrosis: Diagnostic and Therapeutic Dilemmas revisited

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    Kandregula, Chaitanya Ram; Koya, Srikanth; Lakhotia, Disha

    2015-01-01

    ABSTRACT First described in 1932 by Dearborn as ‘congenital pure analgesia’, congenital insensitivity to pain and anhydrosis (CIPA) or hereditary sensory and autonomic neuropathy (HSAN) type IV is an extremely rare autosomal recessive disorder. A 7-year-old female child who is an established case of congenital insensitivity to pain and anhydrosis visited the department of pediatric medicine with osteoarthritic neuropathy. A multidisciplinary team approach was utilized to treat the child under general anesthesia. This article also discusses the diagnostic and therapeutic dilemmas involved in treating this type of children. How to cite this article: Ravichandra KS, Kandregula CR, Koya S, Lakhotia D. Congenital Insensitivity to Pain and Anhydrosis: Diagnostic and Therapeutic Dilemmas revisited. Int J Clin Pediatr Dent 2015;8(1):75-81. PMID:26124587

  8. [Morris syndrome: description of a case characterized by partial androgen insensitivity].

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    Creta, Massimiliano; Smelzo, Salvatore; Di Vito, Concetta; De Stefano, Giacomo; Forchia, Francesco; Chiancone, Francesco; Imbimbo, Ciro

    2010-01-01

    The Morris syndrome is a X-linked recessive condition due to a complete or partial insensitivity to androgens, resulting in a failure of normal masculinization of the external genitalia in chromosomally male individuals. This failure of virilization can be either complete or partial depending on the amount of residual androgen receptor function. The phenotype of individuals with partial androgen insensitivity syndrome may range from mildly virilized female external genitalia to mildly undervirilized male external genitalia. We describe a case of Partial Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome in a 21-year-old patient with a 46, XY karyotype, bilateral inguinal masses, clitoral enlargement and partial posterior labial fusion. Surgical care consisted of bilateral orchiectomy and plastic surgery of external genitalia. The patient underwent estrogen replacement therapy.

  9. Behavioral insensitivity to DEET in Aedes aegypti is a genetically determined trait residing in changes in sensillum function

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    Stanczyk, Nina M.; Brookfield, John F. Y.; Ignell, Rickard; Logan, James G.

    2010-01-01

    N,N-Diethyl-m-toluamide (DEET) is one of the most effective and commonly used mosquito repellents. However, during laboratory trials a small proportion of mosquitoes are still attracted by human odors despite the presence of DEET. In this study behavioral assays identified Aedes aegypti females that were insensitive to DEET, and the selection of either sensitive or insensitive groups of females with males of unknown sensitivity over several generations resulted in two populations with different proportions of insensitive females. Crossing experiments showed the “insensitivity” trait to be dominant. Electroantennography showed a reduced response to DEET in the selected insensitive line compared with the selected sensitive line, and single sensillum recordings identified DEET-sensitive sensilla that were nonresponders in the insensitive line. This study suggests that behavioral insensitivity to DEET in A. aegypti is a genetically determined dominant trait and resides in changes in sensillum function. PMID:20439757

  10. Specificity of gap junction communication among human mammary cells and connexin transfectants in culture

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    1993-01-01

    In a previous paper (Lee et al., 1992), it was shown that normal human mammary epithelial cells (NMEC) express two connexin genes, Cx26 and Cx43, whereas neither gene is transcribed in a series of mammary tumor cell lines (TMEC). In this paper it is shown that normal human mammary fibroblasts (NMF) communicate and express Cx43 mRNA and protein. Transfection of either Cx26 or Cx43 genes into a tumor line, 21MT-2, induced the expression of the corresponding mRNAs and proteins as well as communication via gap junctions (GJs), although immunofluorescence demonstrated that the majority of Cx26 and Cx43 proteins present in transfected TMEC was largely cytoplasmic. Immunoblotting demonstrated that NMEC, NMF, and transfected TMEC each displayed a unique pattern of posttranslationally modified forms of Cx43 protein. The role of different connexins in regulating gap junction intercellular communication (GJIC) was examined using a novel two-dye method to assess homologous and heterologous communication quantitatively. The recipient cell population was prestained with a permanent non-toxic lipophilic dye that binds to membranes irreversibly (PKH26, Zynaxis); and the donor population is treated with a GJ-permeable dye Calcein, a derivative of fluorescein diacetate (Molecular Probes). After mixing the two cell populations under conditions promoting GJ formation, cells were analyzed by flow cytometry to determine the percentage of cells containing both dyes. It is shown here that Cx26 and Cx43 transfectants display strong homologous communication, as do NMEC and NMF. Furthermore, NMEC mixed with NMF communicate efficiently, Cx26 transfectants communicate with NMEC but not with NMF, and Cx43 transfectants communicate with NMF. Communication between Cx26 TMEC transfectants and NMEC was asymetrical with preferential movement of calcein from TMEC to NMEC. Despite the presence of Cx43 as well as Cx26 encoded proteins in the GJs of NMEC, few Cx43 transfectants communicated with NMEC

  11. The development of mechanically formed stable nanobubbles intended for sonoporation-mediated gene transfection.

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    Abdalkader, Rodi; Kawakami, Shigeru; Unga, Johan; Higuchi, Yuriko; Suzuki, Ryo; Maruyama, Kazuo; Yamashita, Fumiyoshi; Hashida, Mitsuru

    2017-11-01

    In this study, stable nano-sized bubbles (nanobubbles [NBs]) were produced using the mechanical agitation method in the presence of perfluorocarbon gases. NBs made with perfluoropropane had a smaller size (around 400 nm) compared to that of those made with perfluorobutane or nitrogen gas. The lipid concentration in NBs affected both their initial size and post-formulation stability. NBs formed with a final lipid concentration of 0.5 mg/ml tended to be more stable, having a uniform size distribution for 24 h at room temperature and 50 h at 4 °C. In vitro gene expression revealed that NBs/pDNA in combination with ultrasound (US) irradiation had significantly higher transfection efficacy in colon C26 cells. Moreover, for in vivo gene transfection in mice left limb muscles, there was notable local transfection activity by NBs/pDNA when combined with US irradiation. In addition, the aged NBs kept at room temperature or 4 °C were still functional at enhancing gene transfection in mice. We succeeded in preparing stable NBs for efficient in vivo gene transfection, using the mechanical agitation method.

  12. Imidazole and dimethyl aminopropyl-functionalized hyperbranched polymers for nucleic acid transfection.

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    Germershaus, Oliver; Pickaert, Guillaume; Konrad, Juliane; Krüger, Ute; Kissel, Thomas; Haag, Rainer

    2010-09-09

    In order to mimic the histidine binding motives of naturally occurring histones as DNA complexing proteins, hyperbranched poly(ethylene imine) and polyglycerol were functionalized with imidazole or 3-dimethylamino propyl groups. These new polycationic polymers were tested for interaction with dye-labelled oligonucleotide and DNA using UV and fluorescence spectroscopy and gel electrophoresis. Formation of stable complexes was observed above N/P ratios of 4 for unfunctionalized and 8 for functionalized PEIs. No stable complexes were formed with polyglycerol-based polyamines up to N/P 16. Cytotoxicity determined by MTT assay of all functionalized PEI polymers was found to be significantly lower than for unfunctionalized PEI. PG-based polymers showed no toxicity in the tested concentration range. Dynamic light scattering showed that only for PEI(21)-Imidaz polyplexes hydrodynamic diameters below 250 nm could be reached.The influence of functionalization and polymer type on transfection efficiency was evaluated in L929, NIH/3T3 and HeLa cells. Only imidazole-functionalized PEIs reached similar transfection efficiencies as unfunctionalized PEIs, while 3-dimethylamino propyl modification resulted in lower transfection efficiencies. We also demonstrated that the polymer plays an important role for transfection properties since, regardless of the modifications of polyglycerol, only low transfection efficiencies were observed at functionalization levels below 50%.

  13. Analysis of CCR7 mediated T cell transfectant migration using a microfluidic gradient generator.

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    Wu, Xun; Wu, Jiandong; Li, Hongzhao; Legler, Daniel F; Marshall, Aaron J; Lin, Francis

    2015-04-01

    T lymphocyte migration is crucial for adaptive immunity. Manipulation of signaling molecules controlling cell migration combined with in-vitro cell migration analysis provides a powerful research approach. Microfluidic devices, which can precisely configure chemoattractant gradients and allow quantitative single cell analysis, have been increasingly applied to cell migration and chemotaxis studies. However, there are a very limited number of published studies involving microfluidic migration analysis of genetically manipulated immune cells. In this study, we describe a simple microfluidic method for quantitative analysis of T cells expressing transfected chemokine receptors and other cell migration signaling probes. Using this method, we demonstrated chemotaxis of Jurkat transfectants expressing wild-type or C-terminus mutated CCR7 within a gradient of chemokine CCL19, and characterized the difference in transfectant migration mediated by wild-type and mutant CCR7. The EGFP-tagged CCR7 allows identification of CCR7-expressing transfectants in cell migration analysis and microscopy assessment of CCR7 dynamics. Collectively, our study demonstrated the effective use of the microfluidic method for studying CCR7 mediated T cell transfectant migration. We envision this developed method will provide a useful platform to functionally test various signaling mechanisms at the cell migration level.

  14. Ultrasound-mediated interferon {beta} gene transfection inhibits growth of malignant melanoma

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    Yamaguchi, Kazuki; Feril, Loreto B.; Tachibana, Katsuro; Takahashi, Akira; Matsuo, Miki; Endo, Hitomi; Harada, Yoshimi; Nakayama, Juichiro

    2011-07-22

    Highlights: {yields} Successful ultrasound-mediated transfection of melanoma (C32) cells with IFN-{beta} genes both in vitro and in vivo. {yields} Ultrasound-mediated IFN-{beta} transfection inhibited proliferation of melanoma cells in vitro. {yields} Ultrasound-mediated IFN-{beta} transfection inhibited melanoma tumor growth in vivo. -- Abstract: We investigated the effects of ultrasound-mediated transfection (sonotransfection) of interferon {beta} (IFN-{beta}) gene on melanoma (C32) both in vitro and in vivo. C32 cells were sonotransfected with IFN-{beta} in vitro. Subcutaneous C32 tumors in mice were sonicated weekly immediately after intra-tumor injection with IFN-{beta} genes mixed with microbubbles. Successful sonotransfection with IFN-{beta} gene in vitro was confirmed by ELISA, which resulted in C32 growth inhibition. In vivo, the growth ratio of tumors transfected with IFN-{beta} gene was significantly lower than the other experimental groups. These results may lead to a new method of treatment against melanoma and other hard-to-treat cancers.

  15. A QSAR-modeling perspective on cationic transfection lipids. 1. Predicting efficiency and understanding mechanisms.

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    Horobin, Richard W; Weissig, Volkmar

    2005-08-01

    As gene therapy using viral vectors involves clinical risks, limited DNA-carrying capacity, and manufacturing problems, non-viral vectors, including cationic lipids, have been investigated. Unfortunately, these agents have significantly lower transfectional ability and, due to the complexity of the transfectional pathway, no general schemes exist for correlating cationic lipid chemistry with transfectional efficacy. Quantitative structure-activity relationship (QSAR) analyses were carried out on sets of routinely used, experimental, and unsuccessful cationic lipid vectors taken from the literature. This approach described the amphipathic character, basicity, headgroup size, lipophilicity and shape of cationic lipids using numerical parameters. Compounds were plotted onto various parameter diagrams, and correlations were sought between numerical parameters and transfectional efficiency. Transfectionally effective cationic lipids fell into restricted zones in various parameter spaces, indicating that amphipathic character, lipid shape and lipophilicity were generally significant factors, whilst basicity and headgroup size were only important for certain compounds. The data supported the general significance of membrane mixing followed by induction of membrane curvature, and the more limited role of osmotic shock, as mechanisms of membrane disruption. QSAR descriptions of effective lipids permitted detailed chemical guidelines for optimizing cationic lipid structure to be given. Limitations of the approach and models are discussed. QSAR modeling indicated that induction of membrane curvature and osmotic shock are important mechanisms for membrane disruption by cationic lipids. The models also allowed specification of chemically detailed guidelines for selection or design of optimal cationic lipids. Copyright (c) 2005 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  16. Transfection efficiency and transgene expression kinetics of mRNA delivered in naked and nanoparticle format.

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    Phua, Kyle K L; Leong, Kam W; Nair, Smita K

    2013-03-28

    Transfection efficiencies and transgene expression kinetics of messenger RNA (mRNA), an emerging class of nucleic acid-based therapeutics, have been poorly characterized. In this study, we evaluated transfection efficiencies of mRNA delivered in naked and nanoparticle format in vitro and in vivo using GFP and luciferase as reporters. While mRNA nanoparticles transfect primary human and mouse dendritic cells (DCs) efficiently in vitro, naked mRNA could not produce any detectable gene product. The protein expression of nanoparticle-mediated transfection in vitro peaks rapidly within 5-7h and decays in a biphasic manner. In vivo, naked mRNA is more efficient than mRNA nanoparticles when administered subcutaneously. In contrast, mRNA nanoparticle performs better when administered intranasally and intravenously. Gene expression is most transient when delivered intravenously in nanoparticle format with an apparent half-life of 1.4h and lasts less than 24h, and most sustained when delivered in the naked format subcutaneously at the base of tail with an apparent half-life of 18h and persists for at least 6days. Notably, exponential decreases in protein expression are consistently observed post-delivery of mRNA in vivo regardless of the mode of delivery (naked or nanoparticle) or the site of administration. This study elucidates the performance of mRNA transfection and suggests a niche for mRNA therapeutics when predictable in vivo transgene expression kinetics is imperative.

  17. Novel Cholesterol-Based Cationic Lipids as Transfecting Agents of DNA for Efficient Gene Delivery

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    Ju, Jia; Huan, Meng-Lei; Wan, Ning; Qiu, Hai; Zhou, Si-Yuan; Zhang, Bang-Le

    2015-01-01

    The design, synthesis and biological evaluation of the cationic lipid gene delivery vectors based on cholesterol and natural amino acids lysine or histidine are described. Cationic liposomes composed of the newly synthesized cationic lipids 1a or 1b and neutral lipid DOPE (1,2-dioleoyl-l-α-glycero-3-phosphatidyl-ethanolamine) exhibited good transfection efficiency. pEGFP-N1 plasmid DNA was transferred into 293T cells by cationic liposomes formed from cationic lipids 1a and 1b, and the transfection activity of the cationic lipids was superior (1a) or parallel (1b) to that of the commercially available 3β-[N-(N',N'-dimethylaminoethyl)-carbamoyl] cholesterol (DC-Chol) derived from the same cholesterol backbone with different head groups. Combined with the results of agarose gel electrophoresis, transfection experiments with various molar ratios of the cationic lipids and DOPE and N/P (+/−) molar charge ratios, a more effective formulation was formed, which could lead to relatively high transfection efficiency. Cationic lipid 1a represents a potential agent for the liposome used in gene delivery due to low cytotoxicity and impressive gene transfection activity. PMID:25768346

  18. Novel cholesterol-based cationic lipids as transfecting agents of DNA for efficient gene delivery.

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    Ju, Jia; Huan, Meng-Lei; Wan, Ning; Qiu, Hai; Zhou, Si-Yuan; Zhang, Bang-Le

    2015-03-11

    The design, synthesis and biological evaluation of the cationic lipid gene delivery vectors based on cholesterol and natural amino acids lysine or histidine are described. Cationic liposomes composed of the newly synthesized cationic lipids 1a or 1b and neutral lipid DOPE (1,2-dioleoyl-L-α-glycero-3-phosphatidyl-ethanolamine) exhibited good transfection efficiency. pEGFP-N1 plasmid DNA was transferred into 293T cells by cationic liposomes formed from cationic lipids 1a and 1b, and the transfection activity of the cationic lipids was superior (1a) or parallel (1b) to that of the commercially available 3β-[N-(N',N'-dimethylaminoethyl)-carbamoyl] cholesterol (DC-Chol) derived from the same cholesterol backbone with different head groups. Combined with the results of agarose gel electrophoresis, transfection experiments with various molar ratios of the cationic lipids and DOPE and N/P (+/-) molar charge ratios, a more effective formulation was formed, which could lead to relatively high transfection efficiency. Cationic lipid 1a represents a potential agent for the liposome used in gene delivery due to low cytotoxicity and impressive gene transfection activity.

  19. Multifunctional oligomer incorporation: a potent strategy to enhance the transfection activity of poly(l-lysine).

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    Liu, Shuai; Yang, Jixiang; Ren, Hongqi; O'Keeffe-Ahern, Jonathan; Zhou, Dezhong; Zhou, Hao; Chen, Jiatong; Guo, Tianying

    2016-03-01

    Natural polycations, such as poly(l-lysine) (PLL) and chitosan (CS), have inherent superiority as non-viral vectors due to their unparalleled biocompatibility and biodegradability. However, the application was constrained by poor transfection efficiency and safety concerns. Since previous modification strategies greatly weakened the inherent advantages of natural polycations, developing a strategy for functional group introduction with broad applicability to enhance the transfection efficiency of natural polycations without compromising their cationic properties is imperative. Herein, two uncharged functional diblock oligomers P(DMAEL-b-NIPAM) and P(DMAEL-b-Vlm) were prepared from a lactose derivative, N-iso-propyl acrylamide (NIPAM) as well as 1-vinylimidazole (Vlm) and further functionalized with four small ligands folate, glutathione, cysteine and arginine, respectively, aiming to enhance the interactions of complexes with cells, which were quantified utilizing a quartz crystal microbalance (QCM) biosensor, circumventing the tedious material screening process of cell transfection. Upon incorporation with PLL and DNA, the multifunctional oligomers endow the formulated ternary complexes with great properties suitable for transfection, such as anti-aggregation in serum, destabilized endosome membrane, numerous functional sites for promoted endocytosis and therefore robust transfection activity. Furthermore, different from the conventional strategy of decreasing cytotoxicity by reducing the charge density, the multifunctional oligomer incorporation strategy maintains the highly positive charge density, which is essential for efficient cellular uptake. This system develops a new platform to modify natural polycations towards clinical gene therapy.

  20. Construction of a Hep-2 cell line stably transfected with Livin shRNA.

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    Wang, S L; Deng, W T; Wen, G F; Li, C W; Zeng, Y J

    2016-01-01

    The aim of this study was to construct a eukaryotic expression plasmid with a short hairpin RNA (shRNA) targeting Livin in order to obtain a stably transfected Hep-2 cell line with a reduced expression of Livin. The shRNA targeting Livin mRNA was designed, and a shRNA plasmid and a negative control plasmid were constructed. After amplification in E. coli, restriction endonuclease digestion and sequence confirmation, the plasmids were transfected into Hep-2 cells using Lipofectamine 2000. The stably transfected cell line was screened using G418, and inhibition of Livin mRNA and protein levels were detected using real-time PCR and western blotting, respectively. pGenesil-Livin-shRNA eukaryotic expression plasmid was successfully constructed and identified by sequencing. Green fluorescent protein (GFP) expression was observed in Hep-2 cells transfected with shRNA plasmids by fluorescence microscopy. The expression levels of Livin mRNA and protein decreased significantly in Hep-2 cells transfected with the shRNA recombinant plasmid. The mRNA level was reduced by 47.17 %, and the protein level was reduced by 34.25 %. The shRNA eukaryotic expression plasmid targeting Livin was successfully constructed, which could significantly inhibit the expression of Livin in laryngeal cancer Hep-2 cells. This provides a basis for future research on the function of Livin in Hep-2 cells, and gene therapy for laryngeal cancer.

  1. Synthesis and DNA transfection properties of new head group modified malonic acid diamides.

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    Wölk, Christian; Heinze, Martin; Kreideweiss, Patrick; Dittrich, Matthias; Brezesinski, Gerald; Langner, Andreas; Dobner, Bodo

    2011-05-16

    Malonic acid diamides with two long hydrophobic alkyl chains and a basic polar head group as a new class of non-viral gene transferring compounds have shown high transfection efficiency and moderate toxicity. Based on the results obtained with saturated and unsaturated alkyl residues new derivatives with a more complex head group structure have been synthesized. For this purpose, cationic respectively basic groups were introduced by one or two lysine residues bound via tris(aminoethyl)amine spacer to the malonic acid diamide backbone. By studying in vitro gene delivery an increase of transfection efficacy was observed when using lipids with at least one unsaturated alkyl chain. This leads to cationic lipids exhibiting comparable or even higher transfection efficacies compared to the commercially available transfection agents LipofectAmine™ and SuperFect™. Phase transitions and phase structures of selected compounds have been analyzed and discussed in terms of transfection abilities. Particle size and zeta potential of liposomes and lipoplexes were also determined.

  2. SEAP expression in transiently transfected mammalian cells grown in serum-free suspension culture.

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    Schlaeger, Ernst-Jürgen; Kitas, Eric A; Dorn, Arnulf

    2003-05-01

    A transient transfection process was established using a novel 'in-house' developed transfection reagent, Ro-1539. It allows rapid production of large quantities of various recombinant proteins. Here we describe the transient expression of the secreted human placental alkaline phosphatase (SEAP) by HEK293EBNA and CHO cells in serum-free suspension culture. Unexpectedly, high expression levels of SEAP (150 mug/ml) were found 3-4 days post-transfection when placental alkaline phosphatase (AP) was used as the reference enzyme. To confirm these data, an SDS-PAGE analysis was performed and the visible SEAP protein band (MW of 65 kDa) was compared with co-migrated purified placental AP protein as reference. The scanning analysis of the gel showed that SEAP, a truncated form of AP, has a higher specific activity than the purified placental AP. A correction factor was introduced permitting a direct comparison of placental AP activity with the expression levels of SEAP. Scale-up of the transfection system from spinner flask to bioreactor was simple and straightforward, resulting in similar yields of SEAP. Finally, the effectiveness of Ro-1539 was compared to that of other transfection reagents.

  3. Multifunctional receptor-targeted nanocomplexes for magnetic resonance imaging and transfection of tumours.

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    Kenny, Gavin D; Villegas-Llerena, Claudio; Tagalakis, Aristides D; Campbell, Frederick; Welser, Katharina; Botta, Mauro; Tabor, Alethea B; Hailes, Helen C; Lythgoe, Mark F; Hart, Stephen L

    2012-10-01

    The efficient targeted delivery of nucleic acids in vivo provides some of the greatest challenges to the development of genetic therapies. We aim to develop nanocomplex formulations that achieve targeted transfection of neuroblastoma tumours that can be monitored simultaneously by MRI. Here, we have compared nanocomplexes comprising self-assembling mixtures of liposomes, plasmid DNA and one of three different peptide ligands derived from ApoE, neurotensin and tetanus toxin for targeted transfection in vitro and in vivo. Neurotensin-targeted nanocomplexes produced the highest levels of transfection and showed a 4.7-fold increase in transfected luciferase expression over non-targeted nanocomplexes in Neuro-2A cells. Transfection of subcutaneous Neuro-2A tumours in vivo with neurotensin-targeted nanocomplexes produced a 9.3-fold increase in gene expression over non-targeted controls. Confocal microscopy analysis elucidated the time course of DNA delivery with fluorescently labelled nanocomplex formulations in cells. It was confirmed that addition of a gadolinium lipid conjugate contrast agent allowed real time in vivo monitoring of nanocomplex localisation in tumours by MRI, which was maintained for at least 24 h. The peptide-targeted nanocomplexes developed here allow for the specific enhancement of targeted gene therapy both in vitro and in vivo, whilst allowing real time monitoring of delivery with MRI.

  4. Strategy for increased efficiency of transfection in human cell lines using radio frequency electroporation.

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    Zald, P B; Cotter, M A; Robertso, E S

    2001-02-01

    Traditional electroporation devices use direct current electric fields to stimulate the uptake of oligonucleotides, plasmids, short peptides, and proteins into a variety of cell types. A variation of this widely used technique is now available which relies on radio frequency (RF) electrical pulses. This oscillating type of electrical field reportedly elicits greater uptake of plasmid DNA across the plasma membrane. We evaluated a protocol for RF electroporation of the a human embryonic kidney cell line and a Burkitt's lymphoma (BL) cell line for effeciency of transfection by RF electroporation. The plasmid EGFP, which codes for the widely used fusion protein, enhanced green fluorescent protein (EGFP), was used as a reporter of plasmid uptake after transfections. Transfection efficiency consistently increased approximately 30% from that typically obtained with conventional DC type electroporation and was accompanied by greater survivability of cells. Additionally, in some instances, percent transfection efficiency increased to over 70%. Thus, RF electroporation represents an improved methodology for transfection of human cell lines. Moreover, the RF protocol is simple to incorporate in laboratories already utilizing conventional electroporation devices and techniques.

  5. Sequence diversity in the large subunit of RNA polymerase I contributes to Mefenoxam insensitivity in Phytophthora infestans.

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    Randall, Eva; Young, Vanessa; Sierotzki, Helge; Scalliet, Gabriel; Birch, Paul R J; Cooke, David E L; Csukai, Michael; Whisson, Stephen C

    2014-09-01

    Phenylamide fungicides have been widely used for the control of oomycete-incited plant diseases for over 30 years. Insensitivity to this chemical class of fungicide was recorded early in its usage history, but the precise protein(s) conditioning insensitivity has proven difficult to determine. To determine the genetic basis of insensitivity and to inform strategies for the cloning of the gene(s) responsible, genetic crosses were established between Mefenoxam sensitive and intermediate insensitive isolates of Phytophthora infestans, the potato late blight pathogen. F1 progeny showed the expected semi-dominant phenotypes for Mefenoxam insensitivity and suggested the involvement of multiple loci, complicating the positional cloning of the gene(s) conditioning insensitivity to Mefenoxam. Instead, a candidate gene strategy was used, based on previous observations that the primary effect of phenylamide compounds is to inhibit ribosomal RNA synthesis. The subunits of RNA polymerase I (RNApolI) were sequenced from sensitive and insensitive isolates and F1 progeny. Single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) specific to insensitive field isolates were identified in the gene encoding the large subunit of RNApolI. In a survey of field isolates, SNP T1145A (Y382F) showed an 86% association with Mefenoxam insensitivity. Isolates not showing this association belonged predominantly to one P. infestans genotype. The transfer of the 'insensitive' allele of RPA190 to a sensitive isolate yielded transgenic lines that were insensitive to Mefenoxam. These results demonstrate that sequence variation in RPA190 contributes to insensitivity to Mefenoxam in P. infestans.

  6. Evidence of Nicotine-Induced, Curare-Insensitive, Behavior in Planarians.

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    Pagán, Oné R; Montgomery, Erica; Deats, Sean; Bach, Daniel; Baker, Debra

    2015-10-01

    Planarians are rapidly developing into very useful research subjects in pharmacology and neuroscience research. Here we report that curare, a cholinergic nicotinic receptor antagonist, alleviates the nicotine-induced planarian seizure-like movements (pSLM) by up to 50 % at equimolar concentrations of nicotine and curare (1 mM), while curare alone does not induce significant pSLMs. The simplest interpretation of our data is that there are nicotine induced behaviors insensitive to curare in our experimental organism. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report on curare-insensitive, nicotine-induced effects in any organism.

  7. [Congenital insensitivity to pain with anhidrosis. Clinical diagnosis, evolution and complications: case report].

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    Albuja Echeverría, Byron Orlando; Alvear Lozano, Mayra Bersabeth; Ordóñez Paredes, Carla Patricia

    2014-10-01

    The congenital insensitivity to pain with anhidrosis is a rare autosomal recessive disease caused by mutations in NTRK1 gene (neurotrophic tyrosine kinase receptor 1) located in chromosome 1q21-22, encoding the tyrosinase domain receptor high affinity nerve growth factor. It is characterized by anhidrosis, insensitivity to painful stimuli and mental retardation. Given their low prevalence and the few reported cases, it is important to know its main features to be considered in the differential diagnosis in pediatric practice. We describe the clinical diagnosis, complications, sequelae and symptomatic treatment administered to a 3 years and 6 months old girl in the Hospital Asdrubal de la Torre, Cotacachi, Ecuador.

  8. Polarization insensitive Ge-rich silicon germanium waveguides for optical interconnects on silicon

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    Vakarin, V.; Chaisakul, Papichaya; Frigerio, Jacopo; Ballabio, Andrea; Ramírez, Joan Manel; Le Roux, Xavier; Coudevylle, Jean-René; Vivien, Laurent; Isella, Giovanni; Marris-Morini, Delphine

    2017-05-01

    We propose germanium-rich silicon germanium waveguides as a basic building block for polarization insensitive circuitry on silicon. In this work a detailed study of SiGe waveguides geometries is performed to find optimal parameters to simultaneously obtain low polarization sensitivity and single mode operation at λ=1.55μm. The polarization dependence of the effective index, group index and dispersion coefficient is investigated. Optimized geometries are tolerant to fabrication errors and can be realized with the current state of the art CMOS technology. As a next step polarization insensitive multimode interference structures have been designed.

  9. Basic Fourier properties for generalized phase shifting and some interesting detuning insensitive algorithms

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    Téllez-Quiñones, Alejandro; Malacara-Doblado, Daniel; García-Márquez, Jorge

    2011-07-01

    In this manuscript, some interesting properties for generalized or nonuniform phase-shifting algorithms are shown in the Fourier frequency space. A procedure to find algorithms with equal amplitudes for their sampling function transforms is described. We also consider in this procedure the finding of algorithms that are orthogonal for all possible values in the frequency space. This last kind of algorithms should closely satisfy the first order detuning insensitive condition. The procedure consists of the minimization of functionals associated with the desired insensitivity conditions.

  10. Use of fiber helical coils to obtain polarization insensitive fiber devices

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    Tentori, Diana; Garcia-Weidner, A.; Rodriguez-Garcia, J. A.

    2016-09-01

    Using a new model for the description of the birefringence of a helical coil, it is shown that the birefringence effect on the signal polarization introduced by a fiber device can be canceled out by introducing two helical coils at the required orientation. Experimental results obtained using this modification in a polarization insensitive device (optical isolator) and in a non-polarization insensitive device working at two different wavelengths (wavelength division multiplexer) are presented and discussed. Such modified devices were used in the construction of an erbium-doped fiber amplifier (EDFA) with a full control of the input signal and pump states of polarization.

  11. Basic Fourier properties for generalized phase shifting and some interesting detuning insensitive algorithms.

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    Téllez-Quiñones, Alejandro; Malacara-Doblado, Daniel; García-Márquez, Jorge

    2011-07-20

    In this manuscript, some interesting properties for generalized or nonuniform phase-shifting algorithms are shown in the Fourier frequency space. A procedure to find algorithms with equal amplitudes for their sampling function transforms is described. We also consider in this procedure the finding of algorithms that are orthogonal for all possible values in the frequency space. This last kind of algorithms should closely satisfy the first order detuning insensitive condition. The procedure consists of the minimization of functionals associated with the desired insensitivity conditions.

  12. Alpha 2-adrenergic receptor stimulation of phospholipase A2 and of adenylate cyclase in transfected Chinese hamster ovary cells is mediated by different mechanisms

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    Jones, S.B.; Halenda, S.P.; Bylund, D.B. )

    1991-02-01

    The effect of alpha 2-adrenergic receptor activation on adenylate cyclase activity in Chinese hamster ovary cells stably transfected with the alpha 2A-adrenergic receptor gene is biphasic. At lower concentrations of epinephrine forskolin-stimulated cyclic AMP production is inhibited, but at higher concentrations the inhibition is reversed. Both of these effects are blocked by the alpha 2 antagonist yohimbine but not by the alpha 1 antagonist prazosin. Pretreatment with pertussis toxin attenuates inhibition at lower concentrations of epinephrine and greatly potentiates forskolin-stimulated cyclic AMP production at higher concentrations of epinephrine. alpha 2-Adrenergic receptor stimulation also causes arachidonic acid mobilization, presumably via phospholipase A2. This effect is blocked by yohimbine, quinacrine, removal of extracellular Ca2+, and pretreatment with pertussis toxin. Quinacrine and removal of extracellular Ca2+, in contrast, have no effect on the enhanced forskolin-stimulated cyclic AMP production. Thus, it appears that the alpha 2-adrenergic receptor in these cells can simultaneously activate distinct signal transduction systems; inhibition of adenylate cyclase and stimulation of phospholipase A2, both via G1, and potentiation of cyclic AMP production by a different (pertussis toxin-insensitive) mechanism.

  13. Molecular determinants for cyclo-oligosaccharide-based nanoparticle-mediated effective siRNA transfection.

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    Manzanares, Darío; Araya-Durán, Ingrid; Gallego-Yerga, Laura; Játiva, Pablo; Márquez-Miranda, Valeria; Canan, Jonathan; Jiménez Blanco, José Luis; Mellet, Carmen Ortiz; González-Nilo, Fernando Danilo; García Fernández, José Manuel; Ceña, Valentín

    2017-07-01

    To study the structural requirements that a cyclooligosaccharide-based nanoparticle must fulfill to be an efficient siRNA transfection vector. siRNA protection from degradation by RNAses, transfection efficiency and the thermodynamic parameters of the nanoparticle/siRNA interactions were studied on pairs of amphiphilic molecules using biochemical techniques and molecular dynamics. The lower the siRNA solvent accessible surface area in the presence of the nanoparticle, higher the protection from RNAse-mediated degradation in the corresponding nanocomplex; a moderate nanoparticle/siRNA binding energy value further facilitates reversible complexation and binding to the target cellular mRNA. The use, in advance, of these parameters will provide a useful indication of the potential of a molecular nanoparticle as siRNA transfecting vector.

  14. Comparation of enhanced green fluorescent protein gene transfected and wild-type porcine neural stem cells.

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    Zheng, Yue-Mao; An, Zhi-Xing; Zhao, Xiao-E; Quan, Fu-Sheng; Zhao, Hui-Ying; Zhang, Ya-Rong; Liu, Jun; He, Xiao-Ying; He, Xiao-Ning

    2010-02-01

    The aim of this study was to transfect and express the enhanced green fluorescence protein (EGFP) gene into porcine neural stem cells (NSCs) to determine whether EGFP can be used as a marker to monitor NSCs. NSCs were isolated from embryonic day 30 fetal pig brain and transfected with EGFP gene using lipofection. Transfected and wild-type NSCs were induced to differentiate into cells of neuronal and myogenic lineages. Markers of passage three NSCs and their differentiated cells were tested by reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction. The results showed that EGFP could be expressed in NSCs and the differentiated cells. NSCs expressed Nestin, NogoA, DCX, Hes1, Oct4, CD-90 and Sox2. NSCs could differentiated into astrocyte (GFAP(+)), oligodendrocyte (GalC(+)), neuron (NF(+), NSE(+) and MAP2(+)) and myocyte (myf-6(+) and myoD(+)). We concluded that EGFP can be used as a marker in monitoring NSCs.

  15. Use of cryopreserved transiently transfected cells in high-throughput pregnane X receptor transactivation assay.

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    Zhu, Zhengrong; Puglisi, Jaime; Connors, David; Stewart, Jeremy; Herbst, John; Marino, Anthony; Sinz, Michael; O'Connell, Jonathan; Banks, Martyn; Dickinson, Kenneth; Cacace, Angela

    2007-03-01

    Cryopreserved, transiently transfected HepG2 cells were compared to freshly transfected HepG2 cells for use in a pregnane X receptor (PXR) transactivation assay. Assay performance was similar for both cell preparations; however, cryopreserved cells demonstrated less interassay variation. Validation with drugs of different PXR activation potencies and efficacies demonstrated an excellent correlation (r(2) > 0.95) between cryopreserved and fresh cells. Cryopreservation did not change the effect of known CYP3A4 inducers that have poor cell permeability, indicating that cryopreservation had little effect on membrane permeability. In addition, cryopreserved HepG2 cells did not exhibit enhanced susceptibility to cytotoxic compounds compared to transiently transfected control cells. The use of cryopreserved cells enables this assay to run with enhanced efficiency.

  16. Protein transfection study using multicellular tumor spheroids of human hepatoma Huh-7 cells.

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    Kato, Takuma; Tanaka, Masakazu; Oba, Makoto

    2013-01-01

    Several protein transfection reagents are commercially available and are powerful tools for elucidating function of a protein in a cell. Here we described protein transfection studies of the commercially available reagents, Pro-DeliverIN, Xfect, and TuboFect, using Huh-7 multicellular tumor spheroid (MCTS) as a three-dimensional in vitro tumor model. A cellular uptake study using specific endocytosis inhibitors revealed that each reagent was internalized into Huh-7 MCTS by different mechanisms, which were the same as monolayer cultured Huh-7 cells. A certain amount of Pro-DeliverIN and Xfect was uptaken by Huh-7 cells through caveolae-mediated endocytosis, which may lead to transcytosis through the surface-first layered cells of MCTS. The results presented here will help in the choice and use of protein transfection reagents for evaluating anti-tumor therapeutic proteins against MCTS models.

  17. Transfected cell lines as tools for high throughput screening: a call for standards.

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    Pagliaro, L; Praestegaard, M

    2001-06-01

    During 1999, Journal of Biomolecular Screening presented a series of Point-Counterpoint articles that addressed a question posed by editor Bill Janzen: "What is the future of HTS?" These articles discussed many of the global issues involved in HTS, such as target identification and library size, as well as the scientific and technical challenges facing the field. In this perspective we address a related, but very focused, issue that is increasingly important for many of us in the HTS community: the use of stably transfected cell lines as an integral part of screening strategies. Transfected cell lines provide powerful tools for assay design, but at the same time they introduce complex variables into the screening system. Although it is difficult to develop precise definitions and standards for biologicals such as cell lines, we propose that the development of guidelines for the nomenclature and use of transfected cell lines is essential for their use in HTS.

  18. Transfection of microRNA Mimics Should Be Used with Caution

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    Jin, Hyun Yong; Gonzalez-Martin, Alicia; Miletic, Ana V.; Lai, Maoyi; Knight, Sarah; Sabouri-Ghomi, Mohsen; Head, Steven R.; Macauley, Matthew S.; Rickert, Robert C.; Xiao, Changchun

    2015-01-01

    Transient transfection of chemically synthesized microRNA (miRNA) mimics is being used extensively to study the functions and mechanisms of endogenous miRNAs. However, it remains unclear whether transfected miRNAs behave similarly to endogenous miRNAs. Here we show that transient transfection of miRNA mimics into HeLa cells by a commonly used method led to the accumulation of high molecular weight RNA species and a few hundred fold increase in mature miRNA levels. In contrast, expression of the same miRNAs through lentiviral infection or plasmid transfection of HeLa cells, transgenic expression in primary lymphocytes, and endogenous overexpression in lymphoma and leukemia cell lines did not lead to the appearance of high molecular weight RNA species. The increase of mature miRNA levels in these cells was below 10-fold, which was sufficient to suppress target gene expression and to drive lymphoma development in mice. Moreover, transient transfection of miRNA mimics at high concentrations caused non-specific alterations in gene expression, while at low concentrations achieved expression levels comparable to other methods but failed to efficiently suppress target gene expression. Small RNA deep sequencing analysis revealed that the guide strands of miRNA mimics were frequently mutated, while unnatural passenger strands of some miRNA mimics accumulated to high levels. The high molecular weight RNA species were a heterogeneous mixture of several classes of RNA species generated by concatemerization, 5′- and 3′-end tailing of miRNA mimics. We speculate that the supraphysiological levels of mature miRNAs and these artifactual RNA species led to non-specific changes in gene expression. Our results have important implications for the design and interpretation of experiments primarily employing transient transfection of miRNA mimics. PMID:26697058

  19. Structural and transfection properties of amine-substituted gemini surfactant-based nanoparticles

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    Wettig,S.; Badea, I.; Donkuru, M.; Verrall, R.; Foldvari, M.

    2007-01-01

    Increases in DNA transfection efficiencies for non-viral vectors can be achieved through rational design of novel cationic building blocks. Based on previous results examining DNA condensation by polyamines, novel gemini surfactants have been designed that incorporate aza or imino substituents within the spacer group in order to increase interactions with DNA and potentially improve their DNA transfection ability. Transfection efficiencies and cell toxicity of gemini nanoparticles constructed from plasmid DNA, gemini surfactant, and a neutral lipid were measured in COS7 cells using a luciferase assay. Structural properties of nanoparticles were examined by using circular dichroism, particle size, zeta potential, and small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) measurements. The incorporation of aza and imino substituents within the spacer group was observed to enhance the transfection ability of gemini surfactants. Incorporation of an imino group in the structure of the 1,9-bis(dodecyl)-1,1,9,9-tetramethyl-5-imino-1,9-nonanediammonium dibromide surfactant (12-7NH-12) resulted in a statistically significant (p < 0.01) 9-fold increase in transfection compared to an unsubstituted gemini surfactant and a 3-fold increase compared to the corresponding aza-substituted compound. A pH-dependent transition in size and zeta potential was observed to occur at pH 5.5 for complexes formed from the 12-7NH-12 compound. SAXS results show weakly ordered structures and the presence of multiple phases. The incorporation of a pH-active imino group within the spacer of the gemini surfactant results in a significant increase in transfection efficiency that can be related to both pH-induced changes in nanoparticle structure and the formation of multiple phases that more readily allow for membrane fusion that may facilitate DNA release.

  20. Gene Transfection in High Serum Levels: Case Studies with New Cholesterol Based Cationic Gemini Lipids

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    Misra, Santosh K.; Biswas, Joydeep; Kondaiah, Paturu; Bhattacharya, Santanu

    2013-01-01

    Background Six new cationic gemini lipids based on cholesterol possessing different positional combinations of hydroxyethyl (-CH2CH2OH) and oligo-oxyethylene -(CH2CH2O)n- moieties were synthesized. For comparison the corresponding monomeric lipid was also prepared. Each new cationic lipid was found to form stable, clear suspensions in aqueous media. Methodology/Principal Findings To understand the nature of the individual lipid aggregates, we have studied the aggregation properties using transmission electron microscopy (TEM), dynamic light scattering (DLS), zeta potential measurements and X-ray diffraction (XRD). We studied the lipid/DNA complex (lipoplex) formation and the release of the DNA from such lipoplexes using ethidium bromide. These gemini lipids in presence of a helper lipid, 1, 2-dioleoyl phophatidyl ethanol amine (DOPE) showed significant enhancements in the gene transfection compared to several commercially available transfection agents. Cholesterol based gemini having -CH2-CH2-OH groups at the head and one oxyethylene spacer was found to be the most effective lipid, which showed transfection activity even in presence of high serum levels (50%) greater than Effectene, one of the potent commercially available transfecting agents. Most of these geminis protected plasmid DNA remarkably against DNase I in serum, although the degree of stability was found to vary with their structural features. Conclusions/Significance -OH groups present on the cationic headgroups in combination with oxyethylene linkers on cholesterol based geminis, gave an optimized combination of new genera of gemini lipids possessing high transfection efficiency even in presence of very high percentage of serum. This property makes them preferential transfection reagents for possible in vivo studies. PMID:23861884

  1. Large-Scale Transient Transfection of Chinese Hamster Ovary Cells in Suspension.

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    Rajendra, Yashas; Balasubramanian, Sowmya; Hacker, David L

    2017-01-01

    We describe a one-liter transfection of suspension-adapted Chinese hamster ovary (CHO-DG44) cells using polyethyleneimine (PEI) for DNA delivery. The method involves transfection at a high cell density (5 × 10(6) cells/mL) by direct addition of plasmid DNA (pDNA) and PEI to the culture and subsequent incubation at 31 °C with agitation by orbital shaking. We also describe an alternative method in which 90% of the pDNA is replaced by nonspecific (filler) DNA, and the production phase is performed at 31 °C in the presence of 0.25% N, N-dimethylacetamide (DMA).

  2. Highly efficient and minimally invasive transfection using time-controlled irradiation of atmospheric-pressure plasma

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    Sasaki, Shota; Kanzaki, Makoto; Kaneko, Toshiro

    2014-02-01

    To develop a highly efficient and minimally invasive gene transfection method, the cells after direct plasma irradiation under various conditions are evaluated by simultaneous analysis of transfection efficiency and cell viability. As a result, the efficiency has a maximal value at a short plasma irradiation time (3-5 s) while maintaining a very high cell viability, and the volume of irradiated cell suspension changes the time dependence of the efficiency, which could be caused by the competition between the synergetic effects of reactive oxygen species and electric field stimulation, and membrane transport such as exocytosis which is the process of excretion.

  3. A transfection reporter for the prevention of false-negative results in molecular beacon experiments.

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    Toga, Tatsuya; Kuraoka, Isao; Yasui, Akira; Iwai, Shigenori

    2013-09-01

    We previously developed a molecular beacon-type probe to detect the strand scission in cellular base excision repair and found that the phosphodiester linkages in the fluorophore/quencher linkers were cleaved. This reaction was applied to a transfection reporter, which contained the unmodified phosphodiester in the linker to another type of fluorophore. After cotransfection of cells with the probe and the reporter, the signals were used to detect the incision and to confirm the proper transfection, respectively. This method will contribute to the prevention of false-negative results in experiments using molecular beacon-type probes. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  4. Intracellular characterization of Gag VLP production by transient transfection of HEK 293 cells.

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    Cervera, Laura; González-Domínguez, Irene; Segura, María Mercedes; Gòdia, Francesc

    2017-11-01

    Transient transfection is a fast, flexible, and cost-effective approach to produce biological products. Despite the continued interest in transient transfection, little is known regarding the transfection process at the intracellular level, particularly for complex products, such as virus-like particles (VLPs). The kinetics of PEI-mediated transfection following an established in-house protocol is reported in this work with the aim of characterizing and understanding the complete process leading to VLP generation and identifying important events driving process improvement. For this purpose, DNA/PEI polyplexes' internalization in cells was tracked using Cy3 DNA staining. The production of a fluorescently labeled Gag polyprotein (a Gag-GFP fusion construct that forms fluorescent Gag-VLPs) was monitored by flow cytometry and confocal microscopy, and the VLP concentration in supernatants was measured by fluorometry. DNA/PEI polyplexes interact with the cell membrane immediately after polyplex addition to the cell culture. A linear increase in the number of cells expressing the protein is observed during the first 60 min of contact between the cells and polyplexes. No additional improvement in the number of cells expressing the protein (up to 60%) or VLP production (up to 1 × 10(10) VLPs/mL) is observed with additional contact time between the cells and polyplexes. Polyplexes can be detected in the cytoplasm of transfected cells as early as 1.5 h post-transfection (hpt) and reach the nucleus approximately 4 hpt. GFP fluorescence is observed homogeneously in the cytoplasm of transfected cells 24 hpt, but generalized VLP budding is not observed by microscopy until 48 hpt. Although all cells have internalized a polyplex soon after transfection, only a fraction of cells (60%) express the fluorescent Gag protein. VLP production kinetics was also studied. Fluorescence in the supernatant (enveloped VLPs) is 40% less than total fluorescence, supernatant plus pellet

  5. A Constitutive Model for Long Time Duration Mechanical Behavior in Insensitive High Explosives

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    Darnell, I M; Oh, S; Hrousis, C A; Cunningham, B J; Gagliardi, F J

    2010-03-09

    An anisotropic constitutive model for the long term dimensional stability of insensitive high explosives is proposed. Elastic, creep, thermal, and ratchet growth strains are developed. Pressure and temperature effects are considered. The constitutive model is implemented in an implicit finite element code and compared to a variety of experimental data.

  6. New Insight into the Angle Insensitivity of Ultrathin Planar Optical Absorbers for Broadband Solar Energy Harvesting.

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    Liu, Dong; Yu, Haitong; Duan, Yuanyuan; Li, Qiang; Xuan, Yimin

    2016-09-01

    Two challenging problems still remain for optical absorbers consisting of an ultrathin planar semiconductor film on top of an opaque metallic substrate. One is the angle-insensitive mechanism and the other is the system design needed for broadband solar energy harvesting. Here, first we theoretically demonstrates that the high refractive index, instead of the ultrathin feature as reported in previous studies, is the physical origin of the angle insensitivity for ultrathin planar optical absorbers. They exhibit omnidirectional resonance for TE polarization due to the high complex refractive index difference between the semiconductor and the air, while for TM polarization the angle insensitivity persists up to an incident angle related to the semiconductor refractive index. These findings were validated by fabricating and characterizing an 18 nm Ge/Ag absorber sample (representative of small band gap semiconductors for photovoltaic applications) and a 22 nm hematite/Ag sample (representative of large band gap semiconductors for photoelectrochemical applications). Then, we took advantage of angle insensitivity and designed a spectrum splitting configuration for broadband solar energy harvesting. The cascaded solar cell and unassisted solar water splitting systems have photovoltaic and photoelectrochemical cells that are also spectrum splitters, so an external spectrum splitting element is not needed.

  7. Novel NTRK1 Frameshift Mutation in Congenital Insensitivity to Pain With Anhidrosis.

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    Liu, Sen; Wu, Nan; Liu, Jiaqi; Ming, Xuan; Chen, Jun; Pavelec, Derek; Su, Xinlin; Qiu, Guixing; Tian, Ye; Giampietro, Philip; Wu, Zhihong

    2015-09-01

    Congenital insensitivity to pain with anhidrosis is a rare autosomal recessive disorder. It has been reported that the defect in the NTRK1 gene encoding tropomyosin-related kinase A (TrkA) can cause congenital insensitivity to pain with anhidrosis. Nerve growth factor (NGF), the product of NGFB, mediates biological effects by binding to and activating tropomyosin-related kinase A. In addition, necdin (encoded by NDN) is also essential in nerve growth factor-tropomyosin-related kinase A pathway. We performed mutation analysis in NTRK1, NGFB, and NDN genes in a Chinese Han 17-year-old female patient with congenital insensitivity to pain with anhidrosis and her healthy family members. As a result, the patient was found to have a novel insertion in exon 7 (c.727insT) of NTRK1, which causes premature termination, and a single nucleotide polymorphism (rs2192206 G>A) in NDN. Our findings imply that the genetic variations of the nerve growth factor-tropomyosin-related kinase A pathway play an important role in congenital insensitivity to pain with anhidrosis.

  8. Assessment of Cognitive and Adaptive Behaviour among Individuals with Congenital Insensitivity to Pain and Anhidrosis

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    Erez, Daniella Levy; Levy, Jacov; Friger, Michael; Aharoni-Mayer, Yael; Cohen-Iluz, Moran; Goldstein, Esther

    2010-01-01

    Aim: Individuals with congenital insensitivity to pain with anhidrosis (CIPA) are reported to have mental retardation but to our knowledge no detailed study on the subject has ever been published. The present study assessed and documented cognitive and adaptive behaviour among Arab Bedouin children with CIPA. Methods: Twenty-three Arab Bedouin…

  9. Congenital insensitivity to pain and anhydrosis: a report of two cases.

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    Karthikeyan, Maharajan; Sreenivas, Thimmaiah; Menon, Jagdish; Patro, Dilip Kumar

    2013-04-01

    We report on 2 patients with congenital insensitivity to pain and anhydrosis. The first one was a 7-month-old boy who presented with non-traumatic, haematogenous septic dislocation of the right elbow with physeal separation of the distal humerus. The second one was a 3-year-old girl suspected to have Job syndrome with an altered immunological profile.

  10. New Insight into the Angle Insensitivity of Ultrathin Planar Optical Absorbers for Broadband Solar Energy Harvesting

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    Liu, Dong; Yu, Haitong; Duan, Yuanyuan; Li, Qiang; Xuan, Yimin

    2016-01-01

    Two challenging problems still remain for optical absorbers consisting of an ultrathin planar semiconductor film on top of an opaque metallic substrate. One is the angle-insensitive mechanism and the other is the system design needed for broadband solar energy harvesting. Here, first we theoretically demonstrates that the high refractive index, instead of the ultrathin feature as reported in previous studies, is the physical origin of the angle insensitivity for ultrathin planar optical absorbers. They exhibit omnidirectional resonance for TE polarization due to the high complex refractive index difference between the semiconductor and the air, while for TM polarization the angle insensitivity persists up to an incident angle related to the semiconductor refractive index. These findings were validated by fabricating and characterizing an 18 nm Ge/Ag absorber sample (representative of small band gap semiconductors for photovoltaic applications) and a 22 nm hematite/Ag sample (representative of large band gap semiconductors for photoelectrochemical applications). Then, we took advantage of angle insensitivity and designed a spectrum splitting configuration for broadband solar energy harvesting. The cascaded solar cell and unassisted solar water splitting systems have photovoltaic and photoelectrochemical cells that are also spectrum splitters, so an external spectrum splitting element is not needed. PMID:27582317

  11. Androgen insensitivity syndrome in a Thoroughbred mare (64, XY — testicular feminization)

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    2004-01-01

    Abstract A Thoroughbred mare was presented for stallion-like behavior. Reproductive and ultrasonographic evaluation, testosterone assays, and karyotyping confirmed a diagnosis of androgen insensitivity syndrome (64, XY — testicular feminization). Surgery to remove abdominal testicles was successful in alleviating the behavioral abnormality. This condition is discussed with reference to the current literature. PMID:15283519

  12. Wavelength-insensitive radiation coupling for multi-quantum well sensor based on intersubband absorption

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    Gunapala, Sarath D. (Inventor); Bandara, Sumith V. (Inventor); Liu, John K. (Inventor)

    2006-01-01

    Devices and techniques for coupling radiation to intraband quantum-well semiconductor sensors that are insensitive to the wavelength of the coupled radiation. At least one reflective surface is implemented in the quantum-well region to direct incident radiation towards the quantum-well layers.

  13. Can Parents' Involvement in Children's Education Offset the Effects of Early Insensitivity on Academic Functioning?

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    Monti, Jennifer D.; Pomerantz, Eva M.; Roisman, Glenn I.

    2014-01-01

    Data from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Study of Early Child Care and Youth Development (N = 1,312) were analyzed to examine whether the adverse effects of early insensitive parenting on children's academic functioning can be offset by parents' later involvement in children's education. Observations of mothers' early…

  14. Integrated Computational Analysis of Genes Associated with Human Hereditary Insensitivity to Pain. A Drug Repurposing Perspective.

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    Lötsch, Jörn; Lippmann, Catharina; Kringel, Dario; Ultsch, Alfred

    2017-01-01

    Genes causally involved in human insensitivity to pain provide a unique molecular source of studying the pathophysiology of pain and the development of novel analgesic drugs. The increasing availability of "big data" enables novel research approaches to chronic pain while also requiring novel techniques for data mining and knowledge discovery. We used machine learning to combine the knowledge about n = 20 genes causally involved in human hereditary insensitivity to pain with the knowledge about the functions of thousands of genes. An integrated computational analysis proposed that among the functions of this set of genes, the processes related to nervous system development and to ceramide and sphingosine signaling pathways are particularly important. This is in line with earlier suggestions to use these pathways as therapeutic target in pain. Following identification of the biological processes characterizing hereditary insensitivity to pain, the biological processes were used for a similarity analysis with the functions of n = 4,834 database-queried drugs. Using emergent self-organizing maps, a cluster of n = 22 drugs was identified sharing important functional features with hereditary insensitivity to pain. Several members of this cluster had been implicated in pain in preclinical experiments. Thus, the present concept of machine-learned knowledge discovery for pain research provides biologically plausible results and seems to be suitable for drug discovery by identifying a narrow choice of repurposing candidates, demonstrating that contemporary machine-learned methods offer innovative approaches to knowledge discovery from available evidence.

  15. Out-of-band insensitive polymer-bound PAG for EUV resist

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    Iwashita, Jun; Hirayama, Taku; Matsuzawa, Kensuke; Utsumi, Yoshiyuki; Ohmori, Katsumi

    2012-03-01

    Out of band (OoB) radiation has been regarded as one of the key issues on Extreme Ultra Violet Lithography (EUVL). OoB light especially in the deep ultraviolet (DUV) region have a negative impact on image contrast and resist profile, since general photo acid generator (PAG) used in chemically amplified EUV resist are also sensitive for DUV. It is reported that a Spectral Purify Filter (SPF) would eliminate OoB radiation. However it expense a large reduction in EUV power and hence throughput, so it is reported that HVM EUV exposure tool would not employ SPF. Therefore, both EUV sensitive and DUV insensitive are required property to overcome OoB radiation issue by resist material itself. Consideration of PAG cation structure was proceeded to control absorption for DUV. Based on the concept, OoB insensitivity was investigated both on blend resist platform and Polymer Bound PAG (PBP) platform. OoB insensitive concept was confirmed with UV spectrum and sensitivity for KrF and ArF. The OoB insensitive PAG cation worked well on PBP, while dark loss are seen on blend resist platform due to lack of inhibition effect. Lithographic performance would be exhibited using Alpha Demo Tool (ADT) and NXE3100. Outgassing property on witness sample (WS) and Residual Gas Analysis (RGA ) will be also discussed.

  16. Can Parents' Involvement in Children's Education Offset the Effects of Early Insensitivity on Academic Functioning?

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    Monti, Jennifer D.; Pomerantz, Eva M.; Roisman, Glenn I.

    2014-01-01

    Data from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Study of Early Child Care and Youth Development (N = 1,312) were analyzed to examine whether the adverse effects of early insensitive parenting on children's academic functioning can be offset by parents' later involvement in children's education. Observations of mothers' early…

  17. Characterization of grape Gibberellin Insensitive 1 mutant alleles in transgenic Arabidopsis

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    We generated a dozen of different mutations in the grape Gibberellin Insensitive or GAI sequence, transformed them into Arabidopsis under the control of 35S, Arabidopsis or grape GAI promoter, and evaluated the impact of these mutant alleles on plant growth and development. These GAI sequence varian...

  18. New Insight into the Angle Insensitivity of Ultrathin Planar Optical Absorbers for Broadband Solar Energy Harvesting

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    Liu, Dong; Yu, Haitong; Duan, Yuanyuan; Li, Qiang; Xuan, Yimin

    2016-09-01

    Two challenging problems still remain for optical absorbers consisting of an ultrathin planar semiconductor film on top of an opaque metallic substrate. One is the angle-insensitive mechanism and the other is the system design needed for broadband solar energy harvesting. Here, first we theoretically demonstrates that the high refractive index, instead of the ultrathin feature as reported in previous studies, is the physical origin of the angle insensitivity for ultrathin planar optical absorbers. They exhibit omnidirectional resonance for TE polarization due to the high complex refractive index difference between the semiconductor and the air, while for TM polarization the angle insensitivity persists up to an incident angle related to the semiconductor refractive index. These findings were validated by fabricating and characterizing an 18 nm Ge/Ag absorber sample (representative of small band gap semiconductors for photovoltaic applications) and a 22 nm hematite/Ag sample (representative of large band gap semiconductors for photoelectrochemical applications). Then, we took advantage of angle insensitivity and designed a spectrum splitting configuration for broadband solar energy harvesting. The cascaded solar cell and unassisted solar water splitting systems have photovoltaic and photoelectrochemical cells that are also spectrum splitters, so an external spectrum splitting element is not needed.

  19. Stearylated octaarginine and artificial virus-like particles for transfection of siRNA into primary rat neurons

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    Tönges, Lars; Lingor, Paul; Egle, Roman; Dietz, Gunnar P.H.; Fahr, Alfred; Bähr, Mathias

    2006-01-01

    RNA interference (RNAi) provides a powerful experimental tool for sequence-specific gene silencing, allowing efficient analysis of gene function in a multitude of cell types. However, application of RNAi in primary mammalian neurons has been limited by low-transfection efficiency and considerable toxicity of conventional transfection methods. In this study, we evaluated a peptide-mediated and a polymer/lipid-based cellular delivery method for siRNA into rat primary neurons and compared the results with a commonly used liposomal transfection reagent. Stearylated octaarginine (Stearyl-R8) was used as polypeptide and artificial virus-like particles (AVPs) were used as a combined liposomal-polymeric vector, since both reagents have been previously shown to successfully transfect DNA into cell lines. Stearyl-R8 and AVPs both promoted siRNA transfection into primary hippocampal neurons via the endosomal pathway. SiRNA-mediated gene silencing could be effectively induced in primary neuron cultures. In comparison with the commonly used cationic liposome transfection agent, both novel reagents were less detrimental to cell metabolic activity. We conclude that these novel transfection methods yield performances comparable to cationic liposome-mediated transfection for siRNA, while being less cytotoxic in primary neurons. Stearyl-R8 and AVPs may therefore represent novel and more cost-efficient alternatives to conventional siRNA-transfection reagents. PMID:16699166

  20. Insensitivity to scope in contingent valuation studies: reason for dismissal of valuations?

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    Søgaard, Rikke; Lindholt, Jes; Gyrd-Hansen, Dorte

    2012-11-01

    The credibility of contingent valuation studies has been questioned because of the potential occurrence of scope insensitivity, i.e. that respondents do not react to higher quantities or qualities of a good. The aim of this study was to examine the extent of scope insensitivity and to assess the relevance of potential explanations that may help to shed light on how to appropriately handle this problem in contingent valuation studies. We surveyed a sample of 2004 men invited for cardiovascular disease screening. Each respondent had three contingent valuation tasks from which their sensitivity to larger risk reductions (test 1) and to change in travel costs associated with participation (test 2) could be assessed. Participants were surveyed while waiting for their screening session. Non-participants were surveyed by postal questionnaire. The sample was overall found to be sensitive to scope, testing at the conventional sample-mean level. At the individual respondent level, however, more than half of the respondents failed the tests. Potential determinants for failing the tests were examined in alternative regression models but few consistent relationships were identified. One exception was the influence of more detailed information, which was positively associated with willingness to pay and negatively associated with scope sensitivity. Possible explanations for scope insensitivity are discussed; if cognitive limitations, emotional load and mental budgeting explain scope insensitivity there are grounds for rejecting valuations, whereas other factors such as the alternative theoretical framework of regret theory may render insensitivity to scope a result of rational thinking. It is concluded that future contingent valuation studies should focus more on extracting the underlying motives for the stated preferences in order to appropriately deal with responses that are seemingly irrational, and which may lead to imprecise welfare estimates.

  1. Safety and Efficacy of Activated Transfected Killer Cells for Neutropenic Fungal Infections

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    Lin, Lin; Ibrahim, Ashraf S.; Baquir, Beverlie; Fu, Yue; Applebaum, David; Schwartz, Julie; Wang, Amy; Avanesian, Valentina; Spellberg, Brad

    2010-01-01

    Background Invasive fungal infections cause considerable morbidity and mortality in neutropenic patients. White blood cell transfusions are a promising treatment for such infections, but technical barriers have prevented their widespread use. Methods To recapitulate white blood cell transfusions, we are developing a cell-based immunotherapy using a phagocytic cell line, HL-60. We sought to stably transfect HL-60 cells with a suicide trap (herpes simplex virus thymidine kinase), to enable purging of the cells when desired, and a bioluminescence marker, to track the cells in vivo in mice. Results Transfection was stable despite 20 months of continuous culture or storage in liquid nitrogen. Activation of these transfected cells with retinoic acid and dimethyl sulfamethoxazole enhanced their microbicidal effects. Activated transfected killer (ATAK) cells were completely eliminated after exposure to ganciclovir, confirming function of the suicide trap. ATAK cells improved the survival of neutropenic mice with lethal disseminated candidiasis and inhalational aspergillosis. Bioluminescence and histopathologic analysis confirmed that the cells were purged from surviving mice after ganciclovir treatment. Comprehensive necropsy, histopathology, and metabolomic analysis revealed no toxicity of the cells. Conclusions These results lay the groundwork for continued translational development of this promising, novel technology for the treatment of refractory infections in neutropenic hosts. PMID:20397927

  2. Direct and sustained intracellular delivery of exogenous molecules using acoustic-transfection with high frequency ultrasound.

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    Yoon, Sangpil; Kim, Min Gon; Chiu, Chi Tat; Hwang, Jae Youn; Kim, Hyung Ham; Wang, Yingxiao; Shung, K Kirk

    2016-02-04

    Controlling cell functions for research and therapeutic purposes may open new strategies for the treatment of many diseases. An efficient and safe introduction of membrane impermeable molecules into target cells will provide versatile means to modulate cell fate. We introduce a new transfection technique that utilizes high frequency ultrasound without any contrast agents such as microbubbles, bringing a single-cell level targeting and size-dependent intracellular delivery of macromolecules. The transfection apparatus consists of an ultrasonic transducer with the center frequency of over 150 MHz and an epi-fluorescence microscope, entitled acoustic-transfection system. Acoustic pulses, emitted from an ultrasonic transducer, perturb the lipid bilayer of the cell membrane of a targeted single-cell to induce intracellular delivery of exogenous molecules. Simultaneous live cell imaging using HeLa cells to investigate the intracellular concentration of Ca(2+) and propidium iodide (PI) and the delivery of 3 kDa dextran labeled with Alexa 488 were demonstrated. Cytosolic delivery of 3 kDa dextran induced via acoustic-transfection was manifested by diffused fluorescence throughout whole cells. Short-term (6 hr) cell viability test and long-term (40 hr) cell tracking confirmed that the proposed approach has low cell cytotoxicity.

  3. Direct and sustained intracellular delivery of exogenous molecules using acoustic-transfection with high frequency ultrasound

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    Yoon, Sangpil; Kim, Min Gon; Chiu, Chi Tat; Hwang, Jae Youn; Kim, Hyung Ham; Wang, Yingxiao; Shung, K. Kirk

    2016-02-01

    Controlling cell functions for research and therapeutic purposes may open new strategies for the treatment of many diseases. An efficient and safe introduction of membrane impermeable molecules into target cells will provide versatile means to modulate cell fate. We introduce a new transfection technique that utilizes high frequency ultrasound without any contrast agents such as microbubbles, bringing a single-cell level targeting and size-dependent intracellular delivery of macromolecules. The transfection apparatus consists of an ultrasonic transducer with the center frequency of over 150 MHz and an epi-fluorescence microscope, entitled acoustic-transfection system. Acoustic pulses, emitted from an ultrasonic transducer, perturb the lipid bilayer of the cell membrane of a targeted single-cell to induce intracellular delivery of exogenous molecules. Simultaneous live cell imaging using HeLa cells to investigate the intracellular concentration of Ca2+ and propidium iodide (PI) and the delivery of 3 kDa dextran labeled with Alexa 488 were demonstrated. Cytosolic delivery of 3 kDa dextran induced via acoustic-transfection was manifested by diffused fluorescence throughout whole cells. Short-term (6 hr) cell viability test and long-term (40 hr) cell tracking confirmed that the proposed approach has low cell cytotoxicity.

  4. Transfection efficiency of chitosan and thiolated chitosan in retinal pigment epithelium cells: A comparative study

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    Oliveira, Ana V.; Silva, Andreia P.; Bitoque, Diogo B.; Silva, Gabriela A.; Rosa da Costa, Ana M.

    2013-01-01

    OBJECTIVE: Gene therapy relies on efficient vector for a therapeutic effect. Efficient non-viral vectors are sought as an alternative to viral vectors. Chitosan, a cationic polymer, has been studied for its gene delivery potential. In this work, disulfide bond containing groups were covalently added to chitosan to improve the transfection efficiency. These bonds can be cleaved by cytoplasmic glutathione, thus, releasing the DNA load more efficiently. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Chitosan and thiolated chitosan nanoparticles (NPs) were prepared in order to obtain a NH3+:PO4− ratio of 5:1 and characterized for plasmid DNA complexation and release efficiency. Cytotoxicity and gene delivery studies were carried out on retinal pigment epithelial cells. RESULTS: In this work, we show that chitosan was effectively modified to incorporate a disulfide bond. The transfection efficiency of chitosan and thiolated chitosan varied according to the cell line used, however, thiolation did not seem to significantly improve transfection efficiency. CONCLUSION: The apparent lack of improvement in transfection efficiency of the thiolated chitosan NPs is most likely due to its size increase and charge inversion relatively to chitosan. Therefore, for retinal cells, thiolated chitosan does not seem to constitute an efficient strategy for gene delivery. PMID:23833516

  5. Transfection of NF-κB decoy oligodeoxynucleotide suppresses pulmonary metastasis by murine osteosarcoma.

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    Nishimura, A; Akeda, K; Matsubara, T; Kusuzaki, K; Matsumine, A; Masuda, K; Gemba, T; Uchida, A; Sudo, A

    2011-04-01

    Nuclear factor-kappa B (NF-κB) has a pivotal role in the progression and distant metastasis of cancers, including malignant bone tumors. To inhibit NF-κB activation, a new molecular therapy using synthetic double-stranded oligodeoxynucleotide (ODN) as a 'decoy' cis element against NF-κB has been developed. To determine whether pulmonary metastasis of osteosarcoma is reduced by inhibiting the action of NF-κB, NF-κB decoy ODN was transfected into the nuclei of murine osteosarcoma cells with high pulmonary metastatic potential, the LM8 cell line, using a three-dimensional alginate spheroid culture model. An in vitro study demonstrated the successful transfection of LM8 cells cultured in alginate beads by 'naked' NF-κB decoy ODN and that the activation of NF-κB signaling was significantly suppressed. Tumor growth was not affected by transfection of NF-κB decoy ODN, however, the expression of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) and intercellular adhesion molecule 1 (ICAM-1) mRNA was markedly decreased. Furthermore, the transfection of 'naked' NF-κB decoy ODN effectively suppressed pulmonary metastasis in an in vivo alginate bead transplantation model. Our results suggest that NF-κB has a central and specific role in the regulation of tumor metastasis and could be a molecular target for development of anti-metastatic treatments for osteosarcoma.

  6. GAP JUNCTION COMMUNICATON IN A TRANSFECTED HUMAN CELL LINE: ACTION OF MELATONIN AND MAGNETIC FIELDS

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    GAP JUNCTION COMMUNICTION IN TRANSFECTED HUMAN CELL LINE: ACTION OF MELATONIN AND MAGNETIC FIELDS.

    OBJECTIVE: We previously showed that functional gap junction communication (GJC), as monitored by dye transfer (DT), could be enhanced in mouse C3H 10T112 cells and in mouse...

  7. Purification of transfection-grade plasmid DNA from bacterial cells with superparamagnetic nanoparticles

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    Chiang, Chen-Li; Sung, Ching-Shan

    2006-07-01

    The functionalized magnetic nanobeads were used to develop a rapid protocol for extracting and purifying transfection-grade plasmid DNA from bacterial culture. Nanosized superparamagnetic nanoparticles (Fe 3O 4) were prepared by chemical coprecipitation method using Fe 2+, Fe 3+ salt, and ammonium hydroxide under a nitrogen atmosphere. The surface of Fe 3O 4 nanoparticles was modified by coating with the multivalent cationic agent, polyethylenimine (PEI). The PEI-modified magnetic nanobeads were employed to simplify the purification of plasmid DNA from bacterial cells. We demonstrated a useful plasmid, pRSETB-EGFP, encoding the green fluorescent protein with T7 promoter, was amplified in DE3 strain of Escherichia coli. The loaded nanobeads are recovered by magnetically driven separation and regenerated by exposure to the elution buffer with optimal ionic strength (1.25 M) and pH (9.0). Up to approximately 819 μg of high-purity (A 260/A 280 ratio=1.86) plasmid DNA was isolated from 100 ml of overnight bacterial culture. The eluted plasmid DNA was used directly for restriction enzyme digestion, bacterial cell transformation and animal cell transfection applications with success. The PEI-modified magnetic nanobead delivers significant time-savings, overall higher yields and better transfection efficiencies compared to anion-exchange and other methods. The results presented in this report show that PEI-modified magnetic nanobeads are suitable for isolation and purification of transfection-grade plasmid DNA.

  8. Fluid Phase Endocytosis Contributes to Transfection of DNA by PEI-25

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    Hufnagel, Hansjörg; Hakim, Parvez; Lima, Aline; Hollfelder, Florian

    2009-01-01

    The understanding of internalization pathways of lipo- or polyplexes is crucial for engineering successful reagents for nonviral gene transfection. A known inhibitor of fluid phase endocytosis (FPE), rottlerin, was used to quantify the contribution of this pathway by flow cytometric and fluorescence assays. Rottlerin was shown to be a specific inhibitor of transfection by polyethylene imine (PEI-25)/DNA complexes, leading to a decrease in the amount of transfected HeLa and CHO-K1 cells and a decrease in the expression of enhanced green fluorescent protein (EGFP) reporter gene by up to 50%. Experiments using fluorescently labeled polyplexes result in a decrease of uptake by up to 40%. Additionally, rottlerin does not cross-inhibit clathrin- and caveolin-mediated endocytotic pathways of internalization, consistent with direct uptake inhibition by rottlerin. Nonspecific effects as a result of toxicity were ruled out by control experiments at concentrations where rottlerin inhibition was specific. These findings suggest that for CHO-K1 and HeLa cells, internalization of PEI-25/DNA complexes by FPE plays a decisive role in gene transfection. The establishment of an additional pathway that is independent of clathrin- and caveolin-mediated endocytotic uptake may have an impact on the design of future reagents of nonviral gene therapy and investigations of the uptake pathways and intracellular trafficking involved. PMID:19532143

  9. Cationic Liposomes Modified with Polyallylamine as a Gene Carrier: Preparation, Characterization and Transfection Efficiency Evaluation

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    Kazemi Oskuee, Reza; Mahmoudi, Asma; Gholami, Leila; Rahmatkhah, Alireza; Malaekeh-Nikouei, Bizhan

    2016-01-01

    Purpose: Cationic polymers and cationic liposomes have shown to be effective non-viral gene delivery vectors. In this study, we tried to improve the transfection efficiency by employing the advantages of both. Methods: For this purpose, modified polyallylamines (PAAs) were synthesized. These modifications were done through the reaction of PAA (15 KDa) with acrylate and 6-bromoalkanoic acid derivatives. Liposomes comprising of these cationic polymers and cationic lipid were prepared and extruded through polycarbonate filters to obtain desired size. Liposome-DNA nanocomplexes were prepared in three carrier to plasmid (C/P) ratios. Size, zeta potential and DNA condensation ability of each complex were characterized separately and finally transfection efficiency and cytotoxicity of prepared vectors were evaluated in Neuro2A cell line. Results: The results showed that mean particle size of all these nanocomplexes was lower than 266 nm with surface charge of 22.0 to 33.9 mV. Almost the same condensation pattern was observed in all vectors and complete condensation was occurred at C/P ratio of 1.5. The lipoplexes containing modified PAA 15 kDa with 10% hexyl acrylate showed the highest transfection efficacy and lowest cytotoxicity in C/P ratio of 0.5. Conclusion: In some cases nanocomplexes consisting of cationic liposome and modified PAA showed better transfection activity and lower cytotoxicity compared to PAA. PMID:28101458

  10. Single Cell Transfection through Precise Microinjection with Quantitatively Controlled Injection Volumes

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    Chow, Yu Ting; Chen, Shuxun; Wang, Ran; Liu, Chichi; Kong, Chi-Wing; Li, Ronald A.; Cheng, Shuk Han; Sun, Dong

    2016-04-01

    Cell transfection is a technique wherein foreign genetic molecules are delivered into cells. To elucidate distinct responses during cell genetic modification, methods to achieve transfection at the single-cell level are of great value. Herein, we developed an automated micropipette-based quantitative microinjection technology that can deliver precise amounts of materials into cells. The developed microinjection system achieved precise single-cell microinjection by pre-patterning cells in an array and controlling the amount of substance delivered based on injection pressure and time. The precision of the proposed injection technique was examined by comparing the fluorescence intensities of fluorescent dye droplets with a standard concentration and water droplets with a known injection amount of the dye in oil. Injection of synthetic modified mRNA (modRNA) encoding green fluorescence proteins or a cocktail of plasmids encoding green and red fluorescence proteins into human foreskin fibroblast cells demonstrated that the resulting green fluorescence intensity or green/red fluorescence intensity ratio were well correlated with the amount of genetic material injected into the cells. Single-cell transfection via the developed microinjection technique will be of particular use in cases where cell transfection is challenging and genetically modified of selected cells are desired.

  11. Direct and sustained intracellular delivery of exogenous molecules using acoustic-transfection with high frequency ultrasound

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    Yoon, Sangpil; Kim, Min Gon; Chiu, Chi Tat; Hwang, Jae Youn; Kim, Hyung Ham; Wang, Yingxiao; Shung, K. Kirk

    2016-01-01

    Controlling cell functions for research and therapeutic purposes may open new strategies for the treatment of many diseases. An efficient and safe introduction of membrane impermeable molecules into target cells will provide versatile means to modulate cell fate. We introduce a new transfection technique that utilizes high frequency ultrasound without any contrast agents such as microbubbles, bringing a single-cell level targeting and size-dependent intracellular delivery of macromolecules. The transfection apparatus consists of an ultrasonic transducer with the center frequency of over 150 MHz and an epi-fluorescence microscope, entitled acoustic-transfection system. Acoustic pulses, emitted from an ultrasonic transducer, perturb the lipid bilayer of the cell membrane of a targeted single-cell to induce intracellular delivery of exogenous molecules. Simultaneous live cell imaging using HeLa cells to investigate the intracellular concentration of Ca2+ and propidium iodide (PI) and the delivery of 3 kDa dextran labeled with Alexa 488 were demonstrated. Cytosolic delivery of 3 kDa dextran induced via acoustic-transfection was manifested by diffused fluorescence throughout whole cells. Short-term (6 hr) cell viability test and long-term (40 hr) cell tracking confirmed that the proposed approach has low cell cytotoxicity. PMID:26843283

  12. Effect of molecular weight on the transfection efficiency of novel polyurethane as a biodegradable gene vector.

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    Shau, Min-Da; Tseng, S-Ja; Yang, Tsung-Fu; Cherng, Jong-Yuh; Chin, Wei-Kuo

    2006-06-15

    New polyurethane 2-diethylaminoethylamine-polyurethane (LGEA-PU) containing poly(ethylene glycol) segments and tertiary amines was synthesized. LGEA-PU self-assembled readily with the plasmid DNA (pCMV-betagal) in HEPES buffer and was characterized by dynamic light scattering, zeta potential, atomic force microscopy, and XTT cell viability assays. To examine the effect of molecular weight of LGEA-PU systems on transfection, LGEA-PU systems of four different molecular weights (LGEA-PU99, LGEA-PU59, LGEA-PU24, and LGEA-PU7) were prepared. This study found that LGEA-PU99, LGEA-PU59, and LGEA-PU24 were able to bind plasmid DNA and yielded positively charged complexes with a nano-sized transfection (<200 nm). The LGEA-PU59/DNA complexes were able to transfect COS-7 cells in vitro with higher transfection efficiency than the other LGEA-PU systems. These results demonstrated that molecular weights of LGEA-PU systems had a significant effect on transferring ability, except for LGEA-PU99, which showed the strongest DNA condensation. Examination of the cytotoxicity of PEI and LGEA-PU systems revealed that LGEA-PU systems had lower cytotoxicity. In this article, LGEA-PU59 seemed to be a novel cationic polyurethane for gene delivery and an interesting candidate for further study.

  13. In vitro transfection of plasmid DNA by cationized gelatin prepared from different amine compounds.

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    Kushibiki, Toshihiro; Tomoshige, Ryuji; Iwanaga, Kazunori; Kakemi, Masawo; Tabata, Yasuhiko

    2006-01-01

    The objective of this paper is to compare the in vitro transfection efficiency of a luciferase plasmid DNA using cationized gelatin prepared from different amine compounds. The compounds used here were ethylenediamine, putrescine, spermidine and spermine, chemically introduced to the carboxyl group of gelatin for the cationization. Complexation of the cationized gelatin with the plasmid DNA was performed by simply mixing the two materials at various N+/P- mixing ratios (the molar number ratio of amino groups of gelatin to the phosphate groups of DNA) in aqueous solution. Gel retardation studies revealed that the formation of cationized-gelatin-plasmid DNA complexes depended on the N+/P- mixing ratio. The stronger interaction of plasmid DNA with the cationized gelatin of spermine compared to the other cationized gelatins was observed by an ethidium bromide intercalation assay and Scatchard binding analysis. When the transfection efficiency of plasmid DNA complexed with the various cationized gelatins at different N+/P- mixing ratios was evaluated for mouse L929 fibroblasts, the highest transfection efficiency was observed for the complex prepared from the cationized gelatin of spermine at a N+/P- mixing ratio of 2. The present study indicates that there is an optimal N+/P- mixing ratio and a type of amine compound or cationization extent of cationized gelatin to enhance the transfection efficiency of plasmid DNA.

  14. Cell transfection in vitro and in vivo with nontoxic TAT peptide-liposome-DNA complexes

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    Torchilin, Vladimir P.; Levchenko, Tatyana S.; Rammohan, Ram; Volodina, Natalia; Papahadjopoulos-Sternberg, Brigitte; D'Souza, Gerard G. M.

    2003-02-01

    Liposomes modified with TAT peptide (TATp-liposomes) showed fast and efficient translocation into the cell cytoplasm with subsequent migration into the perinuclear zone. TATp-liposomes containing a small quantity (10 mol %) of a cationic lipid formed firm noncovalent complexes with DNA. Here, we present results demonstrating both in vitro and in vivo transfection with TATp-liposome-DNA complexes. Mouse NIH/3T3 fibroblasts and rat H9C2 cardiomyocytes were transfected with such complexes in vitro. The transfection with the TATp-liposome-associated pEGFP-N1 plasmid encoding for the green fluorescent protein (GFP) was high, whereas the cytotoxicity was lower than that of commonly used cationic lipid-based gene-delivery systems. Intratumoral injection of TATp-liposome-DNA complexes into the Lewis lung carcinoma tumor of mice also resulted in an expression of GFP in tumor cells. This transfection system should be useful for various protocols of cell treatment in vitro or ex vivo as well as for localized in vivo gene therapy.

  15. Quantification of plasmid DNA copies in the nucleus after lipoplex and polyplex transfection.

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    Cohen, Richard N; van der Aa, Marieke A E M; Macaraeg, Nichole; Lee, Ai Ping; Szoka, Francis C

    2009-04-17

    Nuclear uptake of plasmid DNA is one of the many cellular barriers that limit the efficiency of non-viral gene delivery systems. We have determined the number of plasmids that reach the nucleus of a transfected cell using an internally standardized quantitative PCR (qPCR) assay. We isolated nuclei using two different protocols: a density gradient technique and a detergent-based method. The density gradient procedure yielded nuclei with substantially less adhering plasmids on the outside of the nuclei. Using the density gradient protocol we determined that cells transfected with Lipofectamine lipoplexes or polyethylenimine polyplexes contained between 75 and 50,000 plasmids/nucleus, depending on the applied plasmid dose. Any increase above 3000 plasmids/nucleus resulted in only marginal increases in transgene expression. Furthermore, lipoplex-delivered plasmids were more efficiently expressed, on the basis of protein expression per plasmid number in the nucleus, than polyplex-delivered plasmids. This indicates that polymer may remain bound to some plasmids in the nucleus. Lastly, by sorting transfected cells into high- and low-expressing sub-populations, we observe that a sub-population of cells contain 3x greater plasmids/nucleus but express nearly 100x more transgene than other cells within a single transfection reaction. Taken together these results suggest the importance of considering the processes downstream from nuclear entry for strategies to improve the efficiency of gene transfer reagents.

  16. Transfecting deoxyribonucleic acid of Bacillus bacteriophage phi 29 that is protease sensitive.

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    Hirokawa, H

    1972-06-01

    The transfecting activity of Bacillus phage varphi29 DNA, extracted either by sodium lauroyl sarcosine-phenol or by 2 M perchlorate, was destroyed by treatment with proteolytic enzymes, although these enzymes did not effect transfecting DNAs of SPP1, SPO1, and SP50. These facts suggest that a protein is associated with transfective varphi29 DNA. Stabilization of protease-resistance during transfection appeared earlier than that of DNaseresistance, indicating that the protein associated with varphi29 DNA is necessary for initiation of the incorporation of DNA molecules into competent cells. The physical nature of varphi29 DNA before and after the trypsin treatment was investigated by sucrose and CsCl density gradient centrifugations. The trypsin treatment did not alter the sedimentation rate of the unit varphi29 DNA; however, it did convert the sedimentation rate of the aggregated material in the untreated DNA to that of the unit varphi29 DNA. The density of the trypsinized DNA was 0.009 g/cm(3) greater than that of the untreated DNA. The possible location of the protein on the DNA is discussed.

  17. GAP JUNCTION COMMUNICATON IN A TRANSFECTED HUMAN CELL LINE: ACTION OF MELATONIN AND MAGNETIC FIELDS

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    GAP JUNCTION COMMUNICTION IN TRANSFECTED HUMAN CELL LINE: ACTION OF MELATONIN AND MAGNETIC FIELDS.

    OBJECTIVE: We previously showed that functional gap junction communication (GJC), as monitored by dye transfer (DT), could be enhanced in mouse C3H 10T112 cells and in mouse...

  18. The intracellular trafficking mechanism of Lipofectamine-based transfection reagents and its implication for gene delivery.

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    Cardarelli, Francesco; Digiacomo, Luca; Marchini, Cristina; Amici, Augusto; Salomone, Fabrizio; Fiume, Giuseppe; Rossetta, Alessandro; Gratton, Enrico; Pozzi, Daniela; Caracciolo, Giulio

    2016-05-11

    Lipofectamine reagents are widely accepted as "gold-standard" for the safe delivery of exogenous DNA or RNA into cells. Despite this, a satisfactory mechanism-based explanation of their superior efficacy has remained mostly elusive thus far. Here we apply a straightforward combination of live cell imaging, single-particle tracking microscopy, and quantitative transfection-efficiency assays on live cells to unveil the intracellular trafficking mechanism of Lipofectamine/DNA complexes. We find that Lipofectamine, contrary to alternative formulations, is able to efficiently avoid active intracellular transport along microtubules, and the subsequent entrapment and degradation of the payload within acidic/digestive lysosomal compartments. This result is achieved by random Brownian motion of Lipofectamine-containing vesicles within the cytoplasm. We demonstrate here that Brownian diffusion is an efficient route for Lipofectamine/DNA complexes to avoid metabolic degradation, thus leading to optimal transfection. By contrast, active transport along microtubules results in DNA degradation and subsequent poor transfection. Intracellular trafficking, endosomal escape and lysosomal degradation appear therefore as highly interdependent phenomena, in such a way that they should be viewed as a single barrier on the route for efficient transfection. As a matter of fact, they should be evaluated in their entirety for the development of optimized non-viral gene delivery vectors.

  19. The intracellular trafficking mechanism of Lipofectamine-based transfection reagents and its implication for gene delivery

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    Cardarelli, Francesco; Digiacomo, Luca; Marchini, Cristina; Amici, Augusto; Salomone, Fabrizio; Fiume, Giuseppe; Rossetta, Alessandro; Gratton, Enrico; Pozzi, Daniela; Caracciolo, Giulio

    2016-01-01

    Lipofectamine reagents are widely accepted as “gold-standard” for the safe delivery of exogenous DNA or RNA into cells. Despite this, a satisfactory mechanism-based explanation of their superior efficacy has remained mostly elusive thus far. Here we apply a straightforward combination of live cell imaging, single-particle tracking microscopy, and quantitative transfection-efficiency assays on live cells to unveil the intracellular trafficking mechanism of Lipofectamine/DNA complexes. We find that Lipofectamine, contrary to alternative formulations, is able to efficiently avoid active intracellular transport along microtubules, and the subsequent entrapment and degradation of the payload within acidic/digestive lysosomal compartments. This result is achieved by random Brownian motion of Lipofectamine-containing vesicles within the cytoplasm. We demonstrate here that Brownian diffusion is an efficient route for Lipofectamine/DNA complexes to avoid metabolic degradation, thus leading to optimal transfection. By contrast, active transport along microtubules results in DNA degradation and subsequent poor transfection. Intracellular trafficking, endosomal escape and lysosomal degradation appear therefore as highly interdependent phenomena, in such a way that they should be viewed as a single barrier on the route for efficient transfection. As a matter of fact, they should be evaluated in their entirety for the development of optimized non-viral gene delivery vectors. PMID:27165510

  20. Effects of Circular DNA Length on Transfection Efficiency by Electroporation into HeLa Cells

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    Hornstein, Benjamin D.; Roman, Dany; Arévalo-Soliz, Lirio M.; Engevik, Melinda A.

    2016-01-01

    The ability to produce extremely small and circular supercoiled vectors has opened new territory for improving non-viral gene therapy vectors. In this work, we compared transfection of supercoiled DNA vectors ranging from 383 to 4,548 bp, each encoding shRNA against GFP under control of the H1 promoter. We assessed knockdown of GFP by electroporation into HeLa cells. All of our vectors entered cells in comparable numbers when electroporated with equal moles of DNA. Despite similar cell entry, we found length-dependent differences in how efficiently the vectors knocked down GFP. As vector length increased up to 1,869 bp, GFP knockdown efficiency per mole of transfected DNA increased. From 1,869 to 4,257 bp, GFP knockdown efficiency per mole was steady, then decreased with increasing vector length. In comparing GFP knockdown with equal masses of vectors, we found that the shorter vectors transfect more efficiently per nanogram of DNA transfected. Our results rule out cell entry and DNA mass as determining factors for gene knockdown efficiency via electroporation. The length-dependent effects we have uncovered are likely explained by differences in nuclear translocation or transcription. These data add an important step towards clinical applications of non-viral vector delivery. PMID:27918590

  1. Single Cell Transfection through Precise Microinjection with Quantitatively Controlled Injection Volumes

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    Chow, Yu Ting; Chen, Shuxun; Wang, Ran; Liu, Chichi; Kong, Chi-wing; Li, Ronald A.; Cheng, Shuk Han; Sun, Dong

    2016-01-01

    Cell transfection is a technique wherein foreign genetic molecules are delivered into cells. To elucidate distinct responses during cell genetic modification, methods to achieve transfection at the single-cell level are of great value. Herein, we developed an automated micropipette-based quantitative microinjection technology that can deliver precise amounts of materials into cells. The developed microinjection system achieved precise single-cell microinjection by pre-patterning cells in an array and controlling the amount of substance delivered based on injection pressure and time. The precision of the proposed injection technique was examined by comparing the fluorescence intensities of fluorescent dye droplets with a standard concentration and water droplets with a known injection amount of the dye in oil. Injection of synthetic modified mRNA (modRNA) encoding green fluorescence proteins or a cocktail of plasmids encoding green and red fluorescence proteins into human foreskin fibroblast cells demonstrated that the resulting green fluorescence intensity or green/red fluorescence intensity ratio were well correlated with the amount of genetic material injected into the cells. Single-cell transfection via the developed microinjection technique will be of particular use in cases where cell transfection is challenging and genetically modified of selected cells are desired. PMID:27067121

  2. Effects of menstrual cycle on gene transfection through mouse vagina for DNA vaccine.

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    Kanazawa, T; Takashima, Y; Hirayama, S; Okada, H

    2008-08-06

    Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infections mainly occur through the vaginal and rectal mucosal membranes. In the present study, to develop a DNA vaginal vaccine against viral and bacterial infections, the effects of the menstrual cycle on DNA transfection through the vaginal mucosa in female mice and transfection enhancement by electroporation, a chelating agent, cell-penetrating peptides (CPP) and nuclear localizing signals (NLS) were investigated. The transfection efficiencies of a marker plasmid DNA (pDNA), pCMV-Luc, on the vaginal mucosal membrane in mice at the stages of metestrus and diestrus were significantly higher than those at the stages of proestrus and estrus. The gene expression was markedly enhanced by electroporation and by pretreatment with the chelating agent. The highest level of expression was obtained by 2h pretreatment with 5% citric acid solution combined with electroporation with 15 pulses at 250 V/cm for 5 milliseconds (ms). Furthermore, a synergistic promoting effect on pDNA transfection was obtained by co-administration of CPP, the Tat peptide analog, and NLS, the NF-kappaB analog. These results indicate that effective DNA vaccination administered through the vaginal tract is possible by selecting the menstrual stage and overcoming the mucosal barrier using a combination of methods that promotes uptake.

  3. High-Efficiency Transfection of Primary Human and Mouse T Lymphocytes Using RNA Electroporation

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    Zhao, Yangbing; Zheng, Zhili; Cohen, Cyrille J.; Gattinoni, Luca; Palmer, Douglas C.; Restifo, Nicholas P.; Rosenberg, Steven A.; Morgan, Richard A.

    2006-01-01

    The use of nonviral gene transfer methods in primary lymphocytes has been hampered by low gene transfer efficiency and high transfection-related toxicity. In this report, high gene transfection efficiency with low transfection-related toxicity was achieved by electroporation using in vitro-transcribed mRNA. Using these methods, >90% transgene expression with >80% viable cells was observed in stimulated primary human and murine T lymphocytes transfected with GFP or mCD62L. Electroporation of unstimulated human PBMCs or murine splenocytes with GFP RNA yielded 95 and 56% GFP+ cells, respectively. Electroporation of mRNA for NY-ESO-1, MART-1, and p53 antigen-specific TCRs into human T lymphocytes redirected these lymphocytes to recognize melanoma cell lines in an MHC-restricted manner. The onset of gene expression was rapid (within 30 min) and durable (up to 7 days postelectroporation) using both GFP and TCR-mediated recognition of target cells. There was no adverse effect observed on the T lymphocytes subjected to RNA electroporation evaluated by cell growth rate, annexin-V staining of apoptotic cells, BrdU incorporation, tumor antigen-specific recognition or antigen-specific TCR affinity. The results of this study indicate that mRNA electroporation provides a powerful tool to introduce genes into both human and murine primary T lymphocytes. PMID:16140584

  4. Calcium-activated gene transfection from DNA/poly(amic acid-co-imide) complexes.

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    Wu, Szu-Yuan; Chang, Li-Ting; Peng, Sydeny; Tsai, Hsieh-Chih

    2015-01-01

    In this study, we synthesized a water-soluble poly(amic acid-co-imide) (PA-I) from ethylenediaminetetraacetic dianhydride (EDTA) and 2,2'-(ethylenedioxy)bis(ethylamine) that possesses comparable transfection efficiency to that of polyethylenimine (PEI), when prepared in combination with divalent calcium cations. The polycondensation of monomers afforded poly(amic acid) (PA) precursors, and subsequent thermal imidization resulted in the formation of PA-I. At a polymer/DNA ratio (indicated by the molar ratio of nitrogen in the polymer to phosphate in DNA) of 40, complete retardation of the DNA band was observed by gel electrophoresis, indicating the strong association of DNA with PA-I. A zeta potential of -22 mV was recorded for the PA-I polymer solution, and no apparent cytotoxicity was observed at concentrations up to 500 μg·mL(-1). In the presence of divalent Ca(2+), the transfection efficiency of PA-I was higher than that of PA, due to the formation of a copolymer/Ca(2+)/DNA polyplex and the reduction in negative charge due to thermal cyclization. Interestingly, a synergistic effect of Ca(2+) and the synthesized copolymer on DNA transfection was observed. The use of Ca(2+) or copolymer alone resulted in unsatisfactory delivery, whereas the formation of three-component polyplexes synergistically increased DNA transfection. Our findings demonstrated that a PA-I/Ca(2+)/DNA polyplex could serve as a promising candidate for gene delivery.

  5. Parameters affecting organization and transfection efficiency of amphiphilic copolymers/DNA carriers.

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    Roques, Caroline; Bouchemal, Kawthar; Ponchel, Gilles; Fromes, Yves; Fattal, Elias

    2009-08-19

    Amphiphilic block copolymers are attracting increasing interest in the field of gene therapy, especially for transfection of striated muscles. However, little is known about the parameters affecting their transfection efficiency in vivo. These copolymers can self-assemble as micelles in certain conditions. Since micellization strongly depends on the temperature and ionic content of the preparation medium, the present paper aimed at investigating the influence of these parameters in the context of gene delivery. We first assessed the micellization of pluronic L64 and tetronic 304 at various temperatures in water, saline or Tyrode's salts solution. Pluronic L64 can form micelles at temperatures above 37 degrees C in water or at 37 degrees C in the Tyrode's salts solution, in the range of concentration investigated. For tetronic 304, CMC was found to be far below the concentrations used to transfer DNA. Pluronic L64 interacted with DNA only in the presence of micelles. Moreover, in vivo evaluation demonstrated that significantly improved transfection efficiency was obtained at 37 degrees C in Tyrode's salts solution for pluronic L64 based formulations, compared to 4 degrees C and 20 degrees C. Such differences were not recorded with tetronic 304. Finally, optimized formulations of both tetronic 304 and pluronic L64 were able to mediate efficient transfection in dystrophic muscles.

  6. Transfected Cell Microarrays for the Expression of Membrane-Displayed Single-Chain Antibodies

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    2011-01-01

    Appli- cations of single-chain variable fragment antibodies in therapeutics and diagnostics. Biotechnology Adv 27, 502–520. 6. Denzin , L. K...4-20. J Biol Chem 266, 14095–14103. Transfected Cell Microarrays 137 7. Denzin , L. K., Gulliver, G. A., Voss, E. W., Jr. (1993) Mutational analysis of

  7. Optical reprogramming of human cells in an ultrashort femtosecond laser microfluidic transfection platform.

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    Uchugonova, Aisada; Breunig, Hans Georg; Batista, Ana; König, Karsten

    2016-09-01

    Induced pluripotent stem cell (iPS cell) technology can be used to produce unlimited numbers of functional cells for both research and therapeutic purposes without ethical controversy. Typically, viruses are applied for efficient intracellular delivery of genes/transcription factors to generate iPS cells. However, the viral genomic integration may cause a risk of mutation as well as tumor formation therefore limits its clinical application. Here we demonstrate that spatially shaped extreme ultrashort laser pulses of sub-20 femtoseconds induce transient membrane permeabilisation which enables contamination-free transfection of cells in a microfluidic tube with multiple genes at the individual cell level in order to achieve optical reprogramming of large cell populations. We found that the ultrashort femtosecond laser-microfluidic cell transfection platform enhanced the efficacy of iPS-like colony-forming following merely a single transfection. Illustration of the spatially shaped femtosecond laser-assisted microfluidic cell transfection platform for production of iPS cell colonies.

  8. Metabolic characteristics of a human hepatoma cell line stably transfected with hormone-sensitive lipase.

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    Pease, R J; Wiggins, D; Saggerson, E D; Tree, J; Gibbons, G F

    1999-01-01

    Clones of HepG2 cells were selected that stably express the cDNA for hormone-sensitive lipase (HSL). When cells were cultured in the presence of labelled extracellular oleate, accumulation of labelled fatty acid as cellular triacylglycerol (TAG) was significantly lower in the transfectants compared with the wild-type cells. There was no change in the net rate of phospholipid (PL) synthesis. Culture of cells containing isotopically prelabelled TAG resulted in a greater net loss of TAG from the transfected cells than from the wild-type cells. The excess loss of labelled TAG was primarily due to an increased TAG fatty acid oxidation. Free fatty acid release into the medium was not increased in the transfectants, nor was the very low rate of lipoprotein lipid secretion. Also, there was no increased net trafficking of fatty acids from TAG into PLs. Changes in the 3H:14C ratio of TAG prelabelled with [3H]glycerol and [14C]oleate suggested that none of excess TAG fatty acid released in the transfected cells underwent intracellular re-esterification to TAG prior to oxidation. The results suggest that fatty acids mobilized by HSL are directed immediately into the oxidative pathway and are not available for biosynthetic processes. It appears likely, therefore, that intracellular TAG-derived fatty acids which enter the oxidative pathway exist in a different compartment from those that are directed towards synthesis. PMID:10393105

  9. Development of a confocal ultrasound device using an inertial cavitation control for transfection in-vitro

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    Mestas, J. L.; Chettab, K.; Roux, S.; Prieur, F.; Lafond, M.; Dumontet, C.; Lafon, C.

    2015-12-01

    Sonoporation using low-frequency high-pressure ultrasound (US) is a non-viral approach for in vitro and in vivo gene delivery. We developed a new sonoporation device designed for spatial and temporal control of ultrasound cavitation. This device was evaluated for the in vitro transfection efficiency of a plasmid coding for Green Fluorescent Protein (peGFP- C1) in adherent and non-adherent cell lines. The frequency spectrum of the signal receive by a hydrophone is used to compute a cavitation index (CI) representative of the inertial cavitation activity. The influence of the CI on transfection efficiency, as well as reproducibility were determined. A real-time feedback loop control on CI was integrated in the process to regulate the cavitation level during sonoporation. In both adherent and non-adherent cell lines, the sonoporation device produced a highly efficient transfection of peGFP-C1 (40-80%), as determined by flow cytometry analysis of GFP expression, along with a low rate of mortality assessed by propidium iodide staining. Moreover, the sonoporation of non-adherent cell lines Jurkat and K562 was found to be equivalent to nucleofection in terms of efficiency and toxicity while these two cell lines were resistant to transfection with lipofection.

  10. Poly(ethyleneimine) functionalized carbon nanotubes as efficient nano-vector for transfecting mesenchymal stem cells.

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    Moradian, Hanieh; Fasehee, Hamidreza; Keshvari, Hamid; Faghihi, Shahab

    2014-10-01

    For gene and drug delivery applications, carbon nanotubes (CNTs) have to be functionalized in order to become compatible with aqueous media and bind with genetic materials. In this study, combination of polyethyleneimine (PEI) grafted multi-walled carbon nanotubes (PEI-g-MWCNTs) and chitosan substrate is used as an efficient gene delivery system for transfection of hard-to-transfect bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells (BMSCs) with enhanced green fluorescent protein (EGFP) gene. Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectra, dynamic light scattering (DLS) analysis and zeta potential measurements are used to characterize binding of PEI, particle size distribution and colloidal stability of the functionalized CNTs, respectively. DNA binding affinity, cellular uptake, transfection efficiency and possible cytotoxicity are also tested by agarose gel electrophoresis, flow cytometry, cytochemisty and MTT assay. The results demonstrate that cytotoxic effect of PEI-g-MWCNTs is negligible under optimal transfection condition. In consistency with high cellular uptake (>82%), PEI-g-MWCNTs give higher delivery of EGFP into the BMSCs which results in a more sustained expression of the model gene (EGFP) in short-term culture. These results suggest that PEI-g-MWCNTs in corporation with chitosan substrates would be a promising delivery system for BMSCs, a cell type with relevancy in the regenerative medicine and clinical applications.

  11. Electroporation, an alternative to biolistics for transfection of Bombyx mori embryos and larval tissues

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    Thomas, Jean-luc

    2003-01-01

    There are few powerful techniques available to transfect insect tissues. We previously used biolistics to transfect Bombyx mori embryos, and larval and pupal tissues (Thomas J-L et al. 2001. Journal of Insect Science 1/9, Kravariti L et al. 2001. Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 31: 473–479). As the main limitation was the irregularity in results we explored electroporation as an alternative technique by adapting techniques used for chicken embryos to B. mori embryos. By injecting the DNA solution into the hemocoel of late embryos that were finishing organogenesis, we expressed marker genes in numerous tissues following electroporation. With some adaptation of the method this was also achieved for early embryos lacking a hemocoel. Some larval tissues were also transfected. During these technical studies we found that optimizing parameters such as electrical voltage, number of pulses and their frequency, and conductivity of the buffer was important. These results confirmed that electroporation is a reliable technique for transfecting B. mori tissues. Abbreviation: GFP Green Fluorescent Protein CCD Charged Coupled Device PMID:15841233

  12. Single-Cell-State Culture of Human Pluripotent Stem Cells Increases Transfection Efficiency

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    Nii, Takenobu; Kohara, Hiroshi; Marumoto, Tomotoshi; Sakuma, Tetsushi; Yamamoto, Takashi; Tani, Kenzaburo

    2016-01-01

    Abstract Efficient gene transfer into human pluripotent stem cells (hPSCs) holds great promise for regenerative medicine and pharmaceutical development. In the past decade, various methods were developed for gene transfer into hPSCs; however, hPSCs form tightly packed colonies, making gene transfer difficult. In this study, we established a stable culture method of hPSCs at a single-cell state to reduce cell density and investigated gene transfection efficiency followed by gene editing efficiency. hPSCs cultured in a single-cell state were transfected using nonliposomal transfection reagents with plasmid DNA or mRNA encoding enhanced green fluorescent protein. We found that most cells (DNA > 90%; mRNA > 99%) were transfected without the loss of undifferentiated PSC marker expression or pluripotency. Moreover, we demonstrated an efficient gene editing method using transcription activator-like effector nucleases (TALENs) targeting the adenomatous polyposis coli (APC) gene. Our new method may improve hPSC gene transfer techniques, thus facilitating their use for human regenerative medicine. PMID:27257519

  13. [Establishment of murine cell line transfected with human CD14 gene].

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    Ning, Bo-Tao; Tang, Yong-Min; Xu, Yan; Chen, Yan-Fei; Cao, Jiang

    2006-04-01

    This study was aimed to construct the CD14 eukaryotic expression vector, establish the transgeneic CD14 positive cell line in order to facilitate the establishment of a mouse model of antibody targeting therapy for human acute monocytic leukemia (AML-M(5)). Total RNA extracted from peripheral blood mononuclear cells was treated with RNAase-free DNAase, the human CD14 gene was cloned and sequenced through the RT-PCR and T-A clone techniques. Eukaryotic expressional vector pcDNA3.1(+)/CD14 was constructed by cleaving with double restriction endonuleases and ligating with T4 ligase. A murine melanoma cell line B16 was transfected with the pcDNA3.1(+)/CD14 recombinant with Superfect transfection reagent. Positive clones were selected by G418 and the expression of human CD14 on the transfectant was confirmed by flow cytometry (FCM). The results indicated that the sequence of the human CD14 cDNA cloned was exact to be same as the one from GenBank database. The recombinant pcDNA3.1(+)/CD14 was identified with double-enzyme cleaving. The expression of the human CD14 on the transfectant (B16/CD14) was confirmed by FCM. In conclusion, the murine cell line B16/CD14 fransfected with human CD14 gene has been established which can be used for the study of human AML-M(5) antibody targeting therapy with mouse model.

  14. Rigid aromatic linking moiety in cationic lipids for enhanced gene transfection efficiency.

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    Wang, Bing; Zhao, Rui-Mo; Zhang, Ji; Liu, Yan-Hong; Huang, Zheng; Yu, Qing-Ying; Yu, Xiao-Qi

    2017-08-18

    Although numerous cationic lipids have been developed as non-viral gene vectors, the structure-activity relationship (SAR) of these materials remains unclear and needs further investigation. In this work, a series of lysine-derived cationic lipids containing linkages with different rigidity were designed and synthesized. SAR studies showed that lipids with rigid aromatic linkage could promote the formation of tight liposomes and enhance DNA condensation, which is essential for the gene delivery process. These lipids could give much higher transfection efficiency than those containing more flexible aliphatic linkage in various cell lines. Moreover, the rigid aromatic linkage also affords the material higher serum tolerance ability. Flow cytometry assay revealed that the target lipids have good cellular uptake, while confocal microscopy observation showed weaker endosome escape than Lipofectamine 2000. To solve such problem and further increase the transfection efficiency, some lysosomotropic reagents were used to improve the endosome escape of lipoplex. As expected, higher transfection efficiency than Lipofectamine 2000 could be obtained via this strategy. Cytotoxicity assay showed that these lipids have lower toxicity in various cell lines than Lipofectamine 2000, suggesting their potential for further application. This work demonstrates that a rigid aromatic linkage might distinctly improve the gene transfection abilities of cationic lipids and affords information to construct safe and efficient gene vector towards practical application. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.

  15. Large-Scale Transient Transfection of Suspension Mammalian Cells for VLP Production.

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    Cervera, Laura; Kamen, Amine A

    2018-01-01

    Large-scale transient transfection of mammalian cell suspension cultures enables the production of biological products in sufficient quantity and under stringent quality attributes to perform accelerated in vitro evaluations and has the potential to support preclinical or even clinical studies. Here we describe the methodology to produce VLPs in a 3L bioreactor, using suspension HEK 293 cells and PEIPro as a transfection reagent. Cells are grown in the bioreactor to 1 × 10(6) cells/mL and transfected with a plasmid DNA-PEI complex at a ratio of 1:2. Dissolved oxygen and pH are controlled and are online monitored during the production phase and cell growth and viability can be measured off line taking samples from the bioreactor. If the product is labeled with a fluorescent marker, transfection efficiency can be also assessed using flow cytometry analysis. Typically, the production phase lasts between 48 and 96 h until the product is harvested.

  16. Upregulation of cellular glutathione levels in human ABCB5- and murine Abcb5-transfected cells.

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    Kondo, Shingo; Hongama, Keita; Hanaya, Kengo; Yoshida, Ryota; Kawanobe, Takaaki; Katayama, Kazuhiro; Noguchi, Kohji; Sugimoto, Yoshikazu

    2015-12-15

    Previously, we have demonstrated that human ABCB5 is a full-sized ATP-binding cassette transporter that shares strong homology with ABCB1/P-glycoprotein. ABCB5-transfected cells showed resistance to taxanes and anthracyclines. Herein, we further screened ABCB5 substrates, and explored the mechanism of resistance. Sensitivity of the cells to test compounds was evaluated using cell growth inhibition assay. Cellular levels of buthionine sulfoximine (BSO), glutathione and amino acids were measured using HPLC and an enzyme-based assay. Cellular and vesicular transport of glutathione was evaluated by a radiolabeled substrate. Expression levels of glutathione-metabolizing enzymes were assessed by RT-PCR. Human ABCB5-transfected 293/B5-11 cells and murine Abcb5-transfected 293/mb5-8 cells showed 6.5- and 14-fold higher resistance to BSO than the mock-transfected 293/mock cells, respectively. BSO is an inhibitor of gamma-glutamylcysteine ligase (GCL), which is a key enzyme of glutathione synthesis. 293/B5-11 and 293/mb5-8 cells also showed resistance to methionine sulfoximine, another GCL inhibitor. A cellular uptake experiment revealed that BSO accumulation in 293/B5-11 and 293/mb5-8 cells was similar to that in 293/mock cells, suggesting that BSO is not an ABCB5 substrate. The cellular glutathione content in 293/B5-11 and 293/mb5-8 cells was significantly higher than that in 293/mock cells. Evaluation of the BSO effect on the cellular glutathione content showed that compared with 293/mock cells the BSO concentration required for a 50 % reduction in glutathione content in 293/B5-11 and 293/mb5-8 cells was approximately 2- to 3-fold higher. This result suggests that the BSO resistance of the ABCB5- and Abcb5-transfected cells can be attributed to the reduced effect of BSO on the transfectants. Cellular and vesicular transport assays showed that the transport of radiolabeled glutathione in 293/B5-11 cells was similar to that in 293/mock cells. The mRNA expression of genes

  17. mRNA-Lipoplex loaded microbubble contrast agents for ultrasound-assisted transfection of dendritic cells.

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    De Temmerman, Marie-Luce; Dewitte, Heleen; Vandenbroucke, Roosmarijn E; Lucas, Bart; Libert, Claude; Demeester, Jo; De Smedt, Stefaan C; Lentacker, Ine; Rejman, Joanna

    2011-12-01

    In cancer immunotherapy the immune system should be triggered to specifically recognize and eliminate tumor cells in the patient's body. This could be achieved by loading dendritic cells (DCs) with tumor-associated antigens (TAAs). This can be achieved by transfecting DCs with messenger RNA encoding a tumor-associated antigen. Here we demonstrate transient transfection of dendritic cells by means of mRNA-lipoplexes bound to microbubbles. Microbubble-attached lipoplexes were introduced into the cells by applying ultrasound. Our data demonstrate that ultrasound-mediated delivery of mRNA-complexes led to efficient transfection of DCs. When mRNA encoding luciferase was used, maximal levels of the enzyme activity were detected 8 h after ultrasound application. Upon longer incubation protein expression gradually declined. This treatment did not affect viability of the cells. Intracellular localisation of mRNA-lipoplexes in DCs was determined by flow cytometry using fluorescently labeled lipoplexes. Over 50% of DCs contained fluorescently labeled mRNA-complexes. In the absence of additional maturation signals, transfection of immature DCs with mRNA-lipoplex loaded microbubbles and ultrasound application induced only a minor shift in the expression level of maturation markers (CD40 and CD86). However, in the presence of the activation stimulus (LPS), cells were able to further mature as shown by a significant up-regulation of CD40 expression. Thus, our results demonstrate that mRNA-lipoplex loaded microbubbles can serve as an applicable and safe tool for efficient mRNA-transfection of cultured DCs. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  18. Bioreducible polyether-based pDNA ternary polyplexes: balancing particle stability and transfection efficiency.

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    Lai, Tsz Chung; Kataoka, Kazunori; Kwon, Glen S

    2012-11-01

    Polyplex particles formed with plasmid DNA (pDNA) and Pluronic P85-block-poly{N-[N-(2-aminoethyl)-2-aminoethyl]aspartamide} (P85-b-P[Asp(DET)]) demonstrated highly effective transfection ability compared to PEG-based block cationomer, PEG-b-P[Asp(DET)]. Ternary polyplexes comprising PEG-b-P[Asp(DET)], poly(ethylene oxide)-b-poly(propylene oxide)-b-poly(ethylene oxide)-b-P[Asp(DET)] (P(EPE)-b-P[Asp(DET)]) used as an analog of P85-b-P[Asp(DET)], and pDNA were prepared in this work aiming at maintaining adequate transfection efficiency while solving the stability issues of the P85-b-P[Asp(DET)] polyplexes. Furthermore, a bioreducible P(EPE)-SS-P[Asp(DET)] possessing a redox potential-sensitive disulfide linkage between the P(EPE) polymer and the cationic block was used as a substitute for P(EPE)-b-P[Asp(DET)] during ternary complex formation to investigate whether the transfection ability of the ternary polyplex system could be enhanced by triggered release of P(EPE) polymers from the polyplexes. The ternary complexes showed significant improvement in terms of stability against salt-induced aggregation compared to binary complexes, although the gene delivery ability dropped with the amount of PEG-b-P[Asp(DET)] used for complexation. By manipulating the difference in redox potential between the extracellular and intracellular environments, the reducible ternary complexes achieved higher transfection compared to the non-reducible polyplexes; moreover, the reducible polyplexes exhibited comparable stability to the non-reducible ones. These results suggest that reducible ternary complexes could provide satisfactory transfection efficiency without comprising the colloidal stability of the particles.

  19. Biophysical and transfection studies of the diC(14)-amidine/DNA complex.

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    Cherezov, Vadim; Qiu, Hong; Pector, Veronique; Vandenbranden, Michel; Ruysschaert, Jean-Marie; Caffrey, Martin

    2002-01-01

    Liposomes of the synthetic cationic lipid, N-t-butyl-N'-tetradecylamino-propionamidine (diC(14)-amidine), efficiently ports DNA into mammalian cells in the absence of other (neutral) lipids. The compositional simplicity of this transfection mix makes it attractive from a formulation perspective. We have used low- and wide-angle x-ray diffraction and polarized light microscopy to characterize the thermotropic phase behavior and microstructure of diC(14)-amidine and of the lipid/DNA (circular plasmid, 5.4 kb) complex with a view to understanding the structure of the complex and its role in transfection. Upon heating, the lipid in buffer undergoes a lamellar crystalline (L(c), d(001) = 41.7 A)-to-lamellar liquid crystal (L(c)(alpha), d(001) depends on hydration and T) transition at approximately 40 degrees C. Sonicated lipid vesicles with a reported transition temperature of approximately 23 degrees C complex with DNA. Complex formation is complete at a DNA/lipid mole ratio (rho) of 0.8. Adding DNA to the lipid causes d(001) of the multilayered complex to drop from 52 to 49 A as rho rises from 0.03 to 1.64. The minimal DNA-DNA duplex separation observed is 26 A, consistent with the close packing of B-DNA. Lipid bilayers in the complex undergo a lamellar gel (L(c)(beta))-to-L(c)(alpha) (superscript c refers to complex) transition at approximately 23 degrees C. Transfection efficiency was maximized at rho = 0.4. The structure and transfection data combined suggest that densely packaged DNA in a net positively charged complex is essential for transfection. PMID:12023234

  20. Transfection of CYP4A1 cDNA increases vascular reactivity in renal interlobar arteries.

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    Kaide, Jun-Ichi; Wang, Mong-Heng; Wang, Ji-Shi; Zhang, Fan; Gopal, V Raj; Falck, John R; Nasjletti, Alberto; Laniado-Schwartzman, Michal

    2003-01-01

    20-HETE, a cytochrome P-450 4A (CYP4A1)-derived arachidonic acid metabolite, is a major eicosanoid formed in renal and extrarenal microcirculation. 20-HETE inhibits Ca(2+)-activated K(+) channels in vascular smooth muscle cells and thereby may modulate vascular reactivity. We transfected renal interlobar arteries with an expression plasmid containing the cDNA of CYP4A1, the low-K(m) arachidonic acid omega-hydroxylase, and examined the consequences of increasing 20-HETE synthesis on constrictor responses to phenylephrine. CYP4A1-transfected interlobar arteries demonstrated a twofold increase in CYP4A protein levels and 20-HETE production compared with arteries transfected with the empty plasmid; they also showed increased sensitivity to phenylephrine, as evidenced by a decrease in EC(50) from 0.37 +/- 0.04 microM in plasmid-transfected arteries to 0.07 +/- 0.01 microM in CYP4A1-transfected arteries. The increased sensitivity to phenylephrine was greatly attenuated by N-methylsulfonyl-12,12-dibromododec-11-enamide (DDMS), a selective inhibitor of 20-HETE synthesis, and by 20-hydroxyeicosa-6(Z),15(Z)-dienoic acid, a specific 20-HETE antagonist. This effect of DDMS was reversed by addition of 20-HETE, further substantiating the notion that increased levels of 20-HETE contribute to the increased sensitivity to phenylephrine in vessels overexpressing CYP4A1. These data suggest that 20-HETE of vascular origin sensitizes renal vascular smooth muscle to phenylephrine.

  1. Comparative nucleic acid transfection efficacy in primary hepatocytes for gene silencing and functional studies

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    2011-01-01

    Background Primary hepatocytes are the best resource for in vitro studies directed at understanding hepatic processes at the cellular and molecular levels, necessary for novel drug development to treat highly prevalent diseases such as non-alcoholic steatohepatitis, cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes. There is a need to identify simple methods to genetically manipulate primary hepatocytes and conduct functional studies with plasmids, small interfering RNA (siRNA) or microRNA (miRNA). New lipofection reagents are available that have the potential to yield higher levels of transfection with reduced toxicity. Findings We have tested several liposome-based transfection reagents used in molecular biology research. We show that transfection efficiency with one of the most recently developed formulations, Metafectene Pro, is high with plasmid DNA (>45% cells) as well as double stranded RNA (>90% with siRNA or microRNA). In addition, negligible cytotoxicity was present with all of these nucleic acids, even if cells were incubated with the DNA:lipid complex for 16 hours. To provide the proof of concept that these conditions can be used not only for overexpression of a gene of interest, but also in RNA interference applications, we targeted two liver expressed genes, Sterol Regulatory Element-Binding Protein-1 and Fatty Acid Binding Protein 5 using plasmid-mediated short hairpin RNA expression. In addition, similar transfection conditions were used to optimally deliver siRNA and microRNA. Conclusions We have identified a lipid-based reagent for primary hepatocyte transfection of nucleic acids currently used in molecular biology laboratories. The conditions described here can be used to expedite a large variety of research applications, from gene function studies to microRNA target identification. PMID:21244687

  2. An alternative in vitro drug screening test using Leishmania amazonensis transfected with red fluorescent protein✩

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    Rocha, Marcele N.; Corrêa, Célia M.; Melo, Maria N.; Beverley, Stephen M.; Martins-Filho, Olindo Assis; Madureira, Ana Paula; Soares, Rodrigo P.

    2013-01-01

    Fluorescent and colorimetric reporter genes are valuable tools for drug screening models, since microscopy is labor intensive and subject to observer variation. In this work, we propose a fluorimetric method for drug screening using red fluorescent parasites. Fluorescent Leishmania amazonensis were developed after transfection with integration plasmids containing either red (RFP) or green fluorescent protein (GFP) genes. After transfection, wild-type (LaWT) and transfected (LaGFP and LaRFP) parasites were subjected to flow cytometry, macrophage infection, and tests of susceptibility to current antileishmanial agents and propranolol derivatives previously shown to be active against Trypanosoma cruzi. Flow cytometry analysis discriminated LaWT from LaRFP and LaGFP parasites, without affecting cell size or granulosity. With microscopy, transfection with antibiotic resistant genes was not shown to affect macrophage infectivity and susceptibility to amphotericin B and propranolol derivatives. Retention of fluorescence remained in the intracellular amastigotes in both LaGFP and LaRFP transfectants. However, detection of intracellular RFP parasites was only achieved in the fluorimeter. Murine BALB/c macrophages were infected with LaRFP parasites, exposed to standard (meglumine antimoniate, amphotericin B, Miltefosine, and allopurinol) and tested molecules. Although it was possible to determine IC50 values for 4 propranolol derivatives (1, 2b, 3, and 4b), all compounds were considered inactive. This study is the first to develop a fluorimetric drug screening test for L. amazonensis RFP. The fluorimetric test was comparable to microscopy with the advantage of being faster and not requiring manual counting. PMID:23312610

  3. High lateral mobility of endogenous and transfected alkaline phosphatase: a phosphatidylinositol-anchored membrane protein

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    1987-01-01

    The lateral mobility of alkaline phosphatase (AP) in the plasma membrane of osteoblastic and nonosteoblastic cells was estimated by fluorescence redistribution after photobleaching in embryonic and in tumor cells, in cells that express AP naturally, and in cells transfected with an expression vector containing AP cDNA. The diffusion coefficient (D) and the mobile fraction, estimated from the percent recovery (%R), were found to be cell-type dependent ranging from (0.58 +/- 0.16) X 10(-9) cm2s-1 and 73.3 +/- 10.5 in rat osteosarcoma cells ROS 17/2.8 to (1.77 +/- 0.51) X 10(-9) cm2s-1 and 82.8 +/- 2.5 in rat osteosarcoma cells UMR106. Similar values of D greater than or equal to 10(-9) cm2s-1 with approximately 80% recovery were also found in fetal rat calvaria cells, transfected skin fibroblasts, and transfected AP- negative osteosarcoma cells ROS 25/1. These values of D are many times greater than "typical" values for membrane proteins, coming close to those of membrane lipid in fetal rat calvaria and ROS 17/2.8 cells (D = [4(-5)] X 10(-9) cm2s-1 with 75-80% recovery), estimated with the hexadecanoyl aminofluorescein probe. In all cell types, phosphatidylinositol (PI)-specific phospholipase C released 60-90% of native and transfection-expressed AP, demonstrating that, as in other tissue types, AP in these cells is anchored in the membrane via a linkage to PI. These results indicate that the transfected cells used in this study possess the machinery for AP insertion into the membrane and its binding to PI. The fast AP mobility appears to be an intrinsic property of the way the protein is anchored in the membrane, a conclusion with general implications for the understanding of the slow diffusion of other membrane proteins. PMID:2889741

  4. Inclusion of the helper lipid dioleoyl-phosphatidylethanolamine in solid lipid nanoparticles inhibits their transfection efficiency.

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    de Jesus, Marcelo B; Radaic, Allan; Hinrichs, Wouter L J; Ferreira, Carmen V; de Paula, Eneida; Hoekstra, Dick; Zuhorn, Inge S

    2014-02-01

    Solid lipid nanoparticles (SLNs) are a promising system for the delivery of lipophilic and hydrophilic drugs. They consist of a solid lipid core that is stabilized by a layer of surfactants. By the incorporation of cationic lipids in the formulation, positively charged SLNs can be generated, that are suitable carriers for nucleic acids (DNA, siRNA). Considering the beneficial effect of helper lipids on the transfection efficiency with cationic liposomes, the effect of the helper lipid 1,2-dioleoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphoethanolamine (DOPE) on transfection with cationic lipid-containing solid lipid nanoparticles was investigated in PC3 prostate cancer cells. The inclusion of DOPE in SLN formulations, instead of promoted, strongly inhibited SLN transfection efficiency, by frustrating the accommodation of DNA by the particles, as was revealed by biochemical analysis. SLNs devoid of DOPE maintained a homogenous size distribution of approximately 150 nm following lipoplex assembly and cellular delivery, and showed transfection efficiency comparable to that of Lipofectamine 2000' (LF2k). Moreover, the SLNs maintain their high transfection efficiency after lyophilization and long-term storage (1-2 years), an important asset for biomedical applications. There is even the possibility to lyophilize the SLN carrier together with its DNA cargo, which represents an interesting pharmaceutical advantage of the SLN formulations over LF2k. These results reflect marked differences between the physicochemical properties of cationic liposomes and SLNs, the latter requiring more critical lipid-depending properties for effective 'packaging' of DNA but displaying a higher storage stability than cationic lipid based carriers like LF2k.

  5. Single-cell Transfection by Electroporation Using an Electrolyte/Plasmid-Filled Capillary

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    Wang, Manyan; Orwar, Owe; Weber, Stephen G.

    2009-01-01

    Single-cell transfection of adherent cells has been accomplished using single-cell electroporation (SCEP) with a pulled capillary. HEPES-buffered physiological saline solution containing pEGFP plasmid at a low concentration (0.16 ∼ 0.78 µg/µL) filled a 15 cm long capillary with a tip opening of 2 µm. The electric field is applied to individual cells by bringing the tip close to the cell and subsequently applying one or two brief electric pulses. Many individual cells can thus be transfected with a small volume of plasmid-containing solution (∼ 1 µL). The extent of electroporation is determined by measuring the percentage loss of freely diffusing thiols (chiefly reduced glutathione) that have been derivatized with the fluorogenic ThioGlo 1. A mass transport model is used to fit the time-dependent fluorescence intensity decay in the target cells. The fits, which are excellent, yield the electroporation-induced fluorescence loss at steady state and the mass transfer rate through the electroporated cell membrane. Steady-state fluorescence loss ranged approximately from 0 to about 80% (based on the fluorescence intensity before electroporation). For the cells having a loss of thiol-ThioGlo 1 fluorescence intensity greater than 10%, and mass transfer rate greater than 0.03 s−1, EGFP fluorescence is observed after 24 hours. The EGFP fluorescence is increased at 48 hours. With a loss smaller than 10% and a mass transfer rate smaller than 0.03 s−1, no EGFP fluorescence is detected. Thus, transfection success is closely related to the small molecule mass transport dynamics as indicated by the loss of fluorescence from thiol-ThioGlo 1 conjugates. The EGFP expression is weaker than bulk lipid-mediated transfection, as indicated by the EGFP fluorescence intensities. However, the success with the single-cell approach is considerably greater than lipid-mediated transfection. PMID:19351139

  6. Translocation of Transfected GLUT2 to the Apical Membrane in Rat Intestinal IEC-6 Cells

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    Zheng, Ye; Sarr, Michael G.

    2011-01-01

    In this study, we transfected the full length cDNA of GLUT2 into IEC-6 cells (which lack GLUT2 expression) to investigate GLUT2 translocation in enterocytes. AIM To investigate cellular mechanisms of GLUT2 translocation and its signaling pathway. METHODS Rat glut2 cDNA was transfected into IEC-6 cells. Glucose uptake was measured by incubating cell monolayers with glucose (0.5 to 50 mM), containing 14C-d-glucose and 3H-L-glucose to measure stereospecific, carrier-mediated and passive uptake, resp. We imaged GLUT2 immunoreactivity by confocal fluorescence microscopy. We evaluated the GLUT2 inhibitor (1mM phloretin), SGLT1 inhibitor (0.5 mM phlorizin), disrupting microtubular integrity (2 µM nocodazole and 0.5 µM cytochalasin B), PKC inhibitors (50 nM calphostin C and 10 µM chelerythrine), and PKC activator (50 nM phorbol 12-myristate 13-acetate: PMA). RESULTS In GLUT2-IEC cells, the Km (54.5 mM) increased compared with non-transfected IEC-6 cells (7.8 mM); phloretin (GLUT2 inhibitor) inhibited glucose uptake to that of non-transfected IEC-6 cells (p<0.05). Nocodazole and cytochalasin B (microtubule disrupters) inhibited uptake by 43–58% only at glucose concentrations ≥ 25 and 50 mM and the 10-min incubations. Calphostin C (PKC inhibitor) reproduced the inhibition of nocodazole; PMA (a PKC activator) enhanced glucose uptake by 69%. Exposure to glucose increased the GFP signal at the apical membrane of GLUT-1EC Cells. CONCLUSION IEC-6 cells lacking GLUT2 translocate GLUT2 apically when transfected to express GLUT2. Translocation of GLUT2 occurs through glucose stimulation via a PKC-dependent signaling pathway and requires integrity of the microtubular skeletal structure. PMID:22116644

  7. Translocation of transfected GLUT2 to the apical membrane in rat intestinal IEC-6 cells.

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    Zheng, Ye; Sarr, Michael G

    2012-05-01

    In this study, we transfected the full length cDNA of glucose transporter 2 (GLUT2) into IEC-6 cells (which lack GLUT2 expression) to investigate GLUT2 translocation in enterocytes. The purpose of this study was to investigate cellular mechanisms of GLUT2 translocation and its signaling pathway. Rat GLUT2 cDNA was transfected into IEC-6 cells. Glucose uptake was measured by incubating cell monolayers with glucose (0.5-50 mM), containing (14)C-D-glucose and (3)H-L-glucose, to measure stereospecific, carrier-mediated and passive uptake. We imaged GLUT2 immunoreactivity by confocal fluorescence microscopy. We evaluated the GLUT2 inhibitor (1 mM phloretin), SGLT1 inhibitor (0.5 mM phlorizin), disrupting microtubular integrity (2 μM nocodazole and 0.5 μM cytochalasin B), protein kinase C (PKC) inhibitors (50 nM calphostin C and 10 μM chelerythrine), and PKC activator (50 nM phorbol 12-myristate 13-acetate: PMA). In GLUT2-IEC cells, the K(m) (54.5 mM) increased compared with non-transfected IEC-6 cells (7.8 mM); phloretin (GLUT2 inhibitor) inhibited glucose uptake to that of non-transfected IEC-6 cells (P < 0.05). Nocodazole and cytochalasin B (microtubule disrupters) inhibited uptake by 43-58% only at glucose concentrations ≥25 and 50 mM and the 10-min incubations. Calphostin C (PKC inhibitor) reproduced the inhibition of nocodazole; PMA (a PKC activator) enhanced glucose uptake by 69%. Exposure to glucose increased the GFP signal at the apical membrane of GLUT-1EC cells. IEC-6 cells lacking GLUT2 translocate GLUT2 apically when transfected to express GLUT2. Translocation of GLUT2 occurs through glucose stimulation via a PKC-dependent signaling pathway and requires integrity of the microtubular skeletal structure.

  8. BRASSINOSTEROID INSENSITIVE2 interacts with ABSCISIC ACID INSENSITIVE5 to mediate the antagonism of brassinosteroids to abscisic acid during seed germination in Arabidopsis.

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    Hu, Yanru; Yu, Diqiu

    2014-11-01

    Seed germination and postgerminative growth are regulated by a delicate hormonal balance. Abscisic acid (ABA) represses Arabidopsis thaliana seed germination and postgerminative growth, while brassinosteroids (BRs) antagonize ABA-mediated inhibition and promote these processes. However, the molecular mechanism underlying BR-repressed ABA signaling remains largely unknown. Here, we show that the Glycogen Synthase Kinase 3-like kinase BRASSINOSTEROID INSENSITIVE2 (BIN2), a critical repressor of BR signaling, positively regulates ABA responses during seed germination and postgerminative growth. Mechanistic investigation revealed that BIN2 physically interacts with ABSCISIC ACID INSENSITIVE5 (ABI5), a bZIP transcription factor. Further genetic analysis demonstrated that the ABA-hypersensitive phenotype of BIN2-overexpressing plants requires ABI5. BIN2 was found to phosphorylate and stabilize ABI5 in the presence of ABA, while application of epibrassinolide (the active form of BRs) inhibited the regulation of ABI5 by BIN2. Consistently, the ABA-induced accumulation of ABI5 was affected in BIN2-related mutants. Moreover, mutations of the BIN2 phosphorylation sites on ABI5 made the mutant protein respond to ABA improperly. Additionally, the expression of several ABI5 regulons was positively modulated by BIN2. These results provide evidence that BIN2 phosphorylates and stabilizes ABI5 to mediate ABA response during seed germination, while BRs repress the BIN2-ABI5 cascade to antagonize ABA-mediated inhibition. © 2014 American Society of Plant Biologists. All rights reserved.

  9. The influence of chitosan valence on the complexation and transfection of DNA: the weaker the DNA-chitosan binding the higher the transfection efficiency.

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    Alatorre-Meda, Manuel; Taboada, Pablo; Hartl, Florian; Wagner, Tobias; Freis, Michael; Rodríguez, Julio R

    2011-01-01

    The DNA-chitosan polyplexes have attracted for some years now the attention of physical-chemists and biologists for their potential use in gene therapy, however, the correlation between the physicochemical properties of these polyplexes with their transfection efficiency remains still unclear. In a recent paper we demonstrated by means of DLS that the DNA-chitosan complexation is favored at acidic conditions considering that fewer amounts of chitosan were required to compact the DNA. As a second study, in the present work we analyze the influence of chitosan valence on the complexation and transfection of DNA. Three chitosans of different molecular weights (three different valences) are characterized as gene carriers at 25°C and pH 5 over a wide range of chitosan-Nitrogen to DNA-Phosphate molar ratios, N/P, by means of conductometry, electrophoretic mobility, isothermal titration calorimetry (ITC), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), atomic force microscopy (AFM), and β-galactosidase and luciferase expression assays. Copyright © 2010 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  10. Polyethyleneimine-poly(ethylene glycol)-star-copolymers as efficient and biodegradable vectors for mammalian cell transfection.

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    Ladewig, Katharina; Xu, Zhi Ping; Gray, Peter; Max Lu, G Q

    2014-07-01

    High molecular weight (MW) polyethyleneimine (PEI) has been successfully used for the transfection of a broad variety of cell lines. In contrast to low MW PEI, which exhibits low transfection efficiencies but also low cytotoxicity, high MW PEI-mediated transfection achieves much higher efficiencies but at the cost of cell viability; therefore its use in commercial scale transfection and clinical application is limited. In this work we address this problem by constructing biodegradable high MW PEI mimics built from low MW PEI building blocks. The end-groups of small 5-arm star polyethylene glycol (PEG) prepolymers were decorated with linear oligo-ethyleneimine (OEI)/PEI arms of various MW via azomethine linkages. The resultant PEI-PEG-star-copolymers were investigated for their ability to complex plasmid DNA. Polymer/DNA complexes were characterized using techniques such as dynamic light scattering and transmission electron microscopy. Having established their cytotoxicity limits, they were tested as gene delivery vehicles for the transfection of suspension adapted Chinese hamster ovary (CHO-S) cells under serum-free conditions and adherent human embryonic kidney cells (HEK293T) in serum containing medium. Our PEI-PEG-star-copolymers showed a reduced cytotoxicity compared to high MW PEI while maintaining the ability to complex plasmid DNA and transfect mammalian cells, with significant transfection efficiencies. The effects of the optimum parameters on the transfection of mammalian cells using such novel polymers are discussed.

  11. Bidirectional cytoplasmic incompatibility induced by cross-order transfection of Wolbachia: implications for control of the host population.

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    Zhong, Yong; Li, Zheng-Xi

    2014-10-01

    Wolbachia are widespread endosymbionts in arthropods and some nematodes. This genus of bacteria is known to manipulate host reproduction by inducing cytoplasmic incompatibility (CI). This important phenotype is implicated in the control of host populations since Wolbachia can suppress host populations through the induction of CI in a way similar to the sterile insect technique. Here, we identified a candidate CI-inducing Wolbachia strain from the parasitic wasp Scleroderma guani (wSguBJ) by sequencing and phylogenetic analysis. This Wolbachia strain was then isolated, purified, and artificially transfected into the new whitefly host Bemisia tabaci through nymphal microinjection. Infection frequency monitoring by molecular detection showed that 60-80 % of the offspring from transfected whitefly populations was infected with wSguBJ six generations after the transfer. Laboratory rearing experiments indicated that the artificial transfection caused no significant difference in the numbers of offspring between the transfected and naturally infected populations and had no significant detrimental effects on the development of transfected males, although the development of transfected females was delayed. Reciprocal crossings revealed that bidirectional CI was induced between the transfected and naturally infected whiteflies. These data indicated that the cross-order transfer of the heterologous Wolbachia strain by nymphal microinjection was successful. Mass release of the transfected males that could stably carry the heterologous Wolbachia without significant compromise of fecundity/development may provide an alternative approach to control of host populations.

  12. Inner ear gene transfection in neonatal mice using adeno-associated viral vector: a comparison of two approaches.

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    Xia, Li; Yin, Shankai; Wang, Jian

    2012-01-01

    Local gene transfection is a promising technique for the prevention and/or correction of inner ear diseases, particularly those resulting from genetic defects. Adeno-associated virus (AAV) is an ideal viral vector for inner ear gene transfection because of its safety, stability, long-lasting expression, and its high tropism for many different cell types. Recently, a new generation of AAV vectors with a tyrosine mutation (mut-AAV) has demonstrated significant improvement in transfection efficiency. A method for inner ear gene transfection via the intact round window membrane (RWM) has been developed in our laboratory. This method has not been tested in neonatal mice, an important species for the study of inherited hearing loss. Following a preliminary study to optimize the experimental protocol in order to reduce mortality, the present study investigated inner ear gene transfection in mice at postnatal day 7. We compared transfection efficiency, the safety of the scala tympani injection via RWM puncture, and the trans-RWM diffusion following partial digestion with an enzyme technique. The results revealed that approximately 47% of inner hair cells (IHCs) and 17% of outer hair cells (OHCs) were transfected via the trans-RWM approach. Transfection efficiency via RWM puncture (58% and 19% for IHCs and OHCs, respectively) was slightly higher, but the difference was not significant.

  13. Inner Ear Gene Transfection in Neonatal Mice Using Adeno-Associated Viral Vector: A Comparison of Two Approaches

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    Xia, Li; Yin, Shankai; Wang, Jian

    2012-01-01

    Local gene transfection is a promising technique for the prevention and/or correction of inner ear diseases, particularly those resulting from genetic defects. Adeno-associated virus (AAV) is an ideal viral vector for inner ear gene transfection because of its safety, stability, long-lasting expression, and its high tropism for many different cell types. Recently, a new generation of AAV vectors with a tyrosine mutation (mut-AAV) has demonstrated significant improvement in transfection efficiency. A method for inner ear gene transfection via the intact round window membrane (RWM) has been developed in our laboratory. This method has not been tested in neonatal mice, an important species for the study of inherited hearing loss. Following a preliminary study to optimize the experimental protocol in order to reduce mortality, the present study investigated inner ear gene transfection in mice at postnatal day 7. We compared transfection efficiency, the safety of the scala tympani injection via RWM puncture, and the trans-RWM diffusion following partial digestion with an enzyme technique. The results revealed that approximately 47% of inner hair cells (IHCs) and 17% of outer hair cells (OHCs) were transfected via the trans-RWM approach. Transfection efficiency via RWM puncture (58% and 19% for IHCs and OHCs, respectively) was slightly higher, but the difference was not significant. PMID:22912830

  14. The use of size-defined DNA-functionalized calcium phosphate nanoparticles to minimise intracellular calcium disturbance during transfection.

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    Neumann, Sebastian; Kovtun, Anna; Dietzel, Irmgard D; Epple, Matthias; Heumann, Rolf

    2009-12-01

    Calcium phosphate-based transfection methods are frequently used to transfer DNA into living cells. However, it has so far not been studied in detail to what extend the different transfection methods lead to a net calcium uptake. Upon subsequent resolution of the calcium phosphate, intracellular free ionic calcium-surges could result, inducing as side effect various physiological responses that may finally result in cell death. Here we investigated the overall calcium uptake by the human bladder carcinoma cell line T24 during the standard calcium phosphate transfection method and also during transfection with custom-made calcium phosphate/DNA nanoparticles by isotope labelling with (45)calcium. (45)Calcium uptake was strongly increased after 7h of standard calcium phosphate transfection but not if the transfection was performed with calcium phosphate nanoparticles. Time lapse imaging microscopy using the calcium-sensitive dye Fura-2 revealed large transient increases of the intracellular free calcium level during the standard calcium phosphate transfection but not if calcium phosphate nanoparticles were used. Consistently, the viability of cells transfected by calcium phosphate/DNA nanoparticles was not changed, in remarkable contrast to the standard method where considerable cell death occurred.

  15. Matrix-insensitive protein assays push the limits of biosensors in medicine.

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    Gaster, Richard S; Hall, Drew A; Nielsen, Carsten H; Osterfeld, Sebastian J; Yu, Heng; Mach, Kathleen E; Wilson, Robert J; Murmann, Boris; Liao, Joseph C; Gambhir, Sanjiv S; Wang, Shan X

    2009-11-01

    Advances in biosensor technologies for in vitro diagnostics have the potential to transform the practice of medicine. Despite considerable work in the biosensor field, there is still no general sensing platform that can be ubiquitously applied to detect the constellation of biomolecules in diverse clinical samples (for example, serum, urine, cell lysates or saliva) with high sensitivity and large linear dynamic range. A major limitation confounding other technologies is signal distortion that occurs in various matrices due to heterogeneity in ionic strength, pH, temperature and autofluorescence. Here we present a magnetic nanosensor technology that is matrix insensitive yet still capable of rapid, multiplex protein detection with resolution down to attomolar concentrations and extensive linear dynamic range. The matrix insensitivity of our platform to various media demonstrates that our magnetic nanosensor technology can be directly applied to a variety of settings such as molecular biology, clinical diagnostics and biodefense.

  16. Refractive index insensitive temperature sensor based on waist-enlarged few mode fiber bitapers

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    Liu, Qiang; Wang, Si-wen; Fu, Xing-hu; Fu, Guang-wei; Jin, Wa; Bi, Wei-hong

    2017-01-01

    A refractive index insensitive temperature sensor based on waist-enlarged few mode fiber (FMF) bitapers is presented. The first section of FMF is spliced between two single-mode fibers. In fusion process, the waist-enlarged FMF bitapers can be obtained by large current discharging repeatedly. The refractive index and temperature sensing mechanisms are analyzed. For the sensors with different sizes, the refractive index and temperature experiments have been performed. The results show that in the refractive index ranges of 1.335 0—1.346 6 and 1.348 2—1.419 3, the refractive index insensitivity is verified. In a temperature range of 31.9—90 °C, the sensor sensitivity can be up to 85.57 pm/°C. In addition, it has a compact structure. Therefore, the sensor can avoid the cross sensitivity for measuring the refractive index and temperature simultaneously.

  17. Design of polarization-insensitive superconducting single photon detectors with high-index dielectrics

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    Redaelli, L.; Zwiller, V.; Monroy, E.; Gérard, J. M.

    2017-03-01

    In this paper, the design of superconducting-nanowire single-photon detectors which are insensitive to the polarization of the incident light is investigated. By using high-refractive-index dielectrics, the index mismatch between the nanowire and the surrounding media is reduced. This enhances the absorption of light with electric field vector perpendicular to the nanowire segments, which is generally hindered in these kind of detectors. Building on this principle and focusing on NbTiN nanowire devices, we present several easy-to-realize cavity architectures which allow high absorption efficiency (in excess of 90%) and polarization insensitivity simultaneously. Designs based on ultranarrow nanowires, for which the polarization sensitivity is much more marked, are also presented. Finally, we briefly discuss the specific advantages of this approach in the case of WSi or MoSi nanowires.

  18. Angle-Insensitive Structural Colours based on Metallic Nanocavities and Coloured Pixels beyond the Diffraction Limit

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    Wu, Yi-Kuei Ryan; Hollowell, Andrew E.; Zhang, Cheng; Guo, L. Jay

    2013-01-01

    To move beyond colorant-based pigmentation display technologies, a variety of photonic and plasmonic crystal based structures have been designed and applied as colour filters. Nanostructure based colour filtering offers increased efficiencies, low power consumption, slim dimensions, and enhanced resolution. However, incident angle tolerance still needs to be improved. In this work, we propose a new scheme through localized resonance in metallic nanoslits by light funneling. Angle insensitive colour filters up to ±80 degrees have been achieved, capable of wide colour tunability across the entire visible band with pixel size beyond the diffraction limit (~λ/2). This work opens the door to angle insensitive manipulation of light with structural filtering. PMID:23378925

  19. Dye and pigment-free structural colors and angle-insensitive spectrum filters

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    Guo, Lingjie Jay; Hollowell, Andrew E.; Wu, Yi-Kuei

    2017-01-17

    Optical spectrum filtering devices displaying minimal angle dependence or angle insensitivity are provided. The filter comprises a localized plasmonic nanoresonator assembly having a metal material layer defining at least one nanogroove and a dielectric material disposed adjacent to the metal material layer. The dielectric material is disposed within the nanogroove(s). The localized plasmonic nanoresonator assembly is configured to funnel and absorb a portion of an electromagnetic spectrum in the at least one nanogroove via localized plasmonic resonance to generate a filtered output having a predetermined range of wavelengths that displays angle insensitivity. Thus, flexible, high efficiency angle independent color filters having very small diffraction limits are provided that are particularly suitable for use as pixels for various display devices or for use in anti-counterfeiting and cryptography applications. The structures can also be used for colored print applications and the elements can be rendered as pigment-like particles.

  20. Polarization insensitive wide-angle triple-band metamaterial bandpass filter

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    Fu, Wenyue; Han, Yuchen; Li, Jiandong; Wang, Haoshen; Li, Haipeng; Han, Kui; Shen, Xiaopeng; Cui, Tiejun

    2016-07-01

    In this letter, we report the design, fabrication and measurement of a polarization insensitive wide-angle triple-band metamaterial bandpass filter (BPF) in the microwave frequency. The proposed BPF consists of two identical metal resonant units which have three concentric square slots separated by a dielectric layer. Experimental results show that the BPF has three distinctive transmission bands centered at frequencies 6.22 GHz, 9.46 GHz and 12.14 GHz with transmission rates of  -0.40 dB, -0.71 dB and  -1.40 dB, respectively, agreeing well with simulation results. By introducing the substrate integrated waveguide, the filter is valid to a wide range of incident angles for both transverse electric and transverse magnetic polarizations. The triple-band metamaterial BPF can be used as multiband filters and radomes owing to its multiband transmissions, polarizations insensitive and wide-angle responses.

  1. Characterization and crystal structure of lysine insensitive Corynebacterium glutamicum dihydrodipicolinate synthase (cDHDPS) protein

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    Rice, E.A.; Bannon, G.A.; Glenn, K.C.; Jeong, S.S.; Sturman, E.J.; Rydel, T.J.

    2008-11-21

    The lysine insensitive Corynebacterium glutamicum dihydrodipicolinate synthase enzyme (cDHDPS) was recently successfully introduced into maize plants to enhance the level of lysine in the grain. To better understand lysine insensitivity of the cDHDPS, we expressed, purified, kinetically characterized the protein, and solved its X-ray crystal structure. The cDHDPS enzyme has a fold and overall structure that is highly similar to other DHDPS proteins. A noteworthy feature of the active site is the evidence that the catalytic lysine residue forms a Schiff base adduct with pyruvate. Analyses of the cDHDPS structure in the vicinity of the putative binding site for S-lysine revealed that the allosteric binding site in the Escherichia coli DHDPS protein does not exist in cDHDPS due to three non-conservative amino acids substitutions, and this is likely why cDHDPS is not feedback inhibited by lysine.

  2. Traumatic lesions from congenital insensitivity to pain with anhidrosis in a pediatric patient: dental management.

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    Neves, Beatriz Gonçalves; Roza, Rosemere Teixeira; Castro, Gloria Fernanda

    2009-10-01

    Congenital insensitivity to pain with anhidrosis is a rare autosomal-recessive disorder characterized by unexplained fever episodes, anhidrosis, pain insensitivity, self-mutilating behavior, and mental retardation. The lack of sensitivity to pain results in traumatic lesions, such as ulcers, fractures, burns, bites, scars, and digital amputations. Several methods have been suggested to treat these patients; however, appropriate management is difficult, especially when the mutilation is particularly severe. This report describes the case of a 2-year-old female patient who had severe self-mutilating injuries to her tongue, hands, lips, and oral mucosa caused by biting. The patient presented digital amputation and also a premature loss of a permanent tooth germ during the treatment. The dental management is described and discussed. It is important to include the dentist on the multidisciplinary team to reduce the frequency and severity of the self-inflicted lesions in these patients, also to prevent complications.

  3. Congenital insensitivity to pain in a child attending a paediatric fracture clinic.

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    Abdulla, Mohamed; Khaled, Sari S; Khaled, Yazan S; Kapoor, Harish

    2014-09-01

    Congenital insensitivity to pain is a rare condition that is often undiagnosed until patients present with a variety of musculoskeletal problems. A major sequel of these orthopaedic manifestations is the development of heterotopic ossification and callus formation following fractures, eventually leading to the development of a Charcot's joint. This case reports on a 7-year-old child who was diagnosed with congenital insensitivity to pain type V, after he presented in our clinic with fractures of the metatarsals in his left foot while continuing to weight bear, without any discomfort. The patient failed to attend the follow-up in paediatric neurology clinic despite multiple invitations. This case highlights the importance of establishing an early diagnosis and keeping a close eye on this rare entity, which can present for the first time in a paediatric fracture clinic.

  4. Multipath interference characterization of bend-insensitive optical fibers and short jumpers.

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    Olivero, Massimo; Greborio, Laura; Orta, Renato; Pellegrino, Paolo; Perrone, Guido; Regio, Paola

    2016-04-10

    Multipath interference (MPI) in bend-insensitive optical fibers is investigated by analyzing different aspects, ranging from a review of the theoretical background, through the analysis of measurement issues, to the characterization of short patch cords. Two setups for the characterization of MPI are analyzed, highlighting their advantages and limitations. Then, a number of commercial bend-insensitive fibers are compared, showing that they generally exhibit a level below -30  dB in the range of 1250-1350 nm. The investigation also includes short offset-spliced fiber segments, with lengths to 1 cm, to simulate the behavior of field-installable connectors and isolate their contribution to the MPI. The results show a step-like increment of MPI when two or more cm-long fiber segments are cascaded.

  5. Parsing the construct of maternal insensitivity: distinct longitudinal pathways associated with early maternal withdrawal.

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    Lyons-Ruth, Karlen; Bureau, Jean-Francois; Easterbrooks, M Ann; Obsuth, Ingrid; Hennighausen, Kate; Vulliez-Coady, Lauriane

    2013-01-01

    The current paper expands on Ainsworth's seminal construct of maternal sensitivity by exploring the developmental pathways associated with one particular form of insensitivity: maternal withdrawal. Drawing on longitudinal data from infancy to age 20 in a high-risk cohort, we highlight how maternal withdrawal over the first eight years of life is associated with child caregiving behavior and with maternal role confusion, as well as with features of borderline and antisocial personality disorders. We also present evidence for the specificity of this pathway in relation to other aspects of maternal insensitivity and other aspects of child adaptation. To illuminate these pathways we both review recent published work and report new findings on the middle childhood and adolescent components of these trajectories. Finally, we consider the implications for assessment of maternal behavior in high-risk samples and indicate directions for productive future work.

  6. Courant Number and Mach Number Insensitive CE/SE Euler Solvers

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    Chang, Sin-Chung

    2005-01-01

    It has been known that the space-time CE/SE method can be used to obtain ID, 2D, and 3D steady and unsteady flow solutions with Mach numbers ranging from 0.0028 to 10. However, it is also known that a CE/SE solution may become overly dissipative when the Mach number is very small. As an initial attempt to remedy this weakness, new 1D Courant number and Mach number insensitive CE/SE Euler solvers are developed using several key concepts underlying the recent successful development of Courant number insensitive CE/SE schemes. Numerical results indicate that the new solvers are capable of resolving crisply a contact discontinuity embedded in a flow with the maximum Mach number = 0.01.

  7. Partial androgen insensitivity syndrome with R840H mutation in androgen receptor: report of one case.

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    Yen, Jui-Lung; Chang, Kuang-Huey; Sheu, Jin-Cherng; Lee, Yann-Jinn; Tsai, Li-Ping

    2005-01-01

    Androgen insensitivity syndrome (AIS) is the major cause of male pseudohermaphroditism. The severity of the disorders varies widely, ranging from the phenotypic women with female external genitalia in cases of complete AIS to the phenotype of ambiguous genitalia in partial androgen insensitivity syndrome (PAIS) and a rare group of phenotypic normal males with azoospermia. Here, we report an infant of PAIS with a missense mutation at position 2881 (G-->A) in exon 7, encoding substitution of histidine for arginine at codon 840 of the androgen receptor (AR) gene. Both the biochemical and molecular studies are presented. Establishing the diagnosis of PAIS is very important for gender assignment to an infant of ambiguous genitalia. The molecular analysis will facilitate genetic counselling to the maternal side relatives for carrier detection and prenatal diagnosis.

  8. A rare case of large epididymal cyst in androgen insensitivity syndrome removed laparoscopically.

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    Kriplani, Alka; Savithrisowmya, S; Agarwal, Nutan; Garg, Pradeep; Maheswari, Deepa; Ammini, A C; Rajan, K D Anand

    2009-01-01

    Androgen insensitivity syndrome is a disorder of sexual differentiation with 46XY karyotype. The gonad is at risk (33% by 50 years of age) for development of malignant tumors. Hence, gonadectomy is warranted. We present a case of a 22-year-old woman diagnosed with androgen insensitivity syndrome during investigation of primary amenorrhea. Ultrasonography showed intraabdominally-located gonads, with a large, nontender cyst of 9.2 x 5.6 x 5.4 cm size, with limited mobility, to the right of the midline. There was also a partial septum, with a wall thickness of 1 to 2 mm and containing clear fluid. Because of suspicion of malignancy, complete surgery including laparoscopic peritoneal cytologic study, gonadectomy, lymphadenectomy, and omentectomy were performed. Histopathologic study showed testis with an epididymal cyst. Formation of epididymal cyst is rare in these cases. The patient did well in the postoperative period. She was put on hormone replacement therapy and is doing well.

  9. An effective method for designing insensitive resonator of continuous-wave passively mode-locked laser.

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    Wen, Qiao; Sun, Liqun; Wang, Yonggang; Zhang, Enyao; Tian, Qian

    2009-05-25

    An effective method for designing the insensitive resonator of a continuous-wave passively mode-locked laser is firstly presented in this paper. This method, using resonator transform circle graphic theory, is both intuitive and reliable. Theoretical results show that the resonator is suitable to obtain highly stable mode locking operation when the following two conditions are fulfilled. First, the transform circle of the terminal mirror opposite the semiconductor saturable absorber mirror (SESAM) propagates through a series of lens (including the thermal lens of the gain medium) and a small transform circle in the image space is obtained, which ensures the small spot size at the SESAM. Second, the resonator transform circles orthogonally (or nearly orthogonally) intersect at the SESAM, which ensures the spot size at the SESAM is insensitive to the external perturbation. The experimental results of the mode locking lasers show good agreement with the theoretical studies very well.

  10. Observing Local Realism Violations with a Combination of Sensitive and Insensitive Detectors

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    Yurke, B.; Stoler, D.

    1997-12-01

    Several systems are exhibited in which the establishment of local realism violation is achieved even when some of the detectors employed are insensitive. The insensitive detectors are homodyne detectors whose task is to determine if the amplitude of a coherent state is {alpha} or {minus}{alpha} . This determination can be achieved with low quantum efficiency detectors when {vert_bar}{alpha}{vert_bar} is large. The other detectors employed determine whether there is an even number or an odd number of photons in a state. These detectors are sensitive since they are required to resolve the difference of one photon. For the examples given, the local realism violation is not diminished as {vert_bar}{alpha}{vert_bar} is increased. {copyright} {ital 1997} {ital The American Physical Society}

  11. A vibration-insensitive optical cavity and absolute determination of its ultrahigh stability.

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    Zhao, Y N; Zhang, J; Stejskal, A; Liu, T; Elman, V; Lu, Z H; Wang, L J

    2009-05-25

    We use the three-cornered-hat method to evaluate the absolute frequency stabilities of three different ultrastable reference cavities, one of which has a vibration-insensitive design that does not even require vibration isolation. An Nd:YAG laser and a diode laser are implemented as light sources. We observe approximately 1 Hz beat note linewidths between all three cavities. The measurement demonstrates that the vibration-insensitive cavity has a good frequency stability over the entire measurement time from 100 ms to 200 s. An absolute, correlation-removed Allan deviation of 1.4 x 10(-15) at s of this cavity is obtained, giving a frequency uncertainty of only 0.44 Hz.

  12. Complete androgen insensitivity syndrome with concomitant seminoma and Sertoli cell adenoma: an unusual combination.

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    Thirunavukkarasu, Balamurugan; Mridha, Asit Ranjan; Malhotra, Neena; Chandrashekhara, Sheragaru Hanumanthappa

    2016-12-30

    Androgen insensitivity syndrome is a rare disorder of sex development and its clinical manifestations vary from subtle male infertility to an overt complete androgen insensitivity syndrome (CAIS) with a female phenotype. CAIS is often diagnosed at puberty or in adolescence during investigation for primary amenorrhoea. Undiagnosed patients have an increased risk of development of malignancy in the harboured testes. Inguinal hernia is the commonest mode of presentation of CAIS in childhood and various screening methods are available during the initial herniorrhaphy procedure. Controversy exists in the need to screen and the methods of screening in all cases of premenstrual girls with inguinal hernia. Abnormal observation in a suspicious case requires karyotyping for confirmation. We describe a case of CAIS with simultaneous presence of seminoma and a Sertoli cell adenoma in a 17-year-old patient who had a history of surgery for inguinal hernia at age of 5 years.

  13. A case of complete androgen insensitivity syndrome with a novel androgen receptor mutation.

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    Chin, Vivian L; Sheffer-Babila, Sharone; Lee, Ting A; Tanaka, Kathryn; Zhou, Ping

    2012-01-01

    We report a case of a 14-year-old girl with primary amenorrhea and phenotypic as well as hormonal features of complete androgen insensitivity syndrome (CAIS), who tested positive for a novel missense androgen receptor gene mutation resulting in serine-to-isoleucine change at position 703 in exon 4 in the ligand-binding domain. The interesting features of this case include a persistence of Müllerian derivatives, Sertoli cell adenoma, Tanner III pubic hair, and a normal bone mineral density. These features are not typically described in CAIS. This novel mutation associated with a unique clinical presentation serves to significantly enrich the literature on this rare and fascinating disorder of androgen insensitivity syndrome.

  14. Inhibition of dendrite formation in mouse melanocytes transiently transfected with antisense DNA to myosin Va

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    EDGAR, ALASDAIR J.; BENNETT, JONATHAN P.

    1999-01-01

    In mice a molecular motor of the myosin V class (designated myosin Va) is known to be the product of the dilute locus, where a mutation prevents melanosome transport in melanocytes. There is conflicting evidence about whether it has a role in dendrite outgrowth. We investigated its role by transiently transfecting antisense oligonucleotides to inhibit its expression in a melanocyte cell line. We demonstrated mRNA and protein expression of myosin Va in 3 mouse melanocyte lines and 1 human melanoma cell line, using RT-PCR and immunoblotting. Two splice variants were found in human cells whilst only the longer transcript, containing an additional exon, was present in mouse melanocyte lines. The shorter variant was detected in other mouse tissues. Myosin Va protein levels were similar in 3 melanocyte lines with differing amounts of pigmentation, indicating that expression of myosin Va is not tightly coupled to expression of melanin. Immunocytochemistry showed 2 types of myosin Va localisation. A punctate pattern of staining concentrated in the perinuclear region was indicative of organelle association, and the observation of occasional linear punctate staining aligned with F-actin bundles supported the idea that myosin Va has a role in transporting melanosomes along actin filaments. Staining was also intense at tips of dendrites and at sites of dendrite-cell contact, consistent with a possible role in dendrite growth. Transient transfection of antisense phosphorothioate oligodeoxynucleotides targeted against myosin Va mRNA reduced expression of myosin Va protein in cultured mouse melan-a melanocytes by over 70% 20 h after transfection whereas a control (shuffled sequence) oligonucleotide did not. Upon trypsinisation and replating these cells the capacity of the transfected cells to extend new dendrites was reduced in the cells containing the specific antisense oligonucleotides but unaffected by the control oligonucleotide. Image analysis confirmed that the effect of

  15. Comparison of Different Electroporation Parameters on Transfection Efficiency of Sheep Testicular Cells

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    Niakan, Sarah; Heidari, Banafsheh; Akbari, Ghasem; Nikousefat, Zahra

    2016-01-01

    Objective Electroporation can be a highly efficient method for introducing the foreign genetic materials into the targeted cells for transient and/or permanent genetic modification. Considering the application of this technique as a very efficient method for drug, oligonucleotide, antibody and plasmid delivery for clinical applications and production of transgenic animals, the present study aimed to optimize the transfection efficiency of sheep testicular cells including spermatogonial stem cells (SSCs) via electroporation. Materials and Methods This study is an experimental research conducted in Biotechnology Research Center (Avicenna Research Institute, Tehran, Iran) from September 2013 to March 2014. Following isolation and propagation of one-month lamb testicular cells (SSCs and somatic testicular cells including; Sertoli, Leydig, and myoid cells), the effect of different electroporation parameters including total voltages (280, 320, and 350 V), burst durations (10, 8, and 5 milliseconds), burst modes (single or double) and addition of dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) were evaluated on transfection efficiency, viability rate and mean fluorescent intensity (MFI) of sheep testicular cells. Results The most transfection efficiency was obtained in 320 V/8 milliseconds/single burst group in transduction medium with and without DMSO. There was a significantly inverse correlation between transfection efficiency with application of both following parameters: addition of DMSO and double burst. After transfection, the highest and lowest viability rates of testicular cells were demonstrated in 320 V/8 milliseconds with transduction medium without DMSO and 350 V/5 milliseconds in medium containing DMSO. Ad- dition of DMSO to transduction medium in all groups significantly decreased the viability rate. The comparison of gene expression indicated that Sertoli and SSCs had the most fluorescence intensity in 320 V/double burst/DMSO positive. However, myoid and Leydig cells showed the

  16. Mineral nutrient remobilization during corolla senescence in ethylene-sensitive and -insensitive flowers

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    Jones, Michelle L.

    2013-01-01

    The flower has a finite lifespan that is controlled largely by its role in sexual reproduction. Once the flower has been pollinated or is no longer receptive to pollination, the petals are programmed to senesce. A majority of the genes that are up-regulated during petal senescence, in both ethylene-sensitive and -insensitive flowers, encode proteins involved in the degradation of nucleic acids, proteins, lipids, fatty acids, and cell wall and membrane components. A smaller subset of these genes has a putative role in remobilizing nutrients, and only a few of these have been studied in detail. During senescence, carbohydrates (primarily sucrose) are transported from petals, and the degradation of macromolecules and organelles also allows the plant to salvage mineral nutrients from the petals before cell death. The remobilization of mineral nutrients from a few species has been investigated and will be reviewed in this article. Ethylene's role in nutrient remobilization is discussed by comparing nutrient changes during the senescence of ethylene-sensitive and -insensitive flowers, and by studies in transgenic petunias (Petunia × hybrida) that are insensitive to ethylene. Gene expression studies indicate that remobilization is a key feature of senescence, but some senescence-associated genes have different expression in leaves and petals. These gene expression patterns, along with differences in the nutrient content of leaves and petals, suggest that there are differences in the mechanisms of cellular degradation and nutrient transport in vegetative and floral organs. Autophagy may be the mechanism for large-scale degradation that allows for recycling during senescence, but it is unclear if this causes cell death. Future research should focus on autophagy and the regulation of ATG genes by ethylene during both leaf and petal senescence. We must identify the mechanisms by which individual mineral nutrients are transported out of senescing corollas in both ethylene

  17. Probing activation/deactivation of the BRASSINOSTEROID INSENSITIVE1 receptor kinase by immunoprecipitation

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    Martins, Sara; Vert, Grégory; Jaillais, Yvon

    2017-01-01

    Summary Brassinosteroids are plant sterol-derived hormones that control plant growth and development. The BR receptor complex is encoded by the BRASSINOSTEROID INSENSITIVE1 (BRI1) and members of the SOMATIC EMBRYOGENESIS RECEPTOR KINASE family. BR receptor complex activation and deactivation uses different post-translational modifications and recruitment of partner proteins. In this chapter, we describe optimized immunoprecipitation protocols and variants for biochemical analyses of BRI1 post-translational modification and protein-protein interaction. PMID:28124254

  18. Frequency-resolved noise figure measurements of phase (in)sensitive fiber optical parametric amplifiers.

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    Malik, R; Kumpera, A; Lorences-Riesgo, A; Andrekson, P A; Karlsson, M

    2014-11-17

    We measure the frequency-resolved noise figure of fiber optical parametric amplifiers both in phase-insensitive and phase-sensitive modes in the frequency range from 0.03 to 3 GHz. We also measure the variation in noise figure due to the degradation in pump optical signal to noise ratio and also as a function of the input signal powers. Noise figure degradation due to stimulated Brillouin scattering is observed.

  19. Fundamental quantum limits on phase-insensitive linear amplification and phase conjugation in a practical framework

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    Namiki, Ryo

    2011-04-15

    We present experimentally testable quantum limitations on the phase-insensitive linear amplification and phase conjugation with respect to the transformation of a Gaussian-distributed set of coherent states following the footing to assess the success of continuous-variable quantum teleportation and quantum memory devices. The results enable us to compare the real device with the quantum-limited device via the feasible input of coherent states.

  20. Low Temperature Induction of Hormonal Sensitivity in Genotypically Gibberellic Acid-Insensitive Aleurone Tissue

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    Singh, Surinder Pal; Paleg, Leslie G.

    1984-01-01

    An exposure of genetically gibberellic acid-insensitive isolated wheat aleurone tissue/deembryonated seeds to low temperature for 20 hours prior to addition of exogenous gibberellic acid results in a significant increase in sensitivity to gibberellic acid. The results may reflect a low temperature-induced increase in hormone receptor sites and could have important implications for elucidating the nature of the primary site of hormone action. PMID:16663437