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Translational Medicine

Translational Medicine

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Dried Blood Spot Testing: Advantages and Disadvantages

In vitro diagnostics, marketed directly to consumers without the involvement of a health care provider are called direct-to-consumer tests, or DTC, which are facilitated through easy-to-collect sample matrices such as dried blood spots (DBS), saliva, or swabs that allow the safe and stable transport... More


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Immunodiagnostics in the Post-Covid Era

The benefits of globalization have ushered in the reality of fast-spreading infectious diseases. This has made the quick development of preventive vaccines and immune therapies imperative. Spread of pathogens through rapid and constant travel is compounded by the multipronged challenges ranging from... More


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Planning Your Next Chemogenetic Experiment

Chemogenetic experiments have been used to study a wide variety of behaviors, such as triggers for substance abuse,eating disorders, obesity, obesity-associated metabolic abnormalities, long term memory, hypertension, locomotor ability, as well as pain, startle, and fear responses. For instance,Hori... More


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Tips for Increasing Transfection Efficiency

Chemical transfection, which relies on the formation of a condensed complex of positively chargedliposomal or non-liposomal reagents and negatively charged nucleic acids,is the most common method for delivering foreign genetic material into cultured cells. Complexes are attracted to the negatively c... More


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Methods to Improve Efficiency of Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing: Microfluidic Impedance Cytometry

The global issue of antimicrobial resistance has been called a “slow motion catastrophe” resulting from the excessive and often inappropriate use of antibiotics to fight bacterial infections.1 A long-standing unmet need is the availability of a quick and easy clinical test to support a more evidence... More


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Bio-Electrospraying and Cell Electrospinning: A Sea of Applications

Electrospraying and electrospinning have been used for a wide range of applications ranging from coatings, propulsion, and pesticide sprays to scaffolding a wide range of advanced materials for applications in filtration and tissue engineering. Although electrospun scaffolds have been explored as ti... More


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AI-Powered Phenotypic Profiling Revolutionizes Drug Discovery

Today, nine out of ten drugs fail in clinical trials. Furthermore, it takes over a decade and an average cost of $2 billion to develop and approve each medicine.1 An important underlying reason is the gap that exists between cell-based in vitro research and clinical research—often referred to as the... More


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Rapid Detection of Diverse Infectious Agents in Skin Interstitial Fluid

A rapid and reliable skin-patch test1 can now detect the COVID-19 virus, and potentially other infectious agents in under three minutes, without the need to draw blood. This convenience overcomes a current challenge in identifying infected individuals who are averse to blood tests and could help res... More


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Cloning Mice From Freeze Dried Somatic Cells

As species continue to face massive extinction, preserving genetic material through judicious biobanking to enable cloning is key to promoting the survival of species and maintaining biodiversity.Embryos and germ cells are commonly stored at ultra-low temperatures in liquid nitrogen. But storing rep... More


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Behavior of Metal Bearing Nanomaterials in Biosystems

Nanomaterials are being engineered to facilitate a range of applications in diagnosing diseases and delivering drugs. The widespread adoption of nanotechnological applications in medicine rests on the ability to safely target nanomaterials and understand how they behave in biological tissue environs... More


Protocol

Continuous Glucose Monitoring and Glycemic Control in Young Adults with Type 1 Diabetes: Benefit for Even the Simplest Insulin Administration Methods

The impact of continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) on glycemic control in young adults with type 1 diabetes (T1D) is controversial. Data from 888 young adults with T1D were reviewed (ages 18–30 years, 52% female, glycated hemoglobin [HbA1c] 8.1% ± 1.5%). Prescription of CGM was recorded for 54% of yo... More


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School Nurse Perspectives on Do-It-Yourself Automated Pancreas Systems in the School Setting

Do-it-yourself (DIY) artificial pancreas systems (APSs) are gaining popularity among children with type 1 diabetes. Little is known about how school systems provide care for children who use DIY APSs, and available guidance for schools is limited. This study explored school staff perspectives on DIY... More


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Correlates of Continuous Glucose Monitoring Use Trajectories in Children and Adolescents with Type 1 Diabetes

The goal of this study was to characterize trajectories of continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) use in youth 5–12 weeks after starting CGM and examine what factors differentiate between the trajectory groups. Parent–youth dyads completed assessments before starting CGM. Days of CGM use between weeks ... More


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Continuous Glucose Monitoring Time-in-Range and HbA1c Targets in Pregnant Women with Type 1 Diabetes

The CONCEPTT trial compared real-time Continuous Glucose Monitoring (RT-CGM) to capillary glucose monitoring in pregnant women with type 1 diabetes. We analyzed CGM and glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c) measures in first (n = 221), second (n = 197), and third (n = 172) trimesters, aiming to examine target... More


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Insulin Metrics: Need for Development of Consensus Standards for Reporting of Insulin Dosing Data

The advent of connected insulin pens will generate an avalanche of digital insulin data, especially in the context of prandial- and multiple daily injection-insulin regimens. There is a need for the diabetes community to develop standards for such data, analogous to what has been achieved using the ... More


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Predictive Low-Glucose Suspend Necessitates Less Carbohydrate Supplementation to Rescue Hypoglycemia: Need to Revisit Current Hypoglycemia Treatment Guidelines

Current guidelines recommend 15–20 g of carbohydrate (CHO) for treatment of mild to moderate hypoglycemia. However, these guidelines do not account for reduced insulin during suspensions with predictive low-glucose suspend (PLGS). We assessed insulin suspensions, hypoglycemic events, and CHO treatme... More


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Zebrafish Tumor Graft Transplantation to Grow Tumors In Vivo That Engraft Poorly as Single Cell Suspensions

Angiosarcoma is a clinically aggressive tumor with a high rate of mortality. It can arise in vascular or lymphatic tissues, involve any part of the body, and aggressively spread locally or metastasize. Angiosarcomas spontaneously develop in the tp53 deleted (tp53del/del) zebrafish mutant. However, e... More


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Long Term Storage, Recycling and Simplified Calcium Phosphate Transfection Protocols for Cell Cultures

Long term storage of cells is vital for use in the future experiments. Current methods of storing cells under liquid nitrogen vapor is costly, and requires regular monitoring and filling of the storage tank. We stored several cell lines in -80oC freezer over a decade and revived them successfully. S... More


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Gene Therapy in a Mouse Model of Niemann–Pick Disease Type C1

Niemann–Pick disease type C1 (NPC1) is a fatal congenital neurodegenerative disorder caused by mutations in the NPC1 gene, which is involved in cholesterol transport in lysosomes. Broad clinical manifestations of NPC1 include liver failure, pulmonary disorder, neurological deficits, and psychiatric ... More


Application

Strategies for the Development of a High Throughput Octet® Bio-Layer Interferometry Method to Measure Pharmacokinetics of Monoclonal Antibodies in Preclinical Animal Models

Therapeutic antibodies are developed to treat various diseases, including cancers, immunological disorders, and infectious diseases. The safety and efficacy of these therapeutic molecules may be influenced by the way they interact with the body. Therefore, it is vital to understand how a body reacts... More


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Two Critical Steps to Success in Multicolor Flow Cytometry

Flow cytometry is a powerful tool to analyze and characterize cells based on their protein expression, most often those expressed on the cell surface. Multicolor flow cytometry uses multiple fluorochromes as primary or secondary antibody conjugates to label cells. The capacity for modern flow cytome... More


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Expressing, Extracting and Purifying Membrane Proteins

Membrane proteins are key biological players involved in myriad essential cellular processes from molecular transport, cellular communication, and signal transduction to maintaining structures within cells and tissues. Despite their importance, accounting for 25% of all proteins in the human genome ... More


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Is Your Flow Cytometer Reliable?

Flow cytometry provides a useful method by which scientists can measure and analyse different properties of individual cells, including size, internal complexity (granularity) and the presence of cell surface and intracellular markers using fluorescence. Flow can help identify individual cell subpop... More


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Unwanted Fungi: Detecting Microbial Cell Culture Contamination

Coming into the lab and spotting an obvious fungal growth, or the tell-tale signs of cloudy media, can be a stressful experience for researchers. When carrying out cell culture in the lab, contamination from microbial agents such as bacteria and fungus can occur and have disastrous effects on ongoin... More


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Source and Elimination of Common Mass Spectrometry Contaminants

Sensitivity is a key attribute of mass spectrometers to allow quantification of minute amounts of analytes. Yet this sensitivity can be a conundrum. Myriad sources can contribute contaminants that can impact background and confound interpretation of results. An increased background signal can make i... More


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Assessing qRT-PCR COVID-19 Testing Results: What Can Go Wrong?

COVID-19 is commonly diagnosed by quantitative fluorescence real-time reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction (qRT-PCR) (1, 2). The test is the sequential action of two enzymes--an RNA-dependent DNA polymerase, also known as a reverse transcriptase, to copy the SARS-CoV-2 RNA into complement... More


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Pathogen Detection Assays: Advantages, Disadvantages and Alternatives

Viral infections are difficult to diagnose based on the patient’s clinical presentation alone. A reliable and accurate diagnosis requires laboratory-based testing for the pathogen of interest. Such laboratory testing involves either the direct detection of viral antigens, or detection of virus-speci... More


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Benefits of Using an Electronic Laboratory Notebook

Electronic laboratory notebooks (ELNs) were developed to keep track of experiments and data so that scientists could review their work in a single place and easily reproduce experiments. Many ELNs started out as electronic versions of paper lab notebooks. Now, the most advanced ELNs offer an extensi... More


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Qualitative, Semi-quantitative, and Quantitative Immunodiagnostics for COVID-19

While qualitative reverse transcription polymerase chain reactions (RT-PCR) are used to diagnose COVID-19, serologic tests for antibodies specific to the SARS-CoV-2 virus are used to detect past infection. Most serologic assays are qualitative and semi-quantitative but quantitative serologic assays ... More


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Saliva, Nasal Swabs, or Blood: Best Samples for Pathogen Detection

Most immunodiagnostic protocols and commercially available kits require serum, plasma, or blood samples. Collecting such samples requires the skills of a phlebotomist. For pathogen detection, particularly in largescale field studies, the collection of noninvasive samples such asnasal swabs, tears, o... More


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Organoids for Airway and Alveolar Disease Modeling

In this Mixer, we discussed the development of respiratory airway and alveolar organoids derived from human iPSCs and how these are used in modeling respiratory diseases such as cystic fibrosis. Airway organoid models can be used for testing the therapeutic efficacy of candidate drugs for respirator... More


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Soft Skills Needed in the Biotech Workforce

Being a professional in a successful life science company--be it a CRO, a CDMO, a startup, a mid- to medium-sized biotech firm, or an established company with a track record of popular products--requires much more than academic credentials, research expertise and technical knowhow. Soft skills are t... More


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GEN Protocols Expert Exchanges: Tools and Techniques to Develop Therapies for Neurological Disorders

The human brain is an exquisitely complex organ, consisting of nearly one hundred billion neurons, an equivalent number of non-neuronal cells and trillions of synapses. Understanding the factors that play a role in the development of the structure and function of the brain is an essential step to de... More


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GEN Protocols Expert Exchanges: Patient-Derived Pancreatic Cancer Organoids Predict Response to Therapy

Pancreatic cancer accounts for three percent of all cancers in the United States and is responsible for seven percent of all cancer deaths. Miniature organoids cloned from pancreatic tumors in patients are being grown in laboratories to conduct assays that can predict the effectiveness of chemother... More


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GEN Protocols Expert Exchanges: Critical ALS Biomarkers of Neuroinflammation & Oxidative Stress

Biomarkers are essential tools for the development of therapeutics, clinical trial design and patient stratification. Biomarkers also help evaluate the efficacy of therapeutic intervention on disease progression or relapse. Yet, biomarker driven patient stratification, a hallmark in oncology trials,... More


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GEN Protocols Expert Exchanges: Nanoparticles in Precision Medicine Diagnostics and Delivery

Particles in the size-range of one to 100 nanometres called nanoparticles exhibit significantly different physical and chemical properties owing to their large surface area to volume ratio. Nanoparticles are finding new applications in medicine. They can combine diagnosis and delivery into one devic... More


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GEN Protocols Expert Exchanges: Single-Cell RNA Sequencing--Challenges and Solutions

Biological resolution at the level of individual cells is the only route to understanding biological organisms that are a heterogenous composite of different cell types. Single-cell technology is powering the next phase of basic research in biology, translational enquiries, and strategies for person... More