Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Desperately Seeking Data

Answering the Bell
We continue to seek data using our cells. We offer a reward of 25 USD Starbucks' Gift Card.

We were pleased to receive a recently published study from Dr. Mahendran Subramanian of Keele University. In this study, researchers showed that oscillating nanomagnetic gene transfection could be used to successfully transfect SH‐SY5Y cells as well as our primary hippocampal and cortical neurons on different days in vitro. This novel technique was used to effectively deliver genetic material into various cell types, resulting in high transfection efficiency and viability. Mahendran Subramanian, Aimee‐Jayne Tyler, Eva Maria Luther, Elena Di Daniel, Jenson Lim and Jon Dobson. Oscillating Magnet Array−Based Nanomagnetic Gene Transfection: A Valuable Tool for Molecular Neurobiology Studies. Nanomaterials 2017, 7, 28; doi:10.3390/nano7020028...Primary rat hippocampal and cortical neurons were obtained from Neuromics (Edina, MN, USA) and disassociated using papain disassociation kit (Worthington, NJ, USA) according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Isolated neurons were maintained using neurobasal medium supplemented with 5% FBS, 0.5 mM Glutamax, 2% B27 supplement, 25 μM L‐glutamine and seeded onto poly‐D‐lysine–coated cells culture plates...
Figure 1. Oscillating magnet array−based nanomagnetic gene transfection experimental setup. (A) Representation of a 96‐well oscillating magnet array–based nanomagnetic transfection setup using NdFeB magnetic array (nanotherics); (B) Dimensions of the permanent magnets and magnetostatic (vectorpotential) algorithm based magnetic field density |B| distribution (T) contour plot for the NdFeB magnetic array.

Figure 2. Gene delivery by oscillating nanomagnetic gene transfection in primary cortical neurons. Images of pmaxGFP plasmid expressed in primary neurons using fluorescence microscopy and its corresponding Hoechst 33,342 stained counterpart of transfected DIV 1 (A,C) and DIV 5 (B,D) mature neurons were taken 48 h post transfection.

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Monday, January 30, 2017

More iFect in-vivo

The parade of publications continues to grow.

Here researchers use our i-FectTM Transfection Kit for delivering sh-IRF3 in vivo: Rui Li, Li-guo Wang, Qi Wang, Zhi-hua Li, Ya-li Ma, Qing-Duo Guo. Silencing of IRF3 alleviates chronic neuropathic pain following chronic constriction injury. doi.org/10.1016/j.biopha.2017.01.085... The oligonucleotides for sh-IRF3 were: 5′-CACCGCGTCTAGGCTGGTGGTTATTCGAAAATAACCACCAGCCTAGACGC-3′ −3′. Then, 10 μg sh-IRF3 dissolved in 30 μl i-Fect transfection reagent (Neuromics, Edina, MN, USA) was administered intrathecally once daily for 7...

Fig. Down-regulation of IRF3 attenuated mechanical allodynia and thermal hyperalgesia in CCI rats. (A) The mRNA expression level of IRF3 in the DRG at postoperative day 7. (B) The protein expression level of IRF3 in the DRG at postoperative day 7. (C and D) PWT and PWL were measured 1 day before CCI and 1, 3, 7 and 14 days after intrathecal injection of sh-IRF3 or scramble.

Down-regulation of IRF3 inhibited the production of pro-inflammatory cytokines in the DRG of CCI rats.

These results indicated that IRF3 was involved in the development of neuropathic pain. Down-regulation of IRF3 attenuated neuropathic pain in CCI rats by inhibiting the activation of NF-κB signaling pathway, suggesting that IRF3 may be a novel and potential target for the treatment of neuropathic pain.