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A New Cell-free Protein Expression System with three-fold higher protein yield in batch and continuous mode than existing systems

Researchers at the University of California, Davis have developed a method for preparing a bacterial cell lysate that results in higher protein expression than existing cell-free systems. The new whole-cell lysate system comes with additional advantages, including the ability to synthesize protein from linear DNA, directly amenable to continuous or flow-based reaction, and compatibility with existing manufacturing workflow.

Adenylyl Cyclase Catalytic Domain Gene Transfer for Heart Failure

Heart failure (HF) is a disease of epidemic portions in the United States affecting over 6 million patients with heart failure in the US, with 400,000 new cases per year. It is the most common cause of non-elective admission to the hospital in subjects 65 yrs and older. The introduction of new drugs over the last 30 years that target pathways critical to progression of HF, along with implantable cardiac defibrillators and resynchronization devices have shown some successes, however, both the morbidity and mortality associated with heart failure remains at unacceptable levels, with as many as 30-40% of affected individuals dying within 5 years of diagnosis. Recently, preclinical and clinical trials have tested gene transfer to increase left ventricular (LV) function, especially in heart failure with reduced ejection fraction.

Use of Gene Therapy to Treat Joint Disease and Synovial Tumors

The National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences and Genetic and Rare Diseases Information Center characterizes Pigmented villonodular synovitis (PVNS) as a rare disease estimated to occur in ~ 5-6 people out of 100,000. This locally invasive tumor most often occurs in younger adults and causes severe damage to joints. The first line of treatment is surgery but at least 50% of patients require multiple surgeries over many years due to re-growth of the tumor.

Peptide Mediated Oligonucleotide Delivery to the CNS

Many diseases of the central nervous system (CNS) arise from the accumulation of proteins such as α-synuclein (aSyn) in Parkinson’s Disease (PD) or Aß in Alzheimer’s disease (AD). The ability to regulate the expression at the gene transcription level would be beneficial for reducing the accumulation of these proteins or regulating expression levels of other genes in the CNS. aSyn also accumulates in other neurodegenerative diseases including dementia with Lewy Body (DLB), multiple system atrophy (MSA) and Gaucher’s disease. This means that regulation of aSyn expression may be crucial to the therapeutic control of numerous neurodegenerative diseases.

Milk Fat Globules As A Universal Delivery System

Researchers at the University of California, Davis have developed methods that utilize molecules encapsulated in milk fat globules and plant oleosomes to deliver bioactive compounds for a variety of applications.

Biomimetic Conductive Hydrogels

UCLA researchers in the Department of Bioengineering have developed a novel electrically conductive scaffold system with a hyaluronic acid (HA)-based hydrogel for biomimetic research to treat spinal cord and other central nervous system (CNS) injuries.

Improvement To Retroviral Vectors Containing The Human Ubiquitin C Promoter

UCLA researchers in the Department of Molecular Biology have developed a lentiviral vector, “pCCLc-roUBC”, containing the cellular promoter from the human ubiquitin C gene (UBC), to improve transgene expression in retroviral vectors.

Crosslinkable Polymer Coating Prevents Bacterial Infection on Implant Surface

UCLA researchers in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery have developed a polymer implant coating that mitigates bacterial infections on the implant surface.

Systems and Methods for Monodisperse Drop Generation and Use

UCLA researchers in the Department of Bioengineering have developed systems and methods to produce single particle, monodisperse droplets for use in digital assays, targeted drug delivery, and theranostics.

All-In-One Arterial Access and Closure System (ACS)

Arterial access-site complications are a leading cause of morbidity following a catheterization procedure. There lacks a reliable, fail safe method for arterial closure. At the same time, the arterial access and closure procedures are independent of each other. A UCI surgeon presents an alternative with an all-in-one arterial access and closure port system (ACS) to provide fail-safe percutaneous entry and exit into any artery.ACS opens the door for using high flow, high pressure arteries such as the carotid artery, an important access point.

Gelatin Methacryloyl Based Microneedle

UCLA researchers in the Department of Bioengineering have developed gelatin methacryloyl microneedles (GelMA MN) for minimally invasive, sustained transdermal drug delivery.

Brain-Specific Kinase Inhibition to Mitigate Systemic Toxicity

The goal of this invention is to overcome the challenges of previous approaches by selectively targeting treatments to the CNS without peripheral toxicity. Kinase inhibition is targeted to the central nervous system (CNS) by combining brain-permeable kinase inhibitors and a brain-impermeable blocking molecule.

Augmentations to Lentiviral Vectors to Increase Expression

UCLA researchers in the Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics have developed a novel method to produce short lentiviral vectors with tissue-specific expression, with a primary focus on lentiviral vectors for treating sickle cell disease and other disorders of hemoglobin.

Optimized Lentiviral Vector for Stem Cell Gene Therapy of Hemoglobinopathies

UCLA researchers in the Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics have developed a novel method to produce short lentiviral vectors with tissue-specific expression, with a primary focus on lentiviral vectors for treating sickle cell disease and other disorders of hemoglobin.

Generation Of Minimal Enhancer Elements Using Massively Parallel Reporter Assays

UCLA researchers in the Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics have developed a novel method to produce short lentiviral vectors with tissue-specific expression, with a primary focus on lentiviral vectors for treating sickle cell disease and other disorders of hemoglobin.

Use Of Non-Ionic Copolypeptide Hydrogels For Cell Suspension And Cell And Molecule Delivery

UCLA researchers in the Departments of Bioengineering, Chemistry and Biochemistry, and Neurobiology have developed novel copolypeptide hydrogel formulations for the delivery of cells and molecules to locations throughout the body, including the central nervous system.

Biotinylated Ligand-Directed Targeting Lentiviral Vectors

UCLA researchers in the Department of Medicine have developed a novel method to conjugate targeting ligands on lentiviral vectors.  The method allows for selective transduction of mammalian cells types avoiding non-target organs.

Endoscopic ultrasound-guided fine needle injection

Endoscopic ultrasound-guided Fine Needle Aspiration (EUG-FNA) is a method by which tissue biospies are collected using a needle tip guided by real-time ultrasound imaging. UCI physicians propose a novel utility for EUS-FNA with enclosed fine needles that would allow the sterile injection of dyes, drugs and therapeutics to specific anatomical sites.

In Vitro Reconstituted Plant Virus Capsids For Delivering Rna Genes To Mammalian Cells

UCLA researchers in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry have developed a method for using in vitro reconstituted plant virus-derived vectors to package and deliver RNA genes for targeted delivery of vaccines, MRI contrast agents, and therapeutic proteins in RNA form.

Thermodynamic Integration Simulation Method for Filling Molecular Enclosures Using Spliced Soft-Core Interaction Potential

Researchers have developed a simulation method to determine the properties of molecular enclosures based on slow growth thermodynamic integration (SGTI).

Preventative Trackable Anticoagulants for Atrial Fibrillation Treatment

Researchers at the University of California, Davis have developed a process to localize anticoagulation drugs for treatment of inflammation and atrial fibrillations.

Metabolite-Responsive Hybrid Biomaterials

Researchers have developed a “smart” biomaterial for drug delivery systems capable of responding to signature cancer metabolite concentrations in tumor environments. This response triggers the release of encapsulated drugs at a specific tumor target.

Protein Nanoparticles For Cancer Immunotherapy

Though new therapeutics for the treatment of cancer are constantly being developed, they often show low efficiency for long-term remission, adverse side effects, and low immune response. Scientists at UCI have found a way to combat these issues with a combination therapy delivered by nanoparticle of both a vaccine, to prime the immune system, and a checkpoint inhibitor to shut down anti-cancer immune responses. This has been shown to prolong survival and promote immune response and immunological memory related to long-term survival.

Use of a Radiation Detector that Combines Virtual Frisch Grid and Cerenkov Readouts

Researchers at the University of California, Davis have developed a radiation detector for high energy photons that employs a transparent semiconductor with a high index of refraction to combine benefits of Virtual Frisch Grid devices and the readout of Cerenkov light.

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