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Ling Ling Liau, Suzana Makpol, Abdul Ghani Nur Azurah, Kien Hui Chua
Currently, orthotopic liver transplantation is the gold standard therapy for liver failure. However, it is limited by the insufficient organ donor and risk of immune rejection. Stem cell therapy is a promising alternative treatment for liver failure. One of the most ideal sources of stem cells for regenerative medicine is adipose-derived stem cells (ADSCs). In this study, primary ADSCs seeded on cell culture insert were indirectly co-cultured with injured HepG2 to elucidate the role of ADSCs in promoting the recovery of injured HepG2 in non-contact manner...
March 16, 2018: Cytotechnology
Keiko Fujita, Yoshinao Aoki, Shunji Suzuki
Vitis vinifera cv. Koshu is an indigenous cultivar in Japan and has several characteristics that distinguish it from European V. vinifera. In Japan, Koshu is the most popular cultivar for wine making. We report herein a cell culture established from Koshu for use as a system for the production of resveratrol and its derivatives. Grape cell culture YU-1 was developed from the apex tissues of Koshu. YU-1 growth was favorably compared with BY-2 growth, a standard cell line in plant cell biology. Stilbene production and stilbene synthesis gene expression in YU-1 were upregulated by UV-C irradiation...
March 15, 2018: Cytotechnology
C Lavanya, Manjunatha M Venkataswamy, M K Sibin, M M Srinivas Bharath, G K Chetan
Increased telomerase activity can be blocked by targeting the hTERT activity at both RNA and catalytic subunits. Various inhibitors had been used to regulate hTERT activity in glioblastoma cell lines and showed promising results. The present study hypothesized that the telomerase specific inhibitor BIBR1532 can effectively down-regulate the telomerase activity in LN18 glioblastoma cell line. LN18 glioblastoma cell line was treated with various concentrations of BIBR1532 at different time intervals. MTT assay was performed to determine cell viability after BIBR1532 treatment...
March 15, 2018: Cytotechnology
Purabi Sarkar, Ananya Bhowmick, Sofia Banu
Enhanced oxidative stress plays an important role in the progression and onset of diabetes and its complications. Strategies or efforts meant to reduce the oxidative stress are needed which may mitigate these pathogenic processes. The present study aims to investigate the in vitro ameliorative potential of nine antioxidant molecules in L6 myotubes under oxidative stress condition induced by 4-hydroxy-2-nonenal and also to comprehend the gene expression patterns of oxidative stress genes upon the supplementation of different antioxidants in induced stress condition...
March 14, 2018: Cytotechnology
Nimantana He, Zhenguo Dong, Dapeng Tai, Hao Liang, Xudong Guo, Ming Cang, Dongjun Liu
In our previous work, we isolated Arbas Cashmere goat hair follicle stem cells (gHFSCs) and explored the pluripotency. In this study, we investigated the expression and putative role of Sox9 in the gHFSCs. Immunofluorescence staining showed that Sox9 is predominantly expressed in the bulge region of the Arbas Cashmere goat hair follicle, and also positively expressed in both nucleus and cytoplasm of the gHFSCs. When the cells were transfected using Sox9-shRNA, cell growth slowed down and the expression of related genes decreased significantly, cell cycle was abnormal, while the expression of terminal differentiation marker loricrin was markedly increased; cells lost the typical morphology of HFSCs; the mRNA and protein expression of gHFSCs markers and stem cell pluripotency associated factors were all significantly decreased; the expression of Wnt signaling pathway genes LEF1, TCF1,c-Myc were significantly changed...
March 14, 2018: Cytotechnology
Shuang Zhang, Zhiqiang Zhu, Yufeng Wang, Shi Liu, Chenqiong Zhao, Weijun Guan, Yuhua Zhao
The role of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) in cellular therapy is well recognized in this work. MSCs have advantages of high proliferation, clone formation, multi-lineage differentiation and immunosuppression. Furthermore, adipose-resident MSCs (ADSCs) are extensively employed due to its advantages of abundant source, low cost and simple operation. Many researchers have emphasized the role of adipose-resident MSCs in the development of therapies for liver injury, but few attentions were paid on the use of induced functional hepatocytes...
March 7, 2018: Cytotechnology
Jenny F López, Jertta-Riina Sarkanen, Outi Huttala, Ilkka S Kaartinen, Hannu O Kuokkanen, Timo Ylikomi
Growth factors are the key elements in wound healing signaling for cell migration, differentiation and proliferation. Platelet-rich plasma (PRP), one of the most studied sources of growth factors, has demonstrated to promote wound healing in vitro and in vivo. Adipose tissue is an alternative source of growth factors. Through a simple lipoaspirate method, adipose derived growth factor-rich preparation (adipose tissue extract; ATE) can be obtained. The authors set out to compare the effects of these two growth factor sources in cell proliferation and migration (scratch) assays of keratinocyte, fibroblast, endothelial and adipose derived stem cells...
March 6, 2018: Cytotechnology
Andrew Barrick, Catherine Guillet, Catherine Mouneyrac, Amélie Châtel
Anthropogenic influences on the environment have been become a focal point for many social and political endeavors. With an ever-increasing rate of new contaminants being introduced into the environment every year, regulatory policies have begun to shift to prevention rather than mitigation. However, current in vivo testing strategies, in addition to ethical considerations, are too expensive and time consuming to adequately screen potential contaminants within a realistic timeframe. As a result, in vitro testing on cell cultures has been identified as an ideal alternative testing strategy for emerging contaminants...
March 6, 2018: Cytotechnology
Wenhua Pei, Tengfei Lu, Kunfu Wang, Meng Ji, Shuang Zhang, Fenghao Chen, Lu Li, Xiangchen Li, Weijun Guan
Mesenchymal stem cells derived from amniotic fluid have become one of the most potential stem cell source for cell-based therapy for the reason they can be harvested at low cost and without ethical problems. Here, we obtained amniotic fluid stem cells (AFSCs) from ovine amniotic fluid and studied the expansion capacity, cell markers expression, karyotype, and multilineage differentiation ability. In our work, AFSCs were subcultured to passage 62. The cell markers, CD29, CD44, CD73 and OCT4 which analyzed by RT-PCR were positive; CD44, CD73, CD90, CD105, NANOG, OCT4 analyzed by immunofluorescence and flow cytometry were also positive...
March 3, 2018: Cytotechnology
Yu Nakano, Shinya Iwanaga, Hiroshi Mizumoto, Toshihisa Kajiwara
Hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) have the ability to differentiate into all types of blood cells and can be transplanted to treat blood disorders. However, it is difficult to obtain HSCs in large quantities because of the shortage of donors. Recent efforts have focused on acquiring HSCs by differentiation of pluripotent stem cells. As a conventional differentiation method of pluripotent stem cells, the formation of embryoid bodies (EBs) is often employed. However, the size of EBs is limited by depletion of oxygen and nutrients, which prevents them from being efficient for the production of HSCs...
March 3, 2018: Cytotechnology
Seiji Awane, Kosuke Nishi, Momoko Ishida, Masanobu Nagano, Kazunori Hashiguchi, Akira Fujii, Takuya Sugahara
Japanese black vinegar (JBV) is a traditional vinegar manufactured with steamed unpolished rice. After screening, beneficial effects of JBV on IgE-mediated allergic responses were found. In this study, acetic acid-free JBV was used to evaluate its antiallergic effects. JBV suppressed degranulation of rat basophilic leukemia RBL-2H3 cells in a dose-dependent manner without cytotoxicity. The inhibitory effect of JBV on the degranulation seemed to be caused by the bioactive ingredients other than proteins, because the activity was not affected by heat treatment or protease digestion...
March 2, 2018: Cytotechnology
Ayuka Tagashira, Kosuke Nishi, Shinya Matsumoto, Takuya Sugahara
Lysozyme from hen egg has been reported to possess an anti-inflammatory effect. However, little is known about its detailed mechanism. The mechanism of anti-inflammatory effect of lysozyme was examined in this study. When mouse macrophage-like cell line RAW264.7 cells and mouse peritoneal macrophages were activated with lipopolysaccharide (LPS) and then treated with lysozyme, the production of tumor necrosis factor-α and interleukin-6 was significantly suppressed. The effect was induced by suppressing the gene expression levels of both cytokines...
March 1, 2018: Cytotechnology
Pratheep Sandrasaigaran, Satar Jabbar Rahi Algraittee, Azfar Rizal Ahmad, Sharmili Vidyadaran, Rajesh Ramasamy
Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) exert potent immuno-regulatory activities on various immune cells and also differentiate into various mesodermal lineages besides retaining a distinct self-renewal ability. Such exclusive characteristics had enabled MSCs to be recognised as an ideal source for cell-based treatment in regenerative medicine and immunotherapy. Thus, considering MSCs for treating degenerative disease of organs with limited regenerative potential such as cartilage would serve as an ideal therapy. This study explored the feasibility of generating human cartilage-derived MSCs (hC-MSCs) from sports injured patients and characterised based on multipotent differentiation and immunosuppressive activities...
March 1, 2018: Cytotechnology
Guijuan Feng, Ke Zheng, Tong Cao, Jinlong Zhang, Min Lian, Dan Huang, Changbo Wei, Zhifeng Gu, Xingmei Feng
Dental pulp stem cells (DPSCs), one type of mesenchymal stem cells, are considered to be a type of tool cells for regenerative medicine and tissue engineering. Our previous studies found that the stimulation with lipopolysaccharide (LPS) might introduce senescence of DPSCs, and this senescence would have a positive correlation with the concentration of LPS. The β-galactosidase (SA-β-gal) staining was used to evaluate the senescence of DPSCs and immunofluorescence to show the morphology of DPSCs. Our findings suggested that the activity of SA-β-gal has increased after repeated stimulation with LPS and the morphology of DPSCs has changed with the stimulation with LPS...
February 26, 2018: Cytotechnology
Filiz Özdemir, Elif Apaydın, Nur İpek Önder, Mesut Şen, Aysun Ayrım, Yüksel Öğünç, Zerrin İncesu
Glioblastoma (GBM) is one of the most common and lethal forms of primary brain tumors in human adults. Treatment options are limited, and in most cases ineffective. Natural products are sources of novel compounds endowed with therapeutic properties in many human diseases like cancer. ε-viniferin is a resveratrol dimer and well known for having antiproliferative and apoptotic effects on cancer cells. Cisplatin is a platinum containing anti-cancer drug. In this study, we aimed to investigate antiproliferative and apoptotic effects of using cis-platin and ε-viniferin alone or in combined treatment of C6 cells...
February 23, 2018: Cytotechnology
Noam Cohen, Einat Toister, Yonatan Lati, Meni Girshengorn, Lilach Levin, Lea Silberstein, Dror Seliktar, Eyal Epstein
Recent advances in the bioengineering field have introduced new opportunities enabling cell encapsulation in three-dimensional (3D) structures using either various natural or synthetic materials. However, such hydrogel scaffolds have not been fully biocompatible for cell cultivation due to the lack of physical stability or bioactivity. Here, we utilized a uniquely fabricated semi-synthetic 3D polyethylene glycol-fibrinogen (PEG-Fb) hydrogel scaffold, which exhibits both high stability and high bioactivity, to encapsulate HEK293 cells for the production of human recombinant acetylcholine esterase (AChE)...
February 21, 2018: Cytotechnology
Li Jing, Wang Haitao, Wang Qiong, Zhu Fu, Zhang Nan, Zhang Xuezheng
Early diagnosis and changes associated with atherosclerosis are crucial in clinical medicine. However, atherosclerosis is a multifactorial disease. Asiaticoside (AA), a triterpenoid derived from Centella asiatica, has anti-inflammatory activity. Endothelium-derived nitric oxide is important in modulating vascular tone in a distinct vessel size-dependent manner; it plays a dominant role in conduit arteries and endothelium-dependent hyperpolarisation in resistance vessels. This study evaluated the effects of AA administration on human umbilical endothelial cells with oxidised low-density lipoprotein-induced inflammation...
February 19, 2018: Cytotechnology
Somaieh Zafari, Mohsen Sharifi, Najmeh Ahmadian Chashmi
The callus and hairy root cultures of Prosopis farcta were established to develop effective strategies to enhance its valuable and medicinally important flavonoid compounds. For callus induction, the hypocotyl, cotyledon and shoot explants were subjected to different plant hormones, naphthalene acetic acid (NAA), benzylaminopurine (BAP), kinetin and dichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2,4-D). Greater callus induction was obtained from hypocotyl explants on MS medium containing 3.0 mg L-1 NAA + 2.0 mg L-1 BAP. With the addition of 0...
February 19, 2018: Cytotechnology
Wei Wang, Qing Li, Tao Yang, Dongsheng Li, Feng Ding, Hongzhi Sun, Guang Bai
Aquaporin 5 (AQP5) is a water channel protein that is over-expressed in many tumors. Elevated expression of AQP5 is associated with poor prognosis of colorectal cancer. Yet, whether AQP5 plays a role in epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) of colorectal cancer has not been reported until now. Here we aim to investigate the function of AQP5 in the EMT process of colorectal cancer. We transfected HCT116 and SW480 cells with AQP5-specific shRNA and verified the knockdown efficiency through western blotting and real-time PCR...
February 17, 2018: Cytotechnology
Krzysztof M Krawczyk, Damian Matak, Lukasz Szymanski, Cezary Szczylik, Camillo Porta, Anna M Czarnecka
The use of fetal bovine serum hinders obtaining reproducible experimental results and should also be removed in hormone and growth factor studies. In particular hormones found in FBS act globally on cancer cell physiology and influence transcriptome and metabolome. The aim of our study was to develop a renal carcinoma serum free culture model optimized for (embryonal) renal cells in order to select the best study model for downstream auto-, para- or endocrine research. Secondary aim was to verify renal carcinoma stem cell culture for this application...
February 17, 2018: Cytotechnology
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