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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28245809/mesenchymal-stem-cells-and-myoblast-differentiation-under-hgf-and-igf-1-stimulation-for-3d-skeletal-muscle-tissue-engineering
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R Witt, A Weigand, A M Boos, A Cai, D Dippold, A R Boccaccini, D W Schubert, M Hardt, C Lange, A Arkudas, R E Horch, J P Beier
BACKGROUND: Volumetric muscle loss caused by trauma or after tumour surgery exceeds the natural regeneration capacity of skeletal muscle. Hence, the future goal of tissue engineering (TE) is the replacement and repair of lost muscle tissue by newly generating skeletal muscle combining different cell sources, such as myoblasts and mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs), within a three-dimensional matrix. Latest research showed that seeding skeletal muscle cells on aligned constructs enhance the formation of myotubes as well as cell alignment and may provide a further step towards the clinical application of engineered skeletal muscle...
February 28, 2017: BMC Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28241740/hinokitiol-induces-dna-demethylation-via-dnmt1-and-uhrf1-inhibition-in-colon-cancer-cells
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Jung Seon Seo, Young Ha Choi, Ji Wook Moon, Hyeon Soo Kim, Sun-Hwa Park
BACKGROUND: DNA hypermethylation is a key epigenetic mechanism for the silencing of many genes in cancer. Hinokitiol, a tropolone-related natural compound, is known to induce apoptosis and cell cycle arrest and has anti-inflammatory and anti-tumor activities. However, the relationship between hinokitiol and DNA methylation is not clear. The aim of our study was to explore whether hinokitiol has an inhibitory ability on the DNA methylation in colon cancer cells. RESULTS: MTT data showed that hinokitiol had higher sensitivity in colon cancer cells, HCT-116 and SW480, than in normal colon cells, CCD18Co...
February 27, 2017: BMC Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214472/bmp-12-activates-tenogenic-pathway-in-human-adipose-stem-cells-and-affects-their-immunomodulatory-and-secretory-properties
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Weronika Zarychta-Wiśniewska, Anna Burdzinska, Agnieszka Kulesza, Kamila Gala, Beata Kaleta, Katarzyna Zielniok, Katarzyna Siennicka, Marek Sabat, Leszek Paczek
BACKGROUND: Cell-based therapy is a treatment method in tendon injuries. Bone morphogenic protein 12 (BMP-12) possesses tenogenic activity and was proposed as a differentiating factor for stem cells directed to transplantation. However, BMPs belong to pleiotropic TGF-β superfamily and have diverse effect on cells. Therefore, the aim of this study was to determine if BMP-12 induces tenogenic differentiation of human adipose stem cells (hASCs) and how it affects other features of this population...
February 18, 2017: BMC Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28148303/variation-in-human-dental-pulp-stem-cell-ageing-profiles-reflect-contrasting-proliferative-and-regenerative-capabilities
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Amr Alraies, Nadia Y A Alaidaroos, Rachel J Waddington, Ryan Moseley, Alastair J Sloan
BACKGROUND: Dental pulp stem cells (DPSCs) are increasingly being recognized as a viable cell source for regenerative medicine. Although significant variations in their ex vivo expansion are well-established, DPSC proliferative heterogeneity remains poorly understood, despite such characteristics influencing their regenerative and therapeutic potential. This study assessed clonal human DPSC regenerative potential and the impact of cellular senescence on these responses, to better understand DPSC functional behaviour...
February 2, 2017: BMC Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28125974/nuclear-and-structural-dynamics-during-the-establishment-of-a-specialized-effector-secreting-cell-by-magnaporthe-oryzae-in-living-rice-cells
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Emma N Shipman, Kiersun Jones, Cory B Jenkinson, Dong Won Kim, Jie Zhu, Chang Hyun Khang
BACKGROUND: To cause an economically important blast disease on rice, the filamentous fungus Magnaporthe oryzae forms a specialized infection structure, called an appressorium, to penetrate host cells. Once inside host cells, the fungus produces a filamentous primary hypha that differentiates into multicellular bulbous invasive hyphae (IH), which are surrounded by a host-derived membrane. These hyphae secrete cytoplasmic effectors that enter host cells presumably via the biotrophic interfacial complex (BIC)...
January 26, 2017: BMC Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28114883/release-of-endothelial-cell-associated-vegfr2-during-tgf-%C3%AE-modulated-angiogenesis-in-vitro
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M Jarad, E A Kuczynski, J Morrison, A M Viloria-Petit, B L Coomber
BACKGROUND: Sprouting angiogenesis requires vascular endothelial proliferation, migration and morphogenesis. The process is regulated by soluble factors, principally vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), and via bidirectional signaling through the Jagged/Notch system, leading to assignment of tip cell and stalk cell identity. The cytokine transforming growth factor beta (TGF-β) can either stimulate or inhibit angiogenesis via its differential surface receptor signaling. Here we evaluate changes in expression of angiogenic signaling receptors when bovine aortic endothelial cells were exposed to TGF-β1 under low serum conditions...
January 23, 2017: BMC Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28124626/focus-on-lens-connexins
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REVIEW
Viviana M Berthoud, Anaclet Ngezahayo
The lens is an avascular organ composed of an anterior epithelial cell layer and fiber cells that form the bulk of the organ. The lens expresses connexin43 (Cx43), connexin46 (Cx46) and connexin50 (Cx50). Epithelial Cx50 has critical roles in cell proliferation and differentiation, likely involving growth factor-dependent signaling pathways. Both Cx46 and Cx50 are crucial for lens transparency; mutations in their genes have been linked to congenital and age-related cataracts. Congenital cataract-associated connexin mutants can affect protein trafficking, stability and/or function, and the functional effects may differ between gap junction channels and hemichannels...
January 17, 2017: BMC Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28124625/gap-junctions-and-hemichannels-communicating-cell-death-in-neurodevelopment-and-disease
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REVIEW
Andrei B Belousov, Joseph D Fontes, Moises Freitas-Andrade, Christian C Naus
Gap junctions are unique membrane channels that play a significant role in intercellular communication in the developing and mature central nervous system (CNS). These channels are composed of connexin proteins that oligomerize into hexamers to form connexons or hemichannels. Many different connexins are expressed in the CNS, with some specificity with regard to the cell types in which distinct connexins are found, as well as the timepoints when they are expressed in the developing and mature CNS. Both the main neuronal Cx36 and glial Cx43 play critical roles in neurodevelopment...
January 17, 2017: BMC Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28124624/accessing-gap-junction-channel-structure-function-relationships-through-molecular-modeling-and-simulations
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REVIEW
F Villanelo, Y Escalona, C Pareja-Barrueto, J A Garate, I M Skerrett, T Perez-Acle
BACKGROUND: Gap junction channels (GJCs) are massive protein channels connecting the cytoplasm of adjacent cells. These channels allow intercellular transfer of molecules up to ~1 kDa, including water, ions and other metabolites. Unveiling structure-function relationships coded into the molecular architecture of these channels is necessary to gain insight on their vast biological function including electrical synapse, inflammation, development and tissular homeostasis. From early works, computational methods have been critical to analyze and interpret experimental observations...
January 17, 2017: BMC Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28124623/cardiac-cx43-cx40-and-cx45-co-assembling-involvement-of-connexins-epitopes-in-formation-of-hemichannels-and-gap-junction-channels
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REVIEW
Thomas Desplantez
BACKGROUND: This review comes after the International Gap Junction Conference (IGJC 2015) and describes the current knowledge on the function of the specific motifs of connexins in the regulation of the formation of gap junction channels. Moreover the review is complemented by a summarized description of the distinct contribution of gap junction channels in the electrical coupling. RESULTS: Complementary biochemical and functional characterization on cell models and primary cells have improved our understanding on the oligomerization of connexins and the formation and the electrical properties of gap junction channels...
January 17, 2017: BMC Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28124622/intermittent-hypoxia-causes-nox2-dependent-remodeling-of-atrial-connexins
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Joanna Gemel, Zihan Su, Alex Gileles-Hillel, Abdelnaby Khalyfa, David Gozal, Eric C Beyer
BACKGROUND: Obstructive sleep apnea has been linked to the development of heart disease and arrhythmias, including atrial fibrillation. Since altered conduction through gap junction channels can contribute to the pathogenesis of such arrhythmias, we examined the abundance and distributions of the major cardiac gap junction proteins, connexin40 (Cx40) and connexin43 (Cx43) in mice treated with sleep fragmentation or intermittent hypoxia (IH) as animal models of the components of obstructive sleep apnea...
January 17, 2017: BMC Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28124621/pannexin-channel-and-connexin-hemichannel-expression-in-vascular-function-and-inflammation
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REVIEW
Daniela Begandt, Miranda E Good, Alex S Keller, Leon J DeLalio, Carol Rowley, Brant E Isakson, Xavier F Figueroa
Control of blood flow distribution and tissue homeostasis depend on the tight regulation of and coordination between the microvascular network and circulating blood cells. Channels formed by connexins or pannexins that connect the intra- and extracellular compartments allow the release of paracrine signals, such as ATP and prostaglandins, and thus play a central role in achieving fine regulation and coordination of vascular function. This review focuses on vascular connexin hemichannels and pannexin channels...
January 17, 2017: BMC Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095798/mir-27b-inhibits-fibroblast-activation-via-targeting-tgf%C3%AE-signaling-pathway
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Xiangming Zeng, Chaoqun Huang, Lakmini Senavirathna, Pengcheng Wang, Lin Liu
BACKGROUND: MicroRNAs are a group of small RNAs that regulate gene expression at the posttranscriptional level. They regulate almost every aspect of cellular processes. In this study, we investigated whether miR-27b regulates pulmonary fibroblast activation. RESULTS: We found that miR-27b was down-regulated in fibrotic lungs and fibroblasts from an experimental mouse model of pulmonary fibrosis. The overexpression of miR-27b with a lentiviral vector inhibited TGFβ1-stimulated mRNA expression of collagens (COL1A1, COL3A1, and COL4A1) and alpha-smooth muscle actin, and protein expression of Col3A1 and alpha-smooth muscle actin in LL29 human pulmonary fibroblasts...
January 17, 2017: BMC Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088180/nuclear-envelope-structural-proteins-facilitate-nuclear-shape-changes-accompanying-embryonic-differentiation-and-fidelity-of-gene-expression
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Elizabeth R Smith, Yue Meng, Robert Moore, Jeffrey D Tse, Arn G Xu, Xiang-Xi Xu
BACKGROUND: Nuclear size and shape are specific to a cell type, function, and location, and can serve as indicators of disease and development. We previously found that lamin A/C and associated nuclear envelope structural proteins were upregulated when murine embryonic stem (ES) cells differentiated to primitive endoderm cells. Here we further investigated the morphological changes of nuclei that accompany this differentiation. RESULTS: The nuclei of undifferentiated wild type cells were found shaped as flattened, irregular ovals, whereas nuclei of Gata4-positive endoderm cells were more spherical, less flattened, and with a slightly reduced volume...
January 14, 2017: BMC Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068896/erratum-to-nuclear-envelope-structural-defect-underlies-the-main-cause-of-aneuploidy-in-ovarian-carcinogenesis
#15
Callinice D Capo-Chichi, Toni M Yeasky, Elizabeth R Smith, Xiang-Xi Xu
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January 9, 2017: BMC Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27955619/hierarchical-imaging-a-new-concept-for-targeted-imaging-of-large-volumes-from-cells-to-tissues
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Irene Wacker, Waldemar Spomer, Andreas Hofmann, Marlene Thaler, Stefan Hillmer, Ulrich Gengenbach, Rasmus R Schröder
BACKGROUND: Imaging large volumes such as entire cells or small model organisms at nanoscale resolution seemed an unrealistic, rather tedious task so far. Now, technical advances have lead to several electron microscopy (EM) large volume imaging techniques. One is array tomography, where ribbons of ultrathin serial sections are deposited on solid substrates like silicon wafers or glass coverslips. RESULTS: To ensure reliable retrieval of multiple ribbons from the boat of a diamond knife we introduce a substrate holder with 7 axes of translation or rotation specifically designed for that purpose...
December 12, 2016: BMC Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27875985/nuclear-envelope-structural-defect-underlies-the-main-cause-of-aneuploidy-in-ovarian-carcinogenesis
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Callinice D Capo-Chichi, Toni M Yeasky, Elizabeth R Smith, Xiang-Xi Xu
BACKGROUND: The Cancer Atlas project has shown that p53 is the only commonly (96 %) mutated gene found in high-grade serous epithelial ovarian cancer, the major histological subtype. Another general genetic change is extensive aneuploidy caused by chromosomal numerical instability, which is thought to promote malignant transformation. Conventionally, aneuploidy is thought to be the result of mitotic errors and chromosomal nondisjunction during mitosis. Previously, we found that ovarian cancer cells often lost or reduced nuclear lamina proteins lamin A/C, and suppression of lamin A/C in cultured ovarian epithelial cells leads to aneuploidy...
November 22, 2016: BMC Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27852225/a-functional-endosomal-pathway-is-necessary-for-lysosome-biogenesis-in-drosophila
#18
Anne-Claire Jacomin, Marie-Odile Fauvarque, Emmanuel Taillebourg
BACKGROUND: Lysosomes are the major catabolic compartment within eukaryotic cells, and their biogenesis requires the integration of the biosynthetic and endosomal pathways. Endocytosis and autophagy are the primary inputs of the lysosomal degradation pathway. Endocytosis is specifically needed for the degradation of membrane proteins whereas autophagy is responsible for the degradation of cytoplasmic components. We previously identified the deubiquitinating enzyme UBPY/USP8 as being necessary for lysosomal biogenesis and productive autophagy in Drosophila...
November 16, 2016: BMC Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27716032/expressed-alleles-of-imprinted-igf2-dlk1-and-meg3-colocalize-in-3d-preserved-nuclei-of-porcine-fetal-cells
#19
Yvette Lahbib-Mansais, Harmonie Barasc, Maria Marti-Marimon, Florence Mompart, Eddie Iannuccelli, David Robelin, Juliette Riquet, Martine Yerle-Bouissou
BACKGROUND: To explore the relationship between spatial genome organization and gene expression in the interphase nucleus, we used a genomic imprinting model, which offers parental-specific gene expression. Using 3D FISH in porcine fetal liver cells, we compared the nuclear organization of the two parental alleles (expressed or not) of insulin-like growth factor 2 (IGF2), a paternally imprinted gene located on chromosome 2. We investigated whether its nuclear positioning favors specific locus associations...
October 1, 2016: BMC Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27618966/loss-of-hif-1-promotes-resistance-to-the-exogenous-mitochondrial-stressor-ethidium-bromide-in-caenorhabditis-elegans
#20
Muntasir Kamal, Dayana R D'Amora, Terrance J Kubiseski
BACKGROUND: Mitochondrial dysfunction is one of the leading causes of neurological disorders in humans. Mitochondrial perturbations lead to adaptive mechanisms that include HIF-1 stabilization, though the consequences of increased levels of HIF-1 following mitochondrial stress remain poorly understood. RESULTS: Using Caenorhabditis elegans, we show that a hif-1 loss-of-function mutation confers resistance towards the mitochondrial toxin ethidium bromide (EtBr) and suppresses EtBr-induced production of ROS...
September 13, 2016: BMC Cell Biology
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