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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29191090/alterations-in-circadian-and-meal-induced-gut-peptide-levels-in-lean-and-obese-rats
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Alexander A Moghadam, Timothy H Moran, Megan J Dailey
Alterations in gut hormone signaling are a likely contributing factor to the metabolic disturbances associated with overweight/obesity as they coordinate the timing of feeding behavior, absorption, and utilization of nutrients. These hormones are released in response to food intake, or follow a circadian or anticipatory pattern of secretion that is independent of nutrient stimulation. The aim of this study was to identify the degree to which high-fat diet-induced obesity would alter the daily rhythm of gut peptide plasma levels (glucagon-like peptide-1 [GLP-1], peptide YY [PYY], insulin or amylin [AMY]) or meal-induced levels in the middle of the light or dark cycle...
December 2017: Experimental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29065798/microphysiologic-systems-in-female-reproductive-biology
#2
REVIEW
Alexandria N Young, Georgette Moyle-Heyrman, J Julie Kim, Joanna E Burdette
Microphysiologic systems (MPS), including new organ-on-a-chip technologies, recapitulate tissue microenvironments by employing specially designed tissue or cell culturing techniques and microfluidic flow. Such systems are designed to incorporate physiologic factors that conventional 2D or even 3D systems cannot, such as the multicellular dynamics of a tissue-tissue interface or physical forces like fluid sheer stress. The female reproductive system is a series of interconnected organs that are necessary to produce eggs, support embryo development and female health, and impact the functioning of non-reproductive tissues throughout the body...
November 2017: Experimental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29065797/self-contained-low-cost-body-on-a-chip-systems-for-drug-development
#3
REVIEW
Ying I Wang, Carlota Oleaga, Christopher J Long, Mandy B Esch, Christopher W McAleer, Paula G Miller, James J Hickman, Michael L Shuler
Integrated multi-organ microphysiological systems are an evolving tool for preclinical evaluation of the potential toxicity and efficacy of drug candidates. Such systems, also known as Body-on-a-Chip devices, have a great potential to increase the successful conversion of drug candidates entering clinical trials into approved drugs. Systems, to be attractive for commercial adoption, need to be inexpensive, easy to operate, and give reproducible results. Further, the ability to measure functional responses, such as electrical activity, force generation, and barrier integrity of organ surrogates, enhances the ability to monitor response to drugs...
November 2017: Experimental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29065796/circadian-hormone-control-in-a-human-on-a-chip-in-vitro-biology-s-ignored-component
#4
REVIEW
Kevin J Cyr, Omero M Avaldi, John P Wikswo
Organs-on-Chips (OoCs) are poised to reshape dramatically the study of biology by replicating in vivo the function of individual and coupled human organs. Such microphysiological systems (MPS) have already recreated complex physiological responses necessary to simulate human organ function not evident in two-dimensional in vitro biological experiments. OoC researchers hope to streamline pharmaceutical development, accelerate toxicology studies, limit animal testing, and provide new insights beyond the capability of current biological models...
November 2017: Experimental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28599598/uniform-neural-tissue-models-produced-on-synthetic-hydrogels-using-standard-culture-techniques
#5
Christopher Barry, Matthew T Schmitz, Nicholas E Propson, Zhonggang Hou, Jue Zhang, Bao K Nguyen, Jennifer M Bolin, Peng Jiang, Brian E McIntosh, Mitchell D Probasco, Scott Swanson, Ron Stewart, James A Thomson, Michael P Schwartz, William L Murphy
The aim of the present study was to test sample reproducibility for model neural tissues formed on synthetic hydrogels. Human embryonic stem (ES) cell-derived precursor cells were cultured on synthetic poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) hydrogels to promote differentiation and self-organization into model neural tissue constructs. Neural progenitor, vascular, and microglial precursor cells were combined on PEG hydrogels to mimic developmental timing, which produced multicomponent neural constructs with 3D neuronal and glial organization, organized vascular networks, and microglia with ramified morphologies...
November 2017: Experimental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28592171/next-generation-human-skin-constructs-as-advanced-tools-for-drug-development
#6
REVIEW
H E Abaci, Zongyou Guo, Yanne Doucet, Joanna Jacków, Angela Christiano
Many diseases, as well as side effects of drugs, manifest themselves through skin symptoms. Skin is a complex tissue that hosts various specialized cell types and performs many roles including physical barrier, immune and sensory functions. Therefore, modeling skin in vitro presents technical challenges for tissue engineering. Since the first attempts at engineering human epidermis in 1970s, there has been a growing interest in generating full-thickness skin constructs mimicking physiological functions by incorporating various skin components, such as vasculature and melanocytes for pigmentation...
November 2017: Experimental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343439/toward-improved-myocardial-maturity-in-an-organ-on-chip-platform-with-immature-cardiac-myocytes
#7
Sean P Sheehy, Anna Grosberg, Pu Qin, David J Behm, John P Ferrier, Mackenzie A Eagleson, Alexander P Nesmith, David Krull, James G Falls, Patrick H Campbell, Megan L McCain, Robert N Willette, Erding Hu, Kevin K Parker
In vitro studies of cardiac physiology and drug response have traditionally been performed on individual isolated cardiomyocytes or isotropic monolayers of cells that may not mimic desired physiological traits of the laminar adult myocardium. Recent studies have reported a number of advances to Heart-on-a-Chip platforms for the fabrication of more sophisticated engineered myocardium, but cardiomyocyte immaturity remains a challenge. In the anisotropic musculature of the heart, interactions between cardiac myocytes, the extracellular matrix (ECM), and neighboring cells give rise to changes in cell shape and tissue architecture that have been implicated in both development and disease...
November 2017: Experimental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195514/blood-brain-barrier-on-a-chip-microphysiological-systems-that-capture-the-complexity-of-the-blood-central-nervous-system-interface
#8
REVIEW
Duc Tt Phan, R Hugh F Bender, Jillian W Andrejecsk, Agua Sobrino, Stephanie J Hachey, Steven C George, Christopher Cw Hughes
The blood-brain barrier is a dynamic and highly organized structure that strictly regulates the molecules allowed to cross the brain vasculature into the central nervous system. The blood-brain barrier pathology has been associated with a number of central nervous system diseases, including vascular malformations, stroke/vascular dementia, Alzheimer's disease, multiple sclerosis, and various neurological tumors including glioblastoma multiforme. There is a compelling need for representative models of this critical interface...
November 2017: Experimental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29065799/fitting-tissue-chips-and-microphysiological-systems-into-the-grand-scheme-of-medicine-biology-pharmacology-and-toxicology
#9
David E Watson, Rosemarie Hunziker, John P Wikswo
Microphysiological systems (MPS), which include engineered organoids (EOs), single organ/tissue chips (TCs), and multiple organs interconnected to create miniature in vitro models of human physiological systems, are rapidly becoming effective tools for drug development and the mechanistic understanding of tissue physiology and pathophysiology. The second MPS thematic issue of Experimental Biology and Medicine comprises 15 articles by scientists and engineers from the National Institutes of Health, the IQ Consortium, the Food and Drug Administration, and Environmental Protection Agency, an MPS company, and academia...
October 2017: Experimental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28658972/programming-microphysiological-systems-for-children-s-health-protection
#10
T B Knudsen, B Klieforth, W Slikker
Microphysiological systems (MPS) and computer simulation models that recapitulate the underlying biology and toxicology of critical developmental transitions are emerging tools for developmental effects assessment of drugs/chemicals. Opportunities and challenges exist for their application to alternative, more public health relevant and efficient chemical toxicity testing methods. This is especially pertinent to children's health research and the evaluation of complex embryological and reproductive impacts of drug/chemical exposure...
October 2017: Experimental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622731/navigating-tissue-chips-from-development-to-dissemination-a-pharmaceutical-industry-perspective
#11
Lorna Ewart, Kristin Fabre, Ananthsrinivas Chakilam, Yvonne Dragan, David B Duignan, Jeetu Eswaraka, Jinping Gan, Peggy Guzzie-Peck, Monicah Otieno, Claire G Jeong, Douglas A Keller, Sonia M de Morais, Jonathan A Phillips, William Proctor, Radhakrishna Sura, Terry Van Vleet, David Watson, Yvonne Will, Danilo Tagle, Brian Berridge
Tissue chips are poised to deliver a paradigm shift in drug discovery. By emulating human physiology, these chips have the potential to increase the predictive power of preclinical modeling, which in turn will move the pharmaceutical industry closer to its aspiration of clinically relevant and ultimately animal-free drug discovery. Despite the tremendous science and innovation invested in these tissue chips, significant challenges remain to be addressed to enable their routine adoption into the industrial laboratory...
October 2017: Experimental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534432/gastrointestinal-microphysiological-systems
#12
REVIEW
Sarah E Blutt, James R Broughman, Winnie Zou, Xi-Lei Zeng, Umesh C Karandikar, Julie In, Nicholas C Zachos, Olga Kovbasnjuk, Mark Donowitz, Mary K Estes
Gastrointestinal diseases are a significant health care and economic burden. Prevention and treatment of these diseases have been limited by the available human biologic models. Microphysiological systems comprise organ-specific human cultures that recapitulate many structural, biological, and functional properties of the organ in smaller scale including aspects of flow, shear stress and chemical gradients. The development of intestinal microphysiological system platforms represents a critical component in improving our understanding, prevention, and treatment of gastrointestinal diseases...
October 2017: Experimental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504617/opportunities-and-challenges-in-the-wider-adoption-of-liver-and-interconnected-microphysiological-systems
#13
REVIEW
David J Hughes, Tomasz Kostrzewski, Emma L Sceats
Liver disease represents a growing global health burden. The development of in vitro liver models which allow the study of disease and the prediction of metabolism and drug-induced liver injury in humans remains a challenge. The maintenance of functional primary hepatocytes cultures, the parenchymal cell of the liver, has historically been difficult with dedifferentiation and the consequent loss of hepatic function limiting utility. The desire for longer term functional liver cultures sparked the development of numerous systems, including collagen sandwiches, spheroids, micropatterned co-cultures and liver microphysiological systems...
October 2017: Experimental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28467181/pre-clinical-and-clinical-investigations-of-metabolic-zonation-in-liver-diseases-the-potential-of-microphysiology-systems
#14
REVIEW
Alejandro Soto-Gutierrez, Albert Gough, Lawrence A Vernetti, D L Taylor, Satdarshan P Monga
The establishment of metabolic zonation within a hepatic lobule ascribes specific functions to hepatocytes based on unique, location-dependent gene expression patterns. Recently, there have been significant developments in the field of metabolic liver zonation. A little over a decade ago, the role of β-catenin signaling was identified as a key regulator of gene expression and function in pericentral hepatocytes. Since then, additional molecules have been identified that regulate the pattern of Wnt/β-catenin signaling within a lobule and determine gene expression and function in other hepatic zones...
October 2017: Experimental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28409533/control-of-oxygen-tension-recapitulates-zone-specific-functions-in-human-liver-microphysiology-systems
#15
Felipe T Lee-Montiel, Subin M George, Albert H Gough, Anup D Sharma, Juanfang Wu, Richard DeBiasio, Lawrence A Vernetti, D Lansing Taylor
This article describes our next generation human Liver Acinus MicroPhysiology System (LAMPS). The key demonstration of this study was that Zone 1 and Zone 3 microenvironments can be established by controlling the oxygen tension in individual devices over the range of ca. 3 to 13%. The oxygen tension was computationally modeled using input on the microfluidic device dimensions, numbers of cells, oxygen consumption rates of hepatocytes, the diffusion coefficients of oxygen in different materials and the flow rate of media in the MicroPhysiology System (MPS)...
October 2017: Experimental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343437/organs-on-chips-progress-challenges-and-future-directions
#16
Lucie A Low, Danilo A Tagle
The National Institutes of Health Microphysiological Systems (MPS) program, led by the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, is part of a joint effort on MPS development with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and with regulatory guidance from FDA, is now in its final year of funding. The program has produced many tangible outcomes in tissue chip development in terms of stem cell differentiation, microfluidic engineering, platform development, and single and multi-organ systems-and continues to help facilitate the acceptance and use of tissue chips by the wider community...
October 2017: Experimental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28946764/welcoming-our-first-latin-america-ebm-global-editor-dr-nicola-conran
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September 2017: Experimental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28847173/ultrasound-guided-microwave-ablation-in-the-treatment-of-benign-thyroid-nodules-in-435-patients
#18
Yu-Jiang Liu, Lin-Xue Qian, Dong Liu, Jun-Feng Zhao
The objective of the present study was to investigate the effectiveness and safety of ultrasound-guided microwave ablation in the treatment of benign thyroid nodules. A total of 474 benign thyroid nodules in 435 patients who underwent ultrasound-guided microwave ablation from September 2012 to August 2015 were included. Nodule volume and thyroid function were measured before treatment and at 1, 3, 6, and 12 months and subsequently after every 6 months. The nodule volume reduction rate and changes of thyroid function were evaluated...
September 2017: Experimental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28836851/provitamin-a-biofortified-maize-consumption-increases-serum-xanthophylls-and-13-c-natural-abundance-of-retinol-in-zambian-children
#19
RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED TRIAL
Jesse Sheftel, Bryan M Gannon, Christopher R Davis, Sherry A Tanumihardjo
Plants that undergo C4 photosynthesis, such as maize, are enriched in the stable isotope of carbon ((13)C) compared with other dietary plants and foods. Consumption of maize that has been biofortified to contain elevated levels of provitamin A carotenoids (orange maize) increased the abundance of (13)C in serum retinol of Mongolian gerbils. We evaluated this method in humans to determine if it has potential for further use in intervention effectiveness studies. A random subset of samples from a two-month randomized controlled feeding trial of rural three- to five-year old Zambian children were used to determine the impact of orange maize intake on serum carotenoid concentrations ( n = 88) and (13)C-natural abundance in serum retinol ( n = 77)...
September 2017: Experimental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799406/a-polymorphic-ggc-repeat-in-the-npas2-gene-and-its-association-with-melanoma
#20
Alessandra Franzoni, Elitza Markova-Car, Sanja Dević-Pavlić, Davor Jurišić, Cinzia Puppin, Catia Mio, Marila De Luca, Giulia Petruz, Giuseppe Damante, Sandra Kraljević Pavelić
Circadian clock regulation in mammals is controlled by feedback loops of a set of circadian genes. One of these circadian genes, NPAS2, encodes for a member of the bHLH-PAS class of transcription factors and is expressed in the forebrain and in some peripheral organs such as liver and skin. Other biological processes are also regulated by circadian genes. For example, NPAS2 is involved in cell proliferation, DNA damage repair and malignant transformation. Aberrant expression of clock genes has been previously observed in melanoma which led to our effort to sequence the NPAS2 promoter region in this cancer type...
September 2017: Experimental Biology and Medicine
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