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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549178/rhoa-rock-inhibition-improves-the-beneficial-effects-of-glucocorticoid-treatment-in-dystrophic-muscle-implications-for-stem-cell-depletion
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Xiaodong Mu, Ying Tang, Koji Takayama, Wanqun Chen, Aiping Lu, Bing Wang, Kurt Weiss, Johnny Huard
Glucocorticoid treatment represents a standard palliative treatment for Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) patients, but various adverse effects have limited this treatment. In an effort to understand the mechanism(s) by which glucocorticoids impart their effects on the dystrophic muscle, and potentially reduce the adverse effects, we have studied the effect of prednisolone treatment in dystrophin/utrophin double knockout (dKO) mice, which exhibit a severe dystrophic phenotype due to rapid muscle stem cell depletion...
May 26, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549148/risk-factors-for-invasive-fungal-disease-in-pediatric-cancer-and-hematopoietic-stem-cell-transplantation-a-systematic-review
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Brian T Fisher, Paula D Robinson, Thomas Lehrnbecher, William J Steinbach, Theoklis E Zaoutis, Bob Phillips, Lillian Sung
Background.: Although a number of risk factors have been associated with invasive fungal disease (IFD), a systematic review of the literature to document pediatric-specific factors has not been performed. Methods.: We used the Ovid SP platform to search Medline, Medline In-Process, and Embase for studies that identified risk factors for IFD in children with cancer or those who undergo hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT). We included studies if they consisted of children or adolescents (<25 years) who were receiving treatment for cancer or undergoing HSCT and if the study evaluated risk factors among patients with and those without IFD...
May 26, 2017: Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548630/tenogenic-differentiation-of-human-embryonic-stem-cells
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Tina P Dale, Shazia Mazher, William R Webb, Jing Zhou, Nicola Maffulli, G-Q Chen, Alicia J El Haj, Nicholas R Forsyth
Tendon healing is complex to manage because of the limited regeneration capacity of tendon tissue; stem cell-based tissue engineering approaches may provide alternative healing strategies. We sought to determine whether human embryonic stem cells (hESC) could be induced to differentiate into tendon-like cells by the addition of exogenous bone morphogenetic protein (BMP)12 (growth differentiation factor(GDF)7) and BMP13 (GDF6). hESC (SHEF-1) were maintained with or without BMP12/13 supplementation, or supplemented with BMP12/13 and the SMAD signalling cascade blocking agent, dorsomorphin...
May 26, 2017: Tissue Engineering. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548464/control-of-cell-death-and-mitochondrial-fission-by-erk1-2-map-kinase-signalling
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Simon J Cook, Kate Stuart, Rebecca Gilley, Matthew J Sale
The ERK1/2 signalling pathway is best known for its role in connecting activated growth factor receptors to changes in gene expression due to activated ERK1/2 entering the nucleus and phosphorylating transcription factors. However, active ERK1/2 also translocate to a variety of other organelles including the endoplasmic reticulum, endosomes, golgi and mitochondria to access specific substrates and influence cell physiology. In this article we review two aspects of ERK1/2 signalling at the mitochondria that are involved in regulating cell fate decisions...
May 26, 2017: FEBS Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547771/translation-of-wnt-developmental-programs-into-stem-cell-replacement-strategies-for-the-treatment-of-parkinson-s-disease
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Enrique M Toledo, Daniel Gyllborg, Ernest Arenas
Wnt signalling is a highly conserved pathway across species that is critical for normal development and is deregulated in multiple diseases including cancer and neurodegeneration. Wnt signalling is critically required for midbrain dopaminergic (mDA) neuron development and maintenance. Understanding the molecular processes controlled by Wnt signalling may thus hold the key to understand the physiopathology and to develop novel therapies aimed at preventing the loss of mDA neurons in Parkinson's disease (PD)...
May 26, 2017: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547659/quiescent-adult-stem-cells-in-murine-teeth-are-regulated-by-shh-signaling
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Yuko Ishikawa, Mitsushiro Nakatomi, Hiroko Ida-Yonemochi, Hayato Ohshima
The mechanisms regulating the maintenance of quiescent adult stem cells in teeth remain to be fully elucidated. Our aim is to clarify the relationship between BrdU label-retaining cells (LRCs) and sonic hedgehog (Shh) signaling in murine teeth. After prenatal BrdU labeling, mouse pups were analyzed during postnatal day 1 (P1) to week 5 (P5W). Paraffin sections were processed for immunohistochemistry for BrdU, Sox2, Gli1, Shh, Patched1 (Ptch1) and Ki67 and for in situ hybridization for Shh and Ptch1. Dense LRCs, Gli1-(+) cells and Ptch1-(+) cells were co-localized in the outer enamel epithelium of the apical bud and apical dental papilla of incisors...
May 26, 2017: Cell and Tissue Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546784/doing-laboratory-ethnography-reflections-on-method-in-scientific-workplaces
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Neil Stephens, Jamie Lewis
Laboratory ethnography extended the social scientist's gaze into the day-to-day accomplishment of scientific practice. Here we reflect upon our own ethnographies of biomedical scientific workspaces to provoke methodological discussion on the doing of laboratory ethnography. What we provide is less a 'how to' guide and more a commentary on what to look for and what to look at. We draw upon our empirical research with stem cell laboratories and animal houses, teams producing robotic surgical tools, musicians sonifying data science, a psychiatric genetics laboratory, and scientists developing laboratory grown meat...
April 2017: Qualitative Research: QR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546769/treatment-of-chronic-low-back-pain-new-approaches-on-the-horizon
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Nebojsa Nick Knezevic, Shane Mandalia, Jennifer Raasch, Ivana Knezevic, Kenneth D Candido
Back pain is the second leading cause of disability among American adults and is currently treated either with conservative therapy or interventional pain procedures. However, the question that remains is whether we, as physicians, have adequate therapeutic options to offer to the patients who suffer from chronic low back pain but fail both conservative therapy and interventional pain procedures before they consider surgical options such as discectomy, disc arthroplasty, or spinal fusion. The purpose of this article is to review the potential novel therapies that are on the horizon for the treatment of chronic low back pain...
2017: Journal of Pain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546047/an-impedance-based-approach-using-human-ipsc-derived-cardiomyocytes-significantly-improves-in-vitro-prediction-of-in-vivo-cardiotox-liabilities
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Bryan Koci, Gregory Luerman, Anika Duenbostell, Ralf Kettenhofen, Heribert Bohlen, Luke Coyle, Brian Knight, Warren Ku, Walter Volberg, Joseph R Woska, Martha P Brown
Current in vitro approaches to cardiac safety testing typically focus on mechanistic ion channel testing to predict in vivo proarrhythmic potential. Outside of the Comprehensive in vitro Proarrhythmia Assay (CiPA) initiative, structural and functional cardiotoxicity related to chronic dosing effects are of great concern as these effects can impact compound attrition. Development and implementation of an in vitro cardiotoxicity screening platform that effectively identifies these liabilities early in the discovery process should reduce costly attrition and decrease preclinical development time...
May 22, 2017: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545819/comparative-approaches-to-understanding-thyroid-hormone-regulation-of-neurogenesis
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REVIEW
Jean-David Gothié, Barbara Demeneix, Sylvie Remaud
Thyroid hormone (TH) signalling, an evolutionary conserved pathway, is crucial for brain function and cognition throughout life, from early development to ageing. In humans, TH deficiency during pregnancy alters offspring brain development, increasing the risk of cognitive disorders. How TH regulates neurogenesis and subsequent behaviour and cognitive functions remains a major research challenge. Cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying TH signalling on proliferation, survival, determination, migration, differentiation and maturation have been studied in mammalian animal models for over a century...
May 22, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545780/requirement-of-zinc-transporter-slc39a7-zip7-for-dermal-development-to-fine-tune-endoplasmic-reticulum-function-by-regulating-protein-disulfide-isomerase
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Bum-Ho Bin, Jinhyuk Bhin, Juyeon Seo, Se-Young Kim, Eunyoung Lee, Kyuhee Park, Dong-Hwa Choi, Teruhisa Takagishi, Takafumi Hara, Daehee Hwang, Haruhiko Koseki, Yoshinobu Asada, Shinji Shimoda, Kenji Mishima, Toshiyuki Fukada
Skin is the first area that manifests zinc deficiency. However, the molecular mechanisms by which zinc homeostasis affects skin development remain largely unknown. Here, we show that zinc-regulation transporter-/iron-regulation transporter-like protein 7 (ZIP7) localized to the endoplasmic reticulum plays critical roles in connective tissue development. Mice lacking the Slc39a7/Zip7 gene in collagen 1-expressing tissue exhibited dermal dysplasia. Ablation of ZIP7 in mesenchymal stem cells inhibited cell proliferation thereby preventing proper dermis formation, indicating that ZIP7 is required for dermal development...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Investigative Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545565/the-combination-of-nano-calcium-sulfate-platelet-rich-plasma-gel-scaffold-with-bmp2-gene-modified-mesenchymal-stem-cells-promotes-bone-regeneration-in-rat-critical-sized-calvarial-defects
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Zunpeng Liu, Xue Yuan, Gabriela Fernandes, Rosemary Dziak, Ciprian N Ionita, Chunyi Li, Changdong Wang, Shuying Yang
BACKGROUND: Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) can be differentiated into an osteoblastic lineage in the presence of growth factors (GFs). Platelet-rich plasma (PRP), which can be easily isolated from whole blood, contains a large amount of GFs, and, therefore, promotes bone growth and regeneration. The main goal of this work was to develop and investigate the effect of a new sandwich-like bone scaffold which combines a nano-calcium sulfate (nCS) disc along with PRP fibrin gel (nCS/PRP) with BMP2-modified MSCs on bone repair and regeneration in rat critical-sized calvarial defects...
May 25, 2017: Stem Cell Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545541/mal-gene-overexpression-as-a-marker-of-high-grade-serous-ovarian-carcinoma-stem-like-cells-that-predicts-chemoresistance-and-poor-prognosis
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Laura Zanotti, Chiara Romani, Laura Tassone, Paola Todeschini, Renata Alessandra Tassi, Elisabetta Bandiera, Giovanna Damia, Francesca Ricci, Laura Ardighieri, Stefano Calza, Sergio Marchini, Luca Beltrame, Germana Tognon, Maurizio D'Incalci, Sergio Pecorelli, Enrico Sartori, Franco Odicino, Antonella Ravaggi, Eliana Bignotti
BACKGROUND: The existence of cancer stem cells (CSCs) within a tumor bulk has been demonstrated for many solid tumors including epithelial ovarian carcinoma (EOC). CSCs have been associated to tumor invasion, metastasis and development of chemoresistant recurrences. In this context, we aim to characterize EOC CSCs from the molecular point of view in order to identify potential biomarkers associated with chemoresistance. METHODS: We isolated a population of cells with stem-like characteristics (OVA-BS4 spheroids) from a primary human EOC cell line under selective conditions...
May 25, 2017: BMC Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545378/piperine-as-a-potential-anti-cancer-agent-a-review-on-preclinical-studies
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Azadeh Manayi, Seyed Mohammad Nabavi, William N Setzer, Samineh Jafari
Recently many studies showed anticancer activities of piperine, a pungent alkaloid found in black pepper and some other Piper species. We attempted to summarize acquired data that support anticancer potential of this natural agent. Piperine has been reported to possess effective chemopreventive activity. It has been studied to affect several mechanisms of action, in brief enhancing antioxidant system, increasing level and activity of detoxifying enzymes and suppressing stem cell self-renewal. Moreover, piperine has been found to inhibit proliferation and survival of various cancerous cell lines via modulating cell cycle progression and exhibiting anti-apoptotic activity, respectively...
May 23, 2017: Current Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545252/cpg-and-non-cpg-methylation-in-epigenetic-gene-regulation-and-brain-function
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REVIEW
Hyun Sik Jang, Woo Jung Shin, Jeong Eon Lee, Jeong Tae Do
DNA methylation is a major epigenetic mark with important roles in genetic regulation. Methylated cytosines are found primarily at CpG dinucleotides, but are also found at non-CpG sites (CpA, CpT, and CpC). The general functions of CpG and non-CpG methylation include gene silencing or activation depending on the methylated regions. CpG and non-CpG methylation are found throughout the whole genome, including repetitive sequences, enhancers, promoters, and gene bodies. Interestingly, however, non-CpG methylation is restricted to specific cell types, such as pluripotent stem cells, oocytes, neurons, and glial cells...
May 23, 2017: Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545044/differentiation-of-spontaneously-contracting-cardiomyocytes-from-non-virally-reprogrammed-human-amniotic-fluid-stem-cells
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Aaron J Velasquez-Mao, Christopher J M Tsao, Madeline N Monroe, Xavier Legras, Beatrice Bissig-Choisat, Karl-Dimiter Bissig, Rodrigo Ruano, Jeffrey G Jacot
Congenital heart defects are the most common birth defect. The limiting factor in tissue engineering repair strategies is an autologous source of functional cardiomyocytes. Amniotic fluid contains an ideal cell source for prenatal harvest and use in correction of congenital heart defects. This study aims to investigate the potential of amniotic fluid-derived stem cells (AFSC) to undergo non-viral reprogramming into induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSC) followed by growth-factor-free differentiation into functional cardiomyocytes...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544815/fabrication-of-viable-and-functional-pre-vascularized-modular-bone-tissues-by-coculturing-mscs-and-huvecs-on-microcarriers-in-spinner-flasks
#17
Songjie Zhang, Min Zhou, Zhaoyang Ye, Yan Zhou, Wen-Song Tan
BACKGROUND AND AIM: Slow vascularization often impedes the viability and function of engineered bone replacements. Prevascularization is a promising way to solve this problem. In this study, a new process was developed by integrating microcarrier culture and coculture to fabricate pre-vascularized bone microtissues with mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) and human umbilical vein endotheli-al cells (HUVECs). METHODOLOGY: Initially, coculture medium and cell ratio between MSCs and HUVECs were optimized in tissue culture plates concerning cell proliferation, osteogenesis and angiogenesis...
May 24, 2017: Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544655/3d-bioprinting-human-induced-pluripotent-stem-cell-constructs-for-in-situ-cell-proliferation-and-successive-multilineage-differentiation
#18
Qi Gu, Eva Tomaskovic-Crook, Gordon G Wallace, Jeremy M Crook
The ability to create 3D tissues from induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) is poised to revolutionize stem cell research and regenerative medicine, including individualized, patient-specific stem cell-based treatments. There are, however, few examples of tissue engineering using iPSCs. Their culture and differentiation is predominantly planar for monolayer cell support or induction of self-organizing embryoids (EBs) and organoids. Bioprinting iPSCs with advanced biomaterials promises to augment efforts to develop 3D tissues, ideally comprising direct-write printing of cells for encapsulation, proliferation, and differentiation...
May 24, 2017: Advanced Healthcare Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544647/dual-cross-linked-biofunctional-and-self-healing-networks-to-generate-user-defined-modular-gradient-hydrogel-constructs
#19
Zhao Wei, Daniel M Lewis, Yu Xu, Sharon Gerecht
Gradient hydrogels have been developed to mimic the spatiotemporal differences of multiple gradient cues in tissues. Current approaches used to generate such hydrogels are restricted to a single gradient shape and distribution. Here, a hydrogel is designed that includes two chemical cross-linking networks, biofunctional, and self-healing networks, enabling the customizable formation of modular gradient hydrogel construct with various gradient distributions and flexible shapes. The biofunctional networks are formed via Michael addition between the acrylates of oxidized acrylated hyaluronic acid (OAHA) and the dithiol of matrix metalloproteinase (MMP)-sensitive cross-linker and RGD peptides...
May 23, 2017: Advanced Healthcare Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544508/enhancement-of-plasma-protein-adsorption-and-osteogenesis-of-hmscs-by-functionalized-siloxane-coatings-for-titanium-implants
#20
Maria Martínez-Ibáñez, N Sanjeeva Murthy, Yong Mao, Julio Suay, Marilo Gurruchaga, Isabel Goñi, Joachim Kohn
A series of sol-gel derived silicon based coatings were developed to improve the osseointegration of commercial titanium dental implants. The osseointegration starts with a positive interaction between the implant surface and surrounding tissues, which is facilitated by the adsorption of plasma proteins onto the biomaterial surface immediately after implantation. It is likely that the enhancement of protein adsorption to titanium implants leads to a better implant/tissue integration. In addition, silica based biomaterials have been shown to promote osteoblast differentiation...
May 25, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part B, Applied Biomaterials
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