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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29017117/characterisation-of-hyaluronic-acid-methylcellulose-hydrogels-for-3d-bioprinting
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Nicholas Law, Brandon Doney, Hayley Glover, Yahua Qin, Zachary M Aman, Timothy B Sercombe, Lawrence J Liew, Rodney J Dilley, Barry J Doyle
Hydrogels containing hyaluronic acid (HA) and methylcellulose (MC) have shown promising results for three dimensional (3D) bioprinting applications. However, several parameters influence the applicability bioprinting and there is scarce data in the literature characterising HAMC. We assessed eight concentrations of HAMC for printability, swelling and stability over time, rheological and structural behaviour, and viability of mesenchymal stem cells. We show that HAMC blends behave as viscous solutions at 4°C and have faster gelation times at higher temperatures, typically gelling upon reaching 37°C...
September 28, 2017: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28993845/-new-experimental-strategies-in-cartilage-surgery
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REVIEW
L Rackwitz, J C Reichert, O Pullig, U Nöth
BACKGROUND: Cell and growth factor based strategies bear great potential to support the healing processes in cartilage repair and the therapy of osteoarthritic joints. OBJECTIVES: The following review provides an overview of novel experimental strategies for the therapy of focal cartilage defects and osteoarthritis, with emphasis on cell and growth factor based approaches. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The authors summarize their own data regarding the intraarticular injection of stem cells to treat osteoarthritis of the knee and provide a synopsis of the available literature discussing the most significant publications...
October 9, 2017: Der Orthopäde
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28978449/quantitative-deformability-cytometry-rapid-calibrated-measurements-of-cell-mechanical-properties
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Kendra D Nyberg, Kenneth H Hu, Sara H Kleinman, Damir B Khismatullin, Manish J Butte, Amy C Rowat
Advances in methods that determine cell mechanical phenotype, or mechanotype, have demonstrated the utility of biophysical markers in clinical and research applications ranging from cancer diagnosis to stem cell enrichment. Here, we introduce quantitative deformability cytometry (q-DC), a method for rapid, calibrated, single-cell mechanotyping. We track changes in cell shape as cells deform into microfluidic constrictions, and we calibrate the mechanical stresses using gel beads. We observe that time-dependent strain follows power-law rheology, enabling single-cell measurements of apparent elastic modulus, Ea, and power-law exponent, β...
October 3, 2017: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28976822/accelerating-regenerative-medicine-the-japanese-experiment-in-ethics-and-regulation
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Tamra Lysaght
In 2014, the Japanese National Diet introduced new laws aimed at promoting the clinical translation of stem cells and regenerative medicine. The basic action of these laws is to allow the early introduction of regenerative medicine products into the Japanese market through an accelerated approval process, while providing patients with access to certain types of stem cell and cell-based therapies in the context of private clinical practice. While this framework appears to offer enormous opportunities for the translation of stem cell science, it raises ethical challenges that have not yet been fully explored...
September 2017: Regenerative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28965331/post-transplant-viral-respiratory-infections-in-the-older-patient-epidemiology-diagnosis-and-management
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REVIEW
Nancy Law, Deepali Kumar
Organ and stem cell transplantation has been one of the greatest advances in modern medicine, and is the primary treatment modality for many end-stage diseases. As our population ages, so do the transplant recipients, and with that comes many new challenges. Respiratory viruses have been a large contributor to the mortality and morbidity of solid organ transplant (SOT) and hematopoietic stem cell transplant (HSCT) recipients. Respiratory viruses are generally a long-term complication of transplantation and primarily acquired in the community...
September 30, 2017: Drugs & Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932846/a-reactive-oxygen-species-generating-cyclooxygenase-2-inhibiting-cancer-stem-cell-potent-tetranuclear-copper-ii-cluster
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C Lu, K Laws, A Eskandari, K Suntharalingam
Tetranuclear copper(ii) complexes containing multiple diclofenac and Schiff base moieties, 1-4, are shown to kill bulk cancer cells and cancer stem cells (CSCs) with low micromolar potency. The most effective complex, 1, elicits its cytotoxic effect by elevating the intracellular reactive oxygen species (ROS) levels and inhibiting cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) expression.
September 21, 2017: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915668/nsc30049-inhibits-chk1-pathway-in-5-fu-resistant-crc-bulk-and-stem-cell-populations
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Satya Narayan, Aruna S Jaiswal, Ritika Sharma, Akbar Nawab, Lizette Vila Duckworth, Brian K Law, Maria Zajac-Kaye, Thomas J George, Jay Sharma, Arun K Sharma, Robert A Hromas
The 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) treatment induces DNA damage and stalling of DNA replication forks. These stalled replication forks then collapse to form one sided double-strand breaks, leading to apoptosis. However, colorectal cancer (CRC) stem cells rapidly repair the stalled/collapsed replication forks and overcome treatment effects. Recent evidence suggests a critical role of checkpoint kinase 1 (Chk1) in preventing the replicative stress. Therefore, Chk1 kinase has been a target for developing mono or combination therapeutic agents...
August 22, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28914051/chromosome-centric-human-proteome-project-allies-with-developmental-biology-a-case-study-of-the-role-of-y-chromosome-genes-in-organ-development
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Anna Meyfour, Paria Pooyan, Sara Pahlavan, Mostafa Rezaei-Tavirani, Hamid Gourabi, Hossein Baharvand, Ghasem Hosseini Salekdeh
One of the main goals of Chromosome-Centric Human Proteome Project is to identify protein evidence for missing proteins (MPs). Here, we present a case study of the role of Y chromosome genes in organ development and how to overcome the challenges facing MPs identification by employing human pluripotent stem cell differentiation into cells of different organs yielding unprecedented biological insight into adult silenced proteins. Y chromosome is a male-specific sex chromosome which escapes meiotic recombination...
October 11, 2017: Journal of Proteome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28901195/feedforward-coordinate-control-of-a-robotic-cell-injection-catheter
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Weyland Cheng, Peter K Law
Remote and robotically actuated catheters are the stepping-stones toward autonomous catheters, where complex intravascular procedures may be performed with minimal intervention from a physician. This article proposes a concept for the positional, feedforward control of a robotically actuated cell injection catheter used for the injection of myogenic or undifferentiated stem cells into the myocardial infarct boundary zones of the left ventricle. The prototype for the catheter system was built upon a needle-based catheter with a single degree of deflection, a 3-D printed handle combined with actuators, and the Arduino microcontroller platform...
August 2017: Cell Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28900126/a-new-mild-hyperthermia-device-to-treat-vascular-involvement-in-cancer-surgery
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Matthew J Ware, Lam P Nguyen, Justin J Law, Martyna Krzykawska-Serda, Kimberly M Taylor, Hop S Tran Cao, Andrew O Anderson, Merlyn Pulikkathara, Jared M Newton, Jason C Ho, Rosa Hwang, Kimal Rajapakshe, Cristian Coarfa, Shixia Huang, Dean Edwards, Steven A Curley, Stuart J Corr
Surgical margin status in cancer surgery represents an important oncologic parameter affecting overall prognosis. The risk of disease recurrence is minimized and survival often prolonged if margin-negative resection can be accomplished during cancer surgery. Unfortunately, negative margins are not always surgically achievable due to tumor invasion into adjacent tissues or involvement of critical vasculature. Herein, we present a novel intra-operative device created to facilitate a uniform and mild heating profile to cause hyperthermic destruction of vessel-encasing tumors while safeguarding the encased vessel...
September 12, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28890448/a-tale-of-two-disciplines-i-law-and-bioethics-i
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Rebecca Dresser
Fascination with In re Quinlan, the first high-profile right-to-die case in the United States, led the author to law school. By the time she received her law degree, bioethics was emerging as a field of study, and law and bioethics became her field. The mission of legal education is to teach students to "think like a lawyer," which can be a productive way to approach issues in many fields, including bioethics. Legal education can also teach individuals to respect people whose views on bioethics issues differ from their own...
2017: Perspectives in Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621178/interview-with-bernard-siegel
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Bernard Siegel
Bernard Siegel is the Founder and full-time Executive Director of the nonprofit Regenerative Medicine Foundation (FL, USA). He is the Founder and the Co-chair of the World Stem Cell Summit series of global conferences and Editor-in-Chief of the World Stem Cell Report. He received his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Miami (BA, 1972; JD, 1975) and has been a member of the Florida Bar since 1975. As a recognized policy expert relating to stem cell research, regenerative medicine and cloning, Bernard works with the world's leading stem cell researchers and advocates...
June 16, 2017: Regenerative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548246/comparison-of-three-different-types-of-scaffolds-preseeded-with-human-bone-marrow-mononuclear-cells-on-the-bone-healing-in-a-femoral-critical-size-defect-model-of-the-athymic-rat
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Maren Janko, Julian Sahm, Alexander Schaible, Jan C Brune, Marlene Bellen, Katrin Schroder, Caroline Seebach, Ingo Marzi, Dirk Henrich
Large bone defects often pose major difficulties in orthopaedic surgery. The application of long-term cultured stem cells combined with a scaffold lead to a significant improvement of bone healing in recent experiments but is strongly restricted by European Union law. Bone marrow mononuclear cells (BMC), however, can be isolated and transplanted within a few hours and have been proven effective in experimental models of bone healing. The effectivity of the BMC-supported therapy might be influenced by the type of scaffold...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545226/emergence-of-cd26-cancer-stem-cells-with-metastatic-properties-in-colorectal-carcinogenesis
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Alvin Ho-Kwan Cheung, Deepak Narayanan Iyer, Colin Siu-Chi Lam, Lui Ng, Sunny K M Wong, Hung-Sing Lee, Timothy Wan, Johnny Man, Ariel K M Chow, Ronnie T Poon, Roberta Pang, Wai-Lun Law
Colorectal cancer results from genetic aberrations which accumulate over a long period of time, with malignant and metastatic properties acquired at a relatively late stage. A subpopulation of CD26+ colorectal cancer stem cells are known to be implicated in metastasis. We quantified CD26+ cancer cells in 11 primary tumor samples by flow cytometry, and showed that tumors having confirmed or suspected metastases harbored a relatively high CD26+ level in these samples. We hypothesized that this subpopulation of cancer stem cells arises in the late stage of carcinogenesis from the bulk of tumor daughter cells which are CD26-...
May 23, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516389/microenvironmental-scenario-of-the-bone-marrow-of-inorganic-arsenic-exposed-experimental-mice
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Jacintha Archana Pereira, Sujata Law
Exposure to arsenic on a regular basis, mainly through drinking water, agricultural pesticide, and sometimes therapeutic dose, results in various diseases of different tissues including the bone marrow hematopoietic system. Hematopoiesis is a dynamic process by which bone marrow (BM) hematopoietic stem/progenitor cells (HSPCs) generate a relatively constant pool of functionally mature blood cells by the support of microenvironmental components. The present study has been aimed to understand stem cell microenvironmental status during arsenic toxicity and the consequent reflection of dysregulation involving the hematopoietic machinery in experimental mice...
May 17, 2017: Biological Trace Element Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28482513/modeling-the-permeability-of-multiaxial-electrospun-poly-%C3%AE%C2%B5-caprolactone-gelatin-hybrid-fibers-for-controlled-doxycycline-release
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Abdurizzagh Khalf, Sundararajan V Madihally
Recent advances in electrospinning allow the formation of multiple layers of micro and nanosize fibers to regulate drug/therapeutic agent release. Although there has been significant progress in fiber formation techniques and drug loading, fundamental models providing insights into controlling individual permeabilities is lacking. In this regard, we first explored forming coaxial hybrid fibers from hydrophobic poly(ε-caprolactone) (PCL) and hydrophilic gelatin (GT) in three different configurations, and the release of hydrophilic doxycycline (Dox) at 37°C over five days...
July 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28456853/cultured-meat-in-islamic-perspective
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Mohammad Naqib Hamdan, Mark J Post, Mohd Anuar Ramli, Amin Rukaini Mustafa
Cultured meat is a promising product that is derived through biotechnology that partially circumvents animal physiology, thereby being potentially more sustainable, environmentally friendly and animal friendly than traditional livestock meat. Such a novel technology that can impact many consumers evokes ethical, philosophical and religious discussions. For the Islamic community, the crucial question is whether cultured meat is halal, meaning compliant with Islamic laws. Since the culturing of meat is a new discovery, invention and innovation by scientists that has never been discussed by classical jurists (fuqaha'), an ijtihad by contemporary jurists must look for and provide answers for every technology introduced, whether it comply the requirements of Islamic law or not...
April 29, 2017: Journal of Religion and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28400519/balance-of-microtubule-stiffness-and-cortical-tension-determines-the-size-of-blood-cells-with-marginal-band-across-species
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Serge Dmitrieff, Adolfo Alsina, Aastha Mathur, François J Nédélec
The fast bloodstream of animals is associated with large shear stresses. To withstand these conditions, blood cells have evolved a special morphology and a specific internal architecture to maintain their integrity over several weeks. For instance, nonmammalian red blood cells, mammalian erythroblasts, and platelets have a peripheral ring of microtubules, called the marginal band, that flattens the overall cell morphology by pushing on the cell cortex. In this work, we model how the shape of these cells stems from the balance between marginal band rigidity and cortical tension...
April 25, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28396508/adipocyte-metabolic-pathways-regulated-by-diet-control-the-female-germline-stem-cell-lineage-in-drosophila-melanogaster
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Shinya Matsuoka, Alissa R Armstrong, Leesa L Sampson, Kaitlin M Laws, Daniela Drummond-Barbosa
Nutrients affect adult stem cells through complex mechanisms involving multiple organs. Adipocytes are highly sensitive to diet and have key metabolic roles, and obesity increases the risk for many cancers. How diet-regulated adipocyte metabolic pathways influence normal stem cell lineages, however, remains unclear. Drosophila melanogaster has highly conserved adipocyte metabolism and a well-characterized female germline stem cell (GSC) lineage response to diet. Here, we conducted an isobaric tags for relative and absolute quantification (iTRAQ) proteomic analysis to identify diet-regulated adipocyte metabolic pathways that control the female GSC lineage...
June 2017: Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28273453/cd95-fas-increases-stemness-in-cancer-cells-by-inducing-a-stat1-dependent-type-i-interferon-response
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Abdul S Qadir, Paolo Ceppi, Sonia Brockway, Calvin Law, Liang Mu, Nikolai N Khodarev, Jung Kim, Jonathan C Zhao, William Putzbach, Andrea E Murmann, Zhuo Chen, Wenjing Chen, Xia Liu, Arthur R Salomon, Huiping Liu, Ralph R Weichselbaum, Jindan Yu, Marcus E Peter
Stimulation of CD95/Fas drives and maintains cancer stem cells (CSCs). We now report that this involves activation of signal transducer and activator of transcription 1 (STAT1) and induction of STAT1-regulated genes and that this process is inhibited by active caspases. STAT1 is enriched in CSCs in cancer cell lines, patient-derived human breast cancer, and CD95(high)-expressing glioblastoma neurospheres. CD95 stimulation of cancer cells induced secretion of type I interferons (IFNs) that bind to type I IFN receptors, resulting in activation of Janus-activated kinases, activation of STAT1, and induction of a number of STAT1-regulated genes that are part of a gene signature recently linked to therapy resistance in five primary human cancers...
March 7, 2017: Cell Reports
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