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Viability assessment transplantation

Katarzyna Skrzypek, Yazmin Brito Barrera, Thomas Groth, Dimitrios Stamatialis
INTRODUCTION: Encapsulation of pancreatic islets or beta cells is a promising strategy for treatment of type 1 diabetes by providing an immune isolated environment and allowing for transplantation in a different location than the liver. However, islets used for encapsulation often show lower functionality due to the damaging of islet endothelial cells during the isolation procedure. Factors produced by endothelial cells have great impact on beta cell insulin secretion. Therefore, mutual signaling between endothelial cells and beta cells should be considered for the development of encapsulation systems to achieve high insulin secretion and maintain beta cell viability...
March 2018: International Journal of Artificial Organs
Leticia Wietcovsky, David Til, Rafael Alonso Salvador, Nicole Louise Lângaro Amaral, Alfred Paul Senn, Vera Lucia Lângaro Amaral
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the efficiency of ovarian tissue heterotopic autografting after vitrification in prepubertal rats. METHODS: Fragments of excised ovaries from prepubertal rats were used after assessing post-warming cellular viability, to determine the best vitrification protocol prior to retroauricular autografting. Pre-pubertal females (N=24) were castrated and divided into three group: Group 1 - fresh ovarian tissue transplantation; Group 2 - vitrified/warmed tissue transplantation; Group 3 - bilateral oophorectomy without transplantation...
March 15, 2018: JBRA Assisted Reproduction
Rita Sofia Garcia Ribeiro, Ashwini Ketkar-Atre, Ting Yin, Karim Louchami, Tom Struys, Ivo Lambrichts, Abdullah Sener, Willy Jean Malaisse, Marcel De Cuyper, Uwe Himmelreich
Pancreatic islets (PIs) transplantation is an alternative approach for the treatment of severe forms of type 1 diabetes (T1D). To monitor the success of transplantation, it is desirable to follow the location of engrafted PIs non-invasively. In vivo magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of transplanted PIs is a feasible cell tracking method; however, this requires labeling with a suitable contrast agent prior to transplantation. We have tested the feasibility of cationic magnetoliposomes (MLs), compared to commercial contrast agents (Endorem and Resovist), by labeling insulinoma cells and freshly isolated rat PIs...
March 12, 2018: Journal of Personalized Medicine
Hongjin Si, Yao Zhang, Yuqing Song, Lili Li
The poor survival rate of transplanted mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) within the ischemic heart limits their therapeutic potential for cardiac repair. Adrenomedullin (ADM) has been identified as a potent apoptotic inhibitor. The present study aimed to investigate the protective effects of ADM on MSCs against hypoxia and serum deprivation (H/SD)‑induced apoptosis, and to determine the potential underlying mechanisms. In the present study, a recombinant adenovirus expressing the ADM gene was established and was infected into MSCs...
March 5, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
Sahadev T Reddy, Ngoc L Thai, Jose Oliva, Kusum B Tom, Michael K Dishart, Mark Doyle, June A Yamrozik, Ronald B Williams, Moneal Shah, Adil Wani, Anil Singh, Rishi Maheswary, Robert W W Biederman
BACKGROUND: The preoperative workup of orthotopic liver transplantation (OLT) patents is practically complex given the need for multiple imaging modalities. We recently demonstrated in our Proof-of-Concept study the value of a One-Stop-Shop approach using Cardiovascular MRI (CMR) to address this complex problem. However, this approach requires further validation in a larger cohort, as detection of HCC as well as cardiovascular risk assessment is critically important in these patients...
March 2, 2018: Clinical Transplantation
Christopher W White, Simon J Messer, Stephen R Large, Jennifer Conway, Daniel H Kim, Demetrios J Kutsogiannis, Jayan Nagendran, Darren H Freed
Cardiac transplantation has become limited by a critical shortage of suitable organs from brain-dead donors. Reports describing the successful clinical transplantation of hearts donated after circulatory death (DCD) have recently emerged. Hearts from DCD donors suffer significant ischemic injury prior to organ procurement; therefore, the traditional approach to the transplantation of hearts from brain-dead donors is not applicable to the DCD context. Advances in our understanding of ischemic post-conditioning have facilitated the development of DCD heart resuscitation strategies that can be used to minimize ischemia-reperfusion injury at the time of organ procurement...
2018: Frontiers in Cardiovascular Medicine
Mercedes Rubio-Manzanares Dorado, Luis Miguel Marín Gómez, Daniel Aparicio Sánchez, Sheila Pereira Arenas, Juan Manuel Praena-Fernández, Juan Jose Borrero Martín, Francisco Farfán López, Miguel Ángel Gómez Bravo, Jordi Muntané Relat, Javier Padillo Ruiz
AIM: To assess the viability of orthotopic and heterotopic patient-derived pancreatic cancer xenografts implanted into nude mice. METHODS: This study presents a prospective experimental analytical follow-up of the development of tumours in mice upon implantation of human pancreatic adenocarcinoma samples. Specimens were obtained surgically from patients with a pathological diagnosis of pancreatic adenocarcinoma. Tumour samples from pancreatic cancer patients were transplanted into nude mice in three different locations (intraperitoneal, subcutaneous and pancreatic)...
February 21, 2018: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
Mahetab H Amer, Felicity R A J Rose, Kevin M Shakesheff, Lisa J White
BACKGROUND: Numerous stem cell therapies use injection-based administration to deliver high-density cell preparations. However, cell retention rates as low as 1% have been observed within days of transplantation. This study investigated the effects of varying administration and formulation parameters of injection-based administration on cell dose recovery and differentiation fate choice of human mesenchymal stem cells. METHODS: The impact of ejection rate via clinically relevant Hamilton micro-syringes and biomaterial-assisted delivery was investigated...
February 21, 2018: Stem Cell Research & Therapy
Riccardo Talevi, Sam Sudhakaran, Vincenza Barbato, Anna Merolla, Sabrina Braun, Maddalena Di Nardo, Valentina Costanzo, Raffaele Ferraro, Nicola Iannantuoni, Gerardo Catapano, Roberto Gualtieri
Transplantation of ovarian tissue for the preservation of fertility in oncological patients is becoming an accepted clinical practice. However, the risk of re-introducing tumour cells at transplantation has stirred an increased interest for complete in vitro folliculogenesis. This has not yet been achieved in humans possibly for the lack of knowledge on the environmental milieu that orchestrates folliculogenesis in vivo. The main aim of this study was to investigate the effect of oxygen availability on follicle health and growth during in vitro culture of ovarian tissue strips...
2018: PloS One
Christopher J E Watson, Vasilis Kosmoliaptsis, Caitlin Pley, Lucy Randle, Corinna Fear, Keziah Crick, Alexander E Gimson, Michael Allison, Sara Upponi, Rebecca Brais, Ina Jochmans, Andrew J Butler
Normothermic ex situ liver perfusion might allow viability assessment of livers before transplantation. Perfusion characteristics were studied in 47 liver perfusions, of which 22 resulted in transplants. Hepatocellular damage was reflected in the perfusate transaminase concentrations, which correlated with post-transplant peak transaminase levels. Lactate clearance occurred within 3 hours in 46 of 47 perfusions, and glucose rose initially during perfusion in 44. Three livers required higher levels of bicarbonate support to maintain physiological pH, including one developing primary non-function...
February 8, 2018: American Journal of Transplantation
Kassandra O Allbright, Jacqueline M Bliley, Emmanuelle Havis, Deok-Yeol Kim, Gabriella A Dibernardo, Damian Grybowski, Matthias Waldner, Isaac B James, Wesley N Sivak, J Peter Rubin, Kacey G Marra
INTRODUCTION: Peripheral nerve damage is associated with high long-term morbidity. Because of beneficial secretome, immunomodulatory effects, and ease of clinical translation, transplantation with adipose-derived stem cells (ASC) represents a promising therapeutic modality. METHODS: Effect of ASC delivery in poloxamer hydrogel was assessed in a rat sciatic nerve model of critical-sized (1.5 cm) peripheral nerve injury. Nerve/muscle unit regeneration was assessed via immunostaining explanted nerve, quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR), and histological analysis of reinnervating gastrocnemius muscle...
February 6, 2018: Muscle & Nerve
Kristina Spaniol, Joana Witt, Sonja Mertsch, Maria Borrelli, Gerd Geerling, Stefan Schrader
PURPOSE: Limbal epithelial stem cells (LESC) reside in a niche in the corneo-scleral transition zone. Deficiency leads to pain, corneal opacity, and eventually blindness. LESC transplantation of ex-vivo expanded human LESC on a carrier such as human amniotic membrane is a current treatment option. We evaluated decellularised human limbus (DHL) as a potential carrier matrix for the transplantation of LESC. METHODS: Human corneas were obtained from the local eye bank...
February 1, 2018: Graefe's Archive for Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology
Bashar Khiatah, Amber Tucker, Kuan-Tsen Chen, Rachel Perez, Shiela Bilbao, Luis Valiente, Leonard Medrano, Jeffrey Rawson, Elena Forouhar, Keiko Omori, Fouad Kandeel, Meirigeng Qi, Ismail H Al-Abdullah
Selection of enzymes for optimal pancreas digestion is essential for successful human islet isolations. The aim of this study was to evaluate the efficacy and outcome of using Collagenase Gold plus BP protease (VitaCyte) (n = 8) by comparing it to two commercially available enzymes, Liberase MTF C/T (Roche) (n = 48) and Collagenase NB1/NP (Serva) (n = 15). The isolation outcomes were assessed by islet counting, viability, glucose-stimulated oxygen consumption rate (OCR), and successful graft-rate following transplantation in diabetic NOD scid mice...
January 30, 2018: Islets
Xiangrong Chen, Shun Li, Yumin Ke, Shukai Wu, Tianzao Huang, Weipeng Hu, Huangde Fu, Xieli Guo
BACKGROUND: This study aims to via unveiling the novel mechanisms of KLF16 in regulating expression of genes involved in glioma. METHODS: KLF16 or KLF16-siRNA was transfected to U87MG cells by lentivirus. Colony formation assay was applied for detecting cell proliferation. MTT assay was adopted to assess cell viability. TUNEL assay was selected to evaluate cell apoptosis. Flow cytometry was used to determine cell cycle. Real-time PCR was performed to test mRNA expression...
January 29, 2018: Artificial Cells, Nanomedicine, and Biotechnology
Charlotte A Lee, Anil Dhawan, Valeria Iansante, Sharon Lehec, Shirin Elizabeth Khorsandi, Celine Filippi, Simon Walker, Raquel Fernandez-Dacosta, Nigel Heaton, Sanjay Bansal, Ragai R Mitry, Emer Fitzpatrick
Neonatal livers are a potential source of good quality hepatocytes for clinical transplantation. We compared viability and function of neonatal and adult hepatocytes, and report their clinical use both intra-portally and in alginate microbeads. Following isolation from donor livers, hepatocyte function was assessed using albumin, alpha-1 antitrypsin and factor VII. Metabolic function was investigated by measuring resorufin conjugation, ammonia metabolism, UGT enzyme activity and cytochrome P450 function following induction...
January 21, 2018: Liver Transplantation
Duo Wen, Tian Liao, Ben Ma, Ning Qu, Rong-Liang Shi, Zhong-Wu Lu, Yu-Long Wang, Wen-Jun Wei, Qing-Hai Ji
The incidence of thyroid cancer has increased worldwide at a rate higher than that of any other cancer. CSN6 is overexpressed in many types of cancers, and such expression is linked to oncogenic activity. However, the detailed biological functions of CSN6 in papillary thyroid cancer (PTC) have not been well characterized. We investigated CSN6 expression in PTC specimens and cell lines. We used short-hairpin RNA-mediated gene silencing to explore the biological effects of CSN6 depletion in PTC cells. The combined effects of CSN6 silencing and FH535 therapy were assessed in terms of cell viability...
January 17, 2018: Cancer Medicine
Hao Wang, Jun Wang, Xiaolei Shi, Yitao Ding
PURPOSE: One of the major challenges in delivering cytokines for the treatment of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is the mode of delivery. This study hypothesized that genetically engineered bone marrow derived mesenchymal stem cells (BMSCs) co-expressing IFN-γ and IL-10 can serve as a potential therapeutic strategy in the treatment of HCC by inhibiting cell proliferation. METHODS: Male Sprague-Dawley rats (n=5, 200-250 g) for BMSCs isolation and Nude/SCID mice (n=35,12-20g) to develop liver cancer xenograft model were used...
November 2017: Journal of B.U.ON.: Official Journal of the Balkan Union of Oncology
Brian E Walczak, Matthew S Nies, Darrin J Trask, Scott Hetzel, Patrick J Roney, Matthew W Squire, Geoffrey S Baer
BACKGROUND: Insertion force has been shown to significantly reduce chondrocyte viability during osteochondral allograft transplantation. How graft size influences the required insertion force and chondrocyte viability has yet to be determined. Hypothesis/Purpose: The purpose was to characterize how graft size influences insertion force requirements and chondrocyte viability during osteochondral transplantation. The hypothesis was that larger grafts would require greater force and reduce chondrocyte viability...
January 1, 2018: American Journal of Sports Medicine
Karim Hamaoui, Sally Gowers, Bynvant Sandhu, Natalie Vallant, Terry Cook, Martyn Boutelle, Daniel Casanova, Vassilios Papalois
BACKGROUND: Hypothermic machine perfusion (HMP) is increasingly being used for extended criteria kidney grafts. Pancreatic HMP is challenging because physiologically the pancreas is a low-flow organ susceptible to edema. We report the successful development of preclinical HMP models using porcine pancreases, as well as human pancreases unsuitable for clinical transplantation. METHODS: Ten porcine pancreases were used in the development of these perfusion models...
January 8, 2018: Journal of Surgical Research
Danielle Detelich, James F Markmann
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Despite high demand, a severe shortage of suitable allografts limits the use of liver transplantation for the treatment of end-stage liver disease. The transplant community is turning to the utilization of high-risk grafts to fill the void. This review summarizes the reemergence of ex-vivo machine perfusion for liver graft preservation, including results of recent clinical trials and its specific role for reconditioning DCD, steatotic and elderly grafts. RECENT FINDINGS: Several phase-1 clinical trials demonstrate the safety and feasibility of machine perfusion for liver graft preservation...
January 9, 2018: Current Opinion in Organ Transplantation
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