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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332257/kynurenic-acid-and-its-derivatives-are-able-to-modulate-the-adhesion-and-locomotion-of-brain-endothelial-cells
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Eszter Lajkó, Bernadett Tuka, Ferenc Fülöp, István Krizbai, József Toldi, Kálmán Magyar, László Vécsei, László Kőhidai
The neuroprotective actions of kynurenic acid (KYNA) and its derivatives in several neurodegenerative disorders [characterized by damage to the cerebral endothelium and to the blood-brain barrier (BBB)] are well established. Cell-extracellular matrix (ECM) adhesion is supposedly involved in recovery of impaired cerebral endothelium integrity (endothelial repair). The present work aimed to investigate the effects of KYNA and its synthetic derivatives on cellular behaviour (e.g. adhesion and locomotion) and on morphology of the GP8 rat brain endothelial cell line, modeling the BBB endothelium...
January 13, 2018: Journal of Neural Transmission
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331907/applying-ultraviolet-persulfate-uv-ps-pre-oxidation-for-controlling-ultrafiltration-membrane-fouling-by-natural-organic-matter-nom-in-surface-water
#2
Jiayu Tian, Cuiwei Wu, Huarong Yu, Shanshan Gao, Guibai Li, Fuyi Cui, Fangshu Qu
Membrane fouling is a recognized obstacle for the application of ultrafiltration (UF) for drinking water treatment. In this study, ultraviolet/persulfate (UV/PS) oxidation was employed as a pretreatment to control membrane fouling caused by natural organic matter (NOM) in surface water. The effects of UV/PS pretreatment on amounts and characteristics of NOM were investigated in terms of dissolved organic carbon, fluorescent spectrum, molecular weight distribution and hydrophobicity. UF membrane fouling during filtration of raw and pre-oxidized water was compared with transmembrane pressure development, and the fouled membranes were further characterized using scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR)...
January 5, 2018: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331869/dietary-naringenin-supplementation-attenuates-experimental-autoimmune-encephalomyelitis-by-modulating-autoimmune-inflammatory-responses-in-mice
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Junpeng Wang, Ying Qi, Xinli Niu, Hua Tang, Simin Nikbin Meydani, Dayong Wu
Autoimmune disease is highly prevalent in humans. Since conventional therapies have limited efficacy and often come with significant side effects, nutrition may provide an alternative and complementary approach to improving autoimmune disorders. Naringenin, a flavonoid found in citrus fruits, has been shown to have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Using the experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE), a rodent model of human multiple sclerosis, we determined the effect of dietary naringenin (0...
December 11, 2017: Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331807/clay-nanoparticles-for-regenerative-medicine-and-biomaterial-design-a-review-of-clay-bioactivity
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Mohamed Mousa, Nicholas D Evans, Richard O C Oreffo, Jonathan I Dawson
Clay nanoparticles, composites and hydrogels are emerging as a new class of biomaterial with exciting potential for tissue engineering and regenerative medicine applications. Clay particles have been extensively explored in polymeric nanocomposites for self-assembly and enhanced mechanical properties as well as for their potential as drug delivery modifiers. In recent years, a cluster of studies have explored cellular interactions with clay nanoparticles alone or in combination with polymeric matrices. These pioneering studies have suggested new and unforeseen utility for certain clays as bioactive additives able to enhance cellular functions including adhesion, proliferation and differentiation, most notably for osteogenesis...
January 3, 2018: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331803/caspases-are-key-regulators-of-inflammatory-and-innate-immune-responses-mediated-by-tlr3-in-vivo
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Abeer Shaalan, Guy Carpenter, Gordon Proctor
Understanding the key regulators which impact the innate immune response during initial phases of tissue injury, can advance the use of therapeutic approaches which aim at attenuating inflammation and organ damage. Recognition of microbial components by TLRs, initiates the transcription of innate immune signal pathways, that induce the expression of key inflammatory mediators: cytokines, chemokines and adhesion molecules. Beside regulating apoptotic cell death, recent studies have revealed distinct roles for caspases in the optimal production of inflammatory cytokines and host defense against injurious infections...
January 11, 2018: Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331667/vitamin-d-suppresses-macrophage-infiltration-by-down-regulation-of-trem-1-in-diabetic-nephropathy-rats
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Yu Zhao, Yinfeng Guo, Yuteng Jiang, Xiaodong Zhu, Xiaoliang Zhang
This study intends to investigate the effect of active vitamin D (VD) on the expression of triggering receptor expressed on myeloid cells-1 (TREM-1) in the renal tissues of diabetic nephropathy (DN) rats and to explore the impact of TREM-1 on macrophage adhesion and migration. We find that the expressions of TREM-1 and CD68 protein are higher in DN rats compared with rats in the normal control group and that these changes are decreased in the DN + VD group. In vitro, the capacity for macrophage adhesion and migration and the expression of TREM-1 are increased under high-glucose conditions, but VD inhibits this progress...
January 10, 2018: Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331583/importins-%C3%AE-and-%C3%AE-signaling-mediates-endothelial-cell-inflammation-and-barrier-disruption
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Antony Leonard, Arshad Rahman, Fabeha Fazal
Nucleocytoplasmic shuttling via importins is central to the function of eukaryotic cells and an integral part of the processes that lead to many human diseases. In this study, we addressed the role of α and β importins in the mechanism of endothelial cell (EC) inflammation and permeability, important pathogenic features of many inflammatory diseases such as acute lung injury and atherosclerosis. RNAi-mediated knockdown of importin α4 or α3 each inhibited NF-κB activation, proinflammatory gene (ICAM-1, VCAM-1, and IL-6) expression, and thereby endothelial adhesivity towards HL-60 cells, upon thrombin challenge...
January 10, 2018: Cellular Signalling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331580/local-delivery-of-mometasone-furoate-from-an-eluting-endotracheal-tube
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Abu Ammar Aiman, Maayan Gruber, Patrick Martin, Ohad Stern, Forsan Jahshan, Offir Ertracht, Eyal Sela, Samer Srouji, Eyal Zussman
Laryngeal and tracheal morbidity is a common complication of endotracheal tube (ETT)-based airway management, and manifests as local irritation, inflammation, and edema. Systemic corticosteroids are commonly administered to manage these conditions; however, their efficacy is inadequate and limited by potential severe side effects. In the present study, a steroid delivery system for local therapy was developed to generate relatively high local drug concentrations and to improve drug efficacy. ETTs were coated with electrospun poly (lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA) nanofibers loaded with mometasone furoate (MF), creating a microscale thick layer...
January 10, 2018: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331260/multifaceted-behavior-of-meckel-s-diverticulum-in-children
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Qingjiang Chen, Zhigang Gao, Lifeng Zhang, Yuebin Zhang, Tao Pan, Duote Cai, Qixing Xiong, Qiang Shu, Yunzhong Qian
PURPOSE/BACKGROUND: Meckel's diverticulum (MD) is one of the most common congenital malformations of gastrointestinal tract in children. However, the nonspecific clinical manifestations of MD often cause a diagnostic as well as therapeutic challenge to pediatric surgeon. This study aimed to review our experience in managing this disease while evaluating the management strategies. METHODS: We retrospectively analyzed the clinical data of all patients diagnosed with MD admitted to our center between January 2010 and December 2015...
December 5, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331086/current-management-of-small-bowel-obstruction-in-the-uk-results-from-the-national-audit-of-small-bowel-obstruction-clinical-practice-survey
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Matthew J Lee, Adele E Sayers, Timothy R Wilson, Austin G Acheson, Iain D Anderson, Nicola S Fearnhead
AIM: Small bowel obstruction (SBO) is associated with high rates of morbidity and mortality. The National Audit of Small Bowel Obstruction (NASBO) is a collaboration between trainees and specialty associations to improve the care of patients with SBO through national clinical audit. The aim of this study was to define current Consultant practice preferences in the management of small bowel obstruction in the UK. METHOD: A survey was designed to assess practice preferences of consultant surgeons...
January 13, 2018: Colorectal Disease: the Official Journal of the Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330962/skin-conformal-polymer-electrodes-for-clinical-ecg-and-eeg-recordings
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Flurin Stauffer, Moritz Thielen, Christina Sauter, Séverine Chardonnens, Simon Bachmann, Klas Tybrandt, Christian Peters, Christofer Hierold, Janos Vörös
Preparation-free and skin compliant biopotential electrodes with high recording quality enable wearables for future healthcare and the Internet of Humans. Here, super-soft and self-adhesive electrodes are presented for use on dry and hairy skin without skin preparation or attachment pressure. The electrodes show a skin-contact impedance of 50 kΩ cm2 at 10 Hz that is comparable to clinical standard gel electrodes and lower than existing dry electrodes. Microstructured electrodes inspired by grasshopper feet adhere repeatedly to the skin with a force of up to 0...
January 13, 2018: Advanced Healthcare Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330941/hydrophobic-and-hydrophilic-effects-on-water-structuring-and-adhesion-in-denture-adhesives
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Simrone K Gill, Nima Roohpour, Yiran An, Julien E Gautrot, Paul D Topham, Brian J Tighe
Denture adhesives are designed to be moisture-sensitive through the inclusion of a blend of polymer salts with varying degrees of water-sensitivity. This enables the adhesive to mix with saliva in vivo and activate its high tack, through the formation of a mucilaginous layer. We report for the first time, the use of differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) to study a series of hydrophobic and hydrophilic polymeric systems in order to correlate water-structuring behavior with adhesion strength. Adhesive bonding of the more hydrophobic variants was higher than that of a commercial-based control and a more hydrophilic polymer system in both lap shear and tensile configurations...
January 13, 2018: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330921/four-and-a-half-domain-2-fhl2-scaffolding-protein-is-a-marker-of-connective-tissues-of-developing-digits-and-regulates-fibrogenic-differentiation-of-limb-mesodermal-progenitors
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C I Lorda-Diez, J A Montero, C Sanchez-Fernandez, J A Garcia-Porrero, J Chimal-Monroy, J M Hurle
FHL2 is a multifunctional scaffolding protein of well-known function regulating cell signaling cascades and gene transcription in cancer tissues. However, its function in embryonic systems is poorly characterized. Here, we show that Fhl2 is involved in the differentiation of connective tissues of developing limb autopod. We show that Fhl2 exhibits spatially restricted and temporally dynamic expression around the tendons of developing digits, interphalangeal joint capsules, and fibrous peridigital tissue. Immunolabeling analysis of the skeletal progenitors identified a predominant, but not exclusive, cytoplasmic distribution of FHL2 being associated with focal adhesions and actin cytoskeleton...
January 12, 2018: Journal of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330844/bradykinin-mediates-the-association-of-collecting-duct-cells-to-form-migratory-colonies-through-b2-receptor-activation
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Edith Del Valle Guaytima, Yamila Romina Brandán, Nicolás Octavio Favale, Bruno Jaime Santacreu, Norma B Sterin-Speziale, María Gabriela Márquez
It is known that bradykinin (BK) B2 receptor (B2R) is expressed in the collecting duct (CD) cells of the newborn rat kidney, but little is known about its role during early postnatal life. Therefore, we hypothesize that BK could participate in the mechanisms that mediate CD formation during the postnatal renal development. Performing primary cultures, combined with biochemical, immunocytochemical, and time-lapse analysis, we studied the role of BK in CD cell behaviour isolated from renal papilla of neonatal rats...
January 13, 2018: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330711/boosting-tendon-repair-interplay-of-cells-growth-factors-and-scaffold-free-and-gel-based-carriers
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REVIEW
Zexing Yan, Heyong Yin, Michael Nerlich, Christian G Pfeifer, Denitsa Docheva
BACKGROUND: Tendons are dense connective tissues and critical components for the integrity and function of the musculoskeletal system. Tendons connect bone to muscle and transmit forces on which locomotion entirely depends. Due to trauma, overuse and age-related degeneration, many people suffer from acute or chronic tendon injuries. Owing to their hypovascularity and hypocellularity, tendinopathies remain a substantial challenge for both clinicians and researchers. Surgical treatment includes suture or transplantation of autograft, allograft or xenograft, and these serve as the most common technique for rescuing tendon injuries...
January 5, 2018: Journal of Experimental Orthopaedics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330663/human-cytomegalovirus-encoded-mir-ul112-contributes-to-hcmv-mediated-vascular-diseases-by-inducing-vascular-endothelial-cell-dysfunction
#16
Kai Shen, Liyun Xu, Dongdong Chen, Weiguo Tang, Yanyan Huang
Human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) infection has been linked to the pathogenesis of vasculopathy by inducing dysfunction of vascular cells such as endothelial cells. Hcmv-miR-UL112 is the most well-characterized HCMV-encoded microRNA occurring in the plasma of patients with cardiovascular diseases such as hypertension, while the specific underlying pathophysiological mechanisms are yet to be defined. The current study investigated the effect of hcmv-miR-UL112 on the growth and proliferation of human umbilical vascular endothelial cells (HUVECs); it might also be associated with signaling pathways...
January 12, 2018: Virus Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330498/replication-of-biocompatible-nanotopographic-surfaces
#17
Xiaoyu Sun, Matt J Hourwitz, Eleni M Baker, B U Sebastian Schmidt, Wolfgang Losert, John T Fourkas
The ability of cells to sense and respond to nanotopography is being implicated as a key element in many physiological processes such as cell differentiation, immune response, and wound healing, as well as in pathologies such as cancer metastasis. To understand how nanotopography affects cellular behaviors, new techniques are required for the mass production of biocompatible, rigid nanotopographic surfaces. Here we introduce a method for the rapid and reproducible production of biocompatible, rigid, acrylic nanotopographic surfaces, and for the functionalization of the surfaces with adhesion-promoting molecules for cell experiments...
January 12, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330473/endothelial-heparan-sulfate-deficiency-reduces-inflammation-and-fibrosis-in-murine-diabetic-nephropathy
#18
Ditmer T Talsma, Kirankumar Katta, Marieke A B Ettema, Berna Kel, Marion Kusche-Gullberg, Moh R Daha, Coen A Stegeman, Jacob van den Born, Lianchun Wang
Inflammation plays a vital role in the development of diabetic nephropathy, but the underlying regulatory mechanisms are only partially understood. Our previous studies demonstrated that, during acute inflammation, endothelial heparan sulfate (HS) contributes to the adhesion and transendothelial migration of leukocytes into perivascular tissues by direct interaction with L-selectin and the presentation of bound chemokines. In the current study, we aimed to assess the role of endothelial HS on chronic renal inflammation and fibrosis in a diabetic nephropathy mouse model...
January 12, 2018: Laboratory Investigation; a Journal of Technical Methods and Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330414/partially-oxidized-polyvinyl-alcohol-conduitfor-peripheral-nerve-regeneration
#19
Elena Stocco, Silvia Barbon, Lucia Lora, Francesca Grandi, Leonardo Sartore, Cesare Tiengo, Lucia Petrelli, Daniele Dalzoppo, Pier Paolo Parnigotto, Veronica Macchi, Raffaele De Caro, Andrea Porzionato, Claudio Grandi
Surgical reconstruction of peripheral nerves injuries with wide substance-loss is still a challenge. Many studies focused on the development of artificial nerve conduits made of synthetic or biological materials but the ideal device has not yet been identified. Here, we manufactured a conduit for peripheral nerve regeneration using a novel biodegradable hydrogel we patented that is oxidized polyvinyl alcohol (OxPVA). Thus, its characteristics were compared with neat polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) and silk-fibroin (SF) conduits, through in vitro and in vivo analysis...
January 12, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330291/keap1-inhibits-metastatic-properties-of-nsclc-cells-by-stabilizing-architectures-of-f-actin-and-focal-adhesions
#20
Bo Wu, Shu Yang, Haimei Sun, Tingyi Sun, Fengqing Ji, Yurong Wang, Lie Xu, Deshan Zhou
Low expression of the tumor suppressor, Kelch-like ECH-associated protein 1 (KEAP1) in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) often results in higher malignant biological behavior and poor prognosis; however, the underlying mechanism remains unclear. The present study demonstrates that overexpression of Keap1 significantly suppresses migration and invasion of three different lung cancer cells (A549, H460, and H1299). Highly-expressed Keap1, compared to the control, promotes formation of multiple stress fibers with larger mature focal adhesion complexes in the cytoplasm where only fine focal adhesions were observed in the membrane under control conditions...
January 12, 2018: Molecular Cancer Research: MCR
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