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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29245183/increased-expression-and-modulated-regulatory-activity-of-co-inhibitory-receptors-pd-1-tigit-and-tim-3-in-lymphocytes-of-systemic-sclerosis-patients
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Michelle Fleury, Anna C Belkina, Elizabeth A Proctor, Christopher Zammitti, Robert W Simms, Douglas A Lauffenburger, Jennifer E Snyder-Cappione, Robert Lafyatis, Hans Dooms
OBJECTIVE: Immune dysfunction is an important component of the disease process underlying Systemic Sclerosis (SSc), but the mechanisms contributing to altered immune cell function in SSc remain poorly defined. Here, we measured the expression and function of the co-inhibitory receptors (co-IRs) PD-1, TIGIT, TIM-3, and LAG-3 in lymphocyte subsets from the peripheral blood of SSc patients. METHODS: Co-IR expression levels on immune cell subsets were analyzed using a 16-color flow cytometry panel...
December 15, 2017: Arthritis & Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29242077/vaccine-type-mutations-identified-in-varicella-zoster-virus-passaged-in-cell-culture
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Seok Cheon Kim, Youn Hee Won, Ji Seon Park, Jeong Seon Jeon, Jin Hyun Ahn, Moon Jung Song, Ok Sarah Shin, Chan Hee Lee
Varicella-zoster virus (VZV) is a causative agent for chickenpox and shingles. Comparative genomic sequence analysis of clinical and vaccine strains suggested potential sites responsible for attenuation. In this study, low and high passages of two VZV clinical strains cultured in human fibroblast cells were compared for genomic DNA sequences and growth characteristics. Mutations were detected at 187 and 162 sites in the strain YC01 and YC02, respectively. More than 86% of mutations were found in open reading frames, and ORF62 exhibited highest frequency of mutations...
December 11, 2017: Virus Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29240854/upregulation-of-extracellular-matrix-genes-corroborates-clinical-efcacy-of-human-fibroblast-derived-growth-factors-in-skin-rejuvenation
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Kuniko Kadoya, Elizabeth T Makino, Lily I Jiang, Michael Bachelor, Robin Chung, Priscilla Tan, Tsing Cheng, Gail K Naughton, Rahul C Mehta
<p>Skin care products may use various active ingredients to support skin rejuvenation including growth factors and other molecules that help to regenerate extracellular matrix (ECM) and promote skin repair. The biological effect of skin care products with a strong anti-aging claim was assessed in gene expression analyses using an in vitro human skin model. Application of products containing human fbroblast-derived growth factors resulted in signifcant upregulation of genes encoding ECM components including collagens and elas-tin...
December 1, 2017: Journal of Drugs in Dermatology: JDD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29240831/comparative-transcriptome-profiling-of-virulent-and-non-virulent-trypanosoma-cruzi-underlines-the-role-of-surface-proteins-during-infection
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A Trey Belew, Caroline Junqueira, Gabriela F Rodrigues-Luiz, Bruna M Valente, Antonio Edson R Oliveira, Rafael B Polidoro, Luciana W Zuccherato, Daniella C Bartholomeu, Sergio Schenkman, Ricardo T Gazzinelli, Barbara A Burleigh, Najib M El-Sayed, Santuza M R Teixeira
Trypanosoma cruzi, the protozoan that causes Chagas disease, has a complex life cycle involving several morphologically and biochemically distinct stages that establish intricate interactions with various insect and mammalian hosts. It has also a heterogeneous population structure comprising strains with distinct properties such as virulence, sensitivity to drugs, antigenic profile and tissue tropism. We present a comparative transcriptome analysis of two cloned T. cruzi strains that display contrasting virulence phenotypes in animal models of infection: CL Brener is a virulent clone and CL-14 is a clone that is neither infective nor pathogenic in in vivo models of infection...
December 14, 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29239062/gvhd-amelioration-by-human-bone-marrow-mesenchymal-stromal-stem-cell-derived-extracellular-vesicles-is-associated-with-peripheral-preservation-of-naive-t-cell-populations
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Sumie Fujii, Yasuo Miura, Aya Fujishiro, Takero Shindo, Yutaka Shimazu, Hideyo Hirai, Hidetoshi Tahara, Akifumi Takaori-Kondo, Tatsuo Ichinohe, Taira Maekawa
A substantial proportion of patients with acute graft-versus-host disease (aGVHD) respond to cell therapy with culture-expanded human bone marrow mesenchymal stromal/stem cells (BM-MSCs). However, the mechanisms by which these cells can ameliorate aGVHD-associated complications remain to be clarified. We show here that BM-MSC-derived extracellular vesicles (EVs) recapitulated the therapeutic effects of BM-MSCs against aGVHD. Systemic infusion of human BM-MSC-derived EVs prolonged the survival of mice with aGVHD and reduced the pathologic damage in multiple GVHD-targeted organs...
December 14, 2017: Stem Cells
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29239050/therapeutic-potential-of-amniotic-fluid-stem-cells-to-treat-bilateral-ovarian-dystrophy-in-dairy-cows-in-a-subtropical-region
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L-B Chang, S-Y Peng, C-J Chou, Y-J Chen, J-S Shiu, P-A Tu, S-X Gao, Y-C Chen, T-K Lin, S-C Wu
Amniotic fluid is a rich source of multipotent mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs). Amniotic fluid stem cells (AFSCs) have become a new source of stem cells; they have low immunogenicity and are easily harvested. For this reason, they may be useful in clinical tissue engineering. Moreover, AFSCs have anti-inflammatory properties and can repair tissues. This study evaluated the utility of AFSC injection to treat bilateral ovarian dystrophy in Holstein-Friesian cows. Bovine AFSCs (BAFSCs) were collected at slaughter from Holstein-Friesian cows during the third or fourth month of pregnancy and cultured in vitro...
December 14, 2017: Reproduction in Domestic Animals, Zuchthygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29238002/yin-yang-regulating-effects-of-cancer-associated-genes-proteins-and-cells-an-ancient-chinese-concept-in-vogue-in-modern-cancer-research
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Shuyong Wei
Great achievements have been made in human cancer research, but most of this research is focused on conditions at the microscopic rather than the systemic level. Recent studies have increasingly cited the ancient Chinese theory of yin-yang in an effort to expand beyond the microscopic level. Various cancer-associated genes and proteins such as mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK), p38, p53, c-Myc, tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-α, NF-κB, Cyclin D1, and cyclin-dependent kinase (CDK) and cells such as T cells, B cells, macrophages, neutrophils, and fibroblasts have been reported to regulate various types of cancers in a yin-yang manner...
December 14, 2017: Bioscience Trends
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29237928/correlations-between-mitofusin-2-expression-in-fibroblasts-and-pelvic-organ-prolapse-an-in-vitro-study
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Ye Lu, Hua-Yun Chen, Xiao-Qing Wang, Jing-Xue Wang
BACKGROUND: Both Mitofusin 2 (Mfn2) and pelvic organ prolapse (POP) are related to aging. The aim of the present study was to investigate the variations of Mfn2 expression in the uterosacral ligaments of patients with and/or without POP and their correlations with the expression of procollagen. METHODS: Fibroblasts were cultured using tissue specimens that were harvested from the uterosacral ligaments of POP and non-POP (NPOP) patients (n = 10 for each group) from September 2016 to December 2016...
December 20, 2017: Chinese Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29233785/angiotensin-ii-receptor-blocker-valsartan-ameliorates-cardiac-fibrosis-partly-by-inhibiting-mir-21-expression-in-diabetic-nephropathy-mice
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Jinyang Wang, Lijun Duan, Yanbin Gao, Shuhong Zhou, Yongming Liu, Suhong Wei, Siqin An, Jing Liu, Liming Tian, Shaocheng Wang
Cardiac fibrosis with diabetic nephropathy (DN) is one of major diabetic complications. miR-21 and MMP-9 were closely associated with fibrosis diseases. Angiotensin II receptor blockers (ARB) have cardioprotective effects. However, it remains unclear whether miR-21 was involved in the mechanism of cardiac fibrosis with DN by target MMP-9 and ARB ameliorates cardiac fibrosis partly by inhibiting miR-21 expression. In this study, In Situ Hybridization(ISH), RT-PCR, cell transfection, western blotting and laser confocal telescope were used, respectively...
December 9, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29232694/hyperbranched-poly-%C3%AF%C2%B5-lysine-substrate-presenting-the-laminin-sequence-yigsr-induces-the-formation-of-spheroids-in-adult-bone-marrow-stem-cells
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Valeria Perugini, Steve T Meikle, Anna L Guildford, Matteo Santin
Unlike the fibroblast-like cells formed upon monolayer culture of human mesenchymal stem cells, the natural stem cell niche of the bone marrow and other types of tissues favours the formation of 3-dimensional (3D) cell clusters. The structuring and biological activity of these clusters are regulated by the contacts established by cells with both the basement membrane and neighbour cells and results in their asymmetric division and the consequent maintenance of both a stem population and a committed progeny...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29229458/the-effects-of-irrigants-on-the-survival-of-human-stem-cells-of-the-apical-papilla-including-endocyn
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Mark B Scott, Gregory S Zilinski, Timothy C Kirkpatrick, Van T Himel, Kent A Sabey, Thomas E Lallier
INTRODUCTION: Endocyn, a pH-neutral solution of hypochlorous acid and hypochlorite has been developed for use as an endodontic irrigant. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effect of Endocyn on human periodontal ligament (PDL) fibroblasts, rat osteosarcoma cells (UMR-106), and stem cells of the apical papilla (SCAP) compared with other commonly used endodontic irrigants. METHODS: To determine cytotoxicity, cells were exposed to various concentrations of Endocyn, 6% sodium hypochlorite (NaOCl), 17% EDTA, and 2% chlorhexidine for 10 minutes, 1 hour, or 24 hours...
December 8, 2017: Journal of Endodontics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29228301/targeted-inhibition-of-janus-kinases-abates-interfon-gamma-induced-invasive-behaviour-of-fibroblast-like-synoviocytes
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Thomas Karonitsch, Denise Beckmann, Karolina Dalwigk, Birgit Niederreiter, Paul Studenic, Ruth A Byrne, Johannes Holinka, Florian Sevelda, Adelheid Korb-Pap, Günter Steiner, Josef S Smolen, Thomas Pap, Hans P Kiener
Objectives: The aim was to explore the function of the T-cell cytokine IFNγ for mesenchymal tissue remodelling in RA and to determine whether IFNγ signalling controls the invasive potential of fibroblast-like synoviocytes (FLS). Methods: To assess architectural responses, FLS were cultured in three-dimensional micromasses. FLS motility was analysed in migration and invasion assays. Signalling events relevant to cellular motility were defined by western blots. Baricitinib and small interfering RNA pools were used to suppress Janus kinase (JAK) functions...
December 7, 2017: Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29227248/salt-inducible-kinase-3-regulates-the-mammalian-circadian-clock-by-destabilizing-per2-protein
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Naoto Hayasaka, Arisa Hirano, Yuka Miyoshi, Isao T Tokuda, Hikari Yoshitane, Junichiro Matsuda, Yoshitaka Fukada
Salt-inducible kinase 3 (SIK3) plays a crucial role in various aspects of metabolism. In the course of investigating metabolic defects in Sik3-deficient mice (Sik3-/-), we observed that circadian rhythmicity of the metabolisms was phase-delayed. Sik3-/- mice also exhibited other circadian abnormalities, including lengthening of the period, impaired entrainment to the light-dark cycle, phase variation in locomotor activities, and aberrant physiological rhythms. Ex vivosuprachiasmatic nucleus slices from Sik3-/- mice exhibited destabilized and desynchronized molecular rhythms among individual neurons...
December 11, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29226387/systemic-sclerosis
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Yoshihide Asano
Systemic sclerosis (SSc) is a multisystem autoimmune disease characterized by vasculopathy and tissue fibrosis of the skin and various internal organs. A series of genetic and epidemiological studies have demonstrated that SSc onset is determined by the accumulation of predisposing factors related to environmental influences, while genetic factors affect the susceptibility to and the severity of this disease. This notion has been confirmed by recent advance in animal models. The initial trigger of SSc is believed to be autoimmune attacks to endothelial cells, which occur in individuals with the genetic susceptibility to autoimmune diseases and/or the cumulative exposure to certain SSc-related environmental influences...
December 10, 2017: Journal of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29220674/actb-loss-of-function-mutations-result-in-a-pleiotropic-developmental-disorder
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Sara Cuvertino, Helen M Stuart, Kate E Chandler, Neil A Roberts, Ruth Armstrong, Laura Bernardini, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Bert Callewaert, Jill Clayton-Smith, Cristina Hernando Davalillo, Charu Deshpande, Koenraad Devriendt, Maria C Digilio, Abhijit Dixit, Matthew Edwards, Jan M Friedman, Antonio Gonzalez-Meneses, Shelagh Joss, Bronwyn Kerr, Anne Katrin Lampe, Sylvie Langlois, Rachel Lennon, Philippe Loget, David Y T Ma, Ruth McGowan, Maryse Des Medt, James O'Sullivan, Sylvie Odent, Michael J Parker, Céline Pebrel-Richard, Florence Petit, Zornitza Stark, Sylvia Stockler-Ipsiroglu, Sigrid Tinschert, Pradeep Vasudevan, Olaya Villa, Susan M White, Farah R Zahir, Adrian S Woolf, Siddharth Banka
ACTB encodes β-actin, an abundant cytoskeletal housekeeping protein. In humans, postulated gain-of-function missense mutations cause Baraitser-Winter syndrome (BRWS), characterized by intellectual disability, cortical malformations, coloboma, sensorineural deafness, and typical facial features. To date, the consequences of loss-of-function ACTB mutations have not been proven conclusively. We describe heterozygous ACTB deletions and nonsense and frameshift mutations in 33 individuals with developmental delay, apparent intellectual disability, increased frequency of internal organ malformations (including those of the heart and the renal tract), growth retardation, and a recognizable facial gestalt (interrupted wavy eyebrows, dense eyelashes, wide nose, wide mouth, and a prominent chin) that is distinct from characteristics of individuals with BRWS...
December 7, 2017: American Journal of Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29218493/direct-biological-effects-of-fractional-ultrapulsed-co2-laser-irradiation-on-keratinocytes-and-fibroblasts-in-human-organotypic-full-thickness-3d-skin-models
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L Schmitt, S Huth, P M Amann, Y Marquardt, R Heise, K Fietkau, L Huth, T Steiner, F Hölzle, J M Baron
Molecular effects of various ablative and non-ablative laser treatments on human skin cells-especially primary effects on epidermal keratinocytes and dermal fibroblasts-are not yet fully understood. We present the first study addressing molecular effects of fractional non-sequential ultrapulsed CO2 laser treatment using a 3D skin model that allows standardized investigations of time-dependent molecular changes ex vivo. While histological examination was performed to assess morphological changes, we utilized gene expression profiling using microarray and qRT-PCR analyses to identify molecular effects of laser treatment...
December 7, 2017: Lasers in Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29216889/targeting-the-cross-talk-between-urokinase-receptor-and-formyl-peptide-receptor-type-1-to-prevent-invasion-and-trans-endothelial-migration-of-melanoma-cells
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Concetta Ragone, Michele Minopoli, Vincenzo Ingangi, Giovanni Botti, Federica Fratangelo, Antonello Pessi, Maria Patrizia Stoppelli, Paolo Antonio Ascierto, Gennaro Ciliberto, Maria Letizia Motti, Maria Vincenza Carriero
BACKGROUND: Accumulating evidence demonstrates that the Urokinase Receptor (uPAR) regulates tumor cell migration through its assembly in composite regulatory units with transmembrane receptors, and uPAR88-92 is the minimal sequence required to induce cell motility through the Formyl Peptide Receptor type 1 (FPR1). Both uPAR and FPR1 are involved in melanoma tumor progression, suggesting that they may be targeted for therapeutic purposes. In this study, the role of the uPAR-FPR1 cross-talk to sustain melanoma cell ability to invade extracellular matrix and cross endothelial barriers is investigated...
December 8, 2017: Journal of Experimental & Clinical Cancer Research: CR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29214379/dual-contribution-of-mesenchymal-stem-cells-employed-for-tissue-engineering-of-peripheral-nerves-trophic-activity-and-differentiation-into-connective-tissue-cells
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F Evaristo-Mendonça, A Carrier-Ruiz, R de Siqueira-Santos, R M P Campos, B Rangel, T H Kasai-Brunswick, V T Ribeiro-Resende
Adult peripheral nerves in vertebrates can regrow their axons and re-establish function after crush lesion. However, when there is extensive loss of a nerve segment, due to an accident or compressive damage caused by tumors, regeneration is strongly impaired. In order to overcome this problem, bioengineering strategies have been employed, using biomaterials formed by key cell types combined with biodegradable polymers. Many of these strategies are successful, and regenerated nerve tissue can be observed 12 weeks after the implantation...
December 7, 2017: Stem Cell Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29211796/reprogramming-pancreatic-stellate-cells-via-p53-activation-a-putative-target-for-pancreatic-cancer-therapy
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Maya Saison-Ridinger, Kathleen E DelGiorno, Tejia Zhang, Annabelle Kraus, Randall French, Dawn Jaquish, Crystal Tsui, Galina Erikson, Benjamin T Spike, Maxim N Shokhirev, Christopher Liddle, Ruth T Yu, Michael Downes, Ronald M Evans, Alan Saghatelian, Andrew M Lowy, Geoffrey M Wahl
Pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) is characterized by an extremely dense fibrotic stroma, which contributes to tumor growth, metastasis, and drug resistance. During tumorigenesis, quiescent pancreatic stellate cells (PSCs) are activated and become major contributors to fibrosis, by increasing growth factor signaling and extracellular matrix deposition. The p53 tumor suppressor is known to restrict tumor initiation and progression through cell autonomous mechanisms including apoptosis, cell cycle arrest, and senescence...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29210653/human-umbilical-cord-mesenchymal-stem-cells-subpopulations-and-their-difference-in-cell-biology-and-effects-on-retinal-degeneration-in-rcs-rats
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L Wang, P Li, Y Tian, Z Li, C Lian, Q Ou, C Jin, F Gao, J-Y Xu, J Wang, F Wang, J Zhang, J Zhang, W Li, H Tian, L Lu, G-T Xu
Human umbilical cord mesenchymal stem cells (hUC-MSCs) are potential candidates for treating retinal degeneration (RD). To further study the biology and therapeutic effects of these cells, two hUC-MSC subpopulations, termed hUC-MSC1 and hUC-MSC2, were isolated by single-cell cloning method and their therapeutic functions were compared in RCS rat, a RD model. Although both subsets satisfied the basic requirements for hUC-MSCs, they were significantly different in morphology, proliferation rate, differentiation capacity, phenotype and gene expression...
December 5, 2017: Current Molecular Medicine
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