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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
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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/28544679/sima-a-simplified-migration-assay-for-analyzing-neutrophil-migration
#2
Markus Weckmann, Tim Becker, Gyde Nissen, Martin Pech, Matthias V Kopp
In lung inflammation, neutrophils are the first leukocytes migrating to an inflammatory site, eliminating pathogens by multiple mechanisms. The term "migration" describes several stages of neutrophil movement to reach the site of inflammation, of which the passage of the interstitium and basal membrane of the airway are necessary to reach the site of bronchial inflammation. Currently, several methods exist (e.g., Boyden Chamber, under-agarose assay, or microfluidic systems) to assess neutrophil mobility. However, these methods do not allow for parameterization on single cell level, that is, the individual neutrophil pathway analysis is still considered challenging...
May 19, 2017: Cytometry. Part A: the Journal of the International Society for Analytical Cytology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542462/a-human-monocytic-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-fluorescent-reporter-cell-line-for-detection-of-microbial-contaminants-in-biological-samples
#3
Claire Battin, Annika Hennig, Patrick Mayrhofer, Renate Kunert, Gerhard J Zlabinger, Peter Steinberger, Wolfgang Paster
Sensing of pathogens by innate immune cells is essential for the initiation of appropriate immune responses. Toll-like receptors (TLRs), which are highly sensitive for various structurally and evolutionary conserved molecules derived from microbes have a prominent role in this process. TLR engagement results in the activation of the transcription factor NF-κB, which induces the expression of cytokines and other inflammatory mediators. The exquisite sensitivity of TLR signalling can be exploited for the detection of bacteria and microbial contaminants in tissue cultures and in protein preparations...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539437/spontaneous-mutation-at-amino-acid-544-of-the-ebola-glycoprotein-potentiates-virus-entry-and-selection-in-tissue-culture
#4
John B Ruedas, Jason Ladner, Chelsea R Ettinger, Suryaram Gummuluru, Gustavo Palacios, John H Connor
Ebolaviruses have a surface glycoprotein (GP1,2) required for virus attachment and entry into cells. Mutations affecting GP1,2 functions can alter virus growth properties. We generated a recombinant vesicular stomatitis virus encoding Ebola Virus Makona variant GP1,2 (rVSV-MAK-GP) and observed emergence of a T544I mutation in the Makona GP1,2 gene during tissue culture passage in certain cell lines. The T544I mutation emerged within two passages when VSV-MAK-GP was grown on Vero E6, Vero, and BS-C-1 cells but not when it was passaged on Huh7 and HepG2 cells...
May 24, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534487/rules-of-engagement-between-%C3%AE-v%C3%AE-6-integrin-and-foot-and-mouth-disease-virus
#5
Abhay Kotecha, Quan Wang, Xianchi Dong, Serban L Ilca, Marina Ondiviela, Rao Zihe, Julian Seago, Bryan Charleston, Elizabeth E Fry, Nicola G A Abrescia, Timothy A Springer, Juha T Huiskonen, David I Stuart
Foot-and-mouth disease virus (FMDV) mediates cell entry by attachment to an integrin receptor, generally αvβ6, via a conserved arginine-glycine-aspartic acid (RGD) motif in the exposed, antigenic, GH loop of capsid protein VP1. Infection can also occur in tissue culture adapted virus in the absence of integrin via acquired basic mutations interacting with heparin sulphate (HS); this virus is attenuated in natural infections. HS interaction has been visualized at a conserved site in two serotypes suggesting a propensity for sulfated-sugar binding...
May 23, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534038/analysis-of-mitochondrial-transfer-in-direct-co-cultures-of-human-monocyte-derived-macrophages-mdm-and-mesenchymal-stem-cells-msc
#6
Megan V Jackson, Anna D Krasnodembskaya
Mesenchymal stem/stromal cells (MSC) are adult stem cells which have been shown to improve survival, enhance bacterial clearance and alleviate inflammation in pre-clinical models of acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) and sepsis. These diseases are characterised by uncontrolled inflammation often underpinned by bacterial infection. The mechanisms of MSC immunomodulatory effects are not fully understood yet. We sought to investigate MSC cell contact-dependent communication with alveolar macrophages (AM), professional phagocytes which play an important role in the lung inflammatory responses and anti-bacterial defence...
May 5, 2017: Bio-protocol
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532442/an-integrated-enhancement-and-reconstruction-strategy-for-the-quantitative-extraction-of-actin-stress-fibers-from-fluorescence-micrographs
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Zhen Zhang, Shumin Xia, Pakorn Kanchanawong
BACKGROUND: The stress fibers are prominent organization of actin filaments that perform important functions in cellular processes such as migration, polarization, and traction force generation, and whose collective organization reflects the physiological and mechanical activities of the cells. Easily visualized by fluorescence microscopy, the stress fibers are widely used as qualitative descriptors of cell phenotypes. However, due to the complexity of the stress fibers and the presence of other actin-containing cellular features, images of stress fibers are relatively challenging to quantitatively analyze using previously developed approaches, requiring significant user intervention...
May 22, 2017: BMC Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532188/differential-amplification-of-marek-s-disease-cvi988-vaccine-and-of-wild-type-isolates-from-organs-of-commercial-chickens-using-single-or-duplexed-probes-in-real-time-pcr
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Irit Davidson, Amira Natour-Altoury, Israel Raibstein, Yaad Dahan
The DIVA test, based on the MDV pp38 gene was described by Baigent et al. (2016), using similar primers and alternate probes for virulent MDV-1 and the vaccine CVI988 virus. We now explored the assay applicability for commercial vaccines and for DNAs of commercial chickens, as former study employed tissue cultured prototype MDV strains and chicken tissue from experimental infection trials. DNA of chicken visceral organs and feathers of either vaccinated, or naturally-infected with virulent MDV-1 wild-type viruses was used for DIVA-PCR real-time PCR...
May 22, 2017: Avian Pathology: Journal of the W.V.P.A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530850/fresh-osteochondral-allograft-transplantation-is-graft-storage-time-associated-with-clinical-outcomes-and-graft-survivorship
#9
Kenneth J Schmidt, Luís E Tírico, Julie C McCauley, William D Bugbee
BACKGROUND: Regulatory concerns and the popularity of fresh osteochondral allograft (OCA) transplantation have led to a need for prolonged viable storage of osteochondral grafts. Tissue culture media allow a longer storage time but lead to chondrocyte death within the tissue. The long-term clinical consequence of prolonged storage is unknown. HYPOTHESIS: Patients transplanted with OCAs with a shorter storage time would have lower failure rates and better clinical outcomes than those transplanted with OCAs with prolonged storage...
May 1, 2017: American Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530022/development-of-a-reverse-transcription-quantitative-polymerase-chain-reaction-based-assay-for-broad-coverage-detection-of-african-and-asian-zika-virus-lineages
#10
Yang Yang, Gary Wong, Baoguo Ye, Shihua Li, Shanqin Li, Haixia Zheng, Qiang Wang, Mifang Liang, George F Gao, Lei Liu, Yingxia Liu, Yuhai Bi
The Zika virus (ZIKV) is an arbovirus that has spread rapidly worldwide within recent times. There is accumulating evidence that associates ZIKV infections with Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS) and microcephaly in humans. The ZIKV is genetically diverse and can be separated into Asian and African lineages. A rapid, sensitive, and specific assay is needed for the detection of ZIKV across various pandemic regions. So far, the available primers and probes do not cover the genetic diversity and geographic distribution of all ZIKV strains...
May 19, 2017: Virologica Sinica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529459/cold-inducible-rna-binding-protein-is-involved-in-chronic-hypoxia-induced-neuron-apoptosis-by-down-regulating-hif-1%C3%AE-expression-and-regulated-by-microrna-23a
#11
Xiaoming Chen, Xinqin Liu, Bin Li, Qian Zhang, Jiye Wang, Wenbin Zhang, Wenjing Luo, Jingyuan Chen
Background: Neuron apoptosis mediated by hypoxia inducible factor 1α (HIF-1α) in hippocampus is one of the most important factors accounting for the chronic hypobaric hypoxia induced cognitive impairment. As a neuroprotective molecule that is up-regulated in response to various environmental stress, CIRBP was reported to crosstalk with HIF-1α under cellular stress. However, its function under chronic hypobaric hypoxia remains unknown. Objective: In this study, we tried to identify the role of CIRBP in HIF-1α mediated neuron apoptosis under chronic hypobaric hypoxia and find a possible method to maintain its potential neuroprotective in long-term high altitude environmental exposure...
2017: International Journal of Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527192/in-vitro-evaluation-of-an-injectable-biphasic-calcium-phosphate-bcp-carrier-system-combined-with-recombinant-human-bone-morphogenetic-protein-rhbmp-9
#12
Masako Fujioka-Kobayashi, Benoit Schaller, Yufeng Zhang, Benjamin E Pippenger, Richard J Miron
Bone morphogenetic protein 9 (BMP9) has previously been characterized as the strongest osteoinductive growth factor among the BMP family. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the possibility of combining rhBMP9 with an injectable biphasic calcium phosphate (I-BCP, maxresorb inject®), since I-BCP is an easy to handle biomaterial with ideal properties for bone augmentation procedures. The adsorption potential of rhBMP9 as well as the cell behavior of bone stromal ST2 cells were investigated on cell viability, adhesion, proliferation and osteogenic differentiation for I-BCP combined with/without rhBMP9 in vitro...
2017: Bio-medical Materials and Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525345/in-vitro-production-of-sudanese-camel-camelus-dromedarius-embryos-from-epididymal-spermatozoa-and-follicular-oocytes-of-slaughtered-animals
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A E Abdelkhalek, Sh A Gabr, W A Khalil, Sh M Shamiah, L Pan, G Qin, M H Farouk
Application of assisted reproductive technology in camelidea, such as artificial insemination (AI) and embryo transfer, has been slow in comparison to that for other livestock species. In Egypt, there are few attempts to establish in vitro maturation (IVM) and fertilization (IVF) techniques in dromedary camel. The present study was carried out to produce Sudanese camel embryos using in vitro matured oocytes and epididymal spermatozoa. Dromedary camel ovaries were collected from abattoirs and then, the oocytes were aspirated from all the visible follicles on the ovarian surface (~2-8 mm in a diameter)...
March 28, 2017: Polish Journal of Veterinary Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523644/elicitation-as-a-tool-to-improve-the-profiles-of-high-value-secondary-metabolites-and-pharmacological-properties-of-hypericum-perforatum
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Preeti Shakya, Gregory Marslin, Karthik Siram, Ludger Beerhues, Gregory Franklin
OBJECTIVES: In this review, we aim at updating the available information on the improvement of the Hypericum perforatum L. (Hypericaceae) phytochemical profile and pharmacological properties via elicitation. KEY FINDINGS: Hypericum perforatum seedlings, shoots, roots, calli and cell suspension cultures were treated with diverse elicitors to induce the formation of secondary metabolites. The extracts of the elicitor-treated plant material containing naphthodianthrones, phloroglucinols, xanthones, flavonoids and other new compounds were quantitatively analysed and tested for their bioactivities...
May 19, 2017: Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523073/improved-axenic-hydroponic-whole-plant-propagation-for-rapid-production-of-roots-as-transformation-target-tissue
#15
Kyle Benzle, Katrina Cornish
BACKGROUND: Plant roots are used as an efficient target tissue for plant transformation assays. In root propagable species transformed roots are able to regenerate into whole plants without the addition of exogenous hormones, thus avoiding somaclonal variation associated with many plant transformation protocols. Plants grown in soil or soilless solid medium have roots that tend to be extremely delicate and are difficult to sterilize in advance of plant transformation experiments. Axenic tissue culture plants grown on semi-solid media are slow to produce large amounts of biomass compared to plants grown in solution-based media...
2017: Plant Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28518093/determining-the-optimal-inhibitory-frequency-for-cancerous-cells-using-tumor-treating-fields-ttfields
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Yaara Porat, Moshe Giladi, Rosa S Schneiderman, Roni Blat, Anna Shteingauz, Einav Zeevi, Mijal Munster, Tali Voloshin, Noa Kaynan, Orna Tal, Eilon D Kirson, Uri Weinberg, Yoram Palti
Tumor Treating Fields (TTFields) are an effective treatment modality delivered via the continuous, noninvasive application of low-intensity (1-3 V/cm), alternating electric fields in the frequency range of several hundred kHz. The study of TTFields in tissue culture is carried out using the TTFields in vitro application system, which allows for the application of electric fields of varying frequencies and intensities to ceramic Petri dishes with a high dielectric constant (Ɛ > 5,000). Cancerous cell lines plated on coverslips at the bottom of the ceramic Petri dishes are subjected to TTFields delivered in two orthogonal directions at various frequencies to facilitate treatment outcome tests, such as cell counts and clonogenic assays...
May 4, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515673/growth-of-mcf-7-breast-cancer-cells-and-efficacy-of-anti-angiogenic-agents-in-a-hydroxyethyl-chitosan-glycidyl-methacrylate-hydrogel
#17
Hejing Wang, Junmin Qian, Yaping Zhang, Weijun Xu, Juxiang Xiao, Aili Suo
BACKGROUND: Breast cancer negatively affects women's health worldwide. The tumour microenvironment plays a critical role in tumour initiation, proliferation, and metastasis. Cancer cells are traditionally grown in two-dimensional (2D) cultures as monolayers on a flat solid surface lacking cell-cell and cell-matrix interactions. These experimental conditions deviate from the clinical situation. Improved experimental systems that can mimic the in vivo situation are required to discover new therapies, particularly for anti-angiogenic agents that mainly target intercellular factors and play an essential role in treating some cancers...
2017: Cancer Cell International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515391/advanced-glycation-end-products-regulate-interleukin-1%C3%AE-production-in-human-placenta
#18
Kotomi Seno, Saoko Sase, Ayae Ozeki, Hironori Takahashi, Akihide Ohkuchi, Hirotada Suzuki, Shigeki Matsubara, Hisataka Iwata, Takehito Kuwayama, Koumei Shirasuna
Maternal obesity is a major risk factor for pregnancy complications, causing inflammatory cytokine release in the placenta, including interleukin-1β (IL-1β), IL-6, and IL-8. Pregnant women with obesity develop accelerated systemic and placental inflammation with elevated circulating advanced glycation end products (AGEs). IL-1β is a pivotal inflammatory cytokine associated with obesity and pregnancy complications, and its production is regulated by NLR family pyrin domain-containing 3 (NLRP3) inflammasomes...
May 18, 2017: Journal of Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28514893/cytocompatible-polyion-complex-gel-of-poly-pro-hyp-gly-for-simultaneous-rat-bone-marrow-stromal-cell-encapsulation
#19
Farah Nurlidar, Mime Kobayashi, Kayo Terada, Tsuyoshi Ando, Masao Tanihara
Polyion complex (PIC) gel of poly(Pro-Hyp-Gly) was successfully fabricated by simply mixing polyanion and polycation derivatives of poly(Pro-Hyp-Gly), a collagen-like polypeptide. The polyanion, succinylated poly(Pro-Hyp-Gly), and the polycation, arginylated poly(Pro-Hyp-Gly), contain carboxy (pKa = 5.2) and guanidinium (pKa = 12.4) groups, respectively. Mixing the polyanion and the polycation at physiological pH (pH = 7.4) resulted in PIC gel. The hydrogel formation was optimum at an equimolar ratio of carboxy to guanidinium groups, suggesting that ionic interaction is the main determinant for the hydrogel formation...
May 18, 2017: Journal of Biomaterials Science. Polymer Edition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512379/evaluation-of-pochonia-chlamydosporia-and-purpureocillium-lilacinum-for-suppression-of-meloidogyne-enterolobii-on-tomato-and-banana
#20
Silas D Silva, Regina M D G Carneiro, Marcos Faria, Daniela A Souza, Rose G Monnerat, Rogerio B Lopes
Meloidogyne enterolobii is one of the most important root-knot nematode in tropical regions, due to its ability to overcome resistance mechanisms of a number of host plants. The lack of new and safe active ingredients against this nematode has restricted control alternatives for growers. Egg-parasitic fungi have been considered as potential candidates for the development of bionematicides. In tissue culture plates, Pochonia chlamydosporia (var. catenulata and chlamydosporia) and Purpureocillium lilacinum strains were screened for their ability to infect eggs of the root-knot nematode M...
March 2017: Journal of Nematology
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