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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151051/subclinical-propionibacterium-acnes-infection-estimation-in-the-intervertebral-disc-spine-id-protocol-for-a-prospective-cohort
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Nelson Astur, Delio E Martins, Marcelo Wajchenberg, Mario Ferretti, Fernando G Menezes, Andre M Doi, Laercio A Rosemberg, Durval C B Santos, Alexandre S Iutaka, Luciano M R Rodrigues, Marines D V Martino, Jorge R Pagura, Eduardo N Kihara Filho, Mario Lenza
INTRODUCTION: Low back pain and vertebral endplate abnormalities are common conditions within the population. Subclinical infection caused by indolent pathogens can potentially lead to these findings, with differentiation between them notably challenging from a clinical perspective. Progressive infection of the intervertebral disc has been extensively associated with increasing low back pain, with Propionibacterium acnes specifically implicated with in relation to sciatica. The main purpose of this study is to identify if the presence of an infective pathogen within the intervertebral disc is primary or is a result of intraoperative contamination, and whether this correlates to low back pain...
November 17, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148433/a-flow-bioreactor-system-compatible-with-real-time-two-photon-fluorescence-lifetime-imaging-microscopy
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Nian Shen, Julia A Riedl, Daniel A Carvajal-Berrio, Zackary Davis, Michael G Monaghan, Shannon Lee Layland, Svenja Hinderer, Katja Schenke-Layland
Bioreactors are essential cell and tissue culture tools that allow the introduction of biophysical signals into in vitro cultures. One major limitation is the need to interrupt experiments and sacrifice samples at certain time points for analyses. To address this issue, we designed a bioreactor that combines high-resolution contact-free imaging and continuous flow in a closed system that is compatible with various types of microscopes. The high-throughput fluid flow bioreactor was combined with two-photon fluorescence lifetime imaging microscopy (2P-FLIM) and validated...
November 17, 2017: Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146461/resveratrol-supports-and-alpha-naphthoflavone-disrupts-growth-of-human-ovarian-follicles-in-an-in-vitro-tissue-culture-model
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Jie Hao, Astrud R Tuck, Marcus O D Sjödin, Johan Lindberg, Anna Sand, Boel Niklasson, Maria Argyraki, Outi Hovatta, Pauliina Damdimopoulou
Infertility is a global health problem with an estimated incidence of 15%. Exposure to chemicals is a potential causal factor, and there is a lack of studies examining the effects on female germ cells. Here, we have studied the impact of different aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AHR) modulators on human ovarian follicles using a human ovarian tissue culture model. Expression of AHR was analyzed in tissue samples, and effects of the selected ligands resveratrol (RSVL), 6-formylindolo(3,2-b)carbazole (FICZ), and alpha-naphthoflavone (aNF) on AHR transactivation studied in a granulosa cell tumor line...
November 13, 2017: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145415/plant-organ-cultures-as-masked-mycotoxin-biofactories-deciphering-the-fate-of-zearalenone-in-micropropagated-durum-wheat-roots-and-leaves
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Laura Righetti, Enrico Rolli, Gianni Galaverna, Michele Suman, Renato Bruni, Chiara Dall'Asta
"Masked mycotoxins" senso strictu are conjugates of mycotoxins resulting from metabolic pathways activated by the interplay between pathogenic fungi and infected plants. Zearalenone, an estrogenic mycotoxin produced by Fusarium spp, was the first masked mycotoxin ever described in the literature, but its biotransformation has been studied to a lesser extent if compared to other compounds such as deoxynivalenol. We presented herein the first application of organ and tissue culture techniques to study the metabolic fate of zearalenone in durum wheat, using an untargeted HR-LCMS approach...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143139/effect-of-protein-adsorption-layers-and-solution-treatments-on-hydroxyapatite-deposition-on-polystyrene-plate-surfaces-in-simulated-body-fluids
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Kazutoshi Iijima, Ayako Iizuka, Ryo Suzuki, Hitomi Ueno-Yokohata, Nobutaka Kiyokawa, Mineo Hashizume
We have developed a method to functionalize polystyrene (PS) cell culture plates with hydroxyapatite (HAp) via protein adsorption layers such as human serum albumin (HSA) in simulated body fluids (SBFs). In order to investigate the versatility the method, in this study the effect of protein adsorption layers on HAp deposition on PS plate surfaces in SBF was evaluated. Pretreatments with alternate soaking process (ASP) using solutions containing calcium ions and phosphate ions followed by incubation with SBF for 24 h resulted in HAp deposition on PS plates with adsorption layers of HSA, type I collagen, hen egg white lysozyme, and poly L-glutamic acid, an acidic protein analogue: the deposition behaviors were correlated with adsorption ability and charge state of proteins...
November 15, 2017: Journal of Materials Science. Materials in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142129/entry-of-human-coronavirus-nl63-to-the-cell
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Aleksandra Milewska, Paulina Nowak, Katarzyna Owczarek, Artur Szczepanski, Miroslaw Zarebski, Agnieszka Hoang-Bujnowicz, Krzysztof Berniak, Jacek Wojarski, Slawomir Zeglen, Zbigniew Baster, Zenon Rajfur, Krzysztof Pyrc
First steps of human coronavirus NL63 (HCoV-NL63) infection were previously described. The virus binds to target cells by heparan sulfate proteoglycans, and interacts with the ACE2 protein. Subsequent events, including virus internalization and trafficking, remain to be elucidated. In this study, we mapped the process of HCoV-NL63 entry into LLC-Mk2 cell line and ex vivo 3D tracheobronchial tissue.Using a variety of techniques we have shown that HCoV-NL63 virions require endocytosis for successful entry to the LLC-MK2 cells, and interaction between the virus and the ACE2 molecule triggers recruitment of clathrin...
November 15, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141508/anti-m%C3%A3-llerian-hormone-amh-may-stall-ovarian-cortex-function-through-modulation-of-hormone-receptors-other-than-the-amh-receptor
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Laura Detti, Nicole M Fletcher, Ghassan M Saed, Irene Peregrin-Alvarez, Rebecca A Uhlmann
OBJECTIVE: To test whether recombinant anti-Müllerian hormone (AMH) can inhibit ovarian cortex function by modulating the expression of other hormone receptors. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Pilot experimental study with ovarian cortex obtained from 5 patients. Immediately after explant, the ovarian cortex specimens were divided into 5 equal fragments. One fragment was flash-frozen (uncultured) and 4 were incubated for 48 hours at 37°C in a pH-adjusted gamete buffer medium with increasing AMH concentrations of 0, 5, 25, and 50 ng/mL...
January 1, 2017: Reproductive Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141507/sandwiched-white-adipose-tissue-a-novel-microphysiological-system-of-human-adipose-tissue
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Frank H Lau, Kelly Vogel, John P Luckett, Maxwell Hunt, Alicia Meyer, Camille L Rogers, Oren Tessler, Charles L Dupin, Hugo St Hilaire, Kazi N Islam, Trivia Frazier, Jeffrey Gimble, Steven Scahill
White adipose tissue (WAT) is a critical organ in both health and disease. However, physiologically faithful tissue culture models of primary human WAT remain limited, at best. Here we describe a novel WAT culture system in which primary human WAT is sandwiched between tissue-engineered sheets of adipose-derived stromal cells. This construct, called "sandwiched white adipose tissue" (SWAT), can be defined as a Microphysiological System (MPS) since it is a tissue-engineered, multicellular, 3D organ construct produced using human cells...
November 16, 2017: Tissue Engineering. Part C, Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140806/florid-granuloma-annulare-like-reaction-in-regional-lymph-nodes-after-regression-of-red-pigment-in-tattoos
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Michael D Carter, Jonathan Trites, Shelly A McNeil, Noreen N M Walsh, Martin J Bullock
A healthy 50-year-old woman had a tattoo performed on the posterior aspect of her neck and another on the dorsum of her left foot. Several weeks later, she noted redness, tenderness, and intense pruritis at both tattoo sites. Treatment with cephalexin and hydrocortisone cream was instituted, without success. Within a few months, the red, but not black, pigment had disappeared from both tattoos and was replaced by pale areas of scarring. Persistently enlarged left supraclavicular and suboccipital lymph nodes were excised 7 and 10 months after receipt of the tattoos, respectively...
October 30, 2017: American Journal of Dermatopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138638/tissue-source-and-cell-expansion-condition-influence-phenotypic-changes-of-adipose-derived-stem-cells
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Lauren H Mangum, Shanmugasundaram Natesan, Randolph Stone, Nicole L Wrice, David A Larson, Kyle F Florell, Barbara A Christy, Maryanne C Herzig, Andrew P Cap, Robert J Christy
Stem cells derived from the subcutaneous adipose tissue of debrided burned skin represent an appealing source of adipose-derived stem cells (ASCs) for regenerative medicine. Traditional tissue culture uses fetal bovine serum (FBS), which complicates utilization of ASCs in human medicine. Human platelet lysate (hPL) is one potential xeno-free, alternative supplement for use in ASC culture. In this study, adipogenic and osteogenic differentiation in media supplemented with 10% FBS or 10% hPL was compared in human ASCs derived from abdominoplasty (HAP) or from adipose associated with debrided burned skin (BH)...
2017: Stem Cells International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29136313/in-situ-scatheless-cell-detachment-reveals-connections-between-adhesion-strength-and-viability-at-single-cell-resolution
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Sifeng Mao, Wanling Zhang, Qiushi Huang, Masqooh Khan, Haifang Li, Katsumi Uchiyama, Jin-Ming Lin
Single-cell biology provides insights to some of the most fundamental processes in biology and promotes the understanding of life's mysteries. And as the technologies to study single-cells expand, they will require sophisticated analytical tools to make sense of various behaviors and components of single-cells as well as their relations in adherent tissue culture. In this paper, we revealed cell heterogeneity and uncovered the connections between cell adhesion strength and cell viability at single-cell resolution by extracting single adherent cells of interest from standard tissue culture via a microfluidic chip based Live Single-Cell Extractor (LSCE)...
November 14, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29136040/morphological-adaptations-in-breast-cancer-cells-as-a-function-of-prolonged-passaging-on-compliant-substrates
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Sana Syed, Joseph Schober, Alexandra Blanco, Silviya Petrova Zustiak
Standard tissue culture practices involve propagating cells on tissue culture polystyrene (TCP) dishes, which are flat, 2-dimensional (2D) and orders of magnitude stiffer than most tissues in the body. Such simplified conditions lead to phenotypical cell changes and altered cell behaviors. Hence, much research has been focused on developing novel biomaterials and culture conditions that more closely emulate in vivo cell microenvironments. In particular, biomaterial stiffness has emerged as a key property that greatly affects cell behaviors such as adhesion, morphology, proliferation and motility among others...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29135679/characterization-of-the-human-pancreas-side-population-as-a-potential-reservoir-of-adult-stem-cells
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Petra Augstein, Thomas Loudovaris, Esther Bandala-Sanchez, Peter Heinke, Gaetano Naselli, Lily Lee, Wayne J Hawthorne, L Jorge Góñez, Alana M Neale, François Vaillant, Helen E Thomas, Thomas W Kay, Ilia Banakh, Leonard C Harrison
OBJECTIVES: The side population (SP) contains cells with stem cell/progenitor properties. Previously, we observed that the mouse pancreas SP expanded after pancreatic injury. We aimed to characterize the SP in human pancreas as a potential source of stem cells. METHODS: Human organ donor pancreata were fractionated into islets and exocrine tissue, enriched by tissue culture and dispersed into single cells. Cells were phenotyped by flow cytometry, and the SP was defined by efflux of fluorescent dye Hoechst 33342 visualized by ultraviolet excitation...
November 10, 2017: Pancreas
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29134412/engineered-bone-scaffolds-with-dielectrophoresis-based-patterning-using-3d-printing
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Zhijie Huan, Henry K Chu, Hongbo Liu, Jie Yang, Dong Sun
Patterning of cells into a specific pattern is an important procedure in tissue engineering to facilitate tissue culture and ingrowth. In this paper, a new type of 3D-printed scaffold utilizing dielectrophoresis (DEP) for active cell seeding and patterning was proposed. This scaffold adopted a concentric-ring design that is similar to native bone tissues. The scaffold was fabricated with a commercial three-dimensional (3D) printer. Polylactic Acid (PLA) was selected as the material for the printer and the fabricated scaffold was coated with gold to enhance the conductivity for DEP manipulation...
November 13, 2017: Biomedical Microdevices
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29133129/hbsag-mrna-degradation-induced-by-dihydroquinolizinone-molecule-depends-on-hbv-posttranscriptional-regulatory-element
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Tianlun Zhou, Timothy Block, Fei Liu, Andrew S Kondratowicz, Liren Sun, Siddhartha Rawat, Jeffrey Branson, Fang Guo, Hongyan Liang, Lauren Bailey, Chris Moore, Xiaohe Wang, Andy Cuconatti, Min Gao, Amy C H Lee, Troy Harasym, Tim Chiu, Dimitar Gotchev, Bruce Dorsey, Rene Rijnbrand, Michael J Sofia
In pursuit of novel therapeutics targeting the hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection, we evaluated a dihydroquinolizinone compound (DHQ-1) that possessed nanomolar activities against the production of virion and surface protein (HBsAg) in tissue culture. This compound also showed broad HBV genotype coverage and was inactive against a panel of DNA and RNA viruses of other species. Oral administration of DHQ-1 in the AAV-HBV mouse model resulted in a strong reduction of serum HBsAg as soon as 4 days following the commencement of treatment...
November 10, 2017: Antiviral Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29131527/3d-matrix-embedding-inhibits-cycloheximide-mediated-sensitization-to-tnf-alpha-induced-apoptosis-of-human-endothelial-cells
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Michael Saemisch, Markus Nickmann, Lisa Riesinger, Elazer R Edelman, Heiko Methe
The programmed form of cell death (apoptosis) is essential for normal development of multicellular organisms. Dysregulation of apoptosis has been linked with embryonal death and is involved in the pathophysiology of various diseases. Others and we previously demonstrated endothelial biology being intertwined with biochemical and structural composition of the subendothelial basement membrane. We now demonstrate that a three-dimensional growing environment significantly shields endothelial cells from cytokine-induced apoptosis...
November 13, 2017: Journal of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29130661/-effects-of-genistein-on-whole-genome-expression-profiles-of-mice-testes-tissue-cultured-in-vitro
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Jing-Yan Shan, Xiang Zeng, Hua Xu, Yan-Hua Ning, Xue-Jian Xie, Yu-Yan Shen, Jie Song, Yun Li
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the effects of Genistein (Gen) on the whole expression profiles of testes in mice by using the gene chip technology,and analyze the mechanism how Gen exerts testis on gene level. METHODS: The testicular tissues of suckling mice were cultured in vitro,and separated into control group and Gen group with the dose of 5 μmol/L. After 72 h of culture,we extracted the total RNA and purified it,then detected the gene expression by using Agilent gene array...
September 2017: Sichuan da Xue Xue Bao. Yi Xue Ban, Journal of Sichuan University. Medical Science Edition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29128533/fabrication-of-dense-anisotropic-collagen-scaffolds-using-biaxial-compression
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Jared L Zitnay, Shawn P Reese, Garvin Tran, Niloofar Farhang, Robert D Bowles, Jeffrey A Weiss
We developed a new method to manufacture dense, aligned, and porous collagen scaffolds using biaxial plastic compression of type I collagen gels. Using a novel compression apparatus that constricts like an iris diaphragm, low density collagen gels were compressed to yield a permanently densified, highly aligned collagen material. Micro-porosity scaffolds was created using hydrophilic elastomer porogens that can be selectively removed following biaxial compression, with porosity modulated by using different porogen concentrations...
November 8, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29125540/is-high-folic-acid-intake-a-risk-factor-for-autism-a-review
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Darrell Wiens, M Catherine DeSoto
Folate is required for metabolic processes and neural development. Insuring its adequate levels for pregnant women through supplementation of grain-based foods with synthetic folic acid (FA) in order to prevent neural tube defects has been an ongoing public health initiative. However, because women are advised to take multivitamins containing FA before and throughout pregnancy, the supplementation together with natural dietary folates has led to a demographic with high and rising serum levels of unmetabolized FA...
November 10, 2017: Brain Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29120400/fibrin-enhanced-canonical-wnt-signaling-directs-plasminogen-expression-in-cementoblasts
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Saeed Ur Rahman, Chan Ho Park, Jeong-Hwa Baek, Hyun-Mo Ryoo, Kyung Mi Woo
Cementum is a mineralized layer on the tooth's root surface and facilitates the biomechanical anchoring of fibrous connective tissues as a part of tooth-supportive complexes. Previously, we observed that OCCM30 cementoblasts cultured on fibrin matrices underwent apoptosis due to fibrin degradation through the expression of proteases. Here, we demonstrated that OCCM30 on fibrin matrices (OCCM30-fibrin) enhanced canonical Wnt signaling, which directed to plasminogen expression. The OCCM30-fibrin showed higher levels of Wnt3a expression, nuclear translocation of β-catenin, and T-cell factor (TCF) optimal motif (TOP) reporter activity than the cells on tissue culture dishes (OCCM30-TCD), indicating that the OCCM30-fibrin enhanced canonical Wnt/β-catenin signaling...
November 9, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
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