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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786558/new-substrates-for-stem-cell-control
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REVIEW
Sara Schmidt, Annamaria Lilienkampf, Mark Bradley
The capacity to culture stem cells in a controllable, robust and scalable manner is necessary in order to develop successful strategies for the generation of cellular and tissue platforms for drug screening, toxicity testing, tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. Creating substrates that support the expansion, maintenance or directional differentiation of stem cells would greatly aid these efforts. Optimally, the substrates used should be chemically defined and synthetically scalable, allowing growth under defined, serum-free culture conditions...
July 5, 2018: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785570/phase-1b-investigation-of-the-mek-inhibitor-binimetinib-in-patients-with-advanced-or-metastatic-biliary-tract-cancer
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R S Finn, D H Ahn, M M Javle, B R Tan, C D Weekes, J C Bendell, A Patnaik, G N Khan, D Laheru, R Chavira, J Christy-Bittel, E Barrett, M B Sawyer, Tanios S Bekaii-Saab
Background The MAPK pathway plays a central role in regulation of several cellular processes, and its dysregulation is a hallmark of biliary tract cancer (BTC). Binimetinib (MEK162), a potent, selective oral MEK1/2 inhibitor, was assessed in patients with advanced BTC. Patients and Methods An expansion cohort study in patients who received ≤1 line of therapy for advanced BTC was conducted after determination of the maximum tolerated dose in this Phase 1 trial. Patients received binimetinib 60 mg twice daily...
May 22, 2018: Investigational New Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784674/clinically-relevant-cytotoxic-immune-cell-signatures-and-clonal-expansion-of-t-cell-receptors-in-high-risk-mycn-not-amplified-human-neuroblastoma
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Jun S Wei, Igor B Kuznetsov, Shile Zhang, Young K Song, Shahab Asgharzadeh, Sivasish Sindiri, Xinyu Wen, Rajesh Patidar, Sushma Nagaraj, Ashley Walton, Jaime M Guidry Auvil, Daniela S Gerhard, Aysen Yuksel, Daniel R Catchpoole, Stephen M Hewitt, Paul M Sondel, Robert C Seeger, John M Maris, Javed Khan
PURPOSE: High-risk neuroblastoma is an aggressive disease. DNA sequencing studies have revealed a paucity of actionable genomic alterations and a low mutation burden, posing challenges to develop effective novel therapies. We used RNA sequencing (RNA-seq) to investigate the biology of this disease including a focus on tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes (TILs). EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN: We performed deep RNA-seq on pre-treatment diagnostic tumors from 129 high-risk and 21 low- or intermediate-risk patients with neuroblastomas...
May 21, 2018: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782671/enhanced-performance-of-a-molecular-photoacoustic-imaging-agent-by-encapsulation-in-mesoporous-silicon-nanoparticles
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Jinyoung Kang, Dokyoung Kim, Junxin Wang, Yunho Han, Jonathan M Zuidema, Ali Hariri, Ji-Ho Park, Jesse V Jokerst, Michael J Sailor
Photoacoustic (PA) imaging allows visualization of the physiology and pathology of tissues with good spatial resolution and relatively deep tissue penetration. The method converts near-infrared (NIR) laser excitation into thermal expansion, generating pressure transients that are detected with an acoustic transducer. Here, we find that the response of the PA contrast agent indocyanine green (ICG) can be enhanced 17-fold when it is sealed within a rigid nanoparticle. ICG encapsulated in particles composed of porous silicon (pSiNP), porous silica, or calcium silicate all show greater PA contrast relative to equivalent quantities of free ICG, with the pSiNPs showing the strongest enhancement...
May 21, 2018: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782008/de-novo-generation-of-somatic-stem-cells-by-yap-taz
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Tito Panciera, Luca Azzolin, Daniele Di Biagio, Antonio Totaro, Michelangelo Cordenonsi, Stefano Piccolo
Here we present protocols to isolate primary differentiated cells and turn them into stem/progenitor cells (SCs) of the same lineage by transient expression of the transcription factor YAP. With this method, luminal differentiated (LD) cells of the mouse mammary gland are converted into cells that exhibit molecular and functional properties of mammary SCs. YAP also turns fully differentiated pancreatic exocrine cells into pancreatic duct-like progenitors. Similarly, to endogenous, natural SCs, YAP-induced stem-like cells ("ySCs") can be eventually expanded as organoid cultures long term in vitro, without further need of ectopic YAP/TAZ, as ySCs are endowed with a heritable self-renewing SC-like state...
May 7, 2018: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29781221/aberrant-expansion-and-function-of-t-follicular-helper-cell-subsets-in-igg4-related-disease
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Yu Chen, Wei Lin, Hongxian Yang, Mu Wang, Panpan Zhang, Ruie Feng, Hua Chen, Linyi Peng, Xuan Zhang, Yan Zhao, Xiaofeng Zeng, Fengchun Zhang, Wen Zhang, Peter E Lipsky
OBJECTIVE: To determine the number and function of Tfh cell subsets in IgG4-RD. METHODS: Mononuclear cells from peripheral blood and involved tissues of IgG4-RD patients were collected. Tfh cell subsets, mRNA levels of Bcl-6, Blimp-1 and IL-21 were tested. Immunohistochemistry and immunofluorescence techniques were used to assess the location of IL-21, Bcl-6, and (CD4+CXCR5+) Tfh cells in the involved tissues. Furthermore, by in vitro cell co-culture, the abilities of cTfh cell subsets to induce B cells proliferation, apoptosis, differentiation, and production of IgG4 were explored...
May 21, 2018: Arthritis & Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29780813/loss-of-heterogeneity-quiescence-and-differentiation-in-muscle-stem-cells
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REVIEW
Haser Hasan Sutcu, Miria Ricchetti
Skeletal muscle stem cells in the adult display heterogeneity that has been functionally linked to their behavior, self-renewal capacity, and resistance to stress in hostile environments. Behavioral heterogeneity emerges also during developmental myogenesis. Muscle stem cell diversity may be functionally linked to the changing needs of skeletal muscle regeneration. Intriguingly, dramatic reduction of stem cell diversity, the "clonal drift", that implies loss of stem cells and related expansion of clonally related stem cells has been reported for tissue replacement in several adult tissues and suggested in the zebrafish embryo...
2018: Stem Cell Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29780324/intercalated-disk-extracellular-nanodomain-expansion-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation
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Tristan B Raisch, Matthew S Yanoff, Timothy R Larsen, Mohammed A Farooqui, D Ryan King, Rengasayee Veeraraghavan, Robert G Gourdie, Joseph W Baker, William S Arnold, Soufian T AlMahameed, Steven Poelzing
Aims: Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common sustained arrhythmia. Previous evidence in animal models suggests that the gap junction (GJ) adjacent nanodomain - perinexus - is a site capable of independent intercellular communication via ephaptic transmission. Perinexal expansion is associated with slowed conduction and increased ventricular arrhythmias in animal models, but has not been studied in human tissue. The purpose of this study was to characterize the perinexus in humans and determine if perinexal expansion associates with AF...
2018: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779898/oncostatin-m-and-kit-ligand-control-hematopoietic-stem-cell-fate-during-zebrafish-embryogenesis
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Christopher B Mahony, Corentin Pasche, Julien Y Bertrand
Understanding the molecular pathways controlling hematopoietic stem cell specification and expansion is a necessary milestone to perform regenerative medicine. Here, we used the zebrafish model to study the role of the ckit signaling pathway in this process. We show the importance of kitb/kitlgb signaling in the specification and expansion of hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs), in the hemogenic endothelium and caudal hematopoietic tissue (CHT), respectively. Moreover, we identified the zebrafish ortholog of Oncostatin M (osm) in the zebrafish genome...
May 10, 2018: Stem Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778909/n-acetylcysteine-protects-against-diabetic-nephropathy-through-control-of-oxidative-and-nitrosative-stress-by-recovery-of-nitric-oxide-in-rats
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Guilherme B Nogueira, Giovana R Punaro, Clemerson S Oliveira, Fabiane R Maciel, Thamires O Fernandes, Deyse Y Lima, Adelson M Rodrigues, Margaret G Mouro, Sergio R R Araujo, Elisa M S Higa
The diabetes mellitus (DM) induces several changes, with substantial increase of reactive oxygen species (ROS). The ROS cause damage to systemic and renal microvasculature, which could be one of the mechanisms involved in the development of diabetic nephropathy (DN). The ROS modulate other substances like the nitric oxide (NO), a vasodilator with important role in the renal function. N-acetylcysteine (NAC) is an antioxidant that acts replenishing intracellular cysteine levels, which is essential for glutathione formation...
May 17, 2018: Nitric Oxide: Biology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778821/evaluating-mastectomy-skin-flap-necrosis-in-the-extended-breast-reconstruction-risk-assessment-score-for-one-year-prediction-of-prosthetic-reconstruction-outcomes
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Nora Hansen, Sasa Espino, Jordan T Blough, Michael M Vu, Neil A Fine, John Ys Kim
BACKGROUND: Rates of mastectomy for breast cancer treatment and immediate reconstruction continue to rise. With increasing scrutiny on outcomes and patient satisfaction, there is an impetus for providers to be more deliberate in deciding appropriate patient selection for breast reconstruction. The Breast Reconstruction Risk Assessment (BRA) Score was developed for prediction of complications after primary prosthetic breast reconstruction, focusing on calculating risk estimations for a variety of complications based on individual patient demographics and perioperative characteristics...
May 17, 2018: Journal of the American College of Surgeons
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778759/to-adapt-or-not-to-adapt-consequences-of-declining-adaptive-homeostasis-and-proteostasis-with-age
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REVIEW
Laura C D Pomatto, Patrick Y Sun, Kelvin J A Davies
Many consequences of ageing can be broadly attributed to the inability to maintain homeostasis. Multiple markers of ageing have been identified, including loss of protein homeostasis, increased inflammation, and declining metabolism. Although much effort has been focused on characterization of the ageing phenotype, much less is understood about the underlying causes of ageing. To address this gap, we outline the age-associated consequences of dysregulation of 'Adaptive Homeostasis' and its proposed contributing role as an accelerator of the ageing phenotype...
May 17, 2018: Mechanisms of Ageing and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778504/solitary-chemosensory-cells-are-a-primary-epithelial-source-of-interleukin-25-in-chronic-rhinosinusitis-with-nasal-polyps
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Michael A Kohanski, Alan D Workman, Neil N Patel, Li-Yin Hung, Julie P Shtraks, Bei Chen, Mariel Blasetti, Laurel Doghramji, David W Kennedy, Nithin D Adappa, James N Palmer, De'Broski R Herbert, Noam A Cohen
BACKGROUND: IL-25 can function as an early signal for the respiratory Type 2 response characteristic of allergic asthma and chronic rhinosinusitis with nasal polyps (CRSwNP). In the mouse gut, tuft cells are the epithelial source of IL-25. However, the source of human airway epithelial IL-25 has remained elusive. OBJECTIVE: In this study, we sought to determine if the solitary chemosensory cell (SCC) is the predominant source of IL-25 in the sinonasal epithelium...
May 17, 2018: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777704/dietary-mung-bean-protein-reduces-high-fat-diet-induced-weight-gain-by-modulating-host-bile-acid-metabolism-in-a-gut-microbiota-dependent-manner
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Akiho Nakatani, Xuan Li, Junki Miyamoto, Miki Igarashi, Hitoshi Watanabe, Asuka Sutou, Keita Watanabe, Takayasu Motoyama, Nobuhiko Tachibana, Mitsutaka Kohno, Hiroshi Inoue, Ikuo Kimura
The 8-globulin-rich mung bean protein (MPI) suppresses hepatic lipogenesis in rodent models and reduces fasting plasma glucose and insulin levels in obese adults. However, its effects on mitigating high fat diet (HFD)-induced obesity and the mechanism underlying these effects remain to be elucidated. Herein, we examined the metabolic phenotype, intestinal bile acid (BA) pool, and gut microbiota of conventionally raised (CONV-R) male C57BL/6 mice and germ-free (GF) mice that were randomized to receive either regular HFD or HFD containing mung bean protein isolate (MPI) instead of the dairy protein present in regular HFD...
May 16, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777575/lgr5-promotes-epithelial-ovarian-cancer-proliferation-metastasis-and-epithelial-mesenchymal-transition-through-the-notch1-signaling-pathway
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Wenxue Liu, Jing Zhang, Xupei Gan, Fangqian Shen, Xiaoming Yang, Na Du, Dandan Xia, Lei Liu, Lianqiao Qiao, Jufang Pan, Yunyan Sun, Xiaowei Xi
Leucine-rich repeat-containing G protein-coupled receptor 5 (LGR5) plays a vital role in the development of malignant tumors; however, its biological role and underlying mechanism in epithelial ovarian cancer (EOC) remain unclear. In this study, we aimed to investigate the biological function and clinical significance of LGR5 in human EOC. We evaluated LGR5 expression in EOC cell lines and tissues from ovarian cancer patients by qPCR, Western blotting, and immunohistochemical analysis. Cell proliferation, colony formation, transwell invasion assay, and scratch-wound assays were conducted to evaluate the expansion and invasion abilities of EOC cells...
May 18, 2018: Cancer Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777493/transgenic-mice-carrying-glud2-as-a-tool-for-studying-the-expressional-and-the-functional-adaptation-of-this-positive-selected-gene-in-human-brain-evolution
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Andreas Plaitakis, Dimitra Kotzamani, Zoe Petraki, Maria Delidaki, Vagelis Rinotas, Ioannis Zaganas, Eleni Douni, Kyriaki Sidiropoulou, Cleanthe Spanaki
Human evolution is characterized by brain expansion and up-regulation of genes involved in energy metabolism and synaptic transmission, including the glutamate signaling pathway. Glutamate is the excitatory transmitter of neural circuits sub-serving cognitive functions, with glutamate-modulation of synaptic plasticity being central to learning and memory. GLUD2 is a novel positively-selected human gene involved in glutamatergic transmission and energy metabolism that underwent rapid evolutionary adaptation concomitantly with prefrontal cortex enlargement...
May 18, 2018: Neurochemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775626/microrna-21-up-regulates-metalloprotease-by-down-regulating-timp3-during-cumulus-cell-oocyte-complex-in-vitro-maturation
#17
Bo Pan, Julang Li
Cumulus cells and the remodeling of their extracellular matrix around oocytes are essential for oocyte maturation and ovulation in the ovary. An important extracellular metalloprotease, ADAMTS1, and its partner VERSICAN, mediate essential cumulus-oocyte-complex (COC) structural remodeling. However, how the expression of these proteinases is regulated during oocyte maturation is unclear. Here we report that both ADAMTS1 and VERSICAN significantly increased in porcine cumulus cells during COC in vitro maturation (IVM)...
May 15, 2018: Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774030/changes-in-the-tcr%C3%AE-repertoire-and-tumor-immune-signature-from-a-cutaneous-melanoma-patient-immunized-with-the-csf-470-vaccine-a-case-report
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Mariana Aris, Alicia Inés Bravo, María Betina Pampena, Paula Alejandra Blanco, Ibel Carri, Daniel Koile, Patricio Yankilevich, Estrella Mariel Levy, María Marcela Barrio, José Mordoh
The allogeneic therapeutic vaccine CSF-470 has demonstrated a significant benefit over medium-dose IFNα2b in the distant metastasis-free survival for stages IIB-IIC-III cutaneous melanoma patients in a randomized phase II/III clinical trial (CASVAC-0401, NCT01729663). At the end of the 2-year CSF-470 immunization protocol, patient #006 developed several lung and one subcutaneous melanoma metastases; this later was excised. In this report, we analyzed the changes throughout vaccination of immune populations in blood and in the tumor tissue, with special focus on the T-cell repertoire...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29771917/the-differentiation-of-preadipocytes-and-gene-expression-related-to-adipogenesis-in-ducks-anas-platyrhynchos
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Shasha Wang, Yang Zhang, Qi Xu, Xiaoya Yuan, Wangcheng Dai, Xiaokun Shen, Zhixiu Wang, Guobin Chang, Zhiquan Wang, Guohong Chen
Meat quality is closely related to adipose tissues in ducks, and adipogenesis is controlled by a complex network of transcription factors tightly acting at different stages of differentiation especially in ducks. The aim of this study was to establish the preadipocyte in vitro culture system and understand the biological characteristics of expansion of duck adipocyte tissue at the cellular and molecular level. We isolated pre-adipocytes from the subcutaneous fat of three breeds of duck and differentiated them into mature adipocytes using a mixture of insulin, rosiglitazone, dexamethasone, 3-isobutyl-1-methylxanthine, and oleic acid over 0,2, 4, 6, and 8 days...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29770732/characterization-of-canine-adipose-derived-mesenchymal-stromal-stem-cells-in-serum-free-medium
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Zhuoming Liu, Rudell Screven, Lynne Boxer, Michael Myers, Lax Devireddy
In this manuscript, we report on the development of a defined serum-free medium capable of supporting the culture expansion of mesenchymal stromal/stem cells (MSCs) from canine adipose tissue (canine Ad-MSCs). The potential benefits of serum-free media can only be utilized if cells cultured in serum-free media maintain the same functional characteristics as cells cultured in serum-containing media. Therefore, we analyze the characteristics of canine Ad-MSCs cultured in this serum-free medium or in serum-containing medium through evaluation of growth kinetics, clonogenic capacity, senescence, and differentiation capacity...
May 17, 2018: Tissue Engineering. Part C, Methods
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