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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532037/multifactor-analysis-on-the-effect-of-collagen-concentration-cross-linking-and-fiber-pore-orientation-on-chemical-microstructural-mechanical-and-biological-properties-of-collagen-type-i-scaffolds
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E Suesca, A M A Dias, M E M Braga, H C de Sousa, M R Fontanilla
This work evaluates the effect of processing variables on some physicochemical and mechanical properties of multi- and unidirectional laminar collagen type I scaffolds. The processing variables considered in this study included microstructure orientation (uni- and multidirectional fiber/pore controlled by freeze-drying methodology), cross-linking (chemical - using genipin and glutaraldehyde, and physical - using a dehydrothermal method), and collagen concentration (2, 5 and 8mg/ml). The biocompatibility of the scaffolds obtained in each of the evaluated manufacturing processes was also assessed...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530637/cell-penetrating-peptides-selectively-targeting-smad3-inhibit-profibrotic-tgf-%C3%AE-signaling
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Jeong-Han Kang, Mi-Yeon Jung, Xueqian Yin, Mahefatiana Andrianifahanana, Danielle M Hernandez, Edward B Leof
TGF-β is considered a master switch in the pathogenesis of organ fibrosis. The primary mediators of this activity are the SMAD proteins, particularly SMAD3. In the current study, we have developed a cell-penetrating peptide (CPP) conjugate of the HIV TAT protein that is fused to an aminoterminal sequence of sorting nexin 9 (SNX9), which was previously shown to bind phosphorylated SMAD3 (pSMAD3). We determined that specifically preventing the nuclear import of pSMAD3 using the TAT-SNX9 peptide inhibited profibrotic TGF-β activity in murine cells and human lung fibroblasts as well as in vivo with no demonstrable toxicity...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526615/lung-inflammation-after-bleomycin-treatment-in-mice-selection-of-an-accurate-normalization-strategy-for-gene-expression-analysis-in-an-ex-vivo-and-in-vitro-model
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Veronica Della Latta, Manuela Cabiati, Silvia Burchielli, Giada Frenzilli, Margherita Bernardeschi, Antonella Cecchettini, Federica Viglione, Maria-Aurora Morales, Silvia Del Ry
Pulmonary fibrosis (PF) is the most common and aggressive interstitial lung disease, characterized by a patchy development of fibrosis leading to progressive destruction of the normal lung architecture which is preceded by an inflammatory process. Gene expression studies are important to understand the development of PF but the accuracy and reproducibility of Real-Time PCR depend on appropriate normalization strategies. This study aimed to analyze the expression variability of eight commonly used reference genes during the initial inflammatory phase of bleomycin-induced PF in a mouse model and to verify whether the selected reference genes could be applied to an in-vitro model of BLM-treated primary murine lung fibroblasts...
May 16, 2017: International Journal of Biochemistry & Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525893/rat-embryonic-fibroblasts-immortalized-by-mrps18-2-protein-are-target-for-nk-cells
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Muhammad Mushtaq, Pradeepa N Pangigadde, Suhas Darekar, Erik Dissen, Elena Kashuba
Overexpression of the human mitochondrial ribosomal protein MRPS18-2 (S18-2) led to immortalization of primary rat embryonic fibroblasts (REFs). The derived cells (18IM) expressed embryonic stem cell markers. Noteworthy, genes encoding the COX family proteins were up-regulated significantly. It is known that the COX family proteins are involved in the regulation of immune response.In the present work we demonstrate that 18IM cells behave like stem cells when subjected to directed differentiation in vitro. However, unlike stem cells, 18IM cells do not develop tumors in vivo, in SCID mice...
May 4, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523180/primary-atypical-carcinoid-tumor-of-the-mediastinum-a-very-rare-finding
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Luigi Ventura, Letizia Gnetti, Enrico Maria Silini, Guido Rindi, Paolo Carbognani, Michele Rusca, Luca Ampollini
Primary neuroendocrine tumors (NETs) of the mediastinum are very rare. Prognosis is usually poor despite treatment options. We present the case of a primary atypical carcinoid tumor of the mediastinum successfully treated by multimodal approach. A 50-year-old man presented for asthenia, dyspnea, and substernal sense of weight for two weeks. A chest-CT scan revealed a tumor mass of 107×55×95 mm(3) localized in the anterosuperior mediastinum compressing both brachiocephalic veins, the superior vena cava, the pericardium, and lungs...
April 2017: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522793/diffuse-colonies-of-human-skin-fibroblasts-in-relation-to-cellular-senescence-and-proliferation
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Vadim Zorin, Alla Zorina, Nadezhda Smetanina, Pavel Kopnin, Ivan V Ozerov, Sergey Leonov, Artur Isaev, Dmitry Klokov, Andreyan N Osipov
Development of personalized skin treatment in medicine and skin care may benefit from simple and accurate evaluation of the fraction of senescent skin fibroblasts that lost their proliferative capacity. We examined whether enriched analysis of colonies formed by primary human skin fibroblasts, a simple and widely available cellular assay, could reveal correlations with the fraction of senescent cells in heterogenic cell population. We measured fractions of senescence associated β-galactosidase (SA-βgal) positive cells in either mass cultures or colonies of various morphological types (dense, mixed and diffuse) formed by skin fibroblasts from 10 human donors...
May 16, 2017: Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28518212/evaluation-of-cytotoxicity-and-ph-changes-generated-by-various-dental-pulp-capping-materials-an-in-vitro-study
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Elzbieta Luczaj-Cepowicz, Grazyna Marczuk-Kolada, Malgorzata Pawinska, Marta Obidzinska, Adam Holownia
INTRODUCTION: Various materials are used in direct dental pulp capping method. Their biocompatibility and alkalizing abilities are of primary importance affecting therapeutic effects. The aim of this study was to evaluate and compare the cytotoxicity of various pulp-capping materials on human gingival fibroblasts and investigate the pH changes induced by these materials. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Human gingival fibroblasts were cultured with nine direct pulp materials using culture plate inserts...
May 18, 2017: Folia Histochemica et Cytobiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28517972/glycated-collagen-stimulates-the-differentiation-of-gingival-myofibroblasts
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Ignacio N Retamal, Romina Hernández, Francisco Melo, Paulina Zapata, Constanza Martínez, Jorge Martínez, Patricio C Smith
BACKGROUND: Glucose-derived metabolites may alter the structure and biological properties of important proteins in the periodontium such as collagens. As a consequence, it is possible that collagen-binding cells may change their phenotypic traits. Though the glucose derived product methylglyoxal has been detected in periodontal lesions, the precise effect of collagen glycation on gingival connective tissue biology is far from being understood. In the present study we have evaluated whether collagen glycation by methylglyoxal may affect the phenotypic properties and remodeling capacity of human gingival fibroblasts...
May 18, 2017: Journal of Periodontology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516114/measurement-of-mrna-decay-in-mouse-embryonic-fibroblasts
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Lian-Qun Qiu, Wi S Lai, Deborah J Stumpo, Perry J Blackshear
mRNA stability control is a critical step in the post-transcriptional regulation of gene expression. Actinomycin D, an antibiotic initially used as an anti-cancer drug, has turned out to be a convenient tool for studying the turnover rates of transcripts in cells, due to its inhibition of mRNA synthesis. Here, we describe a protocol for the measurement of mRNA decay after adding actinomycin D into the medium of stable fibroblast cell lines derived from wild-type and tristetraprolin (TTP)-deficient mouse embryonic fibroblast (MEF) cultures, as well as a protocol for determining the relative transcript abundance using semi-quantitative real time RT-PCR...
July 5, 2016: Bio-protocol
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513058/pro-myogenic-and-low-oxygen-culture-increases-expression-of-contractile-smooth-muscle-markers-in-human-fibroblasts
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Matija Veber, David Dolivo, Marsha Rolle, Tanja Dominko
Smooth muscle cells are essential for tissue engineering strategies to fabricate organs such as blood vessels, esophagus, and bladder, and to create disease models of these systems. In order for such therapies and models to be feasible, smooth muscle cells must be sourced effectively to enable production of large numbers of functional cells. In vitro, smooth muscle cells divide slowly and demonstrate short proliferative lifespans compared to other types of cells including stem cells and fibroblasts, limiting the number of cells that can be derived from expansion in culture of a primary isolation...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512490/in-vitro-cytotoxicity-of-a-new-nano-root-canal-sealer-on-human-gingival-fibroblasts
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Maryam Javidi, Parisa Dastmalchi, Mina Zarei, Maryam Shayani Rad, Ahmad Ghorbani
INTRODUCTION: The aim of this in vitro study was to evaluate the cytotoxicity of a new nano zinc-oxide eugenol (NZOE) sealer on human gingival fibroblasts (HGFs) compared with Pulpdent (micro-sized ZOE sealer) and AH-26 (resin-based sealer). METHODS AND MATERIALS: The Pulpdent, AH-26, and NZOE sealers were prepared and exposed to cell culture media immediately after setting, and 24 h and one week after setting. Then, the primary cultured HGFs were incubated for 24 h with different dilutions (1:1 to 1:32) of each sealer extract...
2017: Iranian Endodontic Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512145/the-cytotoxic-type-3-secretion-system-1-of-vibrio-rewires-host-gene-expression-to-subvert-cell-death-and-activate-cell-survival-pathways
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Nicole J De Nisco, Mohammed Kanchwala, Peng Li, Jessie Fernandez, Chao Xing, Kim Orth
Bacterial effectors potently manipulate host signaling pathways. The marine bacterium Vibrio parahaemolyticus (V. para) delivers effectors into host cells through two type 3 secretion systems (T3SSs). T3SS1 is vital for V. para survival in the environment, whereas T3SS2 causes acute gastroenteritis in human hosts. Although the natural host is undefined, T3SS1 effectors attack highly conserved cellular processes and pathways to orchestrate nonapoptotic cell death. To understand how the concerted action of T3SS1 effectors globally affects host cell signaling, we compared gene expression changes over time in primary fibroblasts infected with V...
May 16, 2017: Science Signaling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511912/inhibition-of-kdm4a-activity-as-a-strategy-to-suppress-interleukin-6-production-and-attenuate-colitis-induction
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Kazuhiro Ishiguro, Osamu Watanabe, Masanao Nakamura, Takeshi Yamamura, Masanobu Matsushita, Hidemi Goto, Yoshiki Hirooka
4-Chloro-7-nitro-2,1,3-benzoxadiazole (NBD-Cl) functions as a hapten and fluoresces upon binding to proteins. Therefore, fluorescence visualization of hapten-proteins is a feature of the colitis induced by NBD-Cl. Using this colitis model, we located activated fibroblasts in the vicinity of hapten-proteins upon colitis induction and observed interleukin (IL)-6 production in the activated fibroblasts. We screened herbal ingredients using primary fibroblasts stimulated with tumor necrosis factor α (TNF-α) and found the suppressive action of Atractylodin on IL-6 production...
May 13, 2017: Clinical Immunology: the Official Journal of the Clinical Immunology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511023/efficacy-of-docosahexaenoic-acid-choline-vitamin-e-dha-cho-ve-in-paediatric-nash-a-randomized-controlled-clinical-trial
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Evelyn Zöhrer, Alisi Anna, Jörg Jahnel, Antonella Moscla, Claudia Della Corte, Annalisa Crudele, Günter Fauler, Valerio Nobili
Non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), a progressive form of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), is one of the most common hepatic diseases in children. We conducted a randomized controlled clinical trial on children with biopsy-proven NASH based on a combinatorial nutritional approach compared to placebo. Participants were assigned to lifestyle modification plus placebo, or lifestyle modification plus a mix containing docosahexaenoic acid, choline and vitamin E (DHA-CHO-VE). Forty children and adolescents concluded the trial...
May 16, 2017: Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism, Physiologie Appliquée, Nutrition et Métabolisme
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28508871/non-cell-autonomous-activation-of-il-6-stat3-signaling-mediates-fgf19-driven-hepatocarcinogenesis
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Mei Zhou, Hong Yang, R Marc Learned, Hui Tian, Lei Ling
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), a primary malignancy of the liver, is the second leading cause of cancer mortality worldwide. Fibroblast Growth Factor 19 (FGF19) is one of the most frequently amplified genes in HCC patients. Moreover, mice expressing an FGF19 transgene have been shown to develop HCC. However, the downstream signalling pathways that mediate FGF19-dependent tumorigenesis remain to be deciphered. Here we show that FGF19 triggers a previously unsuspected, non-cell-autonomous program to activate STAT3 signalling in hepatocytes through IL-6 produced in the liver microenvironment...
May 16, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507750/effects-of-conventional-and-a-novel-colonic-release-bile-acid-sequestrant-a3384-on-fibroblast-growth-factor-19-and-bile-acid-metabolism-in-healthy-volunteers-and-patients-with-bile-acid-diarrhoea
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R N Appleby, A Bajor, P-G Gillberg, H Graffner, M Simrén, K A Ung, Jrf Walters
BACKGROUND: Primary bile acid diarrhoea (BAD) is associated with increased bile acid synthesis and low fibroblast growth factor 19 (FGF19). Bile acid sequestrants are used as therapy, but are poorly tolerated and may exacerbate FGF19 deficiency. AIM: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the pharmacological effects of conventional sequestrants and a colonic-release formulation preparation of colestyramine (A3384) on bile acid metabolism and bowel function in patients with BAD...
April 2017: United European Gastroenterology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507545/clinical-and-molecular-heterogeneity-of-rtel1-deficiency
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Carsten Speckmann, Sushree Sangita Sahoo, Marta Rizzi, Shinsuke Hirabayashi, Axel Karow, Nina Kathrin Serwas, Marc Hoemberg, Natalja Damatova, Detlev Schindler, Jean-Baptiste Vannier, Simon J Boulton, Ulrich Pannicke, Gudrun Göhring, Kathrin Thomay, J J Verdu-Amoros, Holger Hauch, Wilhelm Woessmann, Gabriele Escherich, Eckart Laack, Liliana Rindle, Maximilian Seidl, Anne Rensing-Ehl, Ekkehart Lausch, Christine Jandrasits, Brigitte Strahm, Klaus Schwarz, Stephan R Ehl, Charlotte Niemeyer, Kaan Boztug, Marcin W Wlodarski
Typical features of dyskeratosis congenita (DC) resulting from excessive telomere shortening include bone marrow failure (BMF), mucosal fragility, and pulmonary or liver fibrosis. In more severe cases, immune deficiency and recurring infections can add to disease severity. RTEL1 deficiency has recently been described as a major genetic etiology, but the molecular basis and clinical consequences of RTEL1-associated DC are incompletely characterized. We report our observations in a cohort of six patients: five with novel biallelic RTEL1 mutations p...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507462/comparative-analysis-of-non-viral-transfection-methods-in-mouse-embryonic-fibroblast-cells
#18
Migi Lee, Kathleen Chea, Rajyalakshmi Pyda, Melissa Chua, Isabel Dominguez
Mouse embryonic fibroblast (MEF) cells are an important in vitro model for developmental biology, disease, and reprogramming studies. However, as with other primary cells, they are challenging to transfect. Although viral gene-delivery methods achieve high gene-delivery efficiency, challenges with cell mutagenesis and safety among others have led to the use and improvement of non-viral gene-delivery methods in MEF cells. Despite the importance of gene delivery in MEF cells, there is limited comparison of method/reagent efficacy...
April 29, 2017: Journal of Biomolecular Techniques: JBT
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507166/matrix-stiffness-regulates-migration-of-human-lung-fibroblasts
#19
Shuichi Asano, Satoru Ito, Kota Takahashi, Kishio Furuya, Masashi Kondo, Masahiro Sokabe, Yoshinori Hasegawa
In patients with pulmonary diseases such as idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis and severe acute respiratory distress syndrome, progressive pulmonary fibrosis is caused by dysregulated wound healing via activation of fibroblasts after lung inflammation or severe damage. Migration of fibroblasts toward the fibrotic lesions plays an important role in pulmonary fibrosis. Fibrotic tissue in the lung is much stiffer than normal lung tissue. Emerging evidence supports the hypothesis that the stiffness of the matrix is not only a consequence of fibrosis, but also can induce fibroblast activation...
May 2017: Physiological Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505031/povidone-iodine-solutions-inhibit-cell-migration-and-survival-of-osteoblasts-fibroblasts-and-myoblasts
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James X Liu, Jordan A Werner, John A Buza, Thorsten Kirsch, Joseph D Zuckerman, Mandeep S Virk
STUDY DESIGN: In vitro laboratory study. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to identify the effect of dilute povidone-iodine (PVI) solutions on human osteoblast, fibroblast and myoblast cells in vitro. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Dilute PVI wound lavage has been used successfully in spine and joint arthroplasty procedures to prevent post-operative surgical site infection, but their biologic effect on host cells is largely unknown. METHODS: Human primary osteoblasts, fibroblasts, and myoblasts were expanded in cell culture and subjected to various concentrations of PVI (0%, 0...
April 12, 2017: Spine
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