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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427941/elongation-affinity-activation-barrier-and-stability-of-a%C3%AE-42-oligomers-fibrils-in-physiological-saline
#1
Roberto A Rodriguez, Liao Y Chen, Germán Plascencia-Villa, George Perry
Amyloid-beta (Aβ) peptides, Aβ40 and the more neurotoxic Aβ42, have been the subject of many research efforts for Alzheimer's disease. In two recent independent investigations, the atomistic structure of Aβ42 fibril has been clearly established in the S-shaped conformation consisting of three β-sheets stabilized by salt bridges formed between the Lys28 sidechain and the C-terminus of Ala42. This structure distinctively differs from the long-known structure of Aβ40 in the β-hairpin shaped conformation consisting of two β-sheets...
April 17, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427918/endocan-is-a-stable-circulating-molecule-in-icu-patients
#2
Gaudet Alexandre, Chenevier-Gobeaux Camille, Parmentier Erika, Delobel Jean-Edouard, Dubucquoi Sylvain, Mathieu Daniel, Lassalle Philippe, De Freitas Caires Nathalie
BACKGROUND: Endocan is a lung endothelial cell secreted proteoglycan, possessing multiple physiological roles and potential therapeutic and diagnostic utility as biomarker in pneumonia and acute respiratory distress syndrome. Endocan synthesis and secretion can be induced by proinflammatory cytokines such as TNF-α, but can also be subject of proteolytic degradation causing preanalytical variation. METHODS: We investigated the stability of endocan in conventional serum, plasma, anticoagulated whole blood, as well as whole blood and plasma stabilized with protease inhibitors...
April 17, 2017: Clinical Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426898/improving-myoblast-differentiation-on-electrospun-poly-%C3%AE%C2%B5-caprolactone-scaffolds
#3
Phammela N Abarzúa-Illanes, Cristina Padilla, Andrea Ramos, Mauricio Isaacs, Jorge Ramos-Grez, Hugo C Olguín, Loreto M Valenzuela
Polymer scaffolds are used as an alternative to support tissue regeneration when it does not occur on its own. Cell response on polymer scaffolds is determined by factors such as polymer composition, topology, and the presence of other molecules. We evaluated the cellular response of murine skeletal muscle myoblasts on aligned or unaligned fibers obtained by electrospinning poly(ε-caprolactone) (PCL), and blends with poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA) or decorin, a proteoglycan known to regulate myogenesis...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426484/connective-tissue-nevi-a-review-of-the-literature
#4
Harleen Arora, Leyre Falto-Aizpurua, Andrea Cortés-Fernandez, Sonal Choudhary, Paolo Romanelli
Connective tissue nevi (CTN) are hamartomas of the dermis, with the 3 main components being collagen, elastin, and proteoglycans. Each subtype can present as a solitary lesion or multiple lesions. They could present as part of systemic diseases or inherited disorders. This article provides a comprehensive literature review of the different types of CTN, their clinical presentations, associations, and treatment options. Treatment options for 56 lesions were reviewed. Fifty-two percent of lesions were present in males, and the age range at the time of presentation was wide (1...
May 2017: American Journal of Dermatopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424697/regulation-of-the-functions-of-natural-cytotoxicity-receptors-by-interactions-with-diverse-ligands-and-alterations-in-splice-variant-expression
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Tatiana Pazina, Avishai Shemesh, Michael Brusilovsky, Angel Porgador, Kerry S Campbell
The natural cytotoxicity receptor (NCR) family is constituted by NKp46, NKp44, and NKp30 in humans, which are expressed mainly on natural killer (NK) cells and are encoded by the ncr1, ncr2, and ncr3 genes, respectively. NCRs have classically been defined as activating receptors that trigger cytotoxicity and cytokine responses by NK cells upon engaging with ligands on tumor cells. Several new findings, however, have challenged this model and identified alternative mechanisms regulating the function of NCRs...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424577/investigation-of-endocytic-pathways-for-the-internalization-of-exosome-associated-oligomeric-alpha-synuclein
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Marion Delenclos, Teodora Trendafilova, Divya Mahesh, Ann M Baine, Simon Moussaud, Irene K Yan, Tushar Patel, Pamela J McLean
Misfolding and aggregation of alpha-synuclein (αsyn) resulting in cytotoxicity is a hallmark of Parkinson's disease (PD) and related synucleinopathies. The recent body of evidence indicates that αsyn can be released from neuronal cells by nonconventional exocytosis involving extracellular vesicles (EVs) such as exosomes. The transfer of αsyn between cells has been proposed to be an important mechanism of disease propagation in PD. To date, exosome trafficking mechanisms, including release and cell-cell transmission, have not been fully described...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422125/running-exercise-strengthens-the-intervertebral-disc
#7
Daniel L Belavý, Matthew J Quittner, Nicola Ridgers, Yuan Ling, David Connell, Timo Rantalainen
There is currently no evidence that the intervertebral discs (IVDs) can respond positively to exercise in humans. Some authors have argued that IVD metabolism in humans is too slow to respond anabolically to exercise within the human lifespan. Here we show that chronic running exercise in men and women is associated with better IVD composition (hydration and proteoglycan content) and with IVD hypertrophy. Via quantitative assessment of physical activity we further find that accelerations at fast walking and slow running (2 m/s), but not high-impact tasks, lower intensity walking or static positions, correlated to positive IVD characteristics...
April 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419865/the-nitroxyl-donor-angeli-s-salt-ameliorates-staphylococcus-aureus-induced-septic-arthritis-in-mice
#8
Larissa Staurengo-Ferrari, Kenji W Ruiz-Miyazawa, Felipe A Pinho-Ribeiro, Talita P Domiciano, Victor Fattori, Sandra S Mizokami, Jacinta S Pelayo, Juliano Bordignon, Florêncio Figueiredo, Rubia Casagrande, Katrina M Miranda, Waldiceu A Verri
Septic arthritis is a severe and rapidly debilitating disease associated with severe joint pain, inflammation and oxidative stress. Nitroxyl (HNO) has become a nitrogen oxide of significant interest due to its pharmacological endpoints that are potentially favorable for treating varied diseases. However, whether HNO also serves as a treatment to septic arthritis is currently unknown. The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of the HNO donor, Angeli's salt (AS), in the outcome of chronic Staphylococcus aureus (S...
April 15, 2017: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418278/the-effect-of-surgical-insertion-and-proinflammatory-cytokines-on-osteochondral-allograft-survival-and-metabolism
#9
Samantha L Gitelis, Ariel Bodker, Michel P Laurent, Spencer S Kirk, Giuseppe Filardo, Maximilian A Meyer, Arnavaz A Hakimiyan, Lev Rappoport, Markus A Wimmer, Brian J Cole, Susan Chubinskaya
Objective To investigate the responses of refrigerated osteochondral allograft cartilage (OCA) and fresh cartilage (FC), including cell survival and metabolism, to surgical impaction and proinflammatory cytokines. Design Osteochondral plugs (8 mm diameter) were harvested from prolonged-refrigerated (14-28 days) and fresh (≤24 hours postmortem) human femoral hemicondyles and subjected to a 0.2 N s pneumatic impaction impulse. Cartilage explants were removed from subchondral bone and randomized to 1 of 6 treatment groups: (1) Unimpacted control (UIC), (2) Impacted control (IC), (3) Impacted + interleukin (IL)-1β (0...
January 1, 2017: Cartilage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418007/saturated-fatty-acids-induce-development-of-both-metabolic-syndrome-and-osteoarthritis-in-rats
#10
Sunderajhan Sekar, Siti Raihanah Shafie, Indira Prasadam, Ross Crawford, Sunil K Panchal, Lindsay Brown, Yin Xiao
The predominant saturated fatty acids (SFA) in human diets are lauric acid (LA, C12:0), myristic acid (MA, C14:0), palmitic acid (PA, C16:0) and stearic acid (SA, C18:0). The aim of this study was to investigate whether diets containing individual SFA together with excess simple carbohydrates induce osteoarthritis (OA)-like changes in knee joints and signs of metabolic syndrome in rats. Rats were given either a corn starch diet or a diet composed of simple carbohydrates together with 20% LA, MA, PA, SA or beef tallow for 16 weeks...
April 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417352/follicular-adamts-1-and-aggrecan-levels-in-polycystic-ovary-syndrome
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Esra Nur Tola, Dilek Ulusoy Karatopuk, Nadiye Koroglu, Merve Ergin, Hilmi Baha Oral
PURPOSE: Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is the most common cause of ovulatory dysfunction and female infertility. The etiopathogenetic mechanisms of PCOS have been studied for many years, although exact causes remain unclear. It has been demonstrated that proteoglycan degradation by a disintegrin-like metalloproteinase with thrombospondin type motifs-1 (ADAMTS-1) is essential for ovulation and fertilization. The objective of our study is to analyze the levels of ADAMTS-1 and aggrecan in the follicular fluid (FF) of PCOS patients compared with normal ovulatory women and to determine whether these markers could be a predictor of in vitro fertilization (IVF) success in PCOS patients...
April 17, 2017: Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416222/dentin-on-the-nanoscale-hierarchical-organization-mechanical-behavior-and-bioinspired-engineering
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REVIEW
Luiz E Bertassoni
OBJECTIVE: Knowledge of the structural organization and mechanical properties of dentin has expanded considerably during the past two decades, especially on a nanometer scale. In this paper, we review the recent literature on the nanostructural and nanomechanical properties of dentin, with special emphasis in its hierarchical organization. METHODS: We give particular attention to the recent literature concerning the structural and mechanical influence of collagen intrafibrillar and extrafibrillar mineral in healthy and remineralized tissues...
April 14, 2017: Dental Materials: Official Publication of the Academy of Dental Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414930/antipsychotics-promote-gabaergic-interneuron-genesis-in-the-adult-rat-brain-role-of-heat-shock-protein-production
#13
Hiroo Kaneta, Wataru Ukai, Hanako Tsujino, Kengo Furuse, Yoshiyasu Kigawa, Masaya Tayama, Takao Ishii, Eri Hashimoto, Chiaki Kawanishi
Current antipsychotics reduce positive symptoms and reverse negative symptoms in conjunction with cognitive behavioral issues with the goal of restoring impaired occupational and social functioning. However, limited information is available on their influence on gliogenesis or their neurogenic properties in adult schizophrenia brains, particularly on GABAergic interneuron production. In the present study, we used young adult subventricular zone (SVZ)-derived progenitor cells expressing proteoglycan NG2 cultures to examine the oligodendrocyte and GABAergic interneuron genesis effects of several kinds of antipsychotics on changes in differentiation function induced by exposure to the NMDA receptor antagonist MK-801...
March 10, 2017: Journal of Psychiatric Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413030/the-role-matrix-metalloproteinases-in-the-production-of-aortic-aneurysm
#14
Simon W Rabkin
Matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) have been implicated in the pathogenesis of aortic aneurysm because the histology of thoracic aortic aneurysm (TAA) and abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) is characterized by the loss of smooth muscle cells in the aortic media and the destruction of extracellular matrix (ECM). Furthermore, AAA have evidence of inflammation and the cellular elements involved in inflammation such as macrophages can produce and/or activate MMPs This chapter focuses on human aortic aneurysm that are not due to specific known genetic causes because this type of aneurysm is the more common type...
2017: Progress in Molecular Biology and Translational Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410428/tuft1-a-novel-candidate-gene-for-metatarsophalangeal-osteoarthritis-plays-a-role-in-chondrogenesis-on-a-calcium-related-pathway
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Eeva Sliz, Mari Taipale, Maiju Welling, Sini Skarp, Viivi Alaraudanjoki, Jaakko Ignatius, Lloyd Ruddock, Ritva Nissi, Minna Männikkö
Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common degenerative joint disorder and genetic factors have been shown to have a significant role in its etiology. The first metatarsophalangeal joint (MTP I) is highly susceptible to development of OA due to repetitive mechanical stress during walking. We used whole exome sequencing to study genetic defect(s) predisposing to familial early-onset bilateral MTP I OA inherited in an autosomal dominant manner. A nonsynonymous single nucleotide variant rs41310883 (c.524C>T, p...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408175/an-oncofetal-glycosaminoglycan-modification-provides-therapeutic-access-to-cisplatin-resistant-bladder-cancer
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Roland Seiler, Htoo Zarni Oo, Davide Tortora, Thomas M Clausen, Chris K Wang, Gunjan Kumar, Marina Ayres Pereira, Maj S Ørum-Madsen, Mette Ø Agerbæk, Tobias Gustavsson, Mie A Nordmaj, Jamie R Rich, Nada Lallous, Ladan Fazli, Sherry S Lee, James Douglas, Tilman Todenhöfer, Shaghayegh Esfandnia, Dulguun Battsogt, John S Babcook, Nader Al-Nakouzi, Simon J Crabb, Igor Moskalev, Bernhard Kiss, Elai Davicioni, George N Thalmann, Paul S Rennie, Peter C Black, Ali Salanti, Mads Daugaard
BACKGROUND: Although cisplatin-based neoadjuvant chemotherapy (NAC) improves survival of unselected patients with muscle-invasive bladder cancer (MIBC), only a minority responds to therapy and chemoresistance remains a major challenge in this disease setting. OBJECTIVE: To investigate the clinical significance of oncofetal chondroitin sulfate (ofCS) glycosaminoglycan chains in cisplatin-resistant MIBC and to evaluate these as targets for second-line therapy. DESIGN, SETTING, AND PARTICIPANTS: An ofCS-binding recombinant VAR2CSA protein derived from the malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum (rVAR2) was used as an in situ, in vitro, and in vivo ofCS-targeting reagent in cisplatin-resistant MIBC...
April 10, 2017: European Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407495/stem-cell-delivery-in-tissue-specific-hydrogel-enabled-meniscal-repair-in-an-orthotopic-rat-model
#17
Xiaoning Yuan, Yiyong Wei, Aránzazu Villasante, Johnathan J D Ng, Derya E Arkonac, Pen-Hsiu Grace Chao, Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic
Interest in non-invasive injectable therapies has rapidly risen due to their excellent safety profile and ease of use in clinical settings. Injectable hydrogels can be derived from the extracellular matrix (ECM) of specific tissues to provide a biomimetic environment for cell delivery and enable seamless regeneration of tissue defects. We investigated the in situ delivery of human mesenchymal stem cells (hMSCs) in decellularized meniscus ECM hydrogel to a meniscal defect in a nude rat model. First, decellularized meniscus ECM hydrogel retained tissue-specific proteoglycans and collagens, and significantly upregulated expression of fibrochondrogenic markers by hMSCs versus collagen hydrogel alone in vitro...
April 4, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28406954/therapeutic-efficacy-of-intra-articular-hyaluronan-derivative-and-platelet-rich-plasma-in-mice-following-axial-tibial-loading
#18
Xin Duan, Linda J Sandell, Nobuaki Chinzei, Nilsson Holguin, Matthew J Silva, Antonella Schiavinato, Muhammad Farooq Rai
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the therapeutic potential of intra-articular hyaluronan-derivative HYADD® 4-G and/or platelet-rich plasma (PRP) in a mouse model of non-invasive joint injury. METHODS: Non-invasive axial tibial loading was used to induce joint injury in 10-week-old C57BL/6J mice (n = 86). Mice underwent a single loading of either 6 Newton (N) or 9N axial tibial compression. HYADD® 4-G was injected intra-articularly at 8 mg/mL or 15 mg/mL either before or after loading with or without PRP...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28402693/heparan-sulfate-proteoglycans-regulate-autophagy-in-drosophila
#19
Claire E Reynolds-Peterson, Na Zhao, Jie Xu, Taryn M Serman, Jielin Xu, Scott B Selleck
Heparan sulfate-modified proteoglycans (HSPGs) are important regulators of signaling and molecular recognition at the cell surface and in the extracellular space. Disruption of HSPG core proteins, HS-synthesis, or HS-degradation can have profound effects on growth, patterning, and cell survival. The Drosophila neuromuscular junction provides a tractable model for understanding the activities of HSPGs at a synapse that displays developmental and activity-dependent plasticity. Muscle cell-specific knockdown of HS biosynthesis disrupted the organization of a specialized postsynaptic membrane, the subsynaptic reticulum (SSR), and affected the number and morphology of mitochondria...
April 12, 2017: Autophagy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28398752/biomimetic-proteoglycans-mimic-macromolecular-architecture-and-water-uptake-of-natural-proteoglycans
#20
Katsiaryna Prudnikova, Robert W Yucha, Pavan Patel, Alicia Kriete, Lin Han, Lynn S Penn, Michele S Marcolongo
Aging and degeneration of human tissue come with the loss of tissue water retention and associated changes in physical properties partially due to degradation and subsequent loss of proteoglycans. We demonstrated a novel method of fabrication of biomimetic proteoglycans, which mimic the three-dimensional bottlebrush architecture and physical behavior of natural proteoglycans responsible for tissue hydration and structural integrity. Biomimetic proteoglycans are synthesized by an end-on attachment of natural chondroitin sulfate bristles to a synthetic poly(acryloyl chloride) backbone...
April 11, 2017: Biomacromolecules
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