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Maria Siemionow, Joanna Cwykiel, Ahlke Heydemann, Jesus Garcia, Enza Marchese, Krzysztof Siemionow, Erzsebet Szilagyi
Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) is a progressive and lethal disease caused by mutations of the dystrophin gene. Currently no cure exists. Stem cell therapies targeting DMD are challenged by limited engraftment and rejection despite the use of immunosuppression. There is an urgent need to introduce new stem cell-based therapies that exhibit low allogenic profiles and improved cell engraftment. In this proof-of-concept study, we develop and test a new human stem cell-based approach to increase engraftment, limit rejection, and restore dystrophin expression in the mdx/scid mouse model of DMD...
March 15, 2018: Stem Cell Reviews
Ke-Wei Tian, Yuan-Yuan Zhang, Hong Jiang, Shu Han
The placenta has emerged as an attractive source of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) because of the absence of ethical issues, non-invasive access, and abundant yield. However, inflammatory cell invasion into grafts negatively impacts the survival and efficacy of transplanted cells. Previous studies have shown that synthetic C16 peptide can competitively block the transmigration of leukocytes into the central nerve system, while angiopoietin-1 (Ang-1) can inhibit inflammation-induced blood vessel leakage and inflammatory cell infiltration in rats with experimental allergic encephalomyelitis (EAE)...
March 15, 2018: Scientific Reports
Maria Krevvata, Xiaochuan Shan, Chenghui Zhou, Cedric Dos Santos, Georges Habineza Ndikuyeze, Anthony Secreto, Joshua Glover, Winifred Trotman, Gisela Brake-Silla, Selene Nunez-Cruz, Gerald Wertheim, Hyun-Jeong Ra, Elizabeth Griffiths, Charalampos Papachristou, Gwenn Danet-Desnoyers, Martin Carroll
Patient-derived xenotransplantation models of human myeloid diseases including acute myeloid leukemia, myelodysplastic syndromes and myeloproliferative neoplasms are essential for studying the disease's biology in pre-clinical studies. However, few studies have used these models for comparison purposes. Previous work has shown that acute myeloid leukemia blasts respond to human hematopoietic cytokines whereas myelodysplastic syndrome cells do not. We compared the engraftment of acute myeloid leukemia cells and myelodyplastic syndrome cells in NSG mice to NSG-S mice, which have transgene expression of human cytokines...
March 15, 2018: Haematologica
Qiang Wang, Feiyang Liu, Shuang Qi, Ziping Qi, Xiao-E Yan, Beilei Wang, Aoli Wang, Wei Wang, Cheng Chen, Xiaochuan Liu, Zongru Jiang, Zhenquan Hu, Li Wang, Wenchao Wang, Tao Ren, Shanchun Zhang, Cai-Hong Yun, Qingsong Liu, Jing Liu
Through exploration of the non-highly conserved allosteric hydrophobic pocket generated by DFG-out shifting in the inactive conformation, we discovered a highly selective type II PDGFRα kinase inhibitor 15i (CHMFL-PDGFRα-159), which exhibited strong potency against purified PDGFRα (IC50 : 132 nM) but not structurally similar PDGFRβ, ABL, c-KIT and VEGFR2 kinases. In addition, it displayed a high selectivity profile (S score (10) = 0.02) at the concentration of 1 μM among 468 kinases/mutants in the KINOMEscan profiling...
March 12, 2018: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
Kotoe Iesato, Tsukasa Hori, Yuko Yoto, Masaki Yamamoto, Natsuko Inazawa, Kenichi Kamo, Hiroshi Ikeda, Satoshi Iyama, Naoki Hatakeyama, Akihiro Iguchi, Junichi Sugita, Ryoji Kobayashi, Nobuhiro Suzuki, Hiroyuki Tsutsumi
BACKGROUND: Patients undergoing hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) frequently experience HHV-6 reactivation typically during early phase following HSCT. However, the long-term clinical complications and prognosis among such patients remain unclear. METHODS: Between September 2010 and October 2012, whole blood samples from 105 patients collected weekly from prior to 6 weeks after HSCT underwent multiplex polymerase chain reaction (PCR) to screen for viral DNA, followed by real-time PCR for quantitative estimation...
March 14, 2018: Pediatrics International: Official Journal of the Japan Pediatric Society
Cindy J M Loomans, Nerys Williams Giuliani, Jeetindra Balak, Femke Ringnalda, Léon van Gurp, Meritxell Huch, Sylvia F Boj, Toshiro Sato, Lennart Kester, Susana M Chuva de Sousa Lopes, Matthias S Roost, Susan Bonner-Weir, Marten A Engelse, Ton J Rabelink, Harry Heimberg, Robert G J Vries, Alexander van Oudenaarden, Françoise Carlotti, Hans Clevers, Eelco J P de Koning
Generating an unlimited source of human insulin-producing cells is a prerequisite to advance β cell replacement therapy for diabetes. Here, we describe a 3D culture system that supports the expansion of adult human pancreatic tissue and the generation of a cell subpopulation with progenitor characteristics. These cells display high aldehyde dehydrogenase activity (ALDHhi ), express pancreatic progenitors markers (PDX1, PTF1A, CPA1, and MYC), and can form new organoids in contrast to ALDHlo cells. Interestingly, gene expression profiling revealed that ALDHhi cells are closer to human fetal pancreatic tissue compared with adult pancreatic tissue...
March 13, 2018: Stem Cell Reports
Marcus Weitz, Guido F Laube, Maria Schmidt, Kai Krupka, Luisa Murer, Dominik Müller, Bernd Hoppe, Anja Büscher, Jens König, Martin Pohl, Therese Jungraithmayr, Florian Thiel, Heiko Billing, Ryszard Grenda, Jacek Rubik, Michael M Kaabak, Fatos Yalcinkaya, Rezan Topaloglu, Nicholas Webb, Luca Dello Strologo, Lars Pape, Silvio Nadalin, Burkhard Tönshoff
BACKGROUND: Infants with a body weight of less than 10 kg are often not considered to be suitable candidates for renal transplantation (RTx). The objective of this study was to evaluate this arbitrary weight threshold for pediatric RTx. METHODS: We conducted a multicenter, retrospective, match-controlled cohort study on infants weighing less than 10 kg at time of engrafting (low-weight group [LWG], n = 38) compared to a matched control group (n = 76) with a body weight of 10-15 kg, using data from the first 2 years post-transplant derived from the CERTAIN Registry...
March 13, 2018: Pediatric Nephrology: Journal of the International Pediatric Nephrology Association
Olena Pogozhykh, Volodymyr Prokopyuk, Constança Figueiredo, Denys Pogozhykh
Placental structures, capable to persist in a genetically foreign organism, are a natural model of allogeneic engraftment carrying a number of distinctive properties. In this review, the main features of the placenta and its derivatives such as structure, cellular composition, immunological and endocrine aspects, and the ability to invasion and deportation are discussed. These features are considered from a perspective that determines the placental material as a unique source for regenerative cell therapies and a lesson for immunological tolerance...
2018: Stem Cells International
Rita Sofia Garcia Ribeiro, Ashwini Ketkar-Atre, Ting Yin, Karim Louchami, Tom Struys, Ivo Lambrichts, Abdullah Sener, Willy Jean Malaisse, Marcel De Cuyper, Uwe Himmelreich
Pancreatic islets (PIs) transplantation is an alternative approach for the treatment of severe forms of type 1 diabetes (T1D). To monitor the success of transplantation, it is desirable to follow the location of engrafted PIs non-invasively. In vivo magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of transplanted PIs is a feasible cell tracking method; however, this requires labeling with a suitable contrast agent prior to transplantation. We have tested the feasibility of cationic magnetoliposomes (MLs), compared to commercial contrast agents (Endorem and Resovist), by labeling insulinoma cells and freshly isolated rat PIs...
March 12, 2018: Journal of Personalized Medicine
Liwei Xie, Amelia Yin, Anna S Nichenko, Aaron M Beedle, Jarrod A Call, Hang Yin
The remarkable regeneration capability of skeletal muscle depends on coordinated proliferation and differentiation of satellite cells. The self-renewal of satellite cells is critical for long-term maintenance of muscle regeneration potential. Hypoxia profoundly affects the proliferation, differentiation, and self-renewal of cultured myoblasts. However, the physiological relevance of hypoxia and hypoxia signaling in satellite cells in vivo remains largely unknown. Here, we report that satellite cells are in an intrinsic hypoxic state in vivo and express hypoxia-inducible factor 2A (HIF2A)...
March 13, 2018: Journal of Clinical Investigation
Chunyan Yue, Yingying Ding, Yang Gao, Li Li, Yan Pang, Zenghui Liu, Hang Zhang, Yang Xiao, Zujun Jiang, Haowen Xiao
OBJECTIVES: In patients with very severe aplastic anemia (VSAA), neutropenia is prolonged and persistent, resulting in refractory overwhelming infections. Hematopoiesis recovery is urgently needed. METHODS: Six patients with de novo VSAA lacking HLA-identical sibling donors and those who experienced refractory infections, underwent haploidentical related donor (HRD) hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) as a first-line therapy. The conditioning regimen consisted of busulfan, cyclophosphamide and rabbit antithymocyte globulin...
March 12, 2018: European Journal of Haematology
Aliana Meneses Ferreira, Frederico Moreira, Thais Guimaraes, Fernanda Spadão, Jessica Fernandes Ramos, Marjorie Vieira Batista, Jayr Schmidt Filho, Silvia Figueiredo Costa, Vanderson Rocha
BACKGROUND: Bloodstream infections (BSI) are a major complication in the early phase of a hematopoietic stem cell transplant (HSCT). AIM: To describe the incidence and risk factors for BSI occurring in the pre-engraftment phase of HSCT and its impact on mortality. METHODS: We retrospectively analysed clinical variables of 232 HSCT patients between 2014 and 2015. Univariate Cox regression analyses were performed to test the association between each covariate and the outcome...
March 9, 2018: Journal of Hospital Infection
Marcus Schiltenwolf
Medicolegal assessments of claimants with chronic muskuloskeletal pain conditions are frequent. The first German guideline published in 2005 for the medicolegal assessment of claimants in chronic pain is now available in its 4th version (AWMF register number 094 - 003). It gives recommendations for the procedure and serves to ensure the quality of expert opinions when complaints about chronic pain are the leading symptom. In the current version, the indications for ordering medical assessments in pain syndromes have been reformulated, the assessment criteria have been adapted to ICF specifications, and an unequivocal distinction has been introduced between questions of state and causal assessment...
March 9, 2018: Zeitschrift Für Orthopädie und Unfallchirurgie
Yohichi Yasunami, Yuki Nakafusa, Naoyoshi Nitta, Masafumi Nakamura, Masafumi Goto, Junko Ono, Masaru Taniguchi
BACKGROUND: Islet transplantation is an attractive treatment for patients with insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus, and currently the liver is the favored transplantation site. However, an alternative site is desirable because of the low efficiency of hepatic transplantation, requiring 2-3 donors for a single recipient, and because the transplanted islets cannot be accessed or retrieved. METHODS: We developed a novel procedure of islet transplantation to the inguinal subcutaneous white adipose tissue (ISWAT) of mice and described functional and morphological characteristics of transplanted syngeneic islets...
March 8, 2018: Transplantation
Leland Metheny, Saada Eid, Karen Lingas, Racheli Ofir, Lena Pinzur, Howard Meyerson, Hillard M Lazarus, Alex Y Huang
Late-term complications of hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT) are numerous and include incomplete engraftment. One possible mechanism of incomplete engraftment after HCT is cytokine-mediated suppression or dysfunction of the bone marrow microenvironment. Mesenchymal stromal cells (MSCs) elaborate cytokines that nurture or stimulate the marrow microenvironment by several mechanisms. We hypothesize that the administration of exogenous MSCs may modulate the bone marrow milieu and improve peripheral blood count recovery in the setting of incomplete engraftment...
2018: Frontiers in Medicine
Tommy Ivanics, John R Bergquist, Gang Liu, Michael P Kim, Yaan Kang, Matthew H Katz, Mayrim V Rios Perez, Ryan M Thomas, Jason B Fleming, Mark J Truty
Patient-derived xenografts (PDX) are being increasingly utilized in preclinical oncologic research. Maintaining large colonies of early generation tumor-bearing mice is impractical and cost-prohibitive. Optimal methods for efficient long-term cryopreservation and subsequent reanimation of PDX tumors are critical to any viable PDX program. We sought to compare the performance of "Standard" and "Specialized" cryoprotectant media on various cryopreservation and reanimation outcomes in PDX tumors...
March 8, 2018: Laboratory Investigation; a Journal of Technical Methods and Pathology
Elizabeth M Catchpoole, Caitlin E Thirunavukarasu, Antiopi Varelias, Sanmarié Schlebusch, Stuart Olver, Nienke Zomerdijk, Emma Osland, Glen A Kennedy, Siok-Keen Tey, Geoffrey R Hill, Kate A Markey
The key complications of allogeneic bone marrow transplant (BMT) remain graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) and opportunistic infection. We have analyzed the blood stream infections (BSI) occurring between day -7 and day 100 in a cohort of 184 adult patients undergoing allogeneic BMT in our center. 167 of the 184 patients (91%) had blood cultures collected, and 69 (38%) patients had a confirmed BSI. Enterobacteriaceae, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Enterococcus spp. and viridans Streptococcus spp. were the most commonly isolated organisms...
March 5, 2018: Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation
Tatsunori Goto, Makoto Murata
Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) have received considerable attention in allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation because of their abilities to modulate immune responses and promote hematopoiesis. Because MSCs are capable of producing several cytokines and growth factors, they have been widely used in the treatment of graft-versus-host disease (GVHD). A number of clinical trials have demonstrated the safety and efficacy of MSC therapy for acute GVHD. Moreover, in Japan, allogeneic bone marrow-derived MSC product, TEMCELL® , was approved as a regenerative medicine for acute GVHD...
2018: [Rinshō Ketsueki] the Japanese Journal of Clinical Hematology
Ke Huang, Dun-Hua Zhou, Yang Li, Hong-Gui Xu, Li-Ping Que, Chun Chen, Hong-Man Xue, Hai-Xia Guo, Wen-Jun Weng, Shao-Liang Huang, Jian-Pei Fang
BACKGROUND: The objective of this study was to evaluate the feasibility of a modified conditioning regimen for the treatment of patients with β-thalassaemia major (TM), using unrelated donor peripheral blood stem cell transplantation (UD-PBSCT). METHODS: A modified conditioning regimen based on intravenous busulfan, cyclophosphamide, fludarabine, and antithymocyte globulin was performed in 50 consecutive childhood patients with β-TM and a median age of 4.6 years (range, 2-12 years)...
March 7, 2018: Pediatric Blood & Cancer
Abhilasha Tiwari, Cynthia S Wong, Lakshmi P Nekkanti, James A Deane, Courtney McDonald, Jingang Li, Yen Pham, Amy E Sutherland, Graham Jenkin, Mark A Kirkland
Clinical hematopoietic stem/progenitor cell (HSPC) transplantation outcomes are strongly correlated with the number of cells infused. Hence, to generate sufficient HSPCs for transplantation, the best culture parameters for expansion are critical. It is generally assumed that the defined oxygen (O2 ) set for the incubator reflects the pericellular O2 to which cells are being exposed. Studies have shown that low O2 tension maintains an undifferentiated state, but the expansion rate may be constrained because of limited diffusion in a static culture system...
February 28, 2018: Current Protocols in Stem Cell Biology
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