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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924160/multivalent-targeting-based-delivery-of-therapeutic-peptide-using-ap1-elp-carrier-for-effective-cancer-therapy
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Vijaya Sarangthem, Yunjae Kim, Thoudam Debraj Singh, Bo-Yeon Seo, Sun-Ha Cheon, Young-Jin Lee, Byung-Heon Lee, Rang-Woon Park
Elastin-like polypeptide (ELP)-based drug delivery has been utilized for various applications including cancer therapies for many years. Genetic incorporation of internalization ligands and cell-targeting peptides along with ELP polymer enhanced tumor accumulation and retention time as well as stability and activities of the drug conjugates. Herein, we described a unique delivery system comprised of genetically engineered ELP incorporated with multiple copies of IL-4 receptor targeting peptide (AP1) periodically and proapoptotic peptide (KLAKLAK)2 referred to as AP1-ELP-KLAK...
2016: Theranostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922684/excess-mechanical-stress-and-hydrogen-peroxide-remodel-extracellular-matrix-of-cultured-human-uterosacral-ligament-fibroblasts-by-disturbing-the-balance-of-mmps-timps-via-the-regulation-of-tgf%C3%A2-%C3%AE-1-signaling-pathway
#2
Qifan Zhang, Cheng Liu, Shasha Hong, Jie Min, Qing Yang, Ming Hu, Yang Zhao, Li Hong
The regulation of the extracellular matrix (ECM) by mechanical stress is of interest as the ECM is essential in the development of pelvic organ prolapse. In the present study, the effect of overexposure to mechanical stress on the ECM, and the probable underlying mechanisms in cultured human uterosacral ligament fibroblasts (hUSLFs), was explored. Mechanical stress has an effect on oxidation‑antioxidation products in parametrial ligament fibroblasts. Thus, hUSLFs were incubated with different concentrations of hydrogen peroxide to elucidate any potential interactions...
December 6, 2016: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916391/liquid-chromatography-electrospray-ionization-mass-spectrometry-for-the-simultaneous-quantitation-of-collagen-and-elastin-crosslinks
#3
Rafea Naffa, Geoff Holmes, Meekyung Ahn, David Harding, Gillian Norris
We have developed a novel chromatographic analytical method for the simultaneous quantitation of collagen crosslinks. Seven non-derivatised crosslinks could be separated on a Cogent Diamond Hydride HPLC column using either isocratic or gradient conditions then detected by mass spectrometry. The total run time was less than 10min which is significantly shorter than that previously reported. This is the first method in which histidinohydroxylysinonorleucine (HHL) and histidinohydroxymero-desmosine (HHMD) were separated and identified by mass spectrometry without the need for pre- or post-column derivatization...
November 29, 2016: Journal of Chromatography. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911604/neutrophil-elastase-activity-is-associated-with-exacerbations-and-lung-function-decline-in-bronchiectasis
#4
James D Chalmers, Kelly L Moffitt, Guillermo Suarez-Cuartin, Oriol Sibila, Simon Finch, Elizabeth Furrie, Alison Dicker, Karolina Wrobel, J Stuart Elborn, Brian Walker, S Lorraine Martin, Sara E Marshall, Jeffrey T-J Huang, Thomas C Fardon
RATIONALE: Sputum neutrophil elastase and serum desmosine, a linked marker of endogenous elastin degradation, are possible biomarkers of disease severity and progression in bronchiectasis. This study aimed to determine the association of elastase activity and desmosine with exacerbations and lung function decline in bronchiectasis. METHODS: This was a single-centre prospective cohort study using the TAYBRIDGE registry in Dundee, UK. 433 patients with HRCT-confirmed bronchiectasis provided blood samples for desmosine measurement and 381 provided sputum for baseline elastase activity measurements using an activity based immunosassay and fluorometric substrate assay...
December 2, 2016: American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911134/split-face-histological-and-biochemical-evaluation-of-tightening-efficacy-using-temperature-and-impedance-controlled-continuous-non-invasive-radiofrequency-energy
#5
Sylvie Boisnic, Marc Divaris, Marie-Christine Branchet, Andrew Anthony Nelson
BACKGROUND: Bi-polar radiofrequency (RF) is capable of heating dermal collagen fibers and inducing skin tightening by collagen remodelling. OBJECTIVE: To substantiate safety and improvement of skin laxity following skin heating with a novel temperature and impedance controlled non-invasive radiofrequency (RF) device by histological and biochemical evaluations. METHODS: A split-face study was performed on 4 subjects that underwent 8 weekly RF sessions on one side of their face, leaving the other side an untreated control and then underwent face-lift procedure...
December 2, 2016: Journal of Cosmetic and Laser Therapy: Official Publication of the European Society for Laser Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908891/the-paraoxonase-gene-cluster-protects-against-abdominal-aortic-aneurysm-formation
#6
Yun-Fei Yan, Jian-Fei Pei, Ran Zhang, Fang Wang, Peng Gao, Zhu-Qin Zhang, Ting-Ting Wang, Yang Zhang, Zhi-Gang She, Hou-Zao Chen, De-Pei Liu
OBJECTIVE: Abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) is a life-threatening vascular pathology, the pathogenesis of which is closely related to oxidative stress. However, an effective pharmaceutical treatment is lacking because the exact cause of AAA remains unknown. Here, we aimed at delineating the role of the paraoxonases (PONs) gene cluster (PC), which prevents atherosclerosis through the detoxification of oxidized substrates, in AAA formation. APPROACH AND RESULTS: PC transgenic (Tg) mice were crossed to an Apoe(-/-) background, and an angiotensin II-induced AAA mouse model was used to analyze the effect of the PC on AAA formation...
December 1, 2016: Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906815/structural-and-histologic-eyelid-changes-associated-with-6-months-of-topical-bimatoprost-in-the-rabbit
#7
Tiffany L Kent, Philip L Custer
PURPOSE: To determine the periorbital effects of daily 0.03% bimatoprost in New Zealand white (NZW) rabbits. MATERIALS AND METHODS: NZW rabbits were treated with daily 0.03% bimatoprost, artificial tears, or left untreated. Following 3 and 6 months of treatment, eyelid measurements were obtained for both upper and lower eyelid distraction, as well as canthus-to-canthus measurements. Once complete, subjects were humanely euthanized and eyelid tissue was utilized for histology...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Glaucoma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904582/the-role-of-peroxisome-proliferator-activated-receptor-coactivator-1-gene-in-skin-aging
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Shahrzad Aghaei, Mohammad Ali Nilforoushzadeh, Maryam Aghaei
Skin aging is a continuous process that exhibits fine and deep wrinkles, thin and transparent skin, loss of underlying fat, dry skin and itch, following decreased collagen and elastin synthesis. Both extrinsic and intrinsic agents are considered in the pathogenesis on skin aging. Extrinsic factors such as sun exposure, windy and dry weather, nutrition, and lifestyle may induce premature aging, toxic-free radicals, and reactive oxygen species due to decreasing normal function of mitochondria which play the major intrinsic factors in premature skin aging...
2016: Journal of Research in Medical Sciences: the Official Journal of Isfahan University of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903444/design-of-an-elastin-layered-dermal-regeneration-template
#9
Suzanne M Mithieux, Anthony S Weiss
: We demonstrate a novel approach for the production of tunable quantities of elastic fibers. We also show that exogenous tropoelastin is rate-limiting for elastin synthesis regardless of the age of the dermal fibroblast donor. Additionally, we provide a strategy to further enhance synthesis by older cells through the application of conditioned media. We show that this approach delivers an elastin layer on one side of the leading dermal repair template for contact with the deep dermis in order to deliver prefabricated elastic fibers to a physiologically appropriate site during subsequent surgery...
November 26, 2016: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900891/chondrogenesis-of-human-adipose-derived-stem-cells-for-future-microtia-repair-using-co-culture-technique
#10
Bee See Goh, Siti Nurhadis Che Omar, Muhammad Azhan Ubaidah, Lokman Saim, Shamsul Sulaiman, Kien Hui Chua
CONCLUSION: In conclusion, these result showed HADSCs could differentiate into chondrocytes-like cells, dependent on signaling induced by TGF-β3 and chondrocytes. This is a promising result and showed that HADSCs is a potential source for future microtia repair. The technique of co-culture is a positive way forward to assist the microtia tissue. OBJECTIVE: Reconstructive surgery for the repair of microtia still remains the greatest challenge among the surgeons...
November 30, 2016: Acta Oto-laryngologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900291/elastin-a-possible-genetic-biomarker-for-more-severe-ligament-injuries-in-elite-soccer-a-pilot-study
#11
Rosa Artells, Ricard Pruna, Alexandre Dellal, Nicola Maffulli
BACKGROUND: The study of new genetic biomarkers in genes related to connective tissue repair and regeneration may help to identify individuals with greater predisposition to injury, who may benefit from targeted preventive measures, and those who require longer recovery time following a muscle, ligament or tendon injury. The present study investigated whether single nucleotide polymorphisms of the Elastin gene could be related to MCL injury. METHODS: 60 top class football players were studied to identify single nucleotide polymorphisms for the Elastin (ELN) gene using Allelic Discrimination analysis...
April 2016: Muscles, Ligaments and Tendons Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893044/failure-of-the-porcine-ascending-aorta-multidirectional-experiments-and-a-unifying-microstructural-model
#12
Colleen M Witzenburg, Rohit Y Dhume, Sachin B Shah, Christopher E Korenczuk, Hallie P Wagner, Patrick W Alford, Victor H Barocas
The ascending thoracic aorta is poorly understood mechanically, especially its risk of dissection. To make better predictions of dissection risk, more information about the multi-dimensional failure behavior of the tissue is needed, and this information must be incorporated into an appropriate theoretical / computational model. Towards the creation of such a model, uniaxial, equibiaxial, peel, and shear lap tests were performed on healthy porcine ascending aorta samples. Uniaxial and equibiaxial tests showed anisotropy with greater stiffness and strength in the circumferential direction...
November 18, 2016: Journal of Biomechanical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27892729/reduction-and-fragmentation-of-elastic-fibers-in-the-skin-of-obese-mice-is-associated-with-altered-mrna-expression-levels-of-fibrillin-1-and-neprilysin
#13
Hiroko Makihara, Moeko Hidaka, Yui Sakai, Yoshiko Horie, Hideaki Mitsui, Kenichi Ohashi, Yoshio Goshima, Tomoko Akase
AIM OF THE STUDY: Our previous researches suggested that obesity induces structural fragility in the skin. Elastic fibers impart strength and elasticity. In this study, we determined whether elastic fibers decrease in the skin of obese mice. MATERIALS AND METHODS: To confirm alterations in elastic fiber content due to obesity, we used spontaneously obese model mice (TSOD) and control mice (TSNO). Furthermore, to evaluate the elastin structure and gene expression dependent on the severity of obesity, an obesity-enhanced mouse model was developed by feeding a high fat diet to TSOD (TSOD-HF)...
November 28, 2016: Connective Tissue Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889666/yap-dependent-mechanotransduction-is-required-for-proliferation-and-migration-on-native-like-substrate-topography
#14
Shamik Mascharak, Patrick L Benitez, Amy C Proctor, Christopher M Madl, Kenneth H Hu, Ruby E Dewi, Manish J Butte, Sarah C Heilshorn
Native vascular extracellular matrices (vECM) consist of elastic fibers that impart varied topographical properties, yet most in vitro models designed to study the effects of topography on cell behavior are not representative of native architecture. Here, we engineer an electrospun elastin-like protein (ELP) system with independently tunable, vECM-mimetic topography and demonstrate that increasing topographical variation causes loss of endothelial cell-cell junction organization. This loss of VE-cadherin signaling and increased cytoskeletal contractility on more topographically varied ELP substrates in turn promote YAP activation and nuclear translocation, resulting in significantly increased endothelial cell migration and proliferation...
January 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889204/tauroursodeoxycholic-acid-attenuates-angiotensin-ii-induced-abdominal-aortic-aneurysm-formation-in-apolipoprotein-e-deficient-mice-by-inhibiting-endoplasmic-reticulum-stress
#15
Y Qin, Y Wang, O Liu, L Jia, W Fang, J Du, Y Wei
OBJECTIVE/BACKGROUND: Abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) is characterised by the infiltration of smooth muscle cell (SMC) apoptosis, inflammatory cells, neovascularisation, and degradation of the extracellular matrix. Previous work has shown that endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress and SMC apoptosis were increased both in a mouse model and human thoracic aortic aneurysm. However, whether the ER stress is activated in AAA formation and whether suppressing ER stress attenuates AAA is unknown...
November 24, 2016: European Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27888778/loss-of-mechanical-directional-dependency-of-the-ascending-aorta-with-severe-medial-degeneration
#16
Jennifer Chung, Kevin Lachapelle, Raymond Cartier, Rosaire Mongrain, Richard L Leask
Biomechanical characterization of the aortic wall may help risk stratify patients with aneurysms. We investigated the degree of anisotropy, the directional dependency of mechanical properties, in control and aneurysmal ascending aortic tissue. We hypothesized that medial degeneration and aortic wall remodeling as found in aneurysmal tissue alter energy loss in both the circumferential and longitudinal directions, thereby reducing anisotropy. Aneurysmal and control ascending aortic tissue excised during surgery was subjected to biaxial tensile testing...
November 15, 2016: Cardiovascular Pathology: the Official Journal of the Society for Cardiovascular Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27887857/a-potential-contribution-of-dipeptidyl-peptidase-4-by-the-mediation-of-monocyte-differentiation-in-the-development-and-progression-of-abdominal-aortic-aneurysms
#17
Hsin-Ying Lu, Chun-Yao Huang, Chun-Ming Shih, Yi-Wen Lin, Chein-Sung Tsai, Feng-Yen Lin, Chun-Che Shih
OBJECTIVE: Abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAAs) are characterized by the destruction of elastin and collagen in the media and adventitia. Dipeptidyl peptidase-4 (DPP-4, an adipokine known as CD26) influences cell signaling, cell-matrix interactions, and the regulation of the functional activity of incretins in metabolic and inflammatory disorders. Although the role of DPP-4 in AAA evolution has been demonstrated, the underlying mechanisms of DPP-4-regulated AAA development remains unknown...
November 22, 2016: Journal of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27884776/inverted-orientation-improves-decellularization-of-whole-porcine-hearts
#18
Po-Feng Lee, Eric Chau, Rafael Cabello, Alvin T Yeh, Luiz C Sampaio, Andrea S Gobin, Doris A Taylor
: In structurally heterogeneous organs, such as heart, it is challenging to retain extracellular matrix integrity in the thinnest regions (eg, valves) during perfusion decellularization and completely remove cellular debris from thicker areas. The high inflow rates necessary to maintain physiologic pressure can distend or damage thin tissues, but lower pressures prolong the process and increase the likelihood of contamination. We examined two novel retrograde decellularization methods for porcine hearts: inverting the heart or venting the apex to decrease inflow rate...
November 21, 2016: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27884774/esponsive-multifunctional-drug-delivery-nanoparticles-for-elastic-matrix-regenerative-repair
#19
Balakrishnan Sivaraman, Ganesh Swaminathan, Lee Moore, Jonathan Fox, Dhruv Seshadri, Shataakshi Dahal, Ivan Stoilov, Maciej Zborowski, Robert Mecham, Anand Ramamurthi
: Arresting or regressing growth of abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAAs), localized expansions of the abdominal aorta are contingent on inhibiting chronically overexpressed matrix metalloproteases (MMPs)-2 and -9 that disrupt elastic matrix within the aortic wall, concurrent with providing a stimulus to augmenting inherently poor auto-regeneration of these matrix structures. In a recent study we demonstrated that localized, controlled and sustained delivery of doxycycline (DOX; a tetracycline-based antibiotic) from poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) nanoparticles (PLGA NPs), enhances elastic matrix deposition and MMP-inhibition at a fraction of the therapeutically effective oral dose...
November 21, 2016: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27881387/intrauterine-growth-restriction-influences-vascular-remodeling-and-stiffening-in-the-weanling-rat-more-than-sex-or-diet
#20
R Blair Dodson, Thomas A Miller, Kyle N Powers, Yueqin Yang, Baifeng Yu, Kurt H Albertine, Erin K Zinkhan
Intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR) increases the incidence of adult cardiovascular disease (CVD). The sex-specific developmental mechanisms for IUGR-induced and western high fat diet (HFD) modification of CVD remain poorly understood. We hypothesized a maternal HFD in the Sprague-Dawley rat would augment IUGR-induced CVD in the offspring through decreased cardiac function and increased extracellular matrix (ECM) remodeling and stiffness in a sex-specific manner. HFD or regular diet (Reg) was given from 5 weeks prior to mating through postnatal day 21 (PND21)...
November 23, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
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