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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819748/lipoxin-a4-attenuates-bronchopulmonary-dysplasia-via-upregulation-of-let-7c-and-downregulation-of-tgf-%C3%AE-1-signaling-pathway
#1
Xiao-Qing Chen, Sheng-Hua Wu, Yan-Yan Luo, Bing-Jie Li, Shu-Jun Li, Hong-Yan Lu, Rui Jin, Zhong-Yi Sun
Transforming growth factor-β (TGF-β) superfamily members are key regulators for lung development and progress of bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD). The mechanisms by which lipoxin A4 (LXA4) attenuates development of BPD have not been clarified. Neonatal murine BPD models were inducted by hyperoxia treatment. Neonatal mice were exposed to room air or 85% O2 hyperoxia with or without treatment with 5S,6R-methyl-LXA4 or anti-TGF-β antibodies. Mouse lung epithelial cells (MLE-12 cells) and mouse embryonic fibroblasts (NIH/3T3 cells) were cultured in room air or 85% O2 followed by treatment of LXA4, anti-TGF-β antibodies, and let-7c mimic/anti-microRNA transfections...
August 17, 2017: Inflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819007/effects-of-antenatal-melatonin-therapy-on-lung-structure-in-growth-restricted-newborn-lambs
#2
Graeme R Polglase, Jade Barbuto, Beth J Allison, Tamara Yawno, Amy Elizabeth Sutherland, Atul Malhotra, Keith E Schulze, Euan M Wallace, Graham Jenkin, Sharon D Ricardo, Suzanne L Miller
BACKGROUND: Oxidative stress arising from suboptimal placental function contributes to a multitude of pathologies in infants compromised by fetal growth restriction (FGR). FGR infants are at high risk for respiratory dysfunction after birth and poor long-term lung function. OBJECTIVES: To investigate the contribution of oxidative stress to adverse lung development and the effects of melatonin administration, a powerful anti-oxidant, on lung structure in FGR lambs...
August 17, 2017: Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818778/potential-effect-of-compounds-isolated-from-coffea-arabica-against-uv-b-induced-skin-damage-by-protecting-fibroblast-cells
#3
Yong-Hun Cho, Ashutosh Bahuguna, Han-Hyuk Kim, Dong-In Kim, Hyeon-Jeong Kim, Jae-Myo Yu, Hyun-Gug Jung, Jae-Yoon Jang, Jae-Hoon Kwak, Geun-Hye Park, O-Jun Kwon, Young Je Cho, Jeong Yeon An, Cheorun Jo, Sun Chul Kang, Bong-Jeun An
Ultraviolet (UV) radiation has adverse effects on extracellular matrix (ECM) proteins, leading to formation of wrinkles a hallmark of premature skin aging. The adverse effects of UV radiation are associated with induction of matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) expression and degradation of collagen and elastin. The present study investigated anti-wrinkle effects of chlorogenic acid (CGA), pyrocatechol (PC) and 3,4,5-tricaffeoyl quinic acid (TCQ), isolated from beans of Coffea arabica, against UV-B stimulated mouse fibroblast cells (CCRF) by measuring expression levels of MMP-1, 3, 9, and type-I procollagen...
August 9, 2017: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817384/engineering-the-mechanical-and-biological-properties-of-nanofibrous-vascular-grafts-for-in-situ-vascular-tissue-engineering
#4
Jeffrey J D Henry, Jian Yu, Aijun Wang, Randall Lee, Jun Fang, Song Li
Synthetic small diameter vascular grafts have a high failure rate, and endothelialization is critical for preventing thrombosis and graft occlusion. A promising approach is in situ tissue engineering, whereby an acellular scaffold is implanted and provides stimulatory cues to guide the in situ remodeling into a functional blood vessel. An ideal scaffold should have sufficient binding sites for biomolecule immobilization and a mechanical property similar to native tissue. Here we developed a novel method to blend low molecular weight (LMW) elastic polymer during electrospinning process to increase conjugation sites and to improve the mechanical property of vascular grafts...
August 17, 2017: Biofabrication
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814068/the-activation-of-nlrp3-inflammsome-by-stimulation-of-diesel-exhaust-particles-in-lung-tissues-from-emphysema-model-and-raw-264-7-cell-line
#5
Soo-Taek Uh, So My Koo, Yangki Kim, Kiup Kim, Sungwoo Park, An Soo Jang, Dojin Kim, Yong Hoon Kim, Choon-Sik Park
Background/Aims: Diesel exhaust particles (DEPs) lead to elevation of reactive oxygen species, which can activate the nucleotide-binding oligomerization domain-like receptor (NLR) family members containing the pyrin domain 3 (NLRP3)-inf lammasome. In this study, we elucidated whether NLRP3 -inf lammasome is activated by DEPs and whether antioxidants (N-acetylcysteine [NAC]) could inhibit such activation. Methods: RAW 264.7 cells and ex vivo lung tissues explants obtained from elastase-induced emphysema animal models were stimulated with cigarette smoking extract (CSE), DEPs, and lipopolysaccharide, and levels of interleukin-1β (IL-1β), caspase-1 and nucleotide-binding oligomerization domain-like receptor (NLR) family members containing the pyrin domain (NLRP3)-inflammasome were assessed by Western blotting and immunohistochemistry...
August 18, 2017: Korean Journal of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806522/development-of-a-recombinant-multifunctional-biomacromolecule-for-targeted-gene-transfer-to-prostate-cancer-cells
#6
Arash Hatefi, Zahra Karjoo, Alireza Nomani
The objective of this study was to genetically engineer a fully functional single chain fusion peptide composed of motifs from diverse biological and synthetic origins that can perform multiple tasks including DNA condensation, cell targeting, cell transfection, particle shielding from immune system and effective gene transfer to prostate tumors. To achieve the objective, a single chain biomacromolecule (vector) consisted of four repetative units of histone H2A peptide, fusogenic peptide GALA, short elastin-like peptide and PC-3 cell targeting peptide was designed...
August 14, 2017: Biomacromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805560/glycation-of-matrix-proteins-in-the-artery-inhibits-migration-of-smooth-muscle-cells-from-the-media-to-the-intima
#7
A Kuzan, O Michel, A Gamian
Formation and growth of atherosclerotic plaques have serious clinical consequences. One mechanism that occurs during atherogenesis is migration of smooth muscle cells from the middle layer of the artery to the intima, where they proliferate and are transformed into foam cells. This degenerative process is accompanied by glycation, by which proteins are modified and change the biomechanical and biochemical properties. The aim of the study was to determine whether glycation of collagen and elastin building the walls of blood vessels alters the adhesion and rate of myocyte migration...
2017: Folia Biologica (Praha)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803240/impact-of-body-site-age-and-gender-on-the-collagen-elastin-index-by-noninvasive-in-vivo-vertical-two-photon-microscopy
#8
Carolin Czekalla, Karl-Heinz Schönborn, Nadine Döge, Sora Jung, Maxim E Darvin, Jürgen Lademann, Martina C Meinke
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Extrinsic and intrinsic skin aging is subject to constant remodeling and degradation processes, primarily in components of the extracellular matrix. While collagen fibers thin out during the aging process, the amorphous elastin fibers accumulate. These are essential formative components of the dermis. So far, these processes have been detected in vertical histological sections of invasive biopsies and recently in noninvasive horizontal scans. METHODS: In this pilot study, a modified noninvasive 2-photon microscope was applied to measure the collagen/elastin index of skin in vivo...
August 12, 2017: Skin Pharmacology and Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802561/recombinant-human-elafin-promotes-alveologenesis-in-newborn-mice-exposed-to-chronic-hyperoxia
#9
Wenli Han, Xiaomei Li, Han Zhang, Benli Yu, Chunbao Guo, Chun Deng
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Elastase inhibitors reverse elastin degradation and abnormal alveologenesis and attenuate the lung structural abnormalities induced by mechanical ventilation with O2-rich gas. The potential of these molecules to improve endothelial function and to ameliorate severe bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD) during lung development is not yet understood. We sought to determine whether the intratracheal treatment of newborn mice with the elastase inhibitor elafin would prevent hyperoxia-induced lung elastin degradation and the cascade of events that cause abnormal alveologenesis...
August 9, 2017: International Journal of Biochemistry & Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801269/elastin-plga-hybrid-electrospun-nanofiber-scaffolds-for-salivary-epithelial-cell-self-organization-and-polarization
#10
Zahraa I Foraida, Tim Kamaldinov, Deirdre A Nelson, Melinda Larsen, James Castracane
Development of electrospun nanofibers that mimic the structural, mechanical and biochemical properties of natural extracellular matrices (ECMs) is a promising approach for tissue regeneration. Electrospun fibers of synthetic polymers partially mimic the topography of the ECM, however, their high stiffness, poor hydrophilicity and lack of in vivo-like biochemical cues is not optimal for epithelial cell self-organization and function. In search of a biomimetic scaffold for salivary gland tissue regeneration, we investigated the potential of elastin, an ECM protein, to generate elastin hybrid nanofibers that have favorable physical and biochemical properties for regeneration of the salivary glands...
August 8, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28793908/transcriptomic-analysis-comparing-mouse-strains-with-extreme-total-lung-capacities-identifies-novel-candidate-genes-for-pulmonary-function
#11
Leema George, Ankita Mitra, Tania A Thimraj, Martin Irmler, Sangeetha Vishweswaraiah, Lars Lunding, Dorothea Hühn, Alicia Madurga, Johannes Beckers, Heinz Fehrenbach, Swapna Upadhyay, Holger Schulz, George D Leikauf, Koustav Ganguly
BACKGROUND: Failure to attain peak lung function by early adulthood is a risk factor for chronic lung diseases. Previously, we reported that C3H/HeJ mice have about twice total lung capacity (TLC) compared to JF1/MsJ mice. We identified seven lung function quantitative trait loci (QTL: Lfnq1-Lfnq7) in backcross/intercross mice derived from these inbred strains. We further demonstrated, superoxide dismutase 3, extracellular (Sod3), Kit oncogene (Kit) and secreted phosphoprotein 1 (Spp1) located on these Lfnqs as lung function determinants...
August 9, 2017: Respiratory Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28792146/a-novel-association-between-lysyl-oxidase-gene-polymorphism-and-intracranial-aneurysm-in-koreans
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Eun Pyo Hong, Jin Pyeong Jeon, Sung Eun Kim, Jin Seo Yang, Hyuk Jai Choi, Suk Hyung Kang, Yong Jun Cho
PURPOSE: Lysyl oxidase (LOX) controls the cross-linking and maturation of elastin and collagen fibers. In this study, we investigated the association between LOX gene polymorphisms and intracranial aneurysm (IA) formation in a homogeneous Korean population. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This cross-sectional study involved 80 age-sex matched patients with IA and controls. Fisher's exact test was performed to analyze allelic associations between ten single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) and IA, including 41 ruptured and 39 unruptured cases...
September 2017: Yonsei Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28791965/design-of-bfgf-tethered-self-assembling-extracellular-matrix-proteins-via-coiled-coil-triple-helix-formation
#13
Yoshinori Mizuguchi, Yasumasa Mashimo, Masayasu Mie, Eiry Kobatake
Self-assembling peptides are attractive materials for tissue engineering applications because of their functionality including high biocompatibility and biodegradability. Modification of self-assembling peptides with functional motifs, such as the cell-adhesive tripeptide sequence RGD leads to functional artificial extracellular matrices (ECMs). In this study, we developed an artificial self-assembling ECM protein tethered with a growth factor via heterotrimer triple-helix (helix A/B/C) formation. The helix A and helix C peptides, which are capable of forming a heterodimer coiled-coil structure, were fused to both ends of a matrix protein composed of the elastin-derived structural unit (APGVGV)12 with an RGD motif...
August 9, 2017: Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28789526/predicting-the-fluid-phase-behaviour-of-aqueous-solutions-of-elp-vpgvg-sequences-using-saft-vr
#14
Binwu Zhao, Tom Lindeboom, Steven W Benner, George Jackson, Amparo Galindo, Carol K Hall
The statistical associating fluid theory for potentials of variable range (SAFT-VR) is used in this paper to predict the fluid phase behaviour of elastin-like polypeptides (ELPs) sequences in aqueous solution.with special focus on the loci of lower critical solution temperature (LCST) points. A SAFT-VR model for these solutions is obtained following a coarse-graining approach combining information from atomistic simulations and from previous SAFT models for relevant systems available in the literature. Constant-pressure temperature-composition phase diagrams for (VPGVG)n sequences + water are calculated for n =1 to 300...
August 8, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28789525/direct-loading-of-itep-delivered-ctl-epitopes-onto-mhc-class-i-complexes-on-the-dendritic-cell-surface
#15
Shuyun Dong, Peng Wang, Peng Zhao, Mingnan Chen
Cytotoxic T lymphocyte (CTL)-mediated immune responses are the primary defense mechanism against cancer and infection. CTL epitope peptides have been used as vaccines to boost CTL responses; however, the efficacy of these peptides is suboptimal. Under current vaccine formulation and delivery strategies, these vaccines are delivered into and processed inside antigen presenting cells such as dendritic cells (DCs). However, the intracellular process is not efficient, which at least partially contributes to the suboptimal efficacy of the vaccines...
August 8, 2017: Molecular Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28782046/circulating-loxl2-levels-reflect-severity-of-intestinal-fibrosis-and-galt-cd4-t-lymphocyte-depletion-in-treated-hiv-infection
#16
Sophie Seang, Anoma Somasunderam, Maitreyee Nigalye, Ma Somsouk, Timoty W Schacker, Joyce L Sanchez, Peter W Hunt, Netanya S Utay, Jordan E Lake
BACKGROUND: Incomplete immune reconstitution may occur despite successful antiretroviral therapy (ART). Gut-associated lymphoid tissue (GALT) fibrosis may contribute via local CD4(+) T lymphocyte depletion, intestinal barrier disruption, microbial translocation, and immune activation. METHODS: In a cross-sectional analysis, we measured circulating fibrosis biomarker levels on cryopreserved plasma from adult HIV-infected (HIV+) SCOPE study participants on suppressive ART who also had fibrosis quantification on recto-sigmoid biopsies...
2017: Pathogens & Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28779989/biomechanical-description-of-phonation-in-children-affected-by-williams-syndrome
#17
Irene Hidalgo de la Guía, Pedro Gómez Vilda, Elena Garayzábal Heinze
The voice of persons with Williams syndrome (WS) is described as hoarse with a deep and unstable fundamental frequency (f0). These observations may be justified by the deficit of elastin due to a haplo-insufficiency in the ELN gene characteristic of the syndrome. In view of the possible relationship between elastin deficit and dysphonia, a study of the dynamic function of WS phonation was conducted by means of biomechanical analysis. In order to assess the presence of dysphonic symptoms and their degree of severity, the biomechanical description of WS phonation has been evaluated in terms of dynamic mass and viscoelasticity estimates...
August 2, 2017: Journal of Voice: Official Journal of the Voice Foundation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28772265/microrna-214-affects-fibroblast-differentiation-of-adipose-derived-mesenchymal-stem-cells-by-targeting-mitofusin-2-during-pelvic-floor-dysfunction-in-sd-rats-with-birth-trauma
#18
Jing Wu, Jiang Li, Wei-Kang Chen, Shang Liu, Jian-He Liu, Jing-Song Zhang, Ke-Wei Fang
BACKGROUND/AIMS: This study investigated whether microRNA-214 (miR-214) targets mitofusin-2 (Mfn2) in the process of fibroblast differentiation of adipose-derived mesenchymal stem cells (ADMSCs) during pelvic floor dysfunction (PFD) in Sprague Dawley (SD) rats with birth trauma. METHODS: The ADMSCs were isolated from 4-6 week male SD rats (n = 20) and were cultured and divided into the blank, miR-214 mimic negative control (NC), miR-214 mimic, miR-214 inhibitor NC, miR-214 inhibitor, empty vector, Mfn2 over-expression and miR-214 + Mfn2 over-expression groups...
August 3, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28760682/the-bulbus-arteriosus-of-the-holocephalan-heart-gross-anatomy-histomorphology-pigmentation-and-evolutionary-significance
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Cristina Rodríguez, Miguel Lorenzale, Miguel A López-Unzu, Borja Fernández, Francisca Salmerón, Valentín Sans-Coma, Ana C Durán
This study was designed to determine whether the outflow tract of the holocephalan heart is composed of a myocardial conus arteriosus and a non-myocardial bulbus arteriosus, as is the case in elasmobranchs. This is a key issue to verify the hypothesis that these two anatomical components existed from the onset of the jawed vertebrate radiation. The Holocephali are the sister group of the elasmobranchs, sharing with them a common, still unknown Palaeozoic ancestor. The sample examined herein consisted of hearts from individuals of four species, two of them belonging to the Chimaeridae and the other two to the Rhinochimaeridae...
June 3, 2017: Zoology: Analysis of Complex Systems, ZACS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28759289/treatment-of-pseudoxanthoma-elasticum-like-papillary-dermal-elastolysis-with-non-ablative-fractional-resurfacing-laser-resulting-in-clinical-and-histologic-improvement-in-elastin-and-collagen
#20
Kristen Foering, Richard Lawrence Torbeck, Michael P Frank, Nazanin Saedi
OBJECTIVE: Pseudoxanthoma Elasticum-Like Papillary Dermal Elastolysis (PXE-PDE) is a rare skin condition seen predominantly in elderly females. These asymptomatic lesions are brought to the dermatologist's attention due to patient's displeasure in their appearance. We report a case of a 28-year old female with PXE-PDE on the right neck treated with Non-Ablative Fractional Resurfacing (NAFR). CASE: The patient on examination had yellow to skin-colored papules that coalesced into a cobblestone-appearing plaque on her lateral neck...
July 31, 2017: Journal of Cosmetic and Laser Therapy: Official Publication of the European Society for Laser Dermatology
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