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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346675/in-search-of-the-best-xenogeneic-material-for-a-paediatric-conduit-an-experimental-study
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Irina Y Zhuravleva, Nataliya R Nichay, Yuriy Y Kulyabin, Tatyana P Timchenko, Alexander A Korobeinikov, Yuliya F Polienko, Svetlana S Shatskaya, Elena V Kuznetsova, Alexey V Voitov, Alexander V Bogachev-Prokophiev, Alexander M Karaskov
OBJECTIVES: The development of calcification-resistant bioprosthetic materials is a very important challenge for paediatric surgery. The subcutaneous implantation in rats is the well-known first-stage model for this kind of research. Using this model, we aimed to compare calcification of the porcine aortic wall and bovine pericardium and jugular vein wall cross-linked with glutaraldehyde (GA) and ethylene glycol diglycidyl ether (DE). We also determined the efficacy of DE-preserved tissue modification with 2-(2-carboxyethylamino)ethylidene-1,1-bisphosphonic acid (CEABA)...
January 15, 2018: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346490/composition-architecture-and-functional-implications-of-the-connective-tissue-network-of-the-extraocular-muscles
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Linda K McLoon, André Vicente, Krysta R Fitzpatrick, Mona Lindström, Fatima Pedrosa Domellöf
Purpose: We examined the pattern and extent of connective tissue distribution in the extraocular muscles (EOMs) and determined the ability of the interconnected connective tissues to disseminate force laterally. Methods: Human EOMs were examined for collagens I, III, IV, and VI; fibronectin; laminin; and elastin using immunohistochemistry. Connective tissue distribution was examined with scanning electron microscopy. Rabbit EOMs were examined for levels of force transmission longitudinally and transversely using in vitro force assessment...
January 1, 2018: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346445/transcriptome-analysis-of-skin-fibroblasts-with-dominant-negative-col3a1-mutations-provides-molecular-insights-into-the-etiopathology-of-vascular-ehlers-danlos-syndrome
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Nicola Chiarelli, Giulia Carini, Nicoletta Zoppi, Marco Ritelli, Marina Colombi
Vascular Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (vEDS) is a dominantly inherited connective tissue disorder caused by mutations in the COL3A1 gene that encodes type III collagen (COLLIII), which is the major expressed collagen in blood vessels and hollow organs. The majority of disease-causing variants in COL3A1 are glycine substitutions and in-frame splice mutations in the triple helix domain that through a dominant negative effect are associated with the severe clinical spectrum potentially lethal of vEDS, characterized by fragility of soft connective tissues with arterial and organ ruptures...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345319/endothelial-cells-enhance-adipose-mesenchymal-stromal-cell-mediated-matrix-contraction-via-alk-receptors-and-reduced-follistatin-potential-role-of-endothelial-cells-in-skin-fibrosis
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Hanneke N Monsuur, Lenie J van den Broek, Pieter Koolwijk, Frank B Niessen, Susan Gibbs
Abnormal cutaneous wound healing can lead to formation of fibrotic hypertrophic scars. Although several clinical risk factors have been described, the cross-talk between different cell types resulting in hypertrophic scar formation is still poorly understood. The aim of this in vitro study was to investigate whether endothelial cells (EC) may play a role in skin fibrosis, e.g. hypertrophic scar formation after full-thickness skin trauma. Using a collagen/elastin matrix, we developed an in vitro fibrosis model to study the interaction between EC and dermal fibroblasts or adipose tissue-derived mesenchymal stromal cells (ASC)...
January 18, 2018: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340634/efficient-decellularization-for-bovine-pericardium-with-extracellular-matrix-preservation-and-good-biocompatibility
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Ning Li, Yang Li, Dejun Gong, Cuiping Xia, Xiaohong Liu, Zhiyun Xu
OBJECTIVES: In this study, we sought to explore an efficient decellularization protocol for bovine pericardia with better extracellular matrix preservation and good biocompatibility. METHODS: Bovine pericardia were decellularized by sodium dodecyl sulphate (SDS), SDS + sodium deoxycholate (SD), Triton X-100 (TX), TX + SD (TS), freeze-thaw cycles + SDS + SD (FSS) and freeze-thaw cycles + TX + SD (FTS), respectively. Untreated pericardia were used as native control...
January 10, 2018: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29338582/a-human-pericardium-biopolymeric-scaffold-for-autologous-heart-valve-tissue-engineering-cellular-and-extracellular-matrix-structure-and-biomechanical-properties-in-comparison-with-a-normal-aortic-heart-valve
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Frantisek Straka, David Schornik, Jaroslav Masin, Elena Filova, Tomas Mirejovsky, Zuzana Burdikova, Zdenek Svindrych, Hynek Chlup, Lukas Horny, Matej Daniel, Jiri Machac, Jelena Skibová, Jan Pirk, Lucie Bacakova
The objective of our study was to compare the cellular and extracellular matrix (ECM) structure and the biomechanical properties of human pericardium (HP) with the normal human aortic heart valve (NAV). HP tissues (from 12 patients) and NAV samples (from 5 patients) were harvested during heart surgery. The main cells in HP were pericardial interstitial cells (PICs), which are fibroblast-like cells of mesenchymal origin similar to the valvular interstitial cells (VICs) in NAV tissue. The extracellular matrix (ECM) of HP had a statistically significantly (p ≤ 0...
January 17, 2018: Journal of Biomaterials Science. Polymer Edition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334539/gelatin-based-hemostatic-agents-histopathologic-differences
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Natalie Wolkow, Frederick A Jakobiec, Michael K Yoon
PURPOSE: To delineate the histopathologic appearance of gelatin-based hemostatic agents, Surgiflo, Gelfoam, and Floseal, which are used by ophthalmic plastic surgeons, and which may incidentally be found as foreign materials in histopathologic tissue samples. METHODS: Histopathologic analysis was performed with hematoxylin-eosin, periodic acid-Schiff, Masson trichrome, and elastin staining on tissue samples in which gelatin-based agents were found. To better characterize these materials, similar analyses were performed on in vitro samples of commonly used gelatin-based hemostatic agents...
January 12, 2018: Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331337/elastin-in-lung-development-and-disease-pathogenesis
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Robert P Mecham
Elastin is expressed in most tissues that require elastic recoil. The protein first appeared coincident with the closed circulatory system, and was critical for the evolutionary success of the vertebrate lineage. Elastin is expressed by multiple cell types in the lung, including mesothelial cells in the pleura, smooth muscle cells in airways and blood vessels, endothelial cells, and interstitial fibroblasts. This highly crosslinked protein associates with fibrillin-containing microfibrils to form the elastic fiber, which is the physiological structure that functions in the extracellular matrix...
January 10, 2018: Matrix Biology: Journal of the International Society for Matrix Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331333/influences-of-conformations-of-peptides-on-stereoinversions-and-or-isomerizations-of-aspartic-acid-residues
#9
Akifumi Oda, Tomoki Nakayoshi, Shuichi Fukuyoshi, Eiji Kurimoto, Ohgi Takahashi
Recently, non-enzymatic stereoinversions of aspartic acid (Asp) residues in proteins and peptides have been reported. Here, we performed replica exchange molecular dynamics (REMD) simulations of model peptides (exon 6, 26A-1, and 26A-2) extracted from elastin to investigate their structural features, thereby revealing the factor that influences stereoinversions. For REMD trajectories, we calculated distances between carboxyl carbon in Asp and amide nitrogen in the (n + 1) residue (C-N distances). Because bond formation between carbon and nitrogen is indispensable to the formation of a succinimide intermediate the distance between them seems to play an important role in stereoinversion...
January 10, 2018: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330863/hyoepiglottic-ligament-collagen-and-elastin-fiber-composition-and-changes-associated-with-aging
#10
Leslie E Irvine, Zhi Yang, Eric J Kezirian, Marcel E Nimni, Bo Han
OBJECTIVE: The epiglottis may contribute to upper airway obstruction in approximately 10% of patients with obstructive sleep apnea. Clinical experience indicates that older patients may be more likely to have epiglottis-related obstruction. This study was designed to examine tissue characteristics of the hyoepiglottic ligament as a possible factor in epiglottis-related obstruction based on previous research suggesting that older adults have fewer collagen, elastin, and muscle fibers in the hyoepiglottic ligament...
January 13, 2018: Laryngoscope
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325463/compared-with-elastin-stains-h-caldesmon-and-desmin-offer-superior-detection-of-vessel-invasion-in-gastric-pancreatic-and-colorectal-adenocarcinomas
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Özgür Ekinci, Betül Öğüt, Bülent Çelik, Ayşe Dursun
BACKGROUND: The presence of vessel invasion is considered indicative of a poor prognosis in many malignant tumors. We aimed to compare the sensitivity of elastin stains (van Gieson's and orcein methods) with 2 smooth muscle markers (h-caldesmon and desmin) in gastric, pancreatic, and colorectal adenocarcinoma specimens. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We used 27 (29.3%) gastric, 35 (38.0%) pancreatic, and 30 (32.6%) colorectal resection specimens. We applied a provisional classification of vessel invasion patterns: type A, a focus with a nearby artery unaccompanied by a vein; type T, a focus at the invasive front without an unaccompanied artery; and type X, foci that only appeared by any of the 4 stains used...
January 1, 2018: International Journal of Surgical Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29323665/arterial-tortuosity-syndrome-40-new-families-and-literature-review
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Aude Beyens, Juliette Albuisson, Annekatrien Boel, Mazen Al-Essa, Waheed Al-Manea, Damien Bonnet, Ozlem Bostan, Odile Boute, Tiffany Busa, Nathalie Canham, Ergun Cil, Paul J Coucke, Margot A Cousin, Majed Dasouki, Julie De Backer, Anne De Paepe, Sofie De Schepper, Deepthi De Silva, Koenraad Devriendt, Inge De Wandele, David R Deyle, Harry Dietz, Sophie Dupuis-Girod, Eudice Fontenot, Björn Fischer-Zirnsak, Alper Gezdirici, Jamal Ghoumid, Fabienne Giuliano, Neus Baena Diéz, Mohammed Z Haider, Joshua S Hardin, Xavier Jeunemaitre, Eric W Klee, Uwe Kornak, Manuel F Landecho, Anne Legrand, Bart Loeys, Stanislas Lyonnet, Helen Michael, Pamela Moceri, Shehla Mohammed, Laura Muiño-Mosquera, Sheela Nampoothiri, Karin Pichler, Katrina Prescott, Anna Rajeb, Maria Ramos-Arroyo, Massimiliano Rossi, Mustafa Salih, Mohammed Z Seidahmed, Elise Schaefer, Elisabeth Steichen-Gersdorf, Sehime Temel, Fahrettin Uysal, Marine Vanhomwegen, Lut Van Laer, Lionel Van Maldergem, David Warner, Andy Willaert, Tom R Collins, Andrea Taylor, Elaine C Davis, Yuri Zarate, Bert Callewaert
PurposeWe delineate the clinical spectrum and describe the histology in arterial tortuosity syndrome (ATS), a rare connective tissue disorder characterized by tortuosity of the large and medium-sized arteries, caused by mutations in SLC2A10.MethodsWe retrospectively characterized 40 novel ATS families (50 patients) and reviewed the 52 previously reported patients. We performed histology and electron microscopy (EM) on skin and vascular biopsies and evaluated TGF-β signaling with immunohistochemistry for pSMAD2 and CTGF...
January 11, 2018: Genetics in Medicine: Official Journal of the American College of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29321388/suppression-of-abdominal-aortic-aneurysm-formation-in-mice-by-teneligliptin-a-dipeptidyl-peptidase-4-inhibitor
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Yusuke Takahara, Tomotake Tokunou, Toshihiro Ichiki
AIM: Dipeptidyl peptidase-4 (DPP-4) inhibitors lower blood glucose levels through inhibition of incretin degradation, which stimulates insulin secretion. Recent studies reported that DPP-4 inhibitors suppressed atherogenesis in apolipoprotein E-knockout (ApoEKO) mice. In this study, we investigated whether teneligliptin, a DPP-4 inhibitor, affects the development of abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA) in ApoEKO mice. METHODS: ApoEKO mice were fed a high-fat diet (HFD) and infused with angiotensin (Ang) II by osmotic mini pumps for 4 weeks to induce AAA with (DPP-4i group) or without (control group) teneligliptin administered orally from 1 week before HFD and Ang II infusion to the end of the experiment...
January 10, 2018: Journal of Atherosclerosis and Thrombosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29314863/bacterial-derived-neutrophilic-inflammation-drives-lung-remodeling-in-a-mouse-model-of-copd
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Bradley W Richmond, Rui-Hong Du, Wei Han, John T Benjamin, Riet van der Meer, Linda Gleaves, Marshall Guo, Austin McKissack, Yongqin Zhang, Dong-Sheng Cheng, Vasiliy V Polosukhin, Timothy S Blackwell
Loss of secretory immunoglobulin A (SIgA) is common in the small airways of patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and may contribute to disease pathogenesis. Using mice that lack SIgA in the airways due to genetic deficiency of polymeric immunoglobulin receptor (pIgR-/- mice), we investigated the role of neutrophils in driving the fibrotic small airway wall remodeling and emphysema that develops spontaneously in these mice. By flow cytometry, we found an increase in the percentage of neutrophils among CD45+ cells in the lungs, as well as an increase in total neutrophils, in pIgR-/- mice compared to wild-type (WT) controls...
January 9, 2018: American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29313803/study-design-and-rationale-to-assess-doxycycline-efficacy-in-preventing-coronary-artery-lesions-in-children-with-kawasaki-disease-deal-trial-a-phase-ii-clinical-trial
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Andras Bratincsak, Blair N Limm-Chan, Vivek R Nerurkar, Lauren L Ching, Venu D Reddy, Eunjung Lim, Ralph V Shohet, Marian E Melish
BACKGROUND: Kawasaki disease (KD) is the most common acquired heart disease in children of the developed world, and triggers progressive coronary artery lesions (CAL) in 30% of cases if left untreated. Despite standard anti-inflammatory treatment for KD, CAL (dilation or aneurysm) still occurs in 5-10% of children, increasing their risk for fatal coronary artery complications. CAL is mediated by enhanced matrix metalloproteinase activity and elastin breakdown induced by the inflammatory process in the coronary artery wall...
December 5, 2017: Contemporary Clinical Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29313089/first-delivery-and-ovariectomy-affect-biomechanical-and-structural-properties-of-the-vagina-in-the-ovine-model
#16
Iva Urbankova, Geertje Callewaert, Silvia Blacher, Dries Deprest, Lucie Hympanova, Andrew Feola, Laurent De Landsheere, Jan Deprest
INTRODUCTION AND HYPOTHESIS: Animal models are useful for investigating the genesis of pelvic floor dysfunction and for developing novel therapies for its treatment. There is a need for an alternative large-animal model to the nonhuman primate. Therefore we studied the effects of the first vaginal delivery, ovariectomy and systemic hormonal replacement therapy (HRT) on the biomechanical and structural properties of the ovine vagina. METHODS: We examined the gross anatomical properties of nulliparous, primiparous, ovariectomized multiparous, and ovariectomized hormone-replaced multiparous sheep (six animals per group)...
January 8, 2018: International Urogynecology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29310800/matrix-metalloproteinases-vascular-remodeling-and-vascular-disease
#17
Xi Wang, Raouf A Khalil
Matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) are a family of zinc-dependent endopeptidases that degrade various proteins in the extracellular matrix (ECM). Typically, MMPs have a propeptide sequence, a catalytic metalloproteinase domain with catalytic zinc, a hinge region or linker peptide, and a hemopexin domain. MMPs are commonly classified on the basis of their substrates and the organization of their structural domains into collagenases, gelatinases, stromelysins, matrilysins, membrane-type (MT)-MMPs, and other MMPs...
2018: Advances in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29310792/nonlinear-optical-imaging-of-extracellular-matrix-proteins
#18
Chien-Cheng Shih, Dennis M Oakley, Matthew S Joens, Robyn A Roth, James A J Fitzpatrick
Over the last 2 decades, nonlinear imaging methods such as multiharmonic imaging microscopy (MHIM) have become powerful approaches for the label-free visualization of biological structures. Multiharmonic signals are generated when an intense electromagnetic field propagates through a sample that either has a specific molecular orientation or exhibits certain physical properties. It can provide complementary morphological information when integrated with other nonlinear optical imaging techniques such as two-photon excitation (TPE)...
2018: Methods in Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29310779/elastin-purification-and-solubilization
#19
Carmen M Halabi, Robert P Mecham
The functional form of elastin is a highly cross-linked polymer that organizes as sheets or fibers in the extracellular matrix. Purification of the mature protein is problematic because its insolubility precludes its isolation using standard wet-chemistry techniques. Instead, relatively harsh experimental approaches designed to remove nonelastin "contaminates" are employed to generate an insoluble product that has the amino acid composition expected of elastin. Although soluble, tropoelastin also presents problems for isolation and purification...
2018: Methods in Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29310774/measurement-of-elastin-collagen-and-total-protein-levels-in-tissues
#20
Ivan Stoilov, Barry C Starcher, Robert P Mecham, Thomas J Broekelmann
Elastin and collagen levels in tissues are frequently difficult to measure because of each protein's limited solubility. This chapter provides detailed methodology for the determination of elastin, collagen, and total protein levels in a single tissue sample. All three assays start with an acid hydrolysate of the tissue, which breaks the tissue-associated proteins down to their component amino acids. Marker amino acids unique to each protein (desmosine for elastin and hydroxyproline for collagen) are then quantified...
2018: Methods in Cell Biology
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