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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156374/genetic-profiling-and-surface-proteome-analysis-of-human-atrial-stromal-cells-and-rat-ventricular-epicardium-derived-cells-reveals-novel-insights-into-their-cardiogenic-potential
#1
Sebastian Temme, Daniela Friebe, Timo Schmidt, Gereon Poschmann, Julia Hesse, Bodo Steckel, Kai Stühler, Meik Kunz, Thomas Dandekar, Zhaoping Ding, Payam Akhyari, Artur Lichtenberg, Jürgen Schrader
Epicardium-derived cells (EPDC) and atrial stromal cells (ASC) display cardio-regenerative potential, but the molecular details are still unexplored. Signals which induce activation, migration and differentiation of these cells are largely unknown. Here we have isolated rat ventricular EPDC and rat/human ASC and performed genetic and proteomic profiling. EPDC and ASC expressed epicardial/mesenchymal markers (WT-1, Tbx18, CD73, CD90, CD44, CD105), cardiac markers (Gata4, Tbx5, troponin T) and also contained phosphocreatine...
November 7, 2017: Stem Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155841/habitat-and-soil-related-drivers-of-the-root-associated-fungal-community-of-quercus-suber-in-the-northern-moroccan-forest
#2
Fatima Zahra Maghnia, Younes Abbas, Frédéric Mahé, Benaissa Kerdouh, Estelle Tournier, Mohamed Ouadji, Pierre Tisseyre, Yves Prin, Naïma El Ghachtouli, Salah Eddine Bakkali Yakhlef, Robin Duponnois, Hervé Sanguin
Soil fungi associated with plant roots, notably ectomycorrhizal (EcM) fungi, are central in above- and below-ground interactions in Mediterranean forests. They are a key component in soil nutrient cycling and plant productivity. Yet, major disturbances of Mediterranean forests, particularly in the Southern Mediterranean basin, are observed due to the greater human pressures and climate changes. These disturbances highly impact forest cover, soil properties and consequently the root-associated fungal communities...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155813/post-guidance-signaling-by-extracellular-matrix-associated-slit-slit-n-maintains-fasciculation-and-position-of-axon-tracts-in-the-nerve-cord
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Krishna Moorthi Bhat
Axon-guidance by Slit-Roundabout (Robo) signaling at the midline initially guides growth cones to synaptic targets and positions longitudinal axon tracts in discrete bundles on either side of the midline. Following the formation of commissural tracts, Slit is found also in tracts of the commissures and longitudinal connectives, the purpose of which is not clear. The Slit protein is processed into a larger N-terminal peptide and a smaller C-terminal peptide. Here, I show that Slit and Slit-N in tracts interact with Robo to maintain the fasciculation, the inter-tract spacing between tracts and their position relative to the midline...
November 20, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155742/isolation-of-intact-whole-mouse-mammary-glands-for-analysis-of-extracellular-matrix-expression-and-gland-morphology
#4
Christopher Thompson, Katherine Keck, Abigail Hielscher
The goal of this procedure was to harvest the #4 abdominal mammary glands from female nulliparous mice in order to assess ECM expression and ductal architecture. Here, a small pocket below the skin was created using Mayo scissors, allowing separation of the glands within the subcutaneous tissue from the underlying peritoneum. Visualization of the glands was aided by the use of 3.5x-R surgical micro loupes. The pelt was inverted and pinned back allowing identification of the intact mammary fat pads. Each of the #4 abdominal glands was bluntly dissected by sliding the scalpel blade laterally between the subcutaneous layer and the glands...
October 30, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154902/dipeptidyl-peptidase-iv-dpp-iv-inhibition-prevents-fibrosis-in-adipose-tissue-of-obese-mice
#5
Ana Patrícia Marques, Janete Cunha-Santos, Helena Leal, Lígia Sousa-Ferreira, Luís Pereira de Almeida, Cláudia Cavadas, Joana Rosmaninho-Salgado
BACKGROUND: During the development of obesity the expansion of white adipose tissue (WAT) leads to a dysregulation and an excessive remodeling of extracellular matrix (ECM), leading to fibrosis formation. These ECM changes have high impact on WAT physiology and may change obesity progression. Blocking WAT fibrosis may have beneficial effects on the efficacy of diet regimen or therapeutical approaches in obesity. Since dipeptidyl peptidase IV (DPP-IV) inhibitors prevent fibrosis in tissues, such as heart, liver and kidney, the objective of this study was to assess whether vildagliptin, a DPP-IV inhibitor, prevents fibrosis in WAT in a mouse model of obesity, and to investigate the mechanisms underlying this effect...
November 14, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154455/translational-evidence-of-prothrombotic-and-inflammatory-endothelial-damage-in-cushing-syndrome-after-remission
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Gloria Aranda, Rebeca Fernandez-Ruiz, Marta Palomo, Mónica Romo, Mireia Mora, Irene Halperin, Gregori Casals, Joaquim Enseñat, Oscar Vidal, Maribel Diaz-Ricart, Felicia A Hanzu
OBJECTIVE: Sustained evidence from observational studies indicates that after remission of Cushing Syndrome (CS) a cardiovascular risk phenotype persists. Here we performed a translational study in active CS and CS in remission to evaluate the subclinical cardiometabolic burden and to explore the direct proinflammatory and prothrombotic potential of their sera on the endothelium in an in vitro translational atherothrombotic cell model. PATIENTS: Cross-sectional study...
November 20, 2017: Clinical Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154453/protoplast-preparation-from-enriched-flagellates-and-resting-cells-of-haematococcus-pluvialis
#7
Tianyou Cheng, Xiaoying Xu, Wei Zhang, Lin Chen, Tianzhong Liu
AIMS: To establish a proper protoplast-preparation route from enriched motile flagellates and non-motile resting cells of Haematococcus pluvialis. METHODS AND RESULTS: Through cultivations in two mixotrophic media, enriched Haematococcus flagellates and resting cells were respectively produced and applied in enzymatic protoplast preparations. Great differences of enzymatic sensitivity and osmotic-lability were identified between them. Flagellates showed the same osmotic-lability as protoplasts and the ECM (extracellular matrix)-removing rate was applied for an evaluation of protoplast-releasing...
November 20, 2017: Journal of Applied Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153879/remodeling-the-tumor-microenvironment-with-emerging-nanotherapeutics
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REVIEW
Qin Chen, Guangxuan Liu, Shuo Liu, Hongyan Su, Yue Wang, Jingyu Li, Cong Luo
The tumor microenvironment (TME) has profound impacts on cancer progression and remodeling of the TME has emerged as a strategy to facilitate cancer therapy. Recently, great progress in TME modulation has been made, especially with the rapid developments in nanomedicine. In this review we outline the latest advances in remodeling of the TME based on nanotherapeutics. First, novel strategies developed to modulate the tumor extracellular matrix (ECM) are discussed, including disruption, mimicking, and intervening in tumor ECM fabrication...
November 15, 2017: Trends in Pharmacological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29152654/nephrin-loss-is-reduced-by-grape-seed-proanthocyanidins-in-the-experimental-diabetic-nephropathy-rat-model
#9
Xianhua Li, Zhaoli Gao, Haiqing Gao, Baoying Li, Tao Peng, Bei Jiang, Xiangdong Yang, Zhao Hu
Diabetic nephropathy (DN) is one of the major causes of end‑stage renal failure. Grape seed proanthocyanidin extracts (GSPE) are known to act as antioxidants. The current study aimed to determine the effects of GSPE on the streptozotocin (STZ)‑induced diabetic rat model and to explore the underlying mechanism of its action. Wistar rats were induced into a diabetic state by injection of STZ and were treated with 250 mg·kg‑1·day‑1 GSPE for 24 weeks. Kidney samples were collected for observation of renal pathological changes by light microscope (periodic acid‑Schiff staining) and electron microscopy...
October 19, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151691/parallel-mrna-proteomics-and-mirna-expression-analysis-in-cell-line-models-of-the-intestine
#10
Finbarr O'Sullivan, Joanne Keenan, Sinead Aherne, Fiona O'Neill, Colin Clarke, Michael Henry, Paula Meleady, Laura Breen, Niall Barron, Martin Clynes, Karina Horgan, Padraig Doolan, Richard Murphy
AIM: To identify miRNA-regulated proteins differentially expressed between Caco2 and HT-29: two principal cell line models of the intestine. METHODS: Exponentially growing Caco-2 and HT-29 cells were harvested and prepared for mRNA, miRNA and proteomic profiling. mRNA microarray profiling analysis was carried out using the Affymetrix GeneChip Human Gene 1.0 ST array. miRNA microarray profiling analysis was carried out using the Affymetrix Genechip miRNA 3.0 array...
November 7, 2017: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150096/flexible-roles-for-proteoglycan-sulfation-and-receptor-signaling
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REVIEW
Panpan Yu, Craig S Pearson, Herbert M Geller
Proteoglycans (PGs) in the extracellular matrix (ECM) play vital roles in axon growth and navigation, plasticity, and regeneration of injured neurons. Different classes of PGs may support or inhibit cell growth, and their functions are determined in part by highly specific structural features. Among these, the pattern of sulfation on the PG sugar chains is a paramount determinant of a diverse and flexible set of outcomes. Recent studies of PG sulfation illustrate the challenges of attributing biological actions to specific sulfation patterns, and suggest ways in which highly similar molecules may exert opposing effects on neurons...
November 14, 2017: Trends in Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148982/a-dentin-derived-hydrogel-bioink-for-3d-printing-of-cell-laden-scaffolds-for-regenerative-dentistry
#12
Avathamsa Athirasala, Anthony Tahayeri, Greeshma Thrivikraman, Cristiane Miranda Franca, Nelson Monteiro, Victor Tran, Jack Ferracane, Luiz Bertassoni
Recent studies in tissue engineering have adopted extracellular matrix (ECM) derived scaffolds as natural and cytocompatible microenvironments for tissue regeneration. The dentin matrix, specifically, has been shown to be associated with a host of soluble and insoluble signaling molecules that can promote odontogenesis. Here, we have developed a novel bioink, blending printable alginate (3% w/v) hydrogels with the soluble and insoluble fractions of the dentin matrix. We have optimized the printing parameters and the concentrations of the individual components of the bioink for print accuracy, cell viability and odontogenic potential...
November 17, 2017: Biofabrication
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148265/resveratrol-ameliorates-the-severity-of-fibrogenesis-in-mice-with-experimental-chronic-pancreatitis
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Yixuan Xia, Hai-Tao Xiao, Kanglun Liu, Hong-Jie Zhang, Siu Wai Tsang
SCOPE: Resveratrol is generally considered beneficial to health-span and longevity since this dietary stilbenoid has been scrutinized for its activating property on the "rescue gene" sirtuin-1 that promotes cellular survival under stress. In addition to its antiaging property, our previous in vitro studies revealed that resveratrol notably inhibited the production of extracellular matrix (ECM) proteins in pancreatic stellate cells (PSCs), the classic effector cells against pancreatic injury...
November 16, 2017: Molecular Nutrition & Food Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147013/integrin-alpha-11-in-the-regulation-of-the-myofibroblast-phenotype-implications-for-fibrotic-diseases
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Ruchi Bansal, Shigeki Nakagawa, Saleh Yazdani, Joop van Baarlen, Anu Venkatesh, Anna P Koh, Won-Min Song, Nicolas Goossens, Hideo Watanabe, Mary B Beasley, Charles A Powell, Gert Storm, Naftali Kaminski, Harry van Goor, Scott L Friedman, Yujin Hoshida, Jai Prakash
Tissue fibrosis, characterized by excessive accumulation of aberrant extracellular matrix (ECM) produced by myofibroblasts, is a growing cause of mortality worldwide. Understanding the factors that induce myofibroblastic differentiation is paramount to prevent or reverse the fibrogenic process. Integrin-mediated interaction between the ECM and cytoskeleton promotes myofibroblast differentiation. In the present study, we explored the significance of integrin alpha 11 (ITGA11), the integrin alpha subunit that selectively binds to type I collagen during tissue fibrosis in the liver, lungs and kidneys...
November 17, 2017: Experimental & Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146721/development-of-a-function-blocking-antibody-against-fibulin-3-as-targeted-reagent-for-glioblastoma
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Mohan Sobhana Nandhu, Prajna Behera, Vivek Bhaskaran, Sharon L Longo, Lina M Barrera-Arenas, Sadhak Sengupta, Diego J Rodriguez-Gil, E Antonio Chiocca, Mariano S Viapiano
PURPOSE: We sought a novel approach against glioblastomas (GBM) focused on targeting signaling molecules localized in the tumor extracellular matrix (ECM). We investigated fibulin-3, a glycoprotein that forms the ECM scaffold of GBMs and promotes tumor progression by driving Notch and NF-kB signaling. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN: We used deletion constructs to identify a key signaling motif of fibulin-3. A monoclonal antibody (mAb428.2) was generated against this epitope and extensively validated for specific detection of human fibulin-3...
November 16, 2017: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145712/cartilage-microrna-dysregulation-during-the-onset-and-progression-of-mouse-osteoarthritis-is-independent-of-aggrecanolysis-and-overlaps-with-candidates-from-end-stage-human-disease
#16
Louise H W Kung, Varshini Ravi, Lynn Rowley, Constanza Angelucci, Amanda J Fosang, Katrina M Bell, Christopher B Little, John F Bateman
OBJECTIVE: To identify candidate microRNAs that potentially regulate the initiation and progression of osteoarthritis. METHODS: Osteoarthritis was induced in 10-12 week old male wild-type C57BL6 mice and in mice resistant to aggrecanase cleavage (Acan p.374ALGS→374NVYS) by destabilization of the medial meniscus (DMM). Osteoarthritis pathology was scored histologically. RNA from cartilage and subchondral bone were harvested in parallel by laser micro-dissection at 1 and 6 weeks post-surgery...
November 16, 2017: Arthritis & Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144021/quantitative-extracellular-matrix-proteomics-suggests-cell-wall-reprogramming-in-host-specific-immunity-during-vascular-wilt-caused-by-fusarium-oxysporum-in-chickpea
#17
Eman Elagamey, Kanika Narula, Arunima Sinha, Sudip Ghosh, Magdi A E Abdellatef, Niranjan Chakraborty, Subhra Chakraborty
Extracellular matrix (ECM) is the unique organelle that perceives stress signals and reprograms molecular events of host cell during patho-stress. However, our understanding of how ECM dictates plant immunity is largely unknown. Vascular wilt caused by the soil borne filamentous fungus Fusarium oxysporum is a major impediment for global crop productivity. To elucidate the role of ECM proteins and molecular mechanism associated with cell wall mediated immunity, the temporal changes of ECM proteome was studied in vascular wilt resistant chickpea cultivar upon F...
November 16, 2017: Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143459/the-spatial-patterning-of-rgd-and-bmp-2-mimetic-peptides-at-the-subcellular-scale-modulates-human-mesenchymal-stem-cells-osteogenesis
#18
I Bilem, L Plawinski, P Chevallier, C Ayela, E D Sone, G Laroche, M C Durrieu
Engineering artificial extracellular matrices (ECMs), based on the biomimicry of the spatial distribution of proteins and growth factors within their native microenvironment, is of great importance for understanding mechanisms of bone tissue regeneration. Herein, photolithography is used to decorate glass surfaces with subcellular patterns of RGD and BMP-2 ligands; two mimetic peptides recognized to be involved in stem cells osteogenesis. The biological relevance of well-defined RGD and BMP-2 patterned surfaces is evaluated by investigating the differentiation of human mesenchymal stem cells (hMSCs) into osteoblasts, in the absence of induction media...
November 16, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143338/extracellular-matrix-containing-in-vitro-three-dimensional-tumour-models-in-photodynamic-therapy-related-research
#19
Beata Čunderlíková
Three-dimensional (3D) tumour models have been intensively evaluated for their use in cancer research and there is a strong rationale behind using 3D cell cultures in photodynamic therapy (PDT)-related experimentation. In this contribution, it is explained why 3D cell cultures containing extracellular matrix (ECM) are preferred for this purpose. Results of experimental studies utilizing ECM-containing 3D cellular models in PDT research are summarized. Finally, design of in vitro 3D models that would provide clinically relevant information is discussed...
November 16, 2017: Photochemistry and Photobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141600/quantifying-the-need-for-enhanced-case-management-for-tb-patients-as-part-of-tb-cohort-audit-in-the-north-west-of-england-a-descriptive-study
#20
Angela Tucker, Jeniffer Mithoo, Paul Cleary, Mark Woodhead, Peter MacPherson, Tom Wingfield, Stefanie Davies, Carolyn Wake, Paddy McMaster, S Bertel Squire
BACKGROUND: Patients with TB have diverse and often challenging clinical and social needs that may hamper successful treatment outcomes. Understanding the need for additional support during treatment (enhanced case management, or ECM) is important for workforce capacity planning. North West England TB Cohort Audit (TBCA) has introduced a 4-level ECM classification system (ECM 0-3) to quantify the need for ECM in the region. This study describes the data from the first 2 years of ECM classification...
November 15, 2017: BMC Public Health
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