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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29227739/chronic-exposure-to-external-low-dose-gamma-radiation-induces-an-increase-in-anti-inflammatory-and-anti-oxidative-parameters-resulting-in-atherosclerotic-plaque-size-reduction-in-apoe-mice
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T G Ebrahimian, L Beugnies, J Surette, N Priest, Y Gueguen, C Gloaguen, M Benderitter, J R Jourdain, K Tack
Populations living in radiation-contaminated territories, such as Chernobyl and Fukushima, are chronically exposed to external gamma radiation and internal radionuclide contamination due to the large amount of 137Cs released in the environment. The effect of chronic low-dose exposure on the development of cardiovascular diseases remains unclear. Previously reported studies have shown that low-dose radiation exposure could lead to discrepancies according to dose rate. In this study, we examined the effect of very low-dose and dose-rate chronic external exposure on atherosclerosis development...
December 11, 2017: Radiation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29227167/diagnosis-of-platelet-function-disorders-a-standardized-rational-and-modular-flow-cytometric-approach
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Oliver Andres, Katja Henning, Gabriele Strauß, Annerose Pflug, Georgi Manukjan, Harald Schulze
A high proportion of patients with mucocutaneous bleeding diathesis and suspected inherited or acquired platelet disorder remain without diagnosis even after comprehensive laboratory testing. Since flow cytometry allows investigation of resting and activated platelets on the single cell level by requiring only minimal amounts of blood, this method has become an important assay within the diagnostic algorithm, especially in pediatrics. We therefore developed a standardized and modular flow cytometric approach that contributes to clarify impaired platelet function in a rational step-by-step manner...
December 11, 2017: Platelets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29227045/detection-of-depth-depend-changes-in-porcine-cartilage-after-wear-test-using-raman-spectroscopy
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Lingying Tong, Zhixiu Hao, Chao Wan, Shizhu Wen
Cartilage damage and wear can lead to severe diseases, such as osteoarthritis(OA), Thus, many studies on the cartilage wear process have already been performed to better understand the cartilage wear mechanism. However, most characterization methods focus on the cartilage surface or the total wear extent. With the advantages of high spatial resolution and easy characterization, Raman microspectroscopy was employed for the first time to characterize full-depth changes in the cartilage extracellular matrix (ECM) after wear test...
December 11, 2017: Journal of Biophotonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29225558/vulvar-squamous-cell-carcinoma-aggressiveness-is-associated-with-differential-expression-of-collagen-and-stat1
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Emily R Holthoff, Stephanie D Byrum, Samuel G Mackintosh, Thomas Kelly, Alan J Tackett, Charles M Quick, Steven R Post
Background: Vulvar squamous cell carcinoma (vSCC) is a rare but debilitating disease. One vSCC variant comprises tumor cells that grow and expand as a cohesive sheet of cells that "pushes" and compresses the associated lymphoplasmacytic (LPC) stroma. Another vSCC variant features tumor cells that grow in loose association with one another and infiltrate the associated fibromyxoid (FMX) stroma consisting mainly of extracellular matrix. Clinically, infiltrative vSCC with FMX stroma (Inf/FMX) is significantly associated with lymph node metastases and recurrence...
2017: Clinical Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29225150/decellularised-conjunctiva-for-ocular-surface-reconstruction
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Joana Witt, Sonja Mertsch, Maria Borrelli, Jana Dietrich, Gerd Geerling, Stefan Schrader, Kristina Spaniol
Conjunctival reconstruction is an integral component of ocular surface restoration. Decellularised tissues are frequently used clinically for tissue engineering. This study identifies porcine decellularised conjunctiva (PDC) and human decellularised conjunctiva (HDC) as promising substitutes for conjunctival reconstruction. PDC and HDC were nearly DNA-free, structurally intact and showed no cytotoxic effects in vitro, which was confirmed by DNA quantification, histology, transmission electron microscopy, collagen quantification and cytotoxicity assay...
December 7, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29224736/a-natural-small-molecule-inhibitor-corilagin-blocks-hcv-replication-and-modulates-oxidative-stress-to-reduce-liver-damage
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B Uma Reddy, Ranajoy Mullick, Anuj Kumar, Geetika Sharma, Paromita Bag, Chaitrali Laha Roy, Govindarajan Sudha, Himani Tandon, Pratik Dave, Asutosh Shukla, Priyanka Srinivasan, Madhusudhan Nandhitha, Narayanaswamy Srinivasan, Saumitra Das
Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection causes chronic liver disease, which often leads to hepatocellular carcinoma. Earlier, we have demonstrated anti-HCV property of the methanolic extract of Phyllanthus amarus, an age-old folk-medicine against viral hepatitis. Here, we report identification of a principal bioactive component 'corilagin', which showed significant inhibition of the HCV key enzymes, NS3 protease and NS5B RNA-dependent-RNA-polymerase. This pure compound could effectively inhibit viral replication in the infectious cell culture system, displayed strong antioxidant activity by blocking HCV induced generation of reactive oxygen species and suppressed up-regulation of NOX4 and TGF-β mRNA levels...
December 7, 2017: Antiviral Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29223704/decellularized-heart-ecm-hydrogel-using-supercritical-carbon-dioxide-for-improved-angiogenesis
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Yoojin Seo, Youngmee Jung, Soo Hyun Kim
Initial angiogenesis within the first 3 days is critical for healing ischemic diseases such as myocardial infarction. Recently, decellularized extracellular matrix (dECM) has been reported to provide tissue-derived ECM components and can be used as a scaffold for cell delivery for angiogenesis in tissue engineering. Decellularization by various detergents such as sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) and triton X-100 can remove the cell nuclei in tissue organs. However, this leads to ECM structure denaturation, decreased presence of various ECM proteins and cytokines, and loss of mechanical properties...
December 6, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29223651/effects-of-the-rigid-gas-permeable-contact-lense-use-on-tear-and-ocular-surface-among-keratoconus-patients
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Cansu Yuksel Elgin, Guzin Iskeleli, Ovgu Aydin
PURPOSE: To investigate changes in tear and ocular surface of patients with keratoconus using rigid gas permeable contact lenses (RGPCL) and compare them against keratoconus patients who were not using lenses as well as a control group of healthy subjects. METHODS: 24 keratoconus patients using RGPCL (Group 1) 22 patients who were not using lenses (Group 3) and 21 healthy subjects (Group 3) were included in the study. Subjective complaints about the subjects' eyes have been investigated using the ocular-surface disease index (OSDI)...
December 6, 2017: Contact Lens & Anterior Eye: the Journal of the British Contact Lens Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29223140/collagen-induced-arthritis-analysis-in-rhbdf2-knockout-mouse
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Min-Young Lee, Ju-Seong Kang, Ryeo-Eun Go, Yong-Sub Byun, Young Jin Wi, Kyung-A Hwang, Jae-Hoon Choi, Hyoung-Chin Kim, Kyung-Chul Choi, Ki-Hoan Nam
Rhomboid family member 2 gene (Rhbdf2) is an inactive homologue lacking essential catalytic residues of rhomboid intramembrane serine proteases. The protein is necessary for maturation of tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-α) converting enzyme, which is the molecule responsible for the release of TNF-α. In this study, Rhbdf2 knockout (KO) mice were produced by CRISPR/CAS9. To see the effects of the failure of TNF-α release induced by Rhbdf2 gene KO, collagen-induced arthritis (CIA), which is the representative TNF-α related disease, was induced in the Rhbdf2 mutant mouse using chicken collagen type II...
December 8, 2017: Biomolecules & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222533/elastic-fibers-and-large-artery-mechanics
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M G Espinosa, Marius C Staiculescu, Jungsil Kim, Eric Marin, Jessica E Wagenseil
Development of a closed circulatory system requires that large arteries adapt to the mechanical demands of high, pulsatile pressure. Elastin and collagen uniquely address these design criteria in the low and high stress regimes, resulting in a nonlinear mechanical response. Elastin is the core component of elastic fibers, which provide the artery wall with energy storage and recoil. The integrity of the elastic fiber network is affected by component insufficiency or disorganization, leading to an array of vascular pathologies and compromised mechanical behavior...
December 9, 2017: Journal of Biomechanical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222282/advances-in-the-diagnosis-and-treatment-of-von-willebrand-disease
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REVIEW
Ruchika Sharma, Veronica H Flood
Von Willebrand disease (VWD) is the most common inherited bleeding disorder, yet diagnosis and management remain challenging. Development and use of bleeding assessment tools allows for improved stratification of which patients may require further assessment and which patients are most likely to require treatment of their VWD. New options for laboratory assessment of von Willebrand factor (VWF) activity include a new platelet-binding assay, the VWF:GPIbM, which is subject to less variability than the ristocetin cofactor activity assay, and collagen-binding assays that provide insight into a different function of VWF...
December 8, 2017: Hematology—the Education Program of the American Society of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222115/the-methyltransferase-set9-regulates-tgf-b-1-activation-of-renal-fibroblasts-via-interaction-with-smad3
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Victoria G Shuttleworth, Luke Gaughan, Lotfia Nawafa, Caitlin A Mooney, Steven L Cobb, Neil S Sheerin, Ian R Logan
Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a global socioeconomic problem. It is characterised by the presence of differentiated myofibroblasts that, in response to TGF B-1, produce tissue fibrosis, leading to renal failure. Here we define a novel interaction between the SET9 lysine methyltransferase and SMAD3, the principle mediator of TGF B-1 signalling in myofibroblasts. We show that SET9 deficient fibroblasts exhibit globally altered gene expression profiles in response to TGF B-1, whilst overexpression of SET9 enhances SMAD3 transcriptional activity...
December 8, 2017: Journal of Cell Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29221639/nerve-growth-factor-released-from-collagen-scaffolds-protects-axotomized-cholinergic-neurons-of-the-basal-nucleus-of-meynert-in-organotypic-brain-slices
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Bettina M Foidl, Buket Ucar, Alina Schwarz, Ana L Rebelo, Abhay Pandit, Christian Humpel
BACKGROUND: Alzheimeŕs disease is accompanied by cell death of cholinergic neurons, resulting in cognitive impairment and memory loss. Nerve growth factor (NGF) is the most potent protein to support survival of cholinergic neurons. New METHOD: Organotypic brain slices of the basal nucleus of Meynert (nBM) are a valuable tool to study cell death of axotomized cholinergic neurons, as well as protective effects of NGF added into the medium. The aim of the present study is to use collagen scaffolds crosslinked with polyethylineglycole and load with NGF to target delivery of NGF to organotypic nBM brain slices...
December 5, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29221159/melatonin-suppresses-fibrotic-responses-induced-by-cigarette-smoke-via-downregulation-of-tgf-%C3%AE-1
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Na-Rae Shin, Ji-Won Park, In-Chul Lee, Je-Won Ko, Sung-Hyeuk Park, Joong-Sun Kim, Jong-Choon Kim, Kyung-Seop Ahn, In-Sik Shin
Cigarette smoke (CS) is the most important risk factor in the development of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Pulmonary fibrosis is an irreversible response and important feature of COPD. In this study, we investigated the effects of melatonin on fibrotic response in development of COPD using a CS and lipopolysaccharide (LPS) induced COPD model and cigarette smoke condensate (CSC)-stimulated NCI-H292 cells, a human mucoepidermoid cell line. Mice were exposed to CS for 1 h per day (8 cigarettes per day) from day 1 to day 7 and were treated intranasally with LPS on day 4...
November 10, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29221151/collagen-i-promotes-hepatocellular-carcinoma-cell-proliferation-by-regulating-integrin-%C3%AE-1-fak-signaling-pathway-in-nonalcoholic-fatty-liver
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Xinglong Zheng, Wenyan Liu, Junxi Xiang, Peng Liu, Mengyun Ke, Bo Wang, Rongqian Wu, Yi Lv
Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) has become a major risk factor for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) worldwide. However, the underlying mechanism remains insufficiently elucidated. The expression of Collagen I, an important component of extracellular matrix (ECM), was increased during the progression from simple steatosis to NASH. The purpose of this study was to investigate the role of Collagen I in NAFLD-related HCC. To study this, the decellularized liver matrix, which preserves the pathological changes of ECM, was prepared from the human fatty liver (FLM) and human normal liver (NLM)...
November 10, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29220803/a-single-cell-analysis-platform-for-electrochemiluminescent-detection-of-platelets-adhesion-to-endothelial-cells-based-on-au-dl-zncqds-nanoprobes
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Dongping Long, Yunfei Shang, Youyi Qiu, Bin Zhou, Peihui Yang
A novel single-cell analysis platform (SCA) was developed for the investigation of platelets adhesion to single human umbilical vein endothelial cell (HUVEC) via using the adhesion molecule (E-selectin) on the damaged HUVEC as the marker site, and integrating electrochemiluminescence (ECL) with the ultrasensitive Au@DL-ZnCQDs nanoprobes. The Au@DL-ZnCQDs nanocomposite, a kind of double layer zinc-coadsorbed carbon quantum dot (ZnCQDs) core-shell nanoprobe, was firstly constructed by using gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) as the core to load with ZnCQDs and then the citrate-modified silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) as the bridge to link AuNPs-ZnCQDs with ZnCQDs to form the core-shell with double layer ZnCQDs (DL-ZnCQDs) nanoprobe, revealed a 10-fold signal amplification...
November 22, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29219791/effects-of-the-vitamin-d-analog-2amd-in-cyclosporine-induced-nephrotoxicity-dose-response-and-antifibrotic-activity
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Bianca Tomasini-Johansson, Cori O'Brien, Alexandra Larson-Osborne, Inger Toraason, Debra Hullett, Lori Plum, Hector DeLuca, Hans Sollinger
OBJECTIVES: In this study, we aimed to ascertain the efficacy and determine the dose effects of a new analog of vitamin D, 2α-methyl-19-nor-(20S)-1α,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3 (2AMD), in decreasing fibrosis and improving renal function in a rat model of kidney disease. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Using the cyclosporine model of chronic kidney disease, we tested 4 dose regimens (2.5, 5, 10, and 20 ng/kg) of 2AMD by subcutaneous administration. The 2AMD analog was compared with another analog, 2-methylene-19-nor-(20S)-1α,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3 (2MD), given at 5 ng/kg...
December 2017: Experimental and Clinical Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29216931/vista-deficiency-attenuates-antibody-induced-arthritis-and-alters-macrophage-gene-expression-in-response-to-simulated-immune-complexes
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Sabrina Ceeraz, Susan K Eszterhas, Petra A Sergent, David A Armstrong, Alix Ashare, Thomas Broughton, Li Wang, Dov Pechenick, Christopher M Burns, Randolph J Noelle, Matthew P Vincenti, Roy A Fava
BACKGROUND: In addition to activated T cells, the immune checkpoint inhibitor "V domain-containing Ig suppressor of T-cell activation" (VISTA) is expressed by myeloid cell types, including macrophages and neutrophils. The importance of VISTA expression by myeloid cells to antibody-induced arthritis and its potential for relevance in human disease was evaluated. METHODS: VISTA was immunolocalized in normal and arthritic human synovial tissue sections and synovial tissue lysates were subjected to western blot analysis...
December 8, 2017: Arthritis Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29216423/nanoparticle-functionalization-with-platelet-membrane-enables-multi-factored-biological-targeting-and-detection-of-atherosclerosis
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Xiaoli Wei, Man Ying, Diana Dehaini, Yuanyuan Su, Ashley V Kroll, Jiarong Zhou, Weiwei Gao, Ronnie H Fang, Shu Chien, Liangfang Zhang
Cardiovascular disease represents one of the major causes of death across the global population. Atherosclerosis, one of its most common drivers, is characterized by the gradual build-up of arterial plaque over time, which can ultimately lead to life-threatening conditions. Given the impact of the disease on public health, there is a great need for effective and noninvasive imaging modalities that can provide valuable information on its biological underpinnings during development. Here, we leverage the role of platelets in atherogenesis to design nanocarriers capable of targeting multiple biological elements relevant to plaque development...
December 7, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29215048/high-dose-parenteral-ascorbate-inhibited-pancreatic-cancer-growth-and-metastasis-mechanisms-and-a-phase-i-iia-study
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Kishore Polireddy, Ruochen Dong, Gregory Reed, Jun Yu, Ping Chen, Stephen Williamson, Pierre-Christian Violet, Ziyan Pessetto, Andrew K Godwin, Fang Fan, Mark Levine, Jeanne A Drisko, Qi Chen
Pancreatic cancer is among the most lethal cancers with poorly tolerated treatments. There is increasing interest in using high-dose intravenous ascorbate (IVC) in treating this disease partially because of its low toxicity. IVC bypasses bioavailability barriers of oral ingestion, provides pharmacological concentrations in tissues, and exhibits selective cytotoxic effects in cancer cells through peroxide formation. Here, we further revealed its anti-pancreatic cancer mechanisms and conducted a phase I/IIa study to investigate pharmacokinetic interaction between IVC and gemcitabine...
December 7, 2017: Scientific Reports
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