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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226725/a-chicken-embryo-cardiac-outflow-tract-atlas-for-registering-changes-due-to-abnormal-blood-flow
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James P Carson, Monique Y Rennie, Michael Danilchik, Kent Thornburg, Sandra Rugonyi, James P Carson, Monique Y Rennie, Michael Danilchik, Kent Thornburg, Sandra Rugonyi, Kent Thornburg, Michael Danilchik, James P Carson, Monique Y Rennie, Sandra Rugonyi
Subdivision-based image registration has previously been applied to co-localize digital information extracted from rigid structures in biological specimens, such as the brain. Here, we describe and demonstrate the creation and application of a two-dimensional subdivision-based atlas representing a dynamic structure: the outflow tract of the developing chicken heart. The atlas is designed to segment three different anatomical layers of the outflow tract, and is demonstrated on the characterization of collagen XIV in both control and induced abnormal flow specimens...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224647/electrical-impedance-myography-eim-in-individuals-with-col6-and-lama2-congenital-muscular-dystrophy-a-cross-sectional-and-two-year-analysis
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Carmel Nichols, Minal S Jain, Katherine G Meilleur, Tianxia Wu, James Collins, Melissa R Waite, Jahannaz Dastgir, Anam Salman, Sandra Donkervoort, Tina Duong, Katherine Keller, Meganne E Leach, Donovan J Lott, Michelle N McGuire, Leslie Nelson, Anne Rutkowski, Carole Vuillerot, Carsten G Bönnemann, Tanya J Lehky
INTRODUCTION: Electrical impedance myography (EIM) is a non-invasive electrophysiological technique that characterizes muscle properties through bioimpedance. We compared EIM measurements to function, strength, and disease severity in a population with congenital muscular dystrophy (CMD). METHODS: Forty-one patients with CMD, either collagen 6 related disorders (COL6-RD) (n = 21) or laminin alpha 2-related disorders (LAMA2-RD) (n = 20) and 21 healthy pediatric controls underwent 2 yearly EIM exams...
February 22, 2017: Muscle & Nerve
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224182/parp-inhibition-ameliorates-nephropathy-in-an-animal-model-of-type-2-diabetes-focus-on-oxidative-stress-inflammation-and-fibrosis
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Esraa M Zakaria, Nabila N El-Maraghy, Ahmed F Ahmed, Abdelmonim A Ali, Hany M El-Bassossy
Poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase (PARP) enzyme contributes to nephropathy, a serious diabetic complication which may lead to end-stage renal disease. The study aims to investigate the effect of PARP over-activation on kidney functions in a type 2 diabetic rat model. The study also tests the therapeutic use of PARP inhibitors in diabetic nephropathy. Type 2 diabetes was induced in adult male rats by high-fructose/high-fat diet and low streptozotocin dose. Then, the PARP inhibitor 4-aminobenzamide (4-AB) was administered daily for 10 weeks...
February 21, 2017: Naunyn-Schmiedeberg's Archives of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223209/langmuir-schaefer-film-deposition-onto-honeycomb-porous-films-for-retinal-tissue-engineering
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Maria Teresa Calejo, Tanja Ilmarinen, Elina Vuorimaa-Laukkanen, Elina Talvitie, Hanna M Hakola, Heli Skottman, Minna Kellomäki
: Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of vision loss in senior citizens in the developed world. The disease is characterised by the degeneration of a specific cell layer at the back of the eye - the retinal pigment epithelium (RPE), which is essential in retinal function. The most promising therapeutic option to restore the lost vision is considered to be RPE cell transplantation. This work focuses on the development of biodegradable biomaterials with similar properties to the native Bruch's membrane as carriers for RPE cells...
February 18, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222840/assessment-of-acute-kidney-injury-and-renal-fibrosis-after-renal-ischemia-protocols-in-cats
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Vanna M Dickerson, Daniel R Rissi, Cathy A Brown, Scott A Brown, Chad W Schmiedt
In an attempt to identify a feline model of acute or chronic kidney disease, this study was designed to evaluate the effects of 15 or 30 min of bilateral renal ischemia (RI) and 60 min of unilateral RI with delayed contralateral nephrectomy as models of acute kidney injury and chronic interstitial fibrosis in cats. Adult, purpose-bred, USDA Class A cats (n = 14) were randomly assigned to receive bilateral RI for 15 min (n = 3) or 30 min (n = 3), unilateral RI for 60 min with a delayed (2 wk) contralateral nephrectomy (n = 5), or sham unilateral RI with a delayed contralateral nephrectomy (n = 3)...
February 1, 2017: Comparative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222408/severe-osteoporosis-with-multiple-spontaneous-vertebral-fractures-in-a-young-male-carrying-triple-polymorphisms-in-the-vitamin-d-receptor-collagen-type-1-and-low-density-lipoprotein-receptor-related-peptide-5-genes
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Maria P Yavropoulou, Panagoulia Kollia, Dimitris Chatzidimitriou, Stavroula Samara, Lemonia Skoura, John G Yovos
: Osteoporosis is a common disease with a strong genetic component. Several studies have reported the vitamin D receptor (VDR), collagen type I (COL1A1), and LDL receptor-related protein 5 (LRP5) genes as the most likely candidates. However, most of the studies have been carried out in postmenopausal women and older men and show inconsistent results. CASE PRESENTATION: We report a case of a 26-year old male who presented with severe back pain of acute onset, unrelated to any kind of trauma, and diffuse myalgia...
October 2016: Hormones: International Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222042/compound-effects-of-aging-and-experimental-fsgs-on-glomerular-epithelial-cells
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Remington R S Schneider, Diana G Eng, J Nathan Kutz, Mariya T Sweetwyne, Jeffrey W Pippin, Stuart J Shankland
Advanced age portends a poorer prognosis in FSGS. To understand the impact of age on glomerular podocytes and parietal epithelial cells (PECs), experimental FSGS was induced in 3m-old mice (20-year old human age) and 27m-old mice (78-year old human age) by abruptly depleting podocytes with a cytopathic anti-podocyte antibody. Despite similar binding of the disease-inducing antibody, podocyte density was lower in aged FSGS mice compared to young FSGS mice. Activated PEC density was higher in aged versus young FSGS mice, as was the percentage of total activated PECs...
February 17, 2017: Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219919/dickkopf-3-ablation-attenuates-the-development-of-atherosclerosis-in-apoe-deficient-mice
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Wen-Lin Cheng, Yang Yang, Xiao-Jing Zhang, Junhong Guo, Jun Gong, Fu-Han Gong, Zhi-Gang She, Zan Huang, Hao Xia, Hongliang Li
BACKGROUND: Dickkopf-3 (DKK3) is a negative regulator of the Wnt/β-catenin signaling pathway, which is involved in inflammation. However, little is known about the relationship between DKK3 expression and the progression of atherosclerosis. The aim of the present study was to define the role of DKK3 and its potential mechanism in the development of atherosclerosis. METHODS AND RESULTS: Immunofluorescence analysis showed that DKK3 was strongly expressed in macrophages of atherosclerotic plaques from patients with coronary heart disease and in hyperlipidemic mice...
February 20, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219123/identification-of-core-gene-networks-and-hub-genes-associated-with-progression-of-nonalcoholic-fatty-liver-disease-by-rna-sequencing
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Kikuko Hotta, Masataka Kikuchi, Takuya Kitamoto, Aya Kitamoto, Yuji Ogawa, Yasushi Honda, Takaomi Kessoku, Kaori Kobayashi, Masato Yoneda, Kento Imajo, Wataru Tomeno, Akihiro Nakaya, Yutaka Suzuki, Satoru Saito, Atsushi Nakajima
AIM: Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) progresses because of the interaction between numerous genes. Thus, we performed weighted gene co-expression network analysis to identify core gene networks and key genes associated with NAFLD progression. METHODS: We enrolled 39 patients with mild NAFLD (fibrosis stages 0 to 2) and 21 with advanced NAFLD (fibrosis stages 3 or 4). Total RNA was extracted from frozen liver biopsies, and sequenced to capture a large dynamic range of expression levels...
February 20, 2017: Hepatology Research: the Official Journal of the Japan Society of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218781/study-on-the-effects-of-blueberry-treatment-on-histone-acetylation-modification-of-ccl4-induced-liver-disease-in-rats
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W Zhan, X Liao, T Tian, L Yu, X Liu, B Li, J Liu, B Han, R J Xie, Q H Ji, Q Yang
The objective of this study was to investigate the effects of blueberry treatment on histone acetylation modification of carbon tetrachloride (CCl4)-induced liver disease in rats. Laboratory rats were randomly divided into control, hepatic fibrosis, blueberry treatment, blueberry intervention, and natural recovery groups. Rats in the model groups were treated with CCl4 administered subcutaneously at 4- and 8-week intervals, and then executed. Both the 4- and 8-week treatment groups were treated with blueberry juice for 8 weeks, and then executed after 12 and 16 weeks, respectively...
February 16, 2017: Genetics and Molecular Research: GMR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218466/bullous-pemphigoid-arising-in-a-patient-with-acquired-perforating-dermatosis
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S Tani, N Ishii, T Hashimoto, K Tsujioka
A middle-aged Japanese man who had been on haemodialysis treatment for diabetic nephropathy developed multiple itchy papules and nodules, which were histopathologically diagnosed as acquired perforating dermatosis. Two years later he developed oral lesions and subsequently numerous erosive plaques with necrotic crusts on the trunk and extremities. Histopathology of a papule showed a parakeratotic plug intermingled with basophilic, necrotic debris and collagen bundles, along with penetration of collagen bundles across the epidermis and subepidermal blister...
February 20, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217949/clinical-impact-of-the-presence-of-macrophages-in-endomyocardial-biopsies-of-patients-with-dilated-cardiomyopathy
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Takafumi Nakayama, Yasuo Sugano, Tetsuro Yokokawa, Toshiyuki Nagai, Taka-Aki Matsuyama, Keiko Ohta-Ogo, Yoshihiko Ikeda, Hatsue Ishibashi-Ueda, Takeshi Nakatani, Nobuyuki Ohte, Satoshi Yasuda, Toshihisa Anzai
BACKGROUND: Dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) is the most common cardiomyopathy and causes left ventricular enlargement and contractile dysfunction, with a poor prognosis. The mechanisms underlying the disease process have not been precisely identified, but recent evidence has suggested that the activation of myocardial inflammation is involved in the deterioration associated with the condition. METHODS AND RESULTS: Biopsy samples from 182 consecutive DCM patients were immunohistochemically stained with antibodies specific to CD3 (T lymphocytes), CD68 (whole macrophages), and CD163 (M2 macrophages), and each type of infiltrating cell was counted...
February 20, 2017: European Journal of Heart Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217782/receptor-for-hyaluronan-mediated-motility-rhamm-hmmr-is-a-novel-target-for-promoting-subcutaneous-adipogenesis
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S B Bahrami, C Tolg, T Peart, C Symonette, M Veiseh, J U Umoh, D W Holdsworth, J B McCarthy, L G Luyt, M J Bissell, A Yazdani, E A Turley
Hyaluronan, CD44 and the Receptor for Hyaluronan-Mediated Motility (RHAMM, gene name HMMR) regulate stem cell differentiation including mesenchymal progenitor differentiation. Here, we show that CD44 expression is required for subcutaneous adipogenesis, whereas RHAMM expression suppresses this process. We designed RHAMM function blocking peptides to promote subcutaneous adipogenesis as a clinical and tissue engineering tool. Adipogenic RHAMM peptides were identified by screening for their ability to promote adipogenesis in culture assays using rat bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells, mouse pre-adipocyte cell lines and primary human subcutaneous pre-adipocytes...
February 20, 2017: Integrative Biology: Quantitative Biosciences From Nano to Macro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216579/a-plant-proteinase-inhibitor-from-enterolobium-contortisiliquum-attenuates-pulmonary-mechanics-inflammation-and-remodeling-induced-by-elastase-in-mice
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Osmar Aparecido Theodoro-Júnior, Renato Fraga Righetti, Rafael Almeida-Reis, Bruno Tadeu Martins-Oliveira, Leandro Vilela Oliva, Carla Máximo Prado, Beatriz Mangueira Saraiva-Romanholo, Edna Aparecida Leick, Nathalia Montouro Pinheiro, Yara Aparecida Lobo, Mílton de Arruda Martins, Maria Luiza Vilela Oliva, Iolanda de Fátima Lopes Calvo Tibério
Proteinase inhibitors have been associated with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant activities and may represent a potential therapeutic treatment for emphysema. Our aim was to evaluate the effects of a plant Kunitz proteinase inhibitor, Enterolobium contortisiliquum trypsin inhibitor (EcTI), on several aspects of experimental elastase-induced pulmonary inflammation in mice. C57/Bl6 mice were intratracheally administered elastase (ELA) or saline (SAL) and were treated intraperitoneally with EcTI (ELA-EcTI, SAL-EcTI) on days 1, 14 and 21...
February 14, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216326/a-scalable-lysyl-hydroxylase-2-expression-system-and-luciferase-based-enzymatic-activity-assay
#15
Hou-Fu Guo, Eun Jeong Cho, Ashwini K Devkota, Yulong Chen, William Russell, George N Phillips, Mitsuo Yamauchi, Kevin N Dalby, Jonathan M Kurie
Hydroxylysine aldehyde-derived collagen cross-links (HLCCs) accumulate in fibrotic tissues and certain types of cancer and are thought to drive the progression of these diseases. HLCC formation is initiated by lysyl hydroxylase 2 (LH2), an Fe(II) and α-ketoglutarate (αKG)-dependent oxygenase that hydroxylates telopeptidyl lysine residues on collagen. Development of LH2 antagonists for the treatment of these diseases will require a reliable source of recombinant LH2 protein and a non-radioactive LH2 enzymatic activity assay that is amenable to high throughput screens of small molecule libraries...
February 16, 2017: Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216321/effects-of-dmso-on-a-rabbit-ear-hypertrophic-scar-model-a-controlled-randomized-experimental-study
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Elif Sari, Bulent Bakar, Gungor Cagdas Dincel, Fatma Azize Budak Yildiran
Dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) is an anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, analgesic drug widely used to treat several diseases as reported in the literature. It has a detractive effect on collagen deposition in the abnormal tissue. This study aimed to investigate the possible therapeutic effects of DMSO on hypertrophic scar formation in rabbits. Twenty-four New Zealand male albino rabbits were randomly divided into four groups: control, sham, DMSO, and TRA (triamcinolone acetonide). Except the control group, punch biopsy defects were created on each animal's right ear...
January 23, 2017: Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery: JPRAS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216298/cell-instructive-starpeg-heparin-collagen-composite-matrices
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Marcus Binner, Laura J Bray, Jens Friedrichs, Uwe Freudenberg, Mikhail V Tsurkan, Carsten Werner
: Polymer hydrogels can be readily modulated with regard to their physical properties and functionalized to recapitulate molecular cues of the extracellular matrix (ECM). However, they remain structurally different from the hierarchical supramolecular assemblies of natural ECM. Accordingly, we herein report a set of hydrogel composite materials made from starPEG-peptide conjugates, maleimide-functionalized heparin and collagen type I that combine semisynthetic and ECM-derived components...
February 16, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215538/over-90-of-cases-of-microscopic-colitis-can-be-diagnosed-by-performing-a-short-colonoscopy
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Gilles Macaigne, Pierre Lahmek, Christophe Locher, Jean François Boivin, Bruno Lesgourgues, Mathieu Yver, Laurent Costes, I Abd Alsamad, Joel Cucherousset, Claire Charpignon, Hélène Guyot, Bénédicte Lambaré, Jean-Michel Ghilain, Valérie Calès, Stéphanie de Montigny-Lenhardt, Guy Bellaïche, Alexandre Pariente, Stéphane Nahon
AIMS: To determinate the topographical distribution of key diagnostic histological features of lymphocytic colitis (LC) and collagenous colitis (CC) and to establish what correlations may exist between the histological findings and the causes and severity of MC. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Patients with MC were included in a prospective multicentre French study from September 2010 to October 2012. MC was diagnosed by performing total colonoscopy with multiple biopsies of the rectum and colon collected in separate jars and analyzed separately for each site (descending and sigmoid colon, transverse colon, ascending colon)...
February 16, 2017: Clinics and Research in Hepatology and Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214773/the-usefulness-of-bone-biomarkers-for-monitoring-treatment-disease-a-comparative-study-in-osteolytic-and-osteosclerotic-bone-metastasis-models
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Marta Martín-Fernández, Karmele Valencia, Carolina Zandueta, Cristina Ormazábal, Susana Martínez-Canarias, Fernando Lecanda, Concepción de la Piedra
BACKGROUND: The skeleton is the most common site of colonization by metastatic cancers. Zoledronic acid (ZA) has been shown to be effective for the treatment of bone metastases regardless of whether the bone lesions are osteolytic or osteoblastic. Biochemical markers of bone turnover may be useful tools to quantify the degree of bone remodeling in the presence of bone metastases. The aim of this work was to establish the correlation between tumor dispersion (bioluminescence) and biochemical markers of bone turnover in two osteolytic and osteoblastic metastasis models in mice...
February 16, 2017: Translational Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213717/the-minor-collagens-in-articular-cartilage
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Yunyun Luo, Dovile Sinkeviciute, Yi He, Morten Karsdal, Yves Henrotin, Ali Mobasheri, Patrik Önnerfjord, Anne Bay-Jensen
Articular cartilage is a connective tissue consisting of a specialized extracellular matrix (ECM) that dominates the bulk of its wet and dry weight. Type II collagen and aggrecan are the main ECM proteins in cartilage. However, little attention has been paid to less abundant molecular components, especially minor collagens, including type IV, VI, IX, X, XI, XII, XIII, and XIV, etc. Although accounting for only a small fraction of the mature matrix, these minor collagens not only play essential structural roles in the mechanical properties, organization, and shape of articular cartilage, but also fulfil specific biological functions...
February 17, 2017: Protein & Cell
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