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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437178/a-novel-injectable-recombinant-collagen-i-peptide-based-macroporous-microcarrier-allows-superior-expansion-of-c2c12-and-human-bone-marrow-derived-mesenchymal-stromal-cells-and-supports-deposition-of-mineralized-matrix
#1
Davide Confalonieri, Margherita La Marca, Elisabeth Marianna Wilhelmina Maria van Dongen, Heike Walles, Franziska Ehlicke
The development of scaffold formulations based on extracellular matrix-inspired synthetic materials constitutes an important resource for the advance of cell-based therapies in bone tissue engineering approaches, where both cell and scaffold implantation are often needed. Culturing cells on porous microcarriers (MCs) allows cell expansion in a three-dimensional microenvironment and constitutes a possible solution for minimally invasive cell and scaffold simultaneous delivery, but the reduced pore dimension and pore interconnection diameter of several commercially available microcarriers limits de facto cell ingrowth, and ultimately their suitability for in vivo cell delivery...
March 3, 2017: Tissue Engineering. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436160/compound-heterozygous-mutations-in-col1a1-associated-with-an-atypical-form-of-type-i-osteogenesis-imperfecta
#2
Amanda M Ackermann, Michael A Levine
Heterozygous mutations in the genes encoding the proα1(I) or proα2(I) chains of type I procollagen (COL1A1 and COL1A2, respectively) account for most cases of osteogenesis imperfecta (OI), a disorder characterized by reduced bone strength and increased fracture risk. COL1A1 mutations can also cause rare cases of Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS), a disorder that primarily affects connective tissue and often includes reduced bone mass. Here we present a kindred of three young siblings ages 1-4 years old whose mother has a history of mild type I OI...
April 24, 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431466/next-generation-sequencing-reveals-one-novel-missense-mutation-in-col1a2-gene-in-an-iranian-family-with-osteogenesis-imperfecta
#3
Farah Talebi, Farideh Ghanbari Mardasi, Mohammadi Asl Javad, Bavarsad Amir Hooshang, Salehi Kambo Masoumeh
BAckground: Osteogenesis imperfecta (OI) is a clinically and genetically heterogeneous disorder characterized by bone loss and bone fragility. The aim of this study was to investigate the variants of three genes involved in the pathogenesis of OI. Methods: Molecular genetic analyses were performed for COL1A1, COL1A2, and CRTAP genes in an Iranian family with OI. The DNA samples were analyzed by next-generation sequencing (NGS) gene panel and Sanger sequencing. Results: Five different variants were identified in COL1A1 and COL1A2, including two variants in COL1A1 and three variants in COL1A2...
April 22, 2017: Iranian Biomedical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425567/effect-of-ngf-from-venom-of-chinese-cobra-naja-atra-on-chondrocytes-proliferation-and-metabolism-in-vitro
#4
Jiachang Tan, Zhenhui Lu, Zhikang Miao, Danqing Lei, Li Zheng, Jinmin Zhao
Autologous chondrocyte implantation (ACI) is promising strategy for cartilage repair. However, chondrocyte phenotype is easily lost when expanded in vitro which defined as "dedifferentiation". To ensure successful therapy, an effective pro-chondrogenic agent is necessary to overcome the obstacle of limited cell numbers in the restoration process, and dedifferentiation is a prerequisite. In the present study, we investigated the chondro-protective effect of NGF from Chinese cobra venom on human chondrocytes by determination of its specific effect on cell viability, proliferation, morphology, GAG production and cartilage specific gene expression...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423507/tgf-%C3%AE-independent-ctgf-induction-regulates-cell-adhesion-mediated-drug-resistance-by-increasing-collagen-i-in-hcc
#5
Yeonhwa Song, Jin-Sun Kim, Eun Kyung Choi, Joon Kim, Kang Mo Kim, Haeng Ran Seo
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is resistant to conventional chemotherapeutic agents and remains an unmet medical need. Here, we demonstrate a mechanism of cell adhesion-mediated drug resistance using a variety of HCC spheroid models to overcome environment-mediated drug resistance in HCC. We classified spheroids into two groups, tightly compacted and loosely compacted aggregates, based on investigation of dynamics of spheroid formation. Our results show that compactness of HCC spheroids correlated with fibroblast-like characteristics, collagen 1A1 (COL1A1) content, and capacity for chemoresistance...
March 28, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422962/docosahexaenoic-acid-blocks-progression-of-western-diet-induced-nonalcoholic-steatohepatitis-in-obese-ldlr-mice
#6
Kelli A Lytle, Carmen P Wong, Donald B Jump
BACKGROUND: Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is a major public health concern in western societies. Nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), the progressive form of NAFLD, is characterized by hepatic steatosis, inflammation, oxidative stress and fibrosis. NASH is a risk factor for cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma. NASH is predicted to be the leading cause of liver transplants by 2020. Despite this growing public health concern, there remain no Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved NASH treatments...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420485/subcutaneous-dermatofibrosarcoma-protuberans-a-rare-subtype-with-predilection-for-the-head-a-retrospective-series-of-18-cases
#7
Beatriz Llombart, Carlos Serra-Guillén, Luis Rubio, Eduardo Nagore, Celia Requena, Victor Traves, Laura Calomarde, Bernardo Bancalari, José Antonio López-Guerrero, Carlos Guillen-Barona, Onofre Sanmartín
BACKGROUND: Dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans (DFSP) typically affects the dermis and subcutaneous tissue. The subcutaneous variant is rare. OBJECTIVE: We sought to characterize the subcutaneous DFSP (SC-DFSP) variant and compare it with cutaneous DFSP (C-DFSP). METHODS: This work was a retrospective study of DFSP treated in our institution. RESULTS: Of 124 cases of DFSP, 18 were SC-DFSP (14.5%). Except for the deep location, the pathologic and genetic features were indistinguishable from the C-DFSP variant...
April 15, 2017: Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420441/autologous-bone-marrow-derived-cell-transplantation-in-decompensated-alcoholic-liver-disease-what-is-the-impact-on-liver-histology-and-gene-expression-patterns
#8
Nicolas Lanthier, Nathalie Lin-Marq, Laura Rubbia-Brandt, Sophie Clément, Nicolas Goossens, Laurent Spahr
BACKGROUND: Liver stem cell therapy (SCT) has been suggested as a promising means to improve liver regeneration in advanced liver disease. However, data from trials are heterogeneous, with no systematic histological evaluation. The aim of this study is to specifically analyze the effect of autologous SCT on liver regeneration and on gene expression changes. METHODS: Individuals in the randomized controlled trial of SCT in alcoholic hepatitis with paired liver biopsies were included (n = 58)...
April 18, 2017: Stem Cell Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420366/pirfenidone-attenuates-bleomycin-induced-pulmonary-fibrosis-in-mice-by-regulating-nrf2-bach1-equilibrium
#9
Yuan Liu, Fuai Lu, Lirong Kang, Zhihua Wang, Yongfu Wang
BACKGROUND: Oxidative stress is one of the important factors involved in the pathogenesis of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). The equilibrium of Nuclear factor-erythroid-related factor 2 (Nrf2)/[BTB (broad-complex, tramtrack and bric-a-brac) and CNC (cap'n'collar protein) homology 1, Bach1] determines the expression level of antioxidant factors, further regulating the function of oxidation/antioxidation capacity. Pirfenidone (PFD) is one of two currently for IPF therapy approved drugs...
April 18, 2017: BMC Pulmonary Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412025/the-influence-of-chronic-il-6-exposure-in-vivo-on-rat-achilles-tendon-extracellular-matrix
#10
Mark S Katsma, Shivam H Patel, Erica Eldon, Kathryn A Corbell, Kevin L Shimkus, James D Fluckey, Chad C Carroll
When compared to placebo, acetaminophen (APAP) reduces tendon stiffness and collagen cross-linking. APAP also enhances the exercise-induced increase in peritendinous levels of IL-6. Elevated levels of IL-6 are associated with tendinopathy, thus we hypothesized that chronic, elevated peritendinous IL-6 would alter tendon extracellular matrix (ECM). IL-6 (∼3000pgml(-1)) was injected (3dwk(-1) for 8-wks) into the Achilles peritendinous region of male Wistar rats (n=16) with the opposite leg serving as a sham...
April 13, 2017: Cytokine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28409151/temporal-changes-in-gene-expression-profile-during-mature-adipocyte-dedifferentiation
#11
Julie Anne Côté, Frédéric Guénard, Julie Lessard, Marc Lapointe, Simon Biron, Marie-Claude Vohl, André Tchernof
Objective. To characterize changes in gene expression profile during human mature adipocyte dedifferentiation in ceiling culture. Methods. Subcutaneous (SC) and omental (OM) adipose tissue samples were obtained from 4 participants paired for age and BMI. Isolated adipocytes were dedifferentiated in ceiling culture. Gene expression analysis at days 0, 4, 7, and 12 of the cultures was performed using Affymetrix Human Gene 2.0 STvi arrays. Hierarchical clustering according to similarity of expression changes was used to identify overrepresented functions...
2017: International Journal of Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408888/prevention-of-bleomycin-induced-pulmonary-inflammation-and-fibrosis-in-mice-by-paeonol
#12
Meng-Han Liu, An-Hsuan Lin, Hsin-Kuo Ko, Diahn-Warng Perng, Tzong-Shyuan Lee, Yu Ru Kou
Pulmonary fibrosis is a severe and progressive disease that is characterized by an abnormal deposition of extracellular matrix, such as collagens. The pathogenesis of this disease may be initiated by oxidative damage of lung epithelial cells by fibrogenic stimuli, leading to lung inflammation, which in turn promotes various lung fibrotic responses. The profibrogenic effect of transforming growth factor-β1 (TGF-β1) on lung fibroblasts is crucial for the pathogenesis of this disease. Paeonol, the main phenolic compound present in the Chinese herb Paeonia suffruticosa, has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28396516/root-extractive-from-daphne-genkw-benefits-wounding-healing-of-anal-fistula-through-up-regulation-of-collagen-genes-in-human-skin-fibroblasts
#13
Dong Yang, Junhua Xu, Renjie Shi
The wound healing is the main problem for the therapy of anal fistula (AF). Daphne genkwa ( D. genkwa ) root has been traditionally used as agents to soak sutures in operation of AF patients, but its function in wound healing remains largely unclear. The aim of this study was to illuminate mechanisms of D. genkwa root treating on AF. In this study, 60 AF patients after surgery were randomly divided into two groups, external applied with or without the D. genkwa extractive. Wounds healing time was compared and granulation tissues were collected...
April 10, 2017: Bioscience Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28395572/protective-effects-of-ampelopsis-brevipedunculata-against-in-vitro-hepatic-stellate-cells-system-and-thioacetamide-induced-liver-fibrosis-rat-model
#14
Mun Jeong Yum, Sushruta Koppula, Jin Seoub Kim, Gwang Mo Shin, Yun Jin Chae, Tony Yoon, Chi Su Chun, Jae Dong Lee, MinDong Song
CONTEXT: Ampelopsis brevipedunculata Maxim (Vitaceae) is a traditional medicinal herb used for treating liver disorders. OBJECTIVE: The hepatoprotective effects of A. brevipedunculata ethanol extract (ABE) was investigated in experimental models of fibrosis. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Hepatic stellate cells (HSCs) system in vitro and thioacetamide (TAA)-induced liver fibrosis rat model in vivo were used. Sprague-Dawley rats were divided into five groups of eight each (control, TAA, TAA with ABE 10 mg/kg, ABE 100 mg/kg and silymarin 50 mg/kg groups, respectively)...
December 2017: Pharmaceutical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28394528/-female-pelvic-floor-dysfunction-from-the-perspectives-of-genetic-studies
#15
L V Akulenko, G R Kasyan, Yu O Kozlova, N V Tupikina, D A Vishnevsky, D Yu Pushkar
Currently, despite the growing prevalence of female pelvic floor dysfunction, no consensus exists among researchers regarding its etiology and pathogenesis. There is no doubt, however, that this is a multifactorial disorder with a genetic predisposition. The risk for developing pelvic floor dysfunction is determined by the interaction of multiple additive genetic (mutations and/or polymorphic alleles) and environmental factors. This review of the world literature presents a rationale for searching specific molecular genetic factors shaping the structure of the genetic susceptibility to female pelvic floor dysfunction...
April 2017: Urologii︠a︡
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28385812/sirtuin-7-is-decreased-in-pulmonary-fibrosis-and-regulates-the-fibrotic-phenotype-of-lung-fibroblasts
#16
Anne Elizabeth Wyman, Zahid Noor, Rita Fishelevich, Virginia Lockatell, Nirav G Shah, Nevins W Todd, Sergei P Atamas
Pulmonary fibrosis is a severe condition with no cure and limited therapeutic options. Better understanding of its pathophysiology is needed. Recent studies have suggested that pulmonary fibrosis may be driven by accelerated aging-related mechanisms. Sirtuins (SIRTs), particularly SIRT1, -3, and -6, are well-known mediators of aging, however limited data exist on the contribution of sirtuins to lung fibrosis. We assessed the mRNA and protein levels of all seven known sirtuins in primary lung fibroblasts from patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) and systemic sclerosis-associated interstitial lung disease (SSc-ILD) in comparison with lung fibroblasts from healthy controls...
April 6, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28385042/macrophage-response-to-allogeneic-adipose-tissue-derived-stromal-cells-in-hyaluronan-based-hydrogel-in-a-porcine-vocal-fold-injury-model
#17
Suzanne N King, Joo Hyun Woo, Sharon Tang, Susan L Thibeault
OBJECTIVE: Adipose tissue-derived stromal cells (ASC) embedded in hyaluronan scaffold is a beneficial prophylactic treatment for vocal fold (VF) surgical scar. Here, we investigated the macrophage inflammatory response to allogeneic ASC-constructs and identified changes in lamina propria extracellular matrix. METHOD: Pig ASC were characterized and transfected with GFP+ lentivirus. Thirty-three pigs underwent VF biopsies, and after 3 days, gel alone, gel+pASC, placebo, or pASC alone was injected into wound bed...
June 2017: Annals of Otology, Rhinology, and Laryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28382387/high-soluble-endoglin-levels-do-not-induce-changes-in-structural-parameters-of-mouse-heart
#18
Jana Rathouska, Petra Fikrova, Alena Mrkvicova, Katerina Blazickova, Michala Varejckova, Eva Dolezelova, Ivana Nemeckova, Barbora Vitverova, Lenka Peslova, Eunate Gallardo-Vara, Miguel Pericacho, Petr Nachtigal
A soluble form of endoglin (sEng) released into the circulation was suggested to be a direct inducer of endothelial dysfunction, inflammation and contributed to the development of hypertension by interfering with TGF-β signaling in cardiovascular pathologies. In the present study, we assessed the hypothesis that high sEng level-induced hypertension via a possible sEng interference with TGF-β signaling pathways may result in inflammatory, structural or fibrotic changes in hearts of Sol-Eng+ mice (mice with high levels of soluble endoglin) fed either chow or high-fat diet...
April 5, 2017: Heart and Vessels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28381148/egfr-exon-20-insertion-duplication-mutation-in-fibrous-hamartoma-of-infancy-with-predominantly-pseudoangiomatous-pattern-mimicking-giant-cell-fibroblastoma
#19
Natalie Ellington, Jason Y Park, Kathryn King, Shellie Josephs, Dinesh Rakheja
We describe a case of fibrous hamartoma of infancy (FHI) with predominant pseudoangiomatous histologic pattern that harbors a recently described characteristic molecular feature of FHI: EGFR exon 20 insertion/duplication mutation. A left axillary mass of an 8-month-old male was biopsied. Microscopic findings revealed a CD34-positive spindle cell proliferation accompanied by slit like spaces within collagen, mimicking giant cell fibroblastoma. The mass was excised. The vast majority of the mass showed histologic findings similar to the biopsy...
March 1, 2017: International Journal of Surgical Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28378289/molecular-diagnosis-in-children-with-fractures-but-no-extraskeletal-signs-of-osteogenesis-imperfecta
#20
G Bardai, L M Ward, P Trejo, P Moffatt, F H Glorieux, F Rauch
In 26 of 94 individuals (28%) below 21 years of age who had a significant fracture history but did not have extraskeletal features of osteogenesis imperfecta (OI), we detected disease-causing mutations in OI-associated genes. INTRODUCTION: In children who have mild bone fragility but do not have extraskeletal features of OI, it can be difficult to establish a diagnosis on clinical grounds. Here, we assessed the diagnostic yield of genetic testing in this context, by sequencing a panel of genes that are associated with OI...
April 4, 2017: Osteoporosis International
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