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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532113/nanofibers-of-human-tropoelastin-inspired-peptides-structural-characterization-and-biological-properties
#1
Valeria Secchi, Stefano Franchi, Marco Fioramonti, Giovanni Polzonetti, Giovanna Iucci, Brigida Bochicchio, Chiara Battocchio
Regenerative medicine is taking great advantage from the use of biomaterials in the treatments of a wide range of diseases and injuries. Among other biomaterials, self-assembling peptides are appealing systems due to their ability to spontaneously form nanostructured hydrogels that can be directly injected into lesions. Indeed, self-assembling peptide scaffolds are expected to behave as biomimetic matrices able to surround cells, to promote specific interactions, and to control and modify cell behavior by mimicking the native environment as well...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528117/composite-elastomeric-polyurethane-scaffolds-incorporating-small-intestinal-submucosa-for-soft-tissue-engineering
#2
Lincui Da, Mei Gong, Anjing Chen, Yi Zhang, Yizhou Huang, Zhijun Guo, Shengfu Li, Jesse Li-Ling, Li Zhang, Huiqi Xie
Although soft tissue replacement has been clinically successful in many cases, the corresponding procedure has many limitations including the lack of resilience and mechanical integrity, significant donor-site morbidity, volume loss with time, and fibrous capsular contracture. These disadvantages can be alleviated by utilizing bio-absorbable scaffolds with high resilience and large strain, which are capable of stimulating natural tissue regeneration. Hence, the chemically crosslinked tridimensional scaffolds obtained by incorporating water-based polyurethane (PU) (which was synthesized from polytetramethylene ether glycol, isophorone diisocyanate, and 2,2-bis(hydroxymethyl) butyric acid) into a bioactive extracellular matrix consisting of small intestinal submucosa (SIS) have been tested in this study to develop a new approach for soft tissue engineering...
May 17, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527949/microproteome-of-dentoalveolar-tissues
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Cristiane R Salmon, Ana Paula O Giorgetti, Adriana F Paes Leme, Romênia R Domingues, Tamara N Kolli, Brian L Foster, Francisco H Nociti
Proteomic analysis of extracellular matrices (ECM) of dentoalveolar tissues can provide insights into developmental, pathological, and reparative processes. However, targeted dissection of mineralized tissues, dental cementum (DC), alveolar bone (AB), and dentin (DE), presents technical difficulties. We demonstrate an approach combining EDTA decalcification and laser capture microdissection (LCM), followed by liquid chromatography coupled to tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS), to analyze proteome profiles of these tissues...
May 17, 2017: Bone
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526752/the-apical-ecm-preserves-embryonic-integrity-and-distributes-mechanical-stress-during-morphogenesis
#4
Thanh Thi Kim Vuong-Brender, Shashi Kumar Suman, Michel Labouesse
Epithelia are bound by both basal and apical extracellular matrices (ECM). While the composition and function of the former have been intensively investigated, less is known about the latter. The embryonic sheath, the ECM apical to the C. elegans embryonic epidermis, has been suggested to promote its elongation. In an RNAi screen for the components of the sheath, we identified the Zona Pellucida domain proteins NOAH-1 and NOAH-2. We found that these proteins act in the same pathway, and in parallel to three other putative sheath proteins, SYM-1, LET-4 and FBN-1/Fibrillin, to ensure embryonic integrity and promote elongation...
May 19, 2017: Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525314/malaria-parasite-limp-protein-regulates-sporozoite-gliding-motility-and-infectivity-in-mosquito-and-mammalian-hosts
#5
Jorge M Santos, Saskia Egarter, Vanessa Zuzarte-Luís, Hirdesh Kumar, Catherine A Moreau, Jessica Kehrer, Andreia Pinto, Mário da Costa, Blandine Franke-Fayard, Chris J Janse, Friedrich Frischknecht, Gunnar R Mair
Gliding motility allows malaria parasites to migrate and invade tissues and cells in different hosts. It requires parasite surface proteins to provide attachment to host cells and extracellular matrices. Here, we identify the Plasmodium protein LIMP (the name refers to a gliding phenotype in the sporozoite arising from epitope tagging of the endogenous protein) as a key regulator for adhesion during gliding motility in the rodent malaria model P. berghei. Transcribed in gametocytes, LIMP is translated in the ookinete from maternal mRNA, and later in the sporozoite...
May 2, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521694/bioresponsive-injectable-hydrogels-for-on-demand-drug-release-and-tissue-engineering
#6
Arti Vashist, Ajeet Kaushik, Kayla Alexis, Rahul Dev Jayant, Vidya Sagar, Atul Vashist, Madhavan Nair
The emergence of injectable hydrogels as biomaterials has been a revolutionary breakthrough in the field of on-demand drug delivery and tissue engineering. The promising features of these systems include their biodegradability, biocompatibility, permeability, ease of the surgical implantation, and most importantly exhibit minimally invasiveness. These hydrogels have been explored as sustained and on demand release carriers for the various bioactive agents, growth factors, live cells, various hydrophobic drugs and as extracellular matrices for tissue engineering...
May 16, 2017: Current Pharmaceutical Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28509381/topography-guided-control-of-local-migratory-behaviors-and-protein-expression-of-cancer-cells
#7
Jung-Youn Shin, Hong Nam Kim, Suk Ho Bhang, Jeong-Kee Yoon, Kahp-Yang Suh, Noo Li Jeon, Byung-Soo Kim
In vivo cancer cell migration and invasion are directed by biophysical guidance mechanisms such as pre-existing microtracks and basement membrane extracellular matrices. Here, this paper reports the correlation of the local migratory behavior of cancer cells and the biochemical signal expression using the topography that can guide or inhibit cell behaviors. To this end, the local apparent migration and the protein expression level are investigated with respect to the topographical feature size (flat, nanoline, and microline) and orientation (microline, microconcentric, and microradial) with the collectively migrating (A431) and individually migrating (MDA-MB-231 and U-87-MG) cancer cells...
May 16, 2017: Advanced Healthcare Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28503851/characterizing-bacterial-communities-in-paper-production-troublemakers-revealed
#8
Anita Zumsteg, Simon K Urwyler, Joachim Glaubitz
Biofilm formation is a major cause of reduced paper quality and increased down time during paper manufacturing. This study uses Illumina next-generation sequencing to identify the microbial populations causing quality issues due to their presence in biofilms and slimes. The paper defects investigated contained traces of the films and/or slime of mainly two genera, Tepidimonas and Chryseobacterium. The Tepidimonas spp. found contributed on average 68% to the total bacterial population. Both genera have been described previously to be associated with biofilms in paper mills...
May 14, 2017: MicrobiologyOpen
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28501426/attenuation-of-diabetic-nephropathy-by-sanziguben-granule-inhibiting-emt-through-nrf2-mediated-anti-oxidative-effects-in-streptozotocin-stz-induced-diabetic-rats
#9
Chenxue Zhang, Qian Li, Sisi Lai, Lei Yang, Guoqi Shi, Qing Wang, Zijie Luo, Ruizhi Zhao, Yang Yu
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Diabetic nephropathy (DN) is an acute and serious diabetic complication characterized by renal hypertrophy and renal fibrosis with the expansion of extracellular matrices. Diabetic nephropathy has become a major cause of end-stage kidney disease. Sanziguben Granule (SZGB) is a compound prescription which has been widely applied in clinical medicine for the prevention and treatment of diabetic nephropathy as well as for acute and chronic kidney injuries...
May 10, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500074/disease-specific-effects-of-matrix-and-growth-factors-on-adhesion-and-migration-of-rheumatoid-synovial-fibroblasts
#10
Stephanie Lefèvre, Maria Schwarz, Florian M P Meier, Birgit Zimmermann-Geller, Ingo H Tarner, Markus Rickert, Jürgen Steinmeyer, Michael Sauerbier, Stefan Rehart, Ulf Müller-Ladner, Elena Neumann
In rheumatoid arthritis (RA), cartilage and bone matrix are degraded, and extracellular matrix (ECM) proteins, acting as cellular activators, are liberated. Similar to ECM proteins, matrix-bound chemokines, cytokines, and growth factors (GFs) influence functional properties of key cells in RA, especially synovial fibroblasts. The role of these molecules on attachment, migration, and proinflammatory and prodestructive activation of RASFs was analyzed. Adhesion/migration of RASFs were examined under GF-enriched (GF(+)) or -reduced (GF(-)) conditions with or without addition of matrix-associated GFs, TGF-β, and platelet-derived GF to GF(-) or culture supernatants...
May 12, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28495800/mechanically-patterned-neuromuscular-junctions-in-a-dish-have-improved-functional-maturation
#11
Cassandra L Happe, Kevin P Tenerelli, Anastasia K Gromova, Frederic Kolb, Adam J Engler
Motor neuron (MN) diseases are progressive disorders resulting from degeneration of neuromuscular junctions (NMJs), which form the connection between MNs and muscle fibers. NMJ-in-a-dish models have been developed to examine human MN-associated dysfunction with disease; however such co-culture models have randomly oriented myotubes with immature synapses that contract asynchronously. Mechanically patterned (MP) extracellular matrix with alternating soft and stiff stripes improve current NMJ-in-a-dish models by inducing both mouse and human myoblast durotaxis to stripes where they aligned, differentiated, and fused into patterned myotubes...
May 11, 2017: Molecular Biology of the Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28494009/postnatal-changes-and-sexual-dimorphism-in-collagen-expression-in-mouse-skin
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Koji Y Arai, Takuya Hara, Toyofumi Nagatsuka, Chikako Kudo, Sho Tsuchiya, Yoshihiro Nomura, Toshio Nishiyama
To investigate sexual dimorphism and postnatal changes in skin collagen expression, mRNA levels of collagens and their regulatory factors in male and female skin were examined during the first 120 days of age by quantitative realtime PCR. Levels of mRNAs encoding extracellular matrices did not show any differences between male and female mice until day 15. Col1a1 and Col1a2 mRNAs noticeably increased at day 30 and remained at high levels until day 120 in male mice, while those in female mice remained at low levels during the period...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28486778/efficacy-of-thermoresponsive-photocrosslinkable-hydrogels-derived-from-decellularized-tendon-and-cartilage-extracellular-matrix-for-cartilage-tissue-engineering
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Benjamin B Rothrauff, Luca Coluccino, Riccardo Gottardi, Luca Ceseracciu, Silvia Scaglione, Luca Goldoni, Rocky S Tuan
Tissue engineering using adult mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs), a promising approach for cartilage repair, is highly dependent on the nature of the matrix scaffold. Thermoresponsive, photocrosslinkable hydrogels were fabricated by functionalizing pepsin-soluble decellularized tendon and cartilage extracellular matrices (ECM) with methacrylate groups. Methacrylated gelatin hydrogels served as controls. When seeded with human bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) and cultured in chondrogenic medium, methacrylated ECM hydrogels experienced less cell-mediated contraction, as compared against non-methacrylated ECM hydrogels...
May 9, 2017: Journal of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28486777/double-hydrophobic-elastin-like-polypeptides-with-added-functional-motifs-self-assembly-and-cytocompatibility
#14
Duc H T Le, Yoko Tsutsui, Ayae Sugawara-Narutaki, Hiroshi Yukawa, Yoshinobu Baba, Chikara Ohtsuki
We have recently developed a novel double-hydrophobic elastin-like triblock polypeptide called GPG, designed after the uneven distribution of two different hydrophobic domains found in elastin, an extracellular matrix protein providing elasticity and resilience to tissues. Upon temperature trigger, GPG undergoes a sequential self-assembling process to form flexible beaded nanofibers with high homogeneity and excellent dispersibility in water. Given that GPG might be a potential elastin-mimetic material, we sought to explore the biological activities of this block polypeptide...
May 9, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28486755/mechanical-stimulations-on-human-bone-marrow-mesenchymal-stem-cells-enhance-cells-differentiation-in-a-3d-layered-scaffold
#15
Jessica Schiavi, Loïc Reppel, Naceur Charif, Natalia de Isla, Didier Mainard, Nadia Benkirane-Jessel, Jean-François Stoltz, Rachid Rahouadj, Céline Huselstein
Scaffolds laden with stem cells are a promising approach for articular cartilage repair. Investigations have shown that implantation of artificial matrices, growth factors or chondrocytes can stimulate cartilage formation; but no existing strategy apply mechanical stimulation on stratified scaffolds to mimic the cartilage environment. The purpose of this study was to adapt a spraying method for stratified cartilage engineering and to stimulate the bio-substitute. Human Mesenchymal Stem Cells from Bone Marrow (BM-MSCs) were seeded in an Alginate/Hyaluronic Acid (Alg/HA) or Alg/Hydroxyapatite (Alg/Hap) gel to direct cartilage and hypertrophic cartilage/sub-chondral bone differentiation, respectively, in different layers linked with polyelectrolyte multilayer films, in a single scaffold...
May 9, 2017: Journal of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28485491/in-vitro-model-to-study-the-effects-of-matrix-stiffening-on-ca-2-handling-and-myofilament-function-in-isolated-adult-rat-cardiomyocytes
#16
Elza D van Deel, Aref Najafi, Dulce Fontoura, Erik Valent, Max Goebel, Kim Kardux, Inês Falcão-Pires, Jolanda van der Velden
Extracellular matrix (ECM) stiffening is a key element of cardiac disease. Increased rigidity of the ECM passively inhibits cardiac contraction, but if and how matrix stiffening also actively alters cardiomyocyte contractility is incompletely understood. In vitro models designed to study cardiomyocyte-matrix interaction lack the possibility to separate passive inhibition by a stiff matrix from active matrix-induced alterations of cardiomyocyte properties. Here we introduce a novel experimental model that allows exploration of cardiomyocyte functional alterations in response to matrix stiffening...
May 9, 2017: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28483696/spatial-distributions-of-pericellular-stiffness-in-natural-extracellular-matrices-are-dependent-on-cell-mediated-proteolysis-and-contractility
#17
M Keating, A Kurup, M Alvarez-Elizondo, A J Levine, E Botvinick
Bulk tissue stiffness has been correlated with regulation of cellular processes and conversely cells have been shown to remodel their pericellular tissue according to a complex feedback mechanism critical to development, homeostasis, and disease. However, bulk rheological methods mask the dynamics within a heterogeneous fibrous extracellular matrix (ECM) in the region proximal to a cell (pericellular region). Here, we use optical tweezers active microrheology (AMR) to probe the distribution of the complex material response function (α=α'+α″, in units of µm/nN) within a type I collagen ECM, a biomaterial commonly used in tissue engineering...
May 5, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28476030/biglycan-expression-in-the-melanoma-microenvironment-promotes-invasiveness-via-increased-tissue-stiffness-inducing-integrin-%C3%AE-1-expression
#18
Hana Andrlová, Justin Mastroianni, Josef Madl, Johannes S Kern, Wolfgang Melchinger, Heide Dierbach, Florian Wernet, Marie Follo, Kristin Technau-Hafsi, Cristina Has, Venugopal Rao Mittapalli, Marco Idzko, Ricarda Herr, Tilman Brummer, Hendrik Ungefroren, Hauke Busch, Melanie Boerries, Andreas Narr, Gabriele Ihorst, Claire Vennin, Annette Schmitt-Graeff, Susana Minguet, Paul Timpson, Justus Duyster, Frank Meiss, Winfried Römer, Robert Zeiser
Novel targeted and immunotherapeutic approaches have revolutionized the treatment of metastatic melanoma. A better understanding of the melanoma-microenvironment, in particular the interaction of cells with extracellular matrix molecules, may help to further improve these new therapeutic strategies.We observed that the extracellular matrix molecule biglycan (Bgn) was expressed in certain human melanoma cells and primary fibroblasts when evaluated by microarray-based gene expression analysis. Bgn expression in the melanoma tissues correlated with low overall-survival and low progression-free-survival in patients...
April 17, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28470843/combination-of-biochemical-and-mechanical-cues-for-tendon-tissue-engineering
#19
Stefano Testa, Marco Costantini, Ersilia Fornetti, Sergio Bernardini, Marcella Trombetta, Dror Seliktar, Stefano Cannata, Alberto Rainer, Cesare Gargioli
Tendinopathies negatively affect the life quality of millions of people in occupational and athletic settings, as well as the general population. Tendon healing is a slow process, often with insufficient results to restore complete endurance and functionality of the tissue. Tissue engineering, using tendon progenitors, artificial matrices and bioreactors for mechanical stimulation, could be an important approach for treating rips, fraying and tissue rupture. In our work, C3H10T1/2 murine fibroblast cell line was exposed to a combination of stimuli: a biochemical stimulus provided by Transforming Growth Factor Beta (TGF-β) and Ascorbic Acid (AA); a three-dimensional environment represented by PEGylated-Fibrinogen (PEG-Fibrinogen) biomimetic matrix; and a mechanical induction exploiting a custom bioreactor applying uniaxial stretching...
May 4, 2017: Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28468829/fluorescence-and-nmr-spectroscopy-together-with-molecular-simulations-reveal-amphiphilic-characteristics-of-a-burkholderia-biofilm-exopolysaccharide
#20
Michelle M Kuttel, Paola Cescutti, Marco Distefano, Roberto Rizzo
Biofilms are a collective mode of bacterial life in which a self-produced matrix confines cells in close proximity to each other. Biofilms confer many advantages including: protection form chemicals including antibiotics, entrapment of useful extracellular enzymes and nutrients, as well as opportunities for efficient recycling of molecules from dead cells. Biofilm matrices are aqueous gel-like structures composed of polysaccharides, proteins and DNA stabilized by intermolecular interactions which may include non-polar connections...
May 3, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
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