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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548569/thyroxine-increases-collagen-type-ii-expression-and-accumulation-in-scaffold-free-tissue-engineered-articular-cartilage
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G Adam Whitney, Thomas J Kean, Russell J Fernandes, Stephen D Waldman, M Yat Tse, Stephen C Pang, Joseph M Mansour, James E Dennis
Low collagen accumulation in the extra-cellular matrix is a pressing problem in cartilage tissue engineering, leading to a low collagen-to-glycosaminoglycan (GAG) ratio and poor mechanical properties in neo-cartilage. Soluble factors have been shown to increase collagen content, but may result in a more pronounced increase in GAG content. Thyroid hormones have been reported to stimulate collagen and GAG production, but reported outcomes, including which specific collagen types are affected, are variable throughout the literature...
May 26, 2017: Tissue Engineering. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548559/the-yucatan-minipig-tmj-disc-structure-function-relationships-support-its-suitability-for-human-comparative-studies
#2
Natalia Vapniarsky, Ashkan Aryaei, Boaz Arzi, Jerry C Hu, David C Hatcher, Kyriacos A Athanasiou
Frequent involvement of the disc in temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders warrants attempts to tissue engineer TMJ disc replacements. Physiologically, a great degree of similarity is seen between humans and farm pigs (FPs), but the pig's rapid growth confers a significant challenge for in vivo experiments. Minipigs have a slower growth rate and are smaller than FPs, but minipig TMJ discs have yet to be fully characterized. The objective of this study was to determine the suitability of the minipig for TMJ studies by extensive structural and functional characterization...
May 26, 2017: Tissue Engineering. Part C, Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548489/glycosaminoglycans-specific-cell-targeting-and-imaging-using-fluorescent-nanodiamonds-coated-with-viral-envelope-proteins
#3
Minh D Pham, Chandra Prakash Epperla, Chia-Lung Hsieh, Wen Chang, Huan-Cheng Chang
Understanding virus-host interactions is crucial for vaccine development. This study investigates such interactions using fluorescent nanodiamonds (FNDs) coated with vaccinia envelope proteins as the model system. To achieve this goal, we noncovalently conjugated 100-nm FND with A27(aa 21-84), a recombinant envelope protein of vaccinia virus, for glycosaminoglycans (GAGs)-specific targeting and imaging of living cells. Another recombinant protein A27(aa 33-84) that removes the GAGs-binding sequences was also used for comparison...
May 26, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544621/a-cell-adhesive-peptide-from-tropoelastin-promotes-sequential-cell-attachment-and-spreading-via-distinct-receptors
#4
Pearl Lee, Giselle C Yeo, Anthony S Weiss
Tropoelastin is the dominant monomer that assembles to form elastin, which confers elasticity to vertebrate elastic tissues including skin, arteries and lungs. Tropoelastin interacts with cells through cell surface receptors including integrins and glycosaminoglycans (GAGs). As the region 17-18 is recognized as a key region in cell attachment and spreading, we utilized C-terminal truncated tropoelastin constructs containing dissected sections of domain 18. We mapped a cell interactive sequence of tropoelastin to domain 17 and the first 6 amino acids (aa) of domain 18...
May 24, 2017: FEBS Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544398/prediction-of-long-term-clinical-outcome-in-a-diverse-chronic-hepatitis-b-population-role-of-the-page-b-score
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Willem P Brouwer, Adriaan J van der Meer, Andre Boonstra, Elisabeth P C Plompen, Suzan D Pas, Robert J de Knegt, Rob A de Man, Fiebo J W Ten Kate, Harry L A Janssen, Bettina E Hansen
BACKGROUND & AIMS: An abundance of non-invasive scores have been associated with fibrosis and hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) development. We aimed to compare the prognostic ability of these scores in relation to liver histology in chronic hepatitis B (CHB) patients. METHODS: Liver biopsies from treatment-naïve CHB patients at one tertiary care centre were scored by a single hepato-pathologist. Laboratory values at liver biopsy were used to calculate the PAGE-B, REACH-B, GAG-HCC, CU-HCC, and FIB-4 scores...
May 24, 2017: Journal of Viral Hepatitis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544005/hiv-1-p55-gag-protein-induces-senescence-of-human-bone-marrow-mesenchymal-stem-cells-and-reduces-their-capacity-to-support-expansion-of-hematopoietic-stem-cells-in-vitro
#6
Ya-Hong Yuan, Shan-Shan Zhao, Xiao-Li Wang, Zhi-Ping Teng, Dong-Sheng Li, Yi Zeng
Patients with human immunodeficiency virus-1 (HIV-1) infection often present with hematopoietic failure. As the important hematopoietic support cells in the bone marrow (BM), the bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells (BMSCs) can be impacted by HIV proteins that are released by infected cells within BM. In this study, we tested whether HIV protein p55-gag could induce senescence of BMSCs and reduce their capacity to support expansion of hematopoietic stem cells in vitro. BMSCs were chronically treated with p55-gag (BMSCgag ) for up to 20 days, and their proliferative activity and senescence makers were compared to nontreated cells (BMSCcon )...
May 25, 2017: Cell Biology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540766/hiv-1-full-genome-phylogenetics-of-generalized-epidemics-in-sub-saharan-africa-impact-of-missing-nucleotide-characters-in-next-generation-sequences
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Oliver Ratmann, Chris Wymant, Caroline Colijn, Siva Danaviah, M Essex, Simon D W Frost, Astrid Gall, Simani Gaiseitsiwe, Mary Grabowski, Ronald Gray, Stephane Guindon, Arndt von Haeseler, Pontiano Kaleebu, Michelle Kendall, Alexey Kozlov, Justen Manasa, Bui Quang Minh, Sikhulile Moyo, Vladimir Novitsky, Rebecca Nsubuga, Sureshnee Pillay, Thomas C Quinn, David Serwadda, Deogratius Ssemwanga, Alexandros Stamatakis, Jana Trifinopoulos, Maria Wawer, Andrew Leigh Brown, Tulio de Oliveira, Paul Kellam, Deenan Pillay, Christophe Fraser
To characterize HIV-1 transmission dynamics in regions where the burden of HIV-1 is greatest, the 'Phylogenetics and Networks for Generalised HIV Epidemics in Africa' consortium (PANGEA-HIV) is sequencing full-genome viral isolates from across sub-Saharan Africa. We report the first 3,985 PANGEA-HIV consensus sequences from four cohort sites (Rakai Community Cohort Study, n=2,833; MRC/UVRI Uganda, n=701; Mochudi Prevention Project, n=359; Africa Health Research Institute Resistance Cohort, n=92). Next-generation sequencing success rates varied: more than 80% of the viral genome from the gag to the nef genes could be determined for all sequences from South Africa, 75% of sequences from Mochudi, 60% of sequences from MRC/UVRI Uganda, and 22% of sequences from Rakai...
May 25, 2017: AIDS Research and Human Retroviruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539925/cxcl9-derived-peptides-differentially-inhibit-neutrophil-migration-in-vivo-through-interference-with-glycosaminoglycan-interactions
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Vincent Vanheule, Daiane Boff, Anneleen Mortier, Rik Janssens, Björn Petri, Elzbieta Kolaczkowska, Paul Kubes, Nele Berghmans, Sofie Struyf, Andreas J Kungl, Mauro Martins Teixeira, Flavio Almeida Amaral, Paul Proost
Several acute and chronic inflammatory diseases are driven by accumulation of activated leukocytes due to enhanced chemokine expression. In addition to specific G protein-coupled receptor-dependent signaling, chemokine-glycosaminoglycan (GAG) interactions are important for chemokine activity in vivo. Therefore, the GAG-chemokine interaction has been explored as target for inhibition of chemokine activity. It was demonstrated that CXCL9(74-103) binds with high affinity to GAGs, competed with active chemokines for GAG binding and thereby inhibited CXCL8- and monosodium urate (MSU) crystal-induced neutrophil migration to joints...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539452/interactions-between-hiv-1-gag-and-viral-rna-genome-enhance-virion-assembly
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Kari A Dilley, Olga A Nikolaitchik, Andrea Galli, Ryan C Burdick, Louis Levine, Kelvin Li, Alan Rein, Vinay K Pathak, Wei-Shau Hu
Most HIV-1 virions contain two copies of full-length viral RNA, indicating that genome packaging is efficient and tightly regulated. However, the structural protein Gag is the only component required for the assembly of noninfectious virus-like particles and the viral RNA is dispensable in this process. The mechanism that allows HIV-1 to achieve such high efficiency of genome packaging when a packageable viral RNA is not required for virus assembly is currently unknown. In this report, we examined the role of HIV-1 RNA in virus assembly and found that packageable HIV-1 RNA enhances particle production when Gag is expressed at levels similar to those in cells containing one provirus...
May 24, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536264/exosomes-from-uninfected-cells-activate-transcription-of-latent-hiv-1
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Robert A Barclay, Angela Schwab, Catherine DeMarino, Yao Akpamagbo, Benjamin Lepene, Seble Kassaye, Sergey Iordanskiy, Fatah Kashanchi
HIV-1 infection causes AIDS, infecting millions worldwide. The virus can persist in a state of chronic infection due to its ability to become latent. We have previously shown a link between HIV-1 infection and exosome production. Specifically, we have reported that exosomes transport viral proteins and RNA from infected cells to neighboring uninfected cells. These viral products could then elicit an innate immune response, leading to activation of the Toll-like receptor (TLR) and NF-κB pathways. In this study, we asked whether exosomes from uninfected cells could activate latent HIV-1 in infected cells...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536157/identification-of-a-conformational-heparin-recognition-motif-on-the-peptide-hormone-secretin-key-role-for-cell-surface-binding
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Noe Quittot, Phuong Trang Nguyen, Armelle Tchoumi Nerée, Marc P Lussier, Steve Bourgault
Secretin is a peptide hormone that exerts pleiotropic physiological functions by specifically binding to its cognate membrane-bound receptor. The membrane catalysis model of peptide-receptor interactions states that soluble peptidic ligands initially interact with the plasma membrane. This interaction increases the local concentration and structures the peptide, enhancing the rate of receptor binding. However, this model does not consider the dense network of glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) at the surface of eukaryotic cells...
May 23, 2017: Biochemical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535134/upper-airway-obstruction-secondary-to-anticoagulant-rodenticide-toxicosis-in-five-dogs
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Corinne Lawson, Mauria O'Brien, Maureen McMichael
Five dogs were presented with clinical signs compatible with upper airway obstruction, including stridor, stertor, coughing, gagging, and varying degrees of respiratory distress. All dogs had radiographic findings of soft tissue opacity in the area of the pharynx, larynx, or trachea, and several had narrowing of the tracheal lumen. Coagulation abnormalities (prolonged prothrombin time, activated partial thromboplastin time) were present in the four dogs that underwent testing. Four of five dogs were treated for the coagulopathy, presumably due to anticoagulant rodenticide toxicosis, and survived to discharge...
May 23, 2017: Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535115/use-of-naloxone-nasal-spray-4%C3%A2-mg-in-the-community-setting-a-survey-of-use-by-community-organizations
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George K Avetian, Phillip Fiuty, Silvana Mazzella, Dave Koppa, Vivian Heye, Pratibha Hebbar
OBJECTIVE: Naloxone hydrochloride, an opioid antagonist, has been approved as a concentrated 4-mg dose intranasal formulation for the emergency treatment of known or suspected opioid overdose. This new formulation is easier to use and contains a higher dose of naloxone compared with earlier, unapproved kits. A survey of first responders and community-based organizations was conducted to understand initial real-world experiences with this new formulation for opioid overdose reversal. METHODS: In August 2016, 152 US organizations known to have received units of the approved 4-mg dose/unit naloxone nasal spray (NARCAN® Nasal Spray 4 mg [NNS]; Adapt Pharma, Inc...
May 23, 2017: Current Medical Research and Opinion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534942/gene-expression-analysis-of-growth-factor-receptors-in-human-chondrocytes-in-monolayer-and-3d-pellet-cultures
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Anika Witt, Achim Salamon, Diana Boy, Doris Hansmann, Andreas Büttner, Andreas Wree, Rainer Bader, Anika Jonitz-Heincke
The main goal of cartilage repair is to create functional tissue by enhancing the in vitro conditions to more physiological in vivo conditions. Chondrogenic growth factors play an important role in influencing cartilage homeostasis. Insulin‑like growth factor (IGF)‑1 and transforming growth factor (TGF)‑β1 affect the expression of collagen type II (Col2) and glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) and, therefore, the targeted use of growth factors could make chondrogenic redifferentiation more efficient. In the present study, human chondrocytes were postmortally isolated from healthy articular cartilage and cultivated as monolayer or 3D pellet cultures either under normoxia or hypoxia and stimulated with IGF‑1 and/or TGF‑β1 to compare the impact of the different growth factors...
May 18, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530400/probing-the-conformation-dependent-preferential-binding-of-ethanol-to-cationic-glycylalanylglycine-in-water-ethanol-by-vibrational-and-nmr-spectroscopy
#15
David DiGuiseppi, Bridget J Milorey, Gabrielle Lewis, Nina Kubatova, Stefanie Farrell, Harald Schwalbe, Reinhard Schweitzer-Stenner
The conformational propensity of amino acid residues is determined by an intricate balance of peptide-solvent and solvent-solvent interactions. In order to explore how the systematic replacement of water by a cosolvent affects the solvation of both amino acid backbone and side chains we, performed a combined vibrational spectroscopy and NMR study of cationic glycylalanylglycine (GAG) in different ethanol/water mixtures between 0 and 42 mole percent of ethanol. The classical model peptide N'-methylacetamide was used as a reference system to probe solvent-induced spectroscopic changes...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520463/a-preclinical-assessment-of-early-continuous-passive-motion-and-treadmill-therapeutic-exercises-for-generating-chondroprotective-effects-after-anterior-cruciate-ligament-rupture
#16
Nai-Jen Chang, Kuan-Wei Lee, Chih-Jou Chu, Ming-You Shie, Pei-Hsi Chou, Chih-Chan Lin, Peir-In Liang
BACKGROUND: Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury is a well-known risk factor for the development of posttraumatic osteoarthritis (PTOA). However, whether using continuous passive motion (CPM) with or without additional treadmill exercise (TRE) in early ACL injury might provide chondroprotective effects and further decrease the risk of PTOA has yet to be determined. HYPOTHESIS: CPM may offer an enhanced chondroprotective effect, but TRE may attenuate that effect due to the mechanical stress on the joint and inflammatory cytokines in the joint...
May 1, 2017: American Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513656/restoring-the-biophysical-properties-of-decellularized-patches-through-recellularization
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Gigi Chi Ting Au-Yeung, Udi Sarig, Hadar Sarig, Hanumakumar Bogireddi, Tomer Bronshtein, Limor Baruch, Avihai Spizzichino, Jacob Bortman, Boey Yin Chiang Freddy, Marcelle Machluf, Subbu S Venkatraman
Various extracellular matrix (ECM) scaffolds, isolated through decellularization, were suggested as ideal biomimetic materials for 'Functional tissue engineering' (FTE). The decellularization process comprises a compromise between damaging and preserving the ultrastructure and composition of ECM-previously shown to affect cell survival, proliferation, migration, organization, differentiation and maturation. Inversely, the effects of cells on the ECM constructs' biophysical properties, under physiological-like conditions, remain still largely unknown...
May 17, 2017: Biomaterials Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511649/il-10-ameliorates-tnf-%C3%AE-induced-meniscus-degeneration-in-mature-meniscal-tissue-in-vitro
#18
P Behrendt, K Häfelein, A Preusse-Prange, A Bayer, A Seekamp, B Kurz
BACKGROUND: Joint inflammation causes meniscus degeneration and can exacerbate post-traumatic meniscus injuries by extracellular matrix degradation, cellular de-differentiation and cell death. The aim of this study was to examine whether anti-inflammatory interleukin-10 exerts protective effects in an in vitro model of TNF-α-induced meniscus degeneration. METHODS: Meniscus tissue was harvested from the knees of adult cows. After 24 h of equilibrium explants were simultaneously treated with bovine TNF-α and IL-10...
May 16, 2017: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511544/structural-characterization-of-membrane-bound-human-immunodeficiency-virus-1-gag-matrix-with-neutron-reflectometry
#19
Rebecca Eells, Marilia Barros, Kerry M Scott, Ioannis Karageorgos, Frank Heinrich, Mathias Lösche
The structural characterization of peripheral membrane proteins represents a tremendous challenge in structural biology due to their transient interaction with the membrane and the potential multitude of protein conformations during this interaction. Neutron reflectometry is uniquely suited to address this problem because of its ability to structurally characterize biological model systems nondestructively and under biomimetic conditions that retain full protein functionality. Being sensitive to only the membrane-bound fraction of a water-soluble peripheral protein, neutron reflectometry obtains a low-resolution average structure of the protein-membrane complex that is further refined using integrative modeling strategies...
May 16, 2017: Biointerphases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28509697/repair-of-oropharyngeal-stenosis-with-bilateral-buccal-myomucosal-flaps
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Robert J Mann, Andrew L O'Brien, Nicholas S Adams, John A Girotto, John W Polley
Oropharyngeal stenosis (OPS) is a rare postoperative complication of adenotonsillectomy that can be a source of considerable patient distress and morbidity. Circumferential scarring of the soft palate and tonsillar pillars leads to narrowing of the oropharyngeal aperture. This case report describes the novel use of bilateral buccal myomucosal flaps for the repair of postoperative OPS in a 20-year-old woman presenting with dysphagia, odynophagia, dyspnea, and intermittent hypernasal speech. Postoperatively, the patient noted immediate improvement of her symptoms...
May 15, 2017: Annals of Plastic Surgery
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