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Amniotic membrane

Yu Monden, Fumi Hotokezaka, Ryoji Yamakawa
Purpose: The aim of this study was to evaluate the clinical outcomes of surgery for recurrent pterygia using mitomycin C (MMC), double amniotic membrane transplantation (AMT), and a large conjunctival flap. Patients and methods: This retrospective case series included 31 eyes in 31 patients with recurrent pterygia. All patients underwent pterygium excision, application of MMC, double AMT, and placement of a large conjunctival flap. Outcome measures were visual acuity, astigmatism, and recurrence...
2018: International Medical Case Reports Journal
Asmita Banerjee, Andrea Lindenmair, Simone Hennerbichler, Philipp Steindorf, Ralf Steinborn, Andrey V Kozlov, Heinz Redl, Susanne Wolbank, Adelheid Weidinger
Over a century ago, clinicians started to use the human amniotic membrane for coverage of wounds and burn injuries. To date, literally thousands of different clinical applications exist for this biomaterial almost exclusively in a decellularized or denuded form. Recent reconsiderations for the use of vital human amniotic membrane for clinical applications would take advantage of the versatile cells of embryonic origin including the entirety of their cell organelles. Recently, more and more evidence was found, showing mitochondria to be involved in most fundamental cellular processes, such as differentiation and cell death...
January 2018: Cell Transplantation
Antonietta R Silini, Valentina Spoldi, Silvia De Munari, Elsa Vertua, Fabiola Munarin, Paola Petrini, Silvia Farè, Ornella Parolini
Mesenchymal stromal cells from the human amniotic membrane (i.e., human amniotic mesenchymal stromal cells [hAMSCs]) of term placenta are increasingly attracting attention for their applications in regenerative medicine. Osteochondral defects represent a major clinical problem with lifelong chronic pain and compromised quality of life. Great promise for osteochondral regeneration is held in hydrogel-based constructs that have a flexible composition and mimic the physiological structure of cartilage. Cell loading within a hydrogel represents an advantage for regenerative purposes, but the encapsulation steps can modify cell properties...
January 2018: Cell Transplantation
Lucia Centurione, Francesca Passaretta, Maria Antonietta Centurione, Silvia De Munari, Elsa Vertua, Antonietta Silini, Marco Liberati, Ornella Parolini, Roberta Di Pietro
The human placenta is an important source of stem cells that can be easily collected without ethical concerns since it is usually discarded after childbirth. In this study, we analyzed the amniotic membrane (AM) from the human placenta with the aim of mapping different regions with respect to their morpho-functional features and regenerative potential. AMs were obtained from 24 healthy women, undergoing a caesarean section, and mapped into 4 different regions according to their position in relation to the umbilical cord: the central, intermediate, peripheral, and reflected areas...
January 2018: Cell Transplantation
Anna Lange-Consiglio, Barbara Lazzari, Claudia Perrini, Flavia Pizzi, Alessandra Stella, Fausto Cremonesi, Emanuele Capra
Cell-derived microvesicles (MVs) are a recently discovered mechanism of cell-to-cell communication. Our previous data show that MVs secreted by equine amniotic mesenchymal-derived cells (AMCs) are involved in downregulation of proinflammatory genes in lipopolysaccharide-stressed equine tendon and endometrial cells. The aim of the present study was to evaluate whether AMC-MVs contain selected microRNAs (miRNAs) involved in inflammation. Two pools of cells, derived from 3 amniotic membranes each, and their respective MVs were collected...
January 2018: Cell Transplantation
Taja Železnik Ramuta, Mateja Erdani Kreft
Human amniotic membrane (hAM) is the innermost layer of fetal membranes, which surrounds the developing fetus and forms the amniotic cavity. hAM and hAM-derived cells possess many properties that make them suitable for use in regenerative medicine, such as low immunogenicity, promotion of epithelization, anti-inflammatory properties, angiogenic and antiangiogenic properties, antifibrotic properties, antimicrobial properties, and anticancer properties. Many pathological conditions of the urinary tract lead to organ damage or complete loss of function...
January 2018: Cell Transplantation
Heidi Kruit, Oskari Heikinheimo, Timo Sorsa, Juuso Juhila, Jorma Paavonen, Leena Rahkonen
The prediction of successful labour induction is difficult, indicating a need for a biomarker test. Little is known about the effect of Foley catheter (FC) induction on biochemical mediators in the cervix, such as the insulin-like growth factor binding protein-1 (IGFBP-1), matrix metalloproteinases (MMP) and their inhibitors (TIMP). We enrolled 35 nulliparous women with singleton pregnancies, intact amniotic membranes and cephalic presentation ≥40 gestational weeks scheduled for labour induction by FC. Serial cervical swab samples were collected at FC insertion and expulsion...
March 19, 2018: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology: the Journal of the Institute of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Jole Mariella, Eleonora Iacono, Aliai Lanci, Barbara Merlo, Caterina Palermo, Lee Morris, Carolina Castagnetti
The umbilical cord (UC), the connection between mother and fetus via the umbilical vessels, carries nutrients and oxygenated blood to the fetus through the umbilical vein and removes deoxygenated blood and waste products via the umbilical arteries. It is designed to protect blood flow to the fetus during pregnancy. In equine medicine, only a few studies have described the UC, and most of these involved Thoroughbreds. The present study describes and compares the macroscopic features of the equine umbilical cord in three different breeds and in relation to the foal's gender...
March 7, 2018: Theriogenology
A V Petrayevsky, K S Trishkin
Pterygium is one of the modern problems of ophthalmology. The exact etiology and pathogenesis of this disease has not been reliably established and, as a result, there is no universal method for its recurrence-free treatment. The literature data on various methods of pterygium surgical treatment such as 'bare sclera', conjunctival autograft, limbal stem cells transplantation techniques, amniotic membrane plasty and other methods was analyzed. The advantages and disadvantages of those surgery methods were identified...
2018: Vestnik Oftalmologii
Sonja Frimmel, J Tjeerd de Faber, Rene J Wubbels, Christoph Kniestedt, Dion Paridaens
PURPOSE: To study the type, severity, management and outcome of firework-related adnexal and ocular injuries during New Year's Eve festivities. METHODS: A retrospective analysis of 123 injured patients (143 eyes) treated at the Rotterdam Eye Hospital between 2009 and 2013. All ages were included and analysed according to age, gender, active participant or bystander, laterality, location, dimension and severity of injury. Outcome parameter was the final best-corrected visual acuity...
March 13, 2018: Acta Ophthalmologica
M Garrido, C Escobar, C Zamora, C Rejas, J Varas, C Córdova, C Papuzinski, M Párraga, S San Martín, S Montedonico
Purpose: Biliary atresia precedes liver cirrhosis and liver transplantation. Amniotic membrane (AM) promotes tissue regeneration, inhibits fibrosis, and reduces inflammation. Here, we test amniotic membrane potential as a therapeutic tool against cholestatic liver fibrosis. Methods: Three groups of rats were used: sham surgery (SS), bile duct ligature (BDL), and bile duct ligature plus human amniotic membrane (BDL + AM). After surgery, animals were sacrificed at different weeks...
2018: Stem Cells International
Annalucia Carbone, Roberto Zefferino, Elisa Beccia, Valeria Casavola, Stefano Castellani, Sante Di Gioia, Valentina Giannone, Manuela Seia, Antonella Angiolillo, Carla Colombo, Maria Favia, Massimo Conese
We previously found that human amniotic mesenchymal stem cells (hAMSCs) in coculture with CF immortalised airway epithelial cells (CFBE41o- line, CFBE) on Transwell® filters acquired an epithelial phenotype and led to the expression of a mature and functional CFTR protein. In order to explore the role of gap junction- (GJ-) mediated intercellular communication (GJIC) in this rescue, cocultures (hAMSC : CFBE, 1 : 5 ratio) were studied for the formation of GJIC, before and after silencing connexin 43 (Cx43), a major component of GJs...
2018: Stem Cells International
Mazaher Gholipourmalekabadi, Alexander M Seifalian, Aleksandra M Urbanska, Mir Davood Omrani, John G Hardy, Zahra Madjd, Seyed Mahmoud Hashemi, Hossein Ghanbarian, Peiman Brouki Milan, Masoud Mozafari, Rui L Reis, Subhas C Kundu, Ali Samadikuchaksaraei
Severe burn injuries can lead to delay in healing and devastating scar formation. Attempts are made to develop a suitable skin substitute for scarless healing of such skin wounds. Currently, there is no effective strategy yet for a complete scarless healing after the thermal injuries. In our recent work we fabricate and evaluated a 3D protein-based artificial skin made from decellularized human amniotic membrane (AM) and electrospun nanofibrous silk fibroin (ESF) in vitro. We also characterize both biophysical and cell culture investigation to establish in vitro performance of the developed bilayer scaffolds...
March 12, 2018: Biomacromolecules
Kyle K Jensen, Karen Y Oh, Anne M Kennedy, Roya Sohaey
Intrauterine linear echogenicity (ILE) is a common ultrasonographic finding in the gravid uterus and has variable causes and variable maternal and fetal outcomes. Correctly categorizing ILE during pregnancy is crucial for guiding surveillance and advanced imaging strategies. Common causes of ILE include membranes in multiple gestations, uterine synechiae with amniotic sheets, and uterine duplication anomalies. Less common causes include circumvallate placenta, chorioamniotic separation, and hemorrhage between membranes...
March 2018: Radiographics: a Review Publication of the Radiological Society of North America, Inc
Nathalia Mayumi Noda-Nicolau, Jossimara Polettini, Márcia Guimarães da Silva, Morgan R Peltier, Ramkumar Menon
The polybacterial invasion of the amniotic cavity and risk of preterm birth is often due to cervicovaginal bacteria such as genital mycoplasmas (Mycoplasma hominis and Ureaplasma urealyticum) and Gardnerella vaginalis. The most studied biomarker associated with preterm birth is interleukin-6 (IL-6), a pleiotropic cytokine that performs different functions based on classical or trans-signaling mechanisms. This study evaluated the changes in IL-6 and IL-6 function associated accessory molecules by human fetal membranes to determine the functional availability of IL-6 assessment in an in vitro model of polybacterial infection...
March 2, 2018: Journal of Reproductive Immunology
Sahar Ghanmi, Moez Trigui, Walid Baya, Zoubaier Ellouz, Abdelfatteh Elfeki, Slim Charfi, Jean Christophe Fricain, Hassib Keskes
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of fresh human amniotic membrane (FHAM) as a substitute of periosteum to enhance bone regeneration in critical-sized defects. METHODS: Tibial diaphyseal bone defects were created in forty New Zealand white rabbits and treated with FHAM or left empty. Treatment groups consisted of: FHAM implanted in the place of removed periosteum (FHAMP group); FHFAM implanted to fill the entire defect (FHAMF group) compared to negative control group; empty defect with removing the periosteum (NC group) and positive control group; and empty defect without removing the periosteum (PC group)...
March 7, 2018: Bone
John P Kuckelman, Joseph Kononchik, Joshua Smith, Kevin R Kniery, Jeffrey T Kay, Zachary S Hoffer, Scott R Steele, Vance Sohn
BACKGROUND: Complications from adhesions after intra-abdominal surgery accounts for ~6% of hospital admissions. Currently, hyaluronate/carboxymethylcellulose represents the main option to prevent postoperative adhesion formation. Human amniotic membrane contains inherent anti-inflammatory properties that mitigate adhesion formation. OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to evaluate adhesion generation after surgical trauma with amniotic membranes compared with standard intraperitoneal adhesion barriers...
April 2018: Diseases of the Colon and Rectum
Mariana Barbosa Dias Campelo, Joelita de Alencar Fonseca Santos, Antonio Luiz Martins Maia Filho, Daniel Cabral Leão Ferreira, Luciana Barros Sant'Anna, Rauirys Alencar de Oliveira, Leonardo Fonseca Maia, Emilia Ângela Loschiavo Arisawa
PURPOSE: To evaluate the efficacy of the application of the human amniotic membrane (HAM) on the inflammatory process, fibroblast proliferation, formation of collagenand reduction of skin wound areas in rats. METHODS: Thirty six rats were submitted to a surgical injury induction and divided into two groups (n = 18): group C (control) and T (treated with the HAM). The macroscopic evolution in the wound area and the histological characteristics of the skin samples were evaluated...
February 2018: Acta Cirúrgica Brasileira
Tobias Röck, Karl Ulrich Bartz-Schmidt, Johanna Landenberger, Matthias Bramkamp, Daniel Röck
BACKGROUND The goal of this study was to investigate numbers, indications, surgical techniques, and experiences of amniotic membrane transplantation at the University Eye Hospital Tübingen over the last 16 years. MATERIAL AND METHODS Data from all amniotic membrane transplantations from January 2001 to December 2016 were retrospectively analyzed. Data was accessed from the electronic database and the annual reports of the Eye Bank at the University Eye Hospital Tübingen. RESULTS A total of 771 amniotic membrane transplantations were performed between 2001 and 2016 at the University Eye Hospital Tübingen...
March 6, 2018: Annals of Transplantation: Quarterly of the Polish Transplantation Society
Farzaneh Chehelcheraghi, Abolfazl Abbaszadeh, Magid Tavafi
Background: Skin flap procedures are employed in plastic surgery, but failure can lead to necrosis of the flap. Studies have used bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells (BM-MSCs) to improve flap viability. BM-MSCs and acellular amniotic membrane (AAM) have been introduced as alternatives. The objective of this study was to evaluate the effect of BM-MSCs and AAM on mast cells of random skin flaps (RSF) in rats. Methods: RSFs (80 × 30 mm) were created on 40 rats that were randomly assigned to one of four groups, including (I) AAM, (II) BM-MSCs, (III) BM-MSCs/AAM, and (IV) saline (control)...
March 6, 2018: Iranian Biomedical Journal
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